Michael Donovan, an executive director of DHX Media, also serves as the Company’s Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Donovan 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, returning to such 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 Wright, a non-executive and independent director of DHX Media, 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 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. He is also 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.
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, as a Commissioner for Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and as a member of the Expert Panel on Prioritizing Climate Change Risks (CCA). 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 director of Wawanesa Insurance and Invest Nova Scotia. 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, 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.
Amanda Cupples, a non-executive and independent director of DHX Media, 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 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.
Eric Ellenbogen, a non-executive director of DHX Media, was the Co-President of Classic Media, a business unit of NBCUniversal Studios. Mr. Ellenbogen has spent more than thirty years running entertainment companies, including senior roles as President of Broadway Video Entertainment (the independent production and distribution company founded by Lorne Michaels); President of Golden Books Family Entertainment; and President and CEO of Marvel Enterprises (subsequently acquired by Disney). Mr. Ellenbogen co-founded Classic Media in 2000, which through a series of acquisitions and divestitures, ultimately became owned by DreamWorks Animation (DWA). At DWA, Mr. Ellenbogen was appointed to the senior management team as Co-Head of DreamWorks Classics and DreamWorks International Television. During his tenure with DWA, Mr. Ellenbogen was significantly responsible for the company’s entry into the television business. Following DWA’s sale to NBCUniversal, Mr. Ellenbogen was asked to become Co-President of Classic Media, which was re-started as a business unit of NBCUniversal. Mr. Ellenbogen has served as a director of Golden Books and Marvel, then both public companies, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Public Theater in New York City. He has held adjunct professorships at UCLA, Columbia University Business School and NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he taught courses in entertainment industry studies. He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds an MBA from UCLA.
Alan 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. 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 for Royal Bank of Canada. 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.
Steven Landry, a non-executive and independent director of DHX Media, 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 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 serves on its Audit, 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.
Jonathan Whitcher, a non-executive and independent 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.