Senior management

Christa Dickenson
Executive Director
Francesca Accinelli
Director, Promotion and Communications
E.J. Alon
Director, Talent Fund
Patrick Bédard, CPA, CA, MBA
Director of Finance and Interim Director, Administration and Corporate Services
René Bourdages
Senior Director, Cultural Portfolio Management
Marie-Claude Lavigne
Director, Public and Governmental Affairs
Marie-Eve Mainville, M. Sc., CRHA/CHRP
Director, Human Resources
Jean Morin
Director, Information Technology
Stéphane Odesse, LL.B., D.Fisc.
Director, Legal Services and Access to Information, and Corporate Secretary

Christa Dickenson

Executive Director

Christa Dickenson is the Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. She has over two decades of experience spanning broadcast television, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media, having worked at CTV, CPAC, Rogers and Interactive Ontario. Ms. Dickenson possesses an un-paralleled talent for innovation coupled with a strong business acumen. With brand advocacy expertise honed over many years, she is a highly effective screen-based industries advocate and spokesperson. In addition to a professional background spanning both the creative and business sides of the broadcast, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media industries, Ms. Dickenson has a BAH and Masters of Fine Arts in Film Studies.

Francesca Accinelli

Director, 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.

E.J. Alon

Director, Talent Fund

E.J. Alon brings to Telefilm a proven track-record in philanthropy with close to 20 years of experience from across multiple sectors. He is well-acquainted with the film industry, through his time at TIFF as well as at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the U.S. He has also worked for brands such as TO Live, the Luminato Festival, the Harbourfront Centre, and the Ontario Science Centre.

He is passionate about arts and culture, the transformative power of philanthropy, the importance of diversity, inclusion and community building, and is an active volunteer.

E.J. is a driven fundraiser having achieved strong results with both individual major and corporate donors. He is responsible for leading the Talent Fund and has the mandate of achieving Telefilm’s long-term financing goals.

Patrick Bédard, CPA, CA, MBA

Director of Finance and Interim Director, Administration and Corporate Services

Patrick joined Telefilm Canada in 2004 as Chief Accountant and was promoted to Controller in 2010. Prior to that, he started his career as an auditor, working primarily in the manufacturing and municipal sectors. He later joined the Office of the Auditor General of Canada where, among other achievements, he developed his expertise in the Canadian audiovisual industry.

In his current role, Patrick is responsible for finance, financial operations and financial policy compliance. He is also responsible for the administrative financial information related to the agreement with the Canada Media Fund.

He is a chartered accountant by training and has a master's degree in business administration.

René Bourdages

Senior Director, Cultural Portfolio Management

René Bourdages joined Telefilm in 2019 as Senior Director, Cultural Portfolio Management. In this position, he oversees Telefilm Canada’s production, distribution and marketing financing programs for feature films, as well as Telefilm's administration of the Canada Media Fund’s funding programs. Previously, he was at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), where he was Director General, Creation and Innovation since 2016.

During his 30-year career, René has occupied highly strategic roles in major private and public media groups, including TVA/Quebecor, where he was Executive Vice-President, Broadcasting and Operations, Astral Media, where he held the position of Executive Vice-President of Programming, Sales and Marketing, and CBC/ Radio-Canada, where he was President of the Merchandising Division. In 2012, he founded ELEVADO Media, a consulting firm advising fund managers and production companies regarding their investments in development, funding and strategic planning in the U.S. and Canada.

Familiar with the world of production, programming and innovation, he has been a speaker and moderator for a number of years, at events such as the World Animation & VFX Summit, Digital Hollywood, the New York Media Summit and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Marie-Claude Lavigne

Director, Public and Governmental Affairs

Ms. Lavigne comes to Telefilm with 20 years’ experience in strategy, public affairs, and government relations. Having worked with both the federal and provincial levels, she has gained in-depth knowledge of the structures and players within government. Over the course of her career, she was notably vice president of several public relations agencies, including Citoyen Optimum and Cohn & Wolfe, and has worked in various sectors, such as finance, economic development, as well as the cultural milieu.

Marie-Eve Mainville, M. Sc., CRHA/CHRP

Director, Human Resources

Ms. Mainville is a bilingual human resource management professional with close to two decades of experience in taking an organization’s vision and translating it into initiatives that drive performance, growth, and employee engagement. Known for her ability to tackle complex challenges and convert vision and strategy into achievable and value-added objectives, Ms. Mainville has worked in a number of sectors in Canada including audiovisual, entertainment, and IT.

Ms. Mainville holds a master’s degree in Management and Organization Science from Laval University, as well as a graduate diploma from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) in Management Consulting.

Jean Morin

Director, Information Technology

Jean Morin has extensive experience in information technology (IT) management. Until recently, he held the position of Canadian Commercial IT Lead at Bausch Health, a major pharmaceutical company. He has also worked in the financial field as Manager, IS & IT for the portfolio management firm Jarislowsky Fraser.

As a corporate transformation specialist, he has worked on local, national and international assignments and headed a variety of implementation projects over the course of his career.

Stéphane Odesse, LL.B., D.Fisc.

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).