Toronto, June 21, 2019 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announces the appointment of Barry Chapman and Gary Pizante to its Board of Directors, following the Annual Meeting of Members held earlier this week in Montréal.
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. 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.
Based in Calgary, Gary Pizante has since 1988 held positions with increasing responsibility in the Canadian telecommunications, cable, and satellite business. 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.
Barry Chapman and Gary Pizante succeed outgoing directors Dave McLennan and Rob Scarth. They join current directors Alain Cousineau, Chair, Board of Directors; Alison Clayton; Lori DeGraw; Guy Fournier; and Michael Schmalz.
“I would like to welcome Barry Chapman and Gary Pizante to the CMF Board of Directors,” said Alain Cousineau. “My Board colleagues and I look forward to working with them and benefiting from their extensive experience, as we set the corporation’s path forward. On behalf of all at CMF, I would also like to thank Dave McLennan and Rob Scarth for their commitment to the organization, their high standards of corporate governance and their valuable work on the Board. Their dedication has been a great asset to the CMF and the Canadian screen-based industry.”
The CMF Board of Directors is fully independent from management, its funders and any beneficiaries. Directors are appointed by two member organizations, the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Expression (CCCE), representing Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors and the Government of Canada, through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
For additional information on the CMF Board of Directors and the corporation’s governance policies, please click here.
About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca.
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