The Pioneers have always acknowledged those whom have dedicated themselves to the organization.

In 1952 the Pioneer Board began discussions on ways to honour dedicated members of the Pioneers on an annual basis. In 1953, the first “Pioneer of the Year” dinner was hosted. Each year since a selection committee of past recipients selects not only a new "Pioneer of the Year" but also has authority to present others with Pioneer awards when it seems appropriate.

The below links provide continued recognition of those who have earned these awards.

  • A pictorial version of Pioneer of the Year recipients may be accessed CLICK HERE
  • For a historical list of Pioneer of the Year and other Awards Recipients click CLICK HERE

2016 Award Dinner Recipients

Pioneer of the Year:

Karen Burke-Keniston – Director, Sales, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada

Karen is a 39 year veteran of the industry, starting her career working for Famous Players at a movie theatre in downtown Toronto. She then moved to Victoria Film Services and in 1988 her career with Walt Disney Studios started. Karen joined the Canadian Picture Pioneers in 1997 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007.

Silver Spotlight Award Recipients:

Mario Fortin – Cinémas Beaubien, Montreal
John Narvali – Narvali Digital Photography

Diamond Spotlight Award Recipient:

Don Popow – Paramount Pictures Entertainment Canada

The Awards were presented at the Canadian Picture Pioneers 2016 Awards Dinner,
Thursday November 17, 2016 at The Westin Prince Hotel, 900 York Mills Road, Toronto

View current and past Award Dinner Books as PDFs by "clicking" on the book covers below:

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