Since 1998, National Bank's Creative Industries Group has supported the unique and varied business needs of the creative sector. You can count on a Canada-wide team of more than 40 seasoned experts, many of whom are from the entertainment industry.
The entertainment industry can be a complex landscape to navigate, whether it’s tax credits, agreements with broadcasters or Canadian and international contracts. We also understand that your projects may require quick access to a large sum of cash. We offer a wide range of financing solutions that is adapted to your specific needs, including financing for productions1, working capital, business transfers, equipment and real estate purchases.
The Creative Industries Group is the industry leader in Canada and has supported numerous business by financing more than 13,000 Canadian and international entertainment projects.
Associate Vice-Presidente Canada & International
Brigitte LeBlanc (CPA, CA) has extensive experience in the financial services industry, specializing in the field of film and television, within Canada and abroad. Her primary goal as Associate Vice-President is to ensure the growth of this rapidly evolving sector and to oversee operations at the Creative Industries Group.
Marie-Josée Corbeil (MBA, LLB) has worked in the arts and new media industry for over 25 years. She joined the Group in 2011 and currently acts as Senior Account Manager and Team Lead. As a specialist in financing international projects with complicated financial structures, she has played a role in a wide range of financing and acquisitions transactions for entertainment companies.
Lucie Marion has been an Account Manager at National Bank since March 2014. Before joining our team, she handled financing for a number of different production companies and served as analyst at the Department of Canadian Heritage. She has in-depth knowledge of audiovisual financing sources and mechanisms for both Canadian and international production companies.
Lina Ghandour has over 10 years of banking experience in which she specialized in the Film and Entertainment Business for the past 7 years. Having covered both local and international markets in the industry, she gained experience that enables her to manage complex clients on an international scale. Always seeking to find creative opportunities to best serve the clients.
Michael has extensive experience working with both private and public companies in the film, television and digital sectors across genres, partnering with production, co-production, distribution and broadcast partners around the globe. Holding degrees in law and business, he has managed development, financing, production and sale of hundreds of hours of award-winning programming. He brings an “in-house” approach to his clients.
Associate Vice President
Anne Schneerer has over 20 years of experience in banking. She joined the group in 2002 as an Account Manager. In 2017 Anne was promoted to Associate Vice President for Ontario and Western Canada. Previously Anne worked at CIBC World Markets. She holds a BA from Vassar College in New York and an MBA from the University of Toronto.
Dominique Champagne (CPA, CMA) has been working in the field of arts and new media for more than 20 years, and is passionate about the entertainment industry. As a finance and accounting professional, she has overseen a wide range of financing transactions for companies specializing in video games, new media, shows and movie production, both in Canada and abroad.
Julie Larochelle joined National Bank in 2016 as Account Manager at the Creative Industries Group. She is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés and boasts over 25 years' experience in accounting. She has spent the past 10 years working in arts and culture and has developed a thorough understanding of accounting for businesses in this sector.
Josée Turcot has been an Account Manager at National Bank since November 2017. With more than 15 years of experience in television production, as executive producer among others, she knows the challenges her clients face. On the lookout for new forms of content, she is now expanding her expertise to include all creative industries. Josée Turcot holds a Master’s degree of Science (MSc) in Management from HEC.
Jason Meloche was a professional entertainer, having performed all over the world before deciding to become an Entertainment Lawyer. Since 2012 he has worked for several production companies as legal counsel, including many years at White Pine Pictures. In December 2018, Jason Meloche joined the Creative Industries division to help clients obtain the financing they require to bring their creative projects to life.
Julie Prud’homme (CPA, CA) has specialized in the arts and culture industry for over 15 years. She served as financial controller for a major media company for five years and has been working for the Creative Industries Group at National Bank since 2004. Her extensive experience allows her to manage a diversified portfolio of local and international clients. She is dedicated to addressing her clients' needs promptly, proactively and creatively.
Catherine, who joined the National Bank team in 2002, has a degree in Business Administration (specializing in Finance) from HEC Montréal and is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA, CMA). She has been working as Account Manager at Commercial Banking for the past 12 years, specializing in entertainment since 2010.
Carolyn Allain worked as a film, television and digital media producer and business affairs specialist for over 20 years. She joined the group in 2017. Her extensive experience allows Carolyn to support the needs of her clients and offer made-to-measure financing solutions.
Having spent the past 25+ years of a diverse career with National Bank of Canada, previous experience in various sectors of the Bank provides a comprehensive and robust knowledge in commercial financial services. Highly responsive to clients’ needs and always looking to an innovative and creative approach to unique challenges.
Beginning at the Montreal Exchange, then with two public companies and a traded technology company, Éric Durand has more than 20 years of experience in corporate financing and management. Since 2009, he has joined National Bank where he has been involved in several business acquisition financings in knowledge-based industries. Éric Durand holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Université Laval.
Our financial market experts are specialized in risk management and can offer you smart, creative solutions. Our Group offers financial instruments to hedge your exposure to fluctuations in interest and exchange rates.
Sound cash management is key to the financial health and success of any business. The Creative Industries Group can help you manage surplus cash with investment solutions tailored to your industry.
Our 15 foreign currency accounts will simplify your operations and protect you from foreign exchange risk.
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