Leadership & Advisory Board

PAMELA EARLE

President, CEO and Board Chair

Pamela acquired CMU in 2007. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Education from McGill University and has 5 years of teaching experience. From 1992-1995, Pamela was Vice President, Development and Production, for Primedia Entertainment. In 1995, she formed her own production and distribution company, Actuality Films, acquired the distribution rights to the Primedia Catalogue, and began producing films, documentaries, and television series.

Pamela was a member of George Brown Theatre School's Advisory Board for 8 years. She managed the fundraising cabinet for George Brown's Young Centre for the Performing Arts, founded two community theatre groups for youth, and has played an active role in The Yonge Street Mission. Acquiring CMU and maintaining an active role in charitable organizations has furthered Pamela's commitment to encouraging young people in the arts.

RICHARD EARLE

Co-Owner

Richard is co-owner of CMU and President of Actuality Holdings Inc., a small investment company. He serves on the Board of Directors of several early stage companies including Greenius, UM Labs Inc., and B2B2CHaute Vitesse Inc. During his career Richard has been a founding partner of a number of successful start-ups including iPass, Borderware Technologies, and iRoam Mobile Solutions.

DUKE DUQUETTE

Senior Vice President

MARCIA MCCLUNG

Advisory Board Member

Marcia is a marketing, publicity, and communications consultant. She has worked for many organizations including the National Ballet of Canada, Harbourfront, and The National Arts Centre. Marcia also formed her own agency, Applause Communications Inc. She has served on many not-for-profit boards as a community activist.

ROBERT WEIR

Advisory Board Member

For over fifteen years, Robert Weir’s artistry has graced the pages of magazines, come to life in music videos, and allowed some of the world’s most famous faces to look their best. Robert’s editorial roster includes In Style, Vman, Fashion Magazine, The Globe and Mail, People, and The KIT, to name a few. Robert’s clients range from international singing icons Nelly Furtado and Saint Vincent to the most powerful woman in fashion – Anna Wintour. He has beautified many of Toronto’s social elite, traveling with them to fashion events around the world. Beginning his career within the Holt Renfrew cosmetics family, Robert honed his craft through working with top brands Laura Mercier and Chanel. He also counts the exclusive Toronto salons LAC and Co, and Medulla and Co as his partners. Named one of Toronto’s “25 Most Stylish People” by Toronto Life’s Style Book, he is regularly featured in style blogs and has been inspiration to several local designers. Long-time CMU instructor and consultant, Robert’s expertise will help guide CMU to meaningfully address issues in our school and our creative industries around diversity and inclusivity with a pledge to do better.

DONALD MOWAT

Honorary Board Member

Primetime Emmy Award Winner and two-time BAFTA film award nominee Make-up Artist/Designer Donald Mowat's credits include 8 Mile, The Fighter, Prisoners, Skyfall, Nightcrawler, Sicario, Nocturnal Animals, Bladerunner 2049, First Man and the highly anticipated Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune, as hair, makeup and prosthetics designer/head of dept..

He is an active member on education and membership committee member for BAFTA LA and volunteers for many professional development events for BFI x BAFTA Crew UK Program. Donald is a past member of The Board of Directors of the Actors' Fund of Canada (AFC from 2008-20014) and Board member representing the Art Department Branch of The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (2007-2011) where his leadership and tenacity led to the creation of an annual make up award category. He is an active member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS invited 1999) he serves on the Make-up and Hair Branch Executive Committee as well as ATAS (1988) as a long-time Emmy Awards blue ribbon judging panels for the annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Drama/Comedy Programs as well as Make-up and Prosthetics Categories. He is a senior member of I.A.T.S.E locals 798, 706 and 873, as well as BECTU UK.

Donald has been an exemplary volunteer educator-mentor and has been a guest speaker at London College of Fashion, Glasgow City College, MUD Los Angeles, CMU College - Toronto, Iver Academy - London, and Pixar Studios - San Francisco.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic Donald was part of the Mentors Project in LA and engaged on many back to work safety protocol meetings as well as a juror for the annual BAFTA student film awards viewing over a hundred films from all over of the world and selecting the final three.

He was awarded Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 and The Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers by The Governor General for Canada in 2018 for his volunteer work with high school students for BAFTA LA education outreach.

Born and raised in Montreal Quebec Canada to British parents he is based in Los Angeles and represented by UTA. Beverly Hills California.

RICHARD COBBING

Advisory Board Member

Richard is the President of The Strategic Management Group Limited. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from S.E. Missouri State University and an MBA from York University's Schulich School of Business. Richard has provided consulting services to small businesses focusing on tax, accounting, and financial advisory services for over 25 years. He also assists with the structuring and negotiation of commercial transactions, sourcing of financing, and strategic planning and implementation. He is an active member of MENSA Canada, the Metropolitan Toronto Board of Trade, and The Old Allanian Society.

SKIP BASSFORD

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Skip Bassford is well known for his work in applied and professional ethics. While he was Dean of Atkinson College at York University, he launched their continuing education division, founded the York Nursing program, and helped bridge the gap between Ontario colleges and universities. Skip also served two terms as President of University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). During his tenure, Skip led UFV's development from a university college to a full university. He also oversaw the creation of UFV's first graduate programs and the world's only centre for Indo-Canadian studies. While he was president, the university more than doubled in size.

STEPHEN LYNCH

Advisory Board Member

Stephen has had an extensive career in film and television. He worked as Head of Makeup Department for major television shows and movies including Queer as Folk, Slings and Arrows, Long Day's Journey into Night, Haven, and Camp Rock. He was also the recipient of the 2016 and 2018 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Achievement in Television Makeup for the hit show Orphan Black. His work and artistic prowess has been spotlighted in magazines including Vanity Fair, InStyle, Glamour, and Make-Up Artist Magazine. Stephen has made valuable contributions to CMU as both an advisory board member and as an instructor for the Film & Television course.