Brittnee Blair and Jedson Tavernier are ET Canada’s newest reporters. The former Big Brother Canada houseguests (Season 3 and 9, respectively) join the entertainment news program alongside hosts Cheryl Hickey and Sangita Patel, and reporters Carlos Bustamante, Morgan Hoffman and Keshia Chanté. Blair has previously hosted W Network’s Movie Date and is an international plus-size model. Tavernier is a Toronto-based model, social media creator, fitness enthusiast and TV personality, working with the Toronto Raptors social media team, in addition to appearing in commercial and brand campaign work.
Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco has been named the permanent anchor of CBC Ottawa News at 6. Born and raised in Ottawa, Dabaghi-Pacheco has been with CBC Ottawa since 2010 when he graduated from Carleton University. He earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Local Reporting for his work on the 2014 Parliament Hill shooting. He has also produced several documentaries for Farm Radio International that have taken him to Malawi and Tanzania.
Isabelle Raghem has announced her decision to leave CBC Vancouver after sharing that she’s been struggling with burnout for the past year. Raghem joined CBC in Nov. 2020. She previously worked as a video journalist with CityNews Vancouver, CHEK News Victoria and CHCH Hamilton.
Tim Morgan and Colleen Rusholme’s morning show on boom 99.7 (CJOT-FM) Ottawa has expanded to Big 101.1 (CIQB-FM) Barrie within the Corus Radio network. Morgan was previously heard in middays on Big 101.1. The Big Breakfast with Tim and Colleen debuted on Big 101.1 on Nov. 1.
Lacey Slater, Marketing & Promotions Director and Assistant Program Director at play107 (CKPW-FM) & 95.7 CRUZ FM (CKEA-FM) Edmonton is stepping away from radio after 16 years. Slater is joining Pure Casinos as their Regional Events & Sales Manager, booking entertainment for their venues in Alberta. With Harvard Media for the last nine years, she previously held promotions roles with Rogers Sports & Media in Calgary and the former Astral (now Bell Media) radio stations in Edmonton.
Matty B McIntyre is making a move back to the West Coast as Content Director for Ocean 98.5 (CIOC-FM) Victoria. Along with programming duties, he’ll host afternoons on the station, starting in December. Currently content director for KiSS 107.7 (CFRV-FM) Lethbridge and 106.5 Mountain FM (CHMN-FM) Canmore, McInytre was formerly on-air at KiSS (CKKS-FM), Z95.3 (CKZZ-FM) and Virgin Radio (CFBT-FM) in Vancouver, among other stations.
Yannick Marceau, who departed Radio X (CHOI-FM) Quebec City after 11 years this summer, has joined BLVD 102,1 (CFEL-FM). Marceau is hosting an extended noon-hour show from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., accompanied by Élodie Déry. He’ll also be heard from 6 – 7 p.m. weeknights, joined each night by a different guest.
Reya Lehoux is leaving 630 CHED and 880 (CHQT-FM) Edmonton to join Global Edmonton. The 2019 SAIT Radio & Television Broadcasting grad has been anchoring, reporting and producing with the stations since Jan. 2020.
Clinton Herman is adding Pattison Media to MY96 (CFMY-FM) Medicine Hat, AB to his duties as afternoon announcer, starting Nov. 7, in addition to his current role co-hosting mornings on 101.3 The River (CKKN-FM) Prince George, alongside Vilma Portillo. With The River since April of last year, Herman has also held on-air roles with 102.7 The Peak (CKPK-FM) Vancouver, and 99.1 Fresh Radio (CJGV-FM) Winnipeg, among other stations.
Mary Anne Lavallee has been appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Transformation Officer at Postmedia. With the company since 2014, she previously held the titles of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Interim Chief Financial Officer. Lavallee is tasked with leading the company’s “transformation strategy” for fiscal 2023 with a focus on “alignment across the organization and the transformation required to support a profitable and sustainable business into the future,” according to a Postmedia announcement.
Daniel MacIvor is joining Pink Triangle Press (PTP) as its new Creative Development Consultant. MacIvor will work with Chief Content Officer Jennifer McGuire on the development of new television, digital and podcasting projects. MacIvor is a writer, performer, filmmaker and producer who divides his time between Toronto and Nova Scotia. A recipient of a Governor General’s Literary Award, the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre, a New York Obie Award and a GLAAD Award, as a screenwriter he has written the films Marion Bridge, Wilby Wonderful, Trigger and Weirdos, for which he won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Screenplay. Last year, he directed his first documentary feature, The Work.
Andrew Frank has been named co-president of Mongrel Media, set to lead with founder and now co-president Hussain Amarshi. He’ll also executive produce all Canadian films the company distributes. Frank has been with the company for 16 years, the last nine as VP, Sales & Acquisitions.
Trevor Hodgson is joining Vancouver-based Fireworks Media Group as Chief Operating Officer. Hodgson will spearhead new business, reporting to CEO Jesse Fawcett, who founded the prodco last year. Hodgson has been running his own consultancy, First Look Media, for the last 25 years. Prior to that, he served as VP of Business Affairs for Force Four Entertainment/Entertainment One, among other roles.