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Annual report 2013-2014 Going the Distance

Board of Directors

Current Board Members were profiled
as follows at March 31, 2014:



Chair, Board of Directors - Montreal


Rémi Racine was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on June 21, 2012, for a five-year term. He was first appointed to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors on October 12, 2007, for a four-year term, which was renewed for a further four years on December 1, 2011.

Rémi Racine is President and Executive Producer of Behaviour (formerly A2M), a company employing more than 300 talented people and which he founded in 1992. Over the past 19 years, he has contributed to position Behaviour as a world leader in the video game industry. Under his leadership, the company has ranked simultaneously among the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ and Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies™ from 2006 to 2008.

Rémi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Université du Québec à Montréal.


President and CEO - Montreal


Hubert T. Lacroix was appointed President and CEO of
CBC/Radio-Canada on October 31, 2007, for a five-year term. He began his mandate on January 1, 2008. On October 4, 2012, he was reappointed for a second five-year term.

As President and CEO, Mr. Lacroix is responsible for overseeing the management of CBC/Radio-Canada in order to ensure that Canada’s national public broadcaster can deliver on the various aspects of its mandate and continue to offer Canadians a broad spectrum of high quality programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and that is created by, for and about Canadians.

Just prior thereto, Mr. Lacroix held the position of Senior Advisor with the Montreal offi ce of Stikeman Elliott, a law fi rm recognized nationally and internationally for its business law practice.

From 2000 to 2005, he acted as Executive Chairman of Telemedia Corporation and of the other boards of directors of the various companies in the Telemedia corporate structure. Before joining Telemedia Corporation, Mr. Lacroix was a Senior Partner at McCarthy Tétrault, another major Canadian law firm, for 20 years.

Mr. Lacroix received his Bachelor of Civil Law (1976) and his Master’s degree in Business Administration (1981) from McGill University. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1977.

In addition, he has also been a Trustee of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation and is a Director of their private holding company.




Edward W. Boyd was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on June 1, 2010, for a five-year term.

Mr. Boyd is Chief Executive Officer of One Advertising Inc., a full service communications company providing marketing solutions to leading corporations. Prior to this, Mr. Boyd was Chief Executive Officer of 58Ninety Inc., a digital marketing agency, where he created interactive marketing strategies and solutions for major corporate clients. Previously, Mr. Boyd was President and CEO of Iceberg, a pioneering Canadian Internet radio broadcaster, which was later acquired by Standard Radio.

Before joining Iceberg, he held the position of President at e-commerce book retailing company, Indigo Online. Mr. Boyd has served as Senior Vice-President of New Media & New Business for Young and Rubicam Canada, as well.

Mr. Boyd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from the University of Toronto (1986), and a Masters in Business Administration degree from The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto (1997). He also received an ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors (2011).




Peter D. Charbonneau was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on December 19, 2008, for a five-year term.

Mr. Charbonneau is a general partner at Skypoint Capital Corporation, an early-stage technology venture capital firm. He also sits on the boards of Mitel Networks Corporation (TSX:MNW, NASD:MITL) and Teradici Corporation. Prior to taking on his current position at Skypoint Capital Corporation, Mr. Charbonneau was an Executive Vice President of March Networks Corporation. Previously, he had spent 13 years at Newbridge Networks Corporation acting in numerous capacities, including Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Vice Chairman.

Mr. Charbonneau served as a member of Newbridge’s board of directors, as well. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche as an accountant.

Mr. Charbonneau completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ottawa (1975) and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (1977). He has been a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario since 1979.

Mr. Charbonneau also holds the ICD.D certification, having completed the Directors’ Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada. In June 2003, Mr. Charbonneau was elected by the Council as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.




George T.H. Cooper was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on May 16, 2008, for a four-year term. On October 4, 2012, he was re-appointed for a two-year term.

Mr. Cooper is President of the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, having been appointed to that position in July, 2012. He is on leave from the Atlantic Canada law firm of McInnes Cooper, where he remains Counsel; formerly he practiced corporate and commercial law in the firm’s Halifax office. He was Chair of the firm’s board of directors from 2006—2012.

He is a former Member of Parliament and was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice of Canada. Mr. Cooper is also Managing Trustee of the Killam Trusts, comprising some $400 million in educational and scholarship endowments at several Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts.

A Rhodes Scholar, Mr. Cooper received his B.Sc. and LL.B. degrees from Dalhousie University and his B.C.L. degree from Oxford University. He holds Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Dalhousie University, the University of Alberta and the University of King’s College.




Pierre Gingras was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on February 3, 2011, for a five-year term.

Mr. Gingras was previously a member of the Quebec National Assembly for the electoral district of Blainville. In this capacity, he chaired the official opposition caucus and was opposition critic for transportation. Prior to being elected MNA, Mr. Gingras was a Blainville city councillor for four years before going on to serve a 12-year term as mayor. He founded and led the Parti de l’action civique de Blainville. At the time he entered municipal politics, he was commissioner of the Sainte-Thérèse school board and, before that, worked in the printing industry.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Gingras has also acted as chair of the Laurentides Regional Development Council, as a board member of the MRC Thérèse-De Blainville, and as board member and treasurer of the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ). Mr. Gingras currently sits on the board of the Amicale des anciens parlementaires du Québec. Active in the community, he has been a member and Vice-President of youth services with the Blainville Optimist Club, chair of the Carrefour action municipale et famille, and has held a number of positions with the World Family Organization.




Cecil Hawkins was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on March 6, 2014, for a five-year term.

Mr. Hawkins is the President and owner of Canerector Inc., a family-owned multi-divisional company, specializing in the fabrication, construction and distribution of metal products. Under his leadership, the company has gone from one plant in Montreal with 75 employees to more than 60 plants across North America with more than 3,500 employees.

He also chaired the Minister’s Advisory Committee for the Canadian Space Agency in 2008.

Mr. Hawkins received a Master’s of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Law from Cambridge University, Christ’s College, in the United Kingdom (1977). He then attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he completed a Bachelor of Laws degree (1980).




Marni Larkin was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on June 21, 2012, for a five-year term.

Ms. Larkin is the current CEO of Boom Done Next, a management consulting firm based in Winnipeg. Before launching her own company in 2005, Ms. Larkin was the President of Sales Oxygen in Winnipeg where she was responsible for client acquisition and development. Prior to that, she worked as the Procedural Assistant to the Government House leader for the Province of Manitoba.

She was responsible for legislation and regulation development and the session of the House. She also worked for the Province of Manitoba as the Manager of Sustainable Development Innovations Fund.

Ms. Larkin received her diploma in Hotel Management from the Red River Community College in Winnipeg in 2001.




Terrence Anthony Leier was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on May 31, 2012, for a five-year term.

Mr. Leier currently practices law in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he specializes in a range of business and government relations activities.

Before opening his own private practice in 1991, Mr. Leier had been the Senior Vice;-President and General Counsel at the Crown Management Board of Saskatchewan since 1982.

Prior to that, he was with the City of Regina Solicitor’s Office, overseeing many of the city’s significant growth and development initiatives for more than a decade. He began his career as Naval Lieutenant in for the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve.

Mr. Leier received his Bachelor of Arts (1962) and his Bachelor of Law (1966) degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1966. In 1990, Mr. Leier completed Executive Development studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.




Maureen McCaw was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on December 13, 2012, for a five-year term.

Ms. McCaw was the Executive Vice-President of Leger Marketing Research, Alberta where she also held the positions of Vice-President and President for Alberta. Founder and President of Criterion Research, a full-service market research company, employing 16 full-time staff and 150 project staff, she joined Leger Marketing when it purchased Criterion Research in 2005. Currently, Ms. McCaw is a member of the Alberta Securities Commission.

She sits on a number of industry and community boards, including Suncor Energy, Edmonton International Airports, Nature Conservancy of Canada, and on the advisory board of Leger Marketing. She also acted as Chair and Director for the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. McCaw holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Alberta and earned an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management.




Brian R. Mitchell was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada for a five-year term, effective April 21, 2008. On March 7, 2013, he was reappointed for a second five-year term effective April 21, 2013. In addition, he serves as a trustee on the CBC Pension Board of Trustees.

Mr. Mitchell is a corporate commercial lawyer and serves as the managing partner of Mitchell Gattuso, a boutique Montreal law firm with an extensive corporate practice. He previously worked as a junior associate for the Montreal law firm, Ahern Lalonde Nuss Drymer.

Mr. Mitchell graduated from St. Andrews College, Aurora. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) degree in History and Literature from Harvard University. He subsequently attended the Faculty of Law at McGill University, where he was awarded the 125th Anniversary Entrance Scholarship, and in 1985 graduated from the National Program with a Bachelor of Common Law and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree. He is a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1987.




Marlie Oden was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on July 30, 2013, for a five-year term.

Ms. Oden founded Bridge Communications in 1995. They offer a wide range of services, including strategic planning, public relations, public consultation, community relations, facilitation,advertising and event management. Prior to that, Ms. Oden worked at McKim Advertising based in Vancouver, where she managed the Tourism British Columbia account before becoming the Vice-President and Account Director.

Ms. Oden has sat on the board of directors of Telefim Canada, the Arts Club Theatre, BC Bortstal Association, the Stanley Theatre, and is currently the President of the board of the Vancouver Theatre Sports League. Ms. Oden attended the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. She is a graduate of the Canadian Board Diversity Council Program.