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Chelsey Reist

Chelsey Reist was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta.  For fourteen years, Chelsey studied and trained in strict Cecchetti Jazz Technique, Jazz Performance and Modern Dance at the elite West Edmonton Ballet Academy.  Having competed in numerous dance competitions throughout her life for Jazz, Ballet, Modern and even Bollywood, Chelsey continues her training today.

Chelsey was fortunate enough to experience other cultures and countries as her parents held world travel to be of high importance.  Some of the places Chelsey travelled included: Bermuda, the Bahamas, Aruba, Montego Bay, the Florida Keys, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, and throughout the United States.

When Chelsey started working part time at a law firm it didnít take long before realizing that working indoors was not where she was meant to be!  The news of film and stage production, the opportunity to be part of something artistic, to live in a city known to support the liberal arts, and the promise of rain brought Chelsey to Vancouver in 2005 without ever having visited.

Her feet had barely touched the ground before she enrolled in the Acting for the Camera and Acting for Stage & Screen program at Capilano University.  On summer breaks Chelsey used her spare time to travel.  In 2008 Chelsey left on what was supposed to be a three week trip, but couldn't bear to give up backpacking and returned over two months later from Southeast Asia.  Starting off with two companions but completing the majority of her trip independently, Chelsey travelled with no concrete plans and nothing but a backpack throughout Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong.

It was with great excitement and eagerness that Chelsey was invited to embark on a new journey with Discovering Great Towns.  Combined with her on-camera experience and her lust for travel, led by emotionality and an inquisitive nature, Chelsey is ever eager to experience the journey ahead and discover the unique and exciting towns and people along the way.

Kate Green

While having worked in both fiction and non-fiction genres for over 15 years, Kate Green has been able to focus her talents and experience as both Producer and Director to create well-rounded, intriguing quality programming.  Kateís range of work from documentaries like Raid the North Extreme (GLOBAL) to comedic short films like Crosswords, and working as an assistant director on the reality television series Crash Test Mommy (SLICE NETWORK), or as a Story Coordinator for Omni Films Lifestyle, have only strengthened her ability to shape and create stories that engage the viewer.

As Producer and Writer on Seasons 13 & 14 of The New Driverís Seat (CITY TV & CHUM), an automotive review show, and as Director and Producer on the high action Canadian Rally Championships (CITY TV & CHUM), Kate also brings a unique understanding to the production and creation of live action reality and automotive television.

Kate is a proud graduate of the UBC Entertainment Administration Program, Malaspina Universityís Technical Theatre Program and Gastown Actors' Studio.  In 2008 Kate was elected to the Board of Directors of Women in Film & Television Vancouver and in 2009 elected to the Executive Board as Vice President.  Kate's ability to produce quality entertainment on time and on budget, regardless of the genre, is due to her passion and enthusiasm for each project and the story that it tells.

Tommy Douglas

After he finished shooting for CBCís hit reality show The Week The Women Went, Tommy Douglas was excited to join the Discovering Great Towns crew as Director of Photography.

Tommy is a professional cinematographer, camera operator and Steadicam operator with over 10 years of experience.  During his career, Tommy has shot dozens of documentaries, music videos, commercials, television series and feature-length and short films.  Having had the opportunity to shoot in many countries across the globe, Tommyís passion for cinematography has seen him DOP-ing everything from music videos in central Spain to documentaries in the jungles of Vietnam.  Born in Toronto, Ontario, Tommy moved to the West Coast after gaining his honours degree in commerce and working as a television commercial producer for 2 years in Montreal, which is where he honed his shooting skills.  Tommy has always brought a sense of style and tone to his photography and shooting that captures the imagination and gives the viewer visual eye candy for the soul.

Marie Laderoute

Born in Toronto, Marie grew up in Kamloops, BC and later moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in Production Management and Coordination for film and television.  She completed her studies in both Film Production and Visual Art & Design in 2008.  Since graduation, Marie has honed her skills both as a production coordinator and in the creative development process, working primarily on travel shows such as Wings Over Canada and Discovering Great Towns.

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