Meet the Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

Our programs are vetted through industry producers, directors, and actors, otherwise known as the Program Advisory Committee (PAC).

These programs are designed to focus exclusively on the skills and information required to work in today’s competitive film, television, and animation industry.

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Ken Hegan Program Advisory Committee

Ken Hegan


Ken Hegan is an award-winning writer/director (Goners, Remission Impossible, Farley Mowat Ate My Brother, William Shatner Lent Me His Hairpiece). He’s written funny feature stories for Rolling Stone magazine and been a screenwriter on 20+ TV shows.

Chris Wilkinson Program Advisory Committee

Chris Wilkinson


Chris Wilkinson is one of the Principals and Executive Producers at Hadron Films. This  is a Vancouver based, full service production company that brings all the elements of high quality production together to make something really amazing.

Sean Maguire Program Advisory Committee

Sean Maguire


Sean made his acting debut at the age of five in Voyage Around My Father with Sir Laurence Olivier. Many TV roles for UK television followed including, Tegs in Grange Hill, Aiden Brosnan in Eastenders, Marty in Dangerfield and Lee in Sunburn (all BBC). Sean played the role of Euan in The WB sitcom, Off Centre, and most recently he has been playing the role of Robin Hood in ABC’s hit series Once Upon A Time .


The Story Institute’s Program Advisory Committee or (PAC) offers strategic guidance and feedback to the programs offered at Story Institute. They ensure the programs are consistent year to year in their core foundations while ensuring the continuous evolutions we are seeing in the industry are also implemented to keep our students learning the requirements of not just today but tomorrow as well. The PAC reviews all proposals and major changes to new and/or existing programs and makes recommendations and amendments for consideration.


A PAC is comprised of a program‐relevant cross‐section of representatives from employers, alumni, the professions, and other industry representatives. No Story Institute employee may be a member of a PAC. Each PAC is encouraged to have a non‐voting student representative.

All members of a PAC (except student representatives) are voting members.

A chair is elected by the members of a PAC to serve for a term of two years.

An ad‐hoc PAC may be established when a new program is being developed. The ad‐hoc PAC may become a permanent PAC if so designated by the Director of Education and Business Development.

Meeting Frequency

The frequency and method of meetings depend on the needs of the program area and are established by the chair; however, PACs should hold a minimum of one meeting per academic year.

Annual Reports

The Story Institute PAC submits an Annual Report to the Board of Directors at the end of each academic year outlining major accomplishments, recommendations for program improvement, and any program‐ related concerns it has identified.

Duties & Responsibilities

The President/CEO, the Director of Education and Business Development, and Directors are responsible for nominating new PAC members.

The Director of Education and Business Development is responsible for reviewing and approving the nominations. The Director of Education and Business Development reports membership additions and terminations to the Board of Directors.

PAC chairs are responsible for scheduling and presiding over meetings, preparing meeting agendas, and seeing to the recording of meeting minutes and the preparation of annual reports.