Advisory Council - New Canadian Media

Shelley Ambrose

Chair

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.

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.

Catherine Cano

Catherine Cano

An innovative global leader and a seasoned manager in a time of transformational change with a solid expertise in media and strategic management, governance, and financial stewardship, Mme Cano has been a executive manager for almost 20 years in media organizations as the head of news and 24 hours news networks at Radio-Canada, CBC and Deputy News Director at Al Jazeera in Qatar, President and General Manager of CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel) as well as Managing Partner at NATIONAL public relations in Toronto and most recently COO of the International Organization of La Francophonie based in Paris. Now President of CanoVision, a boutique consulting service firm specializing in media, governance, ethics, transparency, integrity and accountability, Mme Cano has worked in complex political and multicultural environments and with multiple stakeholders and issues. She has won the recognition of her peers and been selected twice as one of the 100 most powerful women and won the Innovator of the year award from Women in Communication and Technology. She also won 2 Gemini awards and the Michener-Deacon Fellowship.

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