Chief Executive Officer, APTN

The Organization

“APTN is sharing our Peoples’ journey, celebrating our cultures, inspiring our children and
honouring the wisdom of our Elders.”

The launch of the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN) on September 1, 1999 represented a significant milestone for Indigenous Peoples across Canada. The network has since become an important entertainment, news and educational programming choice for more than 11 million households in Canada. Thanks to the vision of Indigenous broadcasters in Northern Canada, the dream of a national Indigenous television network has become a reality, and the rest, as they say, is broadcast history.

• 9 Journalism Awards including the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism – presented to
a Canadian Broadcast Journalist for their exceptional body of work in television journalism, and
best news or information segment category at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards
• 51 hours per week Indigenous-language programming in 24 different languages

• 66% of employees have Indigenous ancestry
• More than 50 live streams from APTN National News across Canada
• Reached an audience of more than 1.2 Million at Indigenous Day Live through multi-platform delivery
• Led the first ever broadcast in eight different Indigenous languages, 14 hours per day for as partner of 2010 Olympics
• Top employer for Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, and
Manitoba’s Top 25 Employers

APTN Roots

Following the initiation of the Anik B experiments to test communications satellites by the Government of Canada, in 1980, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued the Therrien Committee Report. The report concluded that it supports the development of broadcast initiatives that would assist Indigenous Peoples to preserve their languages and foster their culture.

In 1991, the application for a new service initially known as Television Northern Canada (TVNC) was approved by the CRTC. The network officially launched on over-the-air signals to the Canadian territories and far northern areas of the provinces on January 21, 1992 and after several years broadcasting in the territories, TVNC began lobbying the CRTC to amend their licence to allow TVNC to be broadcast nationally; they promoted the uniqueness and significance of a national Indigenous service. On February 22, 1999, the CRTC granted TVNC a licence for a national broadcast network.  On September 1, 1999, the network also re-branded as APTN. It was added to all specialty television services across Canada. APTN is the first national public television network by and for Indigenous

The Role

Committed and passionate about the goals and mandate of APTN, the CEO embodies the organization’s unique mission and vision and inspires the organization to excel in the age of digital transformation. Reporting to APTN’s Board of Directors, the CEO provides leadership and a trusted voice in the television, radio and media industries. They are adept at creating and carrying out strategic plans and responding to market conditions and viewer demand. The CEO is deeply committed to amplifying the stories of Indigenous Peoples globally and to delivering television and media programs that respect the guidance of Indigenous communities.

Bringing exceptional experience in stakeholder relations, community engagement and policy development, the CEO is a gifted communicator who’s comfortable working with different Indigenous communities, diverse audiences, and other stakeholders. Building and strengthening effective relationships with the federal government, the CRTC, partner organizations, advertisers, suppliers, producers and subscribers, the CEO oversees the development and implementation of high-quality programming that engages all Indigenous Peoples and the public.

The CEO brings a proven ability to make organizational goals a reality while establishing and guiding a holistic, progressive and dynamic culture. They are responsible for overseeing and managing APTN’s day-to-day operations in an ethical, safe, and culturally inclusive manner. They will also ensure that all aspects of APTN operations, administration and personnel conduct are aligned with sound legal governance, policies and guidelines as approved by the APTN Board.

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Additional Information
Laurie Sterritt • Partner
Leaders International
18th Floor – 201 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg (Manitoba), R3B 3K6
Telephone : 204-515-3828 ext. 104

Yanouk Poirier, MBA • Partner
Leaders International
CIBC Tower, 1155, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest
Bureau 2630, Montréal (Québec), H3B 4S5
Telephone : 514 864-5459 ext. 327

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