2016-2017 Financial Report
List of funded projects in 2016-2017
Michel Houle regularly advises various corporate, institutional and government stakeholders. Since 2000, he has provided the Board with the insights and expertise he has developed through his unique experience in a variety of areas, including broadcasting, film and television production, distribution and operations.
Odile Méthot has worked in the arts and in film and television for more than 25 years. As President and Managing Director, she is responsible for managing the funding program of the French-Language Program Fonds Harold Greenberg. Ms. Méthot joined the organization as administrative director in 1996 and took part in setting up the program. Since 2000, she has served as its President and Managing Director.
With a bachelor’s in art history and a master’s in communications, Judith Brosseau has worked in television for many years, as executive vice-president, programming, communications and interactive media, at Astral Media, and director of strategic communications planning (radio, television, RDI) at Radio-Canada. Since 2014, she has chaired the board of the Institut national de l’Image et du Son (INIS). She is also vice-chair of the board of SÉD dance company, member of the board of UrbanImmersive, in addition to serving on Wapikoni Mobile’s board of governors. For many years, she was a board member and vice-chair of the Canadian Television Fund and the Banff Television Festival Foundation, and board member of the Women’s Y in Montreal. In 2010, she was honoured with the Grand Prix d’Excellence by the Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des nouveaux medias (FCTNM).
Claude Godbout began his career as an actor. In the 1960s, he worked as assistant to Jean-Pierre Ronfard at Théâtre de l’Égrégore. In 1964, he portrayed Claude in the classic Quebec film Le Chat dans le sac by Gilles Groulx. He went on to work as a director (Profession : Écrivain) and co-founder of Productions Prisma (Michel Brault’s Les Ordres – Best director, Cannes 1975; Les bons débarras by Francis Mankiewicz, 1980 Berlin competition). He also served as president of the APFTQ from 1972 and 1981 and chaired the board of the Institut Québécois du Cinéma in 1982. Over four decades, he has produced numerous dramatic series and youth programs. Most recently, he worked on the major series Cinéma Québécois. After making the documentary La Génération 101 in 2008, he produced and wrote the screenplay for the feature-length documentary Un rêve américain.
Jean-Pierre Laurendeau holds a master’s degree in communications and has close to 30 years of media experience in general-interest television and journalism. Since fall 2105, he has served as senior programming director for Canal D, Investigation, Canal Vie and Z.
Dany Meloul is Vice-President, Programming, French-Language TV at Bell Media since October 2015. She is at the helm of all activities pertaining to scheduling, planning, original content, and acquisitions for Bell Media’s French-Language specialty channels Canal Vie, Canal D, Z, VRAK, and Investigation, as well as pay services Super Écran and Cinépop.
At Bell Media, she also held the position of Assistant General Counsel, Québec and previously, with Astral Broadcasting Group Inc., she was Vice-President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Affiliates Relations for the company’s specialty channels. Before joining Bell Media, she was Director, Chief Legal Officer and Assistant Secretary of Transcontinental Inc. and Senior Counsel for Alcan Inc. in Canada and in the United States. Dany graduated from McGill University Faculty of Law in 1988 with Civil Law and Common Law degrees, and is a member of the Québec Bar as well as the New York Bar.
Dany is President of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council for the province of Québec. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for INIS (National Sound and Image Institute), Women in Film & Television – Montréal Chapter, ACCT (Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Québec Section), Fonds Harold Greenberg and Fonds Bell.
Gilles Valiquette is a singer-songwriter with 13 albums to his credit. He has received five PRO Canada/BMI awards and five SOCAN awards for his hit songs, including Quelle belle journée, Je suis cool, La vie en rose, Samedi soir and Mets un peu de soleil dans notre vie. He developed a college-level program in computer-assisted sound design and is one of the founders of Collège Musitechnic in Montreal. During his career, he has served on a number of boards, including the Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ), the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC), Fondation MUSICACTION, Société de développement des industries culturelles (SODEC), Réseau de l'industrie numérique du Québec (Alliance NumériQC) and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), which he chaired for many years. He recently released the album P.S. I Love Uke, and a book entitled C’est foumais c’est tout – Un parcours discographique des Beatles au Canada, published by Éditions de l’homme, in addition to producing a number of singer Patrick Norman’s albums. His song Je suis cool was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Mr. Valiquette chaired the MaxFACT Committee, under the umbrella of Fonds Harold Greenberg, from 2003 to 2015. He currently performs with the group Les vieux Criss.
Suzette Couture was awarded the Humanitas Prize for her CBS four hour series Haven, four Gemini
Awards for screenwriting, a Canadian Screen Award and a WGC award for screenwriting. Her CBS four
hour series Jesus, was nominated for an Emmy. As a partner in Sarrazin Couture Entertainment, she won
the Golden Reel Award for highest box office for her first Canadian feature, La Florida. She is writing
and producing the feature film adaptation of 419, the Giller Prize winning novel to be directed by Jeremy
Podeswa. She is currently writing a six hour series Four Queens for CBS.
John Galway is an MBA graduate with twenty-five years of experience in film and television, John’s career has ranged from film festivals, to production and financing.
In 2005, he joined The Harold Greenberg Fund’s English-Language Program as President and Board Member. At the Fund, he has overseen investments of more than $30 Million and has helped develop over 1000 feature film and television projects. He is also the co-founder of the Toronto Irish Film Festival and is a board member of the Irish Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He sits on various industry boards, juries and advisory committees.
Damon D’Oliveira produced the miniseries, The Book of Negroes which debuted to record-breaking
numbers on the CBC in Canada in 2015 and on BET in the US, winning 12 Canadian Screen Awards and
earning two nominations for U.S. Critic’s Choice Television Awards, four NAACP Image Awards and
was a finalist for the 2016 Peabody Award. D’Oliveira has also produced some of Canada’s most
innovative feature films including Rude (Cannes 1995), Lie with Me (Berlin 2006), and Poor Boy’s Game
(Berlin 2007) by Clement Virgo along with Ce Qu’on A / What We Have (Winner of Best Feature prizes
at Rendez-vous du Cinema Quebecois 2015, Inside Out 2015 and Barcelona Film Festival 2015), and the
upcoming The Grizzlies starring Ben Schnetzer and Will Sasso. Damon is an active member of A.C.E. –
The Atelier de Cinema European, the Canadian Media Producer’s Association and the Academy of
Canadian Cinema & TV.
Richie Mehta is a film director and writer. Most recently, he completed India in a Day, a Google-produced crowd-sourced documentary tracking a day in the life of India, and executive produced by Ridley Scott. Before that, he completed two feature films in 2013: I'll Follow You Down, a science-fiction drama starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber and Siddharth, a Hindi-language film starring Rajesh Tailang and Tannishtha Chatterjee, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Both films were theatrically released in 2014. Siddharth has received over 25 International Awards, and was shortlisted for best foreign language film at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Mehta's first feature film, Amal, starred Naseeruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, and Seema Biswas. Amal has won over 30 international awards, was nominated for 6 Genie awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine. Amal's remake rights were optioned by producer Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Films, the screenplay being written by Mehta as well. Mehta was also an on-screen judge for the reality TV program Bollywood Star, airing in Canada in 2014, and a director on the first season of Vision TV's acclaimed series Organic Panic.
Jennifer Podemski is an award-winning actor and producer whose career has spanned over three decades. Born and raised in Toronto, Jennifer is of Israeli and First Nations heritage and has built a career, on both sides of the camera, dedicated to expanding Indigenous narratives across all platforms. Jennifer has sustained an ongoing presence in front of the camera for more than 25 years. Some of her most memorable performances include: Dance Me Outside, The Rez, Riverdale, Degrassi TNG, The Border, Moose TV, Sensitive Skin, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, Empire of Dirt, Firesong and the critically acclaimed hit TV series Blackstone. In 2015, Jennifer’s first feature film as producer, Empire of Dirt garnered 5 nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards. Behind the camera, Jennifer owns and operates Redcloud Studios Inc., an independent production company based in Barrie, ON. She is the Co-Executive Producer of the award winning Indspire Awards (Global/APTN); Creator and Producer of the paranormal documentary series The Other Side (APTN); as well as Co-Creator and Producer/Director of the documentary series Future History (APTN).
Jane Tattersall is one of Canada’s premier film professionals. With more than 150 credits in sound design and sound editing, Jane’s sound work has garnered her over 40 awards and nominations, and her dedication to the art of film sound has earned her an international reputation for creativity and skill. Jane founded Tattersall Sound and Picture twenty years ago, and has worked with such acclaimed directors as David Cronenberg, Jaco Van Dormael, and Fernando Meirelles, as well as many of Canada’s new generation of directors including Sarah Polley and Richie Mehta.
Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production for Bell Media’s English-language properties, overseeing development and independent production. With a cross-channel and company-wide focus, she is responsible for the overall development and execution of creative content for all genres from independent producers for Bell Media’s two conventional networks and for its English specialty and pay channels. Coe currently sits on the Board of Governors of the ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society, and the Board of Directors for the Canadian Film Centre and The Harold Greenberg Fund. Coe formerly served as a Director on the Board of the Canadian Television Fund. Coe was the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) Leadership Excellence Award in the Mentor Category and was also named 2012 Production Executive of the Year by Playback magazine.