Norm Bolen (Chair)

Media and Broadcasting Consultant


Norm has served on the NSI board of directors since 2006.

He is the former president and CEO of the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA).

Previously Norm was EVP, content, for Alliance Atlantis Communications. Prior to joining Alliance Atlantis, Norm spent 21 years at the CBC as a journalist and executive, and finally as head of network television current affairs.

Norm is a past chair of the Banff World Media Festival and the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival.

Prem Gill (Vice-Chair)

Creative BC | CEO


Prem has sat on the NSI board of directors since 2013.

With over 20 years of experience in creative industries including film, TV, media, communications and digital technology, Prem is a passionate leader with a proven track record of fiscal responsibility, strategic thinking, and inspired employees.

Prem’s commitment to the creative economy in BC can be seen through her work as director of production & original programming with TELUS and previous experience in the broadcast industry with Citytv and CHUM.

Prem holds a board of director position with the Vancouver International Film Festival and an advisory position with Women in View.

With many accolades to her name, Prem was named one of The Globe and Mail’s 10 Women Who Matter in Film and TV. Prem believes whole-heartedly in the advocacy and advancement of the BC creative industries to position BC as a global leader in innovation and creativity.

Kim Guise

TELUS | Director of Local and Original Programming


As director of local and original programming at TELUS, Kim oversees a multi-million dollar portfolio supporting BC and Alberta filmmakers and organizations. Since joining TELUS in 2013, Kim has played a key role in setting TELUS’ local content strategy and enabling TELUS to be an innovator and leader in local programming and the creative industries.

Kim is passionate about enabling people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to tell stories that are meaningful to them and their communities.

Melanie Hadley

CBC | Executive in Charge of Production, Drama

Melanie Hadley NSI board of directors

As executive in charge of production for CBC Drama, Melanie oversees projects in development and production. The properties she manages on behalf of the network include such titles as Heartland, Pure, The Secret Path and When Calls the Heart. She joined CBC with over 15 years of experience working in independent production and for a national broadcaster.

Prior to her role at CBC she was the manager of programming for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) where she managed development and first- and second-window licencing for television and digital media projects commissioned from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the Northwest Territories.

Melanie got her start in the industry through the NSI Aboriginal Youth Pilot Project (now CBC New Indigenous Voices).

Vera Houle

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network | Director of Community Relations


As director of community relations, Vera continues to strengthen APTN’s relationship with its viewers and audiences through direct communication with communities at a grassroots level.

Vera started out as a wordsmith of sorts. She graduated from Red River College with a journalism diploma and has nearly 25 years of experience in broadcasting.

She’s worn many hats at CTV and APTN as well as at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Previously Vera was the executive producer of APTN National News and director of news and current affairs.

Vera’s a proud member of Manitoba’s Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation and speaks Ojibway fluently.

Marlene Kendall (Finance Chair)

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation | Director, Internal Audit & Corporate Compliance


Marlene provides assurance and consulting services to improve the effectiveness of risk management, internal controls and corporate governance.

Extensive experience in operational audits, resulting in millions of dollars saved and enhanced customer service. She also trains and mentors executives and Boards on financial risk management and eliminating deficits.

Jean LaRose

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) | CEO

Jean LaRose

Jean is a First Nations citizen from the Abenakis First Nation of Odanak. He was raised in Ottawa where he studied journalism at Algonquin College and obtained his BA in social communication at the University of Ottawa. He studied for his masters in public administration at L’Ecole Nationale d’Administration Publique (ENAP).

He was named CEO of APTN in November 2002. The network has moved to a digital, high-definition platform and now employs over 130 people. APTN was one of the host broadcasters for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and carried over 10 hours per day of Olympic events in English, French and in eight Aboriginal languages.

Jean sits on the board of directors of On Screen Manitoba and the Nisga’a Commercial Group. He was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media and Communications in 2011.

Michael A. Levine

Westwood Creative Artists | Chairman
Generic Productions Inc. | President
Bravo!FACT | Chairman


Michael A. Levine is chairman of Westwood Creative Artists Ltd., a retired partner of Goodmans LLP, executive producer of various fiction and non-fiction films and television properties, and chairman of Bravo!FACT and Bravo!FACTUAL.

Brad Pelman

The Fremantle Corporation | CEO


Brad is a senior content distribution specialist with over 23 years experience in Canada.

Following the sale of Maple Pictures, which he co-founded and served as co-president in 2011, Brad has consulted for myriad companies, both traditional and new media oriented, lending his expertise to others and sharing in many successful campaigns and new business opportunities.

Virginia Thompson

Vérité Films | President


Virginia is an executive producer, producer and TV show creator best known for her work on the smash hit series Corner Gas as well as other award-winning series including InSecurity, and Incredible Story Studio. She is president of Vérité Films, a boutique production company committed to championing exceptional creative talent.

Vérité has won or been nominated for 114 national and international awards including an international Emmy, several Geminis and The Prix Jeunesse.

Carole Vivier

Manitoba Film & Music | CEO & Film Commissioner


During Carole’s many years with Manitoba Film & Music, she has helped grow the province’s media production sector and music community into thriving and diverse creative industries. From advocating for tax credits to Chairing the 2014 JUNO Host Committee, Carole has worked alongside the Government of Manitoba as a champion of Manitoba artists, producers, talent and crew.

Carole was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her contribution to Canadian culture. In 2014 she was inducted into the Order of Manitoba in recognition of her commitment to the Manitoba media production and music industries.