From a media release:
The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to announce that showrunner Dennis Heaton is the WGCâ€™s new president, elected by WGC council to serve the 2,200 members of the Guild from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020. Dennis is an award-winning screenwriter based in Vancouver; currently showrunner of the upcoming Netflix show, The Order.
â€œWeâ€™re very excited to work with Dennis,â€ says WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker. â€œHis showrunning experience will hold us in good stead as we go into Independent Production Agreement bargaining within the next year.â€
Dennis has been a member of the WGC since 2001 and has served on the Guildâ€™s council since 2012. He was showrunner of the internationally renowned police procedural Motive (CTV/ABC seasons one and two), and has written for The Listener and Blood Ties, among other shows.
â€œItâ€™s great to be the new WGC president,â€ says Heaton. â€œIâ€™m looking forward to building on the Guildâ€™s past successes, as well as facing the challenges ahead.â€
In addition to electing a new president, the Guild also has a new council, responsible for setting policies and overseeing Guild activities. The 2018-20 WGC council is made up of experienced screenwriter members from across the country: Vice President Andrew Wreggitt (Mayerthorpe), Treasurer Mark Ellis (X Company), Marsha Greene (Mary Kills People), Alex Levine (Orphan Black), Anne-Marie Perrotta (Max & Ruby), and Michael Amo (Pure).
The WGCâ€™s new council, along with Executive Director Maureen Parker, is ready to move ahead in a time of industry flux, and to continue the Guildâ€™s ongoing work on behalf of Canadian screenwriters.