Digital Media at the Crossroads

An Annual Conference on the Future of Content in Digital Media

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About Us

The DM@X conference was organized by representatives of five academic organizations:

  • Faculty of Music, University of Toronto;
  • MBA Program in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management, Schulich School of Business, York University;
  • School of Creative Industries, Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University;
  • OCAD University; and
  • Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.

Each of these institutions is concerned with the impact of digital media on content. They also recognize that many other organizations share their interest. Accordingly, 33 other academic or not-for-profit institutions concerned with digital media have been invited to support the conference. The list of these sponsors can be found here.

The DM@X Executive Director

The Executive Director of DM@X is Carolyne Sumner.

Carolyne Sumner

Carolyne Sumner is a fourth year PhD Candidate in Musicology at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, and is studying under the supervision of Dr. Robin Elliott. Carolyne's current doctoral research investigates the significance of musical networks in Canada during the postcentennial period, and looks at the role played by cultural policymakers and gatekeepers in the outcomes of these networks. Since the beginning of her academic career, Carolyne has presented her research at several graduate and professional conferences, and her work has been published in both Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de recherche en musique (SQRM) and Intersections, and she is also the recipient of a 2019 Socan paper prize on writings in Canadian music. Over the course of her studies, Carolyne's research has been generously supported by various provincial and federal academic awards and grants, including the Ontario Graduate Student award and most recently, a SSHRC Doctoral fellowship award.

The DM@X Steering Committee

DM@X Conference steering committee consists of committed academics and professionals with an interest in the future of digital media. All have contributed their time and energy to make DM@X a success. The committee consists of the following persons:

Doug Barrett

Doug Barrett is a veteran of over 30 years in the Canadian media and entertainment industries. He is Adjunct Professor at Schulich School of Business where he teaches on Business and Strategic Solutions for Digital Media. From 2006 to mid-2013, he was the President and CEO of PS Production Services Ltd., a leading supplier of professional motion picture production equipment. For 20 years prior, Barrett ran one of Canada's most successful entertainment law practices at McMillan LLP, and was repeatedly listed by ‘LEXPERT' as one of Canada's 500 Leading Lawyers. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Television Fund, and was a key founder of the Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program. Barrett's extensive list of board service includes the Banff Television Festival, the Feature Film Project of the Canadian Film Centre, and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association. He holds an MSc from the Newhouse School in Syracuse and an LLB/JD from Dalhousie.

Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng

Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng is the Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University in Toronto, Canada. She previously served as Chair and Professor of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College, teaching theater history and theory, dramatic literature, and digital media performance.  Her research and creative works focus on the intersections among performance, media, and history, with particular attention to experimental art across genre. Her books include Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (2015), Mapping Intermediality in Performance (2010), Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama (2010) and Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein's Avant-Garde Theater (2004). Her current book project, Digital Historiography and Performance explores the effect of digital media in theatre history and historiography, contemporary global performance, and museums. She is the editor of the book series, “Avant-Gardes in Performance” and serves on multiple editorial and advisory boards for journals and academic organizations. Prior to York, Bay-Cheng founded the Techne Institute for the Arts and Emerging Technologies at the University at Buffalo and collaborated on original multimedia performance works with the Intermedia Performance Studio (2006-2015) and on projects with the Intermediality in Theatre and Performance working group through the International Federation for Theatre Research. In 2015, Bay-Cheng was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She can be heard monthly as a co-host for the theatre and performance studies podcast, On TAP (

Grant Buchanan

Grant Buchanan is a leading communications lawyer, a counsel at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and head of the firm's Communication Group. His practice covers a wide range of telecom, broadcast and copyright matters. His experience includes acting as counsel to Blue Ant Media Inc. in respect of its acquisition of GlassboxTelevision Inc.; acting as counsel to the Ontario Ministry of Culture and the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Directors Guild of Canada in numerous CRTC proceedings; acting for various radio broadcasters, including Standard Radio Inc., Astral Media Radio, Ryerson Radio Inc., Newcap Radio, and SiriusXM Canada; and acting as President of Canadian Broadcasters Rights Agency Inc., a copyright collective. He is listed in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada, in Communications Law, and in Who's Who Legal Canada 2014 in Information Technology.

Charles Falxon

Charles Falzon is Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University. Charles Falzon has had a distinguished career in media and creative industries with an accomplished track record in production, brand development and commerce. An industry veteran in Canada, Charles has managed media enterprises in the UK, US, Japan, Latin America and Malta. His breadth of executive experience includes distribution, marketing, publishing, as well as live events, production studios, theme parks and brand development. Falzon was global president of such properties as Thomas The Tank Engine, Guinness World Records and Art Attack. He was the founding chair of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (now CMPA) and a Governor of the Banff Film Festival. Charles's creative work has been recognized with numerous awards including two Canadian Screen Awards for best children's series and an International Emmy nomination.

Chris Gibbs

Chris Gibbs is the Chair of Ryerson’s School of Creative Industries. He joined the school in 2020 after eight years with the Ted Rogers School of Management where he worked with the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the MBA program. Prior to Ryerson Chris had a distinguished career in some of Canada’s leading sports and entertainment organizations; MLSE, Playdium and Livent. He has an MBA from Ryerson University and PhD in Film and Media Studies from Stirling University in Scotland where he investigated the Impacts of Twitter on Sports Media Relations. Recently, he co-developed an interdisciplinary minor at Ryerson for Events and Live Entertainment Management.

Peter Grant

Peter S. Grant is Counsel at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of Canada's largest law firms, and until 2005 the head of its Communications Group. Mr. Grant pioneered the field of communications law in Canada, and for the last 45 years his practice has been substantially devoted to this field, including broadcasting and cable television licensing, satellite services, copyright negotiations, cultural industries, and telecommunications regulation. Mr. Grant is the author or co-author of numerous articles, books and publications, including Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Popular Culture in a Globalized World (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2004), Canadian Broadcasting Regulatory Handbook, now in its 14th edition, and Communications Law and the Courts in Canada, now in its second edition. Among other matters, Mr. Grant was instrumental in incorporating the Canadian Independent Music Association, Musicaction Canada, the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Fund to Assist Canadian Talent on Records (FACTOR), the Canadian Telebook Agency, and the Canadian Retransmission Collective.

Paul Hoffert

Dr. Paul Hoffert is Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property & Digital Media, of the Faculties of Law, Information, and Music at the University of Toronto, Chair of the Bell Fund, Chair of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, and President of the Glenn Gould Foundation. He is a former Faculty Fellow at Harvard Law School and the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, Professor of Music, Film, and Digital Media at York University, President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and Chair of the Ontario Arts Council. He is the author of best-selling books about the Information Age and a textbook about composing music for videogames and websites. He received the Pixel award in 2001 as Canada's New Media Visionary, and was inducted into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for the success of his band, Lighthouse. Mr. Hoffert was awarded the Order of Canada in 2004 for his contributions to Media and Music.

Jesse Langdon

Jesse Langdon is the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of The Globe and Mail. In this role, she oversees all aspects of The Globe's legal affairs. Jesse is a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau's Regulatory Committee. Prior to joining The Globe, Jesse spent half a decade at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Before CBC, she practiced corporate law at a Bay street law firm. Jesse obtained her LLB from the University of Western Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Dalhousie University.

Don McLean

Don McLean is Dean of the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto, a post he has held since 2011. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal through the Canada Council in 2012 for his "exploration of the changing context of music in the academy and society, and innovations in infrastructure development and interdisciplinary teaching and research." From 2001 to 2010, he was Dean of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and Chair of the Board of its award-winning Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology. On leaving McGill for UofT, Maclean's magazine columnist Paul Wells (Inkless Wells 2010) described McLean as "perhaps one of the most successful faculty heads in any discipline in any university in the past decade." He speaks internationally on the changing context of music in the academy and in society.

Trina McQueen O.C.

Trina McQueen is the Bell Media Professor in Media Management at the Schulich School of Business, York University. In her media career, she has been Head of CBC TV News, Founding President of Discovery Channel, and President and COO of CTV Inc. Currently, she is vice-chair of TVO and of Historica Canada; and a board member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and the Literary Review of Canada. In education, she has been a governor of the University of Waterloo, and board member of Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She has been named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame, the Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame; and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. This year, she was appointed an honorary member of the Directors' Guild of Canada.

Catherine Moore

Catherine Moore is Adjunct Professor of Music Technology & Digital Media in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music where she teaches about music entrepreneurship and digital media distribution. In both courses, the emphasis is on rapid change in digital and cross-media business and her research areas include new ways to measure digital media content and the sustainability of cities through multi-national music initiatives. Professor Moore is regularly quoted in the media about the music industry.

Catherine Moore has been a music critic since 1990 for American Record Guide, and works as a consultant under the name "Doors To Music". She taught at New York University from 1995 to 2016, and directed the Music Business Program for many years. She is a graduate of Bishop's University, the Conservatoire de Musique (Montréal), and the University of Liverpool (UK).

David Nostbakken

David Nostbakken is the principal behind a number of Canadian and international media related ventures including Vision TV, WETV International, Canadian Green Channel, Ecology Global Network, China Green Channel International. He is President and CEO of the communication consulting company Nostbakken and Nostbakken Inc. He served as Director at International Development Research Centre supporting R&D in policy and application of information and communication technologies for development in developing countries. Nostbakken teaches communication and social entrepreneurship at Carleton University, Ottawa, and at the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto where he is a McLuhan Centenary Fellow.

Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers is Associate Dean of Research at the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design at York University. He is the author of The Attention Complex: Media, Archeology Method (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). He has also published on a range of topics, such as alternative media, contemporary media art, crowdsourcing, environmental media, and biopolitics. He is the former president of the board of directors for the Los Angeles-based media arts organization Freewaves. His current book project, Petromedia: Oil Culture and Media Culture, is an exploration of the historical interdependence of new media technology and finite energy resources through the emerging critical optic of environmental media studies.

Simon Stern

Simon Stern is Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation Law & Policy at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, associate professor of law, and director of the combined degree program in Law and English. He teaches and researches in the areas of civil procedure, law and literature, legal history, and criminal law. In addition to his appointment on the Faculty of Law, he is also a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of English, an Associate Member of the Centre for Comparative Literature, a faculty affiliate of the program in Book History and Print Culture, and a member of the Advisory Board for the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property. Professor Stern received his B.A. from Yale, his Ph.D., English from UC Berkeley, and his J.D. from Yale. He clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, practiced litigation in Washington, D.C., and then served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg is the President of PEN Canada. He is a communications executive who has been around the media business for a long time. He was President of the Canadian Cable Television Association, Cancom, Telefilm Canada and head of English services at the CBC. He currently runs a boutique consulting practice whose clients have included: Telus, Rogers Media, the Canadian Film Centre, Torstar Media and Allegro Capital. His controversial book, The Tower of Babble, was named one of the best books of 2012 by the Globe and Mail.

Adam Tindale

Adam Tindale is an electronic drummer and digital instrument designer. He is an Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the Digital Futures Initiative at OCAD University. Adam performs on his E-Drumset: a new electronic instrument that utilizes physical modeling and machine learning with an intuitive physical interface. He completed a Bachelor of Music at Queen's University, a Masters of Music Technology at McGill University, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Music, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Victoria..

Joyce Zemans

Joyce Zemans is Senior Scholar and University Professor Emerita at York University where she acts as the Director of the MBA Program in Arts and Media Administration at York's Schulich School of Business. Zemans is a former director of the Canada Council for the Arts and former dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York. Her research focuses on cultural policy, twentieth-century Canadian art and curatorial practice.