TORONTO (AP) _ Don Haig, known in the industry as the godfather of Canadian film for helping produce award-winning features and nurturing young talent, has died of cancer at age 69.

Haig died Saturday at his Toronto home, and a memorial service was held Wednesday, according to media reports.

Among the films he helped produce was ``Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got.''

Haig was former head of English production at Canada's National Film Board, and filmmakers credited him with helping aspiring talent by loaning money, assessing their scripts and editing their films.

``He was arguably the most important person on the Canadian film scene because he encouraged so many people and made their films possible,'' said Geoff Pevere, film critic for The Toronto Star newspaper.

Born in Winnipeg in 1933, Haig moved to Toronto in 1956 and first worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s television film department.

He left CBC in 1962 and began his own company a year later. He was a co-founder of the Canadian Film Editors Guild in 1970 and chairman of the Canadian Film and Television Association in 1972. Haig joined the National Film Board in 1992.

He was survived by his partner, Bill Schultz, his mother and a brother.