Marie Wilson brings to her role as Commissioner more than 30 years of experience as an award-winning journalist, trainer, and senior executive manager. She has also been a university lecturer, a high school teacher in Africa, a senior executive manager in both federal and territorial Crown Corporations, and an independent consultant in journalism, program evaluation, and project management.
As a journalist, Ms. Wilson worked in print, radio and television as a regional and national reporter. She was the first host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation flagship television program, Focus North, and the corporation’s senior manager for northern Quebec and the northern Territories. As a Regional Director for the CBC, she launched the first daily television news service for northern Canada, and developed the Arctic Winter Games and True North Concert series. She delivered training through the South African Broadcasting Corporation during that country’s transition to democracy, and served as an associate board member of what became the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, APTN. Ms. Wilson is the recipient of many awards including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB. She speaks English and French. Ms. Wilson and her husband Stephen Kakfwi have three children and four grandchildren.