Sandi Ross - 1949 -2016

The Sandi Ross Awards celebrate an individual and a company who incorporate diversity and inclusion in their work.

The awards are named after the late actor Sandi Ross, the first woman and person of colour to be president of ACTRA Toronto and the founder of ACTRA Toronto’s first diverse talent directory, Into the Mainstream. The directory continues online at, and is a useful tool for producers and casting directors to cast inclusively.

ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee advocates on behalf of ACTRA Toronto’s self-identified physically and culturally diverse performers and calls for a more inclusive media industry.

Video: Sandi Ross clip from the 1997 ACTRA Toronto archives.

Sandi Ross News and Past Recipients

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 News Release, Sandi Ross
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 Toronto, ON – Diggstown writer-producer Floyd Kane and Kim’s Convenience production company Thunderbird Entertainment were honoured at the fourth Sandi Ross Awards during TIFF yesterday evening. The recipi...
Thursday, September 13, 2018 News Release, Sandi Ross
September 13, 2018 Tonya Williams and Frankie Drake Mysteries honoured with Sandi Ross Awards Toronto, September 13, 2018 – Frankie Drake Mysteries and ACTRA Toronto member Tonya Williams were honoured at the third annual Sandi Ross Awards,...
Thursday, September 14, 2017 News Release, Sandi Ross
Toronto, September 14, 2017 – Hungry Eyes Media and creator Nathalie Younglai picked up the second Sandi Ross Awards at the Orchid Nightclub at TIFF last night. Hungry Eyes Media is best known for Shoot the Messenger, Guns, Doomstown, Home Aga...
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 News Release, Sandi Ross
Attached and enclosed please find a press release from ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO, September 6, 2016 – ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee, which serves the union’s self-identified diverse ...