Chief Executive Officer

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Author pmnationtalk
Date May 15, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Leaders International
Location Winnipeg, MB
Category Business / Management
Client Leaders International
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Chief Executive Officer

The Organization

“APTN is sharing our Peoples’ journey, celebrating our cultures, inspiring our children and honouring the wisdom of our Elders.”

The launch of the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN) on September 1, 1999 represented a significant milestone for Indigenous Peoples across Canada. The network has since become an important entertainment, news and educational programming choice for more than 11 million households in Canada. Thanks to the vision of Indigenous broadcasters in Northern Canada, the dream of a national Indigenous television network has become a reality, and the rest, as they say, is broadcast history.


  • 9 Journalism Awards including the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism – presented to a Canadian Broadcast Journalist for their exceptional body of work in television journalism, and best news or information segment category at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards
  • 51 hours per week Indigenous-language programming in 24 different languages

Highlights (cont.)

  • 66% of employees have Indigenous ancestry
  • More than 50 live streams from APTN National News across Canada
  • Reached an audience of more than 1.2 Million at Indigenous Day Live through multi-platform delivery
  • Led the first ever broadcast in eight different Indigenous languages, 14 hours per day for as partner of 2010 Olympics
  • Top employer for Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, and Manitoba’s Top 25 Employers

APTN Roots

Following the initiation of the Anik B experiments to test communications satellites by the Government of Canada, in 1980, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued the Therrien Committee Report. The report concluded that it supports the development of broadcast initiatives that would assist Indigenous Peoples to preserve their languages and foster their culture.

In 1991, the application for a new service initially known as Television Northern Canada (TVNC) was approved by the CRTC. The network officially launched on over-the-air signals to the Canadian territories and far northern areas of the provinces on January 21, 1992 and after several years broadcasting in the territories, TVNC began lobbying the CRTC to amend their licence to allow TVNC to be broadcast nationally; they promoted the uniqueness and significance of a national Indigenous service. On February 22, 1999, the CRTC granted TVNC a licence for a national broadcast network.

On September 1, 1999, the network also re-branded as APTN. It was added to all specialty television services across Canada. APTN is the first national public television network by and for Indigenous peoples.

The Role

Committed and passionate about the goals and mandate of APTN, the CEO embodies the organization’s unique mission and vision and inspires the organization to excel in the age of digital transformation. Reporting to APTN’s Board of Directors, the CEO provides leadership and a trusted voice in the television, radio and media industries. They are adept at creating and carrying out strategic plans and responding to market conditions and viewer demand. The CEO is deeply committed to amplifying the stories of Indigenous Peoples globally and to delivering television and media programs that respect the guidance of Indigenous communities.

Bringing exceptional experience in stakeholder relations, community engagement and policy development, the CEO is a gifted communicator who’s comfortable working with different Indigenous communities, diverse audiences, and other stakeholders. Building and strengthening effective relationships with the federal government, the CRTC, partner organizations, advertisers, suppliers, producers and subscribers, the CEO oversees the development and implementation of high-quality programming that engages all Indigenous Peoples and the public.

The CEO brings a proven ability to make organizational goals a reality while establishing and guiding a holistic, progressive and dynamic culture. They are responsible for overseeing and managing APTN’s day-to-day operations in an ethical, safe, and culturally inclusive manner. They will also ensure that all aspects of APTN operations, administration and personnel conduct are aligned with sound legal governance, policies and guidelines as approved by the APTN Board.


The successful candidate will have a combination of the following qualifications and attributes:


  • A minimum of ten (10) years’ relevant senior leadership experience combined with demonstrated career achievements;
  • Post-secondary education (or demonstrated equivalent) in a related field;
  • Strong financial acumen and a proven ability to manage a similar sized organization with complex funding streams and conditions;
  • Direct experience working with Indigenous organizations and cultures;
  • A solid working knowledge of the Canadian broadcasting industry is an asset;
  • Adept in the use of computers and technology including the Microsoft Office Suite.

Vision and Strategy

  • A strategic thinker who can distill big ideas into action plans; has a track record of creating a vision and inspiring teams to make the vision a reality;
  • In-depth experience with government relations, direct negotiations and establishing agreements amongst complex interest groups.


  • A team builder who is committed to mentoring and fostering professional development within their team;
  • A humble and compassionate people-person; communicates with ease with diverse audiences;
  • Has an impeccable professional reputation and strong network.


  • Demonstrates expert communication skills; has a deep capacity for listening as well as presenting ideas and issues publicly;
  • Is known to be tactful, empathetic and responsive to a broad range of audiences and interest groups;
  • Professional level English communication skills are required and the ability to communicate in an Aboriginal language and/or French is preferred.


The City and the Province: Winnipeg, Manitoba

We recognize that Winnipeg is located within Treaty One territory, signed in 1871 between the British Crown, the Anishinaabe and the Cree. The city is also located in the heartland of the Métis Nation. We also acknowledge other members of Indigenous Nations within Manitoba and we extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Winnipeg is Manitoba’s capital city with a population of over 750,000. It is a welcoming gateway and a centre of commerce, trade, arts, and culture, with a rich history and growing economic opportunity. Winnipeg has one of the country’s most diversified economies, with major employers in the trade, manufacturing, educational, agricultural, health care and social services sectors.

The cityscape of Winnipeg is magnificent. Downtown Winnipeg’s Exchange District is named after the area’s original grain exchange, which operated from 1881 to 1918. A National Historic Site with a direct link to Manitoba’s agricultural roots, the Exchange District features North America’s largest and best-preserved collection of heritage buildings. Encompassing some-20 city blocks in downtown Winnipeg, today this neighbourhood thrives as an entertainment precinct and is a popular period backdrop for the movie industry.

Another downtown historic site, The Forks, can be found at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers; and features warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to festivals, concerts, and exhibits. Adjacent to The Forks, the world-class Canadian Human Rights Museum is a space where human rights education and discussion can take place.

The City and the Province: Winnipeg, Manitoba (cont.)

The NHL Winnipeg Jets and CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers keep sports fans entertained; and a strong performing arts scene including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Manitoba Opera provide world-class live entertainment to individuals looking for brilliant stage performances.

Winnipeg is home to several museums, community-oriented organizations, and a multitude of annual events that make the city buzz. The Indian and Metis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg in the heart of the north end offers services and supports the Indigenous community. In summer, Winnipeg hosts Folklarama, the largest and longest-running cultural festival in the world. In winter, the neighbourhood of Saint Boniface hosts Festival du Voyageur, for “Winnipeggers” to discover the history of the voyageur era and the vitality of French language and culture in Manitoba.

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Additional Information

To further explore this Manitoba based executive leadership opportunity, please submit your resume to or call

Laurie Sterritt • Partner Yanouk Poirier, MBA • Partner
Leaders International Leaders International
18th Floor – 201 Portage Ave. CIBC Tower, 1155, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest
Winnipeg (Manitoba), R3B 3K6 Bureau 2630, Montréal (Québec), H3B 4S5
Telephone : 204-515-3828 ext. 104 Telephone : 514 864-5459 ext. 327

Leaders International specializes in the recruitment of Board of Directors, leadership succession and executive level positions. Our global network, Penrhyn International, is a world leader in the executive recruitment industry, with more than 47 offices in over 25 countries on 5 continents.

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