Ottawa –
Rob Sim, President and CEO of the SIM Group of Companies, today announced that
Sandra Cunningham, Founding Partner at Union Pictures and President of Strada
Films in Toronto, is the recipient of the 2014 Douglas James Dales Industry
Builder Award. The award was presented to Sandra at the annual PS Dinner on the
Hill, held during the Canadian Media Production Association Prime Time
Conference in Ottawa.
is proud to present this award to such a distinguished and deserving producer
who over the course of her career has done so much to enhance the fortunes and
success of the Canadian feature film production industry” said Sim. “The award
recognizes Sandra’s determined advocacy and tremendous commitment on behalf of
filmmakers and her collaborative efforts to produce and promote great Canadian

Always a generous mentor,
Sandra has been instrumental in nurturing the careers of many filmmakers and
has always had a passionate voice for independent production in Canada. Her
long-standing history of supporting Canadian artists and ensuring that Canadian
stories are brought to the screen make Sandra a highly regarded and important
contributor to the industry.
Sandra Cunningham and Rob Sim
For more than 20 years, she
has worked tirelessly to build and support organizations and institutions that
ensure feature films get made in Canada and are seen around the world. In
addition to her advocacy, Sandra has always been an active member in the
industry and is the former Chair of the Canadian Media Production Association
(CMPA). She has also worked with the Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF), first as a programmer, responsible for the curating of Canadian films selected
to screen each year at the festival and then as a producer at the TIFF talent
lab, an intensive incubator for writers, directors and producers from Canada
and abroad. 
“I am touched and
deeply honoured to be given an award that carries the name Doug Dales. He was a
mentor to me and indeed helped launch a generation of filmmakers in this
country,” said Cunningham during the award ceremony
the years, Sandra has helped bring many critically acclaimed Canadian feature
films to the big screen, including
Mary Harron’s Moth Diaries, John L’Ecuyer’s Curtis’s
, Robert Lepage’s Possible Worlds and a series of high profile international co-productions with Robert
Lantos’ Serendipity Point Films, such as Atom Egoyan’s
Ararat and Where
the Truth Lies
, Norman Jewison’s The Statement, Istvan Szabo’s Being
and Jeremy Podeswa’s Fugitive Pieces.

Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award is presented annually by PS in
recognition of a producer’s sustained contributions and commitment to
strengthening the Canadian film and television industry. Each year’s honouree
is selected by a jury composed of the previous recipients including Linda
Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Wayne Grigsby, David MacLeod, Doug MacLeod, Ira Levy,
Stephen Ellis, Phyllis Laing, Robin Cass and Paul Pope.
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