Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 16, 2008 15:00 ET

Appointments to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced the appointments of George Cooper and the Honourable Joseph Handley to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada.

"Together, Mr. Cooper and Mr. Handley offer a diversified wealth of knowledge to the Board of CBC/Radio-Canada," said Minister Verner, "I am confident that the board will benefit from their experiences and future contributions."

The Honourable Joseph Handley is the retired Premier of the Northwest Territories, a position he occupied from 2003 to 2007. Throughout his political career in the Northwest Territories, he held many positions, including Minister of Finance; Minister of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development; and Minister of Aboriginal and Intergovernmental Affairs and Housing. Prior to his political involvement, Mr. Handley was Deputy Minister for the Government of Northwest Territories. A teacher by profession, he also helped shape public and post-secondary education throughout Western Canada and was key in developing Canada's first completely First Nations school system. Mr. Handley was a 2008 recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Excellence in Politics.

Mr. Cooper is a senior partner in the law firm McInnes Cooper in Halifax and serves as chair of its Board of Directors. He has been involved in a number of academic and professional activities, including serving on the boards of Black Bull Resources, the Canadian National Railway, and the University of King's College in Halifax. In addition, Mr. Cooper has supported and promoted post-secondary education in Canada as managing trustee of the Killam Trusts. He has received a number of honours and awards, including the Queen's Jubilee Medal, and is a Member of the Order of Canada and an Officer First Class of the Swedish Royal Order of the Polar Star. He is also a former Member of Parliament.

CBC/Radio-Canada is the country's largest cultural institution. It operates two national television networks, four national radio networks, specialty television services, various Internet sites, and an international shortwave radio service. It is the only cultural institution and the only broadcaster offering services to all Canadians in English and French across Canada and in eight Aboriginal languages across the North. For more information, visit the CBC/Radio-Canada website at

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary