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Suzanne Guèvremont Takes the Reigns at the NFB

Succeeding Claude Joli-Coeur, the new Government Film Commissioner begins her 5-year appointment, bringing decades of domestic and international experience in digital media, culture, and education to her new position.

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announced the appointment of Suzanne Guèvremont as Government Film Commissioner. Her five-year term is effective today, succeeding Claude Joli-Coeur, who led the NFB for nearly nine years.

Having served as the executive director of institutions for more than 20 years, Guèvremont brings experience in digital media, culture, and education to her new position. She has contributed significantly to developing the 3D animation, video game, and visual effects industries in Quebec, more specifically in Montreal. Known in the world of digital creation, Guèvremont was executive director of SYNTHÈSE – Pôle Image Québec and, most recently, of NAD-UQAC, the college of digital arts, animation, and design.

Currently Guèvremont serves as Chair of the Board for Collège Notre-Dame, with previous appointments including Vice-Chair on the Board of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC). She has sat on the boards of CBC/Radio-Canada, the Bell Fund (as a director and chair), the Association des écoles supérieures d’art de Montréal (ADESAM), the Consortium en innovation numérique du Québec, Alliance numérique, the CESAM Multimedia Consortium and the Forum des inforoutes et du multimédia. Her international experience includes work with China, India, the United States, and Italy.

“The National Film Board of Canada is one of our country’s leading institutions,” commented Guèvremont. “Through the creative works it produces and distributes, the NFB affirms its role as a catalyst—a role that’s essential to the vitality and intelligence of our civil, cultural, scientific, and economic society. Our cultures and our Canadian values—whether expressed implicitly or explicitly—influence our thoughts and our behaviors, and form part of our collective heritage. It is with great pride, enthusiasm, and humility that I undertake this mandate. The Canadian landscape is changing, the means at our disposal for creating content are constantly evolving, and so are audience behaviors. I’m very much looking forward to meeting all the teams across Canada and to working with them in pursuit of our goals.”

Source: National Film Board of Canada

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.