Board of Directors
Robert Spickler has extensive experience as an administrator of cultural organizations. He has served as co-director and director of administration for Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui and Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde and as executive director for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. At the Canada Council for the Arts, he held the positions of Director, Arts Division (1983-1985) and Associate Director (1987-1990). Between 2002 and 2008, he has chaired the boards of the Montréal Museums Society and the Canadian Conference of the Arts, as well as the Finance and Resources Committee of the International Council of Museums.
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 oversee 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.
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 Moncton Cultural Board. 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 Stewart 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.
Angèle Beausoleil is an assistant professor of Business Design and Innovation at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto. Angèle is a creative entrepreneur, industry strategist and innovation executive. As Canada's first PhD in Innovation from the University of British Columbia, she teaches, trains and leads research on how innovativeness (innovative capacity) can be learned and implemented in private and public organizations. Angèle brings her industry and academic experience, along with past board membership positions with the Telus Fund, Vancouver International Film Festival Society, Interface Health Society and the Manitoba Film and Sound Society to her appointment with Telefilm Canada.
Karen Horcher is President of Hedge Rho Management, providing operational and strategic consulting in treasury and corporate finance. She serves on the boards of TransLink and CPABC and on CPA Canada’s Advisory Board for Sustainable Businesses. Ms. Horcher is a faculty member in the Treasury Management program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, and the author of several finance books published in the US, Canada, Asia and Australia, including Essentials of Financial Risk Management and Essentials of Managing Treasury. She also has chaired the Finance and Audit Committee and the Safety and Operating Review Committee of Canada’s Pacific Pilotage Authority and served as a member and chair of CPA Canada’s Strategy, Management, Accounting and Finance Advisory Board.