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Michele Maheux

Michèle Maheux

Ireland, United Kingdom, USA



Programming for the Festival since:
I’ve been with the organization for 25 years… can’t remember when Piers started letting me programme for the Festival!

Desert-island films:
La Grande Illusion
Doctor Zhivago
Late Spring
Working Girl

Your favourite Festival programmer who is not you:
Elizabeth Muskala. When I’m not watching films for the Festival, or myself, I’m looking for great titles to engage my kids. Liz is my go-to programmer for that.

The strangest place you’ve ever watched a film:  
On a beach….

What do you do for the rest of the year when you aren’t programming for the Festival?  
Help run TIFF.

No time to tweet.

Ireland, United Kingdom, USA


Michèle Maheux is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for TIFF and has been with the organization for more than two decades. She has been a driving force within TIFF and is responsible through the Vice-Presidents for all business and operations of the $33 million cultural organization. Maheux’s leading priorities are the organization's operational needs and plans, including key operational activities in TIFF Bell Lightbox, the new year-round home for the organization.

With nearly 30 years of work experience in the cultural arena for private and governmental organizations, Maheux has accrued a wealth of knowledge and experiences in the film and television sectors.  She worked in the distribution and exhibition fields of the film industry and established her own consulting company - MMM Marketing - which specialized in corporate communications and marketing. As Assistant to the Director of the library at the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) in Ottawa, she worked with Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, marking the beginning of their 30-year collaboration, which continues today.

Maheux has been a member of many provincial, municipal, and arts organizations’ committees for tourism and public relations professionals during her tenure at TIFF. She has served for the past two years as a jury member for the Women in Film & Television - Toronto (WIFT-T) Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award, and was a member of the 2011 Playback Hall of Fame Advisory Committee.  In December 2008, Maheux was appointed to the Ryerson University Board of Governors and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.