Suzanne Guèvremont, Chair
Hired in 1995 at the School of Digital Arts, Animation and Design (NAD), she becomes the School’s General Manager in 1999. For more than 23 years, Suzanne Guèvremont is active within the industry of digital media, culture and education and contributes significantly to the economic development of the digital industries, 3D animation, video game and visual effects in Quebec and particularly in Montreal. Holder of a Law degree and a diploma of higher studies specialized in management; she was elected Bell Fund Chair in 2017. She is also vice-president of the board of directors of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), member of the board of directors of the ADÉSAM (Association of the higher schools of art of Montreal) and Chair of the Notre-Dame College board.
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.
Catherine Warren is the newly-appointed President & Board Director at the Centre for Digital Media, a thriving urban district for academia, industry and public engagement, located in the heart of Vancouver. She serves on the Nominating Committee for the international Emmy Awards organization and the board of DigiBC, the provincial industry association for video games, animation, visual effects and interactive marketing. The founder of FanTrust, a digital business development and audience-building consultancy celebrating 15 years, Catherine works with global entertainment clients in TV, film, video games and eSports, the emerging pro-gaming sector. Prior to founding FanTrust, Catherine was Chief Operating Officer of a broadcast tech company that she and colleagues took public on the Nasdaq, growing it to a $300M market cap, with powerful 24-hr news broadcasting clients. Her interests in culture-building and strategic transformation come from living and working internationally and from bridging the media, tech, tourism and education sectors. Catherine has a physics degree from Reed College and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she did her original digital work on-site at MIT covering the launch of its Media Lab.