Who We Are
The IATSE is the largest union in the entertainment industry, representing behind-the-scenes workers across film, television, live performance, and tradeshow. From cinematographers to costume designers, or riggers to ushers, our members are the people who make sure the show goes on. We ‘get’ the gig lifestyle of arts & entertainment workers, because that’s exclusively who we represent. And we’ve been doing it for well over a century.
The IATSE’s Canadian Department is spread across the country. They function as a tight team, and each person has a specialty or two. Read on for who does what!
John (he/him) operates from the Canadian Office in Toronto. He leads the Canadian Department, and also serves as one of two Canadian Vice Presidents on the IATSE General Executive Board.
Krista (she/her) is based out of the Canadian Office in Toronto and the majority of her work is around the IATSE’s Canadian political and communications concerns.
Julia (she/her) is located in Vancouver and she works mainly with film production locals in District 12 (Western Canada).
Jason (he/him) operates out of Montreal and his work occurs largely with stagecraft locals in District 11 (Eastern Canada). He can assist in both English and French.
Jeremy (he/him) is based in New Brunswick and he leads the IATSE’s efforts in Canada in helping unrepresented workers to join the IATSE. He can assist in both English and French.
Monty (he/him) is based out of the Canadian Office in Toronto and he works mainly with film production locals in District 11 (Eastern Canada).
Cindy (she/her) operates out of the Canadian Office in Toronto and her work occurs largely with stagecraft locals in District 12 (Western Canada).
Will (he/him) is located in Vancouver and he helps unrepresented workers in getting their voices heard by coming together and doing the IATSE.
Ming (she/her) works out of Vancouver and her work involves helping unrepresented workers to join the IATSE, with a focus on animation and gaming.
Nate (he/him) works out of the Canadian Office in Toronto and is the person working behind the scenes to make sure the department runs smoothly. He is also the Chair of the IATSE Pride Committee.
Mack (he/him) is based in the Canadian Office in Toronto and takes care of all of our translations. He is completely fluent in both English and French.
Mitch (he/him) is our newest Admin Assistant at the Canadian Office in Toronto. He comes from the production office and is always ready to assist with whatever comes up.
Damian (he/him) works fulltime as the President of IATSE Local 212 in Calgary. He is one of two Canadian Vice Presidents on the IATSE General Executive Board.
Siobhan (she/her) works fulltime as one of two Executive Vice Presidents at the CLC (Canadian Labour Congress) in Ottawa. She is the elected CLC delegate for the IATSE.
Leadership & Structure
The leadership of the IATSE is elected every four years at our International Conventions. Using input from Department Directors, International Representatives, Local leaders and IATSE members, they are the people who chart the course.