Senior Officers' Biographies

Ellis Jacob

Ellis Jacob, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jacob has been working in the motion picture exhibition industry since 1987. Prior to assuming his current positions as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation in 2003, Mr. Jacob was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Galaxy. Prior to founding Galaxy, Mr. Jacob represented Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. as Head of Integration during 1998 and 1999. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Jacob held various positions with COC as Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and, ultimately, Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Jacob is a director and member of the audit committee of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of each of the Movie Theatre Association of Canada and the National Association of Theater Owners, where he also sits as a member of its Executive Committee. In addition to his role as a Director of the Corporation, Mr. Jacob is a member of the Board of Directors of Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., where he chairs the Audit Committee. Mr. Jacob is an active community member, currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors at Toronto’s Baycrest Centre for Geriatrics, where he chairs the Commercialization Committee and is a member of Baycrest’s Finance and Audit Committee and a member of the Board of Governors for Mount Sinai Hospital. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business as well as the accounting designations of Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA), Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Fellow Certified Management Accountant (FCMA). He also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2010, Mr. Jacob was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, in 2013 he was recognized as Canada’s Most Innovative CEO by Canadian Business, and in 2014, he was recognized as Canada’s Most Admired CEO, Enterprise, by Waterstone Human Capital.

 

Dan McGrath

Dan McGrath, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. McGrath joined COC in 1987 and held various financial and operational roles from 1987 to 2000. Upon joining Galaxy in 2000, he held the position of Executive Vice President and held that position with the Corporation until 2011 when he was named Chief Operating Officer. In his current role, Mr. McGrath oversees theatre operations and food service, digital commerce, amusement solutions, location-based entertainment (The Rec Room, Playdium, Topgolf), design and construction, customer strategies (marketing, corporate products, groups and events, content and creative, loyalty, research and digital strategy), as well as the company’s media businesses (Cineplex Media and CDM). He is a member of the Board of Directors for SCENE LP (where he is also the President), the Movie Theatre Association of Canada (where he also is Treasurer), Canada’s Walk of Fame and Covenant House (where he serves as Chair of the Fundraising Committee). Mr. McGrath holds the accounting designation of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA).

 

Gord Nelson

Gord Nelson, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Nelson joined COC in 1988 and has held various successive financial roles since that time. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund in 2004 and has continued in this role following the company’s conversion to the Corporation in 2011. Mr. Nelson oversees the finance, purchasing, communications, risk management and corporate development areas of the Corporation in addition to overseeing eSports. He is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an MBA and holds the accounting designations of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA). Most recently, Mr. Nelson was named Canada’s CFO of the Year for 2016.

 

Anne Fitzgerald

Anne Fitzgerald, Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Real Estate

Ms. Fitzgerald oversees all legal, corporate affairs, real estate, lease administration and insurance matters relating to Cineplex and its subsidiaries; she also serves as Corporate Secretary. She has practiced law in both Canada and the United States, primarily in litigation roles in areas of corporate-commercial, securities, criminal, tax and entertainment. Ms. Fitzgerald is currently a member of the Board of Directors for each of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (serving on the Audit Committee and as Chair of the Governance Committee), the National Association of Theater Owners and the Movie Theatre Association of Canada (where she serves as Vice-Chair). She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Cinema Federation. Ms. Fitzgerald volunteers her time and expertise as a member of the Board of Directors of Outward Bound Canada (serving as Chair of its Development Cabinet) and serves on the Duke University Divinity School Board of Visitors. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in 2012 and was honoured in 2014 as a National Post/ZSA General Counsel of the Year. She holds a BA in Public Policy as well as a Juris Doctorate in Law, both from Duke University and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of the Rotman School of Management.

  

Cindy Bush

Cindy Bush, Chief Human Resources Officer

Ms. Bush has over 20 years of experience in strategy development, total rewards, talent and culture transformation, most recently at Foresters Financial. She has worked in the UK, France, US and Canada in companies ranging from 30 to 100,000 employees at organizations such as OMERS, CIBC, Capgemini and the BBC. Ms. Bush holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University, a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto and is the author of "Project Managing Change", a global best-seller in the Financial Times series.

  

Jeffrey Kent

Jeff Kent, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Kent is an information technology professional with many years of experience in the entertainment industry. He oversees all technology relating to the Corporation and its subsidiaries. Prior to returning to Cineplex in 2004, Mr. Kent was previously Senior Vice President, Information Technology for Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. From 1996 through 1998, Mr. Kent held senior positions in finance and information technology with COC. He currently sits on the Board of Directors and the Technology Committee of the National Association of Theater Owners as well as serving as a director of SCENE Corporation and the Digital Signage Federation. Mr. Kent holds an MBA from McMaster University and the accounting designations of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of the Rotman School of Management.

 

Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Filmed Entertainment

Mr. Kennedy returned to Cineplex as Executive Vice President in July 2005 after having held senior management positions at Famous Players, COC, Norstar Releasing and Astral Films. He oversees all aspects of film programming and alternative programming for the Corporation. He is an industry veteran and his career has included roles in film programming, film and video distribution, advertising and theatre operations. Mr. Kennedy currently sits on the Boards of Directors of the Movie Theatre Association of Canada, Canadian Film Centre, First Weekend Club, Reel World Film Festival and Canadian Motion Picture Pioneers Association. He is a member of the advisory committee of the Hot Docs Film Festival and serves on the advisory group of Telefilm Canada. Mr. Kennedy also hosts various Cineplex Coming Attractions segments which are available throughout Cineplex’s digital space.

  

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