Telefilm chair Laurier LaPierre, Acadian actress Viola Léger and singer-comedian Jean Lapointe were appointed by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to the Senate. Susan Abramovitch and Lousie Dompierre, both of Toronto, have been appointed to the National Film Board for three-year terms. Abramovitch, a founding partner at Stohn Abramovitch, practices entertainment law. Dompierre is director of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Toshinori Ikebe has been named president of Tri-Vision Electronics Inc, a subsidiary of Tri-Vision International, which provides products to the cable TV industry and markets V-chip technology globally. Doug Hull has stepped down as director general of Industry Canada’s Information Highway Applications Branch to take up the newly created position of senior director of public access and learning networks at CANARIE Inc. While at Industry Canada, Hull was responsible for implementing the government’s Connectedness Strategy, including SchoolNet and the Smart Communities Program. Two non-industry representatives, including the chair, were reappointed to the Cable Television Standards Council. The council members are chair Claudette Cardinal, a former nurse and adjudicator in Ontario social assistance review cases who was first appointed to head the council in 1998; Rollie Thompson, director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre; and industry representatives Dean MacDonald, senior VP of government relations at Rogers Communications, representing the cable industry; and Luc Perreault, VP of affiliate relations and regulatory affairs for MétéoMédia/The Weather Network, representing specialty and pay television owners. As well the board of directors of the Canadian Television Standards Foundation were announced: MacDonald, Neil Thompson, Westman Communications Group’s director of marketing and sales; Jean-Paul Galarneau, general manager of communications at Vidéotron ltée, David Vanden Bosch, VP of customer care at Cogeco Cable; and Tom Hobley, director of engineering at Shaw Cablesystems GP. Monique Leroux has left her job as senior executive VP and COO at Quebecor Inc to become CEO of Desjardins-Laurentian Financial Corp and CEO of its subsidiaries. She was a key member of the Quebecor team who appeared before the CRTC during hearings on the takeover of Vidéotron ltée in March. Tim Brown has been named VP of distribution at Vancouver-based Red Sky and Keystone Entertainment. Richard Stursberg has been re-elected chair of the Canadian Television Fund for a fourth term. Stursberg and vice chair Janet Yale, secretary Julia Keatley and treasurer Daniel Gourd make up the executive committee. The 2001-02 CTF board of directors consists of: Claire Samson (the Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec); Rudy Buttignol (Association for Télé-Education); Philippe Lapointe and Bill Mustos (both from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters); Judith Brosseau (Specialty Service Board of the CAB); Richard Paradis (Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters); Daniel Gourd (CBC/Radio-Canada); Robin Mirsky, Alex Park and Yale (Canadian Cable Television Association); Lazlo Barna and Keatley (Canadian Film and Television Production Association); and Michael Wernick (Canadian Heritage). The three members-at-large are: Cécile Chevrier (L’Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada) Heather Martin (Memory Film Productions Ltd) and Stursberg. Mary Hofstetter has been appointed president and CEO of the Banff Centre. Debbie Lawes is stepping down as publisher and managing editor on June 27 to launch her own editorial services company. Lawes has been associated with the Decima publications since 1992. During her tenure as a journalist and later as senior editor, she helped launch Canadian Communications Reports, Report on Wireless and Canadian NEW MEDIA. She will continue to work with Decima as a consultant and editorial advisor. Succeeding her as publisher will be Mario Mota, who has been working at the Canadian Association of Broadcasters as its director of specialty & pay policy. Prior to joining the CAB, Mota was editor of CCR.