FTM’s Adam Smoluk Interviewed in McMaster Profile Series

McMaster University Continuing Education (MCE) has launched an interview video which is part of a series focused on distinguished alumni and Film Training Manitoba (FTM)’s Managing Director Adam Smoluk is one of the featured subjects. The profile series is designed to showcase MCE alumni and encourage lifelong learning within Canada’s labour market. 

“I was very honoured when MCE contacted me to be profiled and I am so delighted to share my personal experiences graduating this excellent program. MCE is such an outstanding Canadian institution and they are major asset for developing and advancing Canada’s workforce.” Said Smoluk. 

As one of Canada’s largest leading providers of academic certificate and diploma programs, MCE’s professional development education, and corporate training purpose is to develop and realize the potential of both individuals and society by providing the education to thrive in a dynamic world. 

Adam has been with Film Training Manitoba since 2006 and was promoted six times to the senior executive position. Adam graduated with a Business Administration diploma from McMaster University and with honours from Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech)’s Human Resource Management and Management Development programs. He earned a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation and a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) Senior Certified Professional designation. He completed micro-credential certificates in career and employment coaching from the University of Winnipeg and Leading Through Conflict, Emotional Intelligence, and French Essentials from Western University. 

He was selected to RRC Polytech’s billboard campaign for distinguished alumni and he delivered commencement addresses at two of his alma maters, McMaster University and RRC Polytech. 

He studied on scholarship at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University and was the youngest person ever selected to the National Screen Institute of Canada’s Features First Program for professional filmmakers. He was the sole writer from the Americas awarded selection to the 2016 eQuinoxe Europe International Screenwriting Program in Lindau, Germany. He served on the executive of Youth Employment Services Manitoba, the ACTRA Manitoba’s council, and is the former Chair for the United Way of Winnipeg’s GenNext Council for young community leaders. He was a key organizer of the first GenNext Summit held in North America. 

He serves as the Chair of Assiniboine Community College’s Interactive Media Arts program’s advisory committee, Vice-Chair for the Advisory Board for Essential Skills Manitoba, The Manitoba Construction Sector Council’s Educators Working Group, the board of directors for the Westland Foundation, which provides post-secondary scholarships for inner Winnipeg students. He also currently serves on the Advisory Committee for REEL Canada, which promotes Canadian Cinema. 

Adam has extensive experience providing programming support to Canadian post-secondary schools, he currently serves on RRC Polytech’s Information and Cultural Industries Strategic Council, the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology’s micro-credential industry advisory committee. He served on McMaster University’s micro-credential review committee, and he has served on a programming review committee for McMaster. For over a decade, Adam has served a mentor for the University of Manitoba’s Career Mentorship program. 

Adam was a recipient of the Future Leaders of Manitoba award; he was awarded an Investors Group scholarship for leadership studies at The Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute at the Banff Centre, the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s Al Cerilli scholarship, a scholarship to attend the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Winnipeg Program and an RBC Foundation scholarship to attend governance training with the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

His debut film, HORSETHIEVES was awarded the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Winnipeg International Film Festival. His second feature film, FOODLAND was acquired by Shaw and premiered on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). The film was broadcast on Super Channel and designated to the Gem selections for critically acclaimed films. He served as a director for the Frantic Films and Discovery Channel’s true-crime series IN PLAIN SIGHT. Adam contributed profiles of the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer and Manitoba Film & Music’s former CEO Carole Vivier for THE HEART OF WINNIPEG, a book that profiles community leaders. 

FTM is a non-for-profit charity and member of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program (through the Department of Economic Development and Jobs). FTM conducts workforce development and training to build a highly skilled and adaptable film industry to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates with members of the film and television industry to identify the training needs within the community.