Senior Executive TEam (SET)
CURRENT SET MEMBERS ARE PROFILED AS FOLLOWS
Hubert T. Lacroix
President and CEO
(January 2008 – present)
Refer to the previous Board of Directors section.
William B. Chambers
Vice-President, Brand, Communications and Corporate Affairs
(September 2008 – present)
William B. Chambers was appointed CBC/Radio-Canada’s Vice-President, Brand, Communications and Corporate Affairs, on September 15, 2008. Previous to that, he had been appointed Vice-President, Communications, on January 15, 2003.
In 2012, Hubert T. Lacroix, the Corporation’s CEO, asked Mr. Chambers to lead an enterprise-wide process to develop the next Corporate Strategic Plan covering the period between 2015 and 2020.
Mr. Chambers is responsible for developing and implementing a single coherent corporate communication strategy for CBC/Radio-Canada; leading internal and external communications across the Corporation. He also oversees the Government Relations group, which puts forward the Corporation’s interests to Members of Parliament, and advises the President and CEO and his colleagues on these issues.
Prior to joining CBC/Radio-Canada, Mr. Chambers was based in London, where he was Managing Director, Europe, for Goldfarb Consultants.
Mr. Chambers is past Chair of the Board of Save the Children Canada. He currently sits on the Board of UNICEF Canada and St. Elizabeth Health Care.
Executive Vice-President, English Services
(December 2013 – present)
Heather Conway joined CBC/Radio-Canada as Executive Vice-President of English Services in December 2013.
Ms. Conway is responsible for all of CBC/Radio-Canada’s English-language services, including CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC.ca, documentary and digital operations.
Prior to joining CBC/Radio-Canada, Ms. Conway was Chief Business Officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she was in charge of human resources, digital services, marketing, security and membership, among other things. Under her tenure, the Gallery saw its attendance increase by 20% and achieved its highest membership levels.
Previously, Ms. Conway spent six years as Executive Vice-President at Alliance Atlantis Communications. There, she oversaw strategic marketing, publicity and on-air creative for 13 Canadian cable specialty channels, transformed the business model for channel distribution and increased subscription revenue. She later became Chief Executive Officer of Edelman Public Relations Canada. Earlier in her career, Ms. Conway held other senior management and consulting positions with TD Bank Financial Group, Hill & Knowlton and The Neville Group.
Ms. Conway has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick, England.
In 2001, Ms. Conway received a Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. She was on Toronto’s 50 Most Influential: people who changed the city in 2014.
Vice-President, Legal Services, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
(June 2015 – present)
Sylvie Gadoury has been CBC/Radio-Canada’s Vice-President, Legal Services, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, since June 1, 2015.
Ms. Gadoury is responsible for CBC/Radio-Canada’s Law Department, with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. She is also responsible for the Corporate Secretariat, as well as the departments that oversee compliance with access-to-information, privacy, health, safety, and environmental legislation.
Before joining the Senior Executive Team, Ms. Gadoury held the position of Associate General Counsel, Media Law, and Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator, from 2009 to 2015. She had previously served as Senior Legal Counsel, Media Law, since 1998.
Prior to working for CBC/Radio-Canada, Ms. Gadoury practised law for a few years in a private firm, and later went on to work for the Canadian Department of Justice’s general litigation team.
Ms. Gadoury has a Bachelor of Civil Law (1985) and a Graduate Diploma in Administrative Law (1993) from Université de Montréal. She has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1986.
Vice-President Technology and Chief Regulatory Officer
(June 2009 – present)
Steven Guiton, Vice-President Technology and Chief Regulatory Officer, was appointed to CBC/Radio-Canada’s Senior Executive Team in June 2009.
Mr. Guiton is responsible for CBC/Radio-Canada’s technology direction and for ensuring that technology decisions and activities support the company’s overall strategic and operating objectives.
Mr. Guiton is also responsible for developing and implementing the Corporation’s regulatory strategies for its television and radio services pursuant to the Corporation’s regulated status under the Broadcasting Act, and to its regulatory oversight by the CRTC. In addition, Mr. Guiton is responsible for Research and Analysis, which produces measures of the Corporation’s performance with respect to its mandate and its regulatory requirements, and creates analytical tools in respect of media industry trends.
Before becoming Vice-President Technology and Chief Regulatory Officer, Mr. Guiton was Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Officer, Media Technology Services, responsible for moving content across the Corporation’s national, regional and local networks. Prior to that, Mr. Guiton was CBC/Radio-Canada’s Executive Director, Strategy and Government Relations. In his other previous positions, he had been Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs, at the Canadian Cable Television Association, and Regulatory Vice-President at Unitel Communications Inc. (formerly AT&T Canada and now Allstream).
Mr. Guiton holds an M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University and a B.A. in Economics and Commerce from the University of Toronto. He also attended the University of British Columbia for doctoral studies in Economics.
Executive Vice-President, French Services
(January 2012 – present)
Louis Lalande was appointed Executive Vice-President of CBC/Radio-Canada French Services on January 16, 2012, after holding the position on an interim basis since September 26, 2011.
Mr. Lalande oversees all aspects of CBC/Radio-Canada’s French-language programming services, which include, among other things, ICI Radio-Canada Télé, ICI RDI, ICI ARTV, ICI EXPLORA, ICI Radio-Canada Première, Radio Canada International (RCI), ICI Musique, ICI Radio-Canada.ca, and ICI Tou.tv.
Mr. Lalande has been in the news business for 25 years, mainly at Radio-Canada. Before joining CBC/Radio-Canada’s Senior Executive Team, he was Executive Director of Regional Services, which comprise television, radio and web services. Prior to that, he helped establish the Centre de l’information de Radio-Canada in Montreal, where he was the News and Current Affairs Director for ICI Radio-Canada Télé and ICI RDI for more than two years, after having been Executive Director of Technical Production. Mr. Lalande stopped working for the national public broadcaster for a few years during which he notably created LCN, TVA’s all-news television channel.
At an earlier stage in his career at Radio-Canada, Mr. Lalande was responsible for Le point, a prestigious news and current affairs program. Mr. Lalande was Executive Producer for that show for three years. Previously, he acted as Executive Producer of special coverage and major events for 10 years. In this role, Mr. Lalande was at the forefront of the stories that left their mark across the country.
Acting Vice-President, People and Culture
(May 2015 – present)
As of May 2015, Monique Marcotte, Executive Director, Corporate Human Resources Services and Strategic Planning, is serving as Acting Vice-President, People and Culture.
Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
(May 2015 – present)
Judith Purves was appointed Chief Financial Officer of CBC/Radio-Canada on March 12, 2015.
Ms. Purves is responsible for all aspects of CBC/Radio-Canada’s finance functions – Corporate, English and French Services – and is a trustee of the CBC/Radio-Canada Pension Plan.
Before joining CBC/Radio-Canada, Ms. Purves was a Finance Executive with IBM, holding a number of progressively more senior positions, most recently based in New York as VP and CFO IBM Global Financing. Other significant positions held include CFO of IBM Canada Ltd., IBM Global Services Pricing Executive and Chief Accountant IBM Canada. She has led a number of significant organizational transformations.
Ms. Purves trained as a Chartered Accountant in London, England, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Ms. Purves is a member of the Accounting Advisory Board to Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and was formerly on the Board of Casey House.