Jennifer Podemski receives Nell Shipman Award

The Toronto ACTRA Women's Committee award recognizes a female producer, writer or showrunner who has worked to advance gender equality in the industry.

Jennifer Podemski

The Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee (TAWC) presented its third annual Nell Shipman Award to actress, writer and producer Jennifer Podemski on Monday night.

The award, which recognizes a female producer, writer or showrunner who has worked to advance gender equity in the industry, was presented to Podemski by actress Cara Gee at TAWC’s annual Spring Gala in Toronto. Previous Shipman Award winners include Sheri Elwood and Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik.

Podemski produced and starred in the 2013 feature Empire of Dirt, which was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards and which took home the award for best original screenplay. She also created and produced three seasons of the Aboriginal drama Moccasin Flats, two seasons of Rabbit Fall, two seasons of the ghost-hunting series The Other Side and three season of the variety series The Seventh Generation. She’s currently developing The North End, a new series for APTN.

Podemski is also the co-executive producer of the Indspire Awards, an annual awards show celebrating Indigenous achievement. In 2013, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work with her Indigenous community.

The TAWC Spring Gala took place Monday at the Spoke Club in Toronto.