The Edmonton Screen Industries Office Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program

MARCH 3, 2021 – The Edmonton Screen Industries Office today announces that it has been accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. With this achievement, we join a distinguished ever-growing community of 250+ nonprofit organizations dedicated to operational excellence including 33 other organizations in Alberta. 

The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to help organizations strengthen their operations in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.

“When the Edmonton Screen Industries Office was first established, we set the goal of meeting all the requirements to be accredited by Imagine Canada. It’s a high bar to reach and with this announcement today, we can officially say, ‘mission accomplished’.” says Board Chair Peggy Garritty.

“Earning the accreditation, especially in these changing times, shows remarkable resilience, and a strong commitment to innovation and excellence. We commend the latest well-deserving recipients of the Trustmark for achieving Imagine Canada’s Standards accreditation, and demonstrating outstanding adherence to sound governance.” says Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada.

About the Standards Program

The goals of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program are to increase organizational excellence and transparency of charities and nonprofits, to build resilience and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole. To earn the accreditation, organizations must meet 73 standards in financial management and accountability, fundraising practise, board governance, staff management, and volunteer management. 

Peer-review Process and Compliance

Our policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the Standards Program. Accredited organizations are required to complete full re-accreditation on a five-year basis. Compliance during the accreditation period is monitored regularly and requires organizations to submit evidence demonstrating selected standards are being met.

Garritty continued, “We’re proud to be included in the list of Imagine Canada organizations across Canada. It’s important recognition of the standards we set and the aspirations that guide us every day in our mission to be a catalyst for screen industries in the Edmonton Metro region.”

The ESIO acts as a catalyst, a cultivator and a stimulator for the Edmonton screen media sector. This sector includes large anchor companies, small and medium size indie companies, creative entrepreneurs, a skilled workforce, infrastructure and facilities. It has a track record of successful projects and ventures and a collective desire by all to see the industry grow and thrive.

For further information: Madison Côté, Communications & Outreach Officer, [email protected]