“The innovation, vision, and leadership, delivered with passion by the 18 creative, compassionate, and determined young Canadians in WE ARE CANADA makes me proud, hopeful and confident in Canada’s future.” – Ken Dryden


December 13, 2016 – Toronto, ON – White Pine Pictures is pleased to announce it has received $500,000 from the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund for WE ARE CANADA, its new 6 part bilingual CBC and Radio-Canada documentary series and digital media project. Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs) and Member of Parliament (Spadina–Fort York) made the presentation to Peter Raymont, President of White Pine Pictures.

Slated for broadcast on CBC, ICI Radio-Canada Télé and ICI RDI during Canada’s 150th Celebratory year (2017) and recently announced by CBC as part of their official Canada 2017 programming, WE ARE CANADA is based on the idea that we define ourselves as a nation by what we do, and where we’re going. The mission of the series is to make known to Canadians the Chris Hadfields, Naheed Nenshis, Sarah Polleys, Robert Lepages, and James Orbinskis of the future.

“As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, communities all across the country will get to know the stories of exceptional Canadians who aren’t afraid to push boundaries. This documentary series by White Pine Pictures is sure to touch all Canadians with these inspiring life stories.” Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs) and Member of Parliament (Spadina–Fort York).

Peter Raymont, President of White Pine Pictures added; “We are very thankful to all our partners in WE ARE CANADA that have made it possible to tell these remarkable stories on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversary and make them accessible to all Canadians through the tv series and digital platforms.”

WE ARE CANADA is a marquee prime time six part English and French language documentary series telling the stories of a new generation of passionate change-makers. Their work is shaping and defining the future of this country in inspiring and imaginative ways.

With 18 stories selected from across the country this high profile series celebrates the accomplishments of young Canadians who are ground breakers, innovators and visionaries within their respective fields of endeavour.

“We kept asking ourselves, what are we going to look back on and be proud of?”

-Jeremy Bryant, Andrew Hall, co-founders Mealshare

Each hour long episode of WE ARE CANADA includes three profiles of young Canadians, like 17 yr old Maya Burhanpurkar; a brilliant young scientist, inventor, and explorer with multiple ground breaking discoveries in medicine and physics under her belt. Maya is working at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace studies, on the development of a fully autonomous self-driving robotic wheelchair. She hopes to set an example for other young girls to get them interested in the male-dominated fields of physics and other areas of math and science. 26 yr old cousins, Andrew Hall and Jeremy Bryant both left lucrative dream jobs in the corporate sector to found Mealshare, which has already provided 928,117 meals to hungry children in need across Canada and is aggressively targeting its first major milestone: One Million Meals Served. In Montreal, 34 yr old Khalil Baker founded Taking Root, providing long-term income opportunities for farmers in the poorest parts of the world who are the most vulnerable to the effects of industrialization and climate change.

Working in collaboration with Ryerson University’s Transmedia Zone and the Faculty of Communication and Design, WE ARE CANADA DIGITAL will host a wide variety of original and interactive digital content introducing the show to Canadian millennial audiences on various social platforms. The digital component of the series will reach across Canada with a “Virtual Studio” that works with young changemakers across the country to get involved and tell their story. It will also showcase the ‘making of’ of the series as well as mini profiles of the characters in We Are Canada. Interactive live online events will also be a part of We Are Canada Digital.

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About White Pine Pictures
White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film, television, and new media production company based in Toronto, Canada. Headed by award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont, the company has produced over 100 films, including the Emmy award-winning feature documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, two Oscar-shortlisted features: A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. White Pine is also the producer of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 episodes), and Cracked (21 episodes) created for the CBC and sold worldwide including France, Germany, and the USA. www.whitepinepictures.com

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.

About Ryerson
About The Transmedia Zone at Ryerson University

Located in Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design, in the heart of downtown Toronto, The Transmedia Zone is an incubator for innovation and creative experimentation in media and storytelling. With a focus on emerging platforms and processes, the Transmedia Zone supports projects from students as well as industry members. We put a priority on collaborative cross-disciplinary work, with teams sharing expertise and experience as they take their projects from concept to prototype, and beyond.

The Faculty of Communications and Design, is home to Canada’s nine leading schools in media and the creative industries. For seven decades, our unique programs have been at the heart of the evolution of cultural industries. We offer a premier education, while allowing our students and faculty the freedom to question social norms and to become leaders in the creative fields. We take of challenges beyond the imagined and immerse ourselves in worlds that explore design and storytelling.


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Associated Links
White Pine Pictures
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Government of Canada
Canada 150: Canada.ca/150
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Canada150th
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Canada150/
Hashtag: #Canada150

CBC Canada 2017
CBC: cbc.ca/2017
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cbc2017/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cbccanada2017/
Hashtags: #cbc2017 #radiocanada2017

Ryerson: http://www.ryerson.ca/fcad/
Transmedia Zone: http://transmediazone.ca/
Twitter: @transmediazone @RyersonFCAD
Instagram: @RyersonFCAD

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