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Telefilm names new director of Public and Government Affairs

Telefilm Canada has announced that Catherine Émond will succeed Jean-Claude Mahé as director, Public and Governmental Affairs, as Mahé gets set to retire from the organization at the end of the year.

Émond arrives at Telefilm from Alliance Numérique, where she served as Executive Director for a little over three years. Prior to that, she worked in the Quebec government as political attaché to the Minister of Culture and Communications and the Minister of Education, Sport and Leisure. She’s also been a policy advisor in the Montreal Mayor’s office where she worked on projects including the revitalization of Montreal entertainment district the Quartier des spectacles.

Mahé first started working with Telefilm in 1996 as a consultant, organizing industry events to promote Canadian film. In 2004, he was appointed director of Communications and Public Affairs, then in 2005, director, Public and Governmental Affairs. Mahé was named Acting Executive Director this past spring when former Executive Director Carolle Brabant retired.

Prior to Telefilm, he worked for close to 20 years at the National Film Board of Canada, including as Secretary to the Board and Director of Communications. In 2016, Mahé received the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

“Jean-Claude Mahé’s contribution to the organization over the last two decades, positioning Telefilm Canada as an invaluable partner in the audiovisual industry through numerous initiatives, have made an indelible mark,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “One of the many successful ventures he led was the Talent Fund, a private donation fund aimed to increase private investment in emerging talent through the Talent to Watch Program. Others include screenings of Canadian films on Parliament Hill and in cities across the country, making him a true champion of Canadian talent!”

Mahé’s last day with Telefilm is Dec. 28. Émond has joined Telefilm effective immediately.


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Connie Thiessen
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