New Leader will help promote Canada's audiovisual industry
GATINEAU, QC, June 26, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the appointment of Christa Dickenson as the new Executive Director of Telefilm Canada for a term of five years, effective July 30, 2018. This appointment is the result of the Government of Canada's open, transparent and merit-based selection process.
Christa Dickenson is the President and CEO of Interactive Ontario. Previously, she served as the organization's Executive Director from 2014 to 2017. With more than two decades of experience leveraging strategic partnerships and helping generate revenue, sponsorship and fundraising opportunities in her industry, Ms. Dickenson is fully bilingual and has had a successful career spanning cable, telecommunications, broadcast television, and interactive digital media. Prior to joining Interactive Ontario, she worked at Rogers Communications, CPAC and CTV. A highly-effective brand advocate, she possesses an unparalleled talent for innovation and strong business acumen.
Ms. Dickenson has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in film and video production and serves on a number of boards and councils, including the Canadian Interactive Alliance, the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Insight Council. She is also a founding member of the Leadership Coaching Council, which provides free executive coaching to charitable organizations across Ontario.
As the federal cultural agency devoted to the development and promotion of the Canadian audiovisual industry, Telefilm Canada is primarily concerned with the funding of original, diverse, and high-quality productions that reflect Canada's linguistic duality and cultural diversity. Telefilm Canada is an independent organization within the Canadian Heritage portfolio.
"The Canadian identity spans all forms of art, including the films developed and produced here by our creators. As the new Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, Ms. Dickenson will help Canada's talent shine at home and around the world. I am confident that her valuable experience will help strengthen our audio-visual industry so more audiences can hear and see our stories."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Board of Directors of Telefilm Canada is comprised of six members appointed by the Governor in Council and the Government Film Commissioner, who is appointed under the National Film Act. On the recommendation of the Corporation, the Governor in Council may appoint an Executive Director.
In 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to Governor in Council appointments. 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 the majority of 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.
Telefilm Canada acts as one of the Canadian government's principal instruments for providing strategic leverage to the private sector, supplying the film, television and new media industries with financial and strategic support.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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