Telefilm Canada Welcomes Cathy Wong as Vice-President, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Official Languages

Cathy Wong (she/her/elle) has been named Vice-President, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Official Languages at Telefilm Canada. Wong began this newly-created role on Monday, November 8, and will be based out of the Montréal office when it reopens. 

 

Reporting to the Executive Director and CEO and as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Wong will oversee the creation and implementation of a new strategy, based on collaboration and partnership, for Telefilm’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, including policy management regarding the organization’s Official Languages activities.  

A law graduate, Wong has dedicated the past 10 years of her professional life to furthering inclusion and representation of diversity in the community, media, cultural and institutional realms. Elected as a city councilor in downtown Montréal in 2017, she became the first person of Chinese descent to serve at City Hall and the first female president of City Council. As a member of the City of Montreal’s Executive Committee, she oversaw diversity, employment inclusion, the French language, and the fight against racism and discrimination. 

In 2012, Wong was introduced to video production when she participated as a reporter in the television series La Course Évasion autour du monde. She then co-directed the documentary series Jeunes ailleurs, vieilles ici, about the journey of four immigrant senior women. Over the years, she has worked in different media, serving as a columnist for Radio-Canada and Le Devoir, and as a host for CIBL radio. 

She has also chaired the Conseil des Montréalaises and the Forum jeunesse de l’Île de Montréal. As a member of boards of directors and advisory committees in the field of arts and culture (Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, Culture Montréal, Société du 375e anniversaire de Montréal, MaTV), her commitments have always been geared toward the search for inclusion and the reflection of diversity. A unifying leader, she has many accomplishments to her credit that have had a lasting impact and has garnered numerous awards for the quality and consistency of her work.