About Us

The mandate of Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) is to stimulate and promote Northern Ontario's film, television and music industries, as well as provide educational programs to foster the advancement of our region's emerging talent. 

With a population of nearly 800,000, millions of hectares of forest and six major cities ready to host film productions, Northern Ontario is a thriving cultural destination that balances urban life with relaxing respite. We're here to connect and support local and international creators who want to discover what the North has to offer.

If you're a film producer looking to take advantage of the growing resources and financial benefits of Northern Ontario, our 'Producer's Guide' is exactly what you're looking for.

Similarly, CION's music page provides northern musicians with resources to help develop their careers and bring their music to new stages.

General information: 

Director, Industry Development and Production Services:
Devin Mahesh

As the Director of Industry Development and Production Services at Cultural Industries Ontario North, Devin Mahesh brings nearly two decades of film and television production experience to his role, where he’s committed to driving growth and innovation in the industry. After graduating from York University and honing his skills at the New York Film Academy, Devin’s career was notably recognized with a National Mentorship Award from the Canadian Media Producers Association in 2009. With a diverse portfolio that includes award-winning feature films, television series, documentaries, music videos, and video games, Devin offers a profound understanding of both the creative and logistical challenges faced by filmmakers and content creators in today’s dynamic media landscape.

Lead, Music Sector Development:
Melanie St-Pierre

Melanie St-Pierre is a musician, music industry professional, and illustrator from Northern Ontario who resides in Sudbury, Ontario. Melanie is the lead singer and songwriter of the critically acclaimed band Casper Skulls, which was previously nominated for a SOCAN songwriting award. Melanie is a graduate of the Visual and Creative Arts program with honors from Sheridan College, where she received the Works of Paper Award of Excellence. After graduation, she worked at SAMO Media as a project manager and art department manager, and then in the role of art director when the company merged with Precision Record Pressing in 2016, which is the largest vinyl record manufacturing facility in Canada.

Workforce Development Officer:
Jodie Wiebe

Jodie's experience in the film and television production industry, where she played a key role in several regional projects, has given her the skills and interest to train the next generation of film crews on the opportunities that the North can offer. With roots firmly planted in Northern Ontario, Jodie graduated from Cambrian College before honing her administrative and research skills working with production companies and television crews. Jodie is committed to supporting the growth of the film and television production industry in Northern Ontario by implementing programs that foster career development and bridge the gap between Northerners and productions that visit the region.

Communications and Development Officer:
Samuel Boucher

Originally from Kapuskasing, Ontario, Samuel moved to Sudbury to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Media Studies at Laurentian University and was exposed to the local film world through the Motion Pictures Arts program. Samuel went on to complete a master's degree in Humanities at Laurentian University. In his role with CION, Samuel uses his experience in the not-for-profit sector developing communications strategies and exploring networking opportunities, as well as his strong passion for the arts, to promote the music and film & TV production industries in Northern Ontario.

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