Governance - New Canadian Media

CO-CHAIRS

Co-Chair, Board Member

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

Co-Chair, Board Member

Gavin Barrett

Co-Chair, Board Member

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah is a Trade Commissioner in the Pacific Regional Office of Global Affairs Canada. She was selected as a Rhodes Scholar in 2003 and graduated from the University of Oxford with two master’s degrees, respectively, in English Literature and Women’s Studies. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Honours English B.A. as a Wesbrook Scholar. While a public servant by day, by night Yaa-Hemaa is a jazz and soul singer-songwriter. Her debut EP, “Come Hear My Voice” was released in 2016. She has published articles focused on race and immigrant issues in Huffington Post and New Canadian Media and has supported organizations focused on education and racialized youth.

Co-Chair, Board Member

Gavin Barrett

Gavin Barrett is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Toronto ad agency Barrett and Welsh which focuses on creating inclusion through communications. His poetry has been published in Reasons For Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets, Penguin India (ed. Ranjit Hoskote), and in many other reputable literary periodicals. He co-curates The Tartan Turban Secret Readings, which promote visible minority and indigenous voices in Canadian literature.

BOARD MEMBERS

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Naser Miftari
Board Member

Naser Miftari

Board Member

Howard Lichtman

Board Member

Nick Noorani

Board Member

Naser Miftari

Naser Miftari is an independent media researcher. His broad area of interest is in political theory and his research focus is on the future of public broadcasting, media governance and political economy of communication. For more than ten years he was a writer and editor for Koha Ditore one of leading newspapers in South East Europe. He is an active contributor in media research studies and has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in media and political science at colleges and universities in United States and South East Europe.  More recently he served as a contributor on global journalism issues with the Toronto-based Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression (CJFE) and in 2016 he was a research fellow at King’s College in New York.

Board Member

Howard Lichtman

Howard Lichtman, MBA, JD

Partner & Co-founder, Ethnicity Matters 

Howard Lichtman is a co-founding Partner of Ethnicity Matters. Prior to Ethnicity, Howard was the President of The Lightning Group and Executive Vice President of Marketing Communications at Cineplex. He is also responsible for all of the marketing, programming and sponsorship for the Taste of the Danforth. He also served as the CMO of the Ethnic Channels Group- Canada’s largest distributor of Ethnic Channels from home. He created the American Express Front of the Line program, transformed cinemas from being just movie theatres to being media outlets with launch of screen advertising and he has sold the largest sponsorship to live theatre in history – $15 million to Amex, Pepsi and Labatt. 

Howard is JD and MBA, and has taught a course at Ryerson on How to Launch an e-Business.  He is an angel investor in Sensibill, NXM Labs, DotHealth, MediSeen, Interior Design Show, Ethnic Channels Group, LifeWire, Geogram, My Broker Bee, Halvana and NISE Technologies. In addition, he is a member of the Schulich School of Business Global Management Program’s “Devil’s Advocate” Panel.  He also serves as a Judge of The Global Hult Competition. He has served on numerous non-profit Boards, including as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Ontario Science Centre. Howard currently serves on the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place. He is also very active with the Schulich School of Business.

Board Member

Nick Noorani

Nick Noorani is a well-known authority on improving immigrant outcomes.

Bestselling author of Arrival Survival Canada, founder Publisher Canadian Immigrant Magazine, Chief Architect Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards and Founder President Prepare for Canada. Nick is a motivational speaker, social entrepreneur, author and media personality and has become a powerful voice for the successful integration of immigrants in Canada and bridging cultural gaps in the workplace and beyond. Nick has been an advisor to the Federal Government and municipal governments on immigrant issues. He has also been closely involved in creating content for Welcome to Canada – The Government of Canada official publication for immigrants.

Nicks new projects are Immigrant Networks and Canada eLearning Academy

MEMBERS 

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Andrew Griffith

Member

Andrew Griffith is the author of Multiculturalism in Canada: Evidence and Anecdote, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias: Resetting Citizenship and Multiculturalism and many other works. He is a former Director-General of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Citizenship and Multiculturalism branch. He regularly comments on citizenship, multiculturalism and related issues, in this blog and the media.

Belen Febres

Member

Belen Febres is a Phd Candidate at Simon Fraser University with a focus on Community Media and Health Communication. Belen collaborates with historically silenced communities and communication initiatives to co-create spaces for self-representation and social change.

Don Curry

Don Curry

Member

Don Curry is the President of Curry Consulting which provides immigration solutions for rural and northern Canadian municipalities. He is also the Founding Executive Director of The North Bay & District Multicultural Centre, a multi-award winning immigrant settlement agency with offices in North Bay and Timmins. It is the lead agency for the Local Immigration Partnership project, the North Bay Newcomer Network and the Timmins Local Immigration Partnership.

Elizabeth Hall

Member

Elizabeth Hall is the Managing Director of Research+Knowledge = Insights. Elizabeth has 20 years of experience in market research and also sits on the MRIA board of directors. Elizabeth has also provided insight in industries that include Media, Finance, Marketing and Healthcare. 

Gautam Nath

Member

Gautam Nath is a well-known name in the multicultural marketing field, with over 30 years of experience in Canada and overseas. He is the recipient of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award 2011, the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism 2017 and recognized as Canada’s Top 50 Board Diversity Professionals. Until recently, he was Vice President at a leading multicultural marketing agency based in Toronto.

Gavin Barrett

Co-Chair, Board Member

Gavin Barrett is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Toronto ad agency Barrett and Welsh which focuses on creating inclusion through communications. His poetry has been published in Reasons For Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets, Penguin India (ed. Ranjit Hoskote), and in many other reputable literary periodicals. He co-curates The Tartan Turban Secret Readings, which promote visible minority and indigenous voices in Canadian literature.

Harald Bauder

Member

Harald Bauder is Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and the Graduate Program for Immigration and Settlement Studies (ISS) at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and the founding Academic Director of the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS).

Howard Lichtman

Board Member

Howard Lichtman, MBA, JD

Partner & Co-founder, Ethnicity Matters 

Howard Lichtman is a co-founding Partner of Ethnicity Matters. Prior to Ethnicity, Howard was the President of The Lightning Group and Executive Vice President of Marketing Communications at Cineplex. He is also responsible for all of the marketing, programming and sponsorship for the Taste of the Danforth. He also served as the CMO of the Ethnic Channels Group- Canada’s largest distributor of Ethnic Channels from home. He created the American Express Front of the Line program, transformed cinemas from being just movie theatres to being media outlets with launch of screen advertising and he has sold the largest sponsorship to live theatre in history – $15 million to Amex, Pepsi and Labatt. 

Howard is JD and MBA, and has taught a course at Ryerson on How to Launch an e-Business.  He is an angel investor in Sensibill, NXM Labs, DotHealth, MediSeen, Interior Design Show, Ethnic Channels Group, LifeWire, Geogram, My Broker Bee, Halvana and NISE Technologies. In addition, he is a member of the Schulich School of Business Global Management Program’s “Devil’s Advocate” Panel.  He also serves as a Judge of The Global Hult Competition. He has served on numerous non-profit Boards, including as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Ontario Science Centre. Howard currently serves on the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place. He is also very active with the Schulich School of Business.

JYOTI-CHAUDHRY

Jyoti Chaudhry

Member

Jyoti Chaudhry is a Brampton-based lawyer and founding member of the JC Law Professional Corporation. She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice and Small Claims court and is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Marco Navarro-Genie

Member

Marco Navarro-Genie is the Executive Vice President at Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. He is the former President and CEO of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) and often provides political analysis and media commentary on Canadian provincial and federal policy and politics.

Matthew Holmes

Member

Matthew Holmes has over 20 years of experience working in policy and government relations, and has held leadership positions within Canadian and international not-for-profits, business associations, post-secondary institutions, and representing Canadian media, arts, and B2B publishers. He was president and CEO of Magazines Canada until Sept. 2018.

Meyer Burstein

Member

Meyer Burstein is a consultant with extensive experience in research, knowledge transfer, strategic planning, policy and operational analysis, and evaluation. He is a former Director-General of Citizenship and Immigration Canada responsible for strategic planning and research, as well as the design and management of the immigrant selection system.

Naser Miftari

Naser Miftari

Board Member

Naser Miftari is an independent media researcher. His broad area of interest is in political theory and his research focus is on the future of public broadcasting, media governance and political economy of communication. For more than ten years he was a writer and editor for Koha Ditore one of leading newspapers in South East Europe. He is an active contributor in media research studies and has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in media and political science at colleges and universities in United States and South East Europe.  More recently he served as a contributor on global journalism issues with the Toronto-based Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression (CJFE) and in 2016 he was a research fellow at King’s College in New York.

Nick Noorani

Board Member

Nick Noorani is a well-known authority on improving immigrant outcomes.

Bestselling author of Arrival Survival Canada, founder Publisher Canadian Immigrant Magazine, Chief Architect Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards and Founder President Prepare for Canada. Nick is a motivational speaker, social entrepreneur, author and media personality and has become a powerful voice for the successful integration of immigrants in Canada and bridging cultural gaps in the workplace and beyond. Nick has been an advisor to the Federal Government and municipal governments on immigrant issues. He has also been closely involved in creating content for Welcome to Canada – The Government of Canada official publication for immigrants.

Nicks new projects are Immigrant Networks and Canada eLearning Academy

Viv Nijhawan

Member

Viv Nijhawan is an Independent Management Consultant and was one of the founding directors of New Canadian Media. He has extensive experience in business development, investment banking, private equity financing and consulting and corporate financial analysis, with a background as a lawyer specializing in business and corporate/commercial law.

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

Co-Chair, Board Member

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah is a Trade Commissioner in the Pacific Regional Office of Global Affairs Canada. She was selected as a Rhodes Scholar in 2003 and graduated from the University of Oxford with two master’s degrees, respectively, in English Literature and Women’s Studies. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Honours English B.A. as a Wesbrook Scholar. While a public servant by day, by night Yaa-Hemaa is a jazz and soul singer-songwriter. Her debut EP, “Come Hear My Voice” was released in 2016. She has published articles focused on race and immigrant issues in Huffington Post and New Canadian Media and has supported organizations focused on education and racialized youth.

OFFICERS

George Abraham

Founder-Publisher & Executive Director

George brings 30 years of writing and newsroom management experience to New Canadian Media. He began his journalism career with The Times of India in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), followed by stints at the Khaleej Times in Dubai and as managing editor of The Peninsula in Qatar. A journalist with high ethical standards, George won the prestigious Nieman scholarship at Harvard University (1994-95), and more recently, pursued a Master’s in Journalism at Carleton University (2004).

Brent Jolly

Editorial Advisor

Brent Jolly is the director of communications, research, and community management with the National NewsMedia Council of Canada (NNC). Jolly worked as a journalist with a variety of news outlets as both a writer and editor. He is a co-author of the recently-released study ‘Good News, Bad News, a snapshot of conditions at small market newspapers in Canada’, in partnership with Ryerson’s Local News Research Project. He is the national President with the Canadian Association of Journalists, is Canada’s press freedom liaison to the international chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and is a media, law, and policy fellow at the University of Oxford. Jolly holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University, and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, where he studied as a junior fellow at Massey College.

Fabian Dawson

Business Development Advisor

A multiple-award winning journalist, Fabian Dawson is an internationally acclaimed author, filmmaker and media expert. His work over the last four decades spans the globe and he also serves as a consultant/strategic advisor to a variety of international companies. As deputy editor-in-chief of The Province, part of the Postmedia chain, Dawson led initiatives within a special publications group to provide directed content for a variety of organisations. He was named the 2019 recipient of the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award at Jack Webster Awards. Dawson has been invited by the governments of India, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and the United States to act as a media observer/advisor on a variety of Asian-Canada issues. Dawson, now operates FD Media, which specializes in harnessing editorial assets to revenue generating opportunities.