Telefilm Canada appoints new Executive Director & CEO

The executive, Julie Roy, will bring in three decades of Canadian film experience upon assuming her new role on 3 April, 2023.

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Telefilm Canada’s Board of Directors welcomed Julie Roy as its new Executive Director & CEO. The appointment was recently confirmed by Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez."On behalf of the members of Telefilm's Board of Directors, I welcome Ms. Roy who will lead an institution that has been dedicated to the success of the audiovisual industry for over 50 years,” Chair of Telefilm’s Board of Directors, Robert Spickler, said. “Ms. Roy is a proven bilingual leader who is well versed of the current challenges facing the audiovisual industry. As an ardent advocate of equity, diversity and inclusion on both sides of the camera, she will continue the work already begun by Telefilm and its partners to achieve an inclusive and representative industry.”

Roy will assume her new role on 3 April, 2023, and it will remain effective for five years. The executive will contribute 30 years of expertise in the Canadian film industry. Since 2020, she has worked for the National Film Board of Canada as Director general and Programming Chief Officer | Creation, Distribution and Marketing. At the institution, she is credited with designing various marketing campaigns and producing approximately 50 globally recognized animated works.

Roy is responsible for NFB's French- and English-language production sectors across the country, and is familiar with regional, linguistic and cultural specificities.  She also advocates for public awareness, as well as diversity and inclusion using her production and marketing skills. The executive earned a master’s degree in film studies from the Université de Montréal, has written numerous articles on women in film and the subject of animation, and served as a guest programmer at several international festivals. She also forms part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"I’m honored to be appointed to lead Telefilm Canada," Roy said."The country's digital landscape is in a state of change and the challenges ahead are significant and exciting. There are opportunities ahead of us. We must seize them in order to increase the influence of our talent and our industry. In this context, Telefilm Canada's mission will be more relevant than ever. I will undertake my mandate by relying on the skills of our teams and the mobilization of our industry partners."

Ms. Roy is a proven bilingual leader who is well versed of the current challenges facing the audiovisual industry. As an ardent advocate of equity, diversity and inclusion on both sides of the camera, she will continue the work already begun by Telefilm and its partners to achieve an inclusive and representative industry.” Robert Spickler Chair of Telefilm’s Board of Directors