SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

Aengus Finnan

Executive Director Folk Alliance International

Aengus Finnan is an Irish-Canadian artist, educator, and arts administrator currently serving as the first non-US Executive Director of Folk Alliance International - a global nonprofit based in Kansas City. Previously he served as the Touring and Audience Development Officer for the Ontario Arts Council, Program Manager for Community Futures, founding Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and past-Board President of Folk Music Ontario. He spent a decade touring internationally as a singer-songwriter with 3 albums, and taught elementary school in Moosonee and Inuvik. A recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal for humanitarian and cultural contributions to Canada.

Alan Syliboy

Visual Artist

Alexandra Golden

Sr. Manager, Academy Operations, CARAS/The JUNO Awards

Alexandra Golden has been involved in the Canadian music industry for eight plus years at The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in Tickets and Awards. Now as Sr. Manager of Academy Operations, she oversees all nominating and voting processes, music advisory committees and judging, ticketing, and strategy on involving new industry professionals and artists within these processes.

Allan Reid

President & CEO, CARAS, The JUNO Awards/MusiCounts

Allan Reid is a passionate supporter of Canadian music. Having been in the industry for over 30 years, he holds an essential voice as the President & CEO of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Allison Outhit

Alliance for Equity in the Music Industry

Allison Outhit, LL.B, CCIP™ has worked for over 30 years at the intersection of Creativity and Commerce, with executive experience in administration, licensing ,and international business development in the film/TV and music industries, in both the for- and not-for-profit sectors.

Amanda Rheaume

Artist / Director of Operations IIMS

Anna Ruddick

Allocations Coordinator, Unison Benevolent Fund

Banakonda Kennedy Kish Bell

Elder

Bear Witness

Artist

Beatrice Deer

Artist

Beatrice Deer, Award-Winning singer-songwriter and healthy lifestyle activist, is from the northern village of Quaqtaq (population 406) in Nunavik, Quebec. Half Inuit/half Mohawk, Deer has created a body of work consisting of five albums, in which she uniquely blends Traditional Inuit Throat Singing and Contemporary Indie Rock, whilst pioneering the music genre known as ‘Inuidie’. Her sixth album to be released in the fall of 2021. In her music, the themes covered encompass classic Inuit folk tales and legends, and also deal with personal growth as an important tool in the search for understanding and the search for meaning. She is proud to be a role model for her community.

Brianna Lizotte

Artist

Charlie Wall-Andrews

Executive Director

Charlie Wall-Andrews is a Trudeau Scholar, creative industry leader and faculty member at the University of Toronto. In addition to having over a decade of management experience, she is an alumna of the prestigious Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship, which specializes in social entrepreneurship and cross-cultural leadership. As Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation, she established many programs such as the Creative Entrepreneur Incubator and Equity X Production Development Program which prepares artists to turn their passion and talent into a sustainable career. She is also Vice-Chair for Music Canada's Advisory Council.

Chef Johl

Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette

Cynthia Lickers-Sage

Executive Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance

Denise Bolduc

Creative Director and Producer

Denise Bolduc is an established creative director and producer who programs to transform perspectives and activate change. Her career of three decades represents countless contributions and connections with numerous celebrated artists, creative thinkers and leading cultural institutions with an emphasis on elevating Indigenous voices. Denise is Anishinaabe and French, and is a member of the Batchewana First Nations with familial ties in Ketegaunseebee.

DOBBY

Artist

DOBBY is a rapper, drummer, speaker and workshop facilitator. Aged 26, he proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, whose family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, and is a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Weilmoringle, NSW.

Dr. Lisa Richardson

Associate Dean, U of T Lead Indigenous Health U of T

Professor Lisa Richardson is Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She also practices general internal medicine at the University Health Network, as well as an Education Researcher at the Wilson Centre. She received her bachelor's degree from McGill University with majors in both Biology and English literature followed by her MD from the University of Calgary. She subsequently completed her residency in internal medicine at U ofT and MA from York University.

Dr. Suzanne Shoush

Indigenous Health Faculty LeadFamily Med U of T

Dr. Suzanne Shoush is a Black/Indigenous Primary care physician currently practicing with St. Michael’s Hospital and the Inner City Health Associates (ICHA). She is the Lead Physician of Nameres, Ode’i min, and Call-Auntie Clinics: providing culture-based community primary care clinics for Indigenous people and their families.

Greyson Gritt

Artist

G.R. Gritt is a Juno Award winning, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Francophone, Anishinaabe/Métis artist and after living many years in Yellowknife, they have returned to Sudbury/Robinson Huron Treaty territory where they grew up. This homecoming coincides with a journey that they feel better represents them. With these changes has come a new voice both physically and in the growing magnetism of their songwriting.

Jesse Wente

Executive Director of Indigenous Screen Office

Jesse Wente is an Ojibwe broadcaster, curator, producer, activist, and public speaker. He is Head of TIFF Cinematheque, where he oversees the historical film programme year–round at TIFF Bell Lightbox. An outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit art, he has spoken at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Canadian Arts Summit, CMPA’s Prime Time, and numerous universities and colleges. He appears weekly on CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning and recently curated a series of five short films for CBC Arts titled Keep Calm and Decolonize. Wente currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Jim Dumont

Elder

Jim Dumont is Onaubinisay (Walks Above the Ground), an Ojibway-Anishinabe of the Waubezhayshee (Marten) Clan. He is a 5th Degree Midewiwin of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, originally from the Shawanaga First Nation on Eastern Georgian Bay. Since 1970 Jim has pursued the cultural and spiritual roots of the traditional Anishinabe Way of Life. From 1974, this pursuit has involved him thoroughly in the exploration, participation and learning of the Ojibway-Anishinabe Midewiwin Tradition. As 5th Degree Midewiwin he holds and honours sweatlodge rites, ceremonial leadership, and traditional-teacher responsibilities. Jim (Onaubinisay) has been “raised up” as Chief at the Eastern Doorway of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, and as such, is the keeper of the sacred Water drum and leader in the Eastern part of Anishinabe Midewiwin Territory. Since 1975, Jim has been professor of Native Studies at the University of Sudbury of Laurentian University. He is one of the founders of the Department and serve for four years as its Chair from 1984 to 1988. In his tenure there, he has created and taught courses in Tradition and Culture, Native Psychology, Native Way of Seeing, Native Education, and Issues of Indigenous Peoples in the International Context. He retired in 2000 after 25 years of professorship in Native Studies. Jim now teaches in the Indigenous Masters Program with the Seven Generations Institute.

Julian Taylor

Artist

Julian Taylor is a Canadian, award-winning, singer-songwriter of Mohawk and West-Indian descent who began his career as a teenager; playing at local, open stages around Toronto. Equal parts troubadour and soul singer, Taylor emits a raw, emotive and distinct delivery.

Keziah Myers

Executive Director ADVANCE

Keziah Myers believes in the skills and uniqueness of this country and knows that there is so much talent yet to be discovered. Currently as the Executive Director of ADVANCE – Canada’s Black Music Business Collective, Keziah’s main role is to advocate for the betterment, upliftment, and retention of Black Talent within the music industry. Leading this organization, Keziah focuses on changing processes, creating opportunities, and providing resources to ADVANCE members, and music industry organizations. Prior to ADVANCE, Keziah led music licensing initiatives at Entandem, and the A&R Operations at SOCAN, where she was instrumental in ensuring diverse hiring, updating internal systems, improving operations, and enabling all offices to better serve 150 000 members.

Kinnie Starr

Artist

Starr's career has taken her around the world -- across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia, but she is first and foremost an artist and activist. Her activism began before her career in music as a visual artist, and her current visual work continues to touch on her areas of interest: race, home, family and humanity.

Leanne Goose

Singer/songwriter, musician, producer, and storyteller

Leela Gilday

Artist

If you’re from the North, Leela Gilday’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she writes about the people and the land that created her. The power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture, as if it comes straight from that earth. Leela’s family is from Délįne on the shore of Great Bear Lake and her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line onstage the largest venues in the country. And she has played them all.

Leela Gilday

Artist

If you’re from the North, Leela Gilday’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she writes about the people and the land that created her. The power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture, as if it comes straight from that earth. Leela’s family is from Délįne on the shore of Great Bear Lake and her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line onstage the largest venues in the country. And she has played them all.

Lisa Fiorilli (they/them)

Research and Policy Professional

Lisa Fiorilli is a research and policy professional with several years of experience in Canada’s arts & culture sector. Their experience has spanned across the public and not-for-profit sector, and they are passionate about developing and sharing the data that tells the story of the value of arts and culture. They joined Music Publishers Canada as the Manager, Communications and Government Relations in 2019, and works on the organization’s advocacy, research, and communications activities. Their previous experience includes policy, research and funding-related roles at the Canadian Independent Music Association, Ontario Creates (formerly the Ontario Media Development Corporation), the Bell Fund and WorkInCulture. Their educational background is in political science and economics, and they hold a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University.

Mamarudegyal MTHC

Artist / Founder Rudegang Entertainment

Marcia Nickerson

Governance Consultant

Marek Tyler

Artist, Educator, Entrepreneur

Marissa Magneson

Assistant Producer and Indigenous Resource Coordinator at Harbourfront Centre

Marissa Magneson is a Cree-Métis artist, photographer and workshop facilitator based in Tkaronto. She has a BFA (honours) degree in music from York University and is currently working towards an MA in Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. Her re-search explores Indigenous methodologies through a decolonial approach centred in beadwork as visual storytelling.

Mihirangi

Artist

Mike Downie

Co-Founder, Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

Mike Lawless

Amazon Music Canada

Nakishkaw Jaime Morse

Visual Artist / Educator

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Rosina Kazi

Artist

Rosina Kaz is the lead singer of the protest electronic duo LAL, who were long listed for the Polaris Prize for 2019 for their album DARK BEINGS. Most of their musical projects speaks to the natural world and human nature, addressing issues from the environment to the experiences of Queer/2 Spirit/Trans and /or BIPOC and allied community. They/she are a queer/gender fluid/ non-binary, culturally Muslim and Bengali identified artist. Rosina helps run the alternative DIT (Do it Together) community and arts accessible (physically and financially) space Unit 2, a space dedicated to supporting QT2SBIPOC and friends in order to support an arts ecosystem verses industry. Rosina also co-curates shows, participates in theatre and other collaborative art making practices and runs workshops around sound, recording and poetry. Rosina was born and currently lives and was born in the territory of the Mississaugasof the Credit, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Lenni-lenape and the Wendat Nations.

Ruben Esguerra

Artist

Sara Ajnnak

Artist

Sarain Fox

Storyteller

Selena Mills

Founder / Creative Director, ROAR Creative

Selena Mills

Lead, Education & Communications The Centre For Wise Practices

Selena (Cree, French Canadian-Settler | She/Her) is a direct descendant of the Woodland Cree peoples of Lac La Ronge, Treaty 6. A people and purpose-driven shapeshifter-interdisciplinary, she’s a mama-bear to two magnificent humans, with a partner who is a loving and supportive central fire-keeper holding steadfast for the ride. Sister, friend, and community-centered; she is currently Lead of Education and Strategic Communications for The Centre For WISE Practices in Indigenous Health at Women’s College Hospital.

ShoShona Kish

Artist / Executive Director IIMS

Tara Di Giuseppe

Apple Music

Tara Williamson

Artist

Ted Whitecalf

Owner Sweet Grass Records

Vanessa Adora

Tik Tok Record Label Partnerships Manager

Vanessa is an Industry and Label Relations Manager at TikTok Canada with a passion for supporting artists globally.

Veronica Johnny

Multi-disciplinary Cree/Dene/mixed 2-spirit artist

Xiuhtezcatl

Artist / Activist

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