Robert Paquette joined the National Film Board as director of human resources, effective January 19. He was most recently the director of human resources for the Port of Montreal. Charles Bird has been named VP of government affairs at Bell Globemedia, effective February 2. He will be based in Ottawa. Until recently, Bird was a senior consultant at Earnscliffe Strategy Group. Prior to joining Earnscliffe in February 2000, he was policy advisor to Ralph Goodale, who was minister of Natural Resources (1997-2000) and minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (1993-1997). Guy Mayson has officially been appointed as the president and CEO of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association. He has been acting in the position since September 2003, when former association head Elizabeth McDonald resigned. Previously, Mayson was executive VP at the CFTPA, directing its film policy and tax agendas. He joined the CFTPA in 1997, after working in the public service. Prior to joining the government, he worked as a freelance writer, director and producer. Peter St. Onge becomes general manager of technical production and design in a senior management overhaul at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s French television division. He replaces Louis Lalande, who was named general manager of programming and TV information. For the time being, St. Onge also remains in charge of the national archives project. He has worked in a number of management positions since joining Radio-Canada in May 1982, including senior director of corporate resource planning and corporate treasurer. He helped set up the public broadcaster’s specialty channels Newsworld, RDI and ARTV. In his new position, Lalande will be responsible for all French television news and public affairs programming. Shawn Thomas has been appointed VP of communications at Telus Corp. He will be responsible for developing and implementing communications activities and relationships with Telus employees, the media and other keys stakeholders in Canada. Harold Boies is the new manager of private broadcasting at Canadian Heritage. He replaces Edwin Ledingham, who retired. Conrad Black and David Radler did not stand for re-election to the board of CanWest Global Communications Corp. at the company’s annual general meeting on January 29. Radler is Black’s former COO at Hollinger’s media empire. Radler resigned from Hollinger over allegations that unauthorized payments were made to Black, himself and two other executives. The matter has also led to Black’s resignation from Hollinger. André Bisson issued a media release denying that he was ever a member of the board of Hollinger Inc. The denial followed a National Post article that stated he had retired from the board "due to conflict" less than a week after he was appointed to Conrad Black’s newspaper holding company. "Friday, January 16, Hollinger’s secretary, Peter White, offered me to join (sic) the company’s board as Hollinger wanted to maintain a corporate presence despite selling its assets. After consulting the company’s documents, I declined the invitation later in the afternoon," Bisson states in the media release. "However, Hollinger Inc. had already broadcasted (sic) a press release announcing that Mr. Bisson … had accepted to sit on the board," reads the release. Four new directors were elected to the board of Saskatechewan non-profit community cable cooperative Access Communications: Wayne Hellquist, CEO of the Regina and District Food Bank; Cheryl Bauer-Hyde, financial planner at Assante Capital Management; Mary Friedman, executive director of the Battlefords Boys and Girls Club; and Chuck Wilson, VP and general counsel at Cooperatives Life Insurance Company. The five directors retiring from the Access board were Terry Oehler, Kevin Poock, Doug Keam, Donna Brown and Maurice Rieder. The delegates at the cableco’s annual meeting in January approved a constitutional change that allows for a range in the size of the board from 12 to 15 directors. Alan Friedman has resigned from the board of directors of Headline Media Group. Clifford Lincoln, who chaired the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, will not be standing for re-election. Veteran Canadian screenwriter Rebecca Schechter has been elected as president of the Writers Guild of Canada. Fred Yackman becomes VP and Sugith Varughese is the new treasurer. Schechter has been the producer, writer and story-editor for Blue Murder, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Riverdale, Side Effects, North of 60, E.N.G. and Street Legal. She replaces Peter White, who stepped down as president after a 10-year term in December 2003. The WGC council, elected on a regional basis, also consists of Kate Barris (central region), Charles Lazer (western region) and Michael LeBlanc (Atlantic region). Schechter represents the central region, Varughese the central region, and Yackman the western region. Elections are pending for the Quebec representative. Tara Ellis and Emily Morgan have been appointed co-chairs of the board of Women in Film and Television - Toronto. Ellis is director of original production, dramatic programming at Alliance Atlantis Broadcast Group, and Morgan is director of programming for Alliance Atlantis’ Showcase Action and Showcase Diva. New directors elected to the board are: Sharon Farberman, VP of finance at Microtainment Plus Productions Inc.; Karen King, executive director of New Voices Fund and Independent Production, Toronto One; Phyllis Platt, president of Platt Productions; and Kit Redmond, VP of RTR Media Inc.; Lisa Clarkson, director of production financing, arts and entertainment and new media at the CBC, and Jennifer Harkness, production executive. Gord McIntosh, an associate at the Association House, has registered as a lobbyist for Lions Gate Films. He will be dealing with the foreign ownership file on behalf of the film production company. William Cooper and Germaine Gibara have joined the board of directors of Cogeco Cable Inc. Cooper has been president and CEO of Cooper Construction Ltd. since 1980, and Gibara has been president of Avvio Management Inc. since 1995.