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)
Since 1996, Charles Zamaria has served as Financial Director for the Bell Fund, Independent Production Fund, and COGECO Program Development Fund. Concurrently, he is a tenured Professor in RTA: School of Media at Ryerson University. He also serves as Principal Investigator for the continuing international and longitudinal research study, the Canadian Internet Project. He has worked for CTV, YTV, CBC, Telefilm Canada and several independent production companies in various capacities. He has credits on dozens of award-winning independent film and television productions. He is the author of numerous articles and publications and has led several cultural trade forums and missions for the Canadian government. He has assisted in the creation of national standards and tools for the digital media industry.
Suzanne Lacey, Program Manager
Suzanne is a media leader with over 20 years experience as Director, Multi-Platform Content & Promotional Strategy, Project Manager for tv and digital media, Director of Broadcast Scheduling and Executive in Charge of Production for factual and dramatic series. Supported by years of Executive Management training and professional development Suzanne’s objective is to continue to contribute to the Canadian media and entertainment sectors by bringing a strategic and creative approach to projects and helping teams achieve their full potential.
Office and Communications Coordinator
Chantal Côté has been in the digital world for nearly 20 years. She previously worked for ICI ARTV and ICI EXPLORA specialty channels as Head of Digital Services. She previously worked for Astral where she was Advisor, Digital Services for Z TV, and for TVA as Head of Digital Services where she was responsible for creating and enhancing the sites’ content and social media channels. Chantal also worked at Canoe for several years as a Journalist for the Arts and Entertainment section and Project Manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, film and advertising from University of Montreal. She is also a member of the Canadian Academy of Film and Television.
Office and Communications Coordinator