Jeff Leiper has been named editor-in-chief of Decima Publishing Inc. He takes over responsibility for day-to-day editorial functions from Mario Mota, who is now publisher and president of the company. Xavier Marchand has been appointed as managing director of Momentum Pictures, the U.K. arm of Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution LP. Marchand has previously worked for companies such as PolyGram Film International, Warner Brothers and Universal Pictures International. Impact Public Affairs president Huw Williams has registered as a lobbyist on behalf of the Canadian Association of Internet Providers. His responsibilities will include the monitoring of government policy with respect to broadband Internet issues, Internet broadcasting and copyright law. Zoran Stakic has been appointed as VP of information services at Shaw Communications Inc. He joins Shaw with a background in senior management positions, including most recently in the telecommunications industry. Bernard Courtois has taken over as president/CEO of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). Courtois is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications sector. He served in a variety of regulatory, legal and executive roles with Bell Canada since 1991, and retired as executive counsel for Bell in December 2003. He has served on the board of directors of ITAC since 1999 and chaired committees of the board on broadband Internet and telecommunications. Aurel Langlois, known throughout the Canadian new media industry for his heavy involvement with the Interactive Multimedia Arts & Technologies Association (IMAT), and for producing the 2002 EMMA awards, has made a dramatic career change to join the Royal LePage West Realty Group as a sales representative. He left IMAT in August 2003. Martin Lundie of Ernst & Young has been named treasurer of the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada. He and his firm replace Robert Gold and Associates, which served in that capacity for a number of years. Tara Ellis and Emily Morgan were elected as co-chairs of Women in Film and Television - Toronto at the organization’s annual general meeting. New directors elected to the board were Sharon Faberman, Karen King, Phyllis Platt and Kit Redmond. Lisa Clarkson and Jennifer Harkness were re-elected for a second term. Ellis is director of original production, dramatic programming for Alliance Atlantis Broadcast Group. Morgan is director of programming for specialty services Showcase Action and Showcase Diva. The Capital Hill Group’s Kim Doran, David Dyer, Herb Metcalfe and Nanci Woods have de-registered as lobbyists for AOL Canada. They had been registered to lobby on the ISP’s behalf since early 1999, and the company would no longer appear to have any ties to AOL Canada or parent AOL Time Warner (CNM, Feb. 20/03). Ex-Earnscliffe Strategy Group consultant Charles Bird has been tapped as VP of government affairs at Bell Globemedia. Bird was registered to lobby the federal government on behalf of dozens of clients in the energy, gas and forestry industries, CIBC and CIBC World Markets, and Microcell Telecommunications Inc. Before joining Earnscliffe in February 2000, Bird was policy advisor to Ralph Goodale when he was minister of Natural Resources and minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Guy Mason has officially been appointed to head the Canadian Film and Television Production Association. He has been acting as president/CEO since September 2003. Shawn Thomas has been appointed VP of communications for TELUS Corp. Prior to joining the telco, he was senior VP of marketing, communications and public affairs at BC Hydro. He previously served in the British Columbia government in senior and executive communications positions.  Association House’s Gord McIntosh has registered as a federal lobbyist on behalf of Lion’s Gate Films. He lists as his responsibility the foreign ownership rules for communications companies.