APTN has announced that Monika Ille will succeed Jean La Rose as the new CEO of the Indigenous television network.
Ille has been with the network since 2003, starting as Québec liaison officer before moving into programming. Most recently, she’s served as Executive Director of Programming and Scheduling. A member of the Abenaki First Nation of Odanak, Ille previously worked for Radio-Canada and the National Film Board (NFB), where she was instrumental in the development of a training program for Indigenous filmmakers. She’s also worked with Quebec Native Women in Montréal and the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa.
Ille’s selection follows a nationwide search for La Rose’s successor. After helming the network for 17 years, La Rose will move on at the end of the year.
“We are excited to have Ms. Ille as APTN’s new CEO,” said APTN Chairperson Jocelyn Formsma, in a release. “She impressed us with her vision for APTN and we are confident she will steer the network into an exciting era of growth and expansion as we build upon our strong 20-year history of serving our audiences and communities across Canada.”
“It is important to have a leader who can navigate APTN through a rapidly-changing industry that is witnessing a dramatic shift in viewing habits from all audiences, including Indigenous audiences,” added Formsma.
“I am honoured and excited to have been chosen as APTN’s next CEO,” said Ille. “Having worked at APTN for the past 16 years, I truly believe APTN makes a positive, meaningful impact in the media landscape. It is a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers unique and insightful Indigenous content for all to appreciate. I will do my best to serve the network by continuing to support Indigenous creators as they make a difference by telling their stories.”
Ille’s first day as APTN CEO will be Dec. 16.
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