Biography

  • Rémi Racine

    Rémi Racine

    Chairman of the Board | President and Executive Producer, Behaviour Interactive

    Rémi Racine was appointed Chair of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors on June 21, 2012, for a five-year term.

    He was first appointed to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors on October 12, 2007, for a four-year term, which was renewed for a further four years on December 1, 2011.

    Rémi Racine is President and Executive Producer of Behaviour (formerly A2M), a company employing more than 300 talented people and which he founded in 1992. Over the past 19 years, he has contributed to position Behaviour as a world leader in the video game industry. Under his leadership, the company has ranked simultaneously among the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ and Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies™ from 2006 to 2008.

    Rémi has a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Université du Québec à Montréal.

    An active member of the video game industry, Rémi has acquired a solid reputation within the business community. He is currently Chairman of Stationnement de Montréal, and is also a member of the board of the Fondation du Maire de Montréal.

    Furthermore, as president of Alliance Numérique, the business network for Quebec's new media and interactive digital content, for three years, he was recently inducted into the Canadian Game Development's Hall of Fame as one of the pioneers of the industry. He is also a member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and of the International Game Developers Association. In 2008-2009, Rémi was named President of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal after having been a member of the board for six years. His vision is the development of unparalleled games, in a creative environment where talent thrives.

  • Hubert T. Lacroix

    Hubert T. Lacroix

    President and CEO

    Hubert T. Lacroix was appointed President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada on November 5, 2007, for a five-year term. He began his mandate on January 1, 2008. On October 5, 2012, he was reappointed for a second five-year term.

    As President and CEO, Mr. Lacroix is responsible for overseeing the management of CBC/Radio-Canada in order to ensure that Canada's national public broadcaster can deliver on the various aspects of its mandate and continue to offer Canadians a broad spectrum of high quality programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and that is created by, for and about Canadians.

    Just prior thereto, Mr. Lacroix held the position of Senior Advisor with the Montreal office of Stikeman Elliott, a law firm recognized nationally and internationally for its business law practice. From 2000 to 2005, he acted as Executive Chairman of Telemedia Corporation and of the other boards of directors of the various companies in the Telemedia corporate structure.

    Before joining Telemedia Corporation, Mr. Lacroix was a Senior Partner at McCarthy Tétrault, another major Canadian law firm, for 20 years. His practice was concentrated in business law, mostly in mergers and acquisitions of public companies, and securities.

    Mr. Lacroix received his Bachelor of Civil Law (1976) and his Master's degree in Business Administration (1981) from McGill University. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1977.

    Over the years, Mr. Lacroix also sat on the boards of directors of companies like Adventure Electronics, Cambior, Circo Craft, Donohue, Fibrek, ITS Limited Partnership, Michelin Canada, Secor, Transcontinental and Zarlink Semiconductors and of non-profit organizations like l’Accueil Bonneau, the Fonds de développement du Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Martlet Foundation of McGill University. He has also been a Trustee of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation and a Director of their private holding company.

    Just before he started at CBC/Radio-Canada, Mr. Lacroix was included in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers of Canada. He also spent five years as an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Law at Université de Montréal where he taught securities, mergers and acquisitions. He also taught the business law module at the Quebec Bar School for many years. Finally, he was among the first in Canada to complete the ICD Corporate Governance College program, and holds the certified designation of ICD.D.

  • Erica Marie Daniels

    Erica Marie Daniels

    Panelist

    Erica Daniels only began to explore her Cree (TBC) roots when she hit a rough period as a young teen. She is the winner of the 2013 Manitoba Aboriginal Achievement Award in Creative Arts, as well as the City of Winnipeg 2012 Youth Role Model Award in Creative Arts. She is currently the Sacred Hoop Broadcast Coordinator for Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc., and she works in promotions and multimedia production for Native Communications Inc.

    Erica mentors youth in all areas of multimedia at Just TV at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre. She was also a Line Producer for the Aboriginal Programming stage during the opening weekend of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

  • Jamil Mahmood

    Jamil Mahmood

    Panelist

    Jamil Mahmood is the Executive Director of the Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA), a neighbourhood renewal corporation located in one of Canada’s poorest postal codes. Jamil started with the organization 10 years ago, setting up community gardens. His many accomplishments include establishing Youth Programming at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, which now sees over 100 kids a day and provides full meals and transportation.

    Jamil’s passion for supporting community and youth is echoed throughout his work on boards and committees. He is Chair of Gang Action Interagency Network (GAIN), working to create a gang exit strategy. He is a member of the Executive of the Youth Agencies Alliance, a collection of 19 different youth-serving agencies. He is leading the drive to create a 24-hour Safe Space for Youth in Winnipeg’s West End. On top of it all, Jamil organizes a neighbourhood curling league and is Chair of the Rainbow Trout Music Festival, which is 100 per cent volunteer driven and dedicated to promoting local music and arts.

  • Janelle Wookey

    Janelle Wookey

    Panelist

    Janelle Wookey is a Franco-Metis–Winnipegger, born and raised! Those rich cultural roots have inspired her vocation as a documentary filmmaker. She is a part of the brother–sister filmmaker/director/writer team behind Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees. Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, this duo has been creating films together since the ages of seven and nine. Their first documentary, Mémere Métisse, premiered on opening night of the 2008 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival and aired on CBC, Radio-Canada and APTN. After seven years of combined professional experience working in news and production at CBC/Radio-Canada, they launched Wookey Films Inc. Treading Water is their first official broadcast co-production.

  • Tresor Namwira

    Trésor Namwira

    Panelist

    Originally from the Congo, Trésor is a musical/hip-hop artist. He grew up in a musical household in the small village of Bukavu, where his father played French classical music on guitar and his mother often sang Christian songs. At age 17, he began to write his own original music inspired by the rhymes and poetic flow of French rap, as showcased on his first album Nouveau Monde, Nouvelles Perspectives.

    When he and his family immigrated to Winnipeg just four years ago, Trésor made it his mission to inspire harmony/unity and diversity through his own unique musical style. His music tackles timely topics like drug use and bullying.

  • Raphaël Grenier-Benoît

    Raphaël Grenier-Benoit

    Actor, Les Parent, ICI Radio-Canada Télé

    It has already been eight years since Raphaël Grenier-Benoit began playing the role of Oli in the popular program Les Parent, shown on ICI Radio-Canada Télé. In recent years, he has made many appearances on television, particularly as a contributing reporter, and on radio. He has also supported a number of causes, including encouraging children to read. Young and very committed, he co-developed and hosted a documentary series entitled Raphaël, citoyen du monde, in which he meets with young French-speaking people who are active in their community or abroad in hopes of building a better world. In addition to pursuing various artistic activities, Raphaël is currently studying law at McGill University.

  • Talia Schlanger

    Talia Schlanger

    Host, Weekend Morning, CBC Radio 2

    Talia Schlanger is the new voice of CBC Radio 2 Weekend Morning. Born and raised in Toronto, she is a proud alumna of Ryerson's Radio and Television Arts program. Prior to joining Radio 2 Weekend Morning, Talia was an Associate Producer for CBC Music Presents: the Beetle Roadtrip Sessions, which is nominated for a 2014 Canadian Screen Award, and was the digital producer for Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest, CBC Music's search for the next great hockey song.

    A professional actress, singer and voice-over artist, Talia spent most of 2012 performing in the First National Tour of Green Day's American Idiot at various theatres throughout the United States. She has also performed onstage with Mirvish Productions' original Canadian company of We Will Rock You, in the ensemble and understudying lead roles Scaramouche and Oz (Canon Theatre, 2007/2008), and in Mamma Mia (Royal Alexandra Theatre, 2003/2004).

  • Carla Oliveira<

    Carla Oliveira

    Host, Téléjournal Manitoba, ICI Radio-Canada Télé

    Carla Oliveira has anchored Le téléjournal Manitoba since 2014, prior to which she covered local news and the Winnipeg arts scene.

    She first arrived in Western Canada in 2011 to complete an internship at Radio-Canada’s Regina station, before going on to join the Winnipeg team.

  • Marcy Markusa

    Marcy Markusa

    Host, Information Radio, CBC Radio One

    In 1999, Rebecca Makonnen joined the ranks of MusiquePlus, quickly moving up to become a host and reporter for the station, and travelling far and wide to interview the biggest names on the International music scene, including Radiohead, Bono, Gwen Stefani and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    She went on to host red carpet events for the daily entertainment show Flash on TQS, and covered the culture beat for On fait tous du show business and C'est bien meilleur le matin.

    From 2009 to 2011, she hosted Canada Day celebrations, in both official languages, live from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, which aired on CBC and Radio-Canada. A huge music enthusiast, she hosted Studio 12, Radio-Canada’s weekly late night music show, for four years. The show was a unique creative space that brought together many talented artists. It was recorded before a studio audience in Radio-Canada’s Studio 12, and then broadcast on radio, TV and web platforms.

    She's a regular contributor on ICI Radio-Canada Première and CBC Radio. You can also see her on Guide Resto Voir, Musicographie, Débat MusiquePlus and C’est juste de la TV. She's graced the cover of Souche Magazine and was featured in a four-page editorial in Loulou Magazine. In 2011, she was named co-chair of honour, along with Bernard Derome, of Radio-Canada's 75th anniversary celebrations.

    She currently hosts Circuit Makonnen, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon on ICI Musique, Radio-Canada's music station.

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