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Howard Fink

  • HF1
  • Person
  • 19XX-2023

Howard Fink started teaching at Sir George Williams University as an Assistant Professor in English on May 1st, 1964. Fink, Roy Kiyooka and Stanton Hoffman created the Sir George Williams Poetry Reading Series in the Fall of 1966, helped by Wynne Francis and Irving Layton.
Fink was promoted to Associate Professor on September 1, 1969. He was instrumental in the organization of the Face to Face national conference on contemporary English-Canadian theatre that took place at Concordia University in February and March 1975. Fink had worked on rescuing CBC radio drama scripts from the 1930s to 1970 for four years when they were officially transferred to Concordia at a ceremony held on December 7, 1976. The Radio Drama Project would grow up and blossom into the opening of the Centre for Broadcasting Studies in 1981. Fink was promoted to Full Professor in 1985 and was Acting Chair of the English department in 1993. He was granted the Distinguished Professor Emeritus title upon his early retirement in June 1997. Fink would later become the Centre for Broadcasting Studies’ head of archives. He wrote and co-authored many articles and publications on the history of radio broadcasting of theater and drama. Fink passed away on January 21, 2023.

  • Howard Fink was the faculty advisor of the Literary Society of Sir George Williams University in 1967.
  • He was one of the founding members of the Association for the Study of Canadian Radio and Television (ASCRT). The association was created after the Learned Society convention held in Fredericton, in 1977. Their first annual Congress was held at Concordia in October 1978.
  • Fink was the Canadian editor of the international literary publication Stand in 1982.
  • Fink’s collaboration with Philip Rouyer, head of Institute for Theatre Research resulted in an agreement with the University of Bordeaux in 1985, encouraging interchanges of students, professors and researchers in the fields of theater, communications and press studies.

Isacsson, Magnus

  • MI1
  • Person
  • 1948-2012

Magnus Isacsson, a Swedish-Canadian filmmaker, was born in Sweden in 1948 and moved to Canada in 1970. He studied political science at the University of Stockholm in Sweden and later in Montreal, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Université de Montreal in 1973. He also studied history and cinema at McGill University and took classes at Concordia University in Montreal, though he did not receive a degree from either institution. He was married to Jocelyne Clarke, documentary filmmaker and founder of Productions Pléiades. They had two children, Anna and Béthièle.

Early during his career, Isacsson worked as a radio producer for the Swedish Broadcasting and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). From 1980 to 1986 he was a producer for CBC’s English and French-language networks and worked as a producer for several programs, including Le Point, The Fifth State, and Contrechamps. Isacsson became an independent filmmaker in 1986.

With a documentary filmmaking career of over 25 years, Isacsson produced, wrote and directed several documentaries about critical social and political issues. During his career, he won several awards. Notably, he was the recipient of the Golden Sheaf Award for Uranium in 1991, and his film Power won best documentary at both the Paris International Environmental Film Festival in 1997 and at the Lausanne festival in 1999. Pressure Point (1999) received the Quebec Film Critics award for Best Documentary in 2000.

Magnus Isacsson was awarded the 2004 Prix Lumières from the Quebec Directors’ Association, and in 2012, Isacsson was named member Emeritus of the association. He was also a member of the Documentary Association of Canada, the Association des Réalisateurs et Réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), the Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma (Sartec), and was a former vice-president of the Observatoire du documentaire,

Isacsson was also an educator and throughout his career taught several courses and workshops about documentary film production. He taught at Concordia University in Montreal, Whitman College, the Quebec film school and at University of Montreal, among others. He also taught audiovisual production in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and collaborated in the production of teaching material Produire en Vidéo Légère volumes 1, 2 and 3.

His last film, Granny Power (2014), was completed and released posthumously by his wife Jocelyne Clarke.

Magnus Isacsson died in August 2012.