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Shopify executive joins CBC board

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 3:13 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

A lawyer and entrepreneur is among the most recent appointees to the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Harley Finkelstein is the chief of operations for Shopify Inc., an Ottawa e-commerce platform technology company. He is also a graduate of the University of Ottawa where he received a joint law and master of business administration degree. Finkelstein is an adviser to the venture capital fund Felicis Ventures, as well as being one of the “dragons” on Next Gen Den, an online version of CBC’s reality TV investment show. 

Also joining the board are cultural executive René Légère, Manitoba’s Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Programs and Corporate Services, Department of Families Jennifer Moore Rattray, financial and corporate director François R. Roy, and journalist, broadcaster and Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada commissioner Marie Wilson.

All of the mandates are effective immediately and will last for five years. 

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of these individuals to the CBC/Radio-Canada board of directors. These individuals with complementary experiences will support the CBC/Radio-Canada in providing great Canadian content and news across the country. With backgrounds and perspectives reflecting Canada's diversity, their in-depth knowledge of culture, broadcasting and digital technologies will be an asset as CBC/Radio-Canada continues to work to meet today's challenges. Through the efforts of the CBC/Radio-Canada Independent Advisory Committee on Appointments, these appointments are the result of an open, transparent, independent and merit-based selection process,” said Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly.