Speaking notes for Michael Goldbloom, Chair of the Board of Directors, at the Annual Public Meeting

September 25, 2018


Hello everyone.

Thank you very much for joining us in Edmonton for our 10th Annual Public Meeting. This is my first meeting. And, I can’t tell you how happy I am to be here, especially in Edmonton. Thank you very much to the Art Gallery of Alberta for having us here. What an incredible space.

I also want to welcome everyone who is joining us online. I wish we could be with you all in person.

CBC/Radio-Canada is your public broadcaster. It’s vital that we connect with you and hear what you have to say about the services we bring you every day.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a part of our communities across the country. Yes, to bring you the news and stories that matter the most to you, but also to bring those stories to other Canadians in other cities and towns. That is what we do, we bring people together. And it’s one of our most important roles.

Our platforms are there to inform and entertain, but also to exchange and learn about different perspectives and points of view. It’s here that the public broadcaster differentiates itself from others, and how we truly serve as a public space for Canadians.

The CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors is in place to ensure senior management have what they need to run the Corporation in the best, most strategic way possible. Now, more than ever, it’s critical that we have a strong and vibrant public broadcaster. One that plays an important role in the everyday lives of Canadians. Here in Edmonton, across the Country and around the world.

I’m thrilled to be a part of that. As are the rest of the board members, many of whom are like me, new to the job. They’ve joined us here today and I would like to introduce them to you:

  • Guillaume Aniorté: Entrepreneur, investor and professional in the digital industry.
  • Edward Boyd: Chief Executive Officer of Current International Inc.
  • Harley Finkelstein: Chief Operating Officer at Shopify.
  • Suzanne Guèvremont: Executive director of Montreal’s École des arts numériques.
  • Rob Jeffery: Executive Vice President at the Armco Group of Companies.
  • René Légère: Executive director of the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, one of the most prominent cultural organizations in Atlantic Canada.
  • Jennifer Moore Rattray: Manitoba Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Programs and

Now I’d like to turn things over to Catherine Tait, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. But just before I do, I wanted to mention how fortunate we are to have Catherine heading up the public broadcaster. Son expérience, sa passion pour le contenu canadien et son leadership sont exactement ce dont CBC/Radio-Canada a besoin pour poursuivre son évolution.

Catherine, welcome….

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