Our Team

Kathleen Gilbert, Film Commissioner

As Film Commissioner, Kathleen Gilbert is responsible for marketing the CRD to Producers worldwide. Prior to becoming the Film Commissioner, she worked in the Film Industry as a location manager for over twenty years. In 1990 she was a founding member of CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers. Her resume includes shows like Little Women, Intersection, X-Men 2 & 3, Final Destination and a slew of television movies. Kathleen was born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, where she ran a small business for several years. She attended The University of Calgary in the Fine Arts Department and went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Communications. After University she worked for The Anglican Church of Canada for seven years, developing and coordinating several programs for homeless women in Ottawa, Canada.

Brian Globus, Production Services Coordinator

As Production Services Coordinator, Brian assists prospective film and television productions with locations, crew, and local services to promote our region for filming. He might also be found supporting local productions, writing grant applications, editing our ‘Spotlight’ members’ newsletter, speaking about careers in film, or tweaking the website.

Brian also works on feature film and television productions as a Camera Assistant with the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 669. A member since 2015, he has crewed on island shows such as Gracepoint, ReBoot: The Guardian Code, Disney’s Descendants, Murdoch Mysteries and more.

With a degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Brian ventured to Toronto for many years before heading west. An indie filmmaker at heart, he continues to collaborate with other creatives on his own scripted projects as a Director and Producer.

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Annie Wong-Harrison, President


National Car and Truck Rental and the Arbutus Inn have been major supporters and sponsors of the Commission and many other community organizations for many years.

Annie has been on the Board of the Film Commission for over 8 years and has worked with numerous producers, production and location managers. Annie has served as a member at large, secretary and is currently the President of the Board. Annie has also served as a Board member for The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce (where she served on the finance and audit committee) and she is currently on the Board of Golf Vancouver Island.

Annie’s skills are in sales, marketing, operations and HR. In her term as President, the Film Commission hired a new Film Commissioner. With renewed energy on the Board, the Commission took great leaps forward and hosted 2 Oscar Parties and several other Events as well as increased the profile of the Commission.

Building on the successes, Annie is committed to providing a desirable place to film in the CRD, as well as maintaining stable funding for the Film Commission.

Paul Rayman, Vice President


Paul Rayman has worked in the Film and Television Industry for 20 years, including a stint from 2001-2003 when he served as the Alberta Film Commissioner.

After moving to Victoria, he has worked for the past ten years as a producer and production manager. During the past five years, he has served on the Board of the Film Commission, first as a director and currently as the Vice President. He has made himself available to the Film Commissioner as a resource, being both a producer and former Film Commissioner. He has attended almost every regularly scheduled board meeting over the last five years and has served on several committees.

He hopes to continue to offer his time and expertise to the Board as the Film Commission moves forward.

Don Enright, Secretary


An Emmy-winning producer and a member of the motion picture Academy, Don Enright brings 35 years of creative, managerial, marketing and physical production experience to the creation of entertainment.

As a principal at Barry & Enright Productions and later at Alexander/Enright and Associates in Los Angeles, Mr. Enright directed his company’s prolific operations and ran its development team; as a filmmaker, he’s written and/or produced more than fifty feature films, television films and documentaries, working with Sony, Warner Bros., Universal, NBC, CBS, ABC, Lifetime and Discovery. Enright’s productions have been nominated for eight – and have won three – Emmy Awards, including Best Picture of the year.

Born and raised in New York, a graduate of UCLA, he now lives – as a dual Canadian-US citizen – with his family in Victoria, B.C.

Todd Webber, CPA, CA, Treasurer


Experienced accounting professional and auditor with a demonstrated history of providing exceptional client service, project management and financial services. Skilled in Budgeting, Tax Preparation, External Audit, and Accounting. Strong professional graduated from Camosun College.

Director at Large

Barbara Coultish


Owner of Barbara Coultish Talent and Model Management, a 40-year-old company which manages a large group of actors and models from Vancouver Island. Currently Manages the Talent Division of Coultish Talent and Model Management.

  • Vice-President of the Greater Victoria Festival Society
  • Past Executive Board member and helped in the restructuring of The Victoria Film Commission
  • Past President and founding member of the Women’s Business Network
  • Sat on the Advisory Board for Greater Victoria School District 61’s Cooperative Education Programs
  • Supplied the talent for Vancouver Island’s Crimestopper Program
  • Canadian Woman of the Year Nominee in 1992
  • Women of Distinction Nominee in 1997
  • Commemorative Medal for 125th. Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada for Community Citizenship
  • Many Awards from School Districts, Native Events, Commonwealth Games, Lions Society, Crimestoppers, and over 40 awards at Model and Talent Conventions
  • Casting Director and Extras Casting Director (over 50 credits)

Ed Kahakauwila


Edison has enjoyed his four-year tenure with the Commission and is excited that the board has been able to achieve many of its objectives, the most recent being the film tax credit. Edison, along with his fellow Commission members, has identified the next objective to be to acquire more studio space here in Victoria. Edison is greatly looking forward to seeing this opportunity become a reality.

Edison also sits on the Board of Directors for the Metchosin Community Association (since 1999) and has been the Chair of the Cruise ship Ground Transportation Operators Association. He was a founding member for the B.C. Livery Association and Vancouver Island Livery Association, where he served as President from 2001 to 2004. During this time, Edison met with the Minister of Transportation and assisted Ministry staff in the creation of the Passenger Transportation Board to govern licensing in B.C. Edison has working relationships and affiliations with Tourism Victoria, Victoria Conference Centre, Shop Local Victoria, Victoria Harbor Authority, BBB of Vancouver Island, MPI BC Chapter, regional Chambers of Commerce and the National Limousine Association.

As an entrepreneur and founder, Edison has been the creative mind behind his company L.A. Limousines and Transportation Services – a fun experience-driven business that he started in 1989 and is now in its 27th year in Victoria. He has been involved with numerous films, concerts and media events; providing ground transportation, vehicle props and participating in action shots.

In 2012, L.A Limousines became the first and only Canadian limousine operator to win the LCT Global Operator of the Year Award. Along with awards from the BBB of Vancouver Island and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, L.A. Limousines has been recognized for supporting valuable community events, charities and providing exceptional customer service. We’re very grateful to have Edison and his limousines on board with us!

Darlene Tait


Darlene’s first foray into the film community on Vancouver Island began with extensive film training at the Screen Actors Studio (David Simmonds)in the late-90’s. After some early success, her real estate career took her to Mexico full-time in 2003. Although she returned to
Victoria in 2013, family health issues were her focus until 2015 when she re-entered the local film community after her introduction to a local filmmaker, Arnold Lim. Her local film involvement since that time has been extensive and varied. Her strong business background has made her an invaluable asset to the independent film community where she frequently consults to and/or is engaged on local productions. As an actor, she is also frequently seen in local commercials for Tourism, Real Estate, Air Travel, Health Clinics and others and is represented by Coultish Talent Management.

Please find here Darlene’s website: DarleneTait.com

For a complete listing of film/TV Credits, please visit her complete IMDB filmography imdb.me/DarleneTait.com

Donna Petrie


Donne Petrie has been involved in the Victoria film industry since 1998 when she worked for 5 years as Sales Manager at the Inn at Laurel Point. Donna was instrumental in advocating to local hoteliers and suppliers as to the value of the film industry and was quick to form close relationships with location managers and producers looking to film in Victoria. Donna introduced a “give-back” program for Inn at Laurel Point and Paul’s Motor Inn, which provided the Greater Victoria Film Commission of the day with a donation program on actualized room nights from the film industry that stayed at the two properties. While working at Laurel Point, Donna also travelled with the Film Commission to LA to attend industry trade shows and held meetings with key studios with information on filming in Victoria.

After leaving Laurel Point, Donna created the vision and implemented the set-up of 3 turnkey production offices operated by the Traveller’s Inn Hotels. Under Donna’s leadership, the previous Now Furniture building was rented to various production companies as a pop-up studio for multiple TV series and feature films.

As Manager of Business Development for the City of Langford, Donna is always looking for opportunities to attract more film business out to Langford and hopes to one day see a purpose-built studio in Langford.

John Espley

Vancouver Island Construction Association

Have you got the understanding and the skills to build and advance your connections, your network for sales, career, and your business life? John has experience and recorded success in doing just that and wants to help others do the same.

John brings 40 years of experience in business to the Film Commission, including having been a senior executive, board chairman, speaker, and volunteer. His public persona is as a connector and skilled networker.  He has been advising, supporting, and mentoring people for most of his career. This allows him to share his experience, help others build real connections, and create a real network.

John has many friends in the film industry including his own daughter, a graduate of the Vancouver Film School.

Melinda Harris


Melinda Harris is a branding expert with a formal education in graphic design, communications and marketing. Her company, Go West Design Group, specialises in helping companies and organisations stand out from their competitors while increasing market share and opportunities.

As President of Go West Design Group Inc with over 30 years’ experience, Melinda directs a team of design, marketing and public relations professionals that get results including amplified media coverage, increased conversions and stronger brand value.

Melinda likes to say “Go West Design Group is a results-focused agency — Big enough to make a difference. Small enough to care.”

Melinda’s community involvement includes being a member of the Capital City Executives Association, a member of 100 Women Who Care, a member of Chamber of Commerce, among others. She is also a supporter of children’s and animal charities. In her leisure time, Melinda enjoys spending quality time with her family, soccer, squash, hiking, gardening, fostering kittens and fly fishing with her husband. If she never slept she may get to a third of her list.

Marilea Pirie


Marilea has 35 years of progressive business experience in the public sector encompassing: Business Development, Stakeholder Engagement, Real Property Services, and Contract Management.

She staged numerous Opening Ceremonies for federal buildings across Canada, hosted international delegations, and negotiated federal funding for large-scale, local infrastructure projects.

Marilea now contributes her leadership skills towards several community-focussed opportunities in Victoria. She became a Director at Large with the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission in January, 2019.

Additionally, after a life-long interest in natural health and wellness, and recently becoming a Certified Deepak Chopra Instructor, she now teaches Yoga, Ayurveda, & Meditation.