The Bell Fund has two offices, in Toronto and Montréal.
Nancy Chapelle, Executive Director (Toronto Office)
From producing internationally award winning children’s series to telenovelas in Argentina and overseeing the operations of the largest marine facility in Malta, Nancy has dedicated her career to building organizational capacity for creativity. Most recently as Managing Director of Content & Programming for TVO, Nancy led the evolution of the public broadcaster’s content strategy from a single broadcast channel to a relevant and agile digital multiplatform educational media organization. Before that Nancy co-founded Catalyst Entertainment Inc., a Toronto based production and distribution company, responsible for the operations, development and production activity with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles and Malta.
Nancy recently completed her term on the Toronto Film Board and currently serves on the Ryerson Program Advisory Committee for the RTA School of Media. In 2011 Nancy was recognized with a WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Woman Award in the Arts and Communications category which recognizes contributions women have made to Canadian thinking and culture through the arts. As a successful leader and mom of two teenage girls, Nancy believes in the importance of empowering young women and is extremely proud of the work she does as a mentor with WXN.
Claire Dion, Associate Director (Montréal Office)
From 1980 to 1987 Claire Dion held positions at the Institut québécois du cinéma, the SGCQ and SOGIC, now SODEC, as script advisor and Director of Developement and Production. Since 1987 she has served as editor of a healthcare business periodical; she was responsible for teaching a scriptwriting course for television at the Université du Québec; she acted as associate producer for the development of director Robert Favreau’s feature film L’Ange Noir and script editor of the first series Super Sans Plomb. In 1991, she set up the Quebec office for the Maclean Hunter Television Fund, now the Independent Production Fund, which administers the COGECO Program Development Fund and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund. She acted as consultant for Shaw Cablesystems in Quebec for SCPI and the SBF from 1997 to 1999 and for the CanWest Promotion of Programming Fund in 2003. Claire Dion received her B.A. in television studies from Concordia University and a Master Degree in Cinéma from USC (University of Souther California). She was chair of CLSC Côte-des-Neiges for 10 years. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television, Femmes du cinéma de la télévision et des nouveaux médias de Montréal and vice-president of the Fondation Marijo.
Charles Zamaria, Financial Director (Toronto Office)
Charles Zamaria is Financial Director for the Bell Fund, Independent Production Fund, and COGECO Program Development Fund. He has assisted in developing and creating national professional standards for the emerging new media production industry.Concurrently, Professor Zamaria is a full-time tenured faculty member in the School of Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University, where he specializes in teaching business aspects of producing in various media industry. He has worked for CTV, YTV, CBC, Telefilm Canada and Cambium Productions in various production and management capacities. He has credits on dozens of award-winning independent film and television productions. He is the author of numerous, publications, served as Director for trade missions (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada) and conducted research analysis and studies internationally.In addition, he serves as Project Director and Principal Co-Investigator on the Canadian Internet Project – an extensive research undertaking which analyzes Internet usage and non-usage patterns in Canada in international perspective.He is a member of: AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers), NMBIA, IMAT, DGC, CFTPA, ACCT, CIPA, UFVA, BEA, BEAC and DOC He sits as a member of CFTPA’s New Media Advisory Committee, Federal/Interprovincial Tax Credit Committee.
Suzanne Lacey, Program Manager
Karam Masri, Business Analyst
Carly McGowan, Project Coordinator
Hannah Karunakar, Office and Communications Coordinator
Anita Broekema, Bookkeeper
Elaine Béliveau, Program Manager
Joanne Duguay, Project Coordinator
Catherine Beaulieu, Office and Communications Coordinator