former Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Marie Wilson was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on December 19, 2017, for a five-year term.
She is currently a consultant in the field of reconciliation and the 2016 professor of practice at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. From 2009 to 2015, Marie was one of three commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).
Prior to her work in reconciliation, Marie spent more than 20 years with CBC/Radio-Canada as an award-winning journalist and broadcaster in Canada’s North and in Quebec, part of a larger career as a trainer, senior executive manager, independent contractor, and consultant in journalism, program evaluation, and project manager. In a career spanning almost 40 years, Marie has lived, studied, and worked in Europe, Africa, South America and various parts of Canada.
Marie founded northern Canada’s first daily television news service, which operated in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. She developed the Arctic Winter Games and the True North Concert series and worked with the South African Broadcasting Corporation to prepare TV journalists to cover the country’s first democratic election and the start-up of their Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She also served as an associate board member for the precursor to APTN, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
Marie holds post-graduate degrees in French and journalism and certificates in project management and program evaluation. She is the recipient of a CBC North Lifetime Achievement Award, a Northerner of the Year Award, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She holds five honorary doctorates (from St. Thomas University, the University of Manitoba, the Atlantic School of Theology, the University of Alberta and Western University) as well as the Order of the Northwest Territories, the Order of Canada, and the Meritorious Service Cross.