Board of Directors
CATHARINE SAXBERGChair, Board of Directors
Catharine Saxberg has been VP, International Relations for SOCAN since January 2014. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association since May of 2005. She has spoken about music publishing, copyright and other music industry issues at events in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Other music industry experience prior to CMPA includes two years as the executive director of the Radio Starmaker Fund and consulting projects for the Canadian Country Music Association.
Catharine’s experience before working primarily for the music industry was in content development, strategic planning, marketing, sales and research for the broadcast industry, where she worked in progressively senior positions for over twenty years for a number of major broadcasters. She has also worked as a media executive for a major international advertising agency, and taught at the Harris Institute of the Arts for fifteen years.
Catharine holds an undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in radio and television arts, an honours BA and a masters degree (SCL) in cultural history from the University of Toronto, and did her doctoral studies in cultural history at York University.
She is the co-founder and chair of the Unison Benevolent Fund, a charitable organization that provides counseling and emergency assistance to those in the music industry in need.
JODIE FERNEYHOUGHPast-Chair, Board of Directors
CCS Rights Management
Jodie Ferneyhough brings years of knowledge and expertise to the always important and vital world of intellectual property. Ferneyhough spent ten years as the head of Universal Music Publishing Group, which included him leading the amalgamation of BMG Music Publishing Canada to UMPG Canada. He spent the previous five years at the helm of peermusic Canada. Throughout his career his artists have been nominated for or were awarded accolades from the Juno Awards, SOCAN Awards, Country Music Awards, Much Music Video Awards, Grammy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards. Jodie sits on the Board of Directors of CMRRA and is the President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA). He is active in lobbying, copyright reform and monitoring ongoing entertainment industry developments on behalf of our clients and partners.
DERRICK ROSSFirst Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
Derrick has been involved in many different sectors of the music industry. First as a musician in the internationally acclaimed band The Spoons, before moving to the record industry side in 1984 when he took on the role of General Manager of Enigma Records Canada. In 1989, Derrick struck out on his own, starting DMD Entertainment, an independent radio promotion and marketing company that is reputed as one of Canada’s strongest in its field. At the same time, he also started his own label, FRE Records, signing bands such as April Wine, The Skydiggers and Jim Witter.
In 2002, Derrick was appointed Vice President of National Promotions and Media Relations at EMI Music Canada. He moved to SLFA in 2007 as Vice President of Contemporary Music where he developed successful new strategies in sales, marketing and corporate partnerships for the agency which specializes in music, film and television talent. In 2010 Derrick joined Slaight Music as President. Slaight Music is a new music company started by Gary Slaight with the mandate to support the Canadian music community through various initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers.
JIM NORRISSecretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors
Jim Norris was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
Born to musical parents, he became heavily involved in music during high school, playing trumpet and then drums. He studied music at University of Toronto and then played professionally for 7 years, recording and touring with bands Taxi, Tote Family and Seadog.
He began his magazine publishing career in advertising sales with Toronto based Flagship magazine and Vancouver based Select Home Designs. During that time he took Business courses at University of Toronto and Ryerson University.
In 1979, he launched Canadian Musician magazine in Toronto. Later that year, the newly formed company, Norris-Whitney Communications, launched Canadian Music Trade magazine. NWC published the printed programs for the Juno Awards, the Toronto Arts Awards, The Canadian Stage Band Festival, The CASBY Awards, the Canadian Country Music Awards and the Toronto Music Awards. In 1983, NWC published the 1st edition of Music Directory Canada. In the 1980s, NWC launched a distribution service, Music Books Plus, specializing in books, videos, software on music, pro audio and lighting.
In 1990 Norris-Whitney launched Professional Sound magazine and in 1997 launched Professional Lighting and Production magazine. The company also provides graphic design, printing, direct marketing, website development and promotion services.
Norris served on various Juno Awards committees and on the Board of Directors of The Toronto Guitar Society. He is currently on the Board of the Unison Benevolent Fund. He is a long-time guest lecturer at Mohawk College’s music department and is currently teaching marketing at Metalworks Institute. He has conducted seminars on Advertising, the Internet, the Music Business, Self Promotion and database marketing at trade shows in Canada and the U.S.
Norris live in Niagara Falls, ON with his wife Maureen Jack and dog Dougall.
PHILLIPE ARCHAMBAULTDirector, Board of Directors
Philippe was recently appointed General Manager of Disques Audiogram, where he has worked since 2010. He is actively engaged in his professional community as the VP of the ADISQ board and as a board member for Fonds Radiostar, and has been involved in other cultural and charitable endeavours. Prior to Audiogram, Philippe’s strong background in media relations has also been put to too use in the worlds of politics and broadcasting. We are looking forward to working with Philippe, and benefiting from his insights and experience.
ERIN BENJAMINDirector, Board of Directors
Executive Director, Music Canada Live
In November of 2014, Ms Benjamin assumed the position of first-ever Executive Director of Music Canada Live, the voice of Canada’s Live Music Industry, after serving as the Canadian Arts Presenting Associations’ (CAPACOA) Executive Director for six and a half years. She had formerly joined CAPACOA after eight years as the first Executive Director at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF, now known as Folk Music Ontario) which followed a decade-long career as a touring and recording singer/songwriter.
She brings a strong vision for the live music sector that focuses on relationship building, networking, out-reach and strategic advocacy. Throughout her career she has helped to lead a variety of major sector initiatives including the inaugural Canadian Live Music Industry Awards (CMW, 2015), Live Music Measures Up (Music Canada, 2015), and CAPACOA’s “The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada” (2013).
Erin grew up in Toronto, attended Concordia University in Montreal where she graduated with a Fine Arts degree (theatre), and has made Ottawa her home since 2003. She has served on a variety of non-profit Boards including the East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International, the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) and MFM (Music and Film In Motion, in Sudbury).
Currently Erin serves as the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports’ Co-Chair of the Ontario Live Music Working Group (drafting a live music strategy for the Province), Vice-Chair of the 2017 Ottawa Juno Host Committee, Co-Chair of Canadian Music Week 2017 and is a member of the Ontario Media Development Corporations Music Industry Advisory Committee.
She lives in a vibrant downtown Ottawa neighbourhood with her awesome kids, son Oliver and daughter Toby.
BERNIE BREENDirector, Board of Directors
Bernie Breen Management
Bernie Breen started his career in music 25 years ago. He spent his first 10 years in fundamental roles in a number of aspects of the industry – arena and theatre tour production manager, club owner, concert promoter, and booking agent.
It is in the last 15 years that Bernie has honed his talents and built a solid reputation as a business savvy, artist-friendly, and knowledgeable artist manager.
Today, Bernie is successfully supporting and developing some of the most talented individuals in the country. Working with a range of both established and budding artists, his current roster includes: The Tragically Hip, Matthew Good, actor/musician Hugh Dillon, newly reunited Headstones, producer/Blue Rodeo member Colin Cripps.
Bernie has been a member of CARAS since 1995, a publisher member with SOCAN and CMRRA since 1997, and a member of the Music Manager’s Forum since 2001 where he spent four years on the Board of Directors.
MELISSA BUBB-CLARKEDirector, Board of Directors
Senior Director, Music Partnerships – MLSE/Live Nation
Melissa has a passion for all things live entertainment. After graduating from Carleton University, Melissa entered the music business working for Popular Records as a Promotions Representative. Two years later, she moved on to promoter start-up Core Audience, which would evolve into SFX, Clear Channel, and finally, Live Nation. Melissa successfully led Live Nation’s Marketing team for over a decade before moving to the role of Vice-President, Client Services. In 2011, she took on the role of Director, Music Partnerships at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) when the company entered a limited partnership with Live Nation Canada.
As Senior Director of Music Partnerships, Melissa has been a driving force behind a robust portfolio of innovative sponsorship programs for some of the world’s top brands, garnering two Awards of Distinction from the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada for both the Nokia All-Access and TD Music Access partnership programs. Having also led the Live Entertainment Marketing department at MLSE, Melissa’s team helped launch Sher Club, a collaboration with music superstar Drake, at Air Canada Centre, launched Air Canada Centre Icons, a recognition program for the superstars that contribute to Toronto’s vibrant music scene and saw Air Canada Centre recognized as Major Facility of the Year (over 8,000) from the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards (2015).
Melissa is a long-time member of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Science, sits on the Communication Committee for Music Canada Live and is on the advisory committee for War Child Canada. Melissa lives in Toronto with her husband, Johnny and children, Anna and Oliver.
RUBIN FOGELDirector, Board of Directors
Rubin Fogel Productions
Rubin Fogel began producing concerts in Montreal in November 1975. Concerts by Keith Jarrett, J.J. Cale, The Police, Dire Straits, Donna Summer, Herbie Hancock and many others were presented by this newcomer.
In 1979, Rubin Fogel and Michel Sabourin united to form Fogel-Sabourin Productions. In 1982, they acquired Club Soda, a 500-seat cabaret that hosts over 250 events annually, The list of artists who have appeared there reads like a who’s who in entertainment – Oasis, Lenny Kravitz, James Brown, Robert Palmer, Jay Leno, Kids in the Hall, Los Lobos, Melissa Etheridge, Indigo Girls, Dave Matthews Band, and countless others.
At the forefront of the 1980’s music explosion, Fogel positioned himself as a dominant promoter in the market, paying attention to artist development and enjoying lasting relationships with countless established artists. Fogel and Sabourin have been awarded four Felix Awards as Concert Promoters of the Year in Quebec… due largely to the production of tours and/or recordings for an impressive number of Québecois artists: Marjo, Richard Séguin, Le Groupe Sanguin, Me Mom & Morgentaler, Claude Dubois, Marie-Denise Pelletier and Pierre Flynn, to name but a few.
March 2000 marked the opening of a new Club Soda, relocated in the heart of downtown Montreal. This state-of-the-art (500-900 capacity) venue has become a venerable Montreal landmark.
Over the past 41 years, Rubin Fogel has produced or co-produced well over three thousand events… regionally, nationally, in the USA and in Europe. Concerts or tours in recent years have included Charles Aznavour, Leonard Cohen, Loreena McKennitt, King Crimson, John Prine, Mark Knopfler, Melissa Etheridge, Johnny Hallyday, and Prince’s final two Canadian apprearances in Montreal and Toronto in March 2016.
Alongside his involvement in community and cultural activities, Fogel served on the board of MaxFACT from its inception in 1997 until 2015. MaxFACT has funded more than 800 video productions for a total of $9.5 million.
DAN FRASERDirector, Board of Directors
Dan Fraser is the President and co-founder of Nettwerk Management, and oversees artist managers, company employees, financials, and management deal negotiations and closings. He has managed the touring careers of Juno and Grammy award-winning artists, including Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Dido, the Barenaked Ladies and Sum 41, to name a few. Additionally, Dan co-founded and oversees the long-term strategic and day-to-day operations of AMP Merchandising, a full service merchandising company that provides merchandise and vending for musicians, sporting teams and large events across North America.
In the late 90’s, Dan partnered with Terry McBride, Marty Diamond, and Sarah McLachlan to co found “Lilith Fair.” For 3 consecutive years, Lilith Fair was the dominant tour in North America, showcasing a wide variety of female-fronted acts to audiences throughout the continent. Staying true to its original plan, Lilith wrapped after 3 years in 1999, but not before raising over 10 Million dollars for a wide variety of women’s charities and drastically changing the music industry.
With over 25 years experience in live concerts and touring, Dan constantly seeks opportunities to apply his experience and skills to support large events and fundraising in Vancouver. He executive produced the 2002 BC Cancer Benefit and 2005 Tsunami Benefit, both held at a sold-out General Motors Place, and he currently sits on the Advisory Board for the new Vancouver downtown stadium and also sat on Board for the 2007 Memorial Cup in Vancouver, as well as the board for the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships held in British Columbia. Dan also served on the Ceremonies Production Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
RALPH JAMESDirector, Board of Directors
United Talent Agency
With over 30 years in the entertainment business, and a wealth of experience and dexterity when it comes to artist representation and talent booking, Ralph James has a distinguished and celebrated career that spans thousands of artists and live music shows, numerous accolades and a wealth admiration from his colleagues and peers around the world.
Ralph began his career as the bass player for CBS rock band Harlequin, touring North and South America for over a decade before helping to foster The Agency Group (Canada) in 1996 along with Neil Warnock and Jack Ross. He started with a small roster of established Canadian artists, and notably signed then-unknown acts such as Nickelback and Billy Talent among others, who have since garnered massive international success and appeal.
As the CEO and co-founder of The Agency Group (Canada), where he was also a member of TAG’s Senior Global Management Team, Ralph has been involved in the development and growth of many artist careers and has continually flourished as one of Canada’s most experienced and respected agents.
Honoured five times as Booking Agent of the Year by Canadian Music Week, Ralph was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2013. Additionally he was nominated for the Bobby Brooks North American Agent of the Year Award in 2007 and 2008 at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, and in 2011 was recognized with the Industry Builder Award at the West Coast Music Awards (**Harlequin was inducted into the WCMA Hall of Fame in 2006).
In 2015 The Agency Group was acquired by United Talent Agency creating a full service agency and major player in music artist representation. Working out of the Toronto office, Ralph continues to book live music artists today – bringing the biggest and best opportunities to his roster of artists and clients.
JESSE KUMAGAIDirector, Board of Directors
Director of Programming, Marketing & Business Development – The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall
Jesse Kumagai returned to Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in 2016 following time spent as Vice President, Talent at Live Nation Canada, booking and promoting concerts out of the Toronto office. Jesse’s previous tenure at the halls spanned more than a decade, presenting artists in those halls and in other venues throughout Toronto.
A hallmark of his career has been his dedication to championing and promoting emerging Canadian artists. Grateful for a 20-year career in the live music industry, Jesse is committed to giving back to the music community through his volunteer work for several different organizations. Jesse is the Board Chair for Music Canada Live, Canada’s first national trade association dedicated to the live music sector. He is the past Vice Chair of the Yonge Dundas Square Board of Management, past Vice President of CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association), a Music Advisory Committee Chair for the Juno Awards, and the 2015 Co-Chair for Canadian Music Week to name a few.
He is an active participant in the current movement towards government leveraging the power of live music as an economic, cultural and social driver in Canadian communities and sits on the City of Toronto’s Music Advisory Council and the Province of Ontario’s Music Industry Advisory Committee. And of course Jesse proudly serves as a member of the Unison Benevolent Fund board.
ANDY MAIZEDirector, Board of Directors
Andy Maize is a singer – songwriter and co-founder of Canadian roots/rock band Skydiggers. The ‘Diggers have been writing and playing their way across the majestic landscapes of Canada for more than a quarter of a century, and have 16 records to their name, including their debut “Skydiggers” (1990) and more recently “Angels” (2013).
Toronto – born and bred, Maize is also a co-founder of MapleMusic, a record label and e-commerce platform for Canadian artists. Maple’s successes are many, and include launching the careers of Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards and Joel Plaskett.
AMY TERRILLDirector, Board of Directors
Executive Vice President, Music Canada
Amy plays a leadership role in the development and implementation of Music Canada’s government and stakeholder relations portfolio and is responsible for overseeing Music Canada’s research and communications.
Music Canada’s latest research project, The Mastering of a Music City, a global study that identifies the key elements and benefits of a music city along with effective strategies to build the sector at the local level, has won worldwide acclaim.
Amy regularly works with cities and regions in Canada and abroad to help them chart a course toward developing a music strategy.
Amy serves on several Boards of Directors including Music Canada Live, the Unison Benevolent Fund, and music advisory committees for Creative BC and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada. Before joining Music Canada, Amy was an award-winning chamber of commerce executive.
CHRIS WYNTERSDirector, Board of Directors
Director of Festival Marketing and Partnerships, Six Shooter Records
Chris Wynters started in January of 2017 as the Director of Festival Marketing and Partnerships at Six Shooter Records. In this role he will steer Interstellar Rodeo’s marketing initiatives in both Edmonton and Winnipeg. He will also continue to develop strategic partnerships in Western Canada, nationally and beyond. 2016 marked a landmark year for Interstellar’s corporate partnerships, including an extensive deal with Bell Canada in Winnipeg. Wynters’ role will also include liaising with the City of Edmonton and City of Winnipeg/The Forks, programming assistance and (in the spirit of Six Shooter’s work ethos), whatever else is required.
Previously, Chris served as the Executive Director of Alberta Music where he started in September, 2012. Alberta Music is a not for profit member service organization dedicated to helping Albertans in the Music Industry succeed in their careers. He moved into his role at Alberta Music with much experience in the music business as a songwriter, producer, studio owner and as a road weathered touring musician from his over 20 years of fronting Captain Tractor (Six Shooter Records 2000/2005), one of Alberta’s most successful indie bands ever. Chris has also done much work as a theatre artist: as an actor, an award winning music director and composer, and as the creator/composer/lyricist of a number of original musicals.
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SHEILA HAMILTONExecutive Director
Sheila Hamilton has spent most of her career with the Canadian Country Music Association. When she originally began working with the CCMA, Sheila handled public relations and administrative duties. In 1988 she became the Association’s Executive Director and: participated in lobbying efforts with various levels of government, developed significant relationships with entertainment industry organizations in Canada, Nashville and Europe, and was key to the planning, execution and growth of the Association’s annual convention and nationally televised award show. In 2007 Sheila was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame for her role in developing the association and the country music industry in Canada.
Since leaving the CCMA in 2005, Sheila has remained active with the Association as a consultant and has worked with several national committees and non-profit organizations.
Now the Executive Director of the Unison Benevolent Fund, Sheila works with the Unison Board of Directors developing emergency assistance programs to benefit the music community.
AMANDA POWERDevelopment Manager
Recognizing at an early age that she had no musical talent at all, Amanda Power decided to use her love of music, country music specifically, to build a career behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.
With a natural ability to organize events, Amanda began her career while in college working with the local country radio station. After completing her Marketing diploma at Niagara College, Amanda moved to Calgary to work with CMT Canada and volunteer with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Certain that her passion for the Canadian music industry would always be a driving force in her career choices, Amanda persisted (relentlessly, some might say) and relocated to Toronto to work with the CCMA.
After many years working with the CCMA in various roles, Amanda decided to try something different and branched out as an independent contractor to grow her experience in the industry. Inspired by a desire to learn as many aspects of the music business as possible, Amanda joined the team at Gibson Guitar Canada and continued to expanded her knowledge accepting contracts with CARAS/The JUNO Awards, EMI Music Canada, World Vision Canada, and Canadian Music Week.
In her current role with Unison Benevolent Fund as Development Manager, Amanda brings over fifteen years of experience and extensive knowledge of event management, sponsorship, marketing, promotions, and industry relations to the organization.