Kathleen Bazkur, Program Coordinator
Kathleen has held many positions in Canadian conventional, specialty, pay and digital television, in both brand marketing and programming areas. Born and raised in Toronto, Kathleen was educated at Ryerson University. She began her career at CFTO-TV, the flagship station of CTV, was a founding member of YTV and was in senior management positions at Astral Networks and Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting. She has won several awards for her work in on-air marketing campaigns and has been a speaker at international conferences. In addition, she has been a judge of international television marketing and design awards. In 1999, she moved to Prince Edward County and loves mentoring tomorrow’s media movers-and-shakers.
Dave Collins, Professor
For 20 years Dave has been designing Graphics and Motion Graphics for television, print, and on-line content. He’s have been lucky enough to be doing something he loves to do. Dave says “the best thing about my job is the variety, it helps to keep things fresh. Each new challenges allows me to continue learning”. HeI started working in television for The Score Television Network and stayed with them until May of ‘08. For 7 years as The Score’s Network Art Director he was responsible for the branding and overall look of the network. Dave has also designed packages that air or have aired on Prime, Global, The Comedy Network, CBC, Fox Sports World Canada, W Network, TV Tropolis, Game TV, and Sportsnet. Since leaving The Score he has been working as a freelance artist for clients all over the world. The majority of his work is still produced for television, but the trend towards more online content is growing. Dave teaches in the TelevisionProgram as well as in the Animation, and Media Experience Programs. Dave demonstrates every day that he truly enjoys passing on his experience and knowledge to his students.
Ben Forgie, Professor
Ben graduated from the Television Broadcasting Program at Loyalist College in 1999. Following an internship with Sportsnet in Toronto, he returned to Loyalist and graduated from the Broadcast Journalism Program in 2000. Ben gained experience as a journalist working as a radio anchor/ reporter with Quinte Broadcasting and then returned to Television serving as a Producer with TVCogeco. This position gave Ben extensive experience producing studio and mobile television productions including OHL Hockey and other live sporting events. He also produced a weekly entertainment program that featured a wide array of internationally renowned guests. Following this, Ben returned to school and graduated from The Faculty of Education at Queen’s University in 2007. That Fall he was fortunate to come full circle and join the faculty team in the Television and New Media Production Program at Loyalist.
Claude Gariepy, Professor
Claude has truly seen this industry evolve, from Shooting Film, to Video, to Solid State Memory cards. He is our Camera / field lighting specialist. He’s had 40 years experience as a freelance DOP (Director of Photography), director, and producer. Claude has been involved in Documentary and event coverage worldwide for all major networks: CBC, CTV, TSN, Sports Net, NBC, CBS, NBC, ESPN and more. He has an impressive background in series work, including: The Red Green Show (CBC), Body Break (PSA and series on TLC), Making the Cut (CBC) and Paradise Falls (Showcase). Claude has been involved in covering major events all over the globe including the Calgary and Atlanta Olympics (CBC/CBS) and the X-Games (ESPN). His real passion is motorsports and he’s been lucky enough to have been involved in the Canadian Rally Championship (TSN/RDS), Rally America (ESPN), Indy Car Championship (TSN/RDS), F1 (TSN/RDS/FOCA), NHL (NHL Productions) and many more. His many Corporate clients include: Toyota/Lexus, Subaru, General Motors, TD Bank, Scotia Bank, IBM, Petro Canada, Canada Revenue Agency and many more. Claude is a proud Founding member of CICA (Canadian Independent Camera Association). He is fully bilingual in French and English.
Cathy Goddard, Professor
Cathy is a graduate of the Loyalist TVNM program. Before teaching at Loyalist, she had a career in Television Series Production, News, Documentary, but mostly Sports as a cameraperson, graphics operator, audio operator, editor and director. She has the distinction of being the first female news camera-person at CTV Atlantic in the early 80’s. Her career highlights include editing at 4 Olympic Games — Calgary ’88, Barcelona ’92, Lillehammer ’94 and Nagano ’98, camera operator and editor at many world cup ski races and world class sporting events including the 1987 World Hockey Championships in Vienna Austria. Part of her gig in Toronto with TV 2 Go, was to drive and operate a KU band satellite uplink truck that she piloted across Canada and throughout the USA, working on such events as Blues Jays Spring Training camp in Dunedin Florida and the 1988 Calgary Olympic Torch Relay. Cathy is a self proclaimed “foodie” and she combines her love of video content creation and cooking by mentoring the 2nd year TV students at Loyalist in the production of a professional 1/2 hour cooking show that goes to air on local cable and CBC affiliate stations.
Michelle Grimes, Professor
Michelle has worked as a broadcaster and production executive for a variety of Canadian media companies and organizations including Outdoor Life Network, National Geographic Channel, Slice (formerly Life Network), BBC Canada, CityTV and Star!. She’s worked with production companies to help make shows including Mantracker, Ed’s Up, Survivorman, and a number of documentaries and children’s shows. A former journalist and editor, she has written for the Canadian Press/Broadcast News, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, among others, and was a freelance news reporter for various radio stations in the Maritimes. Michelle holds degrees in both Journalism and Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. In addition to teaching in TVNM, Michelle is Coordinator of the Media Experience program. Favorite TV shows include Lost, Game of Thrones, 30 Rock, Glee, and House.
Eric Howard, Professor
Eric is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Program attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors Degree. Before teaching at Loyalist College in 2001 he spent 20 years working in Live Performing Arts and Television, from Ballet to Rock & Roll. He has been a Stage Manager for Stage West Dinner Theatre, a Lighting Designer in Toronto for the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the National Ballet School, and the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. He has also worked in Film as Lighting Director on a short called “Grace Eternal” that was featured in the Toronto Film Festival in 1996. He’s worked in the Live Band scene from the smoke filled Bars of trendy Queen Street in Toronto to the wide-open spaces at Kingswood Music Theatre at Canada’s Wonderland. After that, Eric turned to Television and found his niche in Live Broadcasting at The Shopping Channel. He started as a Camera Operator and worked his way through each technical position and eventually as Director, logging close to 17,000 live television hours. His last position was Manager of Operations with a staff of 60. If you’re ever curious for the inside scoop on many celebrities, such as George Foreman, Joan Rivers, Suzanne Somers, Ivana and Ivanka Trump, and many more; Eric will be glad to divulge their most intimate secrets. He’ll tell you the stuff that even TMZ doesn’t know.
Paul Papadopoulos, Professor
Paul has worked as a producer, director, writer, videographer, and once as an on air reporter. From May 2002 to April 2004 he completed 64 episodes as the series producer of the Gemini nominated program POV Sports on CBC. He was an associate producer for the 2006 Winter Olympic broadcast. He’s been a features producer for Canadian Idol. He was the senior producer/director of The Zone on YTV, the #1 block of afterschool programming for kids in Canada. He loves working in a professional environment that promotes creativity, such as the TVNM program. As a seasoned producer Paul has worked on a variety of sports, youth and lifestyle-oriented programs. He’s had the opportunity to produce a multitude of segments that appeal to various target markets. They have covered the world of sports, interior design, travel, pop culture, film, and music. The types of projects Paul has worked on have included magazine, live programming, documentaries, dramas, commercials, sales promotions, interstitials and infomercials. Paul brings all this experience to Loyalist and also maintains a thriving professional career in the business.
Mark Sorge, Professor Mark graduated from the Television and New Media Production program in 1993 and began his television career in Lloydminster Alberta at CKSA/CITL as a master control operator. After leaving Alberta, he worked as an ENG editor, floor director and studio camera operator at ATV/ASN in Halifax Nova Scotia. His career saw stints at CTV and CBC affiliates in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa where he worked as a freelance videographer. Mark has also worked as a freelance lighting director/designer with numerous recording artists in both live and televised events beginning in 1982 and continues to do so. Some of his latest video projects include working with Great Big Sea on their live concert DVD “Courage and Patience and Grit”, The Wilkinsons’ music video “When I’m Old” and Stuart Maclean’s “Vinyl Café” Christmas Special.