Women On Board

Director Profile

Catherine Tait

President and Co-Founder Duopoly Inc., New York

Board Value Proposition: 

Oversight and Governance

  • Guided the complex repositioning of a $2.5 billion telecom/IT holding company (now Bell Aliant) into the second largest regional telecom company in North America, creating $2 billion in shareholder value.
  • Oversaw the growth and ultimate sale of a $1.7 billion broadcasting company to Bell Globemedia (now Bell Media).
  • Guided early growth and transformation of home entertainment company (eOne Entertainment) into Canada’s largest vertically integrated entertainment company.
  • Advised private entertainment company on strategy to expand into the US market, positioning the company for ultimate sale.

Executive Leadership, Strategy, and Business Development

  • Operated the largest organization of independent filmmakers in the United States, surpassing significant growth objectives in revenue and membership during tenure.
  • Oversaw the IPO and high-growth agenda of a mid-size film and television company, and within four years, the sale of the company at a significant premium for shareholders.
  • Co-founded, financed, and launched a digital content company, iThentic, named Canada’s 2012 Digital Company of the Year.
  • Co-founded, financed, and launched Hollywood Suite, a Canadian broadcasting venture, achieving nationwide carriage within two years.

Digital Transformation

  • Provided advisory services to governments, agencies, and private companies in the planning for the digital transformation of entertainment and media businesses.

Government Relations

  • Over 25 years of experience in (and exposure to) highly regulated broadcasting, content, and telecom industries, with relationships at federal and provincial levels of government.

Industry Experience: 

  • Media
  • Broadcasting
  • Movies & Entertainment
  • Telecommunications Services

International Experience: 

  • France
  • Canada
  • United States

Board Experience:

Corporate Boards:

Comweb Group 2016 to Present
Member
DHX Media LTD 2014 to Present
Production Finance Committee
Hollywood Suite 2010 to Present
Co-founder
Chair, Audit Committee
iThentic Inc 2009 to Present
Founder and CEO
Chair
Paperny Entertainment, Advisory Board 2009 to 2014
Member
eOne Entertainment, Canada 2007 to 2010
Member
CHUM Ltd 2004 to 2007
Corporate Governance Committee
Aliant Inc 2001 to 2006
Audit Committee
Corporate Governance Committee

Additional Boards:

Rogers Mobile Film Fund 2007 to 2009
Member
Canadian Film and Television Production Association 1998 to 2001
Member
Chamber of Commerce, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1998
Member
Independent Feature Project New York 1997 to 2002
Chair

Biography: 

Duopoly Inc., New York 2002 to Present
President and Co-Founder
Salter Street Films 1997 to 2001
President and Chief Operating Officer
Independent Feature Project 1991 to 1997
Executive Director
Canadian Cultural Center, Government of Canada 1989 to 1991
Director and Cultural Attaché
Telefilm Canada 1986 to 1988
Manager of Policy and Planning

Education: 

Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, Communications Theory, University of Paris, France, 1983
MSc, Boston University, School of Public Communication, 1982
BA (Hons. Lit. and Phil.), University of Toronto, 1979