Board of Directors

Michael Patrick Donovan, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Patrick Donovan, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of DHX Media, has been recognized with numerous awards for his work in the television and film industry, including an Academy Award for the feature documentary, Bowling for Columbine. Mr. Donovan was Chief Executive Officer of DHX Media from the time of the Company’s founding, in 2006, until August 2014, and resumed that role in February 2018. He co-founded and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salter Street Films, which was purchased by Alliance Atlantis in 2001. Mr. Donovan is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). Mr. Donovan is one of the creators of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, one of Canada’s longest-running television comedy series; and he was producer and one of the creators of the multiple award-winning feature film, Shake Hands With the Devil. Mr. Donovan holds B.A. (1974), LL.B. (1977) and LL.D. (Hon) (2004) degrees from Dalhousie University.

Donald Arthur Wright, non-executive and Lead Director

Donald Arthur Wright is a non-executive, independent director of DHX Media, and is the Lead Director and Vice Chair of the Board. 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’s career has spanned more than 30 years in the investment industry. 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.; Jaguar Resources Inc. and Mettrum Health Corp. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of Richards Packaging Income Fund. He actively supports numerous charitable organizations. He is a member of the Royal Ontario Museum Governors’ Finance Committee, and a member of the  Campaign Cabinet of Eva’s Phoenix. He is also a past 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.

Elizabeth Beale, non-executive Director

Elizabeth Beale, a non-executive and independent director of DHX Media, is an economist who has served as an advisor to senior levels of government and industry throughout her career. She was President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council from 1996 to 2015. Prior to this, she worked for 10 years as a Consulting Economist and was APEC’s Chief Economist from 1981 to 1986. She continues to contribute to public policy as an advisor to the Premier of Prince Edward Island and as a Commissioner for Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Ms. Beale was an associate fellow and lecturer in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College from 1981 to 1991 and a governor of Dalhousie University from 2000 to 2009. She has a long-standing association from 1985 to 1999 as a director and chair of the Human Resource Development Association. She is currently a member of the National Statistics Council and a director of Wawanesa Insurance, Invest Nova Scotia and Compute Canada. Ms. Beale was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and has lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia since 1975. She is a graduate of the universities of Toronto (B.A., 1973) and Dalhousie (M.A. Economics, 1978).

David Colville, non-executive Director

David Colville, P.Eng., a non-executive and independent director of DHX Media, is president of DC Communications Consulting Ltd., and a former Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”). Mr. Colville worked in the telecommunications industry from 1970 to 1980 with Bell Canada and Maritime Tel. & Tel. From 1980 to 1990 Mr. Colville was Senior Director Communications Policy with the Nova Scotia Dept. of Transportation and Communications. From 1990 to 2004, he was Commissioner and Vice Chairman (from 1995) of the CRTC, during which time he was responsible for opening the telecommunications market to competition and exempting internet programming from Broadcasting regulation.  Mr. Colville was a founding member of both the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corp. and the Nova Scotia Educational Television Service.

Deborah Drisdell, non-executive Director

Deborah Drisdell, a non-executive Director of DHX Media, is currently President of Drisdell Consulting and is a veteran of over 25 years in the Canadian film and television industry. Previously, Ms. Drisdell held the positions of Director General, Accessibility & Digital Enterprises (from 2006 to 2015) 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 was President of Drisdell Consulting, providing strategic advice to public and private sector clients in Canada and internationally. She has also held various other senior positions with media organizations, including Sextant Entertainment Group and Telefilm Canada.

Alan R. Hibben, non-executive Director

Alan R. Hibben, CPA, CA, CFA, ICD.D, a non-executive and independent director of DHX Media, 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. He is currently providing advice to the Province of Ontario on a number of files. Previously, Mr. Hibben was the Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at RBC Capital Markets from March 2011 to December 2014. Mr. Hibben has been a director of a number of Canadian public and private companies, both in financial services and as part of his responsibility for overseeing private equity and venture capital investments. Mr. Hibben is currently Chair of Hudbay Minerals Inc (a TSX and NYSE listed company), and a director of Extendicare Inc. (a TSX listed company) and Home Capital Group Inc. (a TSX listed company) and is also director of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation.

D. Geoffrey Machum, non-executive Director

D. Geoffrey Machum, Q.C., ICD.D, a non-executive director of DHX Media, is a senior partner based in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey, a leading Atlantic Canadian Law Firm. He serves as Chair of the firm's governing Partnership Board, and ‎has served on its Human Resources and Governance 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 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.

Robert (Rob) G. C. Sobey, non-executive Director

Robert (Rob) G. C. Sobey, a non-executive and independent director of DHX Media, is past President and Chief Executive Officer of Lawtons Drugs having worked for Sobeys Inc. for 25 years, the last eight years as leader of Lawtons Drugs. Mr. Sobey serves on the boards of Empire Company Ltd., Sobeys Inc., Norvista Capital and Seafort Capital. Mr. Sobey has served on numerous volunteer boards and foundations, including the boards of Queen’s University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia Community College, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Mr. Sobey is Chairman of the Sobey Art Foundation and the annual Sobey Art Award, as well as the D&R Sobey Scholarship Program. He is a Honourary Lifetime Governor of AGNS and sits on Britain’s Tate Museum’s American Patrons Committee, Dalhousie University’s Board of Governors, and the Queen’s University School of Business Advisory Board. Appointed Honourary Colonel of the 1st Field Artillery Regiment of Halifax in 2011, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding service. Mr. Sobey was selected Top CEO for Atlantic Canada in 2009 by Atlantic Business Magazine; he has an honors undergrad, an MBA, and the ICD.D designation.

Jonathan Whitcher, non-executive director

Jonathan Whitcher, a non-executive director of DHX Media, has been with Fine Capital since inception in 2004 and currently serves as Chief Investment Officer. Fine Capital is a New York-based fund, predominantly managing U.S. equity assets for endowments and foundations. Fine Capital adheres to a strict value investing style with a focus on out-of-favor companies that exhibit a large disparity between their market value and their intrinsic value. Fine Capital looks for companies that have a path to significantly improved earnings and cash flow. 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.

Board and Committee Composition, DHX Media Ltd.