Fil inscribing a book for a curious child

Awards
Career Highlights
Books and Other Writing
Teaching
Filmmaking
Public Service
Juries
Corporate Boards – Past
Not for Profit Boards – Current
Not for Profit Boards – Past

 

Fil Fraser is an Edmonton based book author, columnist, radio personality, television program director, and radio, television & feature film producer. He is currently an adjunct professor of Communications Studies at Athabasca University where he teaches a graduate course on film policy.  He was born and educated in Montreal. Fil and his wife, Gladys Odegard, celebrated their 30 year anniversary in 2013.

Awards

  • 2008 – Honorary Degree, D.Litt, University of Alberta.
  • 2005 – The Alberta Centennial Medal
  • 2005 – Inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame.
  • 2001 – “The Fil Fraser Lecture Series”, presented annually by The Canadian Association of Black Journalists. The series was created to focus on the important role that cultural and social diversity can and should play in the Canadian media. Fraser delivered the inaugural lecture on September 16, 2001.
  • 1999 – The Harry Jerome Award, “For Excellence in the Professions”, presented by the Black Business and Professional Association, Toronto.
  • 1995 – The John Ware Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by the Black Achievement Award Society of Alberta.
  • 1994 – Proclaimed Honorary Ambassador of the City of Edmonton by Mayor Jan Reimer.
  • 1991 – Inducted as a member of the Order of Canada by His Excellency, Hon. Ramon Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada.
  • 1990 – The Dave Billington Award, “For his outstanding contribution to the Alberta Motion Picture Industry”, presented by the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association (AMPIA)
  • 1989 – The Harambee Award presented for public service by the Harambee Foundation of Canada.
  • 1981 – “Inspiration”, an original sculpture by Roy Leadbeater; a special award “Presented to Fil Fraser for his dedication as founder of the Banff Television Festival” by the Banff Television Foundation.
  • 1978 – The Alberta Achievement Award, “in Recognition of Excellence in Film Making”, presented by Premier Peter Lougheed.

Career Highlights

  • Chief Commissioner of the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
  • CEO of Vision TV
  • Program Director at Metropolitan Edmonton Educational Television Association (MEETA), forerunner of Alberta’s ACCESS TV NETWORK, and Canada’s first on air educational television station
  • Wrote, produced and directed several educational films for television through his own production company
  • Host of ITV Television’s Fil Fraser Show
  • Co-anchor for CBC Edmonton’s supper hour news and public affairs program
  • Host “Talk Back” CJCA, Edmonton, the most highly rated talk show from 1974 to 1979
  • Director of Education at the Division of Alcoholism of the Alberta Department of Health (now AADAC)
  • Director of Education at the Saskatchewan Bureau on Alcoholism
  • Writer/editor and health educator in the field of alcoholism and addictions
  • Hosted a week-end news round-up for CJME.
  • Hosted the “hot stove league” between period commentaries for broadcasts of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
  • Founded and published the Regina Weekly Mirror, which chronicled the introduction of Medicare by the Tommy Douglas Government.
  • Worked in public relations in Regina both government and private sectors
  • Journalist in the CFCF news department in his home town of Montreal, Quebec.
  • Hosted radio programs on CKVL, Verdun in the mid 1950’s
  • Worked at radio stations in Timmins and in Barrie, Ontario (where he was the play-by-play voice of the Barrie Flyers “Junior A” hockey team).
  • Began his broadcasting career with Foster Hewitt’s radio station CKFH, Toronto in 1951.

Books & Other Writing

  • How the Blacks Created Canada, Dragon Hill Publishing, 2010
  • Running Uphill, the Fast, Short Life of Canadian Champion Harry Jerome; Dragon Hill Publishing, 2006. A National Film Board feature documentary, Might Jerome, based on the book, was premiered at the 2010 Vancouver Film Festival.
  • Alberta’s Camelot, Culture and the Arts in the Lougheed Years; Lone Pine Publishing, 2003
  • Fraser has published numerous articles and stories in newspapers, magazines and journals.
  • Essay in “Farewell to the 70s”
  • Essay in “Alberta – A State of Mind”, published in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Province of Alberta.
  • Memoir on Canadian multiculturalism, Black Like Me, appeared in the 100th Anniversary issue of Saturday Night Magazine.
  • Columns on business ethics, human rights, multiculturalism, and a broad variety of other subjects published in Alberta Venture, the Toronto Star, the Edmonton Journal, the Ottawa Citizen, the Montreal Gazette and other Canadian dailies and magazines.

Teaching

  • Developed and teaches a graduate course on Canadian film for Athabasca University.
  • Developed and taught credit course on “The Evolution of Human Rights” for 3rd year students in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.
  • Extension courses on subjects ranging from “Great Religions” and “Great Civilizations” to “Man and Chemical Comforts” at the University of Saskatchewan and at the University of Alberta.

Filmmaking

Fraser has produced three feature films, all of which received theatrical and television release and won awards. He has also contributed significantly to the filmmaking community.

  • 1980 – executive producer of Latitude 55
  • 1980 – produced The Hounds of Notre Dame
  • 1979 – A founder of the Banff International Television Festival
  • 1978 – Chaired the first Commonwealth Games Film Festival
  • 1977 – produced Marie Anne
  • 1976 – produced Why Shoot the Teacher
  • 1974 – Fraser organized and chaired the first Alberta Film Festival, now known as the AMPIA Awards, in which his films were later to win several prizes.

Public Service

  • 1994 – Chaired a Task Force on Access to Information at the request of the Mayor of Edmonton, which provided the basis for a modern access to information by-law for the City of Edmonton.
  • 1990 – Appointed to membership on “The Citizens’ Forum on Canada’s Future”, a Federal Royal Commission also known as the “Spicer” Commission.
  • 1988 – On behalf of the Minister of State for Multiculturalism, the Honourable Gerry Weiner, Fraser organized and chaired a National Forum on Broadcasting and Multiculturalism, “Reflections in the Electronic Mirror”, held in Toronto.
  • 1987 – Appointed to the Canadian Multiculturalism Council by the then Secretary of State, the Honourable David Crombie, and was Chair of the Council’s media committee.
  • 1985 – Federal Communications Minister Marcel Masse appointed Fraser as a member of the Federal Task Force on Broadcasting Policy (Caplan/Sauvageau), whose September, 1986 report formed the basis for a new Canadian Broadcasting Act.
  • 1977 – Member of the Alberta Task Force on Film, which recommended the establishment of the Alberta Motion Picture Development Corporation.

Major Juries

  • Toronto International Film Festival, 10 Best Films of 2010
  • Alberta Book Awards, 2005
  • President Banff International Television Festival – 2002, 2005
  • Chair Canadian Race Relations Foundation Award of Excellence – 2003
  • Chair Alberta Motion Picture Industries (AMPIA) Awards – 2001
  • President Golden Stag Music Festival, Brasov, Romania – 1996
  • Member Rose D’Or Television Awards – Montreux, Switzerland – 1995

Corporate Boards – Past

  • Milestone Radio, Inc., Toronto – Director
  • Telefilm Canada – Director, Vice Chair
  • Radio Nord Communications, Inc., Montreal, Director
  • CBC Newsworld, Ottawa, Director
  • Videotron West, Edmonton, Director

Not for Profit Boards – Current

  • Banff International Television Festival – Honourary Lifetime Director
  • Canadian Journalism Foundation – Govenor

Not for Profit Boards – Past

  • Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation, Director (founding Chair)
  • Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Society, Director
  • Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation, Toronto – Director
  • Banff International Films for Television Festival – Founding Chair
  • Media Awareness Network, Ottawa – Chair
  • Canadian Speciality and Premium Television Association (SPTV) – Founding Chair
  • Vision TV Foundation, Toronto – Director
  • North American Association of Broadcasters – Advisory Board
  • John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Edmonton – Director, Vice Chair
  • The University of Alberta – Senator
  • Ontario Heritage Foundation – Director
  • Empire Club, Toronto – Director
  • Edmonton International Film Festival – Director
  • The Banff Centre – Governor
  • The Alberta Performing Arts Foundation – Director
  • Alberta Motion Picture Association – Director