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.
Payal Gabrani-Bahl, Vice-Chair
Payal Gabrani-Bahl is Vice President of Marketing and Pricing for Bell Canada, and develops marketing strategies that strengthen Bell’s position as a leading Canadian telecommunications provider. Drawing on over 15 years of marketing experience, Payal oversees marketing programs for all of Bell’s residential products and leverages data driven insights to build national campaigns to increase revenue, value and differentiation across Bell’s markets. Prior to this, Payal was Vice President of Content for Bell Canada, accountable for sourcing and packaging leading programming for Bell TV and all digital platforms, ensuring Bell’s customers had access to the best content in Canada. She has also held senior leadership positions across the organization in strategic planning and sales. Payal holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University and an Honours BA in Economics from the University of Waterloo.
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.
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.
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.