Changes in staffing kick off the New Year at Film Training Manitoba!

This past October, John Couchman joined us as our Aboriginal outreach and programs staff. On behalf of FTM, John attends Aboriginal and other community outreach events in Manitoba to promote career opportunities in the film and television industry. He also assists in the guidance and training of the Aboriginal program participants.

John is a proud member of the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and he has extensive training in conflict-resolution, leadership, and community building. John brings with him a unique perspective on issues facing our Aboriginal crewmembers.

We are happy to announce that Allison Bile has accepted the position of training coordinator, replacing Bertha Twin whose last day was on December 18th, 2009.

Allison has been with Film Training Manitoba since 2006, most recently as the office coordinator, and is now overseeing the work experience program. The goal of the work experience program is to provide on-the-job training to both new and established technicians; to expand the number of skilled crewmembers working in the Manitoba film industry, and to address succession planning for production companies, and industry related organizations.

We are also pleased to welcome Irene Bindi to the team as our new administrative assistant. Irene holds an MA in film studies from York University and has worked with film festivals, not-for-profits, and various film organizations across Canada. Irene is FTM’s first contact with the public and we are very happy to welcome her to the team.

For more information on FTM’s training programs, please contact us at:

Film Training Manitoba
100 – 62 Albert Street
Winnipeg, MB  R3B 1E9
Ph: (204) 989.9669
TF: 1.866.989.9669