Michelle Leader

Passionate about meeting and learning from people, I began my successful career in broadcast journalism after graduating with honours from SAIT's News program. I spent the next decade honing my skills in the area of research, writing, producing and presentation working at several television stations across western Canada. I was fortunate to return to my hometown of Calgary where I became a well respected News Anchor, Reporter and Producer for the city's number one news station, CFCN Television. In 2000, I ventured out on my own freelancing in a wide variety of areas which led my husband and I to launch our own video production company in 2002 just as we started our family. DOP Allan Leader and I work well as a team and built the business to where it is today with a firm reputation as being an industry leader in extraordinary visual storytelling. We work with an impressive list of valued broadcast clients including PBS, Nat Geo, HBO, Discovery Channel, BBC, ABC, CBC, CTV and Global Television. We also collaborate with a wide variety of corporate clients including McKinsey and Company, Nexen, Suncor, Deloitte and Ernst and Young. My inclusive and empathetic leadership style, coupled with boundless creativity and strong financial accountability, has provided me with many opportunities including being asked to sit as Vice Chair South of AMPIA - Alberta Media Production Industries Association. We are currently working with the provincial government to develop and grow the screen industry given the unprecedented global demand for content.