Imbi (her name reflects her Estonian heritage, and no, it doesn’t mean anything) is often called a Renaissance woman. Classically trained in voice and on violin and piano, Imbi’s teachers expected her to pursue music. But she was bitten by the media bug before she graduated high school as she worked in multi-cultural radio and cable. Ryerson further honed her skills, and after a year in Europe, post-Ryerson Radio & Television Arts, Imbi returned to Toronto to begin her career.
Imbi had met Bill Kinnon in her final year at Ryerson University, and upon returning to Toronto, ran into him on Carlton Street in Toronto’s Cabbagetown. That chance encounter (if there is such a thing) led to some significant events, not least of which was the founding of Medri Kinnon Productions Limited in 1984. Imbi was the production coordinator at a Toronto TV station when she and Bill began Medri Kinnon.
As the company outgrew it’s original Danforth Ave facilities, Imbi spearheaded the move into a purchased space about 10 meters east. And Imbi’s facility/building design gifts became very evident. At the time of purchase, the main floor was a Mercedes repair garage, and the 2nd floor was the oldest men’s gym in Toronto.
As MKP was in the broadcast design and production business, Imbi felt it was important that our new space reflected that. Building multiple scale models, Imbi designed a space that visitors still experience as fresh — 23 years later.
Today, Imbi is the Senior Producer for MK and is the primary interviewer on all of Medri Kinnon’s documentary-style stories. She has recently returned from a hectic 2018 production schedule that saw her producing multiple videos in North America and the EU, while also working with our architect on adding significantly more floor space to our building on the Danforth. Building completion is planned for mid-2020.