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Peter O'Brian, of Toronto, has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Educational Communications Authority since 2005. He is a Genie Award-winning producer whose films include The Grey Fox, My American Cousin and Far From Home. Mr. O'Brian directed Hollywood North (2002). He was a founding member of the Canadian Film Centre and appointed by Norman Jewison as its Executive Director (1988-91), its Producer-in-Residence (1996-97), and Executive Producer of its Feature Film Program (1999-2001). He served on the Board of the Toronto International Film Festival (1984-97), and was a Steering Committee member at the founding of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and a founding Board Member of the Toronto Arts Awards.

Catherine McQueen is an Adjunct Professor with the Schulich School of Business at York University, where she co-developed and co-teaches a course on digital media management. Ms. McQueen has been President and Chief Operating Officer of CTV Incorporated; founding President of the Discovery Channel, and Head of CBC Television News, Current Affairs and Newsworld. She has served on industry boards including CBC, Telefilm and the Canadian Television Fund. She has been on Boards such as the University of Waterloo, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Canadian Opera Company, the Banff Centre, Historica Canada, PEN Canada and the Literary Review of Canada.

Geetu Pathak is currently Chief Operating Officer of the fitness and footwear company No Gym Required. Previously, she was the Chief Restructuring Officer of a high end custom furniture manufacturer. She is the founder and CEO of Snowflakes Inc., a designer, developer and wholesaler of innovative baby products. Ms. Pathak is a director for UNICEF Canada, actively driving the $3M HIV/AIDS program targeted towards underprivileged youth in Andhra Pradesh, India. She is on the board of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce and was a part of the advisory committee for the Premier's 2009 mission to India. Ms. Pathak has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and a B.Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, where she achieved recognition as the Best All-round Graduating Student in her class.

James Marchbank was CEO of Science North from 1987 to 2011. During that time, he led the expansion of Science North in developing a special exhibits hall, a butterfly gallery, an IMAX Theatre, the mining and geology centre Dynamic Earth and was Executive Producer of three educational IMAX films and numerous multi-media science productions. He was a City of Sudbury Alderman from 1985 to 1991. Mr. Marchbank has been a member of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation since 2008. He is also a member of the Ontario Educational Communications Authority and Chair of the Northern Cancer Foundation Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Laurentian University.

Ginny Dybenko came to the role of Executive, Strategic Initiatives for Wilfrid Laurier University after five successful years as the Dean of the Wilfrid Laurier School of Business & Economics and over thirty years of corporate experience and a strong academic background. Ms. Dybenko's business career has been marked by the creation of innovative technological solutions for critical business problems primarily in the telecommunications sector. She holds degrees in Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario (B.A.) and the University of Waterloo (M.Math.), and diplomas in Operations Research from the University of Toronto and Executive Business from Queen's University.

Kristin Morch is a lawyer and General Counsel at the Continental Saxon Group, a diversified private company having real estate, venture capital and oil and gas interests. She is also a former partner with Aird and Berlis. Ms. Morch is Trustee of the Pace Family Foundation. Established with her husband in 2007, the Foundation focuses on health care, water projects and education. She is also a former member and Chair of the Legal Committee at the Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.

Mark Wakefield is Principal of Journey to Excellence, consulting services for businesses. He is also a Senior Consultant at The Finance Group and served as interim Chief Financial Officer at TVO in 2009. Mr. Wakefield was Vice-President of Finance and Chief Accountant at Xerox Canada Inc. from 1984 to 2007. He is a member of the Kinark Child and Family Services Board of Directors. His professional memberships include the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Jo-Anne Poirier is President and CEO with VON Canada. She is a former CEO with Ottawa Community Housing. Ms. Poirier's community involvement includes serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Health with the City of Ottawa and as founding Co-Chair of Housing Partnership Canada. She is a former member of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (2005-2011). Ms. Poirier holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Business Administration certificate from the University of Ottawa, and a Public Management diploma from Carleton University.

Lisa de Wilde, of Maxville, has over 15 years of experience in the television and film industry. A key player in the Canadian film and television industries, Ms. de Wilde divides her time between corporate directorships, advisory boards and the Board of the Toronto International Film Festival, where she serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. Ms. de Wilde has extensive knowledge of the media and broadcasting. She was most recently President and Chief Executive of Astral Television Networks, where she played an instrumental role in pay and pay-per-view television expansion in Canada and in supporting the Canadian filmmaking community. Ms. de Wilde is a graduate of McGill University law school and member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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