TORONTO — The Directors Guild of Canada presented its 2014 DGC Honorary Life Member Award to SIM Group (simgroup.com) president/CEO Rob Sim at the annual DGC Awards Gala in Toronto. The award is presented each year to an individual, member or non-member, whose outstanding contribution to the industry has had a major beneficial impact on the Guild and Guild members.
Sim co-founded Sim Video (now known as SIM Digital) in 1982 with the intention of providing film and broadcast producers with the latest in video equipment rentals. His leadership helped propel the company forward to become the first rental house in Canada to offer high definition cameras and production equipment. His dedication and commitment to new technologies drove SIM to further expand its services to include digital cinema and broadcast cameras, lenses and post production tools.
In May 2013, SIM Digital acquired PS Production Services Ltd., one of Canada’s largest lighting and grip companies, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax. In June 2014, SIM merged with Hollywood-based Chainsaw, a Hollywood-based independent post-production facility.
“I am grateful to the Director’s Guild of Canada for bestowing this prestigious award upon me,” says Sim. “I am honored yet feel this award is not just about me but also about all of the talented and devoted professionals in our industry with whom I have had the good fortune to meet and work beside.”
The SIM Group is majority owned by investment firm, Granite Partners. Its operating units, SIM Digital, Bling Digital and PS Production Services, maintain offices across the USA, Canada and China.