Board of Directors
Chair, Board of Directors
Rémi Racine was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada 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, which he founded in 1992. Over the past 21 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.
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 in Business Administration (1981) from McGill University. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1977.
He has also served as a Trustee of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation. He still is director of Sojecci, the private holding company of the Chagnon Family.
Edward W. Boyd
Edward W. Boyd was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on June 1, 2010, for a five-year term.
Mr. Boyd is Chief Executive Officer of One Advertising Inc., a full-service communications company providing marketing solutions to leading corporations. Prior to this, Mr. Boyd was Chief Executive Officer of 58Ninety Inc., a digital marketing agency, where he created interactive marketing strategies and solutions for major corporate clients.
Previously, Mr. Boyd was President and CEO of Iceberg Media.com, a pioneering Canadian Internet radio broadcaster, which was later acquired by Standard Radio. Before joining Iceberg, he held the position of President at e-commerce book retailing company Indigo Online. Mr. Boyd has also served as Senior Vice-President of New Media & New Business for Young and Rubicam Canada.
Mr. Boyd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto (1986) and a Masters in Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto (1997). He also received an ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors (2011).
Mr. Boyd is the founding President of the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada and chairs the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s Canadian Digital Advisory Committee. He has sat on boards for organizations such as the National Advertising Benevolent Society and the Children’s Aid Foundation, in addition to having participated on judging panels for the Media Innovation Awards and for the Top 30 Marketers Under 30.
Sonja Chong was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on October 9, 2014, for a five-year term.
Ms. Chong is a practising Chartered Accountant, and has been a Partner of Income Taxation with the firm Harris & Chong LLP since 1991. Her practice focuses on tax planning for private corporations and high net-worth individuals, estate and succession planning, and real estate investments. She is regularly consulted by other accountants. She has written numerous articles for prestigious financial publications and has presented at tax seminars. She participated in a television series about finance and tax planning, and is a media commentator on tax-related issues.
Ms. Chong is currently Co-Chair of the Canadian Foundation of Chinese Heritage Preservation. She is a former president of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association, and continues to serve on its board. Ms. Chong was a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation and served as treasurer and director of the Hong Fook Mental Health Association. In 2003, she received the Volunteer Services Award from the Government of Ontario.
Ms. Chong has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, and received her Chartered Accountant designation in 1985. She has been a fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario since 2000.
Pierre Gingras was appointed to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors on February 3, 2011, for a five-year term.
Mr. Gingras was previously a member of the Quebec National Assembly for the electoral district of Blainville. In this capacity, he chaired the official opposition caucus and was opposition critic for transportation. Prior to being elected MNA, Mr. Gingras was a Blainville city councillor for four years before going on to serve a 12-year term as mayor. He founded and led the Parti de l’action civique de Blainville. At the time he entered municipal politics, he was commissioner of the Sainte-Thérèse school board and, before that, worked in the printing industry.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Gingras has also acted as chair of the Laurentides Regional Development Council, as a board member of the MRC Thérèse-De Blainville, and as board member and treasurer of the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ). Mr. Gingras currently sits on the board of the Amicale des anciens parlementaires du Québec. Active in the community, he has been a member and vice-president of youth services with the Blainville Optimist Club, chair of the Carrefour action municipale et famille, and has held a number of positions with the World Family Organization.
Mr. Gingras is married with two children.
Rob Jeffery was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on April 30, 2015, for a five-year term.
Mr. Jeffery is Senior Director of Taxation for Sobeys Inc. in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he is responsible for the leadership of the income tax function. His experience lies in tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and financial reporting for income taxes. He has been active in the field of accounting education and presently instructs professional development taxation courses for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia.
Mr. Jeffery currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia and the Fred C. Manning School of Business Advisory Board at Acadia University. He is a member of the Governing Council for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, and serves on various tax committees with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
Prior to working at Sobeys Inc., Mr. Jeffery was Senior Manager at Deloitte and Touche LLP. He was also formerly a part-time faculty member at Dalhousie University, facilitated course work at the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy, and was a Tutor for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ In-Depth Taxation Course.
Mr. Jeffery has volunteered with various not-for-profit boards, including sitting on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax.
Mr. Jeffery is a Chartered Accountant (Nova Scotia) and a Certified Public Accountant (Colorado). He is a graduate of Acadia University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) degree and is in the process of completing an Executive Master of Business Administration at the Ivey School of Business.
Marni Larkin was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on June 21, 2012, for a five-year term.
Ms. Larkin is the current CEO of Boom Done Next, a management consulting firm based in Winnipeg.
Before launching her own company in 2005, Ms. Larkin was the President of Sales Oxygen in Winnipeg, where she was responsible for client acquisition and development. Prior to that, she worked as the Procedural Assistant to the Government House leader for the Province of Manitoba. She was responsible for legislation and regulation development and the session of the House. She also worked for the Province of Manitoba as the Manager of Sustainable Development Innovations Fund.
She brings a significant understanding of all organizations to this appointment, including traditional businesses, community groups, charitable organizations and various bodies of government.
Ms. Larkin received her diploma in Hotel Management from the Red River Community College in Winnipeg in 2001.
Ms. Larkin was the Chair of the North End Community Justice Committee from 1999 to 2002. She volunteered with numerous organizations, including the Amadeus Steen Foundation and the Manitoba Humane Society. She also created a new brand for the Global Entrepreneur Awards and chaired the Marketing Committee Efforts. She is past chair of the Fundraising Committee for St. Martins in the Field Church.
Terrence Anthony Leier
Terrence Anthony Leier was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on May 31, 2012, for a five-year term.
Mr. Leier currently practices law in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he specializes in a range of business and government relations activities.
Before opening his own private practice in 1991, Mr. Leier had been the Senior Vice-President and General Counsel at the Crown Management Board of Saskatchewan since 1982. Prior to that, he was with the City of Regina Solicitor’s Office, overseeing many of the city’s significant growth and development initiatives for more than a decade. He began his career as Naval Lieutenant for the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve.
Mr. Leier received his Bachelor of Arts (1962) and his Bachelor of Law (1966) degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1966. In 1990, Mr. Leier completed Executive Development studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
Mr. Leier has served as a lecturer at the Saskatchewan Police College. He has also acted as secretary for the Legal Aid Volunteer Committee of the Regina Bar Association. He was appointed to the Queen’s Counsel in 1992.
Maureen McCaw was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on December 13, 2012, for a five-year term.
Ms. McCaw was the Executive Vice-President and President for Leger Marketing Research (Alberta). Founder and President of Criterion Research, a full-service market research company employing 16 full-time staff and 150 project staff, she joined Leger Marketing when it purchased Criterion Research in 2005.
Currently, Ms. McCaw is Chair of the CBC Pension Board of Trustees and sits on a number of industry and community boards, including Suncor Energy, Edmonton International Airports, Nature Conservancy of Canada and the advisory board of Leger Marketing. She also acted as Chair and Director for the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. McCaw holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Alberta, has completed the Financial Essentials for Executives program at Columbia University, and has earned an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management.
She has been named among the “50 Most Influential People” by Alberta Venture and was one of the women awarded the title “Women of Vision” by Global News.
Brian R. Mitchell
Brian R. Mitchell was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada for a five-year term effective April 21, 2008. On March 7, 2013, he was reappointed for a second five-year term effective April 21, 2013. In addition, since 2008, he has served as a trustee on the CBC Pension Board of Trustees.
Mr. Mitchell is a corporate commercial lawyer and serves as the managing partner of Mitchell Gattuso, a Montreal law firm with an extensive corporate-commercial practice. Mr. Mitchell currently sits on the boards of directors of several public and private corporations. He also sits on several non-profit boards of directors in Montreal. In 2014, he was elected to the Council of the Bar of Montreal for a two-year mandate, while in 2015 he was elected as Treasurer of the Montreal Bar for a one-year mandate. He also sits on several sub-committees of the Montreal Bar, including the Liaison Committee with the Superior Court, the Mentorship Program (2012 – present), and the English-Speaking Section of the Montreal Bar. Additionally, in 2013, he chaired the Trial Do’s and Don’ts, English Trial Advocacy Seminar. He was subsequently elected as a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation (2013 – present).
From 2006 to 2012, he has served on the board of directors and as President (2008-2010) of the Foundation of Catholic Community Services. Since 2004, he has sat on the board of directors of Saint Michael’s Mission (2004-2013), as well as on the board of directors of the McGill Chamber Orchestra (2008-2013).
Mr. Mitchell graduated from St. Andrews College, Aurora. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) degree in History and Literature from Harvard University. He subsequently attended the Faculty of Law at McGill University, where he was awarded the 125th Anniversary Entrance Scholarship, and in 1985 graduated from the National Program with Bachelor of Common Law and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees.
He has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1987.
Marlie Oden was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on July 30, 2013, for a five-year term.
Ms. Oden founded Bridge Communications in 1995. The company offers a wide range of services, including strategic planning, public relations, public consultation, community relations, facilitation, advertising and event management.
Prior to that, Ms. Oden worked at McKim Advertising based in Vancouver, where she managed the Tourism British Columbia account before becoming the Vice-President and Account Director.
Ms. Oden has sat on the boards of directors of Telefilm Canada, the Arts Club Theatre, BC Bortstal Association and the Stanley Theatre, and she is currently the president of the board of the Vancouver Theatre Sports League. An active member of her community, she has received the Jessie Richardson Patron of the Arts Award and the City of Vancouver Arts Award for Outstanding Board Member.
Ms. Oden attended the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. She is a graduate of the Canadian Board Diversity Council Program.