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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. She previously served as Chair and Professor of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College in Maine (USA), teaching theater history and theory, dramatic literature, and digital media performance. Her research focuses on the intersections among performance, media, and history, including books: 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. Prior to York, Bay-Cheng founded the Techne Institute for the Arts and Emerging Technologies at the University at Buffalo and in 2015 was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Colin Bohm

Colin Bohm is Executive Vice President Content and Corporate Strategy at Corus Entertainment Inc.

Colin oversees Corus’ original content businesses Nelvana, Corus Studios, Kids Can Press and Toon Boom, and is responsible for the company’s business development and strategic planning activities, including the development of global strategic partnerships and Corus’ mergers and acquisitions initiatives.

Colin began his career at Corus in 2002 as Director, Planning and Analysis, responsible for the company’s financial analysis and business planning, later becoming Vice President, International of Nelvana Enterprises, then Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Kids.

He gained international experience and developed his entrepreneurial skills through a number of successful start-up ventures, including the Lanforce Consulting Group and

Colin holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Toronto with a focus in Finance and Strategy, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McGill University.

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.

Kristin Westcott Grant

​Kristin Westcott Grant is the founder of Westcott Multimedia, an entertainment software firm that builds tools for businesses that develop and support artists. Previously, Westcott worked as the Manager of Global Playlist Strategies at Universal Music Group, as well, as an entertainment analyst at Magna Investments in New York City. Westcott currently contributes to​​, writing about the Business of Music Tech, Media and Entertainment.

Ed Greenspon

Edward Greenspon has worked at the intersection of journalism and public policy for more than 30 years. Before becoming President & CEO of the Public Policy Forum, Ed was a journalist with The Globe and Mail, Bloomberg News and newspapers in Western Canada. He is also the author of two books on Canadian politics, policy and public opinion.

At the Globe, Ed specialized in politics, economics, foreign affairs and business while serving as Editor-in-Chief, Ottawa bureau chief, European correspondent and managing editor of the Report on Business. He was an early proponent of digital transformation as founding editor of

At Bloomberg News, he was Editor-at-Large for Canada and global managing editor for energy, environment and commodities, a group situated in 22 countries on six continents.

Ed is the author of Double Vision: The Inside Story of the Liberals in Power, which won the 1996 Douglas Purvis Award for best public policy book, and of Searching for Certainty: Inside the New Canadian Mindset. He was a winner of PPF’s Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. In 2010, he chaired a 13-person panel for the Canadian International Council that produced a bold international policy strategy called Open Canada: A Global Positioning Strategy for a Networked Age.

Ed holds a combined honours degree in journalism and political science from Carleton University and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the London School of Economics, earning an M.Sc. (Econ.) with distinction.

Ed joined the PPF in 2016.

Malcolm Kirk

Malcolm Kirk is the President of The Canadian Press. Canadian Press has been Canada’s national news agency for over 100 years. Prior to his appointment, Kirk was the Exécutive Vice-President of Digital Media with Postmedia Network Inc. Kirk is also a veteran of newspaper front offices in Vancouver, Calgary and San Francisco.

Andrea Kokonis

Andrea Kokonis will rise to the role of General Counsel – Head of Legal Services with SOCAN, effective Jan. 1, 2020, as the current head of SOCAN's legal team, Gilles Daigle, retires.

As Associate General Counsel with SOCAN since 2015, the bilingual Kokonis has worked closely with Daigle, often taking the lead in SOCAN's legal efforts at many levels. As a member of the SOCAN Legal team for more than a decade, she’s been involved in all aspects of SOCAN business. Prior to joining SOCAN, Kokonis practiced at leading law firms Torys LLP and Fasken Martineau LLP, where she advised clients on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation, as well as business transactions relating to acquisitions and licensing deals.

Roanie Levy

Roanie Levy is an internationally recognized champion of creator rights. Strategic and forward-thinking, she bridges the worlds of intellectual property law, content rights management and exponential technologies to represent and advocate for creators and rightsholders.

Roanie serves as CEO and President of Access Copyright, a collective that distributes millions of dollars annually in licensing royalties to creator and publisher affiliates. She also leads Prescient, Access Copyright’s creator-focused innovation lab dedicated to exploring the future of rights management and content monetization through Blockchain and other technologies.

Prior to joining Access Copyright, she held key positions on major policy files at Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada, and as a private sector management consultant for Fortune 500 companies. With degrees from the London School of Economics, Dalhousie University, and Universite de Montreal, she is an Intellectual Property lawyer by vocation and has been called to the bar in Ontario and Quebec. Roanie resides in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and children.

Peter Lyman

Peter Lyman is Senior Partner and based in Toronto at Nordicity Group Limited. He co-founded the firm, guided its merger with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and led its subsequent re-emergence as a standalone consulting firm. An internationally recognized expert, Peter has participated in all facets of the regulatory, policy development, program evaluation, economic analysis, and business strategy formation in the digital and traditional media, cultural, and communications sectors.

Megan Lynch

Megan Lynch is a Senior Analyst at Nordicity. She specializes in stakeholder engagement strategies, data analysis and strategic planning for the arts & cultural sector.

She previously worked at the City of Toronto, the Embassy of Canada to the United States and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Megan holds an M.B.A. (Arts & Media Management) from the Schulich School of Business, an M.A. (Art History) from York University, and a B.A. (Art History) from the University of Alberta.

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.

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 taught at New York University from 1995 to 2016, and directed the Music Business Program for many years.

Brian Myles

Brian Myles has been the director of Le Devoir since February 2016. He worked for this newspaper for 20 years as a journalist, from 1994 to 2015. In parallel, he taught journalism for more than 15 years at UQAM, from 2000 to 2016. He also assumed the presidency of the Professional Federation of Journalists from Quebec from 2009 to 2013. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in journalism.

Maureen Parker

Maureen Parker is the National Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), the organization representing over 2,200 English-language screenwriters who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on TV, movie screens, radio and digital platforms. She is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Screenwriters Collection Society (CSCS), and the Publisher of Canadian Screenwriter magazine. As the Chief Negotiator, Ms. Parker leads the WGC’s industrial relations and collective bargaining initiatives, and is instrumental in shaping the working environment for Canadian screenwriters both at home and internationally. She is an advocate for screenwriter interests on such issues as government regulation and policy, broadcast regulation, funding for Canadian content, and copyright, and works closely with Writers Guilds around the world. Ms. Parker holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science. She also studied Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto.

Marguerite Pigott

Marguerite Pigott is Film Commissioner and Director of Entertainment Industries for the City of Toronto, responsible for the growth, servicing and support of the screen content production, music, and tourism industries, and for the support of major events in the public realm. Previously, Marguerite was Vice President of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives for the Canadian Media Producers Association, where she led the CMPA’s efforts to future-proof Canadian independent production companies, and for whom she also produced the highly respected media conference Prime Time. Concurrently, she served as Vice Chair of Ontario Creates. Prior to the CMPA, Marguerite was Head of Creative Development for the national, pay television broadcaster Super Channel, where she oversaw the pre-licencing of series and features, and led the team that invested Super Channel’s development fund. Marguerite has also served as Vice President of Development and Production for Odeon Films, An Alliance Atlantis Company, where she Executive Produced many feature films, including Fubar, Saint Ralph, and waydowntown. For the Toronto International Film Festival, Marguerite programmed the Canadian selection for the 2006 and 2007 festivals.

Carole Piovesan

Carole Piovesan is a partner and co-founder at INQ Data Law. Carole is a respected leader in the area of AI and law. She is known for applying creativity, strategic thinking and a multi-disciplinary approach to helping clients solve complex problems associated with data use and exponential technologies.

Keith Rose

Keith Rose is Counsel at the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Keith draws on a practical background in the IT and telecommunications businesses, with more than a decade of prior experience as a software developer and project manager, as well as a deep interest in the interfaces between law and technology in the real world, to identify and resolve legal problems. Keith advises clients on a range of technology and communications law issues including privacy and anti-spam compliance, intellectual property, e-commerce, and regulatory issues and acts for clients on a variety of transactions including licensing, procurement, and outsourcing.

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.

Nathalie Théberge

Nathalie Théberge was appointed full-time Vice-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Board of Canada in October 2018 for a five-year term. Prior to her appointment, she was Director General of Creative Marketplace and Innovation at Canadian Heritage. She has also held various other leadership positions at that department, including Director General, Copyright and International Trade; Director of International Negotiations; and Director of Copyright Policy, Planning and Research. Ms. Théberge holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Political Science from Université de Montréal.

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..

Pierre Trudel

Pierre Trudel is a full Professor at the Public Law Research Center (Centre de recherche en droit public or CRDP) of the Faculty of Law at the l'Université de Montréal. He is a regular contributor at Le Devoir. He is an associate researcher at the Centre facilitating research and innovation in organizations (CEFRIO), member of the Council of the Center for Media Studies (Université Laval) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

He has been a visiting professor at the following universities: Université Laval (Quebec), Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Université Namur (Belgium). From 1986 to 1988, he was Director of Research for the Federal Task Force on Broadcasting Policy. From 1990 to 1995, he was the Director of the Public Law Research Center at the Université de Montréal. He currently teaches media law and cyberspace law. He has authored several books and articles in media law and information technology law, including Droit de la radio et de la télévision (1991).

He is currently working on research projects on the fundamental rights to information, protection of personal information online, evaluation of legal issues and risks, Internet of Things, e-health, audiovisual law and e-commerce.

He holds a LLM from Université de Montréal.

Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente is an Ojibwe writer, broadcaster, producer, and speaker. Born and raised in Toronto, his family hails from Chicago and the Serpent River First Nation. He has been a culture critic on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning for over twenty years. In 2018, Jesse became the first Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. Jesse is currently co-producing a screen adaptation of Thomas King’s best-selling book, The Inconvenient Indian. Jesse currently serves on the board of directors for the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2017 he was named the inaugural recipient of the Reelworld Film Festival’s Reel Activist Award. Jesse is currently working on his first book for Penguin Random House Canada.

Susan Wheeler

Susan Wheeler is Vice-President, Regulatory and Content Distribution, Media with Rogers Communications Inc. and is responsible for all regulatory matters related to Rogers’ media holdings including its 55 radio stations, Citytv and OMNI television networks and 7 specialty services. In May 2019 Susan added the role of Content Distribution to her portfolio of responsibility and oversees the distribution of Rogers Media’s content across traditional and non-traditional platforms.

Prior to joining Rogers in 2007 she was Vice-President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Canadian Association of Broadcasters; an Ottawa-based trade association representing Canada’s private broadcasters.

Susan is an active member of the Canadian creative industry and is currently the Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Board of Directors and Chairs the organization’s Copyright Committee. She also sits on the Board of the Canadian Broadcasters Rights Agency and was formerly the Chair of FACTOR, a national music funding agency funded by private radio broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Susan is also a former Director of the Women in Communications and Technology Board of Directors.

A native of New Brunswick, Susan is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick. Prior to joining the CAB Susan practiced law in Halifax.

Julie Whelan

Julie Whelan is a Senior Manager at Nordicity who brings a wealth of project management, marketing and communications experience to projects. At Nordicity, she has been integrally involved in a number of major studies into the creative sector in Canada. She was the Project Manager for studies of the Canadian Film Centre’s alumni, Ontario’s Book Publishing Industry, the employment of women and other equitey-seeking groups in Canada’s Screen-Based Workforce and the Canadian fashion design sector. As a consultant with Nordicity for the past eight years, she has led a wide-range of research across the cultural media sectors – from books to music and from film and TV to interactive digital media. She has a particular interest in diversity in the culture sector as well as labour market, skills and training insights for the arts and creative industries. Julie had presented on the creative industries at the Digital Media at the Crossroads Conference, the Ontario Creates Research Showcase and Digital Dialogues, TIFFNexus Women in Film, Games and New Media conference and at WIFT-T’s International Women in Digital Media Summit. She brings insights from the publishing industry, having worked in the marketing divisions of major international publishing houses, including Penguin, Random House and HarperCollins UK and for online magazines.

Janet Yale

Janet Yale is an accomplished leader and senior executive with long years of management experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Currently, she serves as the President and CEO of the Arthritis Society (Canada) after a long career in the telecommunications and broadcast sectors. In June 2018, she was appointed by the federal Ministers of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Canadian Heritage to serve as Chair of The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel.

Previously, she served as President and CEO of the Canadian Cable Television Association and, later, as the Executive Vice President at TELUS. Ms. Yale also served as a Director General at the CRTC and as General Counsel at the Consumers Association of Canada.

Ms. Yale is Chair of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada, the out-going Chair of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada, Past-Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and serves on the boards of Samara and the Ottawa Art Gallery. In 2008, she was awarded the United Way Community Builder Award for Volunteer of the Year.

During the course of her distinguished career, she has received a number of awards and recognitions. In 2001, she was named "Woman of the Year" by the Canadian Women in Communications Organization. She is a recipient of both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. She was also named as one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network from 2004 to 2006, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2005, she was named Businesswoman of the Year by the Women's Business Network and in 2006 she was named Woman Leader of the Year by Federated Press.

A lawyer and economist by training, Ms. Yale is fully bilingual (English & French), a keen marathon runner and passionate about health, the arts and business. She splits her time between Ottawa and Toronto with her husband and grown children.