New members will support the work of the National Film Board
GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 19, 2017 The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the appointment of five new part-time members to the board of directors of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).
The National Film is one of the world's most innovative creative laboratories. The new board members have extensive experience in the communications and audiovisual sectors, and have worked for a number of major cultural organizations. Their mandate is to support the NFB in its objectives and provide strategic direction for the organization.
- Keith Clarkson (British Columbia), three-year term effective immediately
Mr. Clarkson has more than 25 years' experience in film, television and digital media production. He has several award-winning projects to his credit, including documentaries, feature films, interactive content and mobile games.
- Éric Dubeau (Ontario), three-year term effective immediately
Mr. Dubeau, a Franco-Ontarian singer–songwriter, has been actively involved with cultural organizations in Ontario and with the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française.
- Nancy Juneau (New Brunswick), three-year term effective immediately
A long‑time advocate for the arts and culture in Canada, Ms. Juneau has vast experience in ensuring the success of various local, provincial and national projects.
- Betsy Chaly (Ontario), three-year term effective January 8, 2018
Ms. Chaly has a strong background in communications and marketing. She has held management positions in several organizations in the media industry, including Canwest, SOCAN, Indspire and the Canada Media Fund. She is currently Director of Strategic Projects, Office of the President, at The Royal Conservatory of Music.
- Charles Vallerand (Quebec), three-year term effective January 8, 2018
Mr. Vallerand has more than 25 years' experience in broadcasting and cultural policy. He currently is a member of the pool of experts for UNESCO's aid program to developing countries for the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. He was a Director of Communications for the former Montréal-based agency, Rights and Democracy.
These appointments are the result of the Government of Canada's open, transparent and merit-based selection process.
The NFB is Canada's public producer of award-winning and innovative audiovisual works, including documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories, installations and participatory experiences. NFB producers are deeply embedded in communities across the country, working with talented artists and creators on projects that stand out for their excellence, creativity and social resonance.
"The National Film Board is a Canadian treasure. As one of the world's most innovative creative laboratories, the NFB plays a key role in telling our stories and creating immersive audiovisual experiences for audiences of all ages. I know that the experience and knowledge of the five new board members will be an asset to this organization as they continue to support new generations of Canadian artists and filmmakers across the country."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
The National Film Board consists of the Commissioner, who is also its Chairperson, and six other members appointed by the Governor in Council, as well as the Executive Director of Telefilm Canada.
In 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to appointments by the Governor in Council. This approach respects gender parity and is supported by an open, transparent and merit-based selection process—one that will result in the recommendation of exceptionally competent candidates who truly reflect Canada's diversity.
This new approach requires a selection process for full- and part-time positions.
All appointment opportunities for the 18 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted as they become available on the Governor in Council Appointments website. Interested parties can apply online.
The National Film Board of Canada, established by an act of Parliament in 1939, is a federal cultural agency in the Canadian Heritage portfolio.
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