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Richard Cormier appointed Director General of NFB

Richard Cormier has been appointed Director General, Programming, Creation, Distribution and Marketing, and Head of Programming for the National Film Board (NFB).

Cormier, who will take up the new role on Sept. 11, succeeds Julie Roy in the position, who was appointed Executive Director of Telefilm Canada in March. He’ll be responsible for implementation of NFB’s programming vision and objectives, within the organization’s production, distribution, marketing and business intelligence teams.

“In the context of an industry environment that’s both stimulating and constantly changing, Richard is coming to us at a key moment when the NFB, now more than ever, needs to reinvent itself while remaining relevant to its audiences,” said Suzanne Guèvremont, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB, in an announcement. “With his innate leadership abilities and 30 years of experience in the fields of production, emerging technologies, innovation and marketing, he will help inspire the momentum needed to allow the NFB’s creative and technology teams, as well as the filmmakers and artists who create with us, to excel and to engage with the public.” 

A 30-year veteran of the audiovisual industry, Cormier was most recently Vice-President, Digital Creative Services and Executive Producer of Virtual Production at Montreal’s MELS studios. His track record in content creation in both Canada and the U.S., includes founding Buzz Image Group, the first post-production studio in Canada to offer digital visual effects solutions. In 1999, he was recruited by Ascent Media in Los Angeles to take on the role of Senior Vice President. He relocated to New York in 2004, where he joined post-production group Nice Shoes, moving on to Ringside Creative in Detroit, where he served as President, transitioning the studio to a fully integrated creative-services house. After returning to Montreal, he led the global expansion of Moment Factory’s production services. 

“I’m inspired by the NFB’s current leadership and excited to be a part of this great and unique institution,” said Cormier. “Working with the NFB’s teams and with filmmakers and artists across the country, I intend to continue the organization’s rich tradition of taking innovative creative approaches, while also pursuing engagement with younger and more diverse audiences who are connected to the world. As the industry continues to modernize, I want to contribute to our mandate and enhance it by offering perspectives that matter to the lives of Canadians.”

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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