Dr. Patrizia Albanese

Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University 

Patrizia Albanese, interim chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Ryerson University, is currently doing SSHRC-funded research on the child care needs and arrangements of employed mothers in rural Quebec and Ontario. Dr. Albanese is a widely published scholar whose research interests also include the well-being of youth in Canadian Forces families, how child care is depicted in Canadian newspapers, the intergenerational transmission of problem gambling, and immigrant children. Dr. Albanese, the current president of the Canadian Sociology Association and a member of the Ryerson Research Ethics Board, received her BA at the University of Western Ontario, MA and PhD in sociology at the University of Toronto.

Derek Chezzi

Director of Content Works Engagement Services, Postmedia 

Derek Chezzi’s team connects brands and consumers in unique ways through Postmedia news brands, managing a suite of award-winning community products recognized for their innovative approach to engagement. Their roster includes Gastropost, Capital Ideas, Everywear, Shuffle & Roll and Reading Society. Prior to Postmedia, Mr. Chezzi was editor-in-chief at Yahoo Canada. He spent eight years at Yahoo working with teams locally and internationally often on emerging editorial products as the company expanded its editorial content mandate. He enjoys supporting media talent development having spent time as an instructor and advisor for journalism programs at the university and college level.

John Cruickshank

Publisher, Toronto Star

John Cruickshank is the publisher of the Toronto Star and president of Star Media Group. Mr. Cruickshank was appointed to his current position in 2009.  Prior to assuming this position, John was appointed publisher of CBC News in 2007, where he was responsible for all English language television, radio and online news. Before joining the CBC, he was publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and chief operating officer of the Sun-Times Media Group, based in Chicago, from 2003 to 2007. He is a former managing editor of the Globe and Mail and former editor-in-chief of the Vancouver Sun. Mr. Cruickshank started his journalism career with the Kingston Whig Standard. Born and raised in Toronto, he is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Charles Davis

Associate Dean for Scholarly Research and Creative Activities (SRC) in the Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University

Charles Davis has 30 years of professional experience in Canada and internationally in the area of innovation policy and management, with a focus on SMEs and regional development, R&D management and development of technology-intensive industries, especially the information sector and creative industries. Dr. Davis is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications and reports, and has received numerous research grants from federal scholarly granting agencies, international agencies, and private firms. Dr. Davis’ current research projects focus on screen media product innovation, media audiences, and cultural diversity in the media production industry.  Dr. Davis earned his PhD from the Université de Montréal.

Dr. Greg Elmer

Director Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media
Bell Globemedia Research Chair, Ryerson University

Greg Elmer is an associate professor in the School of Media and the graduate program in Communication & Culture at Ryerson University. Dr. Elmer’s research and teaching focus on new media and politics, surveillance studies, software studies, collaborative media making, and media globalization. He has participated in international projects, including most recently a research study of internet politics in South Korea, and his work has been published widely in peer-reviewed journals and books. Dr. Elmer worked with the CBC on its online coverage of the Canadian federal election in 2008 and has also contributed to election coverage for Global TV News and The Hill Times. He serves on the editorial board of New Media & Society, The Information Society, Space and Culture, Television and New Media, The Canadian Journal of Communication, Topia, and the American Communication Journal. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

John Ferri 

Vice President, Current Affairs & Documentaries, TVO.org 

John Ferri has two decades of executive experience in large news and digital publishing environments. Previously, Mr. Ferri held a number of positions at Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. including digital editor responsible for thestar.com where he led the editorial production team and the content and editorial direction for one of Canada’s most prominent news websites. Mr. Ferri began his career at the Toronto Star as a reporter and subsequently held a number of positions including city editor, weekend editor, arts and life editor and opinion page editor. In addition to being a seasoned journalist, Mr. Ferri also has experience with digital start-ups. As managing editor at Openfile.ca he was responsible for the day-to-day news-gathering efforts of a staff of editors and freelance reporters in six major Canadian cities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, English from Brock University and Bachelor of Journalism, High Honours from Carleton University.

Wendy Freeman

President of CTV News

Wendy Freeman, a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, has been the president of CTV News since January 3, 2011. She is a 17-year veteran of the network, and was previously the vice-president and executive producer of CTV National News with responsibility for seven domestic and six international news bureaus. Ms. Freeman has led award-winning news coverage of events ranging from the 9/11 attacks to the death of Pope John Paul II and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In the past, she has worked at New York-based CW11 WPIX Television Network and Toronto’s Citytv. A multiple-award winning producer, Ms. Freeman received the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) award for Best Newscast in 2010, 2007 and 2006. She also won a Gemini Award in 2005 for Best Newscast.

April Lindgren 

Academic Director, Ryerson Journalism Research Centre
Associate Professor, Ryerson University School of Journalism

April Lindgren was appointed academic director of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre when it was formally launched in 2011. Prof. Lindgren is the principal investigator for The Local News Research Project (www.localnewsresearchproject.ca), which focuses on the role and viabilty of local news media in communities. Before joining Ryerson’s School of Journalism faculty in 2007, Prof. Lindgren worked for more than 25 years as a political reporter, correspondent and editorial writer in Ottawa and Toronto. She has a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University and a diplôme in international relations from the Graduate School of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2005-2006 she was the St. Clair Balfour journalism fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College, where her studies focused on urban issues.

Dr. Minelle Mahtani

Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Planning, and Journalism, University of Toronto

Minelle Mahtani is an associate professor of geography and planning, and the program in Journalism at the University of Toronto. She worked at the CBC as a journalist for The National while completing her PhD at University College London on “mixed race” identity in Canada. Dr. Mahtani has published widely on the topic of diversity representation in the news media. She is president of the Association for Canadian Studies and recently completed a term as chair of CERIS – the Ontario Metropolis Centre. She also worked as strategic counsel at IMPACS – the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society.

Janice Neil

Associate Chair and Professor, Ryerson University School of Journalism 

Janice Neil, chair of the Ryerson School of Journalism as of July 1, 2016,  has been a faculty member at the School of Journalism since 2007. Most recently, Prof. Neil served as Undergraduate Program Director and Associate Chair of the school. Janice has an extensive professional background in the field, having worked for 23 years in various roles as a reporter, editor, writer, host, and producer for radio and television. During this time Prof. Neil  held key roles for CBC’s Metro Morning, TVO, CBC TV and Radio and the CBC’s London Bureau. She also served as Editor-In-Chief of the Canadian Journalism Project (J-Source), leading 15 educators, scholars and journalists in the production of research and commentary on the state of the profession in Canada. Prof. Neil received her Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from Carleton University and an M.A. (Film Studies) from Carleton University.

Marissa Nelson

Senior Director, Digital Media, CBC News and Centres

Marissa Nelson leads the strategic planning, development and delivery of all digital properties and products for CBC News, including CBCNews.ca. She helped launch the public broadcaster’s new local digital services, including CBC’s first ever digital-only station in Hamilton, and more recently, digital expansion into Kitchener-Waterloo and Saskatoon. Before she joined the CBC, Ms. Nelson was the Senior Editor, Digital News for the Toronto Star. Ms. Nelson began her career as a reporter at the London Free Press and Hamilton Spectator.

Ann Rauhala

Associate Director, Ryerson Journalism Research Centre
Associate Professor, Ryerson University School of Journalism

Ann Rauhala is an associate professor in the Ryerson University School of Journalism. Prof. Rauhala, who has a Master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto and studied journalism at Ryerson University, spent 16 years at The Globe and Mail, where she worked as an editor, beat reporter, and featured columnist. From 1994 to 1997 she was a television reporter for CBC television’s The National Magazine, and was the senior editor of Counter Spin until 1999. In 2000, she worked as an editor at the Toronto Star. Prof. Rauhala won an award from the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women for her beat reporting. The Globe‘s foreign desk received numerous National Newspaper Awards and honourable mentions during her five years as foreign editor. Prof. Rauhala was originator and editor of The Lucky Ones, a collection of memoirs by families who have adopted children from China. In 2010 she won the Faculty of Communication and Design’s Dean’s Teaching Award.

Dr. Philip Savage 

Professor of Communication Studies, McMaster University 

Philip Savage has a Ph.D. from York University (2006) and lectures and writes on the history and changing role of audiences in Canada and around the world. He teaches in the areas of communication research methodologies, media policy and analysis, and professional communication practice. A long career in community media, public broadcasting, and professional media research included roles as audience research head for CBC Radio (1990’s) and then in planning and regulatory affairs for CBC Television and CBC.ca (early 2000’s). Prof. Savage has been involved in public policy formation as a consultant and expert witness with the House of Commons, CRTC, Commissioner of Official Languages, Canadian Media Guild, and other community-based groups. He is a board member and active participant with the Finnish-based RIPE (Re-Visionary Interpretations of the Public Enterprise) and has contributed to major publications on digital media transformation around the world, in particular with regard to public broadcasting and public service media audiences.

 Ivor Shapiro

Chair and Associate Professor, Ryerson University School of Journalism
Chair, Ethics Advisory Committee, Canadian Association of Journalism

Ivor Shapiro teaches ethics and feature reporting and conducts research into aspects of ethics and excellence in journalism. He is the founding editor of the Canadian Journalism Project (J-Source.ca), a former contributing editor at Saturday Night magazine and former managing editor of Chatelaine magazine. He has written feature articles for those magazines as well as publications including Toronto Life, The Walrus, Maclean’s, Today’s Parent and The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine. Prof. Shapiro has been honoured six times at the National Magazine Awards and has been a finalist for a Canadian Association of Journalists award for investigative journalism. His academic research has been published in Journalism Practice, Canadian Journal of Communication, and Newspaper Research Journal. 

Craig Silverman 

Editor, BuzzFeed Canada 

Craig Silverman is a journalist-entrepreneur, author and media critic. He is the editor of the Verification Handbook, the author of Regret the Error: How media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech and co-author with Michael Calce of Mafiaboy. Mr. Silverman’s writing has appeared in publications ranging from the Toronto StarThe Globe and Mail and the New York Times to the Columbia Journalism Review and Harvard’s Nieman Reports. 

Sylvia Stead

Public Editor, The Globe and Mail

Prior to her appointment as the Globe and Mail’s public editor in 2012, Sylvia Stead worked as a reporter and editor at the newspaper. She joined The Globe in 1975, after graduating from the University of Western Ontario. As a reporter, Ms. Stead covered courts, education and Queen’s Park covering a major teacher’s strike, several elections and important trials. In her various roles as national editor, executive editor and deputy editor she oversaw coverage of major stories ranging from the Swissair crash tothe École Polytechnique shooting and the 1995 Quebec referendum. Ms. Stead is vice-chair of the National Newspaper Awards Board of Governors, on the Advisory Council for the University of Western Ontario’s Journalism Advisory Council and on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

Erika Tustin 

Digital Editor, Toronto Star 

Erika Tustin leads editorial news and strategy for thestar.com‘s digital platforms and social properties. Her overarching focus and interest is in digital storytelling, content distribution and audience development. She’s held a variety of senior positions at the Toronto Star, including senior editor, digital news. Ms. Tustin began her career as a crime reporter for the Peterborough Examiner before joining Dose magazine, a digital and print national start-up for millennials, as an associate editor. Ms. Tustin holds a Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Philosophy, from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University.