Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB
Claude Joli-Coeur, 16th NFB Commissioner: member of the Bar; former lawyer, legal counsel at Telefilm Canada and executive at Astral, TVA International and others.
Claude Joli-Coeur, an influential figure in the film and audiovisual industry for over 30 years, is the 16th Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).
Mr. Joli-Coeur has been at the NFB for more than 12 years. As Assistant Commissioner (2007 to 2014), he headed Government Relations and Strategic Planning as well as Business Affairs and Legal Services. Until recently, he served as Acting Commissioner, a position he had previously held in 2007.
Mr. Joli-Coeur earned a law degree from the Université de Montréal and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1979. He practiced law with firms from 1979 to 1985 and was legal counsel at Telefilm Canada from 1985 to 1987.
From 1987 to 1995, he worked for Astral Entertainment Group, first as Director of Business Affairs and subsequently as Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. In 1995, he was appointed Vice President, Legal and International Affairs, at Coscient Group (Motion International), a position he held for five years. From 2000 to 2002, he served as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, and Secretary at TVA International Inc., as well as Vice President, Business Affairs, at Zone 3 Inc. before joining the NFB.
Claude Joli-Coeur is recognized for his ability to mobilize, a leadership style focused on results and integrity, and his strong commitment to Canadian communities.