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Telefilm Canada welcomes Carolle Brabant as its new Executive Director
Montreal, March 9, 2010 – Telefilm Canada’s Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Carolle Brabant as the organization’s new Executive Director, as announced earlier today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Carolle, who is currently Telefilm’s Director of Administration and Corporate Services, has worked with the organization for the past 20 years in various capacities and has thus gained solid experience in the industry.
“I am delighted with the appointment of Carolle Brabant, who was interim director for 6 months in 2004, as she is perfectly qualified for this position,” stated Michel Roy, Chair of Telefilm’s Board of Directors.
“Carolle, a chartered accountant and MBA graduate, has always shown extraordinary team spirit,” adds Mr. Roy. “Her role and achievements inside Telefilm Canada as Director of Administration and Corporate Services did not allow her to benefit from much visibility with the industry but it will soon discover her to be forward-looking and a person with vision. Furthermore, I am pleased to see one of Telefilm’s senior managers promoted to this leadership role; this is rewarding for all employees inside the organization. I would also like to emphasize that this is the first time a woman will hold this position on a permanent basis,” he concludes.
“I am honoured that Telefilm’s Board of Directors and Minister Moore have placed their confidence in me,” says Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada’s new Executive Director. “I am very proud of the success of our Canadian creators and I plan on investing all of my energy to see them gain more visibility on the national and international stage with Telefilm’s support. During my term, I will call upon the innovative ideas put forward by Telefilm’s employees, our clients and partners in order to help our industry reach its full potential,” she concluded.
The recruitment process was initiated in the summer of 2009 by Telefilm Canada’s Board of Directors. It retained the services of a recruitment agency and established a selection committee that included representatives from: the Office of the Prime Minister, the Privy Council Office, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Telefilm Canada.
This committee conducted a rigorous process and analyzed the profiles of close to 70 candidates from across the country. The committee’s objective was to identify a strong, bilingual manager with the leadership skills and innovative spirit required to lead Telefilm through this period of change within Canada’s audiovisual industry. Following this search process, and based on a unanimous decision amongst committee members, two candidates were recommended to the Heritage Canada Minister.
Carolle Brabant’s mandate as Executive Director of Telefilm Canada takes effect on March 15.
About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian products that appeal to nationalc and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the funding programs of the Canada Feature Film Fund, the Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund. Visit www.telefilm.ca.
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