Digital Media at the Crossroads

An Annual Conference on the Future of Content in Digital Media

Special Report at the 2016 Conference »

Nordicity Group Limited, in a special report commissioned by DM@X for the 2016 conference, presented a review of the revenues, employment and future trends in each sector of the digital media universe in Canada, including television, film, video, music, games and publishing.

Presentations at the 2016 Conference »


Doug Barrett

Doug Barrett is a veteran of over 30 years in the Canadian media and entertainment industries. Since 2008 he has been the BellMedia Professor in Media Management Schulich School of Business of York University. 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.

Liv Buli

Liv Buli is the resident data journalist for music analytics company Next Big Sound. Liv grew up in Oslo, Norway, but moved to New York to get her master's degree in Journalism at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Daily Beast, Forbes, Billboard, Hypebot and more. Next Big Sound is a music analytics company based in New York City that works to uncover insights and provide context for the industry based on social, sales, streaming and event data for more than a million artists. In May 2014, the company announced a new division, Next Big Book, and its first publishing partnership, with Macmillan Publishers. When Liv is not busy attending concerts and asking too many questions, she is writing data-driven stories about all facets of the music industry.

Shannon Culver

Shannon Culver is the Manager of Technology at eBOUND Canada, a not-for-profit organization that enables independent Canadian publishers to participate in the digital publishing industry. Prior to eBOUND, Shannon was Manager, Publisher Operations at Kobo. As part of her current work, she assists with the development of publishing industry standards on the Book Industry Standard Group's Metadata and Subject Codes Committees, and BookNet Canada's Bibliographic Committee. She is also on the planning committee for ebookcraft, a two-day conference dedicated to ebook production held annually in Toronto. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication & Culture from Ryerson & York Universities, and wrote her thesis on the future of the Canadian publishing industry in the digital era.

 Valerie Fox

Valerie Fox cofounded the DMZ at Ryerson University which has grown to become Canada's number one university business incubator and number 5 in the world (UBI 2014). She is now venturing out with a new company called the Pivotal Point, to help build successful incubation models with corporations, academic institutions and regions, that bring communities of diverse skills together to collaborate, design and deliver impactful innovation. With more than 30 years of experience in the creative digital industry, her roles have ranged from business development to creative direction and user experience for various digital technologies. In May 2012 Valerie was presented with the prestigious Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and innovation. She has also been awarded a number of patents, including the Universal Shopping Cart for the Web, while she was at IBM.

Daniel Glover

Daniel Glover is a partner in the Intellectual Property group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Mr. Glover has expertise in all aspects of information and media law, including Internet law, copyright and trade-mark protection, and privacy, anti-spam and advertising compliance. He has represented clients before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Copyright Board of Canada. He was counsel in successful appeals at the Supreme Court of Canada in two leading copyright cases in 2012, appeared at the Supreme Court again in 2013 in an important appeal on the test for copyright infringement, and is counsel on another important copyright appeal heard in March 2015. Three of these cases were named in Lexpert's annual "Top 10 cases".

Christopher Goodridge

Christopher Goodridge is Chief Operating Officer, Digital, Star Media Group and Senior Vice President of Digital Ventures for Torstar Corporation. As COO Digital, Chris is responsible for leading Star Media Group's digital operations including Toronto Star Touch, and As SVP Digital Ventures, Chris oversees Torstar's portfolio of digital businesses and investments including VerticalScope, Inc.,, eyeReturn Marketing Inc., Kanetix Ltd., Teamsnap, Inc. and

Prior to assuming these roles, Chris served as President of Torstar Digital from April 2012 to September 2013 and was CFO of Torstar Digital from January 2011 to April 2012, having overall financial responsibility for its portfolio of businesses and investments and leading its merger, acquisition and partnership activities. From 2008 to 2010, Chris was Director of Corporate Development both at Torstar Corporate and Torstar Digital, playing an important role in establishing many of the Torstar's digital initiatives and investments. Prior to this Chris was legal counsel at Torstar.

Prior to joining Torstar in 2004, Chris was a corporate lawyer in the Toronto office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Chris has a B.Sc. from Queen's University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Chris sits on the boards of and VerticalScope, Inc. and is also a board observer at Kanetix Ltd., Teamsnap, Inc. and Chris was previously a director at Tuango Inc., Olive Media and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (Canada).

Doug Knight

Doug Knight has been the President of St. Joseph Media Inc., at St. Joseph Communications, Inc., since 2006. Mr. Knight served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ImpreMedia, LLC from 2003 to 2005. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Knight Paton Media Corp., since 2001. He served as a Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Post from 1992 to 1997, and the Toronto Sun from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Knight served as Managing Director of a private equity firm based in Toronto and New York. He has been an Independent Director at Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. since November 2007. He serves as a Director of CPK Media Holdings LLC, and as Trustee of BFI Canada, Inc.. He also serves as a Director of Syngrafii Corp., the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation, Rotman School of Management and the Toronto Maple Leafs Fund. He serves on various corporate boards in Canada and the United States, and is active in a variety of charitable and community organizations.

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.

Over his near-30 year career in consulting, Peter has assisted private and public companies, industry associations and government industries with business strategy, economic analysis, and policy advice. Peter is a frequent panellist or chair of professional conferences and media commenter, and is often called upon by policy-makers and regulatory authorities at the international, national and regional levels of government to provide advice and analysis on policy and regulatory issues.

From 1998-2002, Peter was the national lead partner for the Information Communications and Entertainment/Media practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. He has served on the boards of high tech firms, TV broadcasters and not-for profit arts, education, political, and social-service organizations.

Peter holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and a B.A. from McGill University. He is fluently bilingual.

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.

Peter Miller

Peter Miller, P. Eng., LL.B., Peter Miller is a lawyer and engineer with 25 years of creative and telecommunications industry experience. Since 2006, he has run an independent legal and consulting practice, focussed on broadcasting, TV production and digital media. Peter's professional background includes telecommunications network design, acting as a Parliamentary Assistant to Members of Parliament, private practice in communications law, and broadcast executive positions. His experience includes senior positions with the Vision TV group of companies, CHUM Limited, and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Peter been actively involved in numerous industry and volunteer boards and committees over the course of his career, and currently serves as Chair of Interactive Ontario, the trade association representing the interests of Ontario's digital media sector.

Alan Cross

Catherine Moore is a Clinical Associate Professor of Music Business at NYU. Dr. Moore has taught at NYU since 1995, and served as Director of the Music Business Program from 1997 to 2015. Professor Moore's specialist fields include strategic music marketing, analysis of current trends in the entertainment industry, cultural trade politics, and 17th-century Italian music. Her keynote addresses, research, and publications address significant changes in the music industry on a global scale, and lectures at universities in Britain, The Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Canada and the United States reflect her international experience and inform her teaching. A graduate of Bishop's University, Canada (Honours B.A., English Literature) and the Conservatoire de musique in Montreal (Organ Performance), Catherine Moore completed a PhD in musicology at The University of Liverpool, England in 1991. Catherine Moore has been sales manager for Harmonia Mundi Records in London, international marketing manager for Nimbus Records at their Welsh headquarters, and a marketing director (jazz and classical music) for A&M Records in New York. Professional affiliations: Music Entertainment Industry Educators Association, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, American Musicological Society, Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and the Association of Arts Administration Educators.

Richard Pfohl

Richard Pfohl is General Counsel to Music Canada, which represents the major and many leading Canadian independent recording labels. Richard represents the Canadian recording industry before the Copyright Board of Canada, government agencies, ministries and parliament; negotiates industry-wide agreements; and directs major litigation on behalf of the industry. He is also General Counsel to the recording industry’s licensing agency, the AVLA Audio-Video Licensing Agency Inc. (AVLA), which represents producers of the vast majority of all musical recordings and music videos produced and distributed in Canada. He has served as President of Re:Sound (then NRCC), which administers the rights of performers and record producers for all public communications, performances and broadcasts of music in Canada, and as a director of the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC). Richard has served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Toronto Law School, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on copyright and internet issues. Prior to joining Music Canada in 2003, Richard was a partner in the Technology and Intellectual Property groups of the Toronto offices of the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault.

Kristian Roberts

Kristian Roberts is a Director, working out of the Toronto office at Nordicity Group Limited. Kristian brings significant expertise in economic policy, research and writing to Nordicity, with a particular interest in digital media, emerging technologies and their impact on economies around the world.

Kristian also has a deep understanding of the film and television production industry -- and the regulation and public policy that underpins it.

During his time with Nordicity, Kristian has lead a wide variety of projects for clients ranging from the Ontario Media Development Corporation to New Media Manitoba, often leading extensive primary data collection exercises designed to provide strategic advice leading to sustained industry growth.

Kristian holds an M.Sc. in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a B.A. (Hon.) from Concordia University.

Josh Scherba

Josh Scherba is SVP, Distribution at DHX Media. DHX Media is a leading international supplier of television programming, with an emphasis on children, family and youth markets. In his role as SVP of Distribution, Josh Scherba oversees the company's distribution arm that works with a catalogue totaling over 9,500 half hours and including programming from all of DHX Media's production studios in Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as third-party properties. Josh also leads the sales and distribution operations teams, and directly manages broadcaster sales for the US and the UK.

>Marni Shulman

Marni Shulman is a senior entertainment executive with 20 years experience in production and programming for broadcast television, cable distribution and digital media platforms. She has been involved in all aspects of media from developing broadcast and digital cross-platform content strategies, program scheduling, negotiating content acquisitions, original commissions, development, Executive Producing, international co-productions, branding, external financing, sales, marketing, corporate sponsorship and launching new Canadian networks. Marni has an extensive network of contacts and strong relationships with producers, major Hollywood Studios, content distributors and broadcasters both in Canada and around the world.

Salim Teja

Salim Teja is the Executive Vice President Ventures, for the MaRS Discovery District, where he leads the strategic direction of MaRS' three venture services areas: Health, ICT and Cleantech. He is an experienced entrepreneur and active early-stage technology investor, with industry expertise in software and digital media. Salim joined MaRS in May 2013, providing strategic direction and leadership for MaRS' ICT venture services group, leading corporate and venture capital engagement, and overseeing MaRS' expanding international collaborations in the ICT sector. He has provided direction to MaRS' JOLT accelerator, overseen entrepreneurship initiatives with academic partners, and has been responsible for the MaRS Commons. Before joining MaRS, Salim worked with Indigo Books & Music, CX Digital, b5media and Brightspark Ventures. He was also co-founder and vice president of sales and business development for San Francisco-based MobShop Inc.. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business.

Corey Vidal

Corey Vidal is a Canadian entrepreneur, director, producer, and full-time YouTuber based in Toronto, Canada. He has been uploading YouTube videos since 2006 and has generated over 100 million views on the site. Corey produces digital media with a team of over a dozen full-time staff at his video production company ApprenticeA Productions. He is also the founder of Buffer Festival, an annual theatrical showcase that celebrates videos from the most acclaimed creators on YouTube. Held in Toronto's Entertainment District, the festival showcases premieres of high-quality YouTube content in a variety of theatrical screenings. Corey has worked with dozens of major brands, including Lucasfilm, Disney, Intel, Canon, Coca-Cola, LG, HTC, Tim Hortons, CBC, NBCUniversal, Google, and many more.

Grace Westcott

Grace Westcott is a lawyer with Westcott Law, a boutique legal practice focusing on copyright, media and the cultural industries. Ms. Westcott has acted for a number of trade associations, collectives and organizations in those industries, as well as for a corporate and individual clientele. She has a particular focus on digital publishing and electronic media and has been heavily involved in copyright reform throughout her career, writing and speaking frequently on copyright matters. From 1996 to 2012 she was the Executive Secretary and subsequently Vice-Chair of the Canadian Copyright Institute. Ms. Westcott is currently the chair of the Toronto Legacy Project and a director of PEN Canada. From 2004 to 2012 she was a director of the Canadian Centre for Diversity. Ms. Westcott is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and holds an LLM from Columbia Law School.

Julie Whelan

Julie Whelan is a Manager with Nordicity, a leading consulting firm specializing in policy, strategy, and economic analysis in the media, creative and information and communications technology sectors. At Nordicity, Julie has managed numerous projects across the cultural media industries from assessing the impact of digital technology on the Canadian newspaper industry, looking at the employment of women in Ontario's music industry to examining the economic impact of Ontario's book publishers. Julie has presented at the TIFFNexus Women in Film, Games and New Media conference, the International Women in Digital Media Summit and at WIFT-T's Executive Management Program. Prior to joining Nordicity, Julie completed an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business. Her past life includes six years working in the marketing divisions at Penguin, Random House and HarperCollins U.K.

Julie Whelan

Negin Zebarjad is a consultant for Nordicity Group Limited, working out of the Toronto office. Negin's work focuses on research, analysis and stakeholder engagement. Negin brings strong diagnostic and analytical problem-solving skills to Nordicity, with a keen interest in developing strategies to promote growth in the arts and cultural sector.