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, merchandising, gaming, real estate, design and construction, legal, customer strategies (marketing, corporate products, groups and events, content and creative, loyalty, research and digital strategy), and digital commerce, as well as the company’s media businesses (Cineplex Media, Cineplex Digital Solutions and Cineplex Digital Networks).  He is a member of the Board of Directors for SCENE LP, the Movie Theatre Association of Canada (where he also is Treasurer), Covenant House and Canada’s Walk of Fame. Mr. McGrath holds the accounting designation of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA).

 

Gord Nelson

Gord Nelson, Chief Financial Officer

Gord Nelson joined Cineplex Entertainment in 1988 and has held various successive financial roles since that time. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the predecessor to the Corporation in 2004 and continued in this role following the company’s conversion to the Corporation in 2011. Mr. Nelson oversees the finance, purchasing, communications, risk management and business development areas of Cineplex in addition to overseeing WorldGaming. 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). Mr. Nelson was named Canada’s CFO of the Year for 2016.

 

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. 

 

Heather Briant

Heather Briant, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Ms. Briant joined Cineplex Entertainment in 2006. She is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function, encompassing talent development and succession, organization effectiveness, total and executive compensation, health and safety, and human resources governance and reporting. She is also a leader in the organization’s corporate strategy and transformational activities. Ms. Briant has over 25 years of prior business experience and was most recently the Vice President, Human Resources at Canadian Tire Corporation Limited prior to joining Cineplex. Active within the community, Ms. Briant has served on a number of corporate and not for profit boards. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures and the Kilberry Advisory Board. Ms. Briant holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of the Rotman School of Management and also holds the CHRE executive designation from the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

 

Anne Fitzgerald

Anne Fitzgerald, Chief Legal Officer

Ms. Fitzgerald joined Cineplex in 2005, having previously worked as outside counsel to the Corporation. As chief counsel, she oversees all legal, corporate affairs, corporate governance and insurance matters relating to Cineplex and its subsidiaries. Ms. Fitzgerald became licensed to practice law in 1990 and has since practiced in both Canada and the United States. Prior to joining Cineplex, she practiced primarily in litigation roles, including corporate-commercial, securities, criminal, tax and entertainment matters. Ms. Fitzgerald is currently a member of the Board of Directors for each of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (where she is 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 also volunteers her time and expertise as a member of the Board of Directors of Outward Bound Canada as chair of the Fundraising Committee. Mrs. Fitzgerald was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in 2012 and was honoured as the National Post/ZSA General Counsel of the Year, Mid-Market, having twice before been recognized as a finalist. She holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of the Rotman School of Management and is currently licensed to practice law in both Ontario and North Carolina.

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