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Saturday keynote – Kenny Yum

Kenny Yum is Managing Editor of The Huffington Post Canada and AOL Canada, which includes the portal and such sites as, Autoblog Canada and Moviefone. A digital native, Kenny was previously Managing Editor, Digital, for The National Post, an in-depth producer at the CBC and spent eight years at The Globe and Mail, where he helped launch the site in June, 2000. He returned to The Globe in 2009 to be editor of




Sunday keynote – Tom Mulcair

Tom Mulcair was elected leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of Canada’s New Democrats on March 24th, 2012 with 57.2 % of the vote. He was born in Ottawa, but was raised in Laval, North of Montreal. He is the second oldest of ten children. A lawyer by trade, Tom Mulcair worked at the Legislative Affairs branch of the Justice Ministry, and later in the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Conseil de la langue française. At the end of 1987, Tom was named President of the Quebec Professions Board (Office des professions du Québec), a position he held until 1993.He was first elected to Quebec National Assembly in 1994, as MNA for Chomedey. He was reelected three times. During his career in provincial politics, Tom Mulcair served as critic for Justice and for Industry, as well as Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks. In 2007 Tom Mulcair accepted Jack Layton’s invitation to become his Quebec lieutenant. They were both convinced that the NDP represented the values of Quebec. Tom Mulcair went on to become the first NDP MP in the province of Quebec to be elected in a general election. He was first elected as the MP for Outrement in the 2007 by-election, and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. Along with the strong NDP team, Jack Layton and Tom Mulcair worked tirelessly and helped to create a spectacular breakthrough in Quebec on May 2, 2011 – making Canada’s New Democrats the Official Opposition for the first time in history.

Awards banquet and gala MC – Dawna Friesen

Dawna Friesen is the anchor and executive editor of Global news. She served as a foreign correspondent and anchor for NBC for 11 years. Appearing on NBC News, Today and MSNBC, she travelled extensively covering many international news stories, including the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Prior to joining NBC, Friesen worked in Toronto at CTV as a national correspondent, anchor and back-up host for Canada AM. In addition, she served as a Parliamentary reporter in CTV’s Ottawa bureau, and as a reporter and anchor for CBC-TV in Vancouver. Friesen began her journalism career in 1985 at a newspaper in Portage la Prairie before moving on to radio and television stations in Brandon, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. Born in Winnipeg, Friesen grew up on a farm in Manitoba and graduated with a degree in communications from Red River College. In 1993, she received a Southam Fellowship for Journalists from Massey College / University of Toronto.


We’re pleased to announce some of the folks who’ve confirmed they’ll be participating in our three-day event, April 27-29.

Jacqui Banaszynski worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 30 years, most recently as Associate Managing Editor of The Seattle Times. While at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, her series AIDS in the Heartland won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer in international reporting for coverage of the Ethiopian famine and won the nation’s top deadline reporting award for coverage of the 1988 Olympics. She has edited several award-winning projects, including projects that won ASNE Best Writing, Ernie Pyle Human Interest Writing and national business, health, social issues and investigative prizes.  In 2008, she was named to the AASFE Features Hall of Fame.  She is now Knight Chair professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, an editing fellow at the Poynter Institute, a consulting editor at American Public Media and teaches student and professional journalists around the world.


Ted Barris is an accomplished journalist, author and broadcaster. For 40 years, his writing has regularly appeared in the national press – Globe and Mail, National Post, as well as magazines as diverse as Legion, Air Force, esprit de corps, Quill and Quire and Zoomer. He has also worked as host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs and on TV Ontario. He is a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto’s Centennial College, where he has twice been short-listed for the Wicken Teaching Excellence Award. Barris is the author of 16 non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada: Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944. Among the awards Barris has received: the international Billboard Radio Documentary Award and the Yorkton Film Festival’s Golden Sheaf. He is an active member of numerous military associations, including the RCAF. In a unique ceremony on July 27, 2011, he was one of 19 individuals presented with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. In part, the citation read: “Ted Barris has made such exemplary contributions by generously giving of himself and so both benefiting veterans and making manifest the principle that Canada’s obligation to all who have served in the cause of Peace and Freedom, must not be forgotten.”


Joe Banks has been an award-winning Ontario rural and suburban community newspaper journalist, editor, publisher, general manager for more 34 years, and has been with Algonquin College as a full-time professor and coordinator of the journalism program since 2000. In addition to his teaching duties at Algonquin, Banks writes a freelance column for the daily Ottawa Citizen, and is director of the web-based community journalism project,, based in Ottawa.


Jorge Barrera has been a journalist for over a decade. Throughout his career, Jorge has reported from places like Ottawa, Iqaluit, Haiti and Venezuela. He is currently working for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Before joining APTN, Jorge worked for Canwest News Service and Sun Media.


Dean Beeby graduated with an MA (History) from the University of Toronto in 1982. He joined The Canadian Press a year later as a journalist in Toronto, transferring to Ottawa in 1987-88; to Toronto (as business editor) in 1988-90; to Halifax (as bureau chief) in 1990-2003; and most recently to the Ottawa bureau as deputy bureau chief. He is a frequent user of freedom-of-information laws in Canada; has conducted FOI seminars for the Canadian Newspaper Association, the Canadian Association of Journalists, and many news outlets across Canada; and has been a speaker on FOI issues at conferences. He was also a member of the external advisory committee for the federal Access to Information Review Task Force (2001-2002). He is co-editor of one book, and author of three other books, all of which drew on research based on FOI requests.


Ellin Bessner is a national director on the board of CAJ. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Bessner worked for CBC News in the Maritimes, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, as a reporter, anchor and editor. She spent half a dozen years as a foreign correspondent based in Rome, covering the Vatican, and conflicts and wars in Africa, including Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire. She also worked for the World Food Programme of the United Nations from 1989 to 1994. In 1997, she was hired to help launch CTV News Net. She has been teaching since 2000, first at Ryerson University and Seneca College, before she joined Centennial College in 2006.  She runs the radio and television news curriculum, teaching videography, editing, podcasting, advanced magazine publishing, multiplatform journalism, and interviewing.


Deb Bodine has enjoyed a 22-year career in community journalism with Metroland Media Group. More than 12 of those years she served as editor-in-chief: from 1999 to 2009 at Toronto Community News, and from 2009 to December 2011 at the Ottawa division, where she led the editorial team through a period of tremendous change and growth. Bodine served on the board of the Ontario Press Council from 2007 to 2009. She currently resides in the Ottawa area.


Steve Bonspiel is an award-winning journalist from the Mohawk community of Kanesatake, who started his journalism career nine years ago with The Nation magazine, serving the Cree of Northern Quebec. He is the Editor/Publisher of The Eastern Door newspaper in Kahnawake, Quebec. Steve won the 2011 Canadian Association of Journalists’ top prize in community journalism for his coverage of the Mohawk Council’s decision to issue eviction letters to non-Natives in early 2010. The Eastern Door was nominated for the same series of stories for the prestigious Michener Award.


Brenda Bookbinder is an ad agency veteran and is the VP of Media Investments at Novus Canada an OMD agency, since November of 2011. Prior to that she was the VP Group Director Print at PHD Canada, one of the largest media planning/buying agencies in Canada, for 10 years. She is one of Canada’s preeminent print media experts and has worked with clients such as Honda Canada and Unilever Canada during her tenure at PHD. She also was the P&G agency of record manager for three years when she worked at Media Vest.


Murray Brewster has been a journalist for 27 years, the majority of which has been spent at The Canadian Press. He is currently the Parliamentary defence reporter and senior war correspondent, having spent over a year in Afghanistan since 2006. Brewster has covered many national and foreign assignments, notably the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, the submarine fire aboard HMCS Chicoutimi in Scotland, hurricane Katrina, a well as more NATO conferences than he chooses to remember. Earlier in his career he was the Parliamentary Bureau Chief of Standard Broadcast News. Brewster has won 11 national Radio-Television News Director Association awards for feature, editorial and spot news writing, two Atlantic Journalism Awards and was a finalist in the prestigious Michener Awards for public service in journalism.


George Browne has almost a quarter century’s worth of experience working with Global News at the local, national, and digital level, George brings a wealth of news judgment and understanding of digital journalism to the team. George is the founding Executive Producer of Global National, helping the nightly newscast find its voice as a destination for Canadians from coast to coast. It was George who was “in the chair” on Sept. 11, 2001, mere days into the launch of Global National. George is also a passionate documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalism instructor at Centennial College. He has won more than a dozen national and international awards for his news and documentary work, and has earned five Gemini nominations. Based with the digital team in Toronto, George is responsible for the daily editorial, development and workflow for,, and Leading a team of national digital producers in both Toronto, Ottawa and across the country.


Bert Bruser is the Toronto Star’s lawyer. He is also an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and the journalism school at Ryerson University. Bruser was admitted to the Ontario Bar 1974, LL.B. University of Toronto 1972, M.A. journalism Columbia University 1968, A.B. Princeton University 1966.


Steve Buist is an award-winning investigative reporter and feature writer at the Hamilton Spectator. He has won three National Newspaper Awards and he’s been nominated for four other NNAs. He’s been named the country’s Investigative Journalist of the Year on two occasions by the Canadian Association of Journalists and Ontario’s Journalist of the Year three times. Last year, Buist became the first Canadian winner of the Hillman Prize, handed out by the U.S.-based Hillman Foundation for the best piece of journalism related to social justice issues. Buist has long had a keen interest in science and medical issues. He has a B.Sc. in human biology from the University of Guelph and he’s currently finishing up a Master’s degree in journalism by looking at how Canadian newspapers report potential conflicts of interest in medical research.


Martyn Burke works in a multitude of worlds, moving between novels, films, and documentaries. He has published six highly acclaimed novels, been nominated for Emmys, Directors Guild, and Writers Guild awards for his feature and television films. He has made award winning television and theatrical documentaries including the Academy Award-short listed Under Fire: Journalists in Combat, and on other topics ranging from traveling carnivals to terrorism


Tony Burman is former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News, and has been a journalist and news executive for more than 35 years in Canada, United States, Europe and the Middle East. As of September 2011, he has been the Velma Rogers Graham Research Chair in News Media and Technology at Ryerson’s School of Journalism.  During his time as MD of Al Jazeera’s international English-language news channel in Qatar from 2008-2010, Burman guided AJE’s growth in North America, including its launch in Washington D.C. and the launch of the channel last year on every major cable and satellite platform in Canada.


Steve Cassar is news director for CTV News Toronto, managing the planning, production and presentation of the award winning supper hour news program as well as CTV NEWS AT NOON and CTV NEWS AT 11:30. Cassar has been with CTV since 2004; he spent three years working as the Assistant News Director before taking the reins of the newscast himself. Since then he has helped define and maintain ethical, editorial, and technical standards for the CTV Toronto, which won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in 2010. Prior to CTV Toronto, Cassar worked at Global News in Toronto for six years in various posts including Managing Editor where he looked after news programming decisions and operations. Cassar also worked all over Ontario in television newsrooms at CFPL London, CHWI Windsor, CTV Northern Ontario (MCTV). Cassar is a graduate of Fanshawe College’s Broadcast journalism program.


Lynn Chambers is a magazine industry veteran in the women’s service category and currently is the Group Publisher of Canadian Living, ELLE Canada, More and the newly announced Juice multiplatform brand, in partnership with Loblaws. Chamber joined TC Media in March 2006 and is responsible for developing print and digital strategy and pursuing growth through new product development and securing new business opportunities. She previously held senior marketing positions at several of Canada’s leading brands – Clinique Cosmetics, Jamieson Laboratories and the Canadian Cancer Society. Her career began in advertising sales at the Southam Newspaper Group, Chatelaine and Telemedia.


Stephen Cogan is a proud alumnus of hyperlocal community newspapers in the Upper Ottawa Valley. He’s also been a writer and editor at the Kingston Whig-Standard, CBC News in Toronto and NBC News in New York. He co-manages the journalism programs at Centennial College in Toronto, where he attempts to put hyperlocal theory into practice in the pages of the East York Observer student newspaper.


Peter Cooney is the Toronto Star’s Team Editor for training. He worked in various editorial roles for many years at The Gazette in Montreal., including City Pages Editor, National Editor, Foreign Editor, Page One Editor, Review Editor, Insight Editor and Assistant Managing Editor for editorial production and new media. He headed a project to introduce electronic page makeup to The Gazette, and led a small team that started The Gazette’s website in 1995, making the paper the first major Southam publication to go online.  Cooney has also worked on newspapers and other editorial projects in the UK, U.S. and Caribbean, and was a Senior Editor at The National in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He is a part-time faculty member in the journalism department of Concordia University, Montreal.


Bob Cox has been publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press since 2007 and is responsible for all operations of FP Canadian Newspapers. During that time, he has overseen the expansion of the 140-year-old newspaper into both traditional and non-traditional areas. FP includes the Brandon Sun and several community papers, including the Steinbach Carillon, which has repeatedly been named the best all-round community newspaper in Manitoba. FP’s digital properties, including websites and mobile applications, now attract close to 1 million page views every day and the company is experimenting with new ways of engaging readers, such as a News Café in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District. Cox served as editor of the Free Press from 2005 to 2007. He has spent 29 years in daily journalism in Canada, working at four newspapers (two of them twice) and the Canadian Press (in four different cities). He was national editor and night editor of the Globe and Mail prior to returning to Winnipeg in 2005.


Wilf Dinnick is Founding Editor and CEO of OpenFile, a network of local online news sites. As a foreign correspondent, Dinnick had the good fortune to report from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe and all over the Middle East. He covered the war in Iraq, Afghanistan’s first democratic elections, the South Asia tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II and the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. Dinnick is an award-winning journalist and has worked for all three Canadian networks. He was also an International Correspondent for CNN and the Middle East Correspondent for ABC News. Dinnick has had some amazing experiences, but co-founding OpenFile is far and away the greatest highlight so far.


Jeffrey Dvorkin is the Director of the Journalism Program at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and is the executive director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen. He has held journalism appointments at Ryerson University, Georgetown University and the University of Missouri. Dvorkin was NPR’s first ombudsman from 2000-2006. He was named NPR’s VP of News and Information in 1997 and CBC Radio’s Managing Editor and Chief Journalist from 1991-1997. Dvorkin describes himself as a “running dog of the blog-oisie” and blogs at


Jules Elder works at OMNI Television as a news writer/editor, and associate producer for the program In The Black, where he received The Canadian Ethnic Media Association 2003 award for his work with the program. He has taught writing courses in the New Media and Journalism programs at Centennial College . Currently, he is the coordinator for the Centennial College New Media and Journalism joint programs with University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). He also supervises the journalism field placements and manages the Centennial College Internet Radio. Outside of his employment, he is the vice president of the Canadian Media Association. He has studied in Toronto and New York for various programs and has received other awards such as the 2002 African Canadian Achievement Award, the 2000 Media Achievement Awards from the Canadian Association of Black Journalists and the Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award for outstanding contribution to Canadian Journalism, presented by the Canadian Ethnic Journalists and Writers’ Club.


Kim Elliott has been the publisher of since 2005, having joined rabble in 2004 as “Managing Editor”, and is committed to making progressive, independent journalism a sustainable media alternative.  She has graduate degrees in Comparative Literary Studies, sociology and non-profit administration.


Esther Enkin was appointed Executive Editor, CBC News in 2008. Enkin has worked in radio and television at CBC since 1975.  She was a founding member of The Journal, and went on to be a documentary field producer.  Several of her productions won international awards. As head of information programming and chief journalist (Radio) from 1997 to 2002, Enkin implemented a new operation structure and helped developed new programs including This Morning and Outfront. From 2003 to 2007, she was deputy editor-in-chief of CBC News, and oversaw the first steps in the integration of radio, television and online news. In her current position of executive editor, CBC News, she and a colleague are responsible for a complete rewrite and design of CBC’s authoritative ethical code, Journalistic Standards and Practices.


Mike Eppel is the Senior Business Editor at 680 News and the Rogers Radio Network, heard on News 1130 Vancouver, 660 News Calgary, 1310 News Ottawa, 570 News Kitchener, News 95.7 Halifax and Sportsnet Radio, The Fan 590.  Previously, he worked as a Business Editor for CTV National News, CTV Newsnet and CFTO-TV. He has also worked for Report on Business Television, The Toronto Stock Exchange,  Rock 95FM in Barrie, CKNX Radio,Wingham and CKOT Radio, Tillsonburg.  Eppel graduated from Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts program in 1990.  He also attended the University of Western Ontario, studying fourth-year courses in history and political science.


Ted Fairhurst teaches journalism law and ethics at Centennial College in Toronto.  He is also the coordinator of the college component of the Joint Journalism Program between Centennial College and the University of Toronto at Scarborough College.  For more than 25 years, Fairhurst was a radio news reporter/editor with the CBC in Toronto.


Brodie Fenlon studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario and has worked as a reporter for The London Free Press, The Toronto Sun and The Globe and Mail on a number of beats, including crime, city hall and courts. In 2007, he moved to digital, working as an online reporter and editor for The Globe. He was the lead online editor for Project Jacmel, a year-long study of a Haitian city, which won a National Newspaper Award. In May 2011, Fenlon helped launch The Huffington Post Canada , where he serves as senior news editor.


Margo Goodhand is the 14th editor of the 139-year-old Winnipeg Free Press, and the first woman to hold the job. She joined the newspaper in 1991, where she has held a variety of roles, from columnist to Deputy Editor of special projects. She has edited five books, including the Free Press’s The Hermetic Code, a Manitoba best-seller. In the last five years, the Free Press has earned five international awards and 21 national awards, including a Michener citation for meritorious journalism. It was deemed the nation’s best news organization in 2009 by the Canadian Journalism Foundation. Goodhand is a National Newspaper Board Governor, a member of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council, a member of the University of Manitoba’s President’s Advisory Council and a board member of the John W. Dafoe Foundation.


Patricia Graham is Vice President, Digital for Pacific Newspaper Group, publisher of The Vancouver Sun and The Province and their digital properties. Previously Graham was editor-in-chief of The Vancouver Sun and for eight years. Graham began her journalism career in 1980 as a reporter at The Globe and Mail, after practicing law in Toronto, Ontario for four years. She joined Pacific Press (now Pacific Newspaper Group) in 1986, working first for The Province then moving in 1991 to The Vancouver Sun, where she held positions as a columnist, editorial writer, editorial page editor and newsroom manager. Graham was a lecturer at the graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia and currently serves on its advisory committee. She serves on the Patron’s Circle of the Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women and is a founding member of Journeys with Heart. She has previously served on the board of governors for the National Newspaper Awards and the boards of Canadian Women in Communications, North Shore Family Services and North Shore Mental Health. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in both 2006 and 2010, and in 2006 was a recipient of the Hadassah-Wizo Woman of Achievement Award.


Sophia Hadzipetros, CBC’s Manager, Ontario Region, is currently working on setting up and expanding CBC’s new local stations in Ontario. Before taking on this new role in 2012, Sophia spent 7 years as the Managing Editor of CBC News Toronto. Throughout her career at CBC, she has held senior editorial roles at The National, Midday, The Health Show and Venture.  Programs she has led have received numerous Gemini, RTNDA and CAJ awards and nominations, most recently Best Newscast, Large Market for CBC News Toronto in 2010. Prior to coming to Toronto, Sophia spent 10 years in local and network radio. In addition to her work in information programming, Sophia was a founding producer of CBC’s first move into all night radio, Brave New Waves. Sophia has spent two years as a talent scout for CBC.


Saul Hansell has spent his entire career at the intersection of technology, business and journalism. He worked for the New York Times from 1992 to 2009, covering finance, e-commerce and technology, and was the founding editor of the paper’s Bits blog. In 2009, Hansell left the Times to join AOL Huffington Post Media Group as the programming director of the AOL content platform. During his time at AOL, he was a major architect for Seed 2.0, a completely new technology platform specifically designed for creating engaging and innovative reference content. Hansell left the company at the end of 2011 to become the entrepreneur in residence at Betaworks, where he is currently developing a new online journalism startup.


Alfred Hermida is an award-winning associate professor at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Canada. An online news pioneer, digital media scholar and journalism educator, his research explores the convergence of media technologies, industries, content and audiences, through scholarly papers, applied projects and media activities designed to bridge theory and practice. He co-authored Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers, and is currently working on a book on social media and journalism. A founding news editor of the BBC News website, he spent sixteen years at the BBC. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, and The Times (London). He writes about the intersection of media and technology at his award-winning blog,


Frances Horodelski has over 25 years of experience working with two of Canada’s largest investment dealers. Her career has spanned research, portfolio advice, investment banking and international strategy. She also holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She has held a variety of roles, including senior management, and was appointed one of only a handful of women directors at RBC Dominion Securities in the 1990s. Her great love, however, is the analysis of markets in general and companies specifically – and trying to determine the direction of both. Despite her tenure on the street, the dynamics of financial markets and the opportunities they present continue to intrigue her. Every day, she shares her enthusiasm with viewers so together they can look for ways to profit from the stories that develop.


Marci Ien is the Co-Host of CANADA AM, CTV’s national morning show. Her career in television spans more than three decades. The Black Business and Professional Association has honoured Ien in 2008 with the Harry Jerome Award for her contribution to journalism in Canada and her dedication to children’s charities and in 2010 with the Women of Honour Award. While working at CHCH-TV in Hamilton, her news series Journey to Freedom – A Look at the Underground Railroad earned her a Canadian Radio and Television News Directors’ Award in 1995. Ien has travelled to Sierra Leone on behalf of Journalists for Human Rights and Sri Lanka with World Vision.  Ien’s first television job was on the Canadian children’s television series Circle Square at the age of 10. Ien sits on the Board of Dare Arts, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that uses arts education to empower children to become leaders and she is on the Advisory Board for the Centennial College Journalism Program.


Mike Karapita is co-ordinator of the Journalism Program at Humber and Guelph-Humber. Karapita was an invited speaker at World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications in Vienna, Austria in 2008, and again in Toronto in June of 2010. On both occasions, he spoke about Humber’s groundbreaking teaching work in online journalism. In 20 years as a journalist, Karapita has worked at the Canadian Press, CTV News, CBC News and Toronto 1 Television. He has been nominated for a Gemini and has also worked as a freelance travel writer for the National Post and the Canadian Press. He continues to work part time as a writer/editor for and a producer for CBC News Network. Karapita holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto’s Victoria College, and earned his Master’s Degree in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa.


Zuhair Kashmeri is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He is the editorial commentator for OMNI-TV South Asian news hour (Ontario and Western Canada). Zuhair is the author of two books, Soft Target: The Real Story Behind the Air-India Bombing, and The Gulf Within: Canadian Arabs, Racism and the Gulf War. He has worked at The Indian Express (Bombay), The Globe and Mail, the CBC and NOW Magazine and has written for several international publications. He has just finished producing a one-hour documentary The Golden Pen – Following the Footsteps of a Bollywood Scriptwriter, which will premier at a film festival in April.


Malcolm Kelly has been a sports journalist for 27 years, covering everything from amateur and Olympic-style to high school and professional events. He’s been an NBA writer (Toronto Raptors), NHL writer (Toronto Maple Leafs), Major League Baseball reporter (Toronto Blue Jays) and has worked on the CFL beat. Malcolm is also a best-selling author of four books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Canadian Sports History and Hanging it Out on Camera Three: Canadian Sports in the Media Era. Malcolm has worked for the CBC, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Southam Newspapers, Canadian Press, Associated Press, Canwest Newspapers and Thomson Newspapers, plus spent some time in pro basketball as a public relations professional. He teaches in the Centennial College journalism programs.


Brandon Kirk is Vice-President of Corporate Sales at Rogers Publishing Limited where he oversees sales and sales strategy for their consumer brands. He has been in publishing for more than 14 years and previously oversaw sales at Sportsnet magazine as the Associate Publisher. Brandon’s experience includes working with CanWest, Time Inc and Reader’s Digest. For the majority of his career Brandon has been focused on developing a multi-platform vision for the media properties he has worked. Prior to joining Rogers he served as Director of Sales and Global Marketing Solutions at Spafax.


Douglas Knight is president of St. Joseph Media, Canada’s largest privately held magazine company, publisher of such award-winning titles as Toronto Life, Ottawa Magazine, Quill & Quire, Fashion Magazine, Canadian Family and the Where travel magazines in cities across Canada. St. Joseph is also one of the most successful digital media companies in the country. Originally trained as a television producer by the CBC, Mr. Knight has been a senior media executive and leading digital media strategist in Canada and the United States for 34 years.  He served as publisher of The Financial Post Magazine, publisher & CEO of the Financial Post, publisher & CEO of Toronto Sun, and was the founding chair and CEO of impreMedia LLC, the largest publisher of Spanish language newspapers in the US. He co-founded a number of national awards programs including the Top 40 under 40, the CEO of the Year and Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. He is chair of the Governor General’s Performing Arts awards and a director of Writer’s Trust of Canada.  He is also a director of Magazines Canada and has served on a long list of arts, community, corporate and industry boards, including the Canadian Newspaper Association and the Canadian Journalism Foundation and a stint as chair of the Canadian Journalism Awards.


Darryl Konynenbelt is interim acting director of public relations World Vision Canada. A former Canadian TV Journalist, he brings more than two decades of media expertise as both a TV Reporter and educator of Journalism. Konynenbelt, 41, is the recipient of numerous industry accolades for his work as a general assignment reporter and investigative journalist for human interest stories, political reporting, as well as international humanitarian field work in the South Asian Tsunami of 2004.  He most recently was Bureau Chief for Global Toronto’s Mississauga Bureau.


Steve Kowch has 14 years experience running two of Canada’s largest newstalk radio stations – CFRB in Toronto and CJAD in Montreal.  While national director of the news talk format for Astral Media Radio he mentored hosts, program directors and news directors at six radio stations. Kowch created his consulting company kowchmedia after a 40 year career in journalism, broadcasting and radio management. While managing programming at CFRB and CJAD he produced special event programming that won 30 local, national and international awards including two Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) Gold Ribbon Awards. He is a professor of radio and documentaries at Humber College and teaches talk radio at Seneca College. Kowch is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Making It BIG In Media, a guide to chasing your dream to be in media and avoiding being eaten alive in the media jungle.


Sudha Krishna has worked at the intersection of TV and the internet for almost 10 years. A veteran broadcaster and now a veteran online media professional, Here are some highlights from Sudha’s career. 12 years journalism experiences at the National and local level as a reporter and producer for the CBC — from hard news and politics to food and entertainment. He picked up an Emmy Nomination in Advanced New Media Technology as the senior producer of an national, multi-platform variety show ZeD on CBC, featuring music, film, mini-documentaries and content from web users. Sudha launched his own start-ups and worked for other start-ups, from music, to online journalism to social media, the most recent as Director of News at one of the first and largest Citizen Media sites, Now Public. While not at Now Public Sudha helped manage a 250,000 strong community. Sudha’s most recent job in Canada was for Global News where he was Senior Producer for the local TV News websites, picking up a Online News Award Nomination for breaking news coverage of the Slave Lake Fires.


Peter Kvarnstrom is vice president B.C. newspaper operations for Glacier Media Group. Kvarnstrom joined the newspaper industry in 1991 as a classified sales rep at the North Shore News. In 1992, he was promoted to retail advertising manager. In 1997, Peter left the North Shore News to move to Sechelt, B.C. to launch a new community newspaper, Coast Reporter. Kvarnstrom continues to be publisher of the Coast Reporter in addition to his role with Glacier Media. He also represents Glacier on the Canadian Newspaper Association as chair of the board of directors and previously served as president of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. Kvarnstrom is currently Chair of the Comanagement Committee of CNA/CCNA.


Dave Langford has been Sun Media national sports editor for the past four years and was the London Free Press sports editor for the past 14 years. He worked at The Globe and Mail for 16 1/2 years, where he started as senior editor in sports, then was Globe photo editor for four years, sports editor for more than nine years. Before that, he was a sports reporter/copy editor at The London Free Press. While at Globe, Langford worked regularly on The Fan and did stints on the sports panel at Canada AM and CBC Radio. Also, worked on the Conn Smythe sports celebrity dinner four nine years and was co-chair of the committee for four years with Scott Morrison.


Anne Lavrih has been working in radio since 1985 and has done just about everything along the way. She’s been a club and concert reporter (99.9 CKFM), traffic and news reporter (97.3 CJEZ); and has even been a ski and snowboard reporter (680 CFTR). More recently Lavrih has been a writer, news editor and is currently is the newsroom co-ordinator at 680News. She has emceed numerous Women of Influence luncheons at the Metro Convention Center and has anchored on CFMT TV. Lavrih’s also busy voicing commercials, radio promotions and is the voice of the 680News Calendar and Website. She produces and voices the Today’s Parent Report a broadcast feature heard across Canada, which tackles child and family issues. Lavrih graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with her Bachelors of Arts. She teaches at Centennial College; Radio News and Career Management. Anne also sits on the Program Advisory Committee at Sheridan College.


Micah Luxen works at The Globe and Mail and is a student of digital media at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Luxen has worked for The Kelowna Daily Courier, The Penticton Herald, NBC News in New York and She graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.A. in political science and studied investigative reporting at UCLA Extension.


Joanne MacDonald is vice-president of News and general manager at CP24 and has spent more than 25 years with CTV. Prior to her appointment as VP in 2002, MacDonald served in a number of senior positions within CTV News. She was director of CTV News from 1997 to 2002, after holding positions as deputy Ottawa bureau chief (1995-97) and bureau manager (1990-95). Before joining CTV News, she worked as an operator and producer for radio stations CJRT and CJCL. MacDonald actively contributes to the professional development of young journalists and is on the Advisory Board for Sheridan College Journalism Broadcast Program Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of Ryerson University with a BAA in radio and Television Arts. MacDonald is married to television executive Ken MacDonald and has two daughters, Brooke and Kate.


Nancy Macdonald is an associate editor with Maclean’s. Born in Winnipeg and educated in Montreal, she began her career in Vancouver, and is a multiple National Magazine Award nominee.


Kimberley Magi is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Toronto. Until July 2011, she worked in the Kootenay region of B.C. as the sole reporter and photographer at Black Press newspaper the Castlegar News. She has also freelanced for various magazines, newspapers and online publications, including Monday Magazine, Optical Prism and Momentum. Kim holds a B.A. in sociology (social justice concentration) with a minor in journalism from the University of Victoria.


Sharon Manson Singer has more than two decades of public sector experience as a policy leader, senior executive manager and advisor to governments, business and non-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise include health and social policy, research methods, voluntary sector management and leadership. She has advised all levels of government in Canada and internationally on issues related to income security and poverty reduction. From 1997 to 2001, she held a number of deputy minister positions in the British Columbia government, including being the lead deputy minister for British Columbia during the creation of the National Child Benefit and the National Children’s Agenda. Sharon was a tenured professor at the University of British Columbia and is also an adjunct professor at the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria and Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University. Her PhD in social welfare economics is from Brandeis University in the United States where she studied as a National Welfare Fellow. Sharon has a long history of service to the business and voluntary sectors having served as Vice-Chair of BC Hydro and BC Hydro International and on the executive boards of the United Way, Social Research and Development Corporation, Laurier Institute, Canadian Council on Social Development, Centre for Non-Profit Management, Britannia Community Services Society, and BC Addiction Foundation among many others.


Sherine Mansour is a former television journalist with almost twenty years experience as a reporter and news anchor/host, both at the local and national level. Her work has included specialization in several news beats, including health news, world news, and politics. Mansour has also written, produced and hosted biographical documentaries on Canadians of distinction for CPAC (the Cable Public Affairs Channel), and has worked as a parliamentary reporter in Ottawa. Mansour is a professor of journalism now, teaching courses in reporting, hosting, producing, writing,  multi-media production and entrepreneurial journalism.  She is the Program Co-ordinator of the Journalism New-Media post-diploma certificate program at Sheridan College.  Mansour is working towards a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and will be producing a documentary radio series this summer on the democratization of the Egyptian news media.


Judith Matloff is a veteran foreign correspondent with 30 years experience on five continents. She teaches conflict reportage at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and has won various accolades, including a MacArthur fellowship. She headed the Moscow and Africa bureaus of The Christian Science Monitor and has written for several magazines including the New York Times Magazine, L’actualite and The Economist. Matloff has authored two books, Home Girl and Fragments of a Forgotten War.


Glen McGregor is an Ottawa Citizen reporter covering government, politics and anything else that interests him, specializing in data journalism and Twitter evangelism.


Jennifer McGuire has been the General Manager and Editor in Chief of CBC News since May 2009. McGuire is responsible for CBC News Network,  all local and network news and current affairs programming on CBC Television, all local and network news programming on CBC Radio, and Canada’s No. 1 online news site, Formerly Executive Director of CBC Radio, McGuire was responsible for all of radio, including CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, CBC Radio on Sirius and CBC Radio 3. McGuire led the repositioning of CBC Radio 3 and the launch of CBC Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio. She also led the redevelopment and repositioning of CBC Radio 2. Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director, CBC Radio, McGuire served as the Executive Director of Programming for CBC Radio, a position she took up in May 2003. Before that, McGuire served as Acting Head of CBC Radio Current Affairs.


David McKie is an award-winning journalist with CBC News who depends on access-to-information and computer-assisted reporting for his material. His past stories include investigations into drug, food and workplace safety, the Toyota recall and marriages of convenience. In 2008, he was part of a team that won the Michener Award for its coverage of Tasers. David works in Ottawa out of the Parliamentary bureau telling stories on all platforms: Radio, Television and online. He also teaches journalism part-time at Carleton University, Algonquin College, is an adjunct professor at the University of King’s College, and has co-authored two journalism textbooks.


Lauren McKeon is the editor-in-chief of This Magazine. Before that, she worked as a reporter, editor, and writer in the Arctic for three years, travelling Canada’s territories and northern Alberta to write about everything from pipelines to prisons. For two of those years, Lauren also worked as This Magazine’s front-of-book editor. Her work has been honoured twice at the National Magazine Awards and at the Western Magazine Awards. Most recently, as associate editor, she helped Up Here Business win Magazine of the Year at the 2011 Kenneth R. Wilson Business Press Awards. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ryerson University.


Stacey McLeod is the community manager for Star Media Group (SMG Digital) in Toronto. She helped launch the Toronto Star’s Speak Your Mind website around the 2011 provincial election, coordinating journalists, experts and more than 200 community bloggers. Previously, she reported on the local food, nightlife and music scenes and was the Toronto editor for the 2012 Zagat Survey, a prestigious crowd-sourced restaurant guide based in NYC. Stacey is a graduate of Centennial College’s journalism program.


Sarah Millar is currently the social media and community editor at OpenFile. She started her career in newspapers at the Hamilton Spectator when she was 17 years old. Her work has also been published in the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post and various Sun Media papers. She moved to the dark side of digital full time after being hired as a one-year intern at the Toronto Star on their web desk. She’s never looked back


John Moore is the host of Moore in the Morning on NewsTalk 1010 Radio Toronto. He began his radio career in 1986 and has also worked in television and film as an actor, reporter, comedian and script writer. His non media time is spent bicycling, drinking single malt scotch and tending to the demands of a terrier dog.


Dat Nguyen is president of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association and founder and CEO of Thoi Bao newspapers, which serves a wide variety of Vietnamese communities across North America. In 1998, Nguyen began the printing company Webnews Printing Inc. with the initial intent of printing Thoi Bao publications, and has since gone on to print more than 100 community and ethnic newspapers in the GTA. In 2010, Nguyen became CEO of Skylight Media which serves the mainstream community by publishing such newspapers as the Scugog Standard and the Uxbridge Standard.


Ron Nurwisah is news editor at The Huffington Post Canada, where he helps cover the news of the day and aggregates the web for cute animal videos. He has also been an online editor at the National Post and Torontoist, where there was a sad lack of cute animal content. As he gets older, he’s starting to regret his choice of twitter handle. You can find him on twitter @boyreporter.


Marlane Oliver joined 680News, Canada’s first all news Radio Station, shortly after it launched in Toronto in June 1993.  She was co-host of the Afternoon Drive Show for 6 years and has been on the Morning Show with Paul Cook for 13 years.  During that time, the 680News team built an audience of a million plus and covered world changing events including 9-11, the Arab Spring, Iraqi and Afghan wars, the joys and tragedies of the Royal Family and countless national and local stories.  Oliver and Cook have won several national and international RTNDA awards including the Edward R. Murrow  and have witnessed radio news change from a 3 minute newscast, to live news 24/7, to web pages, news alerts, tweeting and texting. Before joining Rogers, Oliver was co-host of the World This Morning and the World at Noon at CFRB 1010, and producer of the award winning John Stall programme.  Oliver has been awarded a Canadian Women in Communications Fellowship and is a graduate of Ryerson.


Lauren O’Neil is an established web culture blogger, multimedia journalist and Canadian TV personality. An active member of Toronto’s Twitterati, she lives and breathes all things Internet. As an Associate Producer on the Social Media and Community team at CBC, Lauren shares her passion for writing, video production and social media with CBC’s audience online. Her work prior to joining the CBC includes positions with MTV Canada, Toronto Star, Yahoo! Canada,, CosmoTV and social media agency Entrinsic. Lauren holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario and an honours degree in Communications with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Windsor. She is passionate about technological innovation, comedy, television and the changing nature of news consumption. She is rarely, if ever spotted without an iPhone in her hand.


Michael OReilly is the founding president of the Canadian Freelance Union (CEP 2040), as well as being a working writer and journalist with over 20 years of experience. As a freelancer, his articles have appeared in many of Canada’s major magazines and newspapers. He has been a columnist, feature writer, and editor, as well as being a radio writer and journalist for CBC Radio. Parallel to this professional career, OReilly has carried on an equally busy life fighting for the rights of self-employed media workers. He is a founding member of the Robertson vs. Thomson Class Action lawsuits, a past president of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), and a former Chairperson of Access Copyright, Canada’s copyright licensing agency.


Jeffrey L. Orridge is the executive director of sports properties, CBC Sports. The Harvard Law School graduate was most recently Chief Operating Officer and Head of Global Business Development for Toronto-based Right to Play International. Previously he served as vice president of Worldwide Licensing as well as Entertainment and New Business Development and later in Corporate Strategic Planning for Matell Inc. Orridge also served as the head of legal and business affairs for the first U.S. Olympic basketball Dream Team, overseeing marketing, licensing, sponsorship, advertising and product development, which received the 1992 Sports Marketer of the Year award. He also worked at Reebok International as Counsel for Worldwide Marketing and Advertising and Director of Global Sports Marketing. Orridge currently lives in Toronto with his wife Carly and two sons Justin and Gabriel.


Angela Pacienza is the director of online news at The Canadian Press. As the largest provider of online news in the country, The Canadian Press provides multimedia content for multiple platforms, including online video and interactive graphics. Pacienza helped launch the online video service in 2006. In that role she oversees video coverage plans and gives direction to reporters shooting in the field. She also provides training on other aspects of online reporting including social media. Previous to her current position, she covered the Ontario legislature. From 2001-2005 she was an entertainment and consumer tech beat reporter.


Janice Paskey teaches online journalism and magazine journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary, where she is associate professor. She is the urban affairs columnist for Metro News Calgary, and was named a Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism Fellow for 2012. She is past editor of Avenue magazine in Calgary, Canadian Correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education, web producer for CTV News Calgary and editor the McGill alumni magazine. She has also served as Executive Director of Communications for the Development Office at the University of Calgary, and Manager of Communications for Development and Alumni at McGill University. For three years, she has produced The Magazine School curriculum project for the Western Magazine Awards. Her latest academic publication is The Alberta Oil Sands, Journalists and their Sources, published by the Oil Sands Research and Information Network.


Momoko Price is the communications director of BuzzData, a web startup based in Toronto. A former newsmedia editor/writer and current data-journalism enthusiast, Price spends most of her free time learning code and converting other newbies into data-lovers.


John Racovali is assistant managing editor of the National Post, where his duties include recruiting many of the fine young journalists who give the Post its bounce today. John began at the Kenora Daily Miner & News in 1982 and his peripatetic career lurched through Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Chatham, St. John’s, Ottawa and the Toronto Star. He helped launch the Post in 1998 as its founding world editor and has since worked as its national editor, chief news editor and production editor. He also served as a governor on the board of the National Newspaper Awards for six years.


Emma Reilly, a Hamilton native, spends her days corralling councillors as the Hamilton Spectator’s City Hall reporter. She graduated from Queen’s University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature, then spent two years studying journalism at Ryerson University. Before joining the Spectator in 2009, she worked as an intern at the Canadian Press and in the Toronto Star’s radio room. She won the 2008 award for novice reporting at the Ontario Newspaper Awards and was nominated for a 2010 ONA for municipal affairs reporting. Reilly is also a classically trained soprano who has appeared with several ensembles in Hamilton, Kingston and Toronto.


Shauna Rempel is co-chair of the Canadian Association of Journalists 2012 conference. She has done various jobs at the Toronto Star, including teaching the finer points of Twitter and other social media as the newsroom’s Training & Development editor. She has also incorporated social media into her role on the Star’s Radar Desk. You can find her on Twitter (@shaunarempel), Facebook, LinkedIn or on her latest obsession, Pinterest.


Christina Reynolds is ELLE Canada’s managing editor. She has worked as a journalist for more than a decade covering everything from business and current events to fashion and travel. She’s been the editor-in-chief of city magazine CalgaryInc, a newspaper writer and copy editor with the Calgary Herald, and a television producer with CTV and BNN.


Keith Robinson has been exploring online communities since 1985 when he made his father bring a 300 baud modem home from work so he could log onto local bulletin boards and run up huge fees on Compuserve.  A graduate of Carleton University’s Master of Journalism program, he worked on TVOntario’s live nightly current affairs program Studio 2 as a Producer, Daily Assignment Editor and Acting Series Producer.  In 2006, he moved to TVO’s Digital and Interactive Department, eventually becoming the Supervising Editor of He brought Twitter to the organization in 2008, and created ‘AgendaCamp’ — an innovative approach to Open Source journalism which brought staff and residents of communities across Ontario together to build a community wiki and produce episodes of The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Since January 2011, he’s been the Senior Producer, Specials and Interactive for, where he produces special feature sites, immersive interactive experiences and leads the data visualization team for Canada’s fastest growing news website.


Hugo Rodrigues is the president of the Canadian Association of Journalists. A multimedia journalist at the Expositor in Brantford, Ont., he joined the CAJ board in 2005. He’s served as the CAJ’s inaugural communications co-ordinator, webmaster and vice-president, in addition to being the CAJ’s representative on the National Newspaper Awards board of governors.


Ellen Roseman has writing about business since 1972. She covered the retail beat at the Financial Post, then a weekly paper, before starting her current focus on personal finance, investing and consumer advocacy. She was a Globe and Mail columnist from 1975-1996. Roseman moved to the Toronto Star as business editor for two years and is now a full-time business columnist and blogger. She also teaches classes in investing for beginners at the University of Toronto’s continuing education department.


Lawrence S. (Al) Rosen graduated from UBC in 1957 and later from the University of Washington with an M.B.A. Degree.  In 1966 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Rosen founded Rosen & Associates Limited in 1990.  He has consulted or given independent opinions on hundreds of litigation-related engagements. Rosen is also the author or co-author of several books and texts on accounting and many dozens of articles in various publications.  He has been an instructor and professor of accounting at UBC, the University of Washington, UofA, and York University.  During his association with York University, he served in many posts, including Accounting Area Coordinator, Director of the Master of Business Administration Program, and a member of the University’s Senate.  For fifteen years he served as a technical advisor to three Auditors’ General of Canada.


Paul Saguil practices litigation and has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, and various administrative bodies, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He received an Hons. B.A. (Philosophy) from York University in 2004 and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007, where he was awarded the Dean’s Gold Key. He served as a clerk to the Honourable Justice Phelan of the Federal Court before being called to the Ontario bar in 2008. He has published academic articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of legal ethics and wrongful conviction review, and is a co-author of the chapter “The Authorized Provision of Legal Services by Non-Lawyers” in Canadian Legal Practice. Saguil is also the Team Advisor to Osgoode’s Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot team and a volunteer lawyer with Pro Bono Law Ontario.


Craig Saila specializes in online news media with a unique focus on creating engaging products and user experiences for content-rich sites; for more than a decade, he has led teams designing and developing for North America’s leading news sites. In the fall of 2010, he rejoined  The Globe and Mail as Director of Digital Products, after working for a number of years with guiding the web design and development of NBC News’ network of sites


Martin Seto is an industry blogger on Masthead, the B2B website for the magazine industry where he writes a Gadget Blog that explores how technology is changing the magazine landscape. He has worked in the magazine industry for the past 15 years in the USA and Canada with both B2B and B2C titles. Prior to that Seto was on the ad agency side where he worked with clients such as Motorola, Nabisco, Smirnoffs and Ford. He is digital publishing expert and is the country manager for Texterity in Canada a leading digital publishing technology company.


Michelle Shephard is the national security reporter for The Toronto Star and has covered issues of terrorism and civil rights in the decade since 9/11. Her reporting has taken her among other places to Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and two dozen times behind the wire in Guantanamo Bay. During her sixteen years in journalism she has won Canada’s top two newspaper awards: the National Newspaper Award for investigations and beats; and the Governor-General’s Michener Award for public service journalism. She is the author of Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, published in 2008 and Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone (September 2011).


Tim Shore is the founder of blogTO, Toronto’s most widely read news and culture blog and the largest site of its kind in Canada. Before founding the site in 2004 Tim worked for a number of advertising agencies and Web design firms overseeing ad campaigns and digital initiatives for well known brands such as Yahoo! and Microsoft. He started his web and media career as a latte-fetching intern at CNN in New York.


David Skok is a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University, the first digital journalist in Canada selected for this honor. His main area of study is how news organizations can build and sustain successful business enterprises using technological disruption strategies. Skok began his career at ABC’s Nightline, the flagship current affairs program, in Washington D.C.  He began working at Global News in 2003, helping to create and produce several of the station’s leading news programs and special events. In 2009, Skok co-created the As managing editor, he oversees all the editorial coverage of local, national and international events, and has pioneered many innovative ways of telling stories, utilizing open data, data visualization, video interactives and social media.  Skok was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and immigrated to Canada in 1988.  He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (BAH 2001) and Ryerson University’s journalism program (2003), where he was awarded the Joe Perlove scholarship for the best graduating student. 


Graeme Smith covered the Afghan war for The Globe and Mail from 2005 to 2009, spending more time in southern Afghanistan during that period than any other Western journalist. Previously the Globe’s Moscow correspondent, he has won all the major awards in Canadian print journalism, including the Canadian Association of Journalists’ prize for investigative reporting; the Amnesty International award; three National Newspaper Awards; and the Michener Award for public service granted once annually by Canada’s head of state. His series of online videos and print articles, Talking to the Taliban, which featured 42 video-recorded interviews with Taliban fighters, won an Emmy Award in 2009. A leading expert on the insurgency, he lectures widely, and serves as an Adjunct Scholar at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He now lives in Istanbul.


Vivian Smith is the associate editor of Boulevard magazine in Victoria, B.C. and a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria. Her research looks at women in print journalism, with a focus on those issues that women say influence their career experiences over time. She has an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and spent 14 years at the Globe and Mail in Toronto, as a reporter, columnist, editor and manager. Since moving to Victoria, she has been a university journalism instructor, media trainer, editorial consultant, freelance writer, columnist and regular NNA judge.


Ward Smith was born and raised in Toronto. He attended Queen’s University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies. Smith then began his journalism career as an Editorial Assistant at Global Toronto. Smith spent six years working in various positions within the Global Toronto newsroom before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia to work as a National Correspondent with First National (now Global National), later becoming Supervising Producer for Global Maritimes. In 1999, he joined Global Quebec (now Global Montreal) as Assistant News Director and Senior Producer. Smith was named Global Montreal’s Director of News and Information in 2001. Smith returned to Global Toronto in 2006 as Managing Editor. In 2008, he was promoted to News Director, also becoming Station Manager in 2010. Under Smith’s leadership Global Toronto has won several RTNDA awards including the 2010 Bert Cannings award for Best Newscast as well as the 2010 Trina McQueen Award for Best News Information Program (large market). Smith lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.


Stephanie Smyth is a familiar face on CP24, especially when new breaks! Smyth leads the CP24 Breaking News Desk and is the Sr. Breaking News producer in charge of all breaking news special production. With over twenty years of news and news programming experience to her credit, the native Torontonian Stephanie Smyth is an award-winning media veteran who brings a wealth of experience to her work in the radio and television industry to the CP24 team.  Stephanie’s career has spanned all facets of the broadcast news sector including news reporting, news anchoring, news-talk radio, commentary, and assignment editor roles.  In 1999, Stephanie rose to senior levels with her appointment as News Director at 680News where she led award-winning coverage of the contested 2000 U.S. presidential election, as well as the tumultuous events of 9/11.  Stephanie’s efforts also helped 680News become the first radio station in Canada to capture the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast.  Stephanie made the move to television in 2003 in her role as News Director at Global Television in Toronto.  Under her leadership, Global captured an RTNDA News Coverage Award.  In 2005, Stephanie became the News Director at AM640 Toronto Radio. Stephanie’s TV experience, combined with her radio expertise gives her the depth of knowledge to work in key areas of broadcast news, where she is known to develop winning teams and systems able to work and win in a fast-paced 24/7 environment. Stephanie is a Vice-President of RTNDA Canada, a member of the Canadian Women in Communications and a supporter of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.


Amar Sodhi brings Torontonians the stories that viewers need to know every weekday, producing Citytv’s flagship news show, CityNews at Six. Amar has produced news stories for major local and international events including the G-20 summit in Toronto, the 2009 Air France crash and coverage of numerous local, provincial and national elections.  Amar was also part of the CityNews team that received a Gemini Award for best breaking news for their coverage of the tornado that touched down in Vaughan in 2009. After completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in Business from the University of Calgary, Amar graduated from the journalism program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. His career in news broadcasting then took off, working as a videographer and assignment editor in the Oshawa bureau of CBC affiliate CHEX TV.A mar transitioned to Citytv in February 1998, working his way up to supervising editor, before moving to the writing and producing


Robert Steiner is Director of the Fellowships In Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Steiner began his career as a global finance correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. After leaving The Wall Street Journal Steiner received his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and then worked as a business strategy executive, at The Boston Group and as Group Vice President Consulting in charge of Strategic Planning for Bell Globemedia. From 2005 to 2010, Steiner was Assistant Vice President of the University of Toronto, in charge of Strategic Communications. Steiner has also held a number of senior campaign positions in Canadian politics. In 2003 and 2002, he served as health policy advisor and principal speechwriter for Hon. Paul Martin. In 2000, Steiner managed the Liberal Party of Canada’s new media campaign, working for Prime Minister Jean Chretien.


Gary Symons is an award-winning journalist turned tech guru. He worked for 16 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, covering crime, courts, native affairs, and investigative reporting. Gary then moved to CBC News, where he was responsible for news coverage in the vast region of southern BC; an area roughly the size of Germany. Gary became the first journalist in Canada trained to provide coverage simultaneously for TV, radio, and online. In addition, Gary worked for CBC’s acclaimed Investigative Unit. His experiences as a field journalist led Gary to design new technology for mobile journalists, and he left CBC in 2008 to found VeriCorder Technology. Today, VeriCorder produces the most advanced system in the world for creating content in the field, and distributing that content through VeriCorder’s new network tools.


Richard Tardif lives in Montreal, Quebec and is an award-winning journalist who wrote about politics, news, sports and First Nations affairs. He is presently the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association, a photographer and an editor for several news and sports web sites. He is also the former assistant editor/online editor for The Eastern Door newspaper in Kahnawake, Quebec. He is writing a cross-cultural non-fiction book about what it means to be a Canadian reporter practicing journalism in a First Nations community in Canada.


Lisa Taylor holds both an LLB and a Master of Laws from Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Prior to attending law school, Taylor spent a decade with CBC Radio & Television in a wide range of journalistic roles. After attaining her law degree, Taylor returned to CBC, ultimately becoming a network justice and legal affairs specialist. In 2005 she left the CBC once more to teach journalism and practice law. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Taylor currently teaches print, video and digital journalism in Ryerson University’s undergraduate journalism program. In addition to teaching at Ryerson, Taylor leads a two-day writing and storytelling workshops for CBC journalists. Over the past two years, Taylor and her training partner have taught hundreds of multi-platform journalists at CBC locations from Vancouver to St. John’s.


Over her years at the Montreal Gazette and now at iPolitics, Elizabeth Thompson has covered Parliament, Quebec’s National Assembly and many of the events that have marked recent Canadian history – including the Polytechnique massacre, the Oka crisis, the 1995 Quebec referendum, the Sponsorship Scandal and more elections than she thought possible in such a short time. A graduate of Concordia University, she has received two National Newspaper Award citations of merit and was part of a team that won the Southam Presidents prize for coverage of the Polytechnique massacre. In 2010, she was nominated for the CAJ’s Scoop of the Year award for her stories revealing how the government accidentally sold off heritage silver from Rideau Hall for a pittance, including some on loan from Buckingham Palace. Thompson is also secretary of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery and has served for the past two years on the CAJ’s board.


Kelly Toughill is the director of the University of King’s College School of Journalism in Halifax. Toughill worked at The Toronto Star for 20 years, and was deputy executive editor when she left in 2006. Toughill is the architect of King’s new graduate program in digital journalism, which focuses on emerging business models and new story forms. She is the recipient of several national journalism awards, including a National Newspaper Award for feature writing.


Phil Tunley received his BA from Queens’ University, and his LL.B from the University of Toronto, before being called to the Ontario bar in 1986. He is active in continuing legal education, and serves as a Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, a non-profit advocacy and service group. Tunley’s public law practice is grounded in four years’ experience as Crown counsel with the Attorney General of Ontario, specializing in constitutional litigation and regulatory prosecutions. He has special expertise in disputes involving Aboriginal peoples and their rights, Crown liability, white-collar crime, and a variety of other regulatory, administrative, and constitutional litigation.


Fred Vallance-Jones is assistant professor of journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He administers the annual national freedom of information audit on behalf of Newspapers Canada, part of a wider research interest into the working of Canada’s access laws. Fred is also a leading authority on data journalism, and leads the annual King’s Summer School in Data Journalism, which is sponsored by Newspapers Canada. He has received numerous Canadian and international journalism awards, including a National Newspaper Award, during almost 25 years with the CBC and Hamilton Spectator. He has been with King’s since 2007, and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate journalism programs.


Gina Valle is a board member of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association. Her work addresses issues of multiculturalism in the fields of education. Gina’s doctoral work brought her into French and English inner-city schools in Montreal, where she worked alongside exemplary teachers. Dr. Valle is a writer, educator, the director and producer of the documentary The Last Rite, the editor of the book Our Grandmothers Ourselves, the curator of the photo exhibit Legacies which has travelled to Asia and Europe. Her company, Diversity Matters, brings a multidimensional approach to diversity training.


Jennifer Verma is responsible for the start-up of large-scale health system improvement partnerships across regions, provinces and territories in Canada as the Director of the Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement at Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Jennifer brings expertise in applied health services research and experience in sharing and spreading evidence-informed healthcare solutions. She has developed and led a variety of knowledge exchange products at CHSRF, most notably, Mythbusters and the Mythbusters Teaching Resource. Previously, Jennifer worked in the Department of Quality and System Improvement at Eastern Health, the largest regional health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador. She also worked in communications and broadcast journalism as a producer and reporter. Jenn holds a Master of Science in Medicine in Applied Health Services Research from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is also a journalism graduate from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


David Walmsley is The Globe and Mail’s Managing Editor. He has held executive news roles at all of Canada’s major news outlets. His interests lie in original journalism, particularly investigative work.In his 20 years as a journalist his work as an editor has touched on the most important files of recent times, including the protection of sources (twice going to the Supreme Court of Canada) and issues of national security. As a reporter, he worked in London at The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. He also worked in Glasgow and covered the violence in Belfast in the early to mid-90s. In July last year, he successfully completed an investigation into the worst peacetime accident in the Royal Air Force’s history when a posthumous gross negligence finding against the two pilots was withdrawn. This restoration of the men’s honour was the culmination of a 17-year investigation.


Stephen J. A. Ward is a professor and the director of ethics at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the founding chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists. Ward is also the author of numerous ethics books, including the award-winning The Invention of Journalism Ethics: The Path to Objectivity and Beyond and is the media ethics columnist for several leading publications, including the PBS web site and Ward has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, was a reporter, war correspondent, and newsroom manager for 14 years. He covered conflicts in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. Prof. Ward then became the British Columbia bureau chief for The Canadian Press news agency in Vancouver.


William Wolfe-Wylie is the social media manager for QMI Agency’s English language publications. Before that, he helped to build the QMI Agency wire service as Sun Media parted ways with the Canadian Press, and was National Bureau Chief for Canadian University Press. He feels weird about writing anything but the most temporary of notes on hard copy, distrusting anything that cannot be backed up. He has spent the past five years teaching a generation of journalists who built their careers on paper to begin trusting the Internet with their livelihoods.


Robert Washburn is a professor in New Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast program at Loyalist College, where he teaches the uses of new technologies in journalism. He is the innovation editor for, where he launched the Canadian Hyperlocal Journalism Project aimed at building resources to assist those interested in this emerging area and is managing editor of the Qnet News, the college’s web-based newspaper. He served for four years on the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Journalists, with one year as chairman. Washburn recently was presented The Educational Technology Committee 2007 award for Innovative Teaching With Technology and he won the Canadian New Media Award for Educator of the Year in 2007. The professor recently completed his Master’s degree on the future of journalism online at the York-Ryerson joint program in Communications and Culture.


Martin White is a consultant to the magazine industry where he has worked with over 50 magazines across Canada in addressing their editorial, circulation, and advertising helping them in the transition from a traditional print business model to incorporating innovative programs and revenue models integrating traditional media with new media. His current clients include Green Living, CMA Canada, Canadian Woodworking, Musicworks, and Magazines Canada. Martin is a magazine industry veteran where he was the VP, Publisher at Time Canada and the Associate Publisher of Toronto Life magazine before that.


Scott White has been editor-in-chief of The Canadian Press since 1997. He manages the editorial operations of the English service for Canada’s national news service, including print, audio, video, pictures and online content. White has overseen the integration of the print and broadcast divisions of The Canadian Press and the introduction of a new video service. Prior to becoming editor-in-chief, White was CP’s general news editor, chief of pictures, Vancouver bureau chief, Washington correspondent, sports editor and Queen’s Park correspondent. White is chair of the National Newspaper Awards board of governors, a member of the School of Journalism’s Advisory Council at Ryerson University and a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Press Commission.


Kyle Carsten Wyatt is the Walrus’ Managing Editor. He has a doctorate from the University of Toronto, where he has taught courses in American and Indigenous literatures. Between 2006 and 2010, he managed submissions and blind reviews for Studies in American Indian Literatures. His work has appeared in The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, Journal of American Studies, Great Plains Quarterly, South Dakota History, and American Review of Canadian Studies. Originally from the Nebraska Sandhills, Kyle joined The Walrus in the summer of 2011


Lara Zarum started as an intern at Eye Weekly shortly before it morphed into The Grid. In addition to writing for the magazine, she is The Grid’s production editor and internship coordinator. Lara studied English at U of T and the University of Edinburgh and has written for The Globe and Mail and Toronto Film Scene.


Madeline Ziniak has been involved in ethnic media for over 30 years and is currently the national vice president of Rogers OMNI Television. Formerly known as CFMT-TV, Canada’s first over-the-air licensed multilingual/ multicultural television station, OMNI has grown from one local ethnic channel to numerous bureaus across Canada. Ziniak has received the Order of Canada, and the Order of Ontario, as well as numerous community, government, and industry related honours. She is the current chair (Ontario Region) of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, the vice chair of Women in Film and Television – Toronto. She is on the Advisory Board of Ryerson University’s School of Radio and Television. Ziniak is a founding member of the Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection, Co-Chair of the International Press Freedom Awards (Canadian Journalists for Free Expression) and a board member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.