Senior management

Christa Dickenson
Executive Director
Francesca Accinelli
Director, National Promotion and Communications
E.J. Alon
Director, Talent Fund
Patrick Bédard, CPA, CA, MBA
Director of Finance
Catherine Émond
Director, Public and Governmental Affairs
Roxane Girard
Director, Business Affairs and Coproduction
Stéphane Odesse, LL.B., D.Fisc.
Director, Legal Services and Access to Information, and Corporate Secretary
Denis Pion
Director, Administration and Corporate Services
Marielle Poupelin
Director, International Promotion
Michel Pradier
Director, Project Financing
Stella Riggi, CRHA/CHRP
Director, Human Resources

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, 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.

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

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.

Catherine Émond

Director, Public and Governmental Affairs

Catherine has joined us from l’Alliance numérique, where she held a management position for just over three years. For several years prior to that she worked for the Government of Quebec, notably as political attaché to the minister of culture and communications and the Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports.

She also served as a policy advisor in the Montréal mayor’s office, where she worked on a number of major projects, including the revitalization of the Quartier des spectacles.

Catherine has solid expertise in strategic communications, and has a unique vision. She brings a broad and diverse experience to the organization, acquired in positions held at various levels of government, in the industry and in public institutions involved in the cultural sector.

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.

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).

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.

Marielle Poupelin

Director, International Promotion

After completing a degree in administration at the University of Angers in France, Marielle immediately began working in film production. In 1990, Marielle moved from France to Canada, where she continued her career working in film and TV production.

In 2004, she joined Telefilm Canada as an investment analyst. She was part of the team that selected projects to be financed as feature films. In 2010, Marielle was appointed Deputy Director, Coproduction. In this role, she is in charge of managing the team responsible for evaluating coproduction projects submitted by Canadian producers in film and television.

She assumes the interim leadership of the International Promotion sector in 2016.

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

Stella Riggi, CRHA/CHRP

Director, Human Resources

Stella Riggi is a human resources professional with over 25 years of experience. She joined Telefilm Canada in 1999 as the Director of Human Resources, where her responsibilities include the development and implementation of different human resource strategies across Telefilm’s offices. Her primary focus is organizational development and talent management.

A graduate of the Université de Montréal and a certified coach, Stella began her career in executive search and has held various HR positions. She has held many positions on the Boards of Directors of a number of organizations, including Les Œuvres du Cardinal Léger, the CPE communautaire NDG, Vélo-Québec Association, as well as the Foundation of Stars.