The TELUS Fund finances the creation of exceptional health and wellness content that viewers can interact with on multiple screens and platforms. Technology is improving health outcomes and TELUS is helping to tell their stories of transformation and innovation.
Nini Baird has shared her expertise with TELUS since 1997, first as a member, and then Chair, of the TELUS Foundation Advisory Board (New Media & Broadcast Funds) and now as Chair of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board. She is currently Chair of the Knowledge Network Corporation Board and former member of the British Columbia Film and Media Board (1994-2013).
Her BC post-secondary career included senior arts leadership positions at Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr College (now University) of Art and Design; and Open Learning Agency/Knowledge Network.
Nini is a member of the Order of Canada, former Chair of the British Columbia Arts Council, and a recipient of the Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership from the Canadian Conference of the Arts, and the President’s 40th Anniversary Award from Simon Fraser University for her lifetime of devotion to the arts and leadership in the creation of their School for the Contemporary Arts.
Executive Vice-President and Vice-Chair, TELUS Quebec, TELUS Health & Financial Solutions and TELUS Ventures
François Côté is responsible for further expanding TELUS’ strong presence in Québec and advancing TELUS' national health strategy through investments in innovative information technology and wireless solutions.
Formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Emergis, François was named President of TELUS Health following TELUS’ acquisition of Emergis in January 2008.
François obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from Laval University. During an early career, he held a variety of management positions at Bell Canada. In 2007, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of Turnaround Entrepreneur for the Québec region.
François serves on the board of the Montreal Heart Institute and as Chair of FitSpirit. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE). In June 2013, François was named Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Canadian Army’s 34th Signal Regiment.
Vice President, Legal Services, TELUS
Michel Bélec leads an international team of legal professionals dedicated to value-add strategic support on corporate, commercial and investment transactions. He provides tactical legal advice to TELUS’ domestic and international business units seeking to create outstanding customer outcomes in the business market segment.
Michel is also a trustee of TELUS’ co-managed pension plan and a director on various TELUS pension related boards and committees. His focus is on compliance, governance and investment initiatives. Michel is a strong supporter of local charities and regular participant in the delivery of TELUS’ induction and learning programs.
Michel holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is authorized to practice law in the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and completed senior leadership training with INSEAD, the Rotman School of Management and the Schulich School of Business.
Chief Innovation Officer, Agent Innovateur Inc.
Angèle is founder of Agent Innovateur Inc., an agency focused on strategic design and innovation of products, services, processes and companies.
As a pioneering marketer, Angèle worked closely with Fortune 500 brands as VP Digital Strategy for Cossette West, and then as VP Innovation and Strategy for Dare North America. Prior to joining Cossette, she founded an interactive media start-up and consulted for animation, television and computer gaming companies.
Angèle believes in giving back and building learning cultures. She is the editor-in-chief for the Society of Digital Agency's global trend report and board member for the Vancouver International Film Festival Society, Merging Media Association and the Projecting Change Film Society. She leads workshops on design thinking, innovation and digital marketing in the US and Canada. She is a lecturer at Sauder’s School of Business at UBC and is currently working on an industrial PhD on mapping the path of innovation inside creative industries.
Denise Cooper is a lawyer and strategic advisor for media, entertainment and technology clients, with expertise in the areas of corporate/commercial, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, film and television production and distribution, employment, broadcast, telecom, e-commerce, privacy and intellectual property law.
Prior to entering private practice, Denise was Vice President and General Counsel for Virgin Mobile Canada. Prior to that, she spent 14 years at CHUM Limited, where she served as Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.
Denise holds an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto) and an LL.M. from Columbia School of Law (N.Y.) and is licensed to practice law in the Province of Ontario and the State of New York.
Physician and Storyteller
Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti received his MD / PhD from the University of Alberta and his Masters of Public Health and preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Francescutti has spearheaded the development of an award winning multimedia injury prevention program and an innovative emergency medical response computer program. He has been selected as one of Alberta's Hundred Physicians of the Century and by Alberta Venture as one of Alberta's most influential people.
Dr. Francescutti was awarded a Champion for Children Award and a Paul Harris Fellowship from the North East Edmonton Rotary Club. In 2010, Dr. Francescutti became the 41st President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and in 2013 became the President of the Canadian Medical Association.
Dr. Louis Gagnon, a graduate of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine and the founding president of ACTI-MENU, has been devoted to health promotion and disease prevention for more than 25 years. In 1988, he founded ACTI-MENU.
ACTI-MENU is a social enterprise owned by foundations affiliated with the Montreal Heart Institute, the EPIC Center and Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. Its mission is to help people actively manage their own health.
The organization coordinates high-profile public health campaigns, such as the 5/30 Health Challenge, the Quit to Win! Challenge and the Smoke-Free Family awareness campaign, in which thousands take part. It implements effective and innovative health promotion and disease prevention programs in the workplace. ACTI-MENU’s team of experts also develop tools and information for patients and health professionals.
President and CEO, Cossette
Brett Marchand is responsible for the overall operations of Cossette, Canada’s leading independent marketing communications agency with offices across the country.
The company’s media arm, Cossette Media, handles media planning and buying for TELUS in both traditional and digital media. The Cossette agency also provides direct response and one-to-one customer relationship management services for TELUS.
Brett joined Cossette eight years ago after successful stints as both an ad agency executive and a client marketer. He has been involved in highly acclaimed advertising campaigns that have built brands and driven business results.
Since his arrival at Cossette, Brett has successfully re-established the agency’s reputation as a leader in integrated marketing communications.
Brett has also been closely involved in industry affairs. He chaired the Canadian advertising industry’s trade association, the Institute of Communication Agencies for three years and he sits on the Board of Advertising Standards Canada.
Vice President, Content Solutions, TELUS
Blair Miller leads entertainment strategy development at TELUS including content programming and acquisition across TV, web and mobile platforms and community programming.
Since joining TELUS in 1999, Blair has also held the positions of Director, Product Management Broadband and IPTV and Director Internet Services.
After receiving his BComm from UBC and Diploma, International Business from Stockholm School of Economics, Blair joined Purity Biochemical Inc. as their General Manager. Blair is also a member of the Board for the Banff World Media Festival.