Dr. Paul Hoffert is former President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, former Chair of the Ontario Arts Council, and Chair of the Canadian Screen Composers Guild. He is a Professor at University of Toronto and a former Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Law School. He is the author of best- selling books about the Information Age and a textbook about composing music for videogames. Mr. Hoffert received the Pixel award in 2001 as Canada's New Media Visionary, was inducted into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for his band Lighthouse, and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2004 for his contributions to media, music, and society.
Managing Director, Network Content, Linear/VOD, for the Bell Residential Services group, has spent the past twenty-five years in the launch, programming, marketing, general management and distribution of broadcast and specialty television networks. She was a member of the start-up team for Showcase Television and History Television, led the creation of two specialty channels for Corus Entertainment, and oversaw programming, production and publicity for over-the-air broadcast station CHCH as part of the WIC network. Lori has also managed the analysis of English language projects for the Canadian Television Fund (now CMF); and marketed Astral, HBO, Fox and Sony/Columbia content for Canada's largest distributor of television and theatrical programming.
At Bell, her current portfolio includes oversight of the channel-based content (live and on demand) for Bell's traditional and non-traditional platforms: Fibe TV, Satellite TV, FibreOp TV, Cablevision du Nord, as well as Bell TV’s apps and online platforms. She supports the team managing all such content relationships on behalf of Bell and its related parties.
Suzanne Guèvremont has been the General Manager of the NAD (School of Digital Arts, Animation and Design) since 1999, a center of excellence in 3D animation related to UQAC, where a Bachelor in 3D Animation and Digital Design, a Masters in Art with a 3D Animation and Design orientation and the annual Elite Conference are offered. Before becoming General Manager she was Manager of Business Development from 1995 to 1999. Her duties included the creation of a corporate training program, and with well known companies such as Softimage/AVID and Autodesk Media and Entertainment she collaborated in the establishment of a worldwide Authorized Training program, thus allowing the NAD to reach international recognition. Suzanne has been a member of the board of Directors of the Alliance numeriQc between 2001 and 2005 (acting as President for the last two years). She was also a member of the boards of Directors of the Consortium multimedia CESAM (1995-2001), the Forum des Inforoutes et du Multimedia (FIM) (1999-2001) where she had a say in important matters regarding business and cultural growth of the Canadian and Quebec new digital markets. Since 2010, she is a member of the board of Directors of SODEC and of the Consortium en imagerie numérique du Québec (CINQ).
Jacques Labelle is President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Jacques Vallée Y&R, a communication agency. He has spent the past twenty-five years helping major Canadian advertisers build strong brands by creating outstanding multiplatform campaigns. He contributed to the success of clients such as General Motors, Danone, Bank of Montreal, Loto-Québec and McDonald’s while working at agencies like Cossette Communication-Marketing, Ricochet Branded Content and Alfred Communications. He has been a member of the board of directors of Hexagram, and serves on the board of Le Refuge des jeunes de Montréal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Université Laval.
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Louise Lantagne was appointed Executive Director of Television for Radio-Canada in June 2008. She is responsible for all television programming and scheduling. She began at Radio-Canada in 1999 as the Head of Canadian Feature Films and then as the Director of the Feature Film and Drama department where she managed the development of in-house and independent production, followed by the position of Executive Director, Radio. From 1991 to 1999, she was a Project Manager at Sodec and then Manager of the Content Team where she was responsible for evaluating feature film projects, documentaries and television series and following up on their creative and business deliverables. She also contributed to the policies and programs of the Sodec. Prior to this, she was a practising lawyer and became a legal and political consultant for the Minister responsible for Women, and then consultant to the President of the Office des services de garde à l’enfance. Louise Lantagne was admitted to the Québec Bar (83-84), and also has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Montreal (80-83) and a BA in French literature from McGill University (74-77) for which she received a Gold Medal from the Governor General of Canada. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Montreal.
Martin Ceré manages digital media at Réseau des sports (RDS) at Bell Media. He oversees digital operations, product development and user experience and he is part of the Bell Media national digital media management team. In the last years Martin managed the Sympatico French portal and occupied several management roles with Bell since 1999. The portal reaches out to a diversified and very large scale public with more than 4 million Internet users in Quebec. Martin spearheaded a number of digital projects and played a leading role in the acquisition of projects and distribution of contents multiplatform for Bell in Quebec. Holder of a MBA from HEC Montreal, Martin has been working in the field of the new media for 15 years. He joined Bell in the stride of several startups of Web projects as the business portal Bellzinc.ca, the group Bell Interactive and the site Bell.ca.
Catherine Warren, President of FanTrust Entertainment Strategies, is celebrating 25 years in mass media and new media, working in Canada and internationally. As an advisor to Fortune 500 corporations and the entertainment industry, Catherine helps clients with digital media growth, including raising capital, distribution deal-making, revenue generation and cross-platform productions, partnerships and fans. The former Chief Operating Officer of the entertainment portal software company Blue Zone and European Bureau Chief of the computer magazine publishing house PCI, Catherine has variously served as editor or publisher of more than 25 books and magazine series for children and adults on science and computing as well as executive produced 20 websites and interactive broadcast initiatives, including ORCA FM, the world’s first all-whales/all-the-time radio station (the original “pod”cast!) and the Gemini Award-winningCTVNews.com. Catherine is an international judge for the digital Emmy Awards and a member of the International Television Academy of Arts & Sciences. She has served as the Chief Industry & Research Officer of Emily Carr University and sits on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards, including the United Nations flagship World Summit Award for digital media. She holds degrees from Reed College in physics and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Catherine is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post where she writes about media. Catherine’s strategies and tactics for multiplatform entertainment can be viewed at www.FanTrust.com.
Barry Chapman is currently Vice-President Regulatory Affairs, BCE Inc. He has held this position since 1998. In this position he has responsibility for the regulatory functions related to Bell Mobility, Bell TV and other related issues. Previously he was Executive Director of Convergence at Stentor Resource Centre Inc. In this capacity he had responsibility for the regulatory and strategic planning functions related to the Broadcasting sector for Stentor.
Previously, Mr. Chapman held senior positions in the Cable Television industry as Vice President and General Manager of Maclean Hunter Cable TV and Vice President of Finance for Ottawa Cablevision. He has also held senior level finance positions in the construction and high tech sectors.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for The Ontario Cable Television Association, Advanced Broadcasting Systems of Canada (ABSOC), Treasurer of Media Awareness network, President’s Alumni Council for Carleton University, Chair of the Carleton University Parent’s Alumni Campaign and past Board Member of Mobile Satellite Ventures (Canada) Inc. and a current member of The Bell Fund.
Mr. Chapman is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University.
Naveen Prasad is Executive Vice President & General Manager of Elevation Pictures Corp., a Toronto based feature film and television company. In his role, Naveen oversees distribution across all media, television production, and strategic direction for the company.
Prior to Elevation Pictures, Naveen served as Senior Vice President, Television & Digital at Entertainment One Films, overseeing all aspects of the company’s Television and Digital distribution activities. He served in the same position at Alliance Films prior to its acquisition by eOne where he also played a key role in the relaunch of Alliance's television production business after a lapse of many years. Naveen joined Alliance (then part of conglomerate Alliance Atlantis) in 2000, having held an extensive range of positions along the way.
Naveen's varied experience includes building and implementing theatrical launch strategies, overseeing transactional VOD and digital distribution & marketing, broadcast & Over-The-Top content production and licensing, feature film acquisitions, and working closely with the independent Canadian production community.
Naveen also serves as a founding board member of Hollywood Suite, a Canadian multiplex television channel. He is also on the board of CAFDE, the Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters.