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Learn more about the renowned industry leaders from Canada and around the world speaking at this year’s conference.


Josée Bergeron - Director, Product Management, Physical Mail products - Canada Post
Josée Bergeron joined Canada Post in 1991, as Sales support clerk and subsequently held leadership roles in Marketing and Product Management. She currently manages the Physical Mail products at Canada Post which includes Lettermail, Admail and Publications Mail, a portfolio representing over $3.5B in commercial revenues. Bergeron and her team are responsible to develop product and pricing plans, improve the existing products and services to make them easier to use and identify market opportunities to meet the emerging needs of customers.

Bergeron brings valuable experience and has a solid track record in delivering large and complex projects. On her spare time, Josée enjoys travelling, volunteering in Africa and cycling. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (specializing in Marketing and Management) and a Masters in Business Administration (BMA) from the University of Ottawa.


Jason Chiu -  Design Editor - The Globe and Mail
Jason Chiu is a Design Editor at The Globe and Mail and the Society for News Design Director representing Canada. He's the winner of back to back National Newspaper Awards (2009, 2010).

Previously he was a designer at the Toronto Star, and an Art Director and Production Manager at a variety of weeklies in Ottawa. A frequent speaker at journalism and design conferences across the continent, where he speaks on production, design, and creative thinking. At the Globe, Chiu is a lead designer on special projects and Weekend front pages. You can follow him at @jasonachiu.

Chiu shares his insights on how designers can create eye-catching layouts that celebrate the power of the print medium during his DARING PRINT DESIGN presentation on Thursday, April 26


Jennifer East - Founder - ONIDA Family Advisors Inc.
Jennifer East is the founder of ONIDA Family Advisors Inc. She works with a select number of multi-generational business and financial families in North America and Asia. East helps families build trust, enhance leadership skills and develop the governance structures required to manage a transition from one generation to the next.

East is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and an internationally trained executive coach and family business facilitator. She has presented at leading family business conferences in North America, Europe and Asia.

She will share her practical advice on transition for publishing veterans during the INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS: HOW TO RETIRE GRACEFULLY presentation on Friday, April 27.


Clark Gilbert - President and CEO - Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media
Clark Gilbert is the president and CEO of the Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media. The Deseret News is Utah’s longest running business and one of the nation’s fastest growing newspapers, both in print and online.

Prior to DDM, Gilbert was an associate academic vice-president at Brigham Young University–Idaho, where he oversaw the university’s online learning and distance education initiatives. He was also a professor of entrepreneurial management at the Harvard Business School and has a background in media innovation.

Gilbert will share his cost-management strategies and proven profit building techniques during his presentation DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION: A NEW OASIS IN THE DESERT on Thursday, April 26. He will also sit on the panel during the STRUCTURING YOUR SALES TEAM discussion. Both presentations take place on Friday, April 27.


Margo Goodhand – Editor – Winnipeg Free Press
Margo Goodhand is the first female Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press. She joined the newspaper in 1991, where she has held a variety of roles, from columnist to copy editor to deputy editor of special projects. She has also edited four books, including The Hermetic Code, a Manitoba bestseller written and designed by Free Press staff. Under Goodhand ’s leadership in 2009, the Winnipeg Free Press earned both a Michener Citation of Merit and the Excellence in Journalism Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

Goodhand was born and raised in Winnipeg, earning a four-year honours degree at the University of Winnipeg. She took a one-year post-grad journalism course at Langara College in Vancouver before starting her newspaper career as a reporter at a Vancouver weekly. She is a member of the John Dafoe Foundation, the National Newspaper Board of Governors, the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council and the University of Manitoba’s President’s Advisory Council..

Ms. Goodhand is a National Newspaper Board of Governor, a member of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council, a member of the U of M President’s Advisory Council, and a board member of the John W. Dafoe Foundation.

Goodhand will speak at the BRILLIANT NEWSROOM CAREERS: WHY WOMEN STAY, WHY THEY LEAVE AND WHY IT MATTERS panel discussion on Friday, April 27.


Patricia Graham - Vice President, Digital - Pacific Newspaper Group
Patricia Graham is Vice President, Digital for Pacific Newspaper Group, publisher of The Vancouver Sun and The Province and their digital properties. Her executive responsibilities include identifying and developing new growth opportunities, overseeing the smooth operation of the company’s digital products across all platforms, and ensuring a coordinative, effective and revenue-driven approach to digital initiatives. Previously Graham was editor-in-chief of The Vancouver Sun and for eight years. During her tenure as editor, she oversaw the transformation of The Vancouver Sun from a newspaper to a round-the-clock newsroom creating content across multiple platforms and engaging the community in information sharing and exchange.

Graham served as a lecturer at the graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia and currently serves on its advisory committee. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in both 2006 and 2010, and in 2006 was a recipient of the Hadassah-Wizo Woman of Achievement Award.

Graham will speak at the BRILLIANT NEWSROOM CAREERS: WHY WOMEN STAY, WHY THEY LEAVE AND WHY IT MATTERS panel discussion on Friday, April 27.


Collin Haba - Managing Director - The New Times
Collin Haba is the managing director of The New Times, Rwanda’s only English daily newspaper. He is also the president of the Rwanda Journalists Association and the president of the Rwandan Chapter of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. Haba spent two years at School of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Haba will lead an inspiring breakfast presentation titled RWANDA: The Challenge of Speaking the Truth on Friday, April 28 at 8:00 AM

Saul Hansell – Entrepreneur in residence - Betaworks
Saul Hansell has spent his entire career at the intersection of technology, business and journalism. He worked for the New York Times from 1992 to 2009, covering finance, e-commerce and technology, and was the founding editor of the paper’s Bits blog. In 2009, Hansell left the Times to join AOL Huffington Post Media Group as the programming director of the AOL content platform. During his time at AOL, he was a major architect for Seed 2.0, a completely new technology platform specifically designed for creating engaging and innovative reference content.

Hansell left the company at the end of 2011 to become the entrepreneur in residence at Betaworks, where he is currently developing a new online journalism startup.

Hansell will show delegates how to harness the power social media and new technology during his SOCIAL SCENE presentation on Friday, April 27.


Marci Ien  - Co-Host - CANADA AM
Marci Ien is a news junkie, a mom of two, a basketball fan and on November, 24, 2011 she became the Co-Host of CANADA AM – CTV’s national morning show. Already a familiar face in the mornings, Ien was CANADA AM’s News Anchor from 2003 – 2011.

Ien’s career in television spans more than three decades. Her career has taken her from Halifax, where she joined CTV National News as a reporter in 1997, to Vancouver, where she was the News Anchor for CTV’s OLYMPIC MORNING at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Ien’s charity work has seen her travel across the globe. In 2008, Ien travelled to Sierra Leone on behalf of Journalists for Human Rights where she met with reporters and led training workshops. She also works with World Vision for whom she traveled to Sri Lanka to report on the situation following the 2004 Tsunami.

Ien will speak at the BRILLIANT NEWSROOM CAREERS: WHY WOMEN STAY, WHY THEY LEAVE AND WHY IT MATTERS panel discussion on Friday, April 27.


Matt Lindsay - President - Mather Economics
Matt Lindsay is the President of Mather Economics, an economics consultancy in Atlanta, GA. He has worked as an economist for over seventeen years as an industry practitioner of applied economics and as an economic consultant. Prior to Mather Economics, Lindsay worked for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and as an Economist for United Parcel Service. 

Lindsay has extensive experience in marketing spend effectiveness optimization and customer retention and has worked with over ninety publishers, including 26 of the top 100, in the areas of circulation pricing, retention, and customer profitability. His work has helped generate millions in incremental circulation revenue for his publishing clients, including several Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. Many of his clients have used his analysis and predictive models to support strategic pricing decisions, marketing initiatives, and customer acquisition tactics for several years.

Lindsay has a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Applied Economics from Clemson University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Georgia.

Matt Lindsay will act as the moderator during the MAKING ONLINE NEWS PAY: PAYWALLS DOS AND DON’TS panel discussion on Thursday, April 26.


Grzegorz Piechota - President of INMA Europe; News Editor, Gazeta Wyborcza
Grzegorz Piechota is the first ever editor serving Dallas-based International Newsmedia Marketing Association -- a worldwide network of 5,860+ media executives -- as its European board's president. As a news editor of the biggest quality daily newspaper in Poland, Gazeta Wyborcza, he leads the digital transformation of its newsroom and development of innovative multimedia projects that involve editorial, research and marketing teams.

His ideas and works have driven printed circulation, online traffic, engagement and revenue, and were awarded by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers WAN-IFRA, INMA, and local institutions. In 2008 WAN-IFRA awarded Gazeta the title of the World Young Reader Newspaper of the Year. In 2010 London-based trade portal listed him as one of the leading innovators in the world's media.

Piechota will give the opening plenary presentation titled BUILDING COMMUNITIES ACROSS CHANNELS on Thursday, April 26.


Suzanne Raitt - Vice-President Marketing and Innovation - Newspapers Canada
As vice president, marketing and innovation for Newspapers Canada, Raitt has employed her broad range of experience in advertising and research to get the message out about the value of newspapers. 

She previously worked at the Toronto Star where she was Managing Director, Advertising Effectiveness. Prior to her work in newspapers, Raitt worked for A.C. Nielsen Marketing Research, and advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and MacLaren McCann (Erickson). Raitt holds three degrees from the University of Western Ontario.

Raitt will demonstrates ‘what’s cooking' in the medium for 2012 during her NEWSPAPERS: A RECIPIE FOR SUCCESS presentation on Thursday, April 26.


Emma Reilly - City Hall Reporter - Hamilton Spectator
Emma Reilly, a Hamilton native, spends her days corralling councillors as the Hamilton Spectator’s City Hall reporter. She graduated from Queen’s University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature, then spent two years studying journalism at Ryerson University . Before joining the Spectator in 2009, she worked as an intern at the Canadian Press and in the Toronto Star’s radio room. She won the 2008 award for novice reporting at the Ontario Newspaper Awards and was nominated for a 2010 ONA for municipal affairs reporting. Emma is also a classically trained soprano who has appeared with several ensembles in Hamilton , Kingston and Toronto .


Otto Sjoberg - President and founder - Media(r)evolution
Otto Sjoberg has some 30 years experience in major media corporations like Schibsted and Bonnier and with three of Sweden's largest newspapers, the largest television network and leading online ventures. Among some of his achievements: Director of Aftonbladet New Media from 1997-1999 when the business area became profitable. Started TV4 Interactive as president in 1999 , which today is the digital business area for TV4. During seven years, 2002-2008 editor-in-chief at Expressen, one of Sweden´s largest newspapers. He was recruited to Expressen in December 2001 when the newspaper was on the verge of closing down. One year later Expressen turned profitable and has been so ever since. 

For the last two years Sjoberg has been CEO and developed a joint venture between TV4 and Expressen to explore business opportunities in mobile media. In 2011 he founded his own company, Media(r)evolution. Sjoberg is also a consultant with WAN-IFRA Emerging Digital Platforms and Business Development and writes for INMA about mobile and tablets.

Sjoberg will lead the TABLETS AND SMARTPHONES: EXPLORING MOBILE session on Thursday, April 26.


Vivian Smith - Associate Editor - Boulevard magazine
Vivian Smith is the Associate Editor of Boulevard magazine in Victoria, B.C. and a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria. Her research looks at women in print journalism, with a focus on those issues that women say influence their career experiences over time. She has an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and spent 14 years at the Globe and Mail in Toronto, as a reporter, columnist, editor and manager. Since moving to Victoria, she has been a university journalism instructor, media trainer, editorial consultant, freelance writer and columnist.

Smith will be the moderator at the BRILLIANT NEWSROOM CAREERS: WHY WOMEN STAY, WHY THEY LEAVE AND WHY IT MATTERS panel discussion on Thursday, April 26.


Kelly Toughill - Director - University of King's College School of Journalism
Kelly Toughill is the director of the University of King's College School of Journalism in Halifax. Toughill previously worked at the Toronto Star for 20 years, and was deputy executive editor when she left in 2006. She is the architect of King’s new graduate program in digital journalism, which focuses on emerging business models and new story forms.

She is the recipient of several national journalism awards, including a National Newspaper Award for feature writing.

Toughill will speak at the BRILLIANT NEWSROOM CAREERS: WHY WOMEN STAY, WHY THEY LEAVE AND WHY IT MATTERS panel discussion on Friday, April 27.


David Turkstra - Vice President, Digital - Metroland
David Turkstra began his career in digital in 1997 when he launched a local content aggregator for a small group of investors. He went on to serve as President of Gold Book, an independent directory company, until it was acquired by Metroland Media, Canada’s largest community newspaper publisher, in 2004, at which time he became Publisher of Metroland’s directory division.

He is currently VP, Digital for Metroland, where he oversees sites such as,,,,,, and, among others.

Turkstra will be part of the panel during the STRUCTURING YOUR SALES TEAM session on Thursday, April 26.


Fred Vallance-Jones - Assistant Professor of Journalism - University of King's College
Fred Vallance-Jones is assistant professor of journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He administers the annual national freedom of information audit on behalf of Newspapers Canada, part of a wider research interest into the working of Canada's access laws. Fred is also a leading authority on data journalism, and leads the annual King's Summer School in Data Journalism, which is sponsored by Newspapers Canada.

He has reived numerous Canadian and international journalism awards, including a National Newspaper Award, during almost 25 years with the CBC and Hamilton Spectator. He has been with King's since 2007, and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate journalism programs.

Vallance-Jones will speak at a TRANSPARENCY panel discussion on Friday, April 27.


Dave Weinberg, Adobe Solutions Consultant
Dave Weinberg brings more than 20 years of Creative and Graphic Services expertise to publishing at the intersection of Design and Technology. Creative Director, Designer and Illustrator he's helped hundreds of organizations leverage the value that design and efficient workflows bring to business. An award winning Art Director he's taught Graphic Communications and Desktop Publishing at University of Southern Maine and Maine College of Art. Weinberg was a founding member and past President of the Maine chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design.

Weinberg will lead the Adobe workshop sessions on April 26 and 27.