Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
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.
Vice Chair of the Board
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.
Film Commissionner and Chair of the National Film Board of Canada
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.
Chair of the Nominating, Evaluation and Governance Committee
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.
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.
Governmental Affairs Committee
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.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sean Ponnambalam is a lawyer and consultant based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He holds a BSc in psychology and a law degree from Dalhousie University. Sean is a long-time supporter of grass-roots mental health initiatives, being most closely involved with the Halifax Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association where he sits as Chair of the Board of Directors. He is a Past Chair of the Khyber Centre For the Arts and is the current Chair of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia. He also acts as Treasurer for the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology, where he is the founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is active in complaint investigations. An effort to include outside perspectives and marginalized voices in the decision-making process is a connecting thread throughout Sean’s work. In his spare time, he can be found surfing in both the sunshine and the snow.