Board of Directors
Born, raised, and educated in Poland. Translator, Historian, Lecturer and Cultural Expert on Poland, driven by the study of what defines and brings together people, cultures, and nations.
Martin Kabat is currently the Chair of the Ekran Polish Film Association. He retired in 2017 as CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario and before that was CEO of the MedicAlert Foundation. Earlier he worked as CFO of the iFire Corporation, a tech start-up, in Toronto and CFO/CEO of the Travelstead Group in Barcelona on the Hotel Arts Project. Before entering the business world, he earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from N.Y.U. and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and was a college professor for more than 20 years teaching courses on literature and film. One of his students went on to win an Oscar.
John Gladki is a City planner with a long career at the City of Toronto as Director Policy and Program Planning, following which he has spent many years building a private consulting practice focussing on city and regional planning and development approvals in Canada and abroad. He is a passionate about film and cherishes the opportunity to promote quality Polish films throughout the Toronto region.
Ms. Ania M. Godek is a lawyer of Polish heritage. She has been managing a boutique law firm specializing in family law, real estate and small estates since 1996. She has been on the Board of Directors of EKRAN since 2021. Ms. Godek has also served on the Board of Directors for The Polish Orphans Charity and Fundusz Dziedzictwa Polek w Kanadzie. She has been supporting various Polish organizations and individuals promoting Polish culture in Canada.
Actress, producer, and director of Polish origin. A graduate of the Theater Academy in Warsaw (PWST) with a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. She worked in film and TV in Poland, the USA, and Canada. Her credits include, i.e., Austeria, The Crucible, Beauty and the Breast, Pajeczyna, Wajda & You, Ojcu, Roméo et Juliette (Yves Desgagnés), Scanners, Extreme Ops, Tajemnica Syriusza, Alice's Odyssey, Smierc prezydenta, Kariera Nikodema Dyzmy, The Royal Scandal (TV show) and more. The role of Abigail in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller gave her the Best Actor Award from the Polish Television Academy in 1982. And the films she directed won numerous awards. Liliana is a member of the Canadian Academy of Film and Television and the Polish Filmmakers Association. Website: www.lkomorowska.com
Marta is a passionate and accomplished professional, born on April 13, 1985, in Warsaw, Poland. Holding a Master's Degree from the National Film School in Lodz, Marta honed her creative talents alongside revered directors such as Kieslowski, Wajda, and Polanski. Initially making her mark as a talented actress in Polish television series, Marta's drive and energy have propelled her to create one of Canada's most esteemed film events – EKRAN, the Toronto Polish Film Festival. With a deep love for Polish Cinematography, Marta's dedication shines through in this vibrant celebration of film on the world stage. In addition to her artistic endeavors, Marta finds fulfillment in contributing to various charitable organizations and serving on boards, such as the Polish Orphans Charity, Toronto Film Festivals Association, and the Ekran Polish Film Association. It is her relentless commitment to these initiatives that amplifies her impact beyond the film industry.
Maria is an avid moviegoer and a dedicated fan of EKRAN since its inception. She was born and raised in Poland, where she graduated from A. Mickiewicz University with a Master’s degree in Swedish Philology. After moving to Canada, she pursued financial accounting and computer studies that led to her successful career in the Canadian government. She finds her daily inspiration in the world of arts and nature.
John Stanley is an independent historian of Poland, with numerous articles and reviews to his credit. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, a Fulbright scholarship for doctoral research in Poland, and a SSHERC grant for post-doctoral studies there. He is an avid promoter of all aspects of Polish culture.
Barbara is the oldest child of Polish refugees who came to Canada after World War II. She is currently a Consultant with Maplewood Consulting and Management Advisory Services bringing over 25 years experience in senior executive and Board roles with non-profit community health and social services. Most recently, for over 10 years, she was Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Accreditation supporting quality improvement in governance, management and service delivery at such organizations. She is blessed with three daughters and four grandchildren.