Clare Brown, Treasurer
Clare is currently CFO of the MindBeacon Group. MindBeacon is an innovator in the delivery of mental health care through both its clinics and the BEACON platform which provides treatment through digitally delivered therapist supported Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Prior to joining MindBeacon, Clare was Senior VP Finance, TV with Bell Media. She was a key member of the transaction team for both acquisitions and divestures, supporting regulatory processes, financial reporting and integration activities. Clare is CPA (CA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.
Denise Cooper is a lawyer and strategic business advisor to publicly traded and privately held companies and leaders in the Canadian and international media and technology space, as well as venture-funded startups. Her expertise is in the areas of corporate/commercial, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, privacy, film and television licensing, production and distribution, employment and intellectual property law, and she was recognized by L’expert in 2005 when she received the Top 40 Under 40 In-house Counsel Award. Prior to entering private practice, Denise was Vice President and General Counsel for Virgin Mobile Canada. Prior to that, she spent 14 years at CHUM Limited, where she served as Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In addition to sitting as a director on the Bell Fund, Denise is currently a director of Interactive Ontario. Denise received her Bachelor of Laws Degree (J.D.) from Osgoode Hall at York University (Toronto) and a Masters of Law Degree (LL.M.) from Columbia University (New York). She is a member of both the Ontario and New York State Bars.
Josée Daignault, Vice-Chair
Passionate about strategy, management and operations, Josée Daignault has 25 years of experience as an entrepreneurial manager with a background in executive management and finance. Josée has always worked in the service sector, and since 2001, she has focused mainly on media and entertainment, as well as information technology. As a lawyer who holds an accreditation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), an MBA and a diploma of doctoral studies in international economic law from Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris), her diligence and natural leadership were recognized in 2005, with the Prix Relève Excellence du Réseau HEC, and in 2004 by the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec. Guided by the success of her judicious strategic interventions, she contributed to catapulting KOTV Inc. among the top-ranking television production companies and launched its print arm, KO Média Inc. in 2015. Prior to that, she was head of operations at Attraction Média, and executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Just For Laughs Group. From 2010 to 2018, she worked with the president of the Quebecor Fund to establish several programs. She has chaired the board of the Maison Théâtre since 2016, and also works as the administrator and treasurer of the Fondation Véro & Louis from 2016 to 2019.
Prem Gill is Chief Executive Officer of Creative BC. The agency is designated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining and growing British Columbia’s dynamic and diverse creative sector including motion picture, music and sound recording, interactive and digital media, and magazine and book publishing. Prem has been named one of Canada's 100 most powerful women, Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50” and received the Community Catalyst award from the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade . She brings more than 20 years of experience from the digital media and entertainment industries to her current role as CEO, where she is responsible for delivering a wide range of programs and services that will expand BC’s creative economy to reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally. Before Creative BC, Prem spent eight years with TELUS, most recently in the role of Director of Production & Original Programming. Her commitment to the advancement of BC’s creative economy can be seen through her achievements there, including the successful development and launch of the StoryHive program and TELUS’s Optik TV community channel. For many years, Prem has championed Canadian creativity as a representative and spokesperson to media, industry and government at all levels. Previous roles and responsibilities have included government and regulatory affairs, independent media consultation, cross-platform marketing, communications, research, public affairs and multicultural programming. Prem is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Screen Institute, The Actors Fund of Canada and the PuSH Festival.
Lenore is Senior Legal Counsel at BCE Inc., Canada’s largest communications company. In this role, she provides regulatory and copyright advice for both its media (Bell Media) and broadcast distribution (Bell TV) divisions. Lenore joined BCE following its acquisition of CTVglobemedia in 2011 and was previously at CHUM Limited prior to its purchase by CTVglobemedia in 2007. In addition to sitting as a director of the Bell Fund, Lenore is a director of the Canadian Association of Broadcaster, recently serving as its Chair, and is also the current Chair of the Radio Starmaker Fund. Lenore holds a Bachelor of Arts (1992) and a Bachelor of Laws (1996) from the University of Western Ontario..
Brad Pelman is an executive producer, advisor, consultant and filmed content distribution expert with over 27 years of experience. In his career, while he has worked for major corporations such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate Entertainment, and Astral Media (now Bell Media Inc.), his most remarkable achievements were rooted in the world of independent content creation and distribution. Pelman launched Maple Pictures in 2005 from the Canadian assets of Lionsgate Entertainment which were purchased through a private equity transaction and sold to Alliance Films in 2011. Since then, in partnership with Kilburn Media of Los Angeles, Pelman acquired and operated The Fremantle Corporation, an international sales company with a library of over 3000 hours of content for sale to broadcasters and digital platforms around the world. Pelman is currently on the board of The National Screen Institute in Winnipeg, dedicated to training the next generation of Canada’s content creators, with a specific focus on Indigenous storytelling. Pelman has served on many advisory boards and is regularly called upon to share his experience with peers at conferences and festivals such as Banff Television Festival, Telefilm Canada Feature Film Advisory Board, Ontario Media Development Corp, Toronto Film Festival, Hot Docs and CMPA PrimeTime in Ottawa, Canada.
Naveen Prasad, Chair
Naveen Prasad is President of VICE Media Canada, Canada's leading youth media company and digital studio. In his role, Naveen oversees all aspects of the business including its studio, digital media division and VIRTUE, the creative agency born out of VICE. Prasad joined VICE as a consultant in March of 2018. He was appointed President in July and, in August, announced a multi-year, multi-faceted partnership with Bell Media. Prior to VICE Media Canada, Prasad served as Executive Vice President & GM of Elevation Pictures Corp., the Toronto based media company he helped build since its launch in 2013. Prior to Elevation Pictures, Naveen was Senior Vice President, Television at eOne, overseeing the company’s TV and Digital division. He served in the same role at Alliance Films prior to its acquisition by eOne where he also led the re-launch of Alliance’s production business. Naveen is also the Co-Founder of Impossible Objects, a film and television production company he started with filmmaker Jamie M. Dagg which has a multi-year feature film output deal with Elevation Pictures.
Pierre Rodrigue has worked in the broad sector of culture and communications for nearly 40 years, and is recognized both for his experience as a manager and for his reputation as part of several professional and social networks. An attorney by training, he has run companies that market cultural products and has also held a number of positions in radio, television, digital media and telecommunications. Since September 2015, he has been the main representative for BCE-Bell with French-speaking elected officials at the federal, provincial and major municipal levels, as well as with chambers of commerce and community and business leaders in Quebec. Pierre Rodrigue has sat on the board of directors of several charitable organizations in the cultural sector. He is currently chairman of the board of Musicaction and Maison St-Gabriel and is a board member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Fondation 24 heures Tremblant [Tremblant’s 24-hour race]. He is also a Corporate Director. Lastly, he is a founding partner of The Orpailleur vineyard.
Johanne has more than 25 years of experience in the broadcasting sector, and more specifically in television. She has had a successful career at Astral Media, where she held various senior management positions. She began as Vice President, Finance and Administration. She also held the position of Senior Vice President, Finance, Business and Operations with responsibility for Finance, Human Resources, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Information Technology, Commercial Routing and broadcast technical services. In 2002, she was promoted to Senior Vice-President, Commercial Affairs and General Manager, thus involving her more in the strategic development and operations on the Quebec television market for eight specialty services (Canal D, Canal Vie , Vrak.TV, Séries +, Historia, Musique Plus and Musimax) and both Super Écran and Cinépop pay television services. Johanne holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration - (Finance) as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration - MBA from Université de Sherbrooke. She has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Rendez-vous du cinéma du Québec, the Harold Greenberg Fund, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Canadian Satellite Users Association and the Research Foundation from the Université de Sherbrooke. Johanne was also a founding member of Quebec Cinéma.