Our Team

President

Peter Raymont

Peter Raymont Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, journalist and writer Peter Raymont has produced and directed over 100 documentaries and TV drama series during his 39-year career. His productions have won over 40 international awards and been screened and broadcast worldwide.

Raymont’s career began at age 21 at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal where, from 1971-78, he worked as an editor, director and producer. In 1979, he moved to Toronto and established his independent film and television production company, Investigative Productions, now operating as White Pine Pictures. He co-partnered the company for many years with his late wife, award-winning filmmaker and author, Lindalee Tracey. Their collaboration resulted in several successful documentary series and specials including the Emmy and Sundance Award-winning feature “Shake Hands with the Devil” and the hit 38-episode TV drama series “The Border”.

Raymont’s productions are often provocative investigations of “hidden worlds” in politics, the media, and big business. His films are informed with a passion for human rights and social justice.

Other films directed by Raymont include A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman (2007) and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009), which were each shortlisted for an Academy Award and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. A Promise to the Dead won 9 international awards, including the DGC Award for Best Documentary and the 2008 Donald Brittain Gemini Award for Best Social Political Documentary.

Raymont directed Genius Within with long-time collaborator Michèle Hozer, and it has since been released theatrically in Canada, USA, Germany and Australia.

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, completed in Fall 2011, has been released theatrically across Canada in over 40 cities.

He is currently in production on a season two of the CBC drama Cracked.
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COO

Steve Ord

steve_crop Steve Ord joined White Pine Pictures as its COO in January, 2013. He has over 20 years of media experience as a senior manager and professional consultant. Until 2008, Steve held the position of Executive Vice President, Alliance Atlantis Communications, where he was responsible for business aspects of AAC’s international television division and production business. He worked on Canadian production and the CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION franchise. He was Executive Producer on the long running COLD SQUAD series. Prior to AAC, Steve was Manager of Business Affairs at Telefilm Canada (Toronto). He also worked three years in policy consulting with Paul Audley & Associates. He has an MBA degree from York University.

VP Finance/Associate Producer

Caroline Murphy

caroline_62_crop Caroline provides strategic acumen for diversifying financing plans, developing projects, building international partners, and assists in producing. Since March of 2008, she has overseen the finance and accounting aspects of White Pine’s development, production, distribution, and corporate undertakings including Cracked, The Border, Fight Like Soldiers, West Wind:Tom Thomson, Genius Within: Glenn Gould, The Team, Experimental Eskimos, Prosecutor, and Winds of Heaven: Emily Carr.

Caroline has held senior financial positions with the industry’s foremost producers, including Atlantis and Breakthrough, assisting in the delivery of award winning content to many of the world’s top broadcasters and film distributors. She has worked collaboratively on over thirty projects such as: Tekwar for CTV and MCA/Universal, My Life as a Dog for YTV and Showtime, Traders for Global, It Seems Like Yesterday for History TV, The True Stories Series for Discovery US and Channel 4, Something about Mary Magdalene for Vision, ITV, and The History Channel US, The Lost Gods for S4C, TV4, Vision and The Smithsonian Channel, and Murder One for Miramax.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and a CPA from California. In her spare time, she has returned to U of T to study English Literature. She loves music and big waves on sandy shores.

Janice Dawe

VP, Development

Lesley Grant

lesley-1_crop Lesley joined White Pine Pictures in October 2012. As Vice-President Development, she is responsible for advancing and building a slate of original dramatic and factual entertainment programming.

In 1999, Lesley left her job as an editor at Random House Canada to launch her career in television, which has included positions with all major Canadian broadcasters, including five years as a Development and Production Executive at CTV Dramatic Programming. Prior to White Pine, Lesley was Director of Development at notable independent production houses Barna-Alper Productions and Shaftesbury Films. She left Shaftesbury to spend two years in Dawson City, Yukon – the adventure of a lifetime.

Lesley has also served on the boards of a number of non-profit arts societies and has appeared on industry panels. She is well respected in the creative community and has volunteered and provided mentoring with various associations including the Canadian Film Centre, the National Screen Institute, and Women in the Director’s Chair.

Head of Documentary Development

Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed Patrick is an award-winning director, writer, producer and long-time White Pine Pictures collaborator. Many of Reed’s films explore human rights issues, following compelling characters as they struggle with the past and present.

One of his first assignments with White Pine was researching and producing Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, which won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance 2006, and Best Documentary Emmy in 2007.

Two years later, Reed returned to Africa to direct Tsepong: A Clinic Called Hope for the CBC’s Nature of Things. His passion for Africa led him back to Rwanda and Somalia with Dr. James Orbinski to direct Triage, a moving exploration of front-line medicine. Triage was invited to screen at the Sundance Film Festival and HotDocs in 2008 where it was an audience favorite, before being broadcast on Global Television.

Patrick’s newest feature documentary Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children, follows General Roméo Dallaire on his mission to end the use of child soldiers. The film will have its Canadian premiere April 2013 at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival.

Director of Business & Legal Affairs

Jason Meloche

jason-m-310x233-for-web After spending the last few years as a civil litigator at a boutique law firm in Toronto, Jason Meloche has joined White Pine Pictures as their Director of Business and Legal Affairs.

Before studying law, Jason was an entertainer – performing in various film, television, music and theatre projects, including, “Wild Card”, “Blues Brothers 2000″, “Owning Mahowny” and the mega-musicals Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. His career took him to incredible cities throughout Canada and Europe.

Upon his return to Toronto from Europe in 2005, and after meeting Entertainment lawyer Chris Taylor, he was inspired to pursue a career in the field of law. Since becoming a lawyer, Meloche has amassed extensive experience arguing motions and trials throughout the Ontario Superior Court system and has negotiated countless settlements before mediators and Judges.

Jason is an active member of the Entertainment, Media and Communication section of the Ontario Bar Association who organizes conferences in order to keep abreast of the legislative and practical advances in the field of Entertainment Law. He is also a member of the performing rights society ACTRA.

Head of Marketing & Communications, Operations Manager

Davida Gragor

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With a focus on Marketing, Davida has worked for some of Canada’s leading production companies over the last 11 years. Prior to joining White Pine in 2007, she worked at PeaceArch Entertainment in their post-production department, as well as Robert Lantos’ Serendipity Point Films where she assisted the Head of Marketing & Communications on several films, including the Oscar-nominated Being Julia, and Atom Egoyan’s Where the Truth Lies.

As Head of Marketing & Communications, Davida oversees the overall corporate branding and online presence of White Pine Pictures. She has created and implemented marketing strategies for many of the award-winning documentaries, including both Oscar short-listed films A Promise to the Dead and Genius Within, and oversaw the award and broadcast strategy for all three seasons of White Pine’s drama series The Border on CBC.

She recently completed the theatrical release for the documentary West Wind as well as its BellMedia interactive website www.TomThomsonArt.ca, and is currently working on the global marketing plan for White Pine’s TV series Cracked.

Controller

Candis Buder

candis_40_crop Candis joined White Pine Pictures 7 years ago, bringing with her a wealth of varied experience from Atlantis Films and numerous key production accounting positions on film and TV productions. She has specialized in accounting for this industry for over 20 years. For White Pine, she set up and manages accounting systems and is responsible for the financial reporting and tax credit filings of the various productions as well as maintaining White Pine’s corporate records.

Business Affairs Coordinator

Adrianna Crifo

acrifo_310x233 Adrianna Crifo joined White Pine Pictures in 2011 as Business Affairs Coordinator. She works closely with White Pine’s COO Steve Ord and Jason Meloche (Director, Business and Legal Affairs).

An independent producer herself, she has a strong knowledge of tax credit filing, funding and grant applications, as well as broadcaster and financier agreements. She uses these skills as well as her well-built relationships with funders to coordinate all facets of White Pine’s development, production, and distribution from a business perspective.

Prior to joining White Pine, Adrianna was Business Affairs Manager for Hungry Eyes Film & Television Working on such projects as “She’s the Mayor”, “Brick by Brick” and “Home Again”.

Adrianna recently completed a BravoFACT comedy short film and has joined forces with a fellow producer to form Third Culture Films with several projects currently in development.

Digital Media Manager

Phil Wilson

Phil Wilson Phil Wilson began at White Pine Pictures soon after finishing his Bachelor of Arts in Communications with Honours at The University of Windsor. He has worked in many capacities at White Pine including web management, graphics, post-production, rights clearances, festival coordination and marketing.

Phil was involved in several major documentary releases including the festival roll out of Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire where he supported multiple high-profile festival appearances of the film.

In between White Pine assignments, Phil worked as an assistant editor with award-winning director/editor Michèle Hozer on various White Pine produced documentaries, (Triage, Promise to the Dead, Radical Dreamer) and with composer Mark Korven in music rights administration for White Pine’s award-winning drama series, The Border. In 2010, Phil contributed to the re-launch of White Pine’s website and supervised the re-organization of both digital and physical assets including White Pine’s extensive tape library.

Phil is currently applying his solid knowledge of post-production workflow and tape formats to coordinate the theatrical release of feature documentary Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children.

Bookkeeper

Adriana Aviles

c_aaviles_310x233 With over 10 years of previous accounting experience, Adriana joined White Pine Pictures in 2012 as the company’s Bookkeeper. She began working in film and television finance four years ago on the hit TV series So You Think You Can Dance Canada and has built up a thorough knowledge of the industry’s specific accounting needs. As White Pine’s bookkeeper, Adriana oversees all aspects of payables and payroll.

Office Coordinator & Executive Assistant to Peter Raymont

Alicia Giammaria

alicia_17_crop As White Pine’s Office Coordinator, Alicia Giammaria is responsible for the overall maintenance of the office, its equipment, and supplies. She is also Executive Assistant to Peter Raymont, and the rest of the senior staff as needed. During her time at White Pine she has developed strong relationships with vendors as well as key contacts in the industry. Alicia helps to coordinate the annual Lindalee Tracey Award which is awarded during Hot Docs.

Alicia was born and raised in Montreal, QC where she studied documentary film and worked previously as a personal assistant. Her passions are film, culinary arts and music. In her spare time she works on her photography which has been published in Vancouver-based magazine, You This Me as well as Toronto-based magazine, Soundproof.