TELUS appoints Canadian TV advocate to board

Michelle Clancy | 08 December 2014

Canadian triple-play provider TELUS has announced that Lisa de Wilde, the CEO of TVO and current TIFF chair, will join the TELUS board of directors effective 1 February 2015.

"On behalf of TELUS I am very pleased to welcome Lisa to our board," said TELUS executive chair Darren Entwistle. "Lisa brings strong experience in the media sector, a keen understanding of the Canadian regulatory landscape, as well as a track record leading innovative and transformative change and relevant board experience.
He added: "Her critical intelligence, industry knowledge, leadership skills and operational acumen will allow her to make an immediate impact helping to ensure TELUS continues to put Customers First while delivering against its strategic, operational and cultural imperatives."
Appointed as the CEO of TVO in 2005, de Wilde has led the transformation of Ontario's public educational media organisation to a fully digital, interactive source of multi-platform educational content that continues to engage and empower its citizens.
Previously, she served as Astral Television's President and CEO and also worked as legal counsel to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission regulatory body, and, later, director-general of its cable television, specialty and pay-television service.
She graduated from McGill University's law school with an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a LL.B. degree. Fluently bilingual in English and French, de Wilde has been an advocate for Canadian film and educational broadcasters across the country. In 2013, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her support and dedication to scientific literacy, and in 2009 she was recognised with a Women's Executive Network (WXN) Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award. She is based in Toronto.