What is the Creative Industries Council?

Together we are writing a new chapter, promoting cooperation and connectivity between The City, First Nations, community organizations, local residents and business.

The Creative Industries Council (CIC), is a not-for-profit society made up of a number of community organizations, whose aim is to incubate and accelerate the growth of a cluster of creative industries in our community. The cluster would be a complementary group of businesses ranging from advertising, architecture, art, crafts, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, research and development, software, toys and games to TV, radio, digital and graphic design, animation, stereoscopic 3D and interactive games.

A community organization with:

  • Strong Vision & Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Community Relationships
  • A Collaboracitve Spirit
  • Promoting First Nations Culture and Youth Opportunities
  • Building Infrastructure for Business Development, Incubation and Innovation
  • Producing World-Class Storytelling through Tangible Products
  • Providing a Substantial Framework for Creative Industries Education


The creative industries supports a range of economic activities, which are concerned with the generation of knowledge and information. The creative industries have been seen to become increasingly important to economic well-being, proponents suggesting that “human creativity is the ultimate economic resource,” (Florida 2002, p. xiii) and that “the industries of the twenty-first century will depend increasingly on the generation of knowledge through creativity and innovation.”

The CIC is collaborating with various organizations and institutions to provide a substantial framework for education, mentorship and training to launch or transition into new media and careers in related industries. Our purpose is to address and meet the economic needs of the residents of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast by incubating and accelerating the growth of a creative cluster as an economic driver to meet the needs of this rapidly changing global society.

Who we are

President – Jodi Simkin (Director of Cultural Affairs and Heritage with the Klahoose First Nation)
Vice President – Shannon Baikie, (North Island Employment Foundations Society)
Treasurer – Joan Miller  (Island North Film Commission)
Secretary – Matt Gionet (Earworm Sound)

Dan Smith (member Wei Wai Kum (CR Band)
Kevin Patrick (School District 72)
Jeremy Latham (Latham Communications)
Leah Tremain (Tremain Media)
Curtis Wilson (Nanwokolas Council)
Cheryl O’Connell (North Island College)

Ex-officio Director:
Andrew Adams (Mayor City of Campbell River)

Tanya Price (Island North Film Commission)

Industry Advisory Council:
Glenn Entis, VanEdge Capital
Jerrica Cleland, Twenty One Inc.
Lynn Leboe, Leboe & Grice
Molly Mason-Boule, EA Canada
Rick Stringfellow, EA Canada
Chris Welman, Microsoft Games
Henry LaBounta, Microsoft Studios Canada
Mike Davidson, SIGGRAPH
Sly Provencher, Spark CG Society