Barb Williams is joining CBC as Executive Vice-President. Up until her recent retirement, Williams was EVP and COO of Corus Entertainment, and previously served as president of Shaw Media; VP, Content at Canwest; vice-president and GM of Toronto 1; and senior VP of Lifestyle Programming at Alliance Atlantis. Williams will join the public broadcaster May 1.
Susie Hedrick is the new president and COO of media solutions company vCreative. Hedrick will report directly to vCreative CEO, Jinny Laderer, and will lead sales and operations while also directing the company’s finance and administrative functions. She joins vCreative from WideOrbit where she was SVP of Sales for North America, overseeing TV, radio, network and digital divisions.
Chris Toman, the editor of VICE Sports, was among those swept up in layoffs at VICE Canada this week. Toman had been with VICE since 2015. The Canadian Media Guild, which represents VICE Canada employees, could not confirm the number of layoffs on this side of the border, as part of a 10 per cent reduction in the media company’s workforce worldwide.
Ingrid Moore is retiring after nearly 30 years in radio, the last 10 with Starboard Communications’ 95.5 Hits-FM (CJOJ-FM) Belleville, ON. Moore’s last day on “Mark & Ingrid in the Morning” is this Friday, Feb. 8. Moore is moving to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation as a special events officer. Charity Brown will join the 95.5 Hits-FM morning show as co-host, alongside Mark Philbin, starting Monday.
Hubert Lacroix, former CBC/Radio-Canada president, is joining Blake, Cassels & Graydon as Strategic Counsel in the Montreal office. Lacroix, 63, returns to private practice after a decade with the public broadcaster.
Doug Burnett has been appointed SaskTel’s president and CEO on a permanent basis. Prior to his appointment, Burnett had been acting in the role, in addition to his responsibilities as VP of Human Resources and Corporate Services. Burnett has been with SaskTel since 1990, when he started as Corporate Counsel.
Kenny Jones, former afternoon drive host on 96.9 JACK FM (CJAX-FM) Vancouver has returned to his hometown of Winnipeg where he’s handling drive on KiSS 102.3 (CKY-FM. Former drive guy Adam Taylor has relocated to Vancouver where he’s handling music director duties for multiple KiSS stations.
E.J. Alon has joined Telefilm Canada as the Director, Talent Fund. Alon has worked in philanthropy and development for the last two decades, most recently with the City of Toronto’s TO Live, and previous stints with TIFF, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the U.S., the Luminato Festival, Harbourfront Centre, and the Ontario Science Centre.
Gavin McInnes is re-joining The Rebel, but as his alter ego “Miles McInnes.” One of the alt-right site’s earliest hosts, McInnes parted ways with Rebel Media in Aug. 2017. His return will be in character as his “woke brother” who’ll produce “social justice videos” according to a video promo. McInnes, whose career has taken him from co-founding VICE Magazine to founding western chauvinist group the Proud Boys, was most recently contributing to conservative network CRTV. He was downsized when it merged with The Blaze late last year.
Robert Brown, vice-president at Cineplex Media, is the new chair of the Vividata board of directors. Brown has served on the media and consumer insights company’s board since 2016 and was elected treasurer in Dec. 2017.
Karen Bruce will join Women in Film & Television–Toronto (WIFT-T) as executive director, effective April 4. She replaces Heather Webb, who resigned at the end of December. With over 20 years of senior leadership experience, Bruce is currently Director of Membership and Fan Engagement at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Prior to 2012, she served as director, Canadian Initiatives at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where she developed external relationships and nurtured emerging talent through programs like Talent Lab and TIFF Rising Stars.
Matthew Vittiglio is joining New Metric as VP, Finance. Vittiglio joins the company from 9 Story. He’s previously a controller at Epitome Pictures, and worked with KPMG.
John Christou has been named director of operations for NFB’s English-language program. Christou founded Prospector Films in 2008 and has produced multiple films including Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Up The Yangtze, Inside These Walls, The Saver, and Last Woman Standing.
Mark Slone has been named president at Pacific Northwest Pictures. A long-time Canadian distribution executive, Slone previously held senior leadership positions at Alliance Films and eOne. Based in Toronto, he’ll head up acquisition, distribution and production expansion operations for PNP.
Carmen Cruz has moved from weekends on CFOX-FM Vancouver to a new 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. midday time slot. Cruz has been with the station since 2014 in various roles including social media strategist and assistant music director.
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