Jean-Claude Mahé, Director, Public and Governmental Affairs and former Acting Executive Director, announces retirement

November 22, 2018 – Longstanding senior manager of Telefilm Canada, Jean-Claude Mahé, Director, Public and Governmental Affairs and former Acting Executive Director, is set to retire at the end of this year.

“Jean-Claude Mahé’s contribution to the organization over the last two decades, positioning Telefilm Canada as an invaluable partner in the audiovisual industry through numerous initiatives, have made an indelible mark,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “One of the many successful ventures he led was the Talent Fund, a private donation fund aimed to increase private investment in emerging talent through the Talent to Watch Program. Others include screenings of Canadian films on Parliament Hill and in cities across the country, making him a true champion of Canadian talent!”

“A mentor to many, Jean-Claude’s passion and dedication in the industry was felt across Telefilm, including our offices from coast-to-coast-to-coast. I want to thank Jean-Claude for all that he’s done for the development and success of not only Telefilm, but the Canadian audiovisual industry, and I wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement,” Mrs. Dickenson added.

Mr. Mahé first worked for Telefilm Canada in 1996 as a consultant, organizing forums, summits and activities with the industry to promote Canadian films. In 2004, he was appointed Director of Communications and Public Affairs, then, in 2005, Director, Public and Governmental Affairs. Mr. Mahé was named Acting Executive Director this past spring when former Executive Director Carolle Brabant retired.

Prior to Telefilm, Mr. Mahé worked for close to 20 years at the National Film Board of Canada, including as Secretary to the Board and Director of Communications. Throughout his distinguished career, he has been dedicated to educational issues, to the protection of official languages, and to Canada’s cultural industries. In 2016, Mr. Mahé received the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

“I’ve had the great privilege of working in a vibrant and stimulating industry that is proud of the major cultural and economic benefits it generates. Thank you to the various levels of government for the ongoing support of organizations such as Telefilm,” said Jean-Claude Mahé. “I am also delighted with the success of the Talent Fund, which, by way of its philanthropic initiatives, helps to support the inspiring voices of the next generation of filmmakers. Let’s continue to help our creative talents shine brightly and to enhance our industry’s reputation—everywhere around the world.”

Mr. Mahé’s last day at Telefilm Canada is December 28, 2018. His replacement will be announced shortly.