CMPA-BC Producers Branch
600-736 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6Z 1G3

Telephone 1-604-682-8619
Toll free 1-800-390-7639 (Canada only)
Fax 1-604-684-9294
General email vancouver(at)

What we do:

The BC Producers Branch of the CMPA is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of over 75 British Columbia companies engaged in the production and distribution of television, feature film, and digital media content.  More specifically, it promotes the general interests of its members municipally, provincially, federally, and internationally; negotiates and manages labour agreements with guilds and unions; and undertakes a variety of industry development initiatives to build the capacity of BC based companies.

Who We Are:

Liz Shorten
Senior Vice-President, Operations & Member Services
Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA-BC)
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Liz Shorten recently joined the CMPA- BC after two years as President of Media Skillset Consulting where she designed and delivered strategic initiatives to address gaps, challenges, and opportunities in the film, television and digital media sectors. An accomplished decision-maker with a strong record of performing in diverse program and policy environments, Liz has contributed at a senior management level as Partnerships Executive at CBC British Columbia, Manager, Marketing and Communications at British Columbia Film and Manager, Corporate Development at the Ontario Film Development Corporation.  In 2006, Liz was recipient of the Women in Film Wayne Black Service Award in honour of her “behind-the scenes” work in support of the film and television industry in BC.  Liz currently sits on a number of film program advisory committees and is an active member of the Crazy8s Film Society Board of Directors.

Susan Brinton
Senior Project Manager
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Susan Brinton is an experienced business consultant specializing in the creative industries in BC and Canada. She has a broad range of expertise in program and project management through past positions as a senior broadcasting executive, senior creative industries policy advisor, and university lecturer for both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

Susan has a successful track record in research, analysis and report creation, broadcast regulatory submissions as well as strategic planning, policy development and implementation for organizations including the CMPA, Creative BC, Music BC, the Documentary Organization of Canada, Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund.

Her educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Communication; Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree; diploma in Documentary and Small Unit Production; and international certification as a PRINCE2 Project Manager.

Despite growing up on the Prairies, Susan is an embarrassing ice skater (unlike Gigi Boyd) and thanks her lucky stars that Vancouver has very few outdoor skating rinks.

Jennifer Buchanan
Director, Industrial Relations & Member Services
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Jennifer joined the CMPA in 2012, bringing a diverse international HR background to the role of Manager, Industrial Relations and Member Services in the Vancouver office. Jennifer is responsible for administration of the BC collective agreements and supports all matters relating to the collective bargaining process. Jennifer is currently on the Board of Directors of the BC Motion Picture Training Society and under the BC Creates umbrella works alongside other key industry stakeholders to improve relations between the film industry and the communities in which we work.  Jennifer is also responsible for a number of member focused projects and events, and provides a range of advice to BC based production companies on matters such as agreement interpretation, workplace safety, CMPA administration fees and membership.

Jennifer holds a BSc in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from the University of London and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources in Canada and the UK.

Ryan MacArthur
Office Manager
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Ryan MacArthur joined the Canadian Media Producers Association – BC Producers Branch (CMPA) as the Office Manager in our Vancouver office in the fall of 2014. His key responsibilities include maintaining the Vancouver office, accounting, local event coordination, social media and helping with any general administrative tasks. Prior to starting his position with the CMPA, Ryan has 15+ years of experience working in an administrative capacity handling event coordination, projects assistant, records management, travel  logistics and working with a diversity focus group promoting community involvement.

In his spare time Ryan is an avid movie buff, action packed sci-fi & fantasy are favored, and jumped at the chance to work with the CMPA. He also likes to take in the outdoors camping, hiking and boarding.