Michèle Maheux

Michèle Maheux was born in Toronto and raised in Montreal, Stamford, CT, and Toronto. She studied journalism at Carleton University until the day she was assigned to review Denys Arcand’s Réjeanne Padovani for a French class and was inspired to switch her degree to film. She has thirty years’ experience working in the film industry in distribution, exhibition, promotion, marketing, publicity and corporate communications. She joined TIFF in 1989, led communications efforts for the organization for ten years, and became Managing Director in 1998. Today, as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, she spearheads the project to build Bell Lightbox. She takes great delight in bringing a handful of films to TIFF each year and now thrills in rediscovering the power of film through the eyes of her two young children. TIFF08 marks her thirty-second Festival – twenty of them from the inside.