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The Canadian Academy Announces Departure of CEO Beth Janson and Appoints Louis Calabro Interim CEO

The Canadian Academy’s Board of Directors lead search for permanent successor


Toronto, April 21, 2022 – The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (the Canadian Academy) today announced that Chief Executive Officer, Beth Janson, is stepping down as a result of her appointment as Chief Operating Officer at TIFF. The Academy’s Board of Directors has named current Vice President, Programming & Awards, Louis Calabro, as interim CEO, effective May 20, 2022.

Janson was appointed CEO of the Canadian Academy in July 2016. Since then, she has provided outstanding leadership not only to the organization, but the Canadian screen industry as a whole. The Academy looks forward to seeing her hard work continue at TIFF, and we wish her all the best in this new role.

“Over the last six years, Beth has presided over a period of tremendous growth for the Academy,” said John Young, Board of Directors Chair, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “Her leadership in elevating the brand, expanding our work and pushing our industry to embrace authentic change has been best in class. She has made a lasting impact and we thank her for all of her hard work and dedication. We are delighted to welcome Louis as Interim CEO and are confident in his ability to lead the organization forward during this time of transition.”

With over fourteen years experience with the Canadian Academy, Calabro has a deep passion for elevating the Canadian creative community. He will assume all responsibilities of the CEO role until such time as a search for a permanent successor has been concluded.


About the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors. Our more than 4,000 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship. The organization also produces the Canadian Screen Awards, bringing together the screen-based industries annually to celebrate the country’s top talent at Canadian Screen Week.

​​The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television proudly acknowledges the support of its Leading Media Partner, CBC; Premier Partner, Telefilm Canada; Platinum Partner, CTV; Principal Partner, Netflix; and its Lead Partners, the Canada Media Fund, Cineplex, the Cogeco Fund, and WarnerMedia Access Canada.

For information on membership and programming visit academy.ca.




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Natalie Grossi | ngrossi@academy.ca

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