Board of Directors
Mélanie Bernier has been Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at PSP Investments since November 2018. She was previously Vice President and Divisional General Counsel and has been at PSP Investments for over 13 years. Ms. Bernier has extensive experience in negotiating and providing strategic advice regarding corporate transactions across jurisdictions and industries, including transactions with governmental entities, having practiced as a corporate lawyer for over 20 years. She is also a board member of the not-for-profit Metropolis Blue Foundation.
Michael T. Boychuk
Michael T. Boychuk is a retired senior executive who, since his retirement in 2015, serves as a professional corporate director. He has been a professional Chartered Accountant since 1979 and was in 2012 made a fellow of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Boychuk held senior executive positions within the BCE group of companies, including President of Bimcor, BCE’s pension investment subsidiary and Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of both BCE Inc. and Bell Canada.
Mr. Boychuk is currently a member of the following Boards of Directors: (Public) Laurentian Bank of Canada, GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc., Corus Entertainment and (Private) Cadillac Fairview Corporation. Mr. Boychuk is also a Governor of McGill University and previous chair of the university’s audit and pension committees.
Jason A. Caloras
Jason A. Caloras has been a Principal of MHR Fund Management LLC since 2011. He has served as a Director of Thor Resources, a private company operating in the natural resources sector, since 2018 and has served on the Board of Managers of Magnet Companies, a private media and consumer company, since 2018. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard University. Mr. Caloras has significant investing experience, specifically in the satellite and telecommunications space during his career with MHR Fund Management LLC.
Jane Craighead is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of international experience with public company boards, and over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. She retired from Scotiabank in 2019 where she was Senior Vice President Global Human Resources for eight years.
Richard Fadden was the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada from January 2015 to March 2016. Previously he was the Deputy Minister of National Defence starting in 2013 and served as the Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service from 2009 until 2013.
Mr. Fadden has also served as the Deputy Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Canada from 2006 to 2009, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada from 2005 to 2006, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency from 2002 to 2005, and Deputy Clerk and Counsel in the Privy Council Office from 2000 to 2002, during which time he assumed the additional duties of Security and Intelligence Coordinator in February 2001. Earlier in his career, Mr. Fadden worked in a variety of positions throughout the Government of Canada including in the Department of External Affairs, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat. He is a Strategic Advisor to Awz HLS Fund and a Director of Cyber Defence Corporation. He is also a member of L3 Harris’ Canadian Advisory Board, a Director of the Canadian Red Cross and Director of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. Mr. Fadden was chairman of ADGA Group’s Strategic Advisory Council from November 2018 to January 2022.
Daniel S. Goldberg
Daniel S. Goldberg became Telesat’s President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2006. Prior to September 2006, Mr. Goldberg served as Chief Executive Officer of SES New Skies, a position he held since March 2006 following the purchase of New Skies by SES.
Mr. Goldberg served as the Chief Executive Officer of New Skies Satellites from 2002 to 2006 and prior to that as Chief Operating Officer of New Skies since February 2000. Prior to that time, he had served as New Skies General Counsel since 1998. Prior to joining New Skies, Mr. Goldberg worked at PanAmSat as the Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs during 1998. From 1993 to 1997, he was an associate at Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright, a law firm in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, graduating with highest honors, and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Mr. Goldberg is also a member of the Board of Directors of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., where he is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
Henry (Hank) Intven
Henry (Hank) Intven is President of Haro Strait Consulting Inc. For twenty-five years, he was a partner in the Toronto office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, a leading Canadian law firm. He has held a number of senior advisory and executive positions with the Canadian Government and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Over the past 38 years, he has advised businesses and governments on many of the major commercial, regulatory and policy developments in the Canadian telecommunications industry. He has also advised on business, policy and regulatory matters involving the telecommunications industry in more than 20 other countries.
Mark H. Rachesky
Mark H. Rachesky, M.D. is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of MHR Fund Management LLC, a New York-based investment firm that takes a private equity approach to investing. MHR manages approximately US$5 billion of capital and has holdings in public and private companies in a variety of industries. He has been the Independent Chairman of the Board of Directors of Telesat Corporation and a member of its Compensation Committee and Nominating Committee since November 2021. Dr. Rachesky has been Chairman of the Telesat Canada Board of Directors since 2007 and from 2007 to 2021 was also a member of the Telesat Canada Compensation and Corporate Governance Committee. He was Non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Loral Space & Communications Inc. from 2006 – 2021 and was Chairman of the Loral Compensation Committee and a member of the Loral Executive Committee.
Dr. Rachesky is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp and Titan International, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of Navistar International Corporation, Emisphere Technologies, Inc. and Leap Wireless International, Inc. Dr. Rachesky holds an MBA from the Stanford University School of Business, an MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine and a BA in Molecular Aspects of Cancer from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rachesky became a director of Telesat in October 2007.
Guthrie Stewart was, until his retirement in June 2021, an executive with global pension fund manager PSP Investments. Most recently, Mr. Stewart was Vice Chair Investment Committee from June 2020 to June 2021. Prior to that he was Executive Vice-President and Global Head of Private Investments overseeing PSP Investments global teams managing private equity and infrastructure from September 2015 to June 2020. He has been a Director of Telesat since 2016. Mr. Stewart has broad business and investing experience, including more than 12 years in telecommunications and more than ten years in investment management.
For eight years until 2000, he was an executive with Teleglobe Inc., the listed shareholder of Teleglobe Canada (at the time Canada’s international telecom carrier), including two years as CEO and President of Teleglobe Canada. Teleglobe Canada had varied satellite investments, including as a member and distributor of Inmarsat and Intelsat, and also as founding investor in Orbcomm. Mr. Stewart was a partner in one of Canada’s largest mid-market buyout firms, EdgeStone Capital Partners, from 2001 until the end of 2007 following the sale of majority interest. He holds an LL.B from Osgoode Hall (Toronto, Canada) and an M.B.A. from INSEAD in Europe. He also holds the ICD.D designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. Through his career, he has participated as a Director on numerous private and public boards and as a member at various times of all major Committees.
Michael B. Targoff
Michael B. Targoff was Vice Chairman of Loral Space & Communications Inc. from November 21, 2005 to November 2021 and a consultant to Loral from December 15, 2012 to November 2021. Mr. Targoff was Chief Executive Officer of Loral from March 1, 2006 to December 14, 2012 and President of Loral from January 8, 2008 to December 14, 2012. Mr. Targoff was also a Director and member of the Audit Committee of Telesat Canada from the time that Loral acquired its interest in Telesat in October 2007 until November 2021. From 1998 to February 2006, Mr. Targoff was founder and principal of Michael B. Targoff & Co., a private investment company.