Meet your hosts
As a motion picture and television industry professional for over 20 years, Crystal Braunwarth serves as the elected Business Representative for IATSE 891, the largest union of film artists and technicians in North America. As a board member and Executive at Large for the Motion Picture Production Association (MPPIA) as well as serving as Vice President at the BC Federation of Labour Executive Officers table, she has supported, championed, and continues to advocate for workers in the industry with government representatives and the Film commission, bringing productions under IATSE contracts and promoting British Columbia's top tier production hub to the world.
In addition to establishing new compliance courses with respect to propane storage, transfer, handlin and safety in conjunction with Technical Safety BC and IATSE's Special Effects Coordinators, most recently, she supported the launch of the Union's new 'Heat Stress App', which empowers workers to monitor and report unsafe working conditions as we all navigate the increasingly warming climate and its impacts.
Crystal has also refined and re-launched a pilot trainee program that will contribute to the diversification of our industry workforce, breaking down barriers for those who have been historically underrepresented in the industry, pairing new entrants with a mentor and a viable pathway to membership.
Additionally, Crystal has served as Women's Committee Chair (IATSE 891), Human Rights Committee Chair (ICG 669), and currently serves as Health Trustee for 891.
Originally from New Zealand, Hillary brings a range of experience (and a funny accent) to the Apple Box Talks team.
Starting out in Television, Hillary has experience both in front of, and behind the camera, as well as time spent working in theatre and live concerts.
After moving to Canada in 2005, Hillary worked in a variety of fields and brings more than 15 years of experience from the not for profit, municipal and health care sectors; joining IATSE891 in the role of Assistant Business Representative.
With a life long love of film and a desire to give back, Hillary is proud to be part of the team working to demystify the film industry, recruit new workers, and champion causes that will continue to build a safe, diverse, inclusive industry that will be a thriving part of BC for years to come.