#MaryAnn(Domitrovic)Yule, #HPCanada; #Canada; #diversitystrategy
Toronto, Oct 19 (Canadian-Media): Mary Ann Yule, President & CEO of HP Canada, had given some important messages to the global community specially to the new immigrants and the second generations of Canadians during a recent launch event of a TV series in Mississauga, Ontario. In a chat with Canada’s Asha Bajaj, Mary Ann Yule said her message to the global community was to teach new immigrants and children from different diverse communities to adapt to Canada’s one of the most diverse cultures.
The one hour episode of the most distinguished and talented leaders who were present, will be broadcast at Primetime on Sundays at 6 PM with repeat broadcast on Primetime Saturdays at 6 PM on ATN-SONY beginning November 2018.
Mary Ann Yule
Excerpts of the interview session is a follows:
Q1. What are the leadership traits that you would like to pass along to others?
Courage. Courage is a skill that many successful leaders share and one I would encourage aspiring leaders to hone. Having the courage to not only believe in yourself and your own success, but as you gain influence, courage can help a leader use their platform to make real change around key issues like diversity and inclusion. Find your passion and have the courage to make an impact with it.
Q2. How does Stories of Success relate to the diversity of Canada?
Stories of Success reflects the great diversity of Canadian people and is a platform to showcase underrepresented voices that serve as inspiration for the next generation of leaders. HP Canada is proud to be a presenting sponsor for the show, Stories of Success, which features the personal and professional journeys of those who have made Canada their home but still carry the torch of other cultures from around the world.
Embracing diversity and inclusion is a business imperative for HP. We operate on the principle that diversity creates meaningful innovation and improves our company, our products and services. From HP’s earliest days, the company recognized that the more points of view it can draw on, the better its products and company as a whole will be. A great example of this in action is our Board of Directors. HP has the most diverse Board of Directors of any technology company in the US (50% total minorities, 40% women, 30% underrepresented minorities). In Canada, we are proud to share that more than 60% of the senior leadership team is female.
Q3. What is your message for the younger generation of new immigrants?
My advice is to embrace the unique perspective your heritage affords you and work hard to be successful in whatever you set out to do. When it’s your time to shine don’t forget to pay it forward.
Q4. Besides your parents can you tell us about some other leaders who have inspired you in the past?
In the early days of my career, I took a lot of inspiration from my first mentor, Henry. For women in business, the notion exists that we must be mentored by other women, yet, my experience has proven that anyone can be a role model. Henry shared a wealth of knowledge with me that has helped to shape the leader I am today.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Primetime; #SouthAsianNetwork; #AsianTelevisionNetwork, #ATN-SONY, #SouthAsians
Mississauga, Oct 17 (Canadian-Media): Important messages were given by some of the biggest names from South Asian community in Ontario during questions & answer sessions held between these leaders and media personnel at a launch event of a TV series on October 15, 2018 between 6 p.m. and 7:30 pm at the Holiday Inn, near Pearson Airport in Mississauga.
The one hour episode of talented leaders present will be broadcast at Primetime on Sundays at 6 PM with repeat broadcast on Primetime Saturdays at 6 PM on ATN-SONY beginning November 2018.
The distinguished panel of leaders were gathered on a single platform to launch the Television Series about their journey and success stories.
The basic philosophy behind this launch, said Jai Kalra, the creator and host of the Stories of Success, is to be a role models for the second generation as well as to the new immigrants who struggle hard to adapt themselves to the new diverse communities in Canada and inculcate in them the values of this culture with their own, learn that they would grow and learn there.
Mary Ann (Domitrovic) Yule, President & CEO of HP Canada.
Mary Ann Yule
Her message to the community was to teach new immigrants and children from different diverse communities adapt to Canada's one of the most diverse culture. She added that her goal as a business leader would be her goal as a business leader she takes full responsibilities for the mentorship lessons as a role model and include the opinions of others and to get the best from others, to be a mediator between the aggressive and the silent people.
Pavi Binning, President, Wittington Investments which is the holding company of Weston Family that own high street brands such as Loblaws, Shoppers Drugmart, No Frills, Holt Renfrew and many more.
His message to the community was that hard work, integrity and the family orientation, to show passion and integrity in the business with the aim to create value for your shareholders and to motivate and empower people.
Steve Gupta, President & CEO, Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group. Easton’s Group of Hotels operates 29 hotels in GTA under the flagship chains of hotels such as Holiday Inn, Marriott, Westin and many more.
His message to the community was to inspire the next generation, to motivate purpose in their lives, to influence some shy people to become outgoing and develop confidence. He added that this show would encourage hard work, optimism and encouragement to be surrounded by talented and right people and to take challenges and obstacles of their lives as essential for one’s success.
Raman Dua, President & Founder of Savemax – Savemax is one o the leading real estate brokerages in Mississauga and Brampton area with sales of over $2 billion since their inception 9 years ago.
Raman Dua (speaker)/Facebook
His message to the community was that hard work, sincerity and integrity and facing challenges like tough competition are essential for one’s success.
Raza Hasan, Chief Risk Officer, HSBC, Canada’s 7th largest international branch with branches in 67 countries and with more than 130 branches in Canada. Raza added that Canada being selected as a key international marketing place is equipped with creditable staff had been helping new immigrants in their integration with and adapting to the diverse working cultures by holding training sessions to coach them and by taking care of their financial needs.
His message to the community was hard work, take calculated risks to climb the corporate ladder and not being too comfortable in their jobs and helping new immigrants in integrating with and adapting to the diverse working cultures
Surjit Babra, CEO & Founder, Skylink Capital Corp.
His message to the community was hard work, work smartly and to know when to stop, a desire to want to succeed and have good mentors to encourage, have a mission with a good action plan, to develop leadership qualities to take right steps at the right time in the right direction.
Dr. Y. Raja Rampersaud, MD, FRCS(C), a distinguished and one of the best Spine Surgeons in the world and Professor, University of Toronto, Divisions of Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery. His achievements had been documented many times.
Dr. Y. Raja Rampersaud/Courtesy of UofT
His message to the community was proper education with latest techniques at one’s finger tips, hard work, face challenges, taking risks, learn from one’s failures, to be creative in a broader environment, proper research methodology, being pragmatic in one’s approach and not wait for the perfectionism.
Lata Pada, Recipient of Order of Canada for her contribution to Indian Classical Dance. She was one of the 15 Indians to be awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman, an honor given to Oversees Citizens of India.
Her message to the community was that artists are mirror to the society and to encourage and mentor the younger generation and new immigrants to be proud of who they are, celebrate their unique identity, and be industrious and passionate about their learning, to develop new skill sets and be creative to facilitate in opening more doors in their lives, and most importantly to give back to the community. She also added that classical dance is by no means old fashioned as it can be as current, as modern and as contemporary as we want it to be.
Raj Kothari, Vice-Chair PwC Canada is one of the first partners of South Asian origins on Bay Street and sits on prestigious boards likes Aga Khan Foundation, Toronto General and Western Hospital and many more.
In his message to the community, Kothari said one should not to compare oneself with any one but to compare oneself to who the person wants to be.
Ali Kizilbash, Founder, President, TWI Foods, owns the famous Crispy Brand. It is a front runner in ethnic markets with its product lines of Crispy Naan Breads, Cake Rusks, Flatbreads, cookies and many more. They have won many recognitions, including one of the best export companies of Ontario.
His message to the community was that no job in this world is low and should take up challenges in one’s job with pride and dignity.
SONY Television, is One of the most followed South Asian Network through Asian Television Network (ATN) amongst the South Asian Diaspora in Canada. ATN SONY is currently available reportedly in more than 120,000* households in Canada through ATN . SONY Picture Television International and Channels include SONY Pictures Network (India), Animax, AXN, PIX, HBO Europe and SONY Movie Channel and available in over 100 countries from UK, Europe, North & South America, Asia, Australasia, Africa and Middle East.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#SexualHarassment, #WorkplaceHarassment, #WorkingWoman, #MichalAviad
Toronto, Oct 18 (Canadian-Media): Israeli film director Michal Aviad has been applauded by crowds and critics alike with her latest offering, Working Woman. The film deals with sexual harassment at workplace, a prevalent problem in most societies. In a chat with IBNS Canada's Asha Bajaj and Sudipto Maity during the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Aviad opens up about the issue of remedying world of such vices and her special love for movies.
Your film Working Woman is about an issue plaguing humankind for a very long time. Was it drawn from your personal experiences?
Listen, most women on earth were sexually harassed, I’m sure in India as well. I didn’t experience it at work because for many years I’m a film director and I don’t have bosses. But, like most women, I experienced sexual harassment in my life, especially when I was a young girl, quite often.
What inspired you to take up the subject?
I wanted to take up this subject because I really wanted to understand how does it happen to so many smart, great women. I wanted to figure out how sexual harassment happens at work.
Michal Aviad Image: Facebook
With regards to TimesUp and MeToo, do you reckon it couldn't have come at a better time?
Yeah, but I started the film long before the MeToo movement started. MeToo happened while we were already in production. So, we did the funding before that, all the rehearsals were done before that, even the script was written. The MeToo movement didn’t really affect the film, but, I was happy that all of a sudden, the subject became mainstream.
We have all been witness to the recent change in Hollywood, and by that I'm talking about the MeToo and TimesUp movement. Though these have done wonders, do you think such a step was procrastinated for far too long?
I cannot really criticise the women. What I know is, we are talking about say 100 to 200 women, but, women who are harassed at work, are in the millions. Till all the women won’t speak up, things won’t happen. In my opinion, one or two famous women came out and that’s great, but it’s not going to change the world.
Do you think it is a failure from both sides, the victim and the perpetrator?
That’s right. It’s true. But the problem is that in society, as we know it, it’s very hard for women who are not famous and do not make the news, to come out. They can lose their job, they can lose their ability to support the children and that’s a big deal.
Workplace sexual harassment is prevalent in most countries. Having said that, how's the situation in Israel?
It is exactly like the situation in other industrial countries. Yeah, very similar.
We believe you wrote the script with two other people. While co-writing, there's bound to be ideas that don't match the other writers. How do you solve those conflicts?
All of us didn’t work at the same time. I worked with one of them for about a year and then I worked with the other script writer to improve the script for another few months.
Aviad attending the screening at TIFF. Image: Facebook
You have made both documentaries and features and have been making films for the last three decades. What's your first preference between documentaries and feature films?
Oh my God! (pause) Right now, feature films, because I’m less experienced and I want to make more. But, for many years I was very happy making documentaries.
Do you watch your own movies?
Yes. For instance, I’m in love with this film. It will take me two years to really watch it in a critical way. I’m too close to it.
A still from the movie Imahe: tiff.net
Have you watched anything recently which resembles your present work?
No, which is really strange. It’s a phenomena that is so prevalent and there are/were films which were made about sexual harassment in Hollywood, in the mainstream, they are either- she is happy to have sex with him because he is powerful or it happens the other way around, where she is the boss and she harasses him. There aren’t film which shows how it happens usually.
Finally, why did you decide to have the international premier of your movie at TIFF?
I didn’t decide. I just sent it and they accepted it. I’m happy (laughs).
JourneytoSpace; #MarkKrenzien; #GiantScreenFilm;
Toronto, Oct 12 (Canadian-Media): During the questions and answer sessions before and after the screening of the film 'Journey to Space' and Canadian-Media exclusive interview on Oct 3 at the Ontario Science Centre with Mark Krenzien , the director/writer/producer of the film highlighted a few of the noteworthy events and challenges he faced in making the film.
As an introduction Krenzien said that 'Journey To Space' is a new Giant Screen Film that both celebrates the history of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, and foretells the future of what the next chapter of space exploration will be. The film is a timely review of how NASA has been transitioning from the end of the Space Shuttle Era to a much more ambitious future that will forever change how we live and operate in space as a species.
1. When did you begin compiling the film and how long did it take?
A. I started compiling the film in 2014 and the entire process took nearly two years.
The editing of the film was time-consuming. The film was first aired in 2016.
In the giant film screen all the images have to be captured well. Some images in this film have not come out well because they were taken with small cameras. To capture images in giant screen films special cameras have to be used which can hold large amount of information.
Q2. When did you start your career?
I started my film and television career more than thirty-five years back. Beginning as an Emmy-winning film editor, and then as a cinematographer. I have written, produced, and directed documentaries for ABC, HBO, Showtime, and Discovery as well as written screenplays for Universal, Paramount, and Showtime
More recently, I wrote, produced, and/or directed 12 large-format IMAX films including Humpback Whales, Journey to the South Pacific, Adventures in Wild California, The Mystery of the Nile, The Alps, Grand Canyon Adventure, and Arabia all for MacGillivray Freeeman Films.
Q3. What inspired you to make this film?
A. Primarily to inspire a new generation of young people to dream of new horizons in space and learn about the accomplishments of the Space Shuttle Program.
The audience will be excited to learn about America’s future in space, and be much more knowledgeable about how those plans are being executed.
Most movies I made dealt with environment, wild life, and saving the nearly extinct animal species and now got interested in hard science. Also we are nearer to space now than before.
I had a chance to work for Boeing before in International Rescue operations and they suggested that I should do this story and offered to fund this film. Apollo also joined Boeing in funding this film.
Q4. What was your goal in making 'Journey To Space'?
A. In 'Journey To Space', we strive to make the young and adult viewers understand how the experience gained from the Shuttle/ISS in their planning and actual hardware will lead to next phase of human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.
Preparations for the Mars mission are well underway, and we want the public to know that human space exploration program didn’t die with the end of the Shuttle program.
We are nearer to the space now than we were ever before.
Our goal is to make Mars safe.
Q5. What are your thoughts about this film? Colonising Mars versus frequent trips?
Some private companies encourage colonisation but NASA is very clear that when they send the astronauts they would come back. This makes it more complicated because NASA is in favour of frequent trips rather than colonisation.
But as one ocean explorer Christopher Columbus started his voyage he did not know if he would come back or not. The same is the case of the astronauts.
NASA, on the other hand, does not allow astronauts to start their trip until and unless they are fully equipped with knowledge and training. Inquisitiveness is also necessary.
But the future goal is to colonize Mars by the end of 2030s.
So both Colonization of Mars as well as frequent trips would be occurring in the future.
Q6. What is the first mission to mars looks like?
Through visually stunning imagery, and in collaboration with leading space experts, the film showcases the exciting plans currently under way and the challenges NASA and the space industry must overcome to carry out future missions, such as landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteroids.
More important than the film are excellent animations done by Canadian film company in Quebec.
This film also projects the continuation in designing of the space suit for the next generation
Equally important is the use of effective equipment to make sure the space shuttle does not get damaged as we come and go up.
Then there is the addition of Canadian Giant arm to Space shuttle to enhance both its efficacy and success. This addition of Canadian Giant arm to Space shuttle is so precise that it can militarise some of its controls to perform micrographic surgeries.
This film also projects what is going on today. All the three astronauts: Serena Aunon, Mark Ferguson and one more are still alive and active.
Q7. How did we make this film?
IMAX is a proud Canadian as it was invented in Canada and is a good medium and immediately they realized that shooting space mission was a good thing.
To make this giant screen film. OMNIMAX, we had to use special cameras, different from regular feature cameras, as these special cameras can hold a lot of information.
Also for giant screen films we had to take into consideration three aspects: Historical, present, and the future aspects.
We had to show how historical past films did. For this reason the first half of Journey To Space is a profile on the Space Shuttle Program and its 135 missions, enabling the audience to understand how we live and operate in space and as well as the future missions covered in the film. This part was done with the help of NASA.
As part of the Space Shuttle section of the movie, we gave a strong overview of the Shuttle’s last major project – the launch and assembly of the International Space Station (ISS). We also gave a fitting tribute to the Shuttle Program 135 Shuttle missions describing many of the big steps taken by the shuttle and the lessons learned.
The celebrities in this film included the men and women of the U.S. Space program – past and current, astronauts and on-the-ground NASA experts, plus an extensive advisory committee of space experts.
Second part is devoted what is going on today like launching of Shuttle and how it assembled the International Space Station (ISS).
ISS is a joint collaboration of 15 nations and operating 24/7 to provide a home and a science lab in space.
This part of the film projects about how the three astronauts had to learn to build and conduct science in space building a foundation for the future astronauts. It shows the three astronauts getting ready to go the space station, launching of the space shuttle.
NASA allowed me to use some of their equipment and material. I had to be trained because NASA is very clear that when the astronauts are taken up they have to be brought back.
Continuation in designing of the space suit for the next generation is portrayed in this section.
In the final part of animated film, emphasis is laid on realistic scenario of how astronauts will actually get to Mars, and how they would survive in space.
The final part of the film projects great animations of how the astronauts live and survive in space.
Q8. What was your favourite thing while making this film?
A. Life long learning and Learning never stops.
Human exploration is at the core of man’s DNA, said Mark
Q9. Did you have to learn a lot?
A. Yes I had to learn a lot. When I approached NASA to allow me to use some of their equipment and material, NASA said that for that I had to go back to school with all my crew and cameramen where we were given private lessons.
NASA is very clear that when the astronauts are taken up they have to be brought back.
I had to take several trips to Mars to get enough experience to land safely on Mars and then land safely on earth because NASA is very clear that when the astronauts are taken up they have to be brought back.
Researchers expect the six-month and and one year tours on the ISS will yield beneficial knowledge on the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges explorers may face as they venture to an asteroid, Mars and beyond.
I had to learn to drive space shuttle. The Canada arm of the space shuttle, another giant arm added was added to the space shuttle.
I needed to get experience in walking through the module of space shuttle.
Space in space module is very limited, If two persons are sitting inside they cannot move an inch. They had to be static.
The great inflammable habitat which was a science lab for the astronauts to conduct experiments in space was huge.
I had to be trained about three different elements: Orion, Olympus and SLS (Space Launch System), that would enable us to go farther into space than ever before.
Q10. what challenges did you have to face while making of this film?
We had to learn hard to take simple shots of Heusten Space centre with camera.
I needed to get experience in walking through the module of space shuttle which was very difficult.
This was due to the fact that Space in space module is very limited.
If two persons or more persons are sitting inside they cannot move an inch. They had to be static.
Q11. What messages do you give in this film?
A. My simple message in this film is that previous and past relationships matter a lot.
Another message is that the first human nations to Mars would be set up by late 2030s.
The last but the most relevant message is that learning never stops.
Q1. During an exclusive Canadian-Media interview with Mark Krenzien, he was asked his reason for switching over -- from Environmental, Wild life, and preservation of species -- to the subject of Space?
The present need for the children and youth of this generation as well as next generation to learn the progress being made in the space sciences with one of the recent launch of a space shuttle to Mars.
We are much closer to Mars now as compared to the past and hence this project is most suitable to the present times.
But my next three projects are based on preserving more cities and making them livable and savable. The subject of mountain exploration would also be taken up by me.
Q2. Of all the films produced by you so far do you consider this is as your best film?
If so, why?
A2. Yes I consider this film as my best film because it is both inspirational and based on facts. This is because the first half of Journey To Space is a profile on the Space Shuttle Program and its 135 missions which paves the way for understanding of the youth of this generation as well as next generation to learn how we live and operate in space. As part of the Space Shuttle section of the movie, we give a strong overview of the Shuttle’s last major project – the launch and assembly of the ISS.
The imagery used in film feeds the imagination of the young as well as the adult viewers.
Another reason for considering this film as my best film so far is because I had to go to school with all my crew members and cameramen to get full training before I could project the scenes in which the space shuttle is launched to the space station.
This gave me an opportunity for life-long learning.
Q3. Who are some of the NASA experts you collaborated with on this film?
A: NASA experts: Stuart McClung, Orion re-entry specialist; Lindsey Aitchinsen, Spacesuit Engineer; Serena Aunon, astronaut; Ellen Ochoa, Director of Johnson Space Center. Other principal film advisors include: JPL, Roger Launius, head curator at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Dennis Jenkins, consultant, author and curator.
Q4: Does the film pay homage to NASA’s past accomplishments?
A: Yes. The first half of Journey To Space is a profile on the Space Shuttle Program and its 135 missions, enables the understanding how we live and operate in space and as well as the future missions covered in the film.
As part of the Space Shuttle section of the movie, we give a strong overview of the Shuttle’s last major project – the launch and assembly of the International Space Station.
Q5: What are some of the new pieces of hardware introduced in this movie?
A: Three different elements to enable us to go farther into space than ever before are featured in Journey To Space.
They include: Orion, NASA’s first spacecraft designed to carry humans on long duration (years vs. days) to carry out deep-space exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit and return them safely back home; Olympus, an early concept of an inflatable transit habitat that measures approximately 50-feet in diameter to provide astronauts the work area and living space necessary for long-duration missions; SLS (Space Launch System), the giant rocket -- that generates over nine million pounds of thrust equivalent to the weight of 22 elephants -- providing the huge lift necessary to carry Orion and Olympus as well as Mars landers and and vehicles into deep space and get astronauts to the surface of Mars and return them safely to Earth.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)