The values that were instilled in Valerie while growing up in Saskatchewan, and attending the University of Regina, are the foundation of her successful career. As a recipient of both the Order of Canada and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, Valerie is recognized as an industry leader, and has established, transformed, and re-energized cultural organizations both provincially and nationally.
A strong advocate for the arts and creative industries for over 40 years Valerie has provided visionary leadership for many of the country’s most important arts and culture institutions, and is recognized nationally and internationally for her contributions to the film and television industry and leadership in the arts.
Over her long and impressive career, Valerie has successfully planned and established a number of cultural initiatives including: The Saskatchewan Arts Stabilization Fund, the first federal-provincial Western Economic Partnership Agreement, the Saskatchewan Film and Video Development Corporation, and the merger of the Canada Television Fund with the Canada New Media Fund.
Valerie’s commitment to providing a means of giving a strong voice to diverse Canadian story tellers and media makers will continue to transform who is seen on our screens.