Our Team

Ivan Fecan

Executive Chair/Producer

Ivan is a Canadian media executive, producer and philanthropist who boasts titles such as VP Creative Affairs at NBC, Head of English TV at CBC, and CEO and President of CTVglobemedia. He built CTV into a multibillion dollar conglomerate with Canada’s top rated broadcast and cable networks, and the number one programs in news, sports and entertainment.

Tim Gamble

President & CEO

A  Founding partner of Thunderbird, Tim Gamble oversees all business operations, with a particular focus on corporate finance, and strategic alliances, as well as Executive Production services of feature films and television series.

Prior to forming Thunderbird, Tim founded and served as president of Peace Arch Entertainment Group (TSX, AMEX) from 1982 until 2002.

Cam White

Chief Operating Officer

A founding partner of Thunderbird, Cam works in a variety of capacities, with a particular focus on corporate finance, deal structures, legal issues and overall company strategy.

From 1995 to 2002, Cam served as Chairman of Peace Arch Entertainment Group. He has also practiced corporate and securities law for 15 years specializing in corporate finance and M&A in the areas of media, natural resources, and technology.

Joe Broido

Executive Vice President

Joe has a wealth of experience in series and long form creative development, production, and production finance. He has produced and executive produced more than forty telefilms and miniseries for broadcast and cable networks worldwide, including NBC, CBS, ABC, Global, Lifetime, SyFy and Disney. Joe has functioned in a senior executive capacity for several domestic and international production organizations, including PorchLight Entertainment, Paragon Entertainment, Alexander/Enright and Fred Silverman Productions.

Barb Harwood

Chief Financial Officer

Barb is Chief Financial Officer of Thunderbird and is responsible for corporate and production finance, accounting and taxation. Barb obtained her CA designation while working for Ellis Foster Chartered Accountants (now Ernst & Young) as manager of the entertainment division, and previously held the position of CFO for Paperny Films.

Barb is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a BA in Film.

Alex Raffé

Vice President Production

Alex has been producing for 25 years. Her award winning films include I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, Zero Patience and I Love a Man in Uniform, Her move into television saw Alex develop and produce Zixx and Thunderbird’s  Zigby, Endgame and teen hit multi-cam sitcoms, Mr. Young and Some Assembly Required

Alex was CEO of the Ontario Film Development Corporation and served on the boards of Film Ontario, the National Screen Institute, the Canadian Film Centre Feature Film Project and the CMPA.

Brooke Zanette

Controller

Brooke is the Controller of Thunderbird and is responsible for assisting the CFO with corporate and production finance, accounting and taxation. Brooke obtained her CA designation while working for DH Group LLP and gained further experience while working in the assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Brooke holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

Nicola Pender

Director of Communications

Nicola runs the Media & Marketing department at the Thunderbird group of companies and is responsible for all media relations, press, marketing, branding, communications and social media coordination and is the lead Publicist on Thunderbird’s series. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer and editor.

Nicola graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English Literature and Art History and went on to receive a Certificate in Publishing during her postgraduate studies.

Melissa Hemstock

Production Controller

Melissa works directly with the CFO and Controller on corporate and production accounting. She obtained a CA designation while working for Ellis Foster Chartered Accountants (now Ernst & Young) and previously held the position of Controller (Manager of Finance) at PI Financial Corp.

Melissa holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Calgary.

Jhod Cardinal

Director of Distribution

Jhod has financed, sold, and produced films for nearly fifteen years. His International Sales experience includes all major film markets such as the Marche Du Film – Cannes, Filmart, AFM, MIPTV, TIFF, NATPE. In 2009 he founded Upstream Flix, which creates progressive sales opportunities for independent film projects, and has also worked with Joker Films, Breakthrough Entertainment, Insight Film Releasing, Force Four Entertainment, and Keystone Entertainment.

 

Heather Kaisler

Business Affairs

After earning a BA in Honours Psychology in 1995, Heather found herself in the world of independent television production where she has worked for more than 17 years.  She initially produced episodic lifestyle and documentary programming, some of which involved re-enactment production, for Canadian and US broadcasters.  She transitioned to Business Affairs in 2006 and recently joined the Thunderbird team from Atomic Cartoons in that capacity.

Hadrian Rajotte

Business Affairs

Hadrian is the business affairs executive assistant at Thunderbird. His responsibilities include providing administrate support in all aspects of business affairs from development through to production. He graduated in 2008 from UBC’s entertainment administration program.

Lily Chen

Accountant

Lily is an Accountant at Thunderbird. She assists the finance team, including the CFO, Controller and Senior Accountant with corporate and production accounting. Lily is experienced with accounting in the animation industry. Prior to joining Thunderbird, she was a member of the finance team at Atomic Cartoons Inc.

Lily graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Commerce and is currently working toward obtaining her CPA designation.

Kimberly Ticne

Assistant Controller

Kimberly is the Assistant Controller for Thunderbird and is responsible for assisting the CFO and Controller with corporate and production finance, accounting and taxation.

Kimberly obtained her CA designation while working for De Visser Gray LLP. She also holds a Bachelor of Technology in Accounting from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Lianne Collinson

International Distribution Coordinator

Lianne is the International Film/TV Distribution Coordinator at the Thunderbird group. Her entrepreneurial personality helps to sell and publicize films to the media, marketing partners and cinemas. Essentially she is following her passion which is bringing the element of story to the audience. Lianne successfully started her own production company at the age of 18, internationally selling entertainment TV shows formats. She later worked for the BBC UK, internally pitching entertainment formats; and then immigrated to Australia to work at the ABC within Content Business Management.

Curtis White

Head of Digital Content

Curtis leads the development and production of all digital content for the Thunderbird group of companies.  This includes creating original IP for digital clients and platforms, producing branded content and overseeing the digital media components for Thunderbird’s television series. Curtis has over a decade of experience in the film and television industry.

Prior to launching Thunderbird’s digital division, Curtis was the Director of Development at Great Pacific Media, one of Canada’s leading factual and lifestyle producers.

Sam Lee

Senior Accountant

Sam is the Senior Accountant for Thunderbird and is responsible for assisting the CFO, Controller, and Senior Accountant with corporate and production accounting. Before joining Thunderbird, Sam gained experience in a variety of industries as he worked in public practice accounting at a CGA firm.

Sam graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and is currently working towards obtaining his CGA designation.

Carol Nnamanda

Office Manager & Executive Assistant

Carol is the Office Manager/Executive Assistant at Thunderbird. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to the executive management team while delivering efficient office related duties. From the BC Psychological Association & the Canadian Bar Association, Carol brings with her excellent interpersonal skills and a strong understanding of relationship building.

Kaila Sept

Publicity Assistant

Kaila is responsible for social media management and assisting the Marketing & Media department with media relations, marketing and publicity. Previously, Kaila worked as a Public Relations Associate at Post+Beam.

Kaila graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Journalism.

Jenna Gaunt

Assistant Controller

Jenna is the Assistant Controller for Thunderbird and is responsible for assisting the CFO and Controller with corporate and production finance, accounting and taxation.

Jenna obtained her CA designation while working for De Visser Gray LLP. She also holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Douglas College.

Jamie Barr

Executive Assistant

Jamie works alongside Executive Chair, Ivan Fecan. She is responsible for coordinating schedules, appointments, reservations and travel arrangements for Thunderbird’s Toronto team.​

Board Of Directors

Ivan Fecan

Executive Chair

Ivan is a Canadian media executive, producer and philanthropist who boasts titles such as VP Creative Affairs at NBC, Head of English TV at CBC, and CEO and President of CTVglobemedia. He built CTV into a multibillion dollar conglomerate with Canada’s top rated broadcast and cable networks, and the number one programs in news, sports and entertainment.

Tim Gamble

Director

A  Founding partner of Thunderbird, Tim Gamble oversees all business operations, with a particular focus on corporate finance, and strategic alliances, as well as Executive Production services of feature films and television series.

Prior to forming Thunderbird, Tim founded and served as president of Peace Arch Entertainment Group (TSX, AMEX) from 1982 until 2002.

Frank Giustra

Director

Frank’s entrepreneurial success expands to both his established works within the natural resource industry and film industry. Frank is President & CEO of Fiore Financial Corporation and is the founder of Lionsgate, one of the world’s largest independent film companies.

Previously, Frank served as President, Chairman and Executive Officer at Yorkton Securities and as Chairman of Endeavour Financial. He is a noted philanthropist who sits on numerous boards as well as launching the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership.

Cam White

Director

A founding partner of Thunderbird, Cam works in a variety of capacities, with a particular focus on corporate finance, deal structures, legal issues and overall company strategy.

From 1995 to 2002, Cam served as Chairman of Peace Arch Entertainment Group. He has also practiced corporate and securities law for 15 years specializing in corporate finance and M&A in the areas of media, natural resources, and technology.

Paul Sparkes

Director

Paul is an accomplished business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. For the past decade he was a leader in the broadcast and new media industry as CTVglobemedia’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs. He also held senior positions in public service, including with the Government of Canada as Director of Operations to Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, and as a senior aide to two Premiers; Clyde Wells and Brian Tobin. Paul Co-Founded Difference Capital Financial Inc. and currently serves on a number of private and public boards.

Stephen Cheikes

Director

A partner of Thunderbird, Stephen is an advisor to the team on all aspects of company business. A graduate of Cornell University, Stephen practiced Entertainment Law in Los Angeles from 1977 to 1987. In 1988 Stephen relocated to Vancouver to become a principal of the Beacon Group of Companies, and in 1997 co-founded, and became Chief Executive Officer, of Monarch Entertainment Corporation.

Francesco Aquilini

Director

Francesco is the Managing Director of the Aquilini Group, which owns a diversified national real estate portfolio, the Vancouver Canucks, and significant agricultural holdings. His expertise lies in finding creative approaches for structuring and financing new business opportunities, while establishing talented management teams. He is also known for his philanthropic work, with organizations such as the Boys Club Network and the BC Children’s Hospital. Francesco is a Simon Fraser University graduate and earned an MBA from UCLA.

Lisa Richardson

Director

Lisa worked at Pacific Motion Pictures for several years before launching her own production company in 1998: Dogwood Pictures Inc. Through Dogwood Pictures, Lisa developed and produced feature films, such as The Butterfly Effect, and worked with such international companies as J&M Entertainment, New Line Cinema and Lionsgate Films.

Lisa later partnered with Tom Rowe and Matthew O’Connor to form Reunion Pictures which was acquired by Thunderbird in 2013.

Frank Holmes

Director

Frank is currently the CEO & CIO at U.S. Global Investors Inc. and serves as its Portfolio Manager. He is President and Secretary at F.E. Holmes Organization Inc. and President and a Director of USACI. Additionally, Frank served as the Chairman of Fortress IT Corp. and as Chairman of the Endeavour Financial board. Frank is engaged in several international philanthropies including President’s Circle, the International Crisis Group and the William J. Clinton Foundation. Frank is a regular commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business.

Mark Miller

Director

Mark is the CEO of Great Pacific Media, the factual arm of Thunderbird Films.  He is a rare mix of successful entrepreneur and artist. As an award winning writer, producer and music composer, his work is known for its rich characters, high production values and commercial success.

His insatiable curiosity has helped him create dozens of series and hundreds of hours of programming, including Highway Thru Hell.  In 2008 he managed to get his DNA onto the surface of the planet Mars, proving pretty much anything is possible.

Tom Astle

Director

Tom has worked in the Capital Market and Technology sectors for more than 30 years. Currently, he manages a $170 million VC/PE fund focused on late stage private technology and media investments and is active on several boards of directors. He is a top ranked Wall and Bay Street sell-side analyst, covering Technology, Cleantech and Aerospace business models.

Tom holds his Chartered Financial Analyst designation, an Engineering Physics degree from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer.