Jeffrey Remedios

Source: Universal Music Canada

Jeffrey Remedios

Universal Music Canada chairman and CEO Jeffrey Remedios has been appointed chair of the board at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Remedios has served on the board for five years and replaces Jennifer Tory who has held the position of chair since 2016. TIFF said the appointee is known for managing digital transformation and has championed new artists and distinct voices throughout his career.

Tory served as chair of TIFF’s philanthropy committee for six years, led the development of the strategic plan exercises, championed the organisation’s leadership transition committee, and was board lead on the TIFF Tribute Gala fundraiser now known as the TIFF Tribute Awards.

TIFF also announced on Monday (November 29) the departure of long-term members Ellis Jacob, who sat on the board for 17 years, Wade Oosterman (13 years) and Shabin Mohamed (nine years). Other members stepping down are Francis Shen, Frank Kollmar and Geoff Beattie.

Mary DePaoli, Danis Goulet, Allen Lau, Devorah Lithwick, and Laurie May join the TIFF board and will serve alongside Jennifer Baichwal, Asha Daniere, Wes Hall, Tawfik Hammoud, Betty-Ann Heggie, Ana Lopes, Leslie Noble, Kevin Ulrich, Mark Wellings, and Michael Worb.

“I’d first like to congratulate and thank Jennifer Tory for her impeccable leadership and years of commitment and contribution to TIFF, particularly in recent years as the organisation navigated these unprecedented times,” said Remedios. “I’d also like to thank our departing board colleagues – Ellis, Wade, Shabin, Francis, Frank and Geoff – for their dedication and countless contributions. I’m humbled and honoured to serve TIFF’s mission in the role of chair alongside my esteemed existing and new Board colleagues.”

“I have had the privilege of working alongside Jeffrey for several years and his business acumen and steady poise are exactly what the organisation needs in its next chapter and I have no doubt that TIFF will thrive under his leadership,” said Tory, who also paid tribute to the board.