Speaker Monika Ille



Monika Ille


APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc.

Monika Ille is a member of the Abenaki First Nation of Odanak. She has built a rich and diverse portfolio over the course of 30 years in the broadcasting industry. After graduating with distinction from the Université du Québec à Montréal, she entered the industry by working for the Société Radio-Canada and then, for the National Film Board (NFB).

During her time at the NFB, she was instrumental in the development of a new training program for Indigenous filmmakers. This experience introduced her to the world of film production, eventually inspiring her to film her first documentary, French Man, Native Son. She has also worked with Quebec Native Women in Montréal and the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa.

Monika brought her strong creative vision to APTN in 2003. She joined the team as the Quebec liaison officer before moving into the programming department. Before her appointment as chief executive officer of APTN in December 2019, she served as the executive director of programming and scheduling.

In addition to her role at APTN, Monika serves on the boards of the Université de Montréal and the Canadian Museum of Nature and is a council member of the Ordre de Montréal. She is also an industry adjudicator on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council – Quebec Regional Panel. Monika has received numerous accolades, including being named one of Maison Saint-Gabriel’s Exceptional Women, the Desautels Management Achievement Award from McGill University, and completing the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA programme. She was recently named Executive of the Year by Playback in late 2022.

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