Barry Stevens, Director, Abolish, is a Toronto documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. He won a drama Gemini award for writing The Diary of Evelyn Lau then switched to documentaries as a writer on the International Emmy-winning documentary, Gerrie and Louise. His personal documentary called Offspring about his search for his sperm donor was seen in 61 countries, was nominated for an Emmy and influenced public policy in the UK and elsewhere. Other long-form projects include Prosecutor, about the trials of the International Criminal Court (for White Pine Pictures), The Bomber's Dream and Sector Sarajevo about the war in Bosnia, which both won WGC awards. For four years, he has been directing and co-producing a series for History TV called War Story, which has won seven awards, including Best Direction in documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards. He is currently working on a film about jihadism.
Kim Carter, Producer, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish (President, WSP; Director, TAF) has extensive experience in business management. He is a producer on the recently released documentary film When Elephants Fight. He has owned and operated a vertically integrated company in the UK; was Founder/Director of publishing companies Carter & Carter Ltd. and Salt Kettle Publishing Ltd.; was Chairman/Director, Macquarie Capital Alliance International Limited and Director, Macquarie MCG International Limited, which were both taken private with an acquisition value of more than US$6 billion. Kim is an Independent Director of Macquarie Special Situations Fund Limited (MSSits) and three other related Macquarie entities. In addition to several other directorships, he is Director/Founder of KATKiDS, and Co-Founder of TEDxBermuda. In 2007 Kim helped in the rescue and subsequent rehabilitation of I36 trafficked children in Nepal. The children were in appalling physical and mental condition while in the hands of traffickers, but after the rescue and many years of care, they are in good health, many going on to higher education and all have finally been reunited with their families.
Neil Glass, Producer, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish (Director, Finance, WSP; Director, TAF), is a chartered accountant and owner of Bermuda-based WW Management Limited, providing management oversight to, and serving as a director of, hedge funds, and has experience as a film accountant. Neil was a Co-Founder of the Bermuda International Film Festival and its Treasurer from 1996–2008. He was also the Leader of the Bermuda Business Development Agency's Asset Management Focus Group (2013-2016), which works closely with senior members of industry, government and the regulator with the goal of revitalizing the asset management industry in Bermuda.
Zabi Yaqeen, Producer, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish (Director, Counsel, WSP; Director, TAF), is a producer and entertainment lawyer in Toronto, Canada. In addition to acting for and against chartered banks, multinationals and individual complainants and defendants in court, Zabi has helped filmmakers, media and internet companies, and technology start-ups with various aspects of their projects, with a focus on emerging media technology and adapting media distribution to the new ways in which audiences consume content. Zabi practised commercial litigation and entertainment law at Julian Heller and Associates for 8 years, before starting his own practice and focusing on Abolish and TAF. He has obtained degrees in both common law and civil law, and practices in English and French.
Peter Raymont, Executive Producer, Abolish (President, White Pine Pictures), 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. Peter'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. 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. 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. 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. 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 has also recently released a film on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and is currently producing a 5 X 1 hr series Arctic Secrets and developing a 6 X 1 hr internationally-produced drama series on Alexander Graham Bell.
Robin Wright, Advisor, Abolish. Robin is an activist, actor, producer, and director. She is a dedicated activist for the women of eastern Congo. Her career includes: starring in The Princess Bride, Forrest Gump (earning her a Golden Globe Award nomination), Toys, Message in a Bottle, Unbreakable, The Conspirator, Moneyball, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She also stars as Claire Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards, for which she has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice, and for which she won the Golden Globe in 2014 for Best Actress - Television Series Drama, making her the first actress to win a Golden Globe for an online-only series.
David Batstone, Special Advisor on Abolish's Call to Action and Outreach Campaign, is co-founder and president of global anti-slavery organization Not For Sale, and co-founder and managing partner of Just Business, an international investment group that incubates social enterprises. He is currently a business professor at the University of San Francisco, and was previously an investment banker in the technology industry. David has authored five books, is the recipient of two national journalist awards, and was named National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at the University of San Francisco for his work in technology and ethics.
Kim Perdikou, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish. Kim is the 2014 recipient of the Not For Sale Freedom Award. Kim is an independent director for multiple companies including CyberArk Software, a public company, and other private technology companies. In addition, Kim is Chair of REBBL, a functional beverage for-profit company, born out of the inaugural Montara Circle – a collaborative event lead by Not For Sale and a group of global leaders committed to solving modern day slavery. REBBL's mission is to create healthy beverages while establishing the highest industry standards for fairness and dignity throughout the supply-chain. REBBL provides opportunities for those vulnerable and most at risk.
Niklas Traub, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish. Niklas is Managing Partner of IID Partners, an investment boutique with interests in biotech, oil exploration, software, semiconductors, media, music, and digital content. He's one of the co-founders of TEDxBermuda and advises various Bermudian organizations involved with bringing business to the island, increasing power independence and improving the economy. Niklas was a co-founder of Foundation Capital Strategies, a successful highly quantitative equity hedge fund based out of Bermuda. Niklas has a PhD in mathematical computer science from the University of Edinburgh.
Tom Butterfield, Art Advisor, Abolish. Tom is Founder and Creative Director of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in Paget, Bermuda. Tom is an 8th generation Bermudian whose family first arrived in 1612. His love for his island home and his innate curiosity regarding the influence Bermuda had on such cultural and artistic luminaries as Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe and Mark Twain has led to the development of this cultural institution- a "State of the Art" Museum which is a first for the island. Tom received a Canada Council Grant in 1977 for his passion for photography and in 2012 received an M.B.E. from Queen Elizabeth II for his service to the arts.
Hilary Saltzman, Advisor, Abolish. Hilary is an established film producer and writer, raised in the motion picture industry and growing up on film sets all over the world due to her father Harry Saltzman, producer of the original first nine James Bond films. Hilary worked directly with her father on his pictures Nijinsky and Time of the Gypsies (nominated for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Award and winning Best Director), and in theatre production at H.M. Tennent at the Globe Theater in London, England including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf starring Maggie Smith. Hilary also wrote and produced the very successful Vue Sur Bond event in Quebec, commemorating her father's film legacy as an international benefit for UNICEF. She also participated in the documentary Everything Or Nothing, celebrating the 50th anniversary of James Bond and produced the Award winning documentary film on Ruby McCollum, released February, 2015, titled You Belong To Me : Sex Race and Murder In the South. Currently Hilary is producing various feature films and her major interest is in developing projects which will have high entertainment value, but most importantly will inspire, teach and create positive thought worldwide. Her credo is MEDIA THAT MATTERS.
Kelly Le Brock, Advisor, Abolish. Kelly Le Brock, an iconic star of the '80s, was beloved on a global scale not only for her role in the films Weird Science (1985) and Woman in Red (1984), but also for her unforgettable spreads in Vogue magazine. Kelly is activating her peers and fans to overcome gender based violence. Kelly most recently lent her support to the The UN Trust campaign to end violence against women "UNiTE to End Violence Against Women" with Carolyn Hardy. Kelly has also used her fame for creating a healthier society through food and lifestyle habits. Her prominence and influence in social media circles has led her to create a platform called "Kelly's Kitchen" which incorporates a free mobile app, foodtweeks, to help her followers make better decisions every day. By taking part in Twitter Chats about food and nutrition (over 100 million impressions in one Twitter Chat) and encouraging fellow film industry partners to step up at the Boston Film Festival during September's "Hunger Action Month," Kelly has amplified success across events and online platforms. Kelly was also a voice in Northern Ireland's campaign to tackle growing weight problems through the Public Health Agency in 2013.
David Hynes, Researcher, Abolish, is a teacher and labour activist. In 2011, David ran for MPP for the New Democratic Party in Ontario. David holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from York University. He is currently teaching Film in the Media Studies and Technology Department of Humber College. His interests include global political economy, history and social justice.
Reza Ahmadi, Researcher, Abolish, is a Researcher and Program Evaluator at the Centre of Research, Policy and Program Development, an organization focused on criminal justice issues in Ontario. Reza Ahmadi has a B.A. in History from York University and a M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from University of Toronto. He also has a post graduate certificate as a Research Analyst from Humber College. Reza combines his academic and professional background to bring a multidisciplinary approach to all his work and is passionate about human rights, diversity and equality issues.