Slawko Klymkiw

Slawko Klymkiw

Affiliated Program

ASTOUND Initiative


As Chief Executive Officer of CFC (Canadian Film Centre), Slawko Klymkiw leads Canada’s foremost institution designed to accelerate the careers of the brightest talent in film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media. Continuing to strengthen and shape the profile of CFC, Klymkiw is responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of the CFC that supports the development of Canada’s creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based entertainment industries.

From overseeing the organization’s operations and administration, to negotiating public and private sector funding, Klymkiw plays a pivotal role in propelling the organization forward; successfully enriching Canada’s media landscape.

Under Klymkiw’s helm, the CFC has grown from a $7-million organization to a $13-million organization. Recent initiatives launched under Klymkiw’s management include: ideaBOOST, an incubator style program for early stage start-ups in the digital entertainment category; the Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp, The Slaight Family Music Lab, the NBC Universal Multiplatform Matchmaking Program, the Canadian Film Centre’s new brand identity ‘CFC’, a collaboration with the Tribeca Film Institute; the CFC NFB Documentary Program, Canada’s first theatrical documentary development program; the CFC Actors Conservatory (Kiefer Sutherland, Honorary Chair), the NBC Universal Content Creator program, the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, a CFC North-South Marketplace initiative in collaboration with Just For Laughs (Eugene Levy, Honorary Chair; Ivan Reitman, Mentor) and the development of the Institute of the Future of Entertainment, an incubator for business practices and skill sets for the 21st digital media economy which includes the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab, the first-ever program focused on developing games and consumer apps for the emerging smart glass consumer market.

Klymkiw’s 25 years of experience as the architect of CBC’s TV and Newsworld programming and schedule provided him with a solid platform and broad-based understanding of the role of the public broadcaster in the ever-expanding multi-channel universe.

In 2013 Klymkiw was honoured with the Outstanding Leadership Achievement Award at the 2013 Innoversity Summit Awards and was inducted into the Playback Canadian Film and TV Hall of Fame in honour of his more than 30 years of extraordinary contribution in building Canada’s entertainment industry. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).