Maxine Bailey

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Maxine Bailey
Occupation media executive
Known for Director of the Canadian Film Centre

Maxine Bailey (1959 - ?)[1] was appointed the director of the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, Ontario on April 29, 2021.[2] She took up the post on May 3, 2022.[3] She has expressed a preference for the avoidance of capital letters in her name, so in many sources, she is styled maxine bailey.[2]

Early life

Bailey and her younger brother Cameron Bailey were born in England and spent part of their youth in Barbados before moving to Canada in 1971.[4]


Bailey started her career in entertainment as a playwright and theatre producer.[3] She was a founding member of the Black Artists Network in Dialogue (BAND).

Bailey had started working at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2000, eventually becoming its Vice President in charge of government liasons.[5]

According to Now magazine, Bailey is recognized as playing a key role in increasing TIFF's role as a prominent film festival, and in establishing a year-round presence for TIFF, in its youth out-reach programs, and in the construction of its beautiful King Street headquarters and theatre.[6]

In 2017, Bailey launched the Share Her Journey initiative, to encourage the sharing of women's story.[5] Now magazine reported that bailey was inspired, in part, by then recently emerging accounts of sexual harrassment and sexual abuse by figures within the entertainment industry.[6]

Bailey retired from TIFF in 2018, and spent the two years prior to her appointment to the Canadian Film Center, as an invited expert and judge at other film festivals.[5]

In December 2019, Bailey was honored with a Special Jury Award of Distinction from the Women in Film and Television Toronto.[7]

After her 2021 appointment as director of the CFC, Bailey went on record that she would continue to work towards gender equity in the film and television industry.[2][5]


  1., The Playwrights Database. MAXINE BAILEY. Retrieved on 2022-05-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jordan Pinto. maxine bailey appointed executive director of CFC, Playback online, 2021-04-29. Retrieved on 2022-02-18. “The organization announced Thursday (April 29) that maxine bailey has been appointed as executive director, taking over from 15-year CFC topper Slawko Klymkiw, who retired from the CEO post earlier in the spring. She begins the role May 3 and will report to the CFC’s board of directors.”
  3. 3.0 3.1 MAXINE BAILEY: Executive Director. Canadian Film Centre. Retrieved on 2022-02-18. “Prior to the CFC, maxine served as the Vice-President of Advancement at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)”
  4. maxine bailey championing gender equity in film industry, Ron Fair Fair, 2020-01-22. Retrieved on 2022-02-18. “She and her younger brother Cameron Bailey, who were both born in England, lived in Barbados for four years before coming to Canada in 1971 to join their parents.”
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Jordan Pinto. maxine bailey wants to do a ‘damn good job’, Playback online, 2021-09-15. Retrieved on 2022-02-18. “Before joining the CFC, bailey – whose name is stylized without capital letters – spent 18 years working at the Toronto International Film Festival, most recently as its VP of advancement, before departing at the end of 2018.”
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chaka V. Grier. Local hero: TIFF’s maxine bailey sets out on a creative journey, Now Toronto, 2018-10-29. Retrieved on 2022-02-18. “But her biggest and most lasting legacies are the funds she helped raise to build the festival’s permanent home, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and Share Her Journey, her creative baby. Launched in 2017, the campaign to empower and raise money for female filmmakers ultimately inspired her decision to move into writing and producing.”
  7. 'We are not each other's competition': maxine bailey's must-read call for women in film, CBC News, 2020-01-06. Retrieved on 2022-02-18. “We in this room always have received the memo about the value of women. I'm proud to have played a small part in the movement while working at TIFF and launching Share Her Journey, a campaign and a movement dedicated to building a vibrant, diverse and active community of female creators.”