Governance

Meet our Executive Team

Valerie Creighton

President and CEO

Valerie Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognized for reenergizing some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector over the last 30 years. An expert in organizational change, Valerie has been recognized as a visionary in promoting Canada’s cultural wealth.

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Currently serving as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, Valerie positions Canadian programming at the forefront in world markets advocating successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms. Valerie has taken part in foreign trade missions, and been recognized with numerous awards nationally and from her home province of Saskatchewan, where she owns and operates the Red Horse Ranch. 

Valerie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. Most recently she was invested into the 2016 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, was named one of 2016’s 20 most powerful women in global television by The Hollywood Reporter, was recognized in 2017 by Women in Television and Film – Vancouver for her major contribution to promoting gender equality in media and was awarded as the Honorary Maverick for the 2017 Female Eye Film Festival.

Sandra Collins

Chief Operating Officer

Sandra Collins has over fifteen years of experience in the film and television industry. Since joining the organization in 2007, she has been responsible for finance, legal, human resources, information technology, risk management, administration, as well as research and data. She now contributes to the oversight of all the corporations operations.

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Previously, Sandra held various senior positions at Alliance Atlantis Communications, including Senior Vice President, Finance, Entertainment Group, and Vice President, Systems Integration, Corporate Group.

Sandra is a Certified Management Accountant and holds an H.B. Comm from the University of Windsor and a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.

Kelly Wilhelm

Chief Strategy Officer
Kelly Wilhelm is a bilingual strategist with more than 20 years’ experience leading innovation and change in Canada’s creative industries, arts and culture. She has led major strategy and policy initiatives to respond to disruption, capitalize on opportunities for growth, and secure new investment. She brings to the role extensive experience in stakeholder and government relations at the most senior levels.
 
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Wilhelm has previously worked as an independent strategist, advising executive teams at organizations such as Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the National Arts Centre, City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture, and the National Gallery of Canada. Between 2016 and 2018, Wilhelm was Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Canadian Heritage on complex files in television, digital media, broadcasting, film and news media. She was previously Director of Policy, Planning and Strategic Foresight at the Canada Council for the Arts, where she spent ten years, and where her accomplishments included leading the strategy work to secure the doubling of the Council’s funding in 2016 and the development of its last two strategic plans. She has a BA in Literature and Art History from Queen’s University and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.
 

Mathieu Chantelois

VP, Communications and Promotion
A Montreal native, Mathieu moved to Toronto in 2000 to be a cast member on U8TV: The Lofters, Canada’s first reality TV show. He frequently appears on Radio-Canada, covering a wide range of social, cultural, and political affairs and he has published over a thousand stories in French and English entertainment magazines.
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Mathieu has a BA in Communications from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, and he recently completed a Certificate in Strategic Perspective in Non-profit Management from Harvard Business School.

For more than 20 years, he has cultivated connections with stakeholders in the entertainment industry, first as a reporter and then as an executive at Cineplex Media. As a volunteer, he raised substantial funds for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), The 519 Community Centre, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA). He’s now the co-chair of Ciné-Franco, Toronto’s French movie festival.

Nathalie Clermont

VP, Programs and Business Development

Nathalie Clermont has been working in the film, television and digital media industry for more than twenty-five years, with extensive experience in policy development and financing. Since joining the organization in 2007, she has been a key advisor on CMF policies and programs. She also ensures consistency in service standards and application processes for all CMF programs, with a focus on developing alternative funding partnerships to leverage CMF investments.

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Prior to joining the CMF in March 2007 as Director of Program Management, Nathalie spent 15 years at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), where she was the team leader of the Business Affairs Unit, which was responsible for equity investment programs in cinema and television.

Nathalie holds a B.A. in Film, Communications, and Public Relations from the Université de Montréal.

Catherine Mathys

Director of Industry and Market Trends

Catherine Mathys has worked in the audiovisual production and media sector for almost 20 years. Chronicler, reporter and animator, she specialized over the last decade in the analysis of technological and media transformations. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in communication, and she particularly appreciates our relationship with technology and its impact on our daily lives.

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Her work has been recognized at the Québec Independent Journalism Awards and the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA).

Rod Butler

Director of Programs and Policy

As Director, Programs and Policy at the Canada Media Fund, Rod is responsible for developing CMF policy and analyzing and advising on legal and regulatory issues that impact the CMF.

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Prior to joining the CMF, Rod worked at the Writers Guild of Canada and Entertainment One.

A trained lawyer, Rod obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Queen’s University and his Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Media, Information and Technoculture from Western University.

Richard Koo

Manager, Media Analytics
Richard Koo has nearly 20 years of experience in the Canadian media industry. Since 2014, Richard has been the head of TV and digital measurement initiatives at the CMF, and also co-manages the CMF’s annual calculations of over $350 million in production and development financing. Previously, he spent five years as the lead Research Officer for CBC Sports, working on major broadcast properties including Hockey Night in Canada and the Olympic Games.
 
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Richard is also a multiple Boston Marathon qualifier, national umpire with Rowing Canada Aviron and an active contributor to the Olympic movement in his role as president of the International Olympic Academy Participants Association based in Athens, Greece. Originally from British Columbia, he holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto.
 
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