July 6, 2017
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announced the appointment of Lori DeGraw and Dr. Michael Schmalz to the CMF’s Board of Directors, following the Annual Meeting of Members held yesterday in Montréal.
Michael Schmalz is President of Digital Extremes, a top development studio in the interactive entertainment industry. Mr. Schmalz has over 10 years’ experience in the digital media industry, focusing his attention on innovation in the gaming sector. Prior to that, he practiced as a civil engineer. He holds several degrees including a PhD, MA and MESc from Western University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Lori DeGraw is Executive Director of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. Ms. DeGraw brings 25 years’ experience in the audiovisual industry. She held the role of VP Media Operations at Blue Ant Media for 10 years and over the course of nearly 15 years before that, she held various roles at the production level, including Executive Producer and Senior Series Producer. She brings extensive corporate governance experience, having sat on numerous Boards during her career. She holds a BA from Western University and is an MBA Candidate from Thompson Rivers University.
“Dr. Schmalz and Ms. DeGraw will be strong additions to the Canada Media Fund Board of Directors. They distinguished themselves during the rigorous, open, merit-based selection process, thanks to their skill and expertise in the audiovisual and digital sectors,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “I have no doubt that these highly qualified appointees will help the Canada Media Fund further its objective to promote the development of Canadian productions that tell our stories and showcase our great talent.”
“On behalf of the CMF and the Board of Directors, I would like to welcome Lori DeGraw and Michael Schmalz. We look forward to collaborating with them and benefiting from their experience and talent, as we set the CMF’s path forward,” said Alain Cousineau. “I would also like to thank Cheryl Barker and Glenn Wong for their commitment to high standards of corporate governance in pursuing the CMF’s objectives. Their dedication has been a great asset to the CMF Board and to the Corporation”