It is with great sadness that we share that Fil Fraser passed away on the afternoon of December 3, 2017. “Fil Fraser was a great Albertan whose storied career made him a national treasure and a living legend. As a broadcaster, producer and writer Fil was a pioneer who helped launch AMPIA, the Banff Television Festival and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Fil came along at a time when Alberta and the country needed his gifts as a humanitarian and a visionary. His leadership helped to define what it means to be Canadian and we extend our gratitude and deepest condolences to the Fraser family.” – AMPIA Board Chair Michael Jorgensen
Fil Fraser was a distinguished Canadian writer, broadcaster, film and television producer, and a member of the Order of Canada. Past president and CEO of Vision TV, he was the founding chair of the Banff Television Foundation, a charter member of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists and a governor of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. Fraser’s film credits include the dramas ‘Why Shoot the Teacher’, ‘Marie Anne’ and ‘The Hounds of Notre Dame’. He also played a leading role in public policy development—as a member of the Spicer Commission, the Federal Task Force on Broadcasting Policy, the Canadian Multiculturalism Council and the Alberta Task Force on Film. Fraser served three years as Chief Commissioner of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. His views on contemporary human rights issues have been featured in columns in most of Canada’s major daily newspapers. Fraser was also an adjunct professor of Communication Studies at Athabasca University.
Fil was a founding member of AMPIA and was on the Board of Directors for several years. Fil also produced the first Alberta Film & Television Awards show (called the ‘Horst Awards’ at the time). Fil was the recipient of the David Billington Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989. According to a statement from the family, a memorial service will be held in February or March. Details will be announced at a later date. Above Photo Credit: The Alberta Order of Excellence.
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