Digital Media at the Crossroads

An Annual Conference on the Future of Content in Digital Media


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 in courses on Media Management, Business and Strategic Solutions for Digital Media, and the Business of Creativity. 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.

Catherine Cano

Catherine Cano is currently the President and General Manager of CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel).

Catherine has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in broadcasting across all platforms, in Canada, the United States and internationally.

She has held important leadership positions at the CBC/SRC including Head of News television, Director of RDI and Director of Program development at CBC. Catherine was also Deputy News Director of Al Jazeera English in Doha. In her most recent position with CBC/SRC, she was the Head of news television, radio and digital.

Among her many awards and distinctions are two Geminis and the Michener Prize. In November 2017, Catherine was honoured as one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful by the WXN (Women’s Executive Network). An honour she also received in 2012. She was also chosen last year as the recipient of the highly regarded WCT (Women in Communications & Technology) Innovator of the Year Award.

A strong advocate of news and media literacy and on the importance of being creative and innovative to better engage the public, Catherine is often invited to be a part of important panel discussions as both a participant and a moderator. She also writes for Policy magazine.

Heather Conway

Heather Conway joined CBC/Radio-Canada as Executive Vice-President of English Services in December 2013.

Ms. Conway is responsible for all of CBC/Radio-Canada’s English-language services, including CBC Television, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, CBC News Network,, documentary and digital operations.

Prior to joining CBC/Radio-Canada, Ms. Conway was Chief Business Officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she was in charge of human resources, digital services, marketing, security and membership, among other things. Under her tenure, the Gallery saw its attendance increase by 20% and achieved its highest membership levels.

Previously, Ms. Conway spent six years as Executive Vice-President at Alliance Atlantis Communications. There, she oversaw strategic marketing, publicity and on-air creative for 13 Canadian cable specialty channels, transformed the business model for channel distribution and increased subscription revenue. She later became Chief Executive Officer of Edelman Public Relations Canada. Earlier in her career, Ms. Conway held other senior management and consulting positions with TD Bank Financial Group, Hill & Knowlton and The Neville Group.

Ms. Conway has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick, England.

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.

Graham Henderson

Graham Henderson is President of Music Canada, an association that promotes and protects the value of music and advocates on behalf of its creators.

Graham is also Chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and serves on several Canadian and international Boards and other bodies.

He is a recognized champion of creator's rights, notably through Parliament's 2012 passage of copyright reform and the extension of the term of copyright for sound recordings. He played a leading role in the creation of groundbreaking provincial music funds as well as the “Music City” initiative.

Graham has been inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

John Hinds

John Hinds is the President and CEO of News Media Canada. News Media Canada represents over 800 daily weekly and community newspapers in communities from across the country. The association’s mandate is to provide its members with comprehensive research and marketing support, in addition to acting as the industry’s voice on public policy issues.

A lawyer by training, John previously worked as a senior advisor to a new of federal cabinet ministers in Ottawa. In addition to his work with News Media Canada, John serves as a long-standing member of several boards of directors in the corporate and not-for- profit sectors.

John Honderich

John Honderich has been Chair of Torstar Corporation since 2009 following a distinguished career in media and publishing.

Mr. Honderich began his newspaper career with the Ottawa Citizen (1973-76). He joined the Toronto Star in 1976 as a reporter and eventually became chief of the Star's Ottawa Bureau and later chief of the Washington Bureau. After a stint as Deputy City Editor, he was appointed Business Editor of the Star in May 1984, the position he held until he took a leave of absence (1986) in London, England where he took several post graduate studies in economics and international trade at the London School of Economics. At the same time, he wrote Arctic Imperative, published in the fall of 1987 by the University of Toronto Press, in which he outlined the serious dangers threatening Canada's North. He served as editor of the Toronto Star from 1988-1994 and Publisher from 1994-2004.

Mr. Honderich has an Honours degree in Political Science and Economics and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. He currently serves on the boards of the Atkinson Fellowship, the Michener Fellowship, the Martin Goodman Fellowship, the Mowat Centre, The Nature Conservancy, and Seneca College. He has received honourary degrees from Victoria University, Ryerson University, and King’s University. Mr. Honderich was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004, a Member of the Order of Ontario in 2006, and a member of the Canadian News Hall of Fame in 2014.

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.

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.

Michael MacMillan

Michael MacMillan co-founded and is CEO of Blue Ant Media, a Canadian-based media company.

Michael is the co-founder and Chair of Samara Canada; a non-partisan charity that is dedicated to reconnecting citizens to politics.

In 1978, Michael MacMillan co-founded Atlantis Films Limited. He was Chairman and CEO of Atlantis and then Alliance Atlantis, for almost 30 years.

A member of the Order of Canada, Michael has volunteered with numerous organizations. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College and co-author of the best-selling book Tragedy in the Commons.

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).

Miranda Mulholland

Miranda Mulholland is a Canadian Singer-Songwriter, Musician, Label Owner, Artist Advocate and Artistic Director of the newly minted Sawdust City Music Festival in Muskoka. Currently she is a member of Harrow Fair and Belle Starr. Her touring and recording credits include Great Lake Swimmers, Bowfire, The Jim Cuddy Band and more. Miranda is a member of the Soulpepper Theatre Company. She studied Opera Performance at The University of Western Ontario and McGill University.

James Nadler

James Nadler joined the RTA School of Media in 2004, and is currently serving as the Chair of Ryerson's School of Creative Industries. He has taught screenwriting and television producing and continues to run the popular RTA in LA program on the campus of UCLA. He is a recipient of both the Dean's Teaching and Service awards at Ryerson. A recovering lawyer, James remains active in the commercial television industry. For Alliance Atlantis, James was the Executive Producer / Showrunner of the first three seasons of Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal starring Dan Aykroyd, Matt Frewer and Michael Moriarty. James also was the co-showrunner of The Zack Files and Seriously Weird. Other shows James wrote or produced include the documentary series Women on Top and the reality series Office Temps and Crash Addicts. He also developed the long running hit Heartland for the CBC. James was the Executive Producer / Showrunner of the comedy Family Biz, a France-Canada coproduction which aired on YTV, Canal Plus, ABC Spark, Boomerang (South America) and Disney Channel in New Zealand and Australia. The pilot for his new comedy Bob! The Slob premiered on Teletoon last summer. Most recently, for Guru Studios James helped develop and sell True and the Rainbow City to Netflix which will “drop” in 2017.

Josh O'Kane

Josh O'Kane is a reporter with The Globe and Mail's Report on Business. Since joining the paper in 2011, he has told stories from New Brunswick to Nairobi; in his spare time, he writes about music and the industry around it. His 2016 book, Nowhere With You, examines the music and career of Joel Plaskett through the lens of leaving and staying in Canada's Maritime provinces. It is a national bestseller.

Maureen Parker

Maureen Parker is the National Executive Director and C.E.O. 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.

Ms. Parker holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science.

Andrea Rush

Andrea Rush practises law and music (piano and cello). Her work in the field of copyright valuation has taken her to the Copyright Board of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Andrea's copyright practice has included representation of the fitness sectors (use of music in fitness venues), internet providers (communication of music over the internet) the province of Ontario (copying of print and digital material throughout the public sector), schools, libraries and the law society (scope of fair dealing). Andrea chairs ALAI Toronto and is a trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and a partner at Blaney McMurtry.

Stephen Stohn

Stephen Stohn, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP. With over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Stephen provides strategic legal advice to performers, advertisers, merchandisers, multimedia creators, broadcasters and film and television producers. He is active in lobbying for reform of Canada's copyright laws. He is a Director, Member or Founder of a number of cultural industry associations, and appears as an expert witness before the Copyright Board of Canada. He is also Executive Producer of the youth television series Degrassi. Stephen was previously a Partner for 10 years with McCarthy Tétrault LLP. University of Toronto Law School (J.D., 1977) and Trent University (B.A., 1969).

Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg 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.

Carole Tongue

Carole Tongue is a former Member of the European Parliament and the Chair of the UK Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. An expert in audiovisual policy, Ms. Tongue currently advises film production companies, trade unions and rights holders in the creative industries. In 1996, the European Parliament adopted her Report on Public Service Broadcasting in the Multichannel Digital Age. She regularly speaks on broadcasting and film worldwide and is an author of articles and book chapters on European audiovisual policy, public service broadcasting, cultural policy and European affairs. She has an extensive record of public service and campaigning in the areas of audiovisual and cultural diversity of expressions and media plurality.

Christopher Waddell

Christopher Waddell is a professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is the director for the school's new Bachelor of Media Production and Design program.

He joined Carleton in July 2001 after 10 years at CBC Television News initially as senior program producer for then Parliamentary Bureau Chief in Ottawa and Executive Producer News Specials. Between 1984-91 he was at the Globe and Mail where he served in a number of editorial roles in Toronto and Ottawa.

He has won two National Newspaper Awards for business reporting and programs he supervised at CBC Television won six Gemini awards for television excellence.

Kenny Yum
Kenny Yum is Chief of Staff for CBC News, where he focuses on strategy, people and business development. He was most recently at HuffPost Canada, where he was the founding Editor In Chief. Before he joined HuffPost, Kenny was Editor of from 2009 to 2011. At The Globe and Mail, he was part of the launch editorial team in 2000 and played a part in the newspaper's first steps into digital news. Kenny also served as Managing Editor, Digital, for The National Post.

Kenny was a recent recipient of the inaugural Digital Publishing Award for leadership. He has won the AOL Blue Monster company award for team leadership and has been recognized at his alma mater, Ryerson, as a "Headliner" for career achievement.