Mr. Labranche has over 25 years of experience in management, financing, investments and business development, with the last 16 years devoted to the entertainment industry.
He began his career in 1988 with the Toronto-Dominon Bank in commercial financing and then continued his career beginning in 1990 at BNP Paribas (Canada) in in several posts. Starting as commercial account manager, he then joined the Canadian head office as credit auditor and was promoted to the Credit Department of the bank as assistant to the vice president, with signing authority over the Quebec loan portfolio. In 1996 he joined the Film and television division of the bank, first as assistant vice president in charge of development in Ontario and from 1999 as interim vice president of the division.
From 2001 to 2011 he was an account manager with FIDEC, responsible for business development, negotiation and management of a portfolio of investments and structured financings in film, television, music and live entertainment. He also represented FIDEC in the international markets.
Mr. Labranche holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentration finance from the Université du Québec à Montreal (UQAM) and a Master of Business Administration for practicing managers from the Université de Sherbrooke.
Since 1997 Gilles has been a voting member of the Canadian Academy of Film and Television.