Board of Directors
G. Grant Machum
Grant Machum is a senior partner of the Atlantic Canada law firm of Stewart McKelvey based in Halifax practicing in the area of corporate governance, employment law and labour relations and represents clients from across Canada and internationally. He is recognized as a leading practitioner in his chosen fields. He has served in various leadership roles including on his firm’s management committee and as head of the firm’s labour and employment group. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, Law Society of New Brunswick and the Law Society of Upper Canada. A graduate of Dalhousie University (Bachelor of Commerce) and the University of New Brunswick (LLB). Mr. Machum is currently on the Boards of Symphony Nova Scotia and Prescott Group and serves on the advisory committees of various private businesses. Mr. Machum recently served as Chair of NSCAD University as well as Chair of its Presidential Search Committee and Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee. In September 2017 he was appointed Life Governor of NSCAD University in recognition of his efforts to maintain the independence of the university. Married with four children, Mr. Machum is also a skilled and enthusiastic sailor having skippered various ocean races. He and his wife Jane are actively involved in numerous community fundraising activities.
Claude Joli-Cœur is the 16th Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada. He previously held this position from December 2006 to June 2007. In addition to these duties, he continues to be in charge of Business Affairs and Legal Services, Strategic Planning and Government Relations, and Corporate Communications. He joined the NFB as Director, Business Affairs and Legal Services, and Secretary to the Board of Trustees in October 2003 and was appointed Assistant Commissioner in June 2007. Mr. Joli-Cœur earned a law degree from the Université de Montréal and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1979. He practised law with the firms of Langlois Drouin and Lafleur Brown in Montreal from 1979 to 1985 and was legal counsel at Telefilm Canada from 1985 to 1987. From 1987 to 1995, he worked for Astral Entertainment Group, a film financing and distribution company, first as Director of Business Affairs and then as Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. In 1995, he was appointed Vice President, Legal and International Affairs, for Coscient Group (Motion International), a position that he held for five years. From 2000 to 2002, he served as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, and Secretary of TVA International Inc. before becoming Vice President, Business Affairs, for Zone 3 Inc. and then joining the NFB. A specialist in entertainment law and international co-productions, Mr. Joli-Cœur has participated in several committees dealing with international co-productions between Canada and European countries such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom. He has also represented distributors and producers in numerous industry associations. From 2002 to 2011, Mr. Joli-Coeur was an Executive Committee member and Treasurer of the Alliance for Children and Television. He has sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Retransmission Collective (CRC) since 2004.
Mrs. Marie-Linda Lord has been Vice-President of Student and International Affairs at the Université de Moncton since July 2011. Mrs. Lord has held various positions with the university, including Director of the Institut d'études acadiennes, Chair of Acadian Studies, and full professor in the Information and Communications Program for 22 years. Marie-Linda Lord became a professor-researcher after working as a broadcast journalist at Radio-Canada Atlantique for ten years. With assistance from grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, she conducts on representation and discourse in the literature and media of Acadia and New Brunswick. She has written more than 30 chapters and scholarly books and edited four books. Among her many accomplishments, she sat on TV5 Quebec-Canada’s Board of Directors, which she chaired from 2010 to 2015. She was also Co-Chair of New Brunswick’s Coalition for Pay Equity’s first fundraising campaign in 2010, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Théâtre l’Escaouette in Moncton, Vice-President of Égalité Santé en français and a member of the Conseil cuturel of the City of Moncton. She is currently President of the fundraising campaign to save Moncton’s Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral. In 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which recognizes outstanding and exemplary contribution to the community.
Etoile is a highly effective, accomplished strategist with a proven ability to manage competing interests, personalities and issues to reach desired outcomes. (Skills that were first honed working in post-production for nearly a decade). Having worked in all levels of government, she is now a management consultant based in Winnipeg specializing in strategic planning and government relations for a diverse range of clients. Specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, project execution, government and stakeholder relations, governance and policy development and analysis.
Etoile is keenly interested in supporting people, organizations and decision making that foster and promote arts and culture in Canada and is deeply committed to creating and supporting opportunities for new voices and ideas.