Dr. Paul Hoffert, Chair
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. [See www.paulhoffert.ca
Lori Rosenberg, Vice-Chair
Lori Rosenberg, Managing Director, Content, Linear/VOD, for the Bell Residential Services and Small Business group, has spent the past twenty-five years in the launch, programming marketing, general management and distribution of broadcast and specialty television networks and their associated content. 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 group. 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 carriage of subscription-based content (channels, sports packages and svods) for Bell’s traditional and non-traditional platforms: Fibe TV, Satellite TV, FibreOp TV, Cablevision du Nord, as well as Bell’s TV apps and online platforms. She supports the team managing all such content relationships (including with studios for movies, series and live events) on behalf of Bell and its related parties.
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 and Privacy and related compliance issues for Bell Canada. 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 Board Member of Mobile Satellite Ventures (Canada) Inc. Mr. Chapman is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University.
Madam Suzanne Gouin has been working in the media sector for more than 30 years. Amongst her achievements while being CEO of TV5 Québec Canada from 2002 to 2015, the company launched a new network UnisTV , the Fonds TV5 pour la production numérique dedicated specifically to the production of webseries by young professionnals of 18 to 35 years old and various web applications linked to programming. Prior to that, she held the position of Vice President of Business Publications at Transcontinental Media. Madam Gouin began her career at Radio-Canada (Canadian public broadcaster) and rapidly progressed from the position of content analyst in the News department to that of Executive producer. She has also acted as Executive Producer at Pixcom and was Vice President of News at CFCF12, before undertaking a mandate as Director General for the Montreal ethnic television station, CJNT. Madam Gouin is a member of the board of Hydro-Québec, and also sits on that organization’s Human Resources Committee and the Public Affairs and Environment Committee. As well since Janurary 2016, she is Chair of the Board of Le Printemps numérique, a non for profit organization whose mission is to promote the creativity of the digital industry in Montreal. A graduate in Political Science from Concordia University, Madam Gouin holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Madam Gouin is certified with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
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 and Ricochet Branded Content. He serves on the board of Le Refuge des jeunes de Montréal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Université Laval.
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.
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.