Donald Wright, a non-executive and independent director of WildBrain, is the Chair of the Board of Directors. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Winnington Capital Group Inc. He is an active investor in both the private and public equity markets. Mr. Wright has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a leader in Canada’s investment industry and business community. He has held a number of leadership positions, including President of Merrill Lynch Canada; Executive Vice President, Director and member of the Executive Committee of Burns Fry Ltd.; Chair and Chief Executive Officer of TD Securities Inc. and Deputy Chair of TD Bank Financial Group. Mr. Wright serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of GMP Capital Inc., and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Richards Packaging Income Fund. Mr. Wright was appointed Chairman of the Board of Metrolinx in August 2018. He actively supports numerous charitable organizations. He is a past member of the Royal Ontario Museum Governors’ Finance Committee, and a past member of the Campaign Cabinet of Eva’s Phoenix. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children, and past Chair of the Board of Directors of VIA Rail Canada Inc.
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Eric Ellenbogen, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair of WildBrain, has spent more than 30 years running entertainment businesses, including holding senior management roles as President of Broadway Video Entertainment (the TV and film production and distribution company founded by Lorne Michaels); President of Golden Books Family Entertainment; and President and CEO of Marvel Enterprises before its acquisition by Disney. With the backing of private equity, he co-founded Classic Media in 2000, which became one of the largest private owners of branded kids’ and family entertainment and was acquired by DreamWorks Animation (DWA) in 2012. At DWA, Mr. Ellenbogen became Co-Head of DreamWorks Classics and DreamWorks International Television, and was largely responsible for the company’s entry into the television business. Following DWA’s sale to NBCUniversal, Ellenbogen became Co-President of Classic Media, which was restarted as a business unit of NBCUniversal. Mr. Ellenbogen was a board director of Golden Books and Marvel, then both public companies, and is a Trustee of the Public Theater in New York City among other civic involvements. He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds an MBA from UCLA.
Karine Courtemanche, a non-executive and independent director of WildBrain, is CEO of the award-winning media agencies PHD Canada and Touché!, both owned by the Omnicom Media Group (OMG). At Touché!, Courtemanche previously held the positions of President, from 2009-2019, and Vice President of Strategy, from 2003-2010. During her tenure, Touché! has been named Agency of the Year four times by Strategy Magazine, and Courtemanche herself was named Media Agency Leader of the Year three times. In 2020, Touché! ranked as the fifth-most awarded media agency in the world in the WARC 100, an industry benchmark recognizing excellence in creativity, media and effectiveness. In addition to leading these prominent agencies, Courtemanche sits on the Boards of the Canadian Out of Home Marketing and Measurement Bureau (COMMB), where she was Chair in 2017, and Canadian Ad Standards. She has previously sat on the Board of Fillactive/FitSpirit, a Quebec-based non-profit dedicated to helping girls discover the benefits of being physically active. In addition, Courtemanche has served on the jury of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (2019), the premiere global event for the advertising and creative communications industry, and as Chair of the Jury for the Media Innovation Awards (2014 and 2019). Courtemanche also lectures on Creative Leadership for Marketing Communications students at HEC Montréal.
Amanda Cupples, a non-executive and independent director of WildBrain, is a media and technology executive with experience in leading large-scale strategic and operational transformations in both high-growth and turnaround situations. She has a wide range of commercial and operational experience across all forms of media, as well as blue-chip management consulting and law. She is currently Chief Commercial Officer at Babylon Health, one of the fastest growing and revolutionary artificial intelligence companies in the world. Prior to joining Babylon, she served as International President of Deluxe Entertainment, running post-production and media distribution operations across EMEA, APAC and Canada. Ms. Cupples has also held a variety of executive roles with EMI Music, worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and as a lawyer with Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Slaughter and May. She has a B.Sc in Mathematics and an LLB (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and an LLM with Distinction from the London School of Economics.
Deborah Drisdell, a non-executive and independent director of WildBrain, is a veteran of over 25 years in the Canadian film and television industry and is currently President of Drisdell Consulting. Drisdell Consulting provides strategic advice to public- and private-sector clients in Canada and internationally. Previously, Ms. Drisdell held the positions of Director General, Accessibility & Digital Enterprises, and Director, Strategic Planning & Government Relations, with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), during which time she was responsible for advancing the NFB into the digital era of content distribution with its award winning NFB.ca platform and mobile expansion. Prior to her engagement with the NFB, Ms. Drisdell held various senior positions with media organizations, including Sextant Entertainment Group and Telefilm Canada. Ms. Drisdell also serves on the Board of TV5 Québec-Canada.
Erin Elofson, a non-executive and independent director of WildBrain, has 20 years of experience in the tech space across product management, partnerships, and software and advertising sales leadership and is currently the Head of Canada, Australia and New Zealand for Pinterest. Previously, Ms. Elofson was the national lead for the Financial Services, Technology and Media, and Travel and Tourism verticals at Facebook Canada (and acting lead of the CPG and Automotive verticals) and, prior to her role with Facebook, was the global lead for Microsoft's partnership with BMO Financial Group. Ms. Elofson holds an M.A. from York University with a specialization in Technology in Practice.
Alan Hibben, CPA, CA, CFA, ICD.D, a non-executive and independent director of WildBrain, is a corporate director and advisor. Since December 2014, he has been the principal of Shakerhill Partners Ltd., a consulting firm providing strategic and financial advice, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, financing, corporate strategy, valuation, governance, as well as expert witness services. Previously, Mr. Hibben was the Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Hibben has been a director of a number of Canadian public and private companies, both in financial services and also as part of his responsibility for overseeing private equity and venture capital investments for Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. Hibben is currently a director of Shawcor Inc. (a TSX listed company), Extendicare Inc. (a TSX listed company) and Home Capital Group Inc. (a TSX listed company).
Steven Landry, a non-executive and independent director of WildBrain, has been with EastBay Asset Management as Chief Investment Officer since 2013. EastBay is a New York-based fund with a focus on technology, media and telecom sector (TMT), internet, entertainment and leisure sectors. Mr. Landry’s career has been dedicated to equity research, fundamental analysis, and managing TMT sector portfolios since the late 1990s. Prior to launching EastBay, Mr. Landry spent five years at Diamondback Capital where he ran research for a TMT dedicated portfolio. He was a founding partner at XI Asset Management where he was responsible for media and internet research from 2004-2007. Prior to his role with XI Asset Management, Mr. Landry spent seven years investing with a value-based, long-term fundamental approach split between Citigroup Asset Management and Franklin Templeton. Mr. Landry received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from University of California at Berkeley Haas Undergraduate Business School.
Geoffrey Machum, Q.C., ICD.D, a non-executive and independent director of WildBrain, is a senior partner based in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey, a leading Atlantic Canadian Law Firm. He served as Chair of the Firm’s governing Partnership Board as well as on the Board’s Audit , Human Resources and Governance Committees, and he continues to serve on the Firm’s Partnership Compensation Committee. He has also served as the firm's Strategic Marketing Partner. He is recognized by national peer-based legal publications as a leading practitioner in his chosen fields, which include directors and officers liability and governance counsel. Mr. Machum currently services as lead independent director of the board of directors of Organigram [OGI: TSX/ NASDAQ], where he is Chair of its Governance Committee and a member of its Compensation Committee. Mr. Machum has also served as Chair of the Halifax Port Authority, is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management’s Intensive Directors Education Program, University of Toronto, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has also been granted the Institute of Corporate Director’s ICD.D Designation in recognition of his commitment to excellence in corporate governance. Mr. Machum has been involved with several community organizations including as a member of the Board of Governors of the Halifax Grammar School and as a member of the board of directors of Symphony Nova Scotia where he was also chair of the Governance Committee.
Thomas McGrath, a non-executive and independent director of WildBrain, is an experienced media executive and presently the Chairman and CEO of Crossroads Live, which produces and tours “Broadway” musicals in international markets. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of STX Entertainment (film & television), the Chairman of Key Brand Entertainment (theatre), President and Chief Operating Officer of Act III Communications (movie theatres, TV stations), and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Entertainment Group (including Paramount Pictures). Mr. McGrath is a seven-time Tony Award-winning producer, a member of the National Recording Academy and board member of the International Television Academy. He also serves as a Trustee of the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard and is a former Trustee of the New England Conservatory of Music. Mr. McGrath has a BA and MBA from Harvard. He also serves on the Board of Directors of DNEG, a visual special effects company based in England currently registered for an IPO in London.
Jonathan Whitcher, a non-executive and independent director of WildBrain, has been with Fine Capital since inception in 2004 and currently serves as CEO/CIO. Fine Capital is a New York-based fund, predominantly managing U.S. equity assets for endowments and foundations. Before joining Fine Capital, Mr. Whitcher was an Equity Research Analyst at Citigroup Asset Management. He received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.