Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair of the Board, BANFF Television Festival Foundation

Kevin Beggs

Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group
Lionsgate Entertainment

Kevin Beggs is Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, overseeing development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming. A 20-year veteran of the Company and a member of its corporate senior management team, he has spearheaded the strategic expansion of Lionsgate’s television production operations into one of the largest...more

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Board of Directors

Colin Bohm

EVP, Content and Corporate Strategy
Corus Entertainment Inc

Colin Bohm is Executive Vice President Content and Corporate Strategy at Corus Entertainment Inc.

Colin oversees Corus’ original content businesses Nelvana, Corus Studios, Kids Can Press and Toon Boom, and is responsible for the company’s business development and strategic planning activities, including the development of global strategic partnerships and Corus’ mergers...more

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John Brunton

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Executive Producer
Insight Productions Ltd.

John Brunton thinks TV. All the time. As the Globe and Mail writes, he "has airwaves between his ears."

A natural-born storyteller, Brunton is now celebrating forty years at the helm of Insight Productions Ltd. As Chairman & CEO, Brunton’s entrepreneurial ingenuity, creative vision and passion for television have enabled him to position...more

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Sally Catto

General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Sally Catto is the General Manager of Entertainment, Factual and Sports for CBC. She oversees the strategic direction for all programming across all platforms including CBC TV and CBC Gem, and all entertainment and factual genres including drama, comedy, factual entertainment, arts, documentary, sports and podcasts. This includes a wide...more

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Sean Cohan

Chief Growth Officer and President, International
Nielsen Company

Sean Cohan is Nielsen Global Media’s Chief Growth Officer and President, International. He joined Nielsen in March 2020 and is responsible for overseeing Nielsen’s Growth Strategy, Strategic Partnerships, Corporate and Business Development, and its range of businesses outside the U.S., including Measurement, Outcomes, Sports and Metadata.

Sean comes to Nielsen having...more

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Tom Cox

Executive Producer
SEVEN24 Films

Tom Cox is Managing Director of SEVEN24 Films. His productions span thirty years and include award-winning feature films, dramatic series, mini-series and television movies.

In addition to Fortunate Son, in production this year for the CBC and NBCU International, current productions include Jann, a half-hour comedy for CTV, Dark Cargo, a noir thriller pilot for...more

Speaking at: Meet the BANFF Board of Directors and Content Advisory Board,ALBERTA: We’ve Arrived (Partner Presentation)

Valerie Creighton

President & CEO
Canada Media Fund

Valerie Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognized for reenergizing some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector over the last thirty-five years. An expert in organizational change, Valerie has been recognized as a visionary in promoting Canada’s cultural wealth.

Currently serving as President and...more

Speaking at: Meet the BANFF Board of Directors and Content Advisory Board,State of the Nation: Canadian industry at a crossroads

Sandra Dewey

Most Recently President, Business Operations and Productions HBO Max, TNT, TBS & truTV

Until 1/31/2021, Sandra Dewey served as President of Business Operations and Productions for WarnerMedia Entertainment’s streaming service HBO Max as well as TNT, TBS and truTV. 

In her role, Sandra oversaw the business affairs and production teams for HBO Max originals. Sandra and her team established policy and process for the HBO...more

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Brenda Gilbert

Co-Founder and President
BRON Media Corporation

Brenda Gilbert is the Co-Founder & President of BRON Media Corporation. She is part of the executive team that manages the various BRON offices and senior staff members, while directly producing and/or executive producing several animated and live-action films, including the recent Netflix hit The Willoughbys. Currently, her focus is on...more

Speaking at: Media leaders 2021: sharing strategies for the future,Meet the BANFF Board of Directors and Content Advisory Board

Scott Henderson

Board of Directors, BANFF Television Festival Foundation

Most recently as Vice-President, Communications at Bell Media, Scott Henderson led the strategic day to day operations of program and talent publicity, internal and corporate communications, public affairs and community investment for Bell Media.

Henderson was responsible for all communications efforts for the company’s two conventional networks, CTV and CTV...more

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Jeniffer Kim

Senior Vice President, International Originals
HBO Max

Jeniffer Kim is Senior Vice President, International Originals for HBO Max, responsible for leading International content for the streaming platform. In this role, Jeniffer is responsible for commissioning original series and co-productions for the platform in international markets targeted for U.S. and global audiences. In collaboration with some of the...more

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Ira Levy

Executive Producer
Breakthrough Entertainment

As co-founder and partner in Breakthrough Entertainment, an internationally recognized and award-winning studio, Ira Levy has established himself as one of the most prolific Executive Producers in the entertainment industry.

Ira has forged fruitful production relationships with National and International Networks and co-production and financing partners on a variety of scripted programming including; comedy, drama...more

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Stephen MacDonald

President, Global Content Licensing & International
A+E Networks

MacDonald oversees the A+E Networks global multiplatform and library content licensing initiatives, as well as the company’s international activities.

MacDonald, a 24-year veteran of Fox, joins A+E Networks from Twentieth Television. Most recently he was Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager, Basic Cable with oversight of broadcast syndication. During his...more

Speaking at: Media leaders 2021: sharing strategies for the future,Meet the BANFF Board of Directors and Content Advisory Board

Lisa Meeches

Founder and Executive Producer
Eagle Vision

Lisa Meeches is one of the most dynamic and respected producers in the film industry. Lisa is Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation. After studying broadcasting in North Dakota, Lisa began her career in 1986 with the Native Media Network. She later began news reporting for Craig Broadcasting Systems in...more

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Blair Miller

Managing Partner, TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good
TELUS STORYHIVE

As Vice President of Content, Blair is accountable for the development and realization of TELUS’ content strategy. His portfolio includes programming and business development for Optik TV as well as programming, commissioning and original production for Optik Local, TELUS local programming offering. In addition to the Banff Board of Directors,...more

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Robin Mirsky

Executive Director, Rogers Group of Funds
Rogers Communications Inc

Robin Mirsky is Executive Director of the Rogers Group of Funds.  Robin joined Rogers Communications in 1989.

She is responsible for the Rogers Group of Funds, which includes the Rogers Telefund, a $32 million interim financing fund for Canadian independent productions, the Rogers Cable Network Fund, a $9 million equity investment...more

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– LeVar Burton, Producer, Actor

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