November 4, 2019

Winnipeg, Man. – APTN is pleased to announce the selection of Monika Ille as the new CEO of the network. The announcement comes after a comprehensive national executive search process aimed at selecting a new leader for the national Indigenous television network.

“We are excited to have Ms. Ille as APTN’s new CEO,” said APTN Chairperson Jocelyn Formsma. “She impressed us with her vision for APTN and we are confident she will steer the network into an exciting era of growth and expansion as we build upon our strong 20-year history of serving our audiences and communities across Canada.”

APTN launched the national executive search process to identify its new leader almost a year ago. The APTN Board of Directors wanted to identify a leader with a bold vision of maintaining the momentum of years past, while tackling new opportunities to make its award-winning programming available to a global audience with APTN lumi, its new OTT service. “It is important to have a leader who can navigate APTN through a rapidly-changing industry that is witnessing a dramatic shift in viewing habits from all audiences, including Indigenous audiences,” added Ms. Formsma.

“I am honoured and excited to have been chosen as APTN’s next CEO,” said Ms. Ille. “Having worked at APTN for the past 16 years, I truly believe APTN makes a positive, meaningful impact in the media landscape. It is a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers unique and insightful Indigenous content for all to appreciate. I will do my best to serve the network by continuing to support Indigenous creators as they make a difference by telling their stories.”

Ms. Ille joined APTN as the Québec liaison officer before moving into the programming department. Most recently, she served as the executive director of programming and scheduling. Ms. Ille’s first day as APTN’s CEO will be on Dec. 16, 2019.

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About APTN
APTN launched in 1999 as the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world, creating a window into the remarkably diverse mosaic of Indigenous Peoples. A respected non-profit and charitable broadcaster, it’s the only one of its kind in North America. The network is Sharing Our Stories of authenticity in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages to approximately 11 million Canadian subscribers. With over 80% Canadian content, APTN connects with its audiences through genuine, inspiring and engaging entertainment on multiple platforms.

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