Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer
Lisa de Wilde believes in the power of media to engage, to inform, and to serve the public good. Since her appointment in 2005 as TVO's CEO, Lisa has ushered in a new era for Ontario's public educational media organization, leading its transformation to a fully-digital, interactive source of multi-platform educational content that empowers people to be engaged citizens of Ontario.
Lisa's dedication to a strong Canadian media sector began upon her graduation from McGill University's law school, when she joined the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as legal counsel and subsequently served as Director General-Cable Television, Specialty and Pay Television Service. Lisa practiced law in Montreal (where she was a partner at Heenan Blaikie). As Astral Television's President and CEO, she was instrumental in transforming the then-declining pay TV category into highly successful branded television networks, and in supporting the Canadian film-making community.
The world of film is a passion for Lisa, which she has combined with her commitment to contributing to the growth of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) serving as Chair of the TIFF Board of Directors. Fluently bilingual, Lisa champions the cause of educational broadcasters across the country as the Chair of the Association for Tele-Education in Canada.
Her other not-for-profit, advisory and private sector boards include the Canadian Digital Media Network Advisory Board; International Advisory Board; the University of Toronto's Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation Advisory Board; ORION (Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network); the Government of Ontario's Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress; EnerCare Inc.; the Noranda Income Fund (she was a Trustee from 2002-2010 and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2004-2010).
In 2013 Lisa de Wilde was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her support and dedication to scientific literacy, and in 2009 Lisa was among the country's highest achieving women leaders to be recognized with the Women's Executive Network (WXN) Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award.
Clara Arnold, Vice President, Human Resources
Clara Arnold has extensive human resources and labour relations experience in diverse industries including media, retail/distribution, healthcare, manufacturing and technology. Over her career Clara held senior HR positions at Domtar (Chemicals Division), MDS International and BOC (Canox) before joining TVO in 1993.
Clara's responsibilities have included a full range of labour relations & human resources functions and issues including HR strategy and organizational design; workforce adjustment; business acquisition, growth and development; compensation, benefits and pension administration; training and development; recruitment and selection; and labour negotiations. Clara has also provided consulting services to organizations on an ad hoc basis.
At TVO Clara is the senior labour and human resources expert for the organization. She plays a key role in formulating, recommending and enabling the implementation of human resources and labour relations strategies, policies and services. In addition, Clara Influences and assists workforce planning activities, organizational design and the alignment of resource strategies and initiatives to TVO's corporate strategy.
Clara holds a Bachelor of Commerce (McGill 1976) and a Master of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto (1977).
Michael Carpentier, Vice President, Business Development, Innovation and Marketing
Michael Carpentier is an entrepreneurial executive with more than 20 years of experience in strategic business development in the digital world. He has a strong philosophy and belief that innovation and teams drive results.
Michael’s success in spurring growth and profit stems from expertise in strategic business development and innovation, digital and traditional marketing, leadership and fundraising. Having worked as a senior executive for both privately-owned and publicly-traded companies, he is highly experienced in best practices for business-to-consumer and business-to-business models.
Prior to joining TVO, Michael was CEO of Big Truck TV; Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Verticalscope; President of Canada Computer Papers; and Vice President and General Manager for TMP Worldwide. Michael’s hands-on experience includes managing the entire customer life cycle from acquisition through to ensuring profitable share of customer strategies.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University.
Nancy Chapelle, Managing Director, Content and Programming
Nancy Chapelle has been a key player in Canadian and international television, film and animation production for over thirty years. Her wide-ranging expertise encompasses broadcast production, distribution, and international co-productions, all of which has contributed to her successful tenure as Managing Director of Content and Programming at TVO since 2003.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Nancy spent several years working in the independent production community. Her managerial career began with Producers Group International, where as General Manager she was responsible for their entertainment division. In 1990 she helped co-found Catalyst Entertainment, managing operations for the company's slate of original properties which included animation, live-action series and movies-of-the-week. By 1997 she was President of the company, while simultaneously managing North American operations for Gullane Entertainment/Britt Allcroft Group.
Nancy's current position at TVO includes a seat on the Executive Management Committee, where she plays a key role in the development and implementation of the organization's strategic objectives and policies. Nancy is responsible for developing strategy and managing cross disciplinary teams to deliver multi-platform content production, co-productions and educational resources. She oversees both the primetime and children’s network programming schedules and promotion. Nancy has received numerous industry awards and nominations including a Gemini for Best Children’s Series (1993), Best Children's Program from the Banff Television Festival (2002) and Best Animated Series from the Alliance for Children and Television (2002).
Nancy Chapelle lives in Toronto, where she is a member of The Youth Media Alliance, The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the RTA School of Media Advisory Committee. In addition, Nancy participates in the "Adopt an Executive Program" as part of the Broadcast Management course at Schulich. And in 2011, Nancy was recognized with a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award with the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in Arts and Communications where she also volunteers in the Wisdom Top 100 Mentoring Program.
Paul Dancy, Vice President, Finance & Accounting
Paul Dancy brings more than 20 years of senior finance and accounting expertise within the entertainment industry to his role at TVO.
As both Vice President of Finance and Financial Consultant for Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc, a publicly listed company on the US exchange and a producer and international distributor of feature film and television programming with revenues in excess of $60 million, Paul provided financial leadership for the corporate and operating activities including several financing deals that raised a total of $40 million. Previously, he was a Consultant and Acting Chief Financial Officer for Capri Films Inc. where he lead the effort for the raising of $3 million for new business activities and established a credit facility valued at more than $1 million. In his role as Consultant for Gullane Entertainment PLC, Paul improved the company’s distribution reporting system while providing financial support to the international operations in three countries with revenues in excess of $40 million. Paul also worked for the US and Canadian exchange listed company, Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc for more than a decade, in the roles of Vice President Finance, Entertainment Division, which had revenues in excess of $500 million, and previously to that as Corporate Controller.
Paul is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder from the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute, with a Certified Management Accountant designation from the Society of Management Accountants. He holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor, and a Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario.
Sarah Irwin, Managing Director, Independent Learning Centre
Sarah is the Managing Director of the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), the Province of Ontario's designated provider of distance education, is the exclusive provider of General Educational Development (GED) Testing, and also runs Homework Help, a free online math tutoring service for students in grades 7 to 10. Since 2002, ILC has been administered by TVO.
ILC has a mandate from the Ministry of Education to provide an alternative source of public education in English and French, complementing the traditional system for learners who want or need independent study options. As an accredited school, ILC provides services equivalent to that of the public school boards including granting the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). ILC develops Ministry-approved curriculum, utilizing technology and new media to deliver online learning.
Under Sarah’s leadership the ILC course model has been completely redesigned, resulting in significant increases in enrolments, completion rates and self-generated revenue. In 2011 ILC won an Interactive Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Education category and in 2007, the ILC won CNMA award for Excellence in Learning. Sarah sits on the Canadian Heritage Virtual Museum Editorial Board and is a member of the UNESCO International Adult Learners’ Week committee.
Prior to her appointment with the ILC, Sarah was TVO's Director of E-Learning, setting up and running the $10 million e-learning initiative known as the Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund. This resulted in the creation of eight sets of online courses amounting to over 1440 hours of courseware in partnership with eight colleges, universities and institutions.
Sarah joined TVO in 1997 after spending 15 years at the CBC in various capacities ranging from production, business affairs and acquisitions, with her final role as Manager, Marketing and Sales, CBC International Sales. During this time, Sarah also worked as a Market Mentor for MIP and MIPCOM with the OFDC. She holds a BA from York University; an MBA completed online through Athabasca University, and an M.Ed from OISE/University of Toronto.
Erika Kramer, VP, Distribution Services
Erika started her television career in 1988 as a founding member of VisionTV, Canada's first non-profit, multi-faith broadcaster. As one of ten employees, she had the opportunity to work in a number of roles, from Traffic to Technical Producer. Over the next 19 years she helped VisionTV grow into S-VOX with the launch of two digital cable channels. In the last years of her tenure, Erika was the Director of Technical Operations, Broadcast Systems and Traffic. Just prior to leaving Erika completed the design and build of a digital file-based Post Production and Master Control Facility, hired all technical staff and managed the migration of on air operations from two independent service providers to the new in-house facility.
Erika joined TVO in 2007. Shortly after her arrival she restructured the Distribution Services team and was responsible for the rebuild of Master Control, Ingest and Multi-format suites. These changes enabled the transition from a standard definition, tape based workflow to a high definition, file-based workflow and the distribution of TVO content to multiple platforms. Erika was responsible for TVO’s digital over-the-air transition in 9 communities, the decommissioning of 164 analog over-the-air transmitters across Ontario, the launch of TVOHD on the new ANIK G1 satellite, and most recently added Administration Services to her portfolio.
Erika currently serves on the Finance Committee of Media Smarts and is a member of CTAM Canada. She has served as Chair of the Canadian Broadcast Distribution Association (formerly CSUA), and Chair of Ontario DTV Over-the-Air Consortium. During her career she has worked on various sub-committees of the Specialty and Premium Television Association, Canadian Association of Broadcasters, Canadian Digital Television Inc. and the Canadian Satellite Users Association.
Erika is a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson.
Todd Slivinskas, Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Todd Slivinskas is leading TVO in leveraging digital information technology to enable the organization to deliver on its strategic goals. In his role, he is accountable for I.T. projects and operational support, broadcast engineering and maintenance, business process improvement, shared web development services and strategic direction. His successes include leading TVO’s content production and distribution areas in becoming a fully digital and tapeless environment.
Some of his notable achievements at TVO include delivering:
- state-of-the-art digital studio facilities
- a digital mobile airpack for field productions
- state-of-the-art digital studio facilities
- a digital mobile airpack for field productions
- a digital asset management system
- a digital archive for storing TVO’s digital content
- a disaster recovery capability
- a corporate Intranet
- a contract and program rights management system
- a modern I.T. datacenter including voice over IP and data network infrastructure
- enterprise backup system and processes
- a Human Resources management system including electronic timesheets
- consolidated web infrastructure
- a new shared web development services department
Prior to joining TVO in 2002, for over 12 years Todd held various I.T. management positions in a variety of industries including financial, telecommunications and electric utilities. Most recently he managed the domestic and international brokerage networks at RBC Capital Markets. Prior to this, Todd was responsible for infrastructure and software delivery at Sprint Canada and Toronto Hydro. In these roles he led teams on large budget I.T. implementations and provided direction from a number of dimensions including: strategy, operations, marketing, finance and project management.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Science and Technology from Queen's University.
Andrew Steele, Vice President, Strategy
Andrew Steele brings extensive experience in strategy development and implementation, communications and management consulting to his role as TVO’s Vice President, Strategy. He works with and across all TVO departments to develop and communicate the strategic plan, to drive and influence strategic decision-making, and to lead external relations and communications.
Prior to joining TVO, Andrew was the founding CEO of the Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, working with the Boston Consulting Group, Cossette, Ernst and Young, McCarthy Tétrault and others to develop and implement growth strategies for leading non-profits. In this executive role he established legal, financial and human resource policies and developed fundraising strategies for the start-up organization, and drove the strategic and financial planning of a scale-up of a multinational mental health organization.
Andrew has also served as both Senior Advisor to the Premier of Ontario and as Chief of Staff for the Government of Ontario, where he successfully concluded negotiations with unions resulting in a win for both taxpayers and the public service, and expanded Service Ontario from a counter model to an online platform. He also produced an historic $5.76 billion deal with Ottawa on immigration, infrastructure, universities and corporate tax collection.
As a strategy consultant, Andrew developed a tire recycling program that reduced stockpiles and diverted waste to reuse, and produced a major reform in electricity demand response pricing, improving system efficiency and lowering costs.
Andrew graduated with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business MBA program at the University of Western Ontario. He also earned degrees at the University of British Columbia and Trent University, focusing on statistics and public opinion. He authors a regular column for The Globe and Mail's digital media platform and is on the board of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation.