BANFF, AB, June 9 /CNW/ - The Canadian Television Fund today announced
the Board of Directors of the new Canada Media Fund. The seven independent
directors include five nominated by the Canadian Coalition for Cultural
Expression (CCCE), which includes cable and direct-to-home satellite
companies, and two nominated by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The 2009-2010 Directors of the Board of the Canada Media Fund are as
Department of Canadian Heritage Nominees:
- Cheryl Barker;
- Eileen Sarkar;
- Alison Clayton;
- Guy Fournier;
- Ronald W. Osborne; and
- Louis L. Roquet.
The seventh Director will be named at a later date.
The Chair of the Board is Mr. Roquet.
"The extensive knowledge and varied backgrounds of the new Board of
Directors will be an asset to our organization and to the industry at this
important juncture in its evolution," said Valerie Creighton, President and
CEO of the CTF. "We are eager to continue supporting the Canadian production
industry as it moves effectively into the digital future. As we develop the
policies and programs of the CMF, we will ensure the voices of all stakeholder
groups are heard through a meaningful, ongoing consultation process, and we
will invite industry members to share their ideas, questions, and concerns
with us through that process."
The new Board of Directors will be focused on stewardship, oversight, and
accountability of the Canada Media Fund, which will conduct business as the
Canadian Television Fund for the remainder of the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
"I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to our outgoing Chair and
Directors for their exceptional contributions to the CTF," added Ms.
Board of Directors - Biographies:
Ms. Barker, a Chartered Accountant, was President of MTS (Manitoba).
Previously, she served as Chair and President and CEO of Bell Intrigna
Inc. and Financial Policy Analyst for the Province of Manitoba's
Department of Finance. She serves as a Director on the Public Sector
Pension Investment Board and the Canadian Television Fund, and was Chair
of the Board of the Manitoba Film and Sound Recording Development
Corporation, among other corporate and community appointments.
Ms. Clayton is an independent television and film consultant with
multiple Gemini Award credits. Highlights from her career include serving
as General Manager of the Biography Channel, Vice President of
Programming for The Movie Network, Moviepix, and The Family Channel, and
Senior Film Policy Analyst for the former Federal Department of
Communications. She has served on the boards of the Ottawa Art Gallery,
the Rogers Documentary Fund, the Alliance for Children and Television,
and the Canadian Television Fund.
Mr. Fournier is an author, playwright, story editor, film producer, and
screenwriter, with more than 300 television dramas to his credit. He was
a founding member and President of the Institut québécois du cinéma and
served as National Vice President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and
Television. He has served on the boards of Quatre-Saisons, Télé-Québec,
and CBC/Radio-Canada. He is a member of the Order of Canada.
Ronald W. Osborne
Mr. Osborne, a Chartered Accountant, currently serves as the Chairman of
the Board of Sun Life Financial Inc. Previously, he was President and CEO
of Ontario Power Generation Inc., Ontario Hydro, Bell Canada, and Maclean
Hunter. He is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Roy Thomson Hall and
is a member of a number of other corporate and community boards.
Louis L. Roquet
Mr. Roquet is currently the President and COO of Desjardins Capital de
risque. Previously, he was President and General Manager of the Société
des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and Investissement Québec, and he was
Secretary General of the City of Montréal and General Manager of the
Montréal Urban Community. He is a member of a number of corporate and
community boards, including Centraide, Mise sur toi (Loto-Québec), and
Ms. Sarkar is an Adjunct Research Professor with the University of
Ottawa's Centre on Governance (Faculty of Social Sciences). Career
highlights from her three decade long career with the Federal Government
include serving as Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Heritage
and Assistant Deputy Minister, Arts and Heritage for the Department of
Canadian Heritage. She has served as a member of the Board of the Banff
Centre and the Canadian Television Fund.
Fostering the growth of television production in Canada through financial
investment and industry research, the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) supports
the development of Canadian talent, programs and audiences. The Canada Media
Fund, an amalgamation of the Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media
Fund, will launch on April 1, 2010 to support the development of content
designed for television and new media platforms. For more information, visit
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