Speaking notes for Rémi Racine, Chair of the Board of Directors, at the Annual Public Meeting

September 26, 2017, Ottawa

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Dean Mérette of the Faculty of Social Sciences,
Dean Kee of the Faculty of Arts,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

On behalf of CBC/Radio-Canada, thank you for having us here on your campus. We’re so happy that you’ve given us this space and opportunity to meet with you.

I enjoy speaking in public, to young people and not so young people. It’s something I do almost every day. Today, though, is a special opportunity for me and my colleagues on the Board of Directors, to listen to what you have to say about the future of public broadcasting. I have no doubt that our conversations will be inspiring.

As I approach the end of my term, I am very proud of the fact that CBC/Radio-Canada is a much more agile organization than before – an organization that thrives on innovation, collaboration and partnerships.

With lighter infrastructure and better processes, we have gained a stronger focus on what matters the most: making great content that connects, reflects and engages with you.

Content such as the number one English-Canadian drama and comedy in the country, Murdoch Mysteries and Kim’s Convenience, and the highly anticipated miniseries Alias Grace, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.

Radio-Canada will keep you on the edge of your seat this fall with the return of popular shows like Mémoires vives and Unité 9. Suspense was also high for the season’s premiere of District 31. 1.4 million people sat down to watch that first episode and find out what had happened to Lieutenant Nadine Legrand.

Because of the work we’ve been doing, we are also attracting some of the most creative, innovative, and energetic talent in the country. You can see it on our platforms every day.

Very soon now, I’ll go back to an audience member like all of you, and simply enjoying our quality entertainment and news programming. My friends, I believe our future looks good.

Let me now introduce to you our President and CEO, Hubert T. Lacroix.

Hubert, over to you.

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