RTA Program Advisory Council

The Program Advisory Council is comprised of professionals and academics with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Their input about RTA and its future provides valuable guidance.

  • Bill Roberts

    Director Broadcast Accessibility Fund

    Mr. Roberts is a recognized international advocate for public service media, including broadcasting, and a steadfast supporter of democracy and free expression. An advisor and contributor to government, business, academia and media organizations, Bill has extensive intercultural and international experience in broadcast communications, constitutional affairs and policy-making. Skilled in finance, marketing and business administration, he has led many cultural organizations to improved productivity and profitability. In addition to his past stewardship of S-VOX, Canada’s foremost provider of television and digital content focused on spiritual awareness and personal growth and wellness, Bill teaches broadcast communications and policy at the University level, sits on numerous domestic and international cultural boards, and is a globally active Canadian in matters relating to good governance and capacity building in media. Bill currently sits on the founding Board of the Broadcast Accessibility Fund, the only multi-million dollar not-for-profit dedicated to facilitating media access to persons with disabilities.  

  • Christine Shipton

    Vice President, Original Content, Shaw Media

    As Vice President, Original Content, Christine Shipton oversees all development and commissioning of Canadian original programming for the Shaw Media 19 specialty channels and for Global Television. A seasoned executive, Christine joined Shaw Media (then Canwest) in May 2005, coming from Blueprint Entertainment, a production company dedicated to producing and financing television productions for the North American and world markets. She has held a variety of senior positions in both broadcast and production organizations, including head of programming for W Network, VP of Canadian Television for Landscape Entertainment Canada, Alliance Atlantis Television and Alliance Communications as EVP of Canadian Drama, as well as Production Executive and Casting Director for CBC Television. Christine has been responsible as Creative Executive for developing, overseeing and managing some great Canadian programming throughout her career, including Rookie Blue, Da Kink in My Hair, Deal or No Deal Canada, Due South, Ice Pilots NWT, Global Currents, Street Legal, North of 60 and The Diana Kilmury Story.

  • David Zitzerman

    Partner, Goodsman Entertainment Group

    David Zitzerman is a partner in the Entertainment Group at Goodmans. He is one of several lawyers dedicated exclusively to entertainment and media law. His practice focuses on the film, television and multimedia industries in Canada and the United States. His clients include independent producers, Hollywood studios, broadcasters, distributors, cable and game companies, talent guilds and agencies, writers and performers. He regularly lectures on entertainment and media law at a number of educational institutions and associations, including the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall law schools and the Cannes Film Festival. David is a director and serves on the Executive/Finance Committee of the Canadian Film Centre, is a Gold Patron of the Toronto International Film Festival and is a member of Film Ontario.  

  • Don Henderson

    President and CEO, Interactive Ontario

    Don is the President and CEO of Interactive Ontario.  Interactive Ontario (IO) is a member-driven, not-for-profit industry trade organization which was originally created in 2001.  IO’s mandate is to support the growth of the interactive digital content industry in the province of Ontario.  IO represents companies creating a wide variety of interactive digital media products and services including video games, transmedia, e‑Learning, web series and mobile content. Prior to joining Interactive Ontario, Don spent more than a dozen years in the business side of the digital media business.  He has previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Studio General Manager of a Toronto-based console videogame development studio as well as VP Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel for a mobile game/application development studio.  He has also previously served as both a General Counsel and a COO and at a boutique game publisher. He has been credited on ten console and PC video game titles, including most recently, Dungeons & Daggers:  Daggerdale (XBLA/PSN/PC), which in 2011 was ranked in the top ten in the United States for both XBLA units sold and revenue.  He was also his studio’s interactive producer on the Gemini-nominated Lost Girl transmedia project. Prior to entering the videogame industry, Don spent six years practicing law at Goodmans LLP where he represented clients in the software and interactive media industries.  Don holds an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto and a law degree from the University of British Columbia.  He teaches a course at George Brown College’s School of Design and frequently lectures on the topic of the business of video games at the University of Toronto law school, Ryerson University, Seneca College and Centennial College.  

  • Jay Switzer

    Chairman and Co-Founder HollywoodSuite

    Jay is Chairman and Co-founder of Hollywood Suite, including channels WarrnerFilms, MGM Channel, Sony Movie Channel and AXN Movies.  Jay is the former longtime President, CEO, and Board member of Canadian broadcaster CHUM Limited and a twenty-five year veteran of the Canadian arts & media business community. Jay started at CHUM Ltd. in 1983 as Program Manager Citytv and worked through various promotions to the head role as President and CEO of CHUM Ltd. until July 2007. Jay was instrumental in the creation and launch of CHUM's specialty channels dating back to the creation and launch of MuchMusic in 1983/84. A proud champion of new independent Canadian feature film (and television) production, Jay supported over 200 new Canadian feature films in his role at CHUM over the past decades. Jay is a board member of Canadian media companies William F. White International Inc. (Comweb Group), OUTtv and Shaftesbury Films.  

  • Jian Ghomeshi

    Broadcaster/Writer, CBC

    Jian Ghomeshi is an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer. He is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk program Q on CBC Radio One and Bold TV. Since its inception in 2007, Q has garnered the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has become the highest-rated show in its morning time slot in CBC history. Jian has presented a number of television documentaries, including The End, Screw the Vote, and Philanthropy Inc., and spent three years as the host of the Gemini Award-winning CBC TV program, Play.  

  • Jocelyn Hamilton

    VP Original Programming, Corus Entertainment

    As Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Jocelyn Hamilton is responsible for overseeing scripted original development and production for Corus Entertainment’s specialty and pay networks, including Movie Central, HBO Canada, YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, OWN Canada and CMT. An award-winning producer and broadcasting executive with over two decades of experience, Hamilton is a loyal supporter of the Canadian production industry, is a member of the President’s Council at Corus, and sits on the board of the Alliance for Children and Television. In her previous roles at Corus as the Vice President, Programming for Corus’ kids networks and the Vice President, Production and Development for Nelvana Studio.  

  • Justin Stockman

    Vice President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media

    As VP Specialty Channels, Justin has the overall responsibility for leading the operational and strategic management of Bell Media’s portfolio of Entertainment Specialty brands, including The Movie Network HBO Canada, Much, MTV, E!, M3, Space, Comedy, Bravo, The Loop and Autofocus, while working with senior management to drive new revenue opportunities and expand efficiencies and best practices across Bell Media. Prior to this, Stockman worked as Executive Director, Marketing, Specialty Channels, where he oversaw all brand-positioning, consumer and trade marketing, social media marketing, and social media communities for Bell Media’s specialty properties. Before he was Executive Director, Stockman was Director of Music and Marketing for MuchMusic, MTV, and MuchMore, where he was responsible for all marketing activities, music label relationships, and the music strategy for these channels, working on projects like the annual MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS and launching MTV series JERSEY SHORE and TEEN MOM. Stockman has worked at MuchMusic for over a decade in various capacities including creative services and production as creative director, supervising producer, producer, writer, editor, and web designer. Justin graduated in 1996 from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Specialized Honours in Visual Arts Studio. In 2009 he earned his MBA through a joint program at Cornell University in New York and Queen’s University in Kingston.

  • Karen King

    Diversity Consulting for Sevice Productions, Productions Without Borders

    Karen has shepherded an entire generation of filmmakers of colour, producing over a dozen films reflecting a range of Canada’s racial and cultural diversity and commissioning and supervising the development and production of nearly 300 hours of prime time scripted content, over 50 commercials. She has developed a simple and practical system helping companies engage with todays markets by implementing social inclusion in development, marketing production and sales, to enhance the content,  and employee engagement. An award winning producer and network executive, some credits include the award winning series, Da Kink in My Hair and the hit series Combat Hospital along with films Rude, Bollywood Bound, Unwanted Soldiers, and Film Club. These films have received accolades like “tour de force”, “seminal work in black cinema”, “brilliant, and poignant". A member of Canada's Who's Who, she is the first black woman to produce a dramatic feature in Canada and the only producer to win the Gemini Canada Award twice. She was the founder of the NFB’s Reel Diversity Competition and was the founding Vice-President of the Black Film and Video Network. King is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre and Simon Fraser University. Her experience and commitment to diversity has enhanced multi-million dollar projects including a wide range of television genres from lifestyle to variety, docs, drama and comedy. She is now working as a Speaker, and contributing to companies that are interested in engaging today's marketplace while completing her practicum for her Masters in Adult Education. Her career has  spanned the private, public and non-profit sectors including a  senior management role at Quebecor as Executive Director, a Drama Content Exec at Global Television, a producer at the National Film Board of Canada on the Special Mandate Team for Cultural Diversity and a host of a live hotline show at TVO.

  • Karen Thorne-Stone

    President and CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

    Karen Thorne-Stone was appointed President and CEO of the Ontario Media Development Corporation in July 2007. The OMDC is a provincial agency which supports economic development in Ontario’s cultural media industries.  In this capacity, Karen is responsible for promoting growth and investment in the province’s entertainment and creative industries including film and television, interactive/digital media, music, book and magazine publishing. Previously Karen was with the city of Toronto, where, for over 18 years, she served in a variety of roles including film commissioner and executive director of economic development.

  • Keith Pelley

    President and CEO, Rogers Media

    Keith Pelley became President and CEO of Rogers Media in September 2010.  Before joining Rogers, Mr. Pelley was Executive Vice President Strategic Planning at CTV and President of the CTV/Rogers Olympic Consortium where he built and led the strategic plan for coverage of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Previously, Mr. Pelley was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Argonaut CFL team and the President of Canadian sports channel TSN. He is also the Chair of the Sports Celebrity Festival in support of Special Olympics, is on the Outreach Committee for Kingsway Lambton Church, and is a founding Board Member and current Chair of The Argos Foundation - Stop The Violence.  

  • Madeline Ziniak

    National Vice President, OMNI Television

    Madeline Ziniak has been involved in ethnic media for over 30 years and is currently the National Vice President of Rogers OMNI Television. Madeline is also Chair of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) which is comprised of professionals engaged in print, broadcast, web journalism and writing, reflecting Canada’s diversity. For her dedication throughout her career, Madeline has received the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, as well as numerous community, government, and industry related honours. In addition, Madeline is the current Chair (Ontario Region) of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, and the Vice Chair of Women in Film and Television – Toronto.  Madeline is a founding member of the Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR), Co-Chair of the International Press Freedom Awards (Canadian Journalists for Free Expression) and a board member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. She is former Co‑Chair of the Task Force For Cultural Diversity on Television, and Chair of the Jury of the Awards of Excellence, Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

  • Mark Milliere

    Senior Vice-President of Production, TSN

    As Senior Vice-President of Production, Mark Milliere is second in command at TSN. He is responsible for all aspects of TSN’s live productions and in-house shows, including SportsCentre.  He is also responsible for hiring production staff and talent. A two-time Gemini Award winner, Milliere has spent his entire 25-year career at TSN, most of which has been with SportsCentre, Canada’s most watched daily sports news program.  Most recently, Milliere was Vice-President of News & NHL on TSN, where he was responsible for the editorial content and on-air presentation for SportsCentre and the NHL on TSN telecasts, including game and studio production, and on-air talent. Milliere’s vision and innovations have been instrumental in the growth and development of TSN’s productions over the years, strengthening the network’s position as the leader in the industry.  For his efforts, Milliere was recognized by The Hockey News as one of the hockey’s 100 most powerful and influential people. Under Milliere’s guidance and leadership, TSN implemented the 1 Up/1 Down and Front Row Centre broadcasting techniques for NHL telecasts, introduced the popular daily SportsCentre Top 10 segment, created numerous hockey specials including TradeCentre, Free Agent Frenzy and Fantasy Drafts, created new invigorating formats for Off The Record and That’s Hockey, and launched SportsCentre in High Definition, as TSN became the first Canadian broadcaster to deliver a daily newscast – sports or non-sports – in HD.  Milliere was also at the forefront of incorporating social media in all aspects of TSN’s productions. Milliere joined TSN in 1987 as an Editorial Assistant at SportsCentre (then called Sportsdesk) while still a student at Ryerson University in the Radio & Television Arts program.  He was soon promoted to Story Editor (1988), Associate Producer (1990), Producer (1992), Senior Producer (1998) Executive Producer (2000) and Vice-President (2007).  Milliere added the NHL on TSN to his duties in 2003. A native of Georgetown, Ont., Milliere graduated from Ryerson University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts.

  • Matt Hornburg

    Executive Producer/Partner, MarbleMedia

    MarbleMedia is an innovative content creation company at the forefront of television and new media production, devoted to telling stories that entertain and engage audiences across all platforms. Matt and Co-Founder Mark Bishop have received international acclaim for many of their projects, including the hit TV series and websites This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung, now airing in 86 countries and in 10 languages. Additionally, Matt is an active member of Interactive Ontario, the Alliance for Children and television, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema. He is often asked to speak at various universities and colleges as well as industry conferences and markets.  

  • Michael Hirsh

    CEO, CookieJar Entertainment

    Recognized throughout the children’s entertainment industry as a leading business and brand-builder. In 2004, Michael spearhearded the creation of Cookie Jar Group, along with Toper Taylor. In a short period of time, he has been responsible for turning Cookie Jar Group into one of the world’s preeminent edutainment studios. Michael’s distinguished career in children’s entertainment began in 1971, when he co-founded Nelvana Limited. He played a pivotal role in transforming Nelvana into a world-class animation company and developed and produced many of television’s most celebrated animated programming. He also pioneered many of the worldwide co-production, marketing and distribution techniques that have become standard industry practice. Michael also co-founded Teletoon, Canada’s leading animation network.  

  • Nancy Chapelle

    Chair of Program Advisory Council, Managing Director, Content and Programming, TVO

    Nancy Chapelle is TVO’s Managing Director, Content and Programming. When she first arrived at TVO the public broadcaster was one channel. Today, it’s a public educational media organization with 5 channels of programming across multiple platforms.  Chapelle supervises all of TVO’s in-house production as well as the hundreds of hours of commissioned and acquired programming.  Prior to her current role at TVO,  Chapelle was President of Catalyst Entertainment which she co-founded in 1989.  Catalyst merged with Cambium and formed CCI in 2002.  Chapelle has a proven track record as  an award winning Producer with over two decades’ experience in children’s, family and live event programming – including her work with the global brand Thomas the Tank Engine.  

  • Peter Sussman

    President, Aver Media; Former CEO, Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group

    Peter was one of the controlling shareholders of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. and CEO of its Entertainment Group. Alliance Atlantis is an entertainment company that was recently sold to CanWest Global Communications Corp. and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners for $2.3 billion. For more than 20 years, Peter participated in the production and distribution of thousands of hours of film and television. He recently moved back to Toronto after spending 14 years in Los Angeles. Peter capped off his years as a multi-award winning Producer by assembling and launching in partnership with CBS, the CSI Television Franchise, comprising CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. Over the years, Peter completed hundreds of the types of transactions provided by Aver Media.  

  • Raja Khanna

    Co-CEO, Glassbox Television

    A seasoned digital media entrepreneur, Raja is the Co-CEO of GlassBOX Television Inc., an integrated television, broadband and mobile media company. At GlassBOX Raja helps guide the company toward its goal of launching new cross-platform channels that capture media mind-share in the digitally-savvy consumer market. Prior to GlassBOX Raja was Founder and CEO of Snap Media, a web and social media content company, and Co-Founder of Quickplay Media a leading global mobile video solutions provider. Raja sits on the boards of GlassBOX, QuickPlay, Sears Canada and is the Co-Chair of the Board of the National Screen Institute.  

  • Scott Moore

    President of Broadcasting, Rogers Media Inc.

    As President of Broadcasting for Rogers Media, Scott Moore is responsible for overseeing the programming, sales, production, regulatory, engineering and distribution for Rogers Media television including Sportsnet, Sportsnet World, Sportsnet One, Citytv, OMNI, Bio, OLN, G4 and FX Canada, as well as for all 55 Rogers Media radio stations across Canada.   An award-winning television producer and executive with more than 20 years of industry experience, Moore was appointed to his position with Rogers Media in December 2010. Prior to joining Rogers Media, Moore was Executive Director of CBC Sports & General Manager of CBC's Media Sales & Marketing Department, and also served as Vice-President of CTV Sportsnet (subsequently Rogers Sportsnet) from 1998 to 2003. Moore has also held senior production positions with TSN as Executive Producer and CTV as Executive Producer, Olympic Coverage.