OUR TEAM

PETER RAYMONT
President

Producer, director, journalist, writer, Peter Raymont has produced and directed over 100 films and TV series during a 44 year career. He is responsible for more than 200 hours of programming.

Raymont’s films have been honoured with 52 international awards including 13 Geminis (45 nominations), Gold and Silver Hugos and The Sesterce d’Argent, among others. His documentary feature, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire received the 2007 Emmy for Best Documentary and the 2006 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.

Raymont is the Executive Producer and co-creator of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 X 1 hr), produced for the CBC, sold to over 25 broadcasters and versioned into 11 languages. The highly-rated CBC drama series Cracked (21 X 1 hr) was broadcast in 30 countries.

Raymont’s films 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.

A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman (2007) and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009) were shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Long Form Documentary. They both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. A Promise to the Dead won 9 awards, including the DGC Award for Best Documentary and the 2008 Academy of Canadian Cinema’s Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary. Genius Within, co-directed by long-time collaborator Michèle Hozer, was released theatrically in Canada, USA, Germany and Australia.

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson was released theatrically across Canada, screened in the U.S, the UK, The Netherlands and Norway. It received 6 international honours, including the Directors’ Guild of Canada’s prestigious Alan King Award.

Raymont’s work includes the popular sports documentaries The New Ice Age: A Year in the Life of the NHL(CBC – 6 X 1 hrs), co-produced and co-directed with Joseph Blasioli and Chasing the Dream, following the lives of three prospects, from the U.S., the Dominican Republic and Canada, vying to find a spot on the Toronto Blue Jays.

He recently completed two feature length documentaries, Guantanamo’s Child, about controversial inmate at Guantanamo Bay, Omar Khadr and Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven, which focuses on a group of researchers who set out to find the vistas that inspired Canada’s most famous artists – The Group of Seven. He is currently producing films on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne,  a 5X1 hr series Arctic Secrets and developing a 6 X 1 hr internationally-produced drama series on Alexander Graham Bell.
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STEVE ORD
COO

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.

ANDREW MUNGER
Head of Factual Development

Andrew Munger has been writing, producing and directing documentary and factual programming for Canadian broadcasters for nearly twenty five years. 

Andrew’s Films include Wal-Mart Nation, Campaign and Xanadu, for CBC TV. Andrew ran the Television Production program for five years at World Vision Canada, Canada’s largest charity. Recent productions for White Pine include: Premier: The Unscripted Kathleen Wynne (Bell Media – CTV); Arctic Secrets (8 x 1 hr, 4K documentary series for Blue Ant & Smithsonian Earth), Girls’ Night Out, a one hour documentary for CBC Television; and All Governments Lie, (Superchannel & TIFF 2017). 

DAVIDA GRAGOR
Head of Marketing & Communications, Operations Manager

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

JASON MELOCHE
Director of Business & Legal Affairs

After spending years as a civil litigator at a boutique law firm in Toronto, Jason Meloche 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.

STEPHEN PANICCIA
Director Finance and Production

Stephen Paniccia, CPA,CMA has been working in the film and television industry since his graduation from the University of Windsor’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce Program and the Vancouver Film School in 1997. Stephen received his start in the industry after being granted a spot in the CFTPA National Mentorship Program with Forefront Entertainment working as their Assistant to the Executive in Charge of Production. Since then, Stephen has worked with numerous independent film and television production companies including White Pine Pictures, 9 Story Entertainment and The Nightingale company in a variety of roles including Vice President of Business Affairs, Head of Production and Executive in Charge of Production.

TARA BOIRE
Business Affairs

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ADRIANA AVILES
Bookkeeper

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.

PHIL WILSON
Digital Media Manager

Phil Wilson has worked in many capacities at White Pine including web management, graphics, post-production, rights clearances, festival coordination and marketing. In 2010, Phil contributed to the re-launch of the White Pine website and supervised the re-organization of both digital and physical assets including White Pine’s extensive tape library. He is currently responsible for all digital inventories and shoot footage across all projects as well as overseeing White Pine’s post-production office and edit suites.

In between White Pine assignments, Phil worked as an assistant editor with award-winning director/editor Michèle Hozer on various 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.

ALICIA GIAMMARIA
Marketing Coordinator, Graphic Designer

Joining White Pine Pictures in 2012, Alicia Giammaria is responsible for designing and keeping promotional materials ready by coordinating requirements with our management team. Alicia looks after social media and website upkeep and has worked on the theatrical release of Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven, Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr, Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris and All Governments Lie: Truth Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone. Alicia was born and raised in Montreal, QC where she studied documentary film.

MIKE CONNORS
Executive Assistant

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