TIFF executive director leaving
The Toronto International Film Festival will have another top job to fill.
The organization said Friday that Michele Maheux, its executive director and chief operating officer, will continue in her current role until Nov. 1 and then retire next summer. After that, she will help ensure a smooth transition as the fest’s longtime artistic director Cameron Bailey adds the role of co-head.
Change is in the wind at TIFF. The most recent available figures, for 2016, show a 27-per-cent decline in yearly attendance at its TIFF Bell Lightbox cinema on King St. W.; the annual festival in September, meanwhile, reported a drop of 3,000 attendees.
Piers Handling is stepping down as the festival’s director and CEO at the end of this year. Between that announcement last September and today, Cameron Bailey was promoted as artistic director and co-head, while TIFF continued to conduct a search for an incoming executive director and co-head.
Maheux will be replaced by a new executive director and co-head, to be announced prior to this year’s fest. She has been with the organization for 30 years, playing a role in such achievements as the creation of the Lightbox.
“I’m excited for the future of TIFF and the new team at the top,” Maheux said in the official statement released Friday.
“The organization is on a great path with a new five-year strategic plan and a team passionate about the mission and vision.”
With files from The Canadian Press