Advisory Council - New Canadian Media

Shelley Ambrose


Shelley Ambrose began as a reporter for the Globe and Mail and Windsor Star before serving for more than a decade as the producer for CBC Radio’s Morningside and later The Pamela Wallin Show. Shelley spent three years in public affairs at the Canadian Consulate in New York. Until recently, Shelley was the Publisher and Executive Director of The Walrus.

Margaret Eaton

Margaret Eaton is the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Before joining the CMHA, Margaret served as the Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector.

Shachi Kurl

As Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, Shachi Kurl can be found offering analysis on CBC’s “At Issue,” Canada’s most-watched political panel, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York times, the Globe and Mail, and on the editorial pages of the Ottawa Citizen, among other places. At the Institute—Canada’s non-profit foundation committed to independent research —she works with public opinion data to further public knowledge and enhance the national understanding of issues that matter to Canada and the world. She spent the first part of her career as a political reporter and holds a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University. She is a recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster Award for Best TV Reporting.


John Miller

John is emeritus professor and former chair of the Ryerson School of Journalism. This followed a 20-year career as news executive with the Toronto Star. One of Canada’s leading researchers and trainers dealing with diversity in news organizations, he did the first census of Canadian daily newsrooms and his analysis of media coverage of the Ipperwash confrontation was cited in Mr. Justice Sidney Linden’s provincial inquiry report.

Sadia Zaman

Sadia Zaman is the CEO of Inspirit Foundation. She has extensive experience in current affairs and documentary  journalism with Vision TV, CBC and TVO. Sadia also led Women in Film and Television (WIFT), a not-for-profit. She is often asked to speak on equity, gender, and leadership, and media issues.

Susan Harada

Susan Harada is an Associate Professor of journalism with Carleton University who served as Associate Director and then Director of the Journalism School between 2014-2020. Before joining Carleton, she was a journalist with the CBC. During her nearly two decades with the CBC, she held a number of positions, from documentary journalist to parliamentary correspondent to news anchor and host.