Following a year-long comprehensive national executive search process, the APTN network has selected Monika Ille, current McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA participant, and Indigenous Manager Scholarship recipient, as CEO.
The APTN network is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It is the first national Aboriginal broadcaster in the world, providing a perspective on the remarkably diverse mosaic of Aboriginal peoples. Today, the Network wants to build on the efforts of the past years and seize new opportunities to continue its growth across Canada, as well as in a global market. The viewing habits of video content are changing and APTN must adapt. Monika has a good understanding of these issues and objectives since she has been working for the Network for 16 years.
When Monika talks about APTN, she talks about it with passion, and heart:
“I truly believe APTN makes a positive, meaningful impact in the media landscape. It is a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers unique and insightful Indigenous content for all to appreciate. I will do my best to serve the network by continuing to support Indigenous creators as they make a difference by telling their stories.”
Monika told us that the EMBA program really helped her secure this new position.
“During the program, I reflected on myself, my strengths, my weaknesses, who I am as a leader. I had the feeling of having gone deep inside myself and I came out of it with greater confidence,” explained Monika. This introspection and self-confidence were very important assets during the long interview process.
“When deciding to do the EMBA, I was not looking for a career accelerator, I just really wanted to learn.”
The program helped her to open up to the business world and see things differently. This new vision of the business world, as well as the perspectives and learnings she gained from her classmates, accompanies her in her daily decisions:
“It’s part of me, my leadership, my vocabulary… “