At the 20th Anniversary Spotlight Awards™ Gala held on July 2, 2019, Encore Vancouver Vice President of Sales Suzanne Thompson was honored with the Wayne Black Award for her contribution to the local post production community. Presented by non-profit Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV), the Spotlight Awards celebrate notable achievements of women across the British Columbia (BC) media industry. WIFTV addresses systemic barriers to women’s equal participation in the production and dissemination of screen-based media and its Wayne Black Award is named in memory of lab manager Wayne Black, who gave tirelessly of his time and talent.
“I’m incredibly honored to be recognized among such a powerhouse of female leaders, storytellers and talent. Our future and our world needs us all to show up embracing inclusion and reflecting diversity in our work, our families, our lives and the stories we tell,” she shared.
Suzanne has been on the front lines of content creation in BC for more than 20 years, and is an engaged advocate for local talent, making her a standout choice for the distinguished Wayne Black Award. Not only has she provided fearless leadership for Encore Vancouver throughout her more than ten years with Deluxe Entertainment Services, but she’s also been highly involved in growing BC’s film and television industry and bolstering Vancouver’s reputation as a go-to filmmaking destination. She co-founded the Vancouver Post Production Alliance in 2013, and served as Chair and Director of the Board for the non-profit for six years. She is also an executive board member of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC, representing post production, and co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory committee.
Massive congrats to Suzanne on this well-deserved honor! The full list of 2019 Spotlight Award recipients can be found here: https://www.womeninfilm.ca/cgi/page.cgi/spotlight.html?_cms=2