Biographies of the members - Independent Advisory Committee for Appointment to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

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The Independent Advisory Committee for Appointments to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors (Advisory Committee) is an independent and non-partisan body with a mandate to conduct a Governor in Council selection process to provide the Minister of Canadian Heritage with recommendations of highly qualified candidates for the position of President of CBC/Radio-Canada.

The Advisory Committee will be guided by published, merit-based criteria to identify Canadians who could lead CBC/Radio-Canada, into its next chapter while remaining true to its mandate.


Charles Décarie, Quebec

Past President and Chief Executive Officer of global leader in comedy, Just For Laughs, Charles Décarie has over 20 years of experience working in leadership positions across multiple sectors within the entertainment industry. In his most recent role, he was responsible for driving growth and international expansion across Just For Laughs’ divisions – from festivals and live shows to digital TV production and content creation. He began his career at Deloitte Consulting where he advised numerous international organizations including Bombardier, Bell Canada, the Hong Kong Airport Authority and Canada’s Department of National Defence. Subsequently, as Chief Operating Officer for Cirque du Soleil, he was instrumental in establishing the global brand, introducing touring shows in 200 different markets across five continents and establishing resident shows in both Las Vegas and Orlando, USA. He also has significant experience within the technology industry, having served as Chief Operating Officer for multi-sensory attraction developer, Triotech, prior to joining Just For Laughs.


Cameron Bailey, Ontario

Cameron Bailey is CEO of TIFF and the Toronto International Film Festival®. He is responsible for setting TIFF’s strategic direction and leading its teams toward fulfilling TIFF's mission to transform the way people see the world through film. Bailey grew up in England and Barbados before migrating to Canada. He began his career as a film critic, then joined TIFF in 1990 as a seasonal programmer. At TIFF he headed the Festival's Perspective Canada program and founded its Planet Africa section in 1995. For 20 years he worked as both programmer and critic, contributing to Toronto’s NOW magazine, CBC Radio One, and CTV’s Canada AM. He has been published in The Globe and MailThe Village Voice, and Screen, along with several books. In 2015, Bailey participated in CBC's Canada Reads competition, successfully championing Kim Thuy’s novel Ru. Bailey has taught film curation at the University of Toronto and holds an honorary doctorate from Western University. He is a Chevalier in France's Order of Arts and Letters and is a member-at-large of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For 10 consecutive years, (2012–2021), Toronto Life magazine has named him one of Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People.

Jocelyn Formsma, Ontario

Jocelyn Formsma is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Friendship Centres. Ms. Formsma is a member of the Moose Cree First Nation in Treaty #9 territory in Northern Ontario. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Ottawa and is called to the Bar of Ontario. Ms. Formsma has over 20 years of work and volunteer experience building strong relationships and advocacy with Indigenous peoples. She has worked in areas of social justice, media (radio and film), child welfare reform, youth engagement, and Indigenous children’s rights with and for numerous Indigenous and First Nations organizations. In addition, Ms. Formsma serves as a Board Member of the Indigenous Bar Association, Founder of the Morningstar Fund, Advisor to the Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project, Board of Trustee member of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and has served as a long time member and Chairperson of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. As Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Formsma brings her legal training and passion for Access to Justice to her work with Indigenous peoples in urban environments and the Friendship Centre Movement towards innovative, positive and effective systemic change for Indigenous peoples.

Prem Gill, British Columbia

With a career that began in television and broadcasting, Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC, brings more than 25 years of national, international, private and public leadership experience across digital media, content creation and entertainment. As head of BC’s economic development agency for the creative industries, her vision and strategy centre on sustainable sector growth, placing emphasis on collaborative solutions that address social inequity and the climate crisis.

Michael Goldbloom, Quebec

Michael Goldbloom, C.M. is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada. He was first appointed to this role on April 3, 2018, and has been reappointed for a second five-year term ending on December 14, 2027. In December 2023, he was appointed as a member of the Canadian Military Colleges Review Board. Mr. Goldbloom began his career as a labour lawyer at Martineau Walker (now Fasken) in 1981, and has significant experience in Canada’s news media industry, serving in the role of Publisher for both The Gazette in Montréal from 1994 to 2001 and the Toronto Star from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Goldbloom was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke from 2008 to 2023. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA de Montréal. He also served in a voluntary capacity as President of Alliance Quebec and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ville Marie Social Services Centre, Selwyn House School and of the YMCA of Quebec Foundation. In December 2013, Mr. Goldbloom was appointed to the Order of Canada for his work building bridges between Montréal’s English- and French-speaking communities. Mr. Goldbloom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern European History and Literature from Harvard University (1974), and a Bachelor of Civil Law (1978) and Common Law (1979) from McGill University.

Louise Imbeault, New Brunswick

Louise Imbeault has enjoyed many roles in her distinguished journalism career at Radio-Canada as a reporter, host, and news editor, as well as serving as Director of Radio-Canada’s Atlantic Region until her retirement in 2011. Ms. Imbeault’s excellent work was recognized in 2009 when she was awarded with the President’s Award from Radio-Canada. Her passion and commitment for arts and culture is legendary. She continues to lead and promote numerous cultural initiatives locally, provincially and nationally, inspiring others to positive action while enriching the quality of life for all. She currently owns a publishing house for children’s literature, Bouton d’or Acadie, and it became the first to publish Eastern Canadian Native American stories in their original language, English and French. Ms. Imbeault serves on many municipal and provincial boards, including as Co-Chair of the Moncton Cultural Board, as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the New Brunswick Museum, and as a member of the Feminist Coalition of New Brunswick.

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, P.C., Ontario

The Honourable Lisa Raitt joined CIBC Capital Markets in January 2020, having previously worked in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Raitt’s current focus is on senior client coverage and business development with clients in the energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors, which align closely with her deep expertise. Prior to her current role, Ms. Raitt was the President and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority. She was elected to the House of Commons in 2008, where she went on to hold three senior portfolios serving as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Labour and Minister of Transport. Most recently, Ms. Raitt was the Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada. Ms. Raitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University and a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Guelph. She possesses an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario bar in 1998. In 2020, Ms. Raitt was named a Woodrow Wilson Center Global Fellow of the Canada Institute.

Monique Simard, Quebec

Active in the cultural milieu for more than 25 years, first as an independent producer with more than 60 productions to her credit, Monique Simard was Director General of the NFB's French program (2008-2013) and then President and CEO of Sodec (2014-2018). In 2016, Monique Simard was named Doc Mogul by the Hot Docs Festival for her essential contribution to the documentary world, and in 2017 she received the title of Commandante de l’Ordre des Arts et des lettres de la République Française. In 2018, she was appointed by the federal government as a member of the Expert Panel for the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Law Review (Yale Report). Recognized in her field, she is regularly solicited for her expertise. In 2022, she was awarded the Grand Prix du Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec and in 2023 the Prix Hommage Numix for her contribution to the digital creativity industry. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fonds Québecor, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, as well as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Vitrine culturelle du Québec.

Jeremy Torrie, Manitoba

Jeremy/Waabishki Makwa is an Ojibwe from the Treaty 3 territory in Ontario. He is a pipe carrier, traditional drummer, and practitioner of Ojibwe ceremonies. For three decades he has worked to realize his path as the ancestors foretold at his birth -as an aadizookewinini (storyteller) through the mediums of film and television. Firmly established as a multi-award-winning writer, director, and producer, his stylistic vision is complemented by his pursuit of thought-provoking stories of (mostly) a spiritual nature for mainstream audiences. He believes his work in this life is to assist in elevating human consciousness. Exploring our human condition has taken Jeremy around the world including Iraq, Jordan, Greece, Italy, Bosnia, France, Germany, Austria, the UK and Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Taiwan, Mexico, Chile, South Africa, and virtually every corner of Turtle Island. Jeremy is a CMPA member on various working committees including the REDIAC, Feature Film and Regulatory, and a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada. He recently joined the CSC and their Diversity Committee to provide new opportunities for BIPOC communities in the camera department. He is the CSC’s first Indigenous member.

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