Biographies

  • 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.

  • Jean-François Bélanger

    Jean-François Bélanger

    Foreign correspondent, France

    Jean-François Bélanger has been Radio-Canada’s European correspondent based in Paris since summer 2014. After earning a BA from Université de Moncton and an MA from Paris-Sorbonne University, he began his career with Radio-Canada Atlantique and then went on to spend five years with the French TV networks France 2 and France 3.

    Upon returning to Radio-Canada, he worked for the program Zone libre before being appointed foreign correspondent in Dakar and, later, Moscow. The last several years have seen him cover a number of major international stories, from the war in Afghanistan, the Paris attacks and the Israel–Gaza conflict, to the Libyan revolution, the Haiti earthquake, the war in Ukraine, and the European migrant crisis.

    A four-time Gémeaux nominee, Mr. Bélanger has also been nominated for a Bayeux-Calvados award for war correspondents and received the Judith-Jasmin Award from the Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists in 2004.

  • Samuel Chiasson

    Samuel Chiasson

    Host, Méchante soirée

    Samuel is a graduate of Université de Moncton in Information-Communications, and his first job was with Radio-Canada. He could be heard on air on the national radio network and on the programs Techno mutants, Le diable à 4, Libre comme l’air and Les numéricains. In the fall of 2003, he became the host of the late-afternoon radio show in Acadia. He entertained listeners on their drive home weekdays for eight years.

    Thanks to his musical knowledge and engaging personality, Samuel is often asked to host major cultural events in Acadia, including the Gala de la Chanson de Caraquet, the Éloize awards ceremony and the national holiday celebrations.

    Alongside his career as a host, Samuel is also active as a member of the comedy troupe La Revue acadienne.

    Since the fall of 2013, he has been hosting Méchante soirée on ICI Radio-Canada Télé in Acadia. This weekly talk show features influential guests from all walks of life and takes a humorous look at the major trends in society today.

  • Harry Forestell

    Harry Forestell

    Host, CBC New Brunswick News

    In a career spanning more than 20 years, Harry has had a front row seat to the news and the newsmakers that shape our world.

    From salt mines to stock exchanges, to the front steps of Downing Street, Harry has reported from across Europe, the UK and North America.

    Harry began as a freelance reporter in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa, covering breaking political news for regional papers and local CBC Radio.

    After a spell as a radio producer in Ottawa, Saint John and Windsor Ontario, Harry moved to London, England where he established a career as a science and medicine correspondent for several international broadcasters, including BBC World Service and National Public Radio. His work for CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks earned two awards from the Canadian Science Writers Association.

    After a spell as CBC’s European Business Correspondent Harry returned to Canada in 1999. As business editor for CBC television’s national morning show and business correspondent for The National, Harry guided CBC viewers through the great tech boom and collapse, the accounting scandals that followed and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

  • Karine Godin

    Karine Godin

    Journalist, Radio-Canada Acadie

    Karine Godin is a graduate of the Information-Communications program at Université de Moncton. She began her media career in community radio in southeastern New Brunswick, where she worked as a reporter, host and programming director. She then moved to the provincial edition of the weekly L’Étoile as a reporter.

    Karine joined Radio-Canada’s team in Acadia as a reporter in January 2013. She quickly made her mark thanks to her talent as a communicator, her nose for news and her inquiring mind. In September 2013, she was assigned to host Le Téléjournal/Acadie, weekend edition. This meant she was also responsible for the assignment of news teams on weekends.

    After three years hosting the TV news, Karine decided she wanted to get back into the field, where she could follow stories more closely. Audiences will be able to see, read and hear her reports on Radio-Canada’s various platforms this fall.

  • Sonali Karnick

    Sonali Karnick

    Host, All in a Weekend

    Known to the Quebec audience as the host of All In a Weekend on Saturday and Sunday mornings on CBC Radio One, she is also the host of the CBC-TV program Our Montreal.

    Karnick joined CBC in 2000, working in various roles in radio from researcher and traffic reporter to story producer for federal and provincial elections. In 2005, she took on the role of sports reporter on Daybreak. She built a solid reputation in radio and television sports, reporting both locally and nationally on professional and amateur sports, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Women's World Cup of Soccer in Germany in 2011 and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Most recently, Karnick was a member of CBC/Radio-Canada's broadcast team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as a Brazil-based reporter where she covered the women's national soccer team.

  • Janique LeBlanc

    Janique LeBlanc

    Anchor of Le Téléjournal/Acadie

    Janique LeBlanc started out at Télévision de Radio-Canada as a summer relief employee before becoming a correspondent on Prince Edward Island. Over the years, she has held a variety of positions in Radio-Canada’s news department.

    In 2001, after a two-month internship at a private radio station in Lausanne, she decided to move to Switzerland. She worked at Lausanne FM for three years as a journalist and assistant editor. In 2004, she was hired as a news editor-presenter at Swiss public radio. She then moved to the international news desk of Radio Suisse Romande. That assignment took her to, among other places, Serbia, Bosnia after the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the brand-new country of Kosovo and the United States to cover Barack Obama’s first election as president.

    She decided to return to her native Acadia in 2010, where she resumed working as a reporter at RDI and Le Téléjournal/Acadie. From 2011 to 2013, she hosted a new radio show called Libre échange.

    In September 2013, she became news anchor of Le Téléjournal/Acadie.

  • Ian Hanomansing

    Ian Hanomansing

    Host, CBC News Network, Reporter, The National

    Since 1986, he has had a wide variety of assignments for CBC as a reporter, anchor and interviewer. Among the major stories he's covered: Alberta's Slave Lake fire (2011), Vancouver's two Stanley Cup riots (2011,1994), the Hong Kong handover (1997), the Los Angeles riot (1992) and the Exxon Valdez oil spill (1989) as well as seven Olympic Games, the most recent in Sochi in 2014.

    He has hosted many programs including: Pacific Rim Report (1995-1999), which focused on Canada's connection to Asia; Times 7 (2005), a joint venture between CBC News and the New York Times; Canada Now (2000-2007), a national supper-hour newscast; Still Talking Hockey (2004), a sports-themed late night program on CBC British Columbia; and Feeling the Heat (2007), a summer series about the environment on CBC Radio One.

    Hanomansing also conceived and hosted a series of innovative live specials, including Downtown Drugs (1998), which explored the problems and potential solutions in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside from the streets of that troubled neighbourhood, and 2005's Crime on the Streets, which may be the only national news show broadcast live from among the cells of a Canadian federal institution, in this case Manitoba's Stoney Mountain.

    That program won a Justicia Award from the Canadian Bar Association for Excellence in Legal Journalism. Among his other awards, Hanomansing has been nominated five times for best National News Anchor winning the Gemini in 2008 and Canadian Screen Award in 2016.

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