TORONTO - The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is pleased
to announce the appointment of celebrated Aboriginal television producer
and respected businessman, Roman Bittman, as its Acting CEO.
Bittman, Metis from Alberta, has outstanding leadership experience, both in
the world of film and television production and in the business sector. He
enjoyed a distinguished career with CBC, most notably writing, directing
and producing more than 40 documentaries for the network's flagship series,
"The Nature of Things." As well, he has financed and produced more than 100
film and TV programs which have been broadcast both across Canada and
Bittman is also the past president of the Nova Scotia Film Development
Corporation. During his tenure there he designed a labor-based tax credit
system that triggered explosive growth in the budding Nova Scotia film
industry and increased the industry's dollar value five-fold within three
years. The film tax credit has since been used across Canada and 11 years
later is considered the main financial instrument fueling the multi-billion
dollar Canadian film and television business.
Working with representatives of Television Northern Canada and Arctic
Aboriginal communications societies from the Yukon to Labrador, Bittman was
a member of the advisory committee that guided the process of designing and
establishing the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). He was also
a founding board member, developed the original network vision statement
and wrote the programming guidelines that are still used today.
Bittman has been involved in the oil and gas industry in Alberta, including
being a founding shareholder of Constar Energy Ltd. Most recently he
founded Abcor Environmental Inc., an Aboriginal-owned corporation that
works with other Aboriginal-owned companies to distribute leading-edge
water treatment technology throughout North America.
In 2001, Bittman received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the
Aboriginal community's highest honor, for his accomplishments in media and
"We are fortunate to have someone with Roman's creative talents and proven
business experience taking us forward," said Len Flett, chair of the board
of directors. "Under his leadership, NAAF will continue to deliver
exemplary programs that give Aboriginal youth the means to fulfill their
dreams and take a larger role in Canadian society."
Founded in 1984, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is a
non-profit organization that encourages and empowers young Aboriginal
people to advance their educational and career aspirations. NAAF is the
biggest non-governmental funder of Aboriginal education, with an education
program that now disburses more than $2 million a year to First Nations,
Inuit and Metis students across the country.
In addition, NAAF organizes Blueprint for the Future career fairs for
Aboriginal high school students and recently launched Industry in the
Classroom, the first program to be developed out of the employment
initiative, Taking Pulse. The Foundation also recognizes and celebrates
Aboriginal career accomplishment through the annual National Aboriginal
Achievement Awards, a showcase of Aboriginal entertainment that is
broadcast nationally on CBC and APTN.