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Ontario Film Authority

About the Ontario Film Authority

Who We Are : Senior Management

Interim Executive Director and Registrar

Mary Henricksen

Mary has had a varied career in the film, television and digital production and distribution industry in Canada, including senior roles with the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Her 25-year career has included stints in both service and domestic production, large scale program delivery for national funding bodies, as well as in the development of government policy in the arts, culture and entertainment sectors. She has also served in senior roles in the not-for-profit space, most recently as the Executive Director of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association. Mary graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce. She most recently served as a board member with the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, an organization looking to improve treatment and care for those living with schizophrenia in Ontario.

The Executive Director is also an Officer of the OFA.

Director, Finance and Operations

Myuran Palasandiran, CPA, CA

Myuran joined the OFA from the Emergency Health Services (EHS) Unit, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care where he managed the operational, business and financial management functions for EMS including municipal grant and transfer payment processes, budget coordination and monitoring of over 50 municipalities; financial policy and process development; financial analysis; and accounts processing. He has also worked with Service Ontario in the role of manager, accounting and controllership, as well as with the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario as a senior auditor.

Manager and Chair, Ontario Film Review Board

Karynn Austin

Karynn joined the OFA from White Pine Pictures where she was the Vice President, Scripted Development. Karynn has over 25 years of experience in the film/entertainment industry. Her vast experience covers the full spectrum of content creation, acquisition, marketing, distribution, financing and programming (both feature and documentary films). She started out in production, working in both film and television. She has held progressively senior management positions with TVA Films, Equinoxe Films, Telefilm Canada and Astral Television Network. Karynn was also a jury member on the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s feature film development fund. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from York University.