Trish Dolman, an innovative Vancouver-based director and producer, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award.
For more than two decades, Trish has brought uniquely Canadian stories to the screen, given a voice to marginalized people and brought often-neglected history to life. She produced Indian Horse, English Canada’s highest grossing film in 2018, and that same year won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Documentary for Canada in a Day. In addition, Trish is known for her leadership role in the Canadian industry and her advocacy of environmentally sustainable practices in the film and television production community.
“Trish exemplifies the values and the spirit of Douglas James Dales,” said Eleanor O’Connor, President of Production Services at Sim. “Trish has been a leader in the sustainable production movement since the beginning, and her commitment to the cause has helped bring environmental sustainability to the forefront in our industry.”
“I am deeply honoured and flattered to receive the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award this year. It means a lot to me to have been selected by past award-winners and industry colleagues who I had the honour of serving on the CMPA board with,” said Dolman. “I learned a lot in my time on the CMPA National board and appreciate all of the hard work my colleagues have done before me. It’s particularly special to receive this award the year after my dear friend Kevin Tierney posthumously received it. I know he would be laughing and making a joke about right now. So I raise a glass virtually to Kevin and all the past award winners. Thank you!”
The award was established by PS’s Doug Dales in 2006 to honour an individual’s contribution to strengthening the Canadian film and television industry. Following Doug’s passing in 2010, the award was renamed in his honour in 2011. PS became part of Sim in 2013, and since then, Sim has expanded the award criteria to include recognition for people who are helping to advance sustainable production solutions. To celebrate Trish’s accomplishments, Sim is making a $5,000 donation to the Pacific Parklands Foundation.
About Trish Dolman
Trish Dolman founded Screen Siren Pictures in Vancouver in 1997 and has since established it as a premier independent production company. In 2009, Trish joined forces with feature film veteran Christine Haebler and today the company boasts partners including Sony Pictures Classics, eOne, Netflix, the BBC, the CBC, ABC Australia, Al Jazeera and many more.
Trish was the youngest recipient of the Woman of the Year award from Women in Film and Television and Video Vancouver in 2003 and that same year directed Ice Girls, which collected three Leo Awards. In 2010, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in British Columbia by the Vancouver Sun.
Sim is a production and post production services company with locations across North America. Bringing together cutting-edge film technology and a diverse, skilled team, Sim continues to set the standard for excellence in content creation equipment and talent. Widely recognized as a leader in mobile clean energy, Sim is a purpose-driven company committed to film industry innovation.
Previous recipients of the Douglas James Dales Industry Building Award include:
- Linda Schuyler & Stephen Stohn
- Wayne Grigsby & David MacLeod
- Doug MacLeod
- Ira Levy
- Stephen Ellis
- Phyllis Laing
- Robin Cass
- Paul Pope
- Sandra Cunningham
- Alex Raffe
- Sari Friedland
- Scott Garvie
- Tom Cox
- Kevin Tierney (posthumously)