Meet Our Board of Directors

Alain Cousineau

Chair, Board of Directors
Alain Cousineau is a seasoned senior executive with over 30 years of board experience. Mr. Cousineau formerly held positions as President and CEO of Loto-Québec and  Groupe Secor. He is also a former Chair of Tourisme Montreal and Société des alcools du Québec. Prior to that he had a distinguished career in the academic field, primarily at the Université de Sherbrooke School of Business.
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Mr. Cousineau has also held board positions in a diverse range of industries including the healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, aeronautics and electronic business solutions. Mr. Cousineau has extensive consulting experience in marketing and communications and corporate planning and strategy.

Alison Clayton

Ms. Clayton is an independent television and film consultant with multiple Gemini Award credits. Highlights from her career include serving as General Manager of the Biography Channel, Vice President of Programming for The Movie Network, Moviepix, and The Family Channel, and Senior Film Policy Advisor for the former Federal Department of Communications.
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She has served on the Ottawa Art Gallery Art Auction Committee and the boards of the Rogers Documentary Fund, the Alliance for Children and Television, and the Canadian Television Fund.

Barry Chapman

As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Barry Chapman has over 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry at the executive level, extensive knowledge in regulatory affairs, mergers and acquisitions, as well as strategic and financial planning.
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He held the role of Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Bell Canada between 1989 and 2017. He brings extensive corporate governance experience, having sat on numerous boards.

Guy Fournier

Mr. Fournier is an author, playwright, story editor, film producer, and screenwriter, with more than 300 television dramas to his credit. He was a founding member and President of the Institut québécois du cinéma and served as National Vice President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and President of the Academy’s Quebec chapter.
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He has served on the boards of Oxyx-Films Inc., SMA Inc. Télé-4, Les Productions du Verseau Inc., Télévision Quatre-Saisons, Télé-Québec, and CBC/Radio-Canada. He is actually serving on the board of Le Théâtre du Rideau Vert and La Pyramide. He is a member of the Order of Canada. 

Gary Pizante

Based in Calgary, Gary Pizante has since 1988 held positions with increasing responsibility in the Canadian telecommunications, cable, and satellite business.
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He brings extensive experience in financial and economic analysis. Mr. Pizante was previously Vice President, Pricing and Analytics at Shaw Communications. He has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Denver.

Lori DeGraw

Lori DeGraw is Executive Director of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. Ms. DeGraw brings 25 years’ experience in the audiovisual industry. She held the role of VP Media Operations at Blue Ant Media for 10 years and over the course of nearly 15 years before that, she held various roles at the production level, including Executive Producer and Senior Series Producer.
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She brings extensive corporate governance experience, having sat on numerous Boards during her career. She holds a BA from Western University and is an MBA Candidate from Thompson Rivers University.

Michael Schmalz

Michael Schmalz is President of Digital Extremes, a top development studio in the interactive entertainment industry. Mr. Schmalz has over 10 years’ experience in the digital media industry, focusing his attention on innovation in the gaming sector.
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Prior to that, he practiced as a civil engineer. He holds several degrees including a PhD, MA and MESc from Western University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. 
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