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New chair for National Film Board of Canada

Claude Jolie-CoeurClaude Joli-Coeur has been announced as the new government film commissioner and chair of the National Film Board of Canada, the Ministry of Heritage announced yesterday (2 December).

He officially took over the five-year role on 27 November, but has been interim commissioner and chair of the NFB since January, when Tom Perlmutter suddenly stepped down.  

A veteran of the organisation and a lawyer by training, Joli-Coeur has held various positions – including that of assistant commissioner - at the NFB for over ten years, with a specialty in entertainment law and international co-production.

Heritage Minister Shelly Glover announced the appointment, saying : “It is a great asset to have a person of Mr. Joli-Coeur’s calibre leading this organization. With his expertise, proven leadership and numerous contributions during his last eleven years at the National Film Board, he will continue to be highly valuable to the organization.”

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