Carole Swan has been appointed associate deputy minister at Industry Canada. She served as associate secretary of the Treasury Board for three years prior to joining Industry Canada. Rick Brace, currently president of CTV Specialty Television Inc., has been promoted to president of CTV Inc. His responsibilities will expand to include CTV’s 27 conventional television stations across the country while continuing to oversee its specialty channels. He replaces Trina McQueen, who announced her retirement late last year (CCR, Dec. 6/01). As well, Kevin Shea leaves CTV parent company Bell Globemedia as it has decided to withdraw from new business ventures such as place-based media, which was led by Shea. Shea joined Bell Globemedia as the new executive VP of convergence just a little over a year ago (CCR, June 7/01). "Kevin was given a difficult assignment to expand our lines of business, but times change and we need to concentrate on value creation closer to our core business," said Bell Globemedia president and CEO Ivan Fecan in a statement. Brendan Paddick, president and CEO of Persona Inc., formerly Regional Cablesystems Inc., becomes president and CEO of wholly-owned subsidiary Persona Communications Inc. and CEO of Cable Bahamas Ltd. Paddick has moved to the Bahamas, where he will oversee Persona’s cable network there. He retains his previous titles. John Reid, formerly VP of marketing and communications, has been promoted to executive VP and COO of Persona Inc. Johnny Michel has been named director of programming, production and promotion at Multivan Broadcast Corp. He will be responsible for developing the programming schedule, managing program acquisition and in-house production for Multivan’s new Vancouver-based ethnic station expected to launch in spring 2003. He has held senior management positions in the Vancouver television industry, including at U-TV, BCTV and CHEK-TV. Earl Hong Tai has been appointed western regional director and head of new media at Telefilm Canada. For the last nine months, he has been interim director of Telefilm’s television unit in the western office. He previously worked for Telefilm between 1997 and 2001 as an investment analyst. Susan Brinton has left the Canadian Television Fund, where she was director of policy research. Patrick Pichette replaces David McLennan, the former president of Bell ExpressVu who earlier this year was named CFO of Bell Canada (CCR, May 9/02). Pichette becomes CFO, as McLennan will be taking on an unspecified special assignment within the BCE Group. David Hainline has been named president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s new merchandising division. Under Hainline’s direction, all of the public broadcaster’s merchandising and licensing activities will be consolidated within the new division. Previously, he was COO of Chapters Online, and was senior VP of Chapters. André Beaudet has been named director-general of communications at Radio-Canada. He will be responsible for communications of the public broadcaster’s French-language radio, new media, internal and regional communications, as well as for audience relations. Toni Brem has been promoted to publicist of CHUM Television. In her new role, she will work on building brand awareness for CHUM Television. Howard McNutt, of Nova Scotia, has been given a three-year appointment to the board of directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Currently, he is principal of HM Consulting Inc. Wendy Muller has been tapped to head Google Inc.’s Canadian advertising and sales operations. Google is working with its Canadian advertisers to target ads to users based on their search queries. Muller is responsible for growing and maintaining Google’s client base, generating Canadian ad sales revenue, and growing the team to support expansion. Previously, she was chair of DoubleClick Canada. Former Industry minister Brian Tobin has joined the advisory board of Taxsave Consultants Ltd. and its related divisions Wyndon and CompSave. TaxSave provides computerized sales tax and accounts payable reviews and workers’ compensation recoveries for clients. Yves Dion has joined Montreal-based Equinox Films where he will be responsible for finding new film and television projects, and will help with film acquisition and distribution. John Fulton has been appointed as executive director of distribution at TVA Films. Previously, he was director of Telefilm Canada’s Toronto feature film unit for five years. Lions Gate Entertainment has given its chief administrative officer Jim Keegan the added responsibilities of CFO. He will play an expanded role in financial management, liaise with banks and other financial institutions, and continue to implement streamlined and centralized accounting systems. Current CFO Marni Wieshofer will move to the newly created position of executive VP of corporate development. Anne Murray, the Canadian singer who formed her own entertainment production company, has been appointed honorary tourism ambassador for Canada. She will help promote the music of Nova Scotia and Canada through the Anne Murray Centre in Springhill NS. Murray established a publishing and production company called Balmur Entertainment Ltd. in 1971. It formed a 50-50 partnership with Corus in September 2000 and became known as Balmur Corus Music (BCM). It has since been acquired 100 per cent by Corus.