Digital Media at the Crossroads

An Annual Conference on the Future of Content in Digital Media

Speakers


Amina Ally

Amina Ally is a Research Analyst at Nordicity’s Toronto office. Amina has a background in psychology and cultural studies, conducting both qualitative and quantitative research. At Nordicity, Amina supports stakeholder engagement, survey analysis, interviewing, focus group facilitation, desk research and report writing. She has worked on projects with clients such as Canada Council for the Arts, the British Council, Women in Music Canada, and the Ontario Museum Association.

Prior to Nordicity, Amina worked on a research project affiliated with the Institute for Research on Digital Literacies at York University examining how the tween girl is framed by the cultural industries of girlhood. Amina has previously worked in the marketing department of the John Molson School of Business as a research assistant and as the research project coordinator at Youth Employment Services (YES) Montreal.

Amina holds an MA in Communication and Culture jointly from York University and Ryerson University, and a BA in Psychology from Concordia University. and storyeditor.


Natalie Alvarez

Natalie Alvarez is Associate Dean, Scholarly Research and Creative (SRC) activities in the Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University and Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies in FCAD’s School of Performance. As Associate Dean, she leads FCAD’s strategic research plan, fosters local and international partnerships, and advances transdisciplinary research agendas with a focus on creative innovation. As a theatre and performance studies researcher, Dr. Alvarez is the author, editor, and co-editor of four award-winning books that focus on immersive simulations in the public sphere, art-activism, and intercultural performance, most recently, Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas and Immersions in Cultural Difference: Tourism, War, Performance. Since 2017, Dr. Alvarez has secured over $6.6 million in funding for transdisciplinary projects that bring together artists, activists, community stakeholders, researchers, not-for-profit organizations, industry, and government. Among these projects, Dr. Alvarez assembled a national team to develop a scenario-based de-escalation curriculum to improve police response to individuals in mental health crisis, which is now moving into VR with Toronto-based XR firm Lumeto. Prior to her full-time faculty position, Dr. Alvarez worked in TV and film as a freelance screenwriter and storyeditor.


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.


Jessica Bay

Jessica Bay is pursuing a PhD in the York & Ryerson Universities joint Communication & Culture program. She has previously completed an MA thesis in Popular Culture at Brock University titled The New Blockbuster Film Sequel: Changing Cultural and Economic Conditions Within the Film Industry (2011) and an MA thesis in English at the University of Lethbridge titled Re-Writing Publishing: Fanfiction and Self-Publication in Urban Fantasy (2014). Her current research examines the balance of power between fangirls and corporations in franchise creation in Hollywood.


Zoe Chronis Brown

Zoe Chronis Brown is a Senior Analyst at Nordicity. As a classically trained flutist with an MBA specialization in Arts, Media, and Entertainment Management, Zoe leverages her academic and professional experience in the arts to bring a diverse set of skills to the Nordicity team. She is a strong researcher with experience in data analysis, environmental scans, program and research evaluation, and strategy development.

Prior to Nordicity, Zoe held positions in concert production, libraries, cultural policy research, and student recruitment and administration. She recently worked on ArtsPond’s DigitalASO project, which focuses on the co-creation of sector-led solutions towards digital justice and transformation across the arts, cultural, and creative industries. Additionally, she has spent the last ten years working in the music industry as a freelance flutist and currently leads a composer’s collective in Toronto.

Zoe holds an MBA with distinction from the Schulich School of Business, an MA (Musicology) with distinction from York University, and a B.Mus with honours from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music.


Grant Buchanan

Grant Buchanan is a top-ranked 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 many broadcasters, telecommunications companies and others. These include/have included BCE/Bell Canada, BBC, Bloomberg, Corus Entertainment, Loral, NTT, theScore, Ontario Ministry of Culture, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Directors Guild of Canada, Astral Media Radio, Ryerson Radio Inc., Stingray, and SiriusXM Canada; Canadian Broadcasters Rights Agency Inc., Pelmorex, Nextwave Broadband, Tata, VisionTV, World Wrestling Federation and many more. He is listed at the top of all of the relevant legal ranking services, and was named “Communications Lawyer of the Year” (Toronto) by Best Lawyers in Canada in 2020. He is the President of the International Institute of Communications, Canadian Chapter, and is the National Coordinator of the McCarthy Tétrault & Martin Family Initiative Mentorship Program for Indigenous Students. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Counsel at Ryerson University in the Lincoln Alexander Faculty of Law as well as in the Faculty of Communication and Design.


Pauline Couture

Pauline Couture is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of BlockFilm, a B2B hub that links producers with investors and fans to support their projects. She is a senior strategy and communications professional/executive with long experience in corporate, public policy, media, government and voluntary sector work in Canada and around the world. Pauline has experience as a journalist, broadcaster, public speaker and policy volunteer in the non-profit sector, including organizations devoted to cultural advancement, healthcare, public policy, entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, governance, journalistic ethics and education.


Erin Creasey

Erin Creasey is the Manager, Industry Initiatives at Ontario Creates, where she oversees programs, international business, and industry engagement for the IDM, film, tv, book publishing and magazine media sectors. Prior to joining Ontario Creates, Erin worked in Canada’s indie book publishing industry and was an instructor at Ryerson University.


Charles Davis

Charles Davis, Associate Dean, Scholarly Research and Creative (SRC) activities, is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategy that enhances and nurtures SRC activities within the Faculty of Communication & Design. In this capacity, he supports and promotes research initiatives, partnerships, collaborative projects, and interdisciplinary SRC activities. He is also responsible for expanding research training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

In addition to his role as Associate Dean, Dr. Davis is a professor in the RTA School of Media and holds the ES Rogers Sr Research Chair in Media Management and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University.


Nick Davis

Nick Davis is the Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion at CBC. Previous to that he was Manager of Program Development for CBC, where he was responsible for the ongoing development of local programming in radio, television and online. Nick has worked at CBC for the past 23 years as a reporter and producer — most notably as Senior Producer for Metro Morning, where Nick was part of the team that made the program the number one morning show in Toronto. He’s also lectured on journalism at Ryerson University, Seneca College, Sheridan College and Centennial College.


Tamara Dawit

Tamara Dawit is a Canadian filmmaker based between Toronto, Canada and Addis Ababa Ethiopia she has experience producing music content, documentaries, digital content, formatted television, and dramatic films. Tamara is a founding board member of The Racial Equity Media Collective and a consultant on underrepresented communities for the Canada Media Fund. Tamara has participated in the Doha Film Institute Producers Lab, Produce Au Sud, the Apost Lab, Follow the Nile, Good Pitch and EAVE. In 2020 her new film Finding Sally premiered at the Hot Docs Film Festival and won the Ladima Award at the Encounters Film Festival.


Paul Deegan

Paul Deegan is President and Chief Executive Officer of News Media Canada. From 2015 to 2018, he was Vice-President, Public and Government Affairs at CNR. Mr. Deegan joined BMO Financial Group in 1996 as a policy adviser in the CEO’s office. Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Deegan served as Deputy Executive Director of the National Economic Council in the Clinton White House. Mr. Deegan is a director of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the Michener Awards Foundation.


Sabreena Delhon

Sabreena Delhon is the Executive Director of the Samara Centre for Democracy. She is an experienced public sector leader with a proven track record of directing multi-stakeholder research and outreach initiatives across justice, academic, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Samara, Sabreena was the Principal of an engagement firm called Signal Strategies and held senior roles at the Law Society of Ontario. She is a Fellow with Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Massey College.


Marcia Douglas

Marcia Douglas is Senior Director, Business Affairs, at the Canadian Media Producers Association. Marcia brings extensive experience in—and strategic insight into—the Canadian media landscape for traditional and digital platforms. With a background in production and financing, Marcia works to establish policies and opportunities for producer interests in their business dealings. She directly works on files related to the kids and family sector, Terms of Trade, CMF, and Ontario regional issues. Prior to joining the CMPA, she was the program manager for the Bell Fund, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the cross-platform fund, supporting the development and production of hundreds of linear and interactive projects. She also served as an analyst for the Cogeco Fund and the Independent Production Fund. Earlier in her career, she was an assistant director and production manager, and she produced several award-winning projects that screened at festivals worldwide.


Mario Fasce

Mario Fasce is a Senior Consultant and Digital Strategist at Nordicity. In addition to his corporate consulting work on projects, Mario helps develop Nordicity clients’ digital transformations by incorporating his digital strategist experience in the for- and non-profit sectors.

Mario has nine years of experience in digital marketing and strategy. At Nordicity, he has worked to develop, among other projects: an audience engagement software for Luminato’s Digital Outdoors project, a coaching and training platform for New Brunswick arts organizations in Artslink’s Digital Connections project, a website strategy for the Canadian Museum of History, a community portfolio and training database for CreativePEI and their member organizations, a sector wide study of animation and digital marketing companies in Canada for PromPeru, and consulted many organizations about their digital literacy and capacity and ways forward for improvement. Prior to Nordicity, Mario worked at Thrive Digital as a senior manager, heading the digital strategies for clients such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Uber, Meetup, Arc’teryx and others.

Mario holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, specializing in Arts, Media & Entertainment Management, and a B.A. in Film Studies & Psychology from the University of British Columbia. During his MBA, he was one of the first for the Digital Main Street initiative, helping small business impacted by COVID develop their digital presence and gain exposure during the lockdowns.


Paul Fogolin

Paul Fogolin is the Vice-President, Policy & Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association of Canada. Mr. Fogolin began his career with over 7 years at Queen’s Park. He was Special Assistant to the Premier of Ontario before becoming the Premier’s Strategic Lead for Northern Ontario. He then moved on to become a Senior Advisor for Policy and Stakeholder Relations to the Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. He has since held positions as the Director of Stakeholder Relations & Operations for Ontario’s Minister of Health, Vice-President of Government & Stakeholder Relations at the Ontario Retirement Communities Association and Vice-President of Government & Industry Relations for the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario.


John Fraser

John Fraser is the executive chair of the National NewsMedia Council. Until April 2018, he served as the founding president and CEO of the Council. He is a Canadian journalist, writer and academic. He was editor of Saturday Night magazine from 1987 to 1994, where he pioneered the use of mixed circulation. He has been a columnist, China correspondent, Ottawa bureau chief, national columnist, national editor and London correspondent at The Globe and Mail. He was chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation until 2008. John served as Master of Massey College from 1995 until his retirement in 2014.


hamlingrange

Hamlin Grange is a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist. As President of DiversiPro, he helps organizations to succeed in being reflective, responsive and relevant to the changing markets and communities they serve. In this capacity, Hamlin has helped to make organizations more inclusive, productive and culturally competent. Before starting a career as a diversity consultant, Hamlin was a reporter at Global Television and CBC Television, where he was assignment editor, municipal affairs reporter, host, interviewer and news anchor. He was also a reporter at the Toronto Star.


Lisa Henderson

Lisa Henderson is Dean of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University. From 1994-2019 she was Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also served as Chair from 2009-13. From 2005-09, she was director of CISA, the Five College Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas. She is a radio producer by early training, co-founder of the International Communication Association's LGBTQ Studies Interest Group, and 2011 recipient of the Roy F. Aarons Award for outstanding contribution to GLBT education and research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her book Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production (NYU, 2013) was a 2014 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. New work considers artist/scholar collaboration and multi-modal research practice--how scholars use images, sound, music, code, and performance to create knowledge on campus and off.


Barry Hertz

Barry Hertz is the Deputy Arts Editor and Film Editor for The Globe and Mail. He previously served as the Executive Producer of Features for the National Post, and was a manager and writer at Maclean’s before that.


Jonathan Lee Hickey

Jonathan Lee Hickey, VP Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Quebecor.Media Inc.


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.


Raja Khanna

Raja Khanna is the CEO of Dark Slope, an extended reality company he co-founded to develop spatial computing technologies to power the next generation of immersive learning and entertainment. He is the former CEO, Television & Digital of Blue Ant Media, where he oversaw the company’s growth from inception to becoming a global media producer, distributor, AVOD network and broadcaster. At Blue Ant Media, Raja led all aspects of the company’s growth across global production and across several digital content initiatives, including leading the company to become one of the largest YouTube gaming networks in the world.


Richard Lachman

Richard Lachman is Director of Zone Learning for Ryerson University, a network of 10 incubators across the university. He is also Director of Research Development for the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD), Director of the Experiential Media Institute, and an Associate Professor, Digital Media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. The Gemini-award winning producer is a creative and technical consultant for new media projects, primarily focused on entertainment and transmedia media properties.


Elliot Lewis

Elliot Lewis is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Keyavi Data. He is a cybersecurity industry expert, published author and recognized data protection authority with over 25 years of experience. Elliot acquired broad experience being Senior Security Architect at Microsoft; Director of Strategic Services at Cisco; CISO at Merrill Lynch; Chief Security Architect at Dell; VP of Security, Risk and Compliance at Info-Tech Research Group; and currently CEO and chief architect at Encryptics. Elliot has been leading the charge for the last several years to make data self-aware and self-protecting and render data breaches irrelevant.


Peter Lyman

Peter Lyman is Co-CEO and Senior Partner, Nordicity Group Ltd. He co-founded the firm in 1979. He guided Nordicity’s merger with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998 and was made national lead partner for the Information Communications and Entertainment/Media practice. He then led Nordicity’s re-emergence as a standalone firm in 2002. Peter is also an adjunct professor at Schulich Business School at York University, where he teaches cultural policy to the MBA students in arts and media.


Lenore MacAdam

Lenore MacAdam is Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Corus Entertainment. Lenore’s professional background includes corporate inclusion, management consulting and human resources, and an educational background that includes a degree in Communications and an MBA. Combined with over twelve years serving on Boards of Directors in the diversity and inclusion space - Lenore brings a unique perspective that balances creativity and passion with an analytical focus. Previously, Lenore was the National Inclusion Leader at Deloitte Canada.


Rob Malcolmson

Rob Malcolmson is EVP, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, BCE Inc. He was appointed to that position in January 2021. As such, he leads the team responsible for developing and implementing the company’s legal, regulatory and government relations strategies.

Prior to joining Bell, Mr. Malcolmson served as the communications law practice leader and department head at one of Canada’s leading law firms, advising Canadian and international clients in media, broadcasting, telecom and copyright law, and helping develop a market-leading communications law practice. He previously served as General Counsel of a specialty media company. Mr. Malcolmson holds an LL.B. from the University of Windsor, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990.


Trina McQueen O.C.

Trina McQueen is Co-Director of the Arts, Media and Entertainment program at Schulich School of Business. In her media career, she was Head of CBC Television News (where she launched and oversaw the development of Canada’s first news channel), founding President of Discovery Channel and President and COO of CTV.

She has served on numerous media boards, including CBC/Radio Canada; Telefilm, Banff World Media Festival, Historica Canada, TVOntario and the Canadian Journalism Foundation. In the arts, her boards include the Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Stage, Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards and Tafelmusik In education, she served the boards of the Banff Centre for Creativity, the University of Waterloo and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, as well as advisory boards at Queen’s, Ryerson, UBC, Carleton, University of Regina and the Arts ,Media, Performance and Design school at York University.

She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received four honorary doctorates, from York University, University of Waterloo, Carleton University and Mount St. Vincent University. Other honours include the CBC News Hall of Fame, the Playback Film and Television hall of Fame, Crystal Awards from Women in Film and Television, and honourary life membership in the Directors Guild of Canada.


Kristina Milbourne

Kristina Milbourn is an experienced lawyer specializing in the areas of copyright and technology law for Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies. Kristina is the chair of Rogers’ Copyright & Piracy practice group and the founder of the Rogers’ Piracy Lab. She provides strategic advice to both the media and cable lines of business, and has extensive experience with Canadian regulatory matters. She has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada, the Ontario Superior Court, and has provided expert views on copyright reform before Parliamentary committees in Canada, and at the White House Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the United States.


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 has been a teacher of 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 was a McLuhan Centenary Fellow 2014-2018. He is currently the President/CEO of the McLuhan Foundation committed to digital media literacy worldwide.


Taylor Owen

Taylor Owen is the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications, the founding director of The Center for Media, Technology and Democracy, and an Associate Professor in the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University. He is the host of the Big Tech podcast, a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation, a Fellow at the Public Policy Forum, and sits on the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). He was previously an Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and the Research Director of Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism. His work focuses on the intersection of media, technology and public policy and can be found at www.taylorowen.com.


Vanessa Pfaff

Vanessa Pfaff is a Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion Specialist working at the intersection of Inclusive Design and Strategic Communications for over 20 years. She is experienced in designing and implementing organizational change initiatives that advance equity and inclusion. Her local and global collaborators include the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Sidewalk Labs, The Toronto District School Board, The Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University, and the Toronto International Film Festival.


Maria Saras-Voutsinas

Maria Saras-Voutsinas is the Executive Director of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada, a non-profit organization that works with and for diverse communities across Canada to advocate free speech, equality and human rights. Maria works with 800 member independent ethnic media partners to ensure that Canada's diversity is celebrated. Prior to this role, Maria worked in the financial services sector as a relationship manager. Maria is a regular contributor and serves as an editor for a Greek Canadian Monthly newspaper where she writes about contemporary cultural issues.


Monique Simard

Monique Simard has a long and distinguished track record in the cultural industries. She was President and CEO of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) from 2014 to 2018 and was previously Director General of the National Film Board of Canada's French Program. In April 2018, she was appointed as Chair of the Board of the Quebecor Fund.

Her other experience includes member of Committee on Science and Technology in Canada from 1989 to 1991, Producer and Vice President at Productions Virage from 1998 to 2008; President of the Board of the Cinémathèque from 2000 to 2004; member of the Board for l'Observatoire québécois de la mondialisation in 2002 and in 2003; and member of the Board of l'Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ) and of the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal.

Monique was a member of the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel, which published its report in January 2020.


Vinita Srivastava

Vinita Srivastava is the editor of The Conversation Canada and host and producer of the podcast Don’t Call Me Resilient. Vinita is a journalist, educator and media innovator with experience in South Asia, South Africa, Rwanda, the U.S. and Canada. She has reported and edited for the New York Times Magazine, VIBE, the Village Voice and was the staff writer at Savoy. She co-hosted the Asia Pacific Forum at WBAI radio and Masala Mixx at CKLN for over a decade. She has taught media for NGOs internationally and at the Ryerson School of Journalism as a professor of journalism.


Hugh Stephensa

Hugh Stephens is the Principal, Trans-Pacific Connections. He is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC), Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. In addition, he teaches in the MBA program at Royal Roads University as an Associate Faculty member. Before returning to Canada in December 2009, Hugh was Senior Vice President (Public Policy) for Asia Pacific for Time Warner for almost a decade, located at the company’s regional headquarters in Hong Kong. He currently maintains an active blog on international intellectual property issues and has spoken internationally on copyright issues.


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.


Vandana Taxali

Vandana Taxali is a legal professional and business lawyer (media, technology, software and entertainment) with over a decade of experience in intellectual property (copyright, trademark), licensing, contracts and entertainment law practising at Entcounsel. She is also the founder of Artcryption, a platform that protects intellectual property on the blockchain, namely art and creative assets. Vandana has mentored various start ups including at OCAD University incubator, George Brown's digiFest and The Community Innovation Lab in Oshawa. She teaches intellectual property law at OCAD University's continuing studies.


William Turvill

William Turvill is the North America editor of Press Gazette, a UK-headquartered news outlet that covers the global news industry. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, William writes about the US and Canadian media, and has a special interest in relations between news publishers and technology platforms. William was previously based in London, where he worked as a business journalist for the Mail on Sunday and City A.M. Over his career, William has had work published in most of Britain’s largest news titles, including the Guardian, the Times, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Independent.


Grace Westcott

Grace Westcott is the President of PEN Canada. She is also on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. Grace is a lawyer and principal of Westcott Law, a Toronto firm founded in 1996, focusing on legal advice for the cultural industries. From 1996 to 2012 she acted as Executive Secretary and subsequently Vice-Chair of the Canadian Copyright Institute. Prior to that she was a partner with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.  Grace has been actively involved in the not-for-profit sector throughout her career. She is currently Chair of the Toronto Legacy Project, working in partnership with Heritage Toronto.


Alan Wunsch

Alan Wunsch is CEO & Chief Token Officer of TokenFunder, and Chair & Co-Founder of Blockchain Canada. Alan is a finance technologist focused on new blockchain business models and the disruptive impacts of blockchain on global wealth distribution. He brings hands-on technology experience as a finance and risk transformation executive at a global bank (Scotiabank), management consulting (Deloitte, PwC), and startups.  


Hong Yoon

Hong Yoon is an Analyst at Nordicity, who supports the organization with in-depth research, critical analysis, and data interpolation. With his education at the Schulich School of Business and experience in academia, Hong brings a diverse set of skills ranging from data analysis to generating reports. Hong also has a strong understanding of the Canadian media landscape, particularly in video games development, esports, and film and TV production. Hong has recently worked on projects related to the games industry with clients such as the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association of Australia, Interactive Ontario, and The Independent Game Developers' Association.

Prior to Nordicity, Hong’s previous experience was as an academic in Classical studies and taught undergraduate level Latin, Ancient Greek, and Classical Mythology. His primary research focus was on the poet Ovid, but he has also worked on film and TV analysis, critical and literary theories, and archaeology of Ancient Rome.

Hong holds a BA in Art History and Archaeology from Hood College, an MA in Classics from the Texas Tech University, an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of New Mexico, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.


Sadia Zaman

Sadia Zaman brings a wealth of media, arts, and not-for-profit experience to her role as CEO, Inspirit Foundation. Before joining Inspirit, Sadia was Managing Director, ROM Canada at the Royal Ontario Museum where she focused on digital content and supporting Indigenous narratives. Before the ROM, Sadia commissioned documentary and current affairs projects from across the country as Director, Original Program Development, CBC News and Centres. She also led Women in Film and Television-Toronto (WIFT-T), a not-for-profit that supports the training and advancement of women in the screen-based industry.

Sadia began her career as a journalist, creating hundreds of hours of original, critically acclaimed current affairs and documentary content for Vision TV, CBC and TVO. She has won dozens of awards for her journalism, and has been honoured for her leadership.


Lola Zhang

Lola Zhang is a consultant who brings market research, business intelligence, critical examination and data interpretation skills to projects. Her creative background is leveraged to help turn complexity into clarity by visualizing and mapping complicated scenarios. At Nordicity, she has worked on multiple digital strategies and transformation projects as well as projects covering business strategy, commercial due diligence and financial modelling. She enjoys staying on top of the ever-evolving media and technology ecosystem and helping clients in navigating these sectors. Previously, Lola worked for a technology, media, and telecom venture capital fund as an analyst. She has also worked at a media advisory firm in Beijing providing strategic consultancy to a range of clients. Lola has business experience in China and keeps track of the country’s policy and legislative developments affecting business. During her MBA, Lola worked for a Canadian media production and distribution company where she supported both research and television production teams.