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Senior Management

Carolle Brabant

Carolle Brabant, FCPA, CA, MBA

Executive Director

Since her appointment in March 2010, Carolle Brabant has distinguished herself through her leadership role in promoting Canadian talent and content in Canada and on the international scene. She was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award from Canadian Women in Communications (CWC), in addition to being recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for 2012 by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). On March 15, 2013, she began a second three-year mandate as Telefilm’s Executive Director.

Carolle Brabant is recognized for her cultural vision, financial acumen and skills as a gifted communicator. Within the framework of Telefilm Canada’s 2011-2014 corporate plan, Fostering cultural success, she spearheaded the creation of a new measurement to determine the success of Canadian feature films – an index that takes into account their commercial, cultural and industrial achievements. This innovative approach has garnered interest from around the world.

A chartered accountant by training, Carolle Brabant joined Telefilm as an auditor in 1990. She was appointed director of finance and administration in 2003 and served as acting executive director for six months in 2004.

An outstanding administrator of public and private funds, Carolle Brabant contributed significantly to the successful partnership between Telefilm Canada and the Canadian Television Fund, now the Canada Media Fund (CMF). Telefilm administers the funding programs of the CMF.

Ms. Brabant sits on the board of the Fondation Pinel.

Francesca Accinelli

Francesca Accinelli

Director, National Promotion and Communications

Francesca joined Telefilm in 2006 as the Deputy Director, English Market for the Canadian Television Fund (now Canada Media Fund), by 2008 she was promoted to Director of that team and is now very excited to be the Director of National Promotions and Communications. Francesca has always been a fan of Canadian film and television and she has a great ability to build strong relationships with clients. She looks forward to working with the industry to promote our Canadian successes.

Francesca began her career as a cultural administrator and producer of theatre where she was required to manage both production and promotion of the plays. She then moved on to television production working on big budget TV series and MOWs produced for Alliance Atlantis, among other companies.

She has a B.A in Fine Arts from York University where she focused on film studies.

Sheila de La Varende

Sheila de La Varende

Director, International Promotion

Sheila de La Varende has been an influential figure in the Canadian film and television industry for over 25 years.

For almost ten years, Sheila managed Telefilm Canada’s European office in Paris. She was the driving force behind Immersion Europe, an annual financing forum for feature film co-production. Returning to Canada in 2004, Sheila was appointed Executive Director of the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema. From 2005 to 2006, Sheila spearheaded Digimart, an international summit for developing new industry business models.

Inspired by the new opportunities of the digital economy, Sheila moved on to The National Film Board where she directed a project that would position NFB as a digital leader among cultural media institutions. In April 2009, Sheila rejoined Telefilm Canada in her current senior management position.

Roxane Girard

Roxane Girard

Director, Business Affairs and coproduction

Roxane Girard has more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

She first worked in film production then at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec (SODEC) where she was General Manager, Enterprise Funding and sat on the Board of Directors. She joined Telefilm Canada in 2006 at the time of the partnership agreement signed between the federal cultural agency and the Canadian Television Fund (now known as the Canada Media Fund). She first served as Director, French Market, of the Television Business Unit, and then as its National Director.  

Currently, Ms. Girard is responsible for managing financing agreements, delivering national and international events as well as making recommendations to the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office of the Department of Canadian Heritage for the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions. She is also responsible for the administration of the application process for the CMF.

Jean-Claude Mahé

Jean-Claude Mahé

Director, Public and Government Affairs

Jean-Claude Mahé began his career with Telefilm as a consultant, organizing forums, summits and film promotion activities with the industry. He also arranged regular promotional screenings of top Canadian films on Parliament Hill before being appointed as Director, Communications and Public Affairs. Jean-Claude was appointed to his current position in 2005.

Jean-Claude worked for almost two decades at the National Film Board from 1978 to 1996 where he rose to hold such important positions as Secretary to the Board and Director of Communications.

Throughout his long and distinguished career, Jean-Claude Mahé has been dedicated to educational issues, and to Canada’s cultural industries.
Stéphane Odesse

Stéphane Odesse

Director, Legal Services and Access to Information,
and Corporate Secretary

Stéphane has been providing legal services to Telefilm since 1994. He was appointed Director of Legal Services in 2002.

Before joining our institution, Stéphane practiced law for many years in the areas of commercial law, corporate law and copyright law. Among other qualifications, he holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Specialized Graduate Diploma in Taxation.

Stéphane is a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Canadian Bar Association. He also participates in several other legal bodies, including the Association des secrétaires et chefs de contentieux du Québec, the Association des juristes pour l'avancement de la vie artistique and the Association littéraire et artistique internationale (ALAI).

Denis Pion

Denis Pion

Director, Administration and Corporate Services

Denis arrived at Telefilm Canada in a consulting role in 1991. His talent and energy soon earned him promotions to Director, Technology and Information systems, and then Director, Information, Performance and Risk Management.
In April 2010, Denis was appointed Interim Director, Administration and Corporate Services. In this broad and challenging role, Denis is responsible for finance,  performance and risk management, compliance, business processes, technology and information systems and related human and material resources.

Michel Pradier

Michel Pradier

Director, Project Financing

Michel Pradier is a 13-year veteran of Telefilm Canada. Beginning as a financial analyst for the film and television units, he became head of the television unit before being appointed interim director of the Quebec regional office in 2001. The following year, Michel was appointed Director of French Operations at the Québec regional office.

Before arriving at Telefilm, Michel occupied executive and financial analyst positions at SODEC between 1991 and 1997. He had been associated with film and media production for 10 years before that.  In his current role, Michel is responsible for the full range of feature films productions being considered for funding. He is adept at target-setting and performance measures that have a great bearing on Telefilm’s decision-making process.