Board of Directors

Robert Spickler
Chair of the Board
Montréal, Quebec
Angèle Beausoleil
Vice Chair of the Board
Toronto, Ontario
Claude Joli-Cœur
Film Commissioner and Chair of the National Film Board of Canada
Montréal, Québec
Etoile Stewart
Chair of the Nominating, Evaluation and Governance Committee
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Karen Horcher
Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee
Vancouver, British Columbia
Emmanuelle Létourneau, Lawyer, LL.M., CSA, C.Dir.
Chair of the Communications and Public and Governmental Affairs Commitee
Montréal, Québec

Robert Spickler

Chair of the Board
Montréal, Quebec

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.

Angèle Beausoleil

Vice Chair of the Board
Toronto, Ontario

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.

Claude Joli-Cœur

Film Commissioner and Chair of the National Film Board of Canada
Montréal, Québec

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.

Etoile Stewart

Chair of the Nominating, Evaluation and Governance Committee
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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.

Karen Horcher

Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee
Vancouver, British Columbia

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.

Emmanuelle Létourneau, Lawyer, LL.M., CSA, C.Dir.

Chair of the Communications and Public and Governmental Affairs Commitee
Montréal, Québec

Emmanuelle Létourneau is a business lawyer, member of the bar in Quebec and Paris, and president of Létourneau Gouvernance Entreprenante, a governance consulting firm she founded in 2016.

She is a member of Telefilm Canada’s board of directors, chair of its communications and public and government affairs committee, and a member of its audit committee, a member of the ethics committee of the Ordre des infirmières et des infirmiers du Québec (Quebec order of nurses), a member of the executive committee of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Quebec), co-chair of its medium-sized business forum committee, and a governance mentor for a green technology start-up accelerator and for Femmessor. She is author of a number of books, including Gouvernance d’entreprise: perspectives juridiques et pratiques (corporate governance: legal and practical perspectives), published by Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters.

Before launching her own company, she worked for Bombardier Transportation, the Autorité des marchés financiers (Quebec financial markets regulator), the National Bank of Canada, and Desjardins Capital.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Université Laval, a master’s degree in business law from Université de Montréal, and a certificate in corporate governance from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés/Université Laval. She also studied international and European law at Université Paris II.

She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Vacant Board Member Position

View mandate description and requirements

Review of applications will begin on September 21, 2020. Candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.