CFC head Slawko Klymkiw to retire next year

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The board of directors will begin the process of identifying a new CEO in the coming months, with more information about a succession plan to be shared in early 2021.

The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) on Thursday announced that CEO Slawko Klymkiw will retire in the spring of 2021 after 15 years at the head of the organization.

The board of directors will begin the process of identifying and selecting a new CEO in the coming months, with more information about a succession plan to be shared in early 2021.

During his tenure, Klymkiw has spearheaded a number of crucial projects for the CFC, including the $12-million Windfields Campus Improvement Project and the construction of The Northern Dancer Pavilion, unveiled in 2014. He has also fostered partnerships and programs, including The Netflix-CFC Global Project, IDEABOOST, The Slaight Family Music Lab; the CBC Actors Conservatory; CFC/Entertainment One TV Adaptation Lab and the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange.

“When I first came to the CFC 15 years ago, I really didn’t know what to expect,” said Klymkiw in a statement. “I must say, it has been the most rewarding, challenging and joyous time in my career. It has been a privilege to grow Norman Jewison’s vision, and to work with a remarkable group of colleagues, board members, partners and alumni who have all contributed to this inspired calling.”

“Slawko’s extraordinary leadership at the CFC and his years of unwavering support of Canadian creators will undoubtedly leave a long-lasting imprint on our industry,” said Christina Jennings, chair of CFC’s board of directors, and chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury.