Robin is honoured to work with the following wonderful people as her board advisors:
Currently Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Kevin Shea has over 30 years’ experience in the Canadian entertainment, broadcasting, cable, telecommunications and culture industries. Shea is owner and President of SheaChez Inc., a consulting firm whose clients include the CBC, Telus Communications and Standard Broadcasting.
The former President and CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio, as well as YTV Canada, Shea led both companies through the CRTC licensing and start-up processes. He also served as President and COO of the Global Television Network, Executive Vice-President at Bell Globemedia Inc. and as President and CEO of Atlantis Communications Inc.
Shea’s other accomplishments include chairing the Toronto Tourism Recovery Alliance in the aftermath of SARS, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters TV Board, and the Canadian Film Centre. Shea holds several directorships, including one with Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc., of Arthur, Caillou and Doodlebops fame.
Prior to 1993, Mr. Shea occupied senior management positions for a diverse group of broadcast and entertainment entities, including YTV Canada Inc., Rogers Cablesystems Inc. and the Cable Satellite Network Inc. Mr. Shea serves on the Telus Television Advisory Board and the Marketing Board of the National Capital Commission.
Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto and Los Angeles, Mr. Shea graduated from the University of Western Ontario (1984) and York University (1975). His commitment to Canadian broadcasting is evident from his involvement in a number of industry associations including the Canadian Film Centre (Chairman), Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Canadian Women in Communications (named 2004 Mentor of the Year), Canadian Cable Television Association, Canadian Film and Television Production Association, Banff International Television Festival, Life Network, Prime TV Network, CN Tower Limited, Children’s Broadcast Institute and the Canadian Children’s Foundation.
François has 20 years of experience in sponsorship especially in the entertainment and sports industry. His passion for sponsorship has led him to innovate and create new opportunities for event properties, media and advertisers alike. François has developed sponsorship programs for Celine Dion, the Air Miles Program, La Vitrine to name a few. His career has also led him to manage commercial inventory in over 800 hours of production on two Olympic broadcasts (Sydney 2000 and Salt Lake City 2002) where he created some of the most innovative sponsored content integration for his clients. He is a teacher at the Quebec Event Institute on event financing. François is now fully dedicated to Leverage and represents prestigious brands such as Just For Laughs, La Tohu, and Air Miles.
Janet Eger brings a 15 year career in public relations and marketing to the Radiate Advisory Board representing some of the best known and loved Canadian brands in the marketplace. Her strategic thinking and ability to connect seemingly disparate organizations in meaningful and productive ways have formed the cornerstones of her career success.
Currently Janet oversees Public Relations for Indigo Books and Music Inc, which operates 261 stores with presence in every province and territory in the country; a popular online bookstore at chapters.indigo.ca; an innovative digital destination called Shortcovers; and an eco-aware brand called Pistachio that caters to the growing segment of the population that supports eco-friendly paper, home décor and apothecary products.
Prior to being invited to join Indigo, Janet was the Director of Communications for Holt Renfrew and Co. overseeing both Public Relations and Advertising for Canada’s iconic luxury retailer. Janet and her team enhanced consumer and media affinity for the brand at home and internationally by highlighting the successful, unique events and extraordinary opportunities Holt Renfrew brought to the marketplace. A commitment to partnership with colleagues, media and vendors resulted in the Company securing numerous marketing and advertising awards and recognition for Holt Renfrew as brand of the year for Strategy Magazine in 2007.
As an avid skier, Janet left a thriving production company, Vicom Multimedia, in 1998 to join Canadian Pacific Hotels as the Director of Public Relations at Chateau Lake Louise. She was transferred two years later to join the Company’s corporate office, where she managed communications for 40 hotels in six countries.
Janet has an Honours BA in Political Science from the University of Calgary and an Applied Degree in Broadcast Journalism. She remains an avid skier and tennis player.
Gayle Duncan is the Vice President of Marketing for Koben Systems Inc., an energy management and sustainability company that is leading the way for electrical vehicle infrastructure build-out and home energy management and control. With 15+ years of consultative and operational experience launching, building and managing businesses and brands, Gayle has honed her career driving measurable business results by applying the skills and disciplines of Brand Strategy, Sales and Marketing towards driving rewarding Customer Experiences for key audiences: Employees, Channel Partners, Sales Representatives and Customers.
Her previous roles include:
• Vice President Marketing / Vice President Engagement Marketing: Maritz Canada Inc. and Maritz Loyalty Marketing
• Vice President – Client Service, Consumer Impact Marketing (CIM) Ltd.
• President and Co-Founder, WHIRL Inc
• Director, Marketing Services, Integrated Communications & Entertainment (ICE) Inc
• National Affinity Marketing Manager, Clearnet PCS Inc. (Telus Mobility)
• Business Manager – Latin America, Neilson Cadbury Inc.
Gayle’s roster of clients includes IMAX, Bell, Rogers Communications, Telus, Fritolay Canada, Microsoft Canada, Pepsi Foods Canada, Pfizer, GSK, Winners Merchants Inc, Trizechahn, Canadian Tire and a vast array of private and public marketing communications agencies. Her board-level experiences include 41-street.com, ZOG Company, Koben Homes, Koben Systems Inc. and Radiate Coaching. Gayle has an MBA in International Business and Marketing from Western Business School (Ivey) and a BSc. in Psychology (minor in Biochemistry) from McGill University. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and currently resides in Mississauga Ontario with her husband and two sons.
Two big wins.
And now he’s returning to the scene of his first to try for his third.
That’s Andy Nulman’s story in a nutshell. While young in spirit and snappy in dress, Andy Nulman has been creating and leading major media projects for over three decades.
WIN #1: Desperate for work at the age of 23 after being fired from his journalism job, Nulman joined a two-night, French-language humour event starting up in Montreal. When he left 15 years later as its CEO and driving force, the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival was the biggest and most prestigious of its kind on earth, attracting more than 2 million visitors over a month-long period. During his tenure, Andy worked with the likes of Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Martin Short, Tina Fey and Adam Sandler, sold multi-million dollar corporate sponsorships and created/Executive Produced over 150 Festival TV shows, in a variety of languages, all over the world.
WIN #2: Then came Airborne Mobile. In 1999, Nulman co-founded this pioneering company in the burgeoning new industry of mobile media and marketing. Most people, including Airborne’s early investors, didn’t give the fledgling firm much chance to survive its first year. Less than seven years later though, Airborne was not only honored as North America’s 4th-Fastest Growing Tech Company in Deloitte’s Fast 500 ranking, but sold to Japan’s Cybird Holdings for $110 million. What’s more, three years after that, he and his partner bought it back. For way, way less. No wonder he speaks about How To Do The Impossible and the Power of Surprise.
AND NOW: As of July 2010, Nulman returns with big, groundshaking plans of change, as President of Festivals and Television to Just for Laughs and its French component Juste Pour Rire. While remaining on the Airborne board with some operational duties on the interactive TXT-TV television network project, his first love Just for Laughs will be his full-time gig. As his title suggests, he will take charge of Just for Laughs/Juste Pour Rire as well as the upstart festivals in Toronto and Chicago, plus the television production arms of the company.
In his spare time, Andy is also an oft-published author (three books and counting, including the breakthrough marketing effort Pow! Right Between The Eyes-Profiting From The Power of Surprise), half-decent snowboarder, gym rat, contemporary art buff, newbie hockey defenceman (a convert after two decades as a goalie) and prolific blogger on lessons he learns.
Other accomplishments include being named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 business leaders by the Financial Post in 1997, voted one of the Top 100 Montrealers of the 20th Century by the Montreal Gazette in 2000, and honored as a distinguished recipient of the McGill Management Achievement Award in 2004.
His major disappointment is that he has only one life to live…but he’s working on a solution.
Stéphane Longval is an organisational psychologist. He has been working in the field since 1991. With fourteen years experience teaching and leading workshops, Stéphane now specializes in individual and group coaching for managers and entrepreneurs. He primarily works in the manufacturing field, as well as in the Health and Social Services sectors.
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