Suzanne Guèvremont, Chair
General Manager of the l’École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design (NAD) since 1999, Suzanne has been active in the digital media, culture and education sectors for over 20 years, and continues to make significant contributions to the development of the video game industry, 3D animation and visual effects industries in Québec, particularly in Montréal. She is also a member of the board of directors for de l’ADÉSAM (Associations des écoles supérieures d’art de Montréal), SODEC and Collège Notre-Dame.
Payal Gabrani-Bahl, Vice-Chair
Vice–President of Content at BCE Inc. Payal has had over 13 years of progressive management experience in the telecommunications industry and is now a senior marketing professional. She studied at the University of Waterloo, attaining an Honours BA in Economics and International Trade Specialization. She also graduated from the Ivey Business School at Western University with an MBA and succeeded to be part of the Judy Project at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management.
Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs, at Bell Media, Kevin joined the company after BCE’s acquisition of CTVglobemedia, where he had been vice-president, Regulatory Affairs. Prior to that, he was director of Regulatory Affairs for CHUM Ltd. Kevin has played a key role in a number of major files, including BCE’s acquisition of Astral Media, the sale of CTV to BCE and of CHUM to CTVglobemedia, as well as CHUM’s purchase of Craig Media Inc. Kevin has also worked on a series of important CRTC policy proceedings. Named one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 by Lexpert Magazine, Kevin holds a BA and a bachelor of laws from the University of Manitoba.
Working in the media sector for over 30 years, Suzanne’s achievements as CEO of TV5 Québec Canada (2002 to 2015) included: the launch of a new network UnisTV; the creation of the Fonds TV5 pour la production numérique which produced web series by young professionals; and various programming web applications. Since 2016 Suzanne has been the chair of the board of Le Printemps numérique. She also sits on the boards of Hydro-Québec, la Fondation du Grand Montréal and L’Esplanade. A graduate in Political Science from Concordia University, Suzanne holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Suzanne is certified with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Dr. Paul Hoffert
Paul is not only the past chair of the Bell fund, but also former president of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, former chair of the Ontario Arts Council, and former chair of the Canadian Screen Composers Guild of Canada. A professor at University of Toronto and a former faculty fellow of Harvard Law School, Paul is the author of best- selling books about the information age and a textbook about composing music for videogames. Awarded the Order of Canada in 2004, Paul received the Pixel award in 2001 as Canada’s New Media Visionary, and was inducted into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for his band Lighthouse. [See www.paulhoffert.ca
Vice-President, Programming, French-Language TV at Bell Media since October 2015, Danny oversees scheduling, planning, original content, and acquisitions for French-language specialty channels Canal Vie, Canal D, Z, VRAK, and Investigation, as well as Super Écran and Cinépop. Previously at Bell Media Dany was assistant general counsel, Québec. Prior to Bell Media Dany was vice-president, Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Affiliates Relations for Astral Broadcasting Group, director, chief legal officer and assistant secretary of Transcontinental Inc., and senior counsel for Alcan Inc. A graduate of McGill University Faculty of Law, Dany is president of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council for Québec. She is also a board member of INIS, WIFT – Montréal, ACCT, and Le Fonds Harold Greenberg.
Executive Vice President & General Manager of Elevation Pictures, the Toronto-based media company he helped launch in 2013, Naveen oversees the company’s business activities including distribution, production, and business development. Prior to Elevation Pictures, Naveen served as a SVP at Entertainment One, overlooking the company’s television and digital activities. He served in the same role at Alliance Films prior to its acquisition by eOne where he also led the relaunch of Alliance’s television production business after a lapse of many years. In addition to the Bell Fund, Naveen is a founding board member of Hollywood Suite and a director at CAFDE, the Canadian Association of Film Distributors & Exporters.
President of FanTrust, Catherine is a management consultant to the broadcast, distribution and digital media content and tech industries. Her business helps global clients captivate audiences, build revenues, secure financing, grow through M&A and capitalize on innovation. Prior to founding FanTrust, Catherine was chief operating officer of a broadcast software company that she and senior managers established and took public on the Nasdaq, growing it to a $300M market cap. She is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and an executive board director of the United Nations’ World Summit Awards for digital media. Catherine has a physics degree from Reed College and a master’s from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.