‘Candy’ goes to Helga Stephenson
Canadian entertainment dynamo Helga Stephenson is the recipient of this year’s Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute at the Canadian Screen Awards, a.k.a. the Candys.
The career achievement honour recognizes “outstanding and enduring contributions to Canadian film and television,” the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television said in a news release.
As CEO of the academy from 201116, Stephenson was instrumental in combining the Genies (film) and Geminis (television) into the Canadian Screen Awards.
She also helped establish the Toronto International Film Festival, co-founded Human Rights Watch Canada and is chair of the Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Peter Howell