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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 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.

Steven Barnett

Steven Barnett is Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster and an established writer, author and commentator, who specialises in media policy, regulation, political communication, and the theory and practice of journalism. Over the last 30 years, he has advised ministers and shadow ministers across the political spectrum, and has given evidence to several parliamentary committees as well as the European Parliament. He has directed numerous research projects on the structure, funding, and regulation of communications in the UK and other countries. He is on the editorial and management boards of British Journalism Review, and was for many years an Observer columnist. Books include The Rise and Fall of Television Journalism (Bloomsbury, 2011) and Media Power and Plurality (with Judith Townend, eds, Palgrave, 2015).

Stuart Cunningham

Stuart Cunningham is Distinguished Professor of Media and Communications, Queensland University of Technology. He directed an Australian first, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, from 2005 to 2014. He has served in leadership roles in advocacy and governance in the research, screen and library sectors. He is a Member of the Order of Australia and has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar and a Leverhulme Foundation Visitor. Recent books include Hidden Innovation: Policy, Industry and the Creative Sector (2014) and the co-authored Social Media Entertainment: The new intersection of Hollywood and Silicon Valley (2019).

Charles Falxon

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

Erin Finlay

Erin Finlay was the Chief Legal Officer at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) up to January 11, 2019, where she provided legal advice and strategic direction on a wide range of matters, including business affairs, CRTC regulatory proceedings, Canada Media Fund policies and guidelines, intellectual property and the changing role of copyright in our ever-shifting media landscape. As of January 28, 2019, she is joining the Toronto law firm of Stohn, Hay. Prior to her time at Access Copyright, Erin was an intellectual property and entertainment lawyer at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.   Erin is a graduate of Queen's Law and holds a Masters of Law with a specialization in intellectual property law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Dan Glover

Dan Glover is a partner in the Toronto office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. His practice extends to IP protection, privacy and anti-spam compliance, and the law of confidential information.

Daniel delivered oral submissions for creative industry stakeholders in Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc., 2017 SCC 73, a case that drew global attention by creating a new form of worldwide relief applicable to search engines. Daniel was counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada in copyright cases in 2012, 2013 and 2015 and led the drafting of an amicus brief on international copyright law standards at the Supreme Court of the United States in 2014.

Daniel is an adjunct professor in IP law at Osgoode Hall Law School and a co-author of Intellectual Property Law in Canada, Global Privacy and Security Law Reference, and the User's Guide to Canadian Copyright Tariffs.

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.

Emily Harris

Emily Harris is Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs for eOne’s North American film business, based in Toronto. As lead legal counsel for the company’s North American transactional and theatrical film groups, Harris is responsible for managing, negotiating and drafting key deals with corporate partners, vendors, and filmmakers. Working closely with both acquisitions and sales teams, Harris plays a pivotal role in setting eOne’s domestic film sales and distribution strategy, while also managing operational and administrative functions for the entire North American film Business & Legal Affairs team.

HHarris joined eOne in 2011 from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where as an Associate in the firm’s Corporate practice she provided counsel to both domestic and international clients on M&A law, divestitures, corporate reorganizations and commercial transactions.

Harris is currently President of the Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters (CAFDE), a member of the board of directors of Hollywood Suites, and is a member of Women in Film and Television-Toronto (WIFT), sitting on the WIFT Fundraising Committee. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association. Harris has an LLB from University of Victoria and a B.A. (hons) from McGill University.

Anna Herold

Anna Herold is currently Head of the Audiovisual and Media Policy Unit at the European Commission. She was previously Member of Cabinet of Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner responsible for Digital Economy and Society. Prior to that, she was Assistant to Deputy Director-General of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission, Roberto Viola. She has worked for the European Commission since 2003, dealing with media, audiovisual and telecoms policy as well as competition law. Anna holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute in Florence and has written on media law and policy, international trade and competition law.

Hank Intven

Hank Intven is a lawyer based in Victoria, British Columbia, where he teaches telecommunications, broadcasting and Internet law at the University of Victoria. For more than 30 years, he has been recognized as a leading advisor to business, governments and regulators in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries. He has advised a wide range of communications companies, investors, financial institutions, regulators, governments and other clients on communications-related business, regulatory and policy matters in Canada and in more than 25 other countries. He is the president of the Canadian chapter of the International Institute of Communications.

Jason Kee

Jason J. Kee is Public Policy and Government Relations Counsel for Google/YouTube. Working with Google Canada's policy team in Ottawa, he monitors and analyzes issues and legislation affecting the Internet, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Interactive Digital Media (IDM) industries in Canada. Prior to joining Google, Jason was the Director of Policy and Legal Affairs for the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC), the industry association that represents the Canadian video game industry. Before that, Jason practiced intellectual property, information technology and entertainment law.

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.

Gave Lindo

Gave Lindo is the Executive Director of OTT Programming where he leads the content strategy for CBC Gem (an over-the-top video streaming service) and oversees CBC's slate of original digital content for all platforms. Prior to his appointment, he served as Senior Director and Chief of Staff of Programming where he oversaw CBC's programming operations and content partnerships across 10 content areas. With over a decade of experience as a lawyer, executive, and board director within the media, arts, and cultural sector, Gave currently serves on a number of boards including Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC), the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, NOW Magazine, UofT's Public Good Initiative, and Laidlaw Foundation. He also serves as an advisor to the Banff World Media Festival, Ryerson's SocialVenture Zone, and Toronto Life Magazine. Previously, Gave served as the Executive Director of Reelworld Film Festival, negotiated and structured over 100 film and television production deals at CBC, and practiced corporate law at Fasken. He holds BA, JD, and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto and is called to the Bar of Ontario.

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.

Neal McDougall

Neal McDougall is the Director of Policy at the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC). In his role, Mr. McDougall advises and advocates for the WGC on cultural policy matters such as audiovisual content funding, broadcasting and digital policy, copyright, government relations, and matters before the CRTC. Mr. McDougall holds a BFA in Film and Video Production from York University, and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He has worked in a variety of creative, production, and policy roles in the Canadian film and television industry since 1998.

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.

Josh Merchant

Josh Merchant is Senior Vice President, Product & Development at Postmedia –a Canadian news media company representing more than 140 brands across multiple print, online, and mobile platforms. In this role, Josh leads the platform and product strategy and the teams responsible for Postmedia’s digital innovation and transformation.

Prior to joining Postmedia, Josh was co-founder and CTO of Ampifii – a paid media planning and measurement tool for native advertising on social channels –acquired by Postmedia in 2016. Previously, Josh was co-founder and CTO of Lymbix where he built and patented sentiment and emotion-tracking technology.

Josh has a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

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.

Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver is Executive Vice President Torstar and President of Daily News Brands. Prior to that he was Group Publisher and Vice President with Metroland Media Group, where he was responsible for Metroland's daily newspapers; The Hamilton Spectator and The Waterloo Region Record as well as several Metroland Community Newspapers and media assets across south western Ontario. Neil is a member of the Advertising Professional Advisory Council for Sheridan College. He has previously served on the board of News Media Canada and several community boards. Neil holds an MBA from the University of Leicester, U.K.

Marina Pavlovic

Marina Pavlović is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa and is a member of its Centre for Law, Technology and Society.

Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Professor Pavlović acted as an in-house counsel for a telecommunication company in Belgrade (Serbia) and practiced (as an of-counsel) in the area of international commercial arbitration with a law firm in Salzburg (Austria).

Her research expertise is in consumer rights in the cross-border digital economy and in technology policy and regulation.

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.

She studied political science and history at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Monica Song

Monica Song is a partner with Dentons Canada LLP and the head of the Communications Law group at the firm. A skilled administrative lawyer with in-depth knowledge of the business, legal, regulatory, licensing, and public policy issues affecting the communications industry, she has over 20 years' experience advising clients in the sector, including wireline and wireless carriers, resellers, satellite operators, cable companies, Internet service providers, cloud-based application service providers, digital media undertakings, content providers, and equipment manufacturers and distributors.

Monica has been a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law for the past ten years and is frequently invited to speak at administrative and communications law, and other industry conferences.

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 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.

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.

Kelly Wilhelm

Kelly Wilhelm is a strategist and consultant to the arts, creative industries and philanthropic sector. She brings more than than twenty years' experience in the public and private sectors, and a deep knowledge of Canadian and international cultural policy, to her work. From 2016-18, Kelly was Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and was previously Director of Policy, Planning and Strategic Foresight at the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a graduate of Queen's University and has a Master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.

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.