Our Team

Film Commission Staff

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.

Maureen Landa McGavin, Production Services Coordinator

As Production Services Coordinator, Maureen assists prospective film and television productions with locations, crew, and local services to promote our region for filming. She can also be found supporting local productions; writing grant applications; editing our ‘Spotlight’ members’ newsletter; speaking to students about careers in film, and can even be occasionally found on set, doing hair & makeup.

Maureen began her career in Winnipeg, where she regularly worked for acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin, in addition to other film and media projects. After moving to Minneapolis, her film work lead to the co-creation ‘SavingFace Continuity Software for Makeup & Hair’, which has taken her to IMATS LA and to the Television Academy in Hollywood where she spoke to IATSE Local 706 makeup artists. A true lover of independent film, Maureen landed her dream job working on the Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man”, whilst also managing to maintain a presence as a freelance artist, at   ShopNBC, a home shopping channel in the United States,  and as an educator, teaching hair and makeup artistry.

Maureen returned to Canada, in 2017, moving to Victoria, to be closer to her family, to return to the film industry and to have a west-coast presence with SavingFace. In late 2021, she joined the staff at the South Island Film Commission.

Rehema Ngongo, Administrator

As administrator, Rehema works closely alongside Kathleen and Maureen, and can be found doing in-depth research about Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s film history, reviewing important documents, managing our social media presence, while maintaining internal and external communication.  

Born and raised in Victoria, their debut role as producer, director and playwriter was at 17 years old with their thrilling play ‘Hell Is A Teenage Girl’ featured at the Belfry Theater: SPARK Festival.  After spending time in Vancouver working alongside other artists, as a concert photographer, networking and partaking in film workshops, Rehema found themself back home in Victoria working alongside talented creative locals.

Inspired by French and Japanese new wave, 1970’s giallo, 1980’s slashers, neo noir, psychological films and the careers of Varda, Godard, Żuławski, Hitchcock, Argento, Wertmüller, Craven, Deren, Peele, and the Coen’s, Rehema is in the works of a blazing trail of their own. When not at the office, you can catch them at the movie theater (at least once a week) or working on their next exciting play, photoshoot, or film project

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Don Enright, President


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.

Darlene Tait, Vice President


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. She returned to Victoria and re-entered the local film community in 2015. Since then, she has produced award winning short films and performed in numerous films and commercials.Her strong business background as a 30 year marketing executive has made her an asset to the independent film community where she frequently consults to and/or is engaged on local productions. She is currently the President of Cinevic, the local independent film society, and recently completed her term on the Board for Women in Film and Television. 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 Ignite Artists in Vancouver.

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

Annie Wong-Harrison, Secretary


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.

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!

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



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.

Hazel Braithwaite



Hazel Braithwaite is currently serving her fourth term as a Municipal Councillor in Oak Bay. Some of her many roles on Council include the Public Arts Advisory Committee, Royal and McPherson Theatres Society, Canadian College of Performing Arts, Oak Bay Tourism, the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association and she was the council liaison to the Parks, Recreation & Culture Commission. She is also the 2ndVice-President for the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC).

Hazel loves giving back to the community through her involvement with organizations like United Way, Kiwanis Pavilion, Sovereign Order of St. John and the Oak Bay Tea Party. She was named the Oak Bay News, Women in Business, Community Leader of the Year in 2018 and was awarded the Black Press Community Initiative Award in 2019.

She worked as a geophysicist in the oil and gas industry in Calgary, taught Mathematics at the University of Lae in Papua New Guinea, facilitated Adult Learning at Coast Capital Savings for 20 years and until recently was the Director, Donor and Partner Relations at United Way Greater Victoria.

Hazel is an avid long-distance backpacker and has tackled trails all over the world along with her husband Rod.  She has been a longtime supporter of the Film Commission and was instrumental in supporting funding for the commission from Oak Bay.

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.

Michael D. Reid


After covering Victoria’s film and television production industry for the Times Colonist for 36 years, Michael drew upon that skill set, long-established connections with readers and industry stakeholders, and his familiarity with the region to begin his new film industry career three years ago.

Michael has since actively worked as a location scout on films and television series shot in and around Greater Victoria, with credits including Hallmark’s Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries series, Lifetime’s Landry Saga series of films based on V.C. Andrews novels, Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone and American Dreamer. He has also drawn upon his media experience as host and collaborator on EPK (electronic press kit) projects.

He feels honoured having been able to serve on the commission’s board of directors over the past year, a challenge he looks forward to continuing as part of his ongoing involvement with the capital region’s film community. When he isn’t promoting the local industry, Michael occasionally appears on camera, writes about show business for various publications and is public relations liaison for the Canadian College of Performing Arts, capitalizing on his passion for musical theatre and the performing arts.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Michael moved to Victoria in 1980 from Montreal, where he began his newspaper career writing TV listings at The Montreal Star before going on to cover film, theatre and television, mentored in part by the late Doris Giller. He also wrote for Montreal’s Sunday Express and was active on Montreal’s theatre scene, founding his own theatre company, Theatrix.

During his media career, Michael has interviewed a who’s who of show business luminaries, including George Clooney, Bob Hope, Sir Ian McKellen, Ricky Gervais, Oscar Peterson, Billy Connolly, Kim Cattrall, Robin Williams and Sean Connery.

In 2019, he received the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission’s annual Victoria Film Award in recognition of his contributions to the regional film industry.

Paul Rayman


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.