Jan has developed and honed one of the world’s top Pitching and Content Development workshops. She’s presented her workshops internationally from South Africa to China, the Guadalajara Film Festival, Berlin Talent Campus, Cannes and Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Havana. Her workshops are also in demand coast to coast in Canada as she has presented at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, the Banff Television Festival as well as for CFC and the NSI and film agencies across the country . An adapted version of these pitching workshops are now sought after by the Canadian music industry as well.
Working with the Atlantic Film Festival Association, Jan developed and continues to serve as Director of Canada’s premier international co-production market, Strategic Partners. Working with the Erich Pommer Institut, through Strategic Partners Jan also co-designed and co-presents the hugely successful Trans Atlantic Partners annual coproduction training program.
Jan was instrumental in starting Canada’s National Screen Institute and designing many of its flagship programs, including Drama Prize and features First, as well as introducing and running the Local Heroes International Screen Festival for 13 years. Moving to Canada’s east coast, Jan served as Director of Development for the award winning feature film company, imX Communications, for 2 years. Jan entered the entertainment industry as an actor and clown. Her theatre company Small Change, toured internationally for 9 years from Paris to New York, from London to Singapore. She has won numerous awards including ITV’s Woman of Vision Award and WIFT-Toronto’s first Award for Excellence in Training/ Professional Development.
Jan served for 9 years on the Canadian Conference of the Arts Board of Directors including 2 years as national president, served on the inaugural Cultural Human Resources Council Board, the CFCN Production Fund Board for 5 years and the Shaw Broadcast Fund Board and 3 years on the Board of the Atlantic Film Festival. Presently Jan sits on the CFTPA Mentorship Committee, on the Board of First Weekend Club and is the Founding Chair for WIFT-Atlantic, presently serving as Co-Chair.