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Obituary: Former Canwest executive Charlotte Bell

OTTAWA — The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) today shared the news Charlotte Bell, a long-time broadcasting executive and former CAB chair, died on the weekend. She had been suffering from cancer for some time.

“Charlotte was a dear friend and valued colleague to many of us in the broadcasting sector, and all those who were fortunate to work with her are saddened to hear this news,” said Lenore Gibson, chair of the CAB board of directors, in a press statement. “Our thoughts go out to her family and friends at this time.”

Bell most recently was president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Prior to that, she was vice-president of corporate affairs at the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. Before that, she worked for several years at Canwest Media and then Shaw Media (17 years, ending in 2012 when she left) on the company’s regulatory team as director, vice-president and senior vice-president of regulatory and government affairs. Bell got her start in the broadcast industry working at the CRTC.

She served as CAB’s board chair from 2007 to 2009, after filling numerous roles on the board and various committees during her career.

The CAB announced it will be making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in Bell’s honour.