The Board of Directors governs and guides the vision of the Regent Park Film Festival and supports the implementation of key strategic goals from fundraising to programs. To learn more about the Board of Directors, or to apply to join the Board, read the following:
Gail Picco - Chair
Gail Picco is a fundraising and communications strategist who has designed and executed advocacy and fundraising campaigns for some of Canada’s largest charities, international NGOs, and grassroots organizations. Prior to establishing Gail Picco Associates in 1990, she was a counsellor at Interval House, Canada’s oldest shelter for abused women and children, for eight years. Her popular blog, yourworkinggirl.com, offers commentary on media, marketing and the nonprofit sector.
Ronnie Williams - Vice-Chair
Ronnie lives and works in Regent Park and is very passionate about the community. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing from Mercyhurst University as well as a Bachelors of Education from York University. Ronnie has been a youth worker with Dixon Hall for the past two years and recently joined the TDSB Supply Teaching list. He attended and volunteered at the Regent Park Film Festival for the last couple of years before becoming a member of the Board of Directors.
Teresa M. Ho - Treasurer
Teresa M. Ho is a 20-year veteran of the Toronto film and TV production community. A graduate of York University with a BFA in Film & Video Production, she started her career in financial management for independent Canadian productions and U.S. studios such as Warner Bros. and Disney. Teresa then managed Shaftesbury production teams from 2006 – 2015 and was an in-house producer on such television hits like Murdoch Mysteries, The Listener and The Moblees. She has recently returned to freelance production with her own production company, 100 Dragons Productions. In her off time, you can find Teresa on the tennis courts working on her service game.
Alana Hood - Secretary
Alana Hood has ten years of experience in business management including roles in retail marketing, operations and sales effectiveness. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Daniela Syrovy is a veteran communications professional. She owns ClutchPR a boutique PR agency that services film, arts, fashion and lifestyle clients. Prior to launching her PR firm, Daniela worked for such organizations as TIFF and MuchMusic while owning a restaurant at the same time. She is a certified yoga instructor, and enjoys giving back by volunteering her time to organizations with strong social mandates.
Deanna Wong is the administrative director for REEL CANADA, a festival of Canadian film that travels to high schools across the country. From 2005 to 2008, she was the Executive Director of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, overseeing the production of three festivals. Deanna is also a copy editor and writer and has worked for Canadian House & Home, RealScreen, Playback, Toronto Life, Prefix Photo, and the Canadian documentary, film and television publications, POV and Montage. Deanna holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and studied magazine publishing at Ryerson.
Michelle is a lawyer with the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC) since 2008. Prior to joining the HRLSC, she was a lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), Tenant Duty Counsel. Michelle has been a board of director with METRAC since 2014 and is presently co-president.
Arzu is the Administrative Director at the League of Canadian Poets. Prior to her start at the League she worked in the Cultural Engagement and Activation Department at Harbourfront Centre. She is a self-taught visual artist and freelances as an illustrator. Arzu is very passionate about the arts, particularly cinema, and has been a member of the Regent Park Film Festival Programming Committee for the last two years. Arzu immigrated to Canada from Azerbaijan in 1995.
Asad Ali Moten
Asad Ali Moten is a lawyer and public health professional who currently works at Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care and volunteers on the board of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC). Aaad also spent several years at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Crown Law Office representing the Ministry on various tribunals. Asad grew up in Toronto and is excited about the Festival’s emphasis on youth and expression.
Dina Awad, B.A., B.C.L, LL.B., is a trilingual lawyer practicing regulatory litigation. Previously, Dina maintained a bilingual public law and civil litigation practice at a prominent law firm. Before that, Dina was a judicial law clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal. Dina is interested in diversity issues and youth mentorship. She has experience with organizational governance, having served as a Director on various non-profit Boards. She currently sits on the Board of the Arab Canadian Lawyers Association and is Vice Chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA), an umbrella organization promoting diversity in the law.
Mr. Mark Lawson is private equity & investment banking executive with over 15 years of experience dually in North America, and the emerging markets.
He is currently a Director of Clermont Capital Partners Inc., a boutique private equity & corporate financial advisory firm based in Toronto that provides strategic advisory, and capital raising solutions within the energy, technology & telecom, and healthcare sectors. Mr. Lawson is also currently a Director of various publicly traded companies.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Statistical Sciences from The University of Western Ontario, and his MBA from The Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.
His personal passions include film. He was an Executive Producer of COLOUR ME, a Documentary which was an Official Selection for the Atlantic, Mexico, and Montreal Film Festivals.