Speaker Bios.

Duncan Cork

- Entrepeneur
- Film Enthusiast

As Slated’s CEO, Duncan provides day-to-day creative and strategic leadership to the business and its partnerships. Duncan created the initial vision for Slated and subsequently founded the company in 2010 with his co-founders.

He claims that the system of financing independent film is “broken” so he along with co-founder Stephan Paternot created Slated where credible projects could connect with legitimate financiers to invest in their movies.

Formerly, Duncan was Executive Creative Director of Katharsis in London, which is now based in New York.

About Slated
Slated is an online marketplace for film financing and dealmaking — connecting a global network of investors, filmmakers and industry professionals. Backed by prominent angel investors in the entertainment and finance communities, Slated has built a passionate management team with experience from major studios, technology, and financing companies.

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Andrew Fisher
Executive Vice President
Wesley Clover International

As Executive Vice President, Andrew manages a portfolio of assets in the technology and media sectors under the Wesley Clover International umbrella and is an active board member and Executive Producer for Glitchsoft Corporation, March Entertainment, Solink Corporation, Martello Solutions and National Angel Capital Organization. Andrew is a media chair for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and an advisor to The National Research Centre Industrial Research Assistance Program. Previously to Wesley Clover, as co-founder of NewHeights Software Corporation, Andrew managed Service Provider and Large Enterprise accounts globally.

Andrew has an academic background in both economics and computer science and engineering and is an honors graduate from the University of British Columbia.

About Wesley Clover
Wesley Clover is in the business of building businesses. Wesley Clover has an outstanding and enviable track record as an equity and investment management firm with active interests in Information and Communication Technologies, Digital Media, Real Estate and Leisure Properties.

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Mary Barroll
President & Executive Producer


Mary Barroll practices business law with an emphasis on entertainment, technology and intellectual property. Her clients include producers (television, film & new media), television broadcasters, funding agencies, developers (software and website) among other businesses related to traditional and new media industries. Mary is also an evaluator of applications for funding by the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund and was commissioned to develop a series of annotated legal agreements to educate new media producers about issues that arise in cross platform projects, published on the Bell Funds website.

Mary has won numerous national industry awards and in 2008, she launched a cross platform media production company, Mbmedia, for which she serves as President & Executive Producer. Mbmedia’s first production, THE BODY MACHINE, was nominated for a Rockie Award at the 2009 Banff World Television Festival, nominated for two 2009 Gemini Awards and won a special jury prize at the 2009 Gold Panda Awards in China. Mary then exec produced the feature film, BEAT THE WORLD, which was released in 2011 and has been sold throughout the world. Mbmedia is currently in development on a number of television and film projects with national and international partners.

Mary obtained her B.A. (1984) from the University of British Columbia, her Broadcasting Arts Degree (1986) from Mount Royal College and her LL.B. (1994) from Queen’s University. She is called to both the Ontario (1996) and Alberta (1997) Bars. Mary is currently completing her Masters of Law degree specializing in E-Business , studying emerging issues involving new media, online entertainment and commerce at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Mary carries on her own legal practice and contributes through volunteer work.

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Lalita Krishna
Breakout Media

Documentary Organization Canada (Toronto Chapter)

Board Member
Hot Docs


Responding to the shift in audience from Television to Interactive Media, Lalita founded Breakout Media in 2008, an Interactive production company that produced the successful award winning series ‘Breakout!’, with the CBC. Lalita also heads Doc Shift a two-year initiative funded by the OMDC which has an ambitious goal to develop the core capacity of producers to create cutting edge transmedia documentaries that can be marketed internationally. Lalita’s documentaries on kids who change the world have had successful sales in the Canadian and international educational markets.

She combines her background in education with her strong skills in communication to create powerful non-fiction productions that are able to captivate and hold audiences. Lalita has participated and moderated trade and business and educational panels. She presents workshops and is a featured speaker at prestigious professional development events. Lalita’s current projects include a transmedia documentary on Chocolate and a feature documentary on the growth of organized retail in India.

Lalita Krishna is a multiple award winning filmmaker whose work has been broadcast in Canada on all major networks, and featured at film festivals around the world. Lalita worked for several years in educational production with TVOntario. Lalita has also taught in the Journalism Programs at Ryerson University, at George Brown College and at the Summer Institute of Mount Saint Vincent University. Lalita has been awarded the Dreamcatcher Award for using her craft to better humanity and the Trailblazer 2010 award from the Reelworld film festival. Her films have won multiple awards and continue to be screened at various international film festivals.

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Glenn Paradis, CFA, CAIA
Founder & CEO
Clairwood Capital Management

Arrowleaf Entertainment

Unity Broadcasting Corp.

Glenn Paradis has over 20 years of experience in the Investment Management business and is the Founder & CEO of Clairwood Capital Management, a Toronto based alternative investment manager with a focus on Media finance. He is also a Director and Partner with Arrowleaf Entertainment Properties based in Calgary, a media investment, strategy and advisory firm. Glenn has also recently taken on the role of Chief Financial Officer at Unity Broadcasting Corp. a content provider based in Kelowna to advise them on raising growth capital.

In his spare time he sits on the Education & Research Committee for the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Canada and is a sustaining member of the Professional Risk Management Association (PRMIA).

Glenn is an avid traveler and enjoys getting involved in projects and causes that help to drive positive social change.

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Anne Marie Maduri
Maduri & Associates

As part of her role at Maduri & Associates, Anne provides financial advisory services and assists digital media, and entertainment related technology companies, on building sustainable, value maximizing business models and assists them in securing investment.

Since 1998 she has worked with numerous investment banks, and as an independent agent and advisor. Her experience is in equity analysis and investment banking focused on the digital media sector and its components including software, hardware, entertainment, and telecom companies.

Her academic background is in literature & art history, media & technology theory, accounting, computing, and corporate finance. She continues to pursue media, technology & communication theory as well as capital markets and corporate finance research. Anne was also an award winning theater producer.

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Debra McLaughlin
Strategic Inc.

Vice President
Airtime Television Sales

Debra McLaughlin is the founder and managing partner at Strategic Inc. where she oversees a team of consultants providing consumer and market insights to a wide range of media clients. These insights are used to develop business plans and complete economic impacts analysis for clients working in media. As well as managing Strategic Inc., Debra has been a Vice President at Airtime Television Sales overseeing operations for the sale of over forty stations in Canada and the US.

Prior to this Debra worked at BBM (the industries audience measurement firm), McCann Erickson advertising agency (on accounts such as Coca Cola, Mr. Christie and Government of India), J. Walter Thompson agency (on Warner Lambert and Labatts) and as a consultant at both PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Nordicity.

Debra has her MBA from Queens University where she finished at the top of her class with a specialization in finance. She completed a degree in Industrial Psychology at Carleton University and an undergraduate degree from London. Her resume includes global focused work in Switzerland, China and the US.

About Strategic Inc.
Strategic Inc. is a boutique consulting firm that has been in operation since 1994. The company specializes in providing insights in consumer behaviour including analysis of syndicated database and creation of custom research. Working in the regulatory field as well as the marketing and programming area, Strategic Inc, has provided assistance to a wide range of clients in obtaining, modifying and launching new broadcast licenses. Program testing, format design and brand mapping are some of the services provided. Clients include the CRTC, CBC, Bell Media, AMC, Harvard Broadcasting, Fox Networks, APTN, Rogers Media, CMPA, CMF, Telefilm, Evanov Broadcasting, AMI.

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Todd Cherkasky
Vice President, Global Lead Research & Insights

- Consumer Intelligence Leadership Team Member
- Experience Innovation Team Member

Todd performs several key roles at SapientNitro and as such leads a global team of researchers (both design and experience); ethnographers, social insights analysts, and strategists who generate deep insights into consumer experiences and leverages the work to generates thought leadership, designs strategies, and creates omni-channel customer experiences responsive to emerging technology and cultural trends. This kind of work greatly supports SapientNitro’s portfolio of clients including Chrysler, BMO Financial, Citi, J&J, Santander, Hyatt, Coca Cola, Disney, Cigna, Verizon, and BBVA among many other global brands.

With over 15 years in research and strategic planning, Todd has published and presented widely on human-centered design and has developed new business models, digital strategies, and high-performance work systems. Todd has been project lead or client executive for General Motors, Samsung, McDonald’s, UPS, and other global brands.

Todd received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the study of technology design and workplace change. He has a B.S. in Computer Engineering and B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan. He also was the conference chair for the Sixth Biennial Conference on Participatory Design.

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Suzanne Stein
Professor, Strategic Foresight & Innovation
OCAD University

Professor, Digital Futures
OCAD University

Professor Stein works within both Digital Futures and Strategic Foresight & Innovation graduate-level programmes at OCAD University. Her areas of expertise include: creative techniques, strategic foresight, and research methods. She also works as a Mentor in the CFC’s business incubator: ideaBOOST and as a workshop leader at Institute Without Boundaries (IWB). Previously Suzanne was Deputy Director and Principal Research Fellow in Technology Futures at SMARTlab (United Kingdom) and part of Nokia Corporate Strategy’s Insight & Foresight group.

Her earlier work included Sapient Corporation, as Discipline Lead for the Experience Modeling (XMod) group in London, and Director of the User Experience Group.

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Ramtin Lotfabadi
Online Architecture and Development

Faculty Member, Liberal Arts and Science (Seasonal Faculty)
OCAD University

Ramitin’s current area of research include Human Factors, Complex Information Systems and Learning Technologies and his teaching focus’ are in Mathematics and Logic, Computational Theory and Data Analytics.

Ramtin did undergraduate studies in Mathematics attending the University of Guelph, as well he studied Film at Ryerson University. He completed his Master of Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University and is a PhD Candidate, Systems Design Engineering at the Univesity of Waterloo.

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Aaron Williamson
The Value Web

Business Model Canvas Workshop

As a management consultant, designer and facilitator, Aaron brings a broad range of skills focused on a single purpose; creating solutions out of chaos and complexity. Aaron designs collaborative workshops to help people solve problems, and create immersive visualizations to help those people communicate their answers to the world.

With experience in delivery of fast-paced business strategy and transformation workshops, Aaron is passionate about creating collaborative solutions for clients with complex issues involving diverse stakeholders with a common, urgent need for change. Through process design, graphical modeling and graphic facilitation, Aaron has enabled groups to distill complexity into actionable outcomes.

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Eric Leo Blais
Digital and Emerging Media Strategist

- Producer

Eric’s core strengths lie in assessing clients’ business requirements and delivering creative digital business solutions to real world challenges. He communicates with developers and customers in terms they understand. Whether the scope of the project is $5,000 or $1,000,000, Eric ensures that the project is not only delivered on time but under budget.

Eric has been helping two new startups: SlingRide, a ride-sharing portal, part of the JOLT startup accelerator program at MaRS and The Ghost Town Project, part of the CFC’s ideaBoost.

In 2009 and 2010, he secured over a million dollars in financing with the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund and the Canada Media Fund’s Experimental Stream to produce a series of lifestyle mobile and tablet applications for the iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. Eric continues to develop proven cost-effective, creative business tools and marketing solutions for a wide range of industries including: information technology, entertainment, automotive, health & fitness, legal and human resources.

Eric holds a degree in Art from the University of Ottawa, a certificate in Design Management from Ryerson University and has recently completed a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University.

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Warren Coughlin

- Lawyer
- Actor
- Theater Director
- Trailblazer

Warren is a rarity. A few days after birth, Doctors told his parents that he had about a zero chance of survival, but here he is today. At 13, he lost all his hair (back when everyone was a hippy), but he never got bullied and when you meet Warren you will get a sense why.

He studied Business – but was told he was a Communist (for suggesting employers should consider the welfare of their staff in decision making), he backpacked through Southeast Asia, helped fisherman in Tunisia and became a Bay St. lawyer.

He’s been a college professor, an actor and theatre director. He’s now a business coach for entrepreneurs, especially ethical ones. And he’s on the board of The Funding Network and Street Kids International.

We have no idea what he’s going to talk about (as is the case with Warren), but you won’t want to miss it.

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Ana Serrano
Chief Digital Officer
Canadian Film Centre

CFC Media Lab

Ana is the Chief Digital Officer of the Canadian Film Centre and Founder of the CFC Media Lab, the world-renowned and award-winning institute for interactive storytelling created in 1997 at the Canadian Film Centre.

With her visionary direction and digitally-forward approach to organizational growth, Ana built the CFC Media Lab into a unique blend of training facility, incubator, and creative production house, that continually re-invents itself as new media demand new approaches – from the early exploration of Web-based entertainment, to today’s world of mobile smart-phones and iPads.

To date, she directed the development of over 130 interactive media projects, mentored over 50 start-ups and produced some of Canada’s seminal works in interactive media including the influential Great Canadian Story Engine, one of the world’s first digital storytelling sites and Late Fragment, the first interactive dramatic feature film to be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival and distributed by Mongrel Media.

Ana is a three-time winner of awards from the Canadian new media industry, and frequently speaks at digital media and film festivals around the world about the emerging realms of interactive art and entertainment. She has sat on boards as varied as the Canadian Conference of the Arts, Virtual Museums of Canada, Laidlaw Foundation, and McLuhan International Multimedia Festival. Currently, she is active on the boards of Artscape, Kapisanan Arts Centre and several start-up companies focusing on interactive entertainment. She is also an Advisor in the Information, Technology and Entertainment Practice at MaRS Discovery District.

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Amar Wala
Film Maker

- Producer
- Writer

Amar is an award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. His short film, THE GOOD SON, had its world premiere at The 4th Annual Dubai International Film Festival, and went on to screen at festivals around the world and win several awards in Canada. In 2008, Cameron Bailey (Director of Toronto International Film Festival) named Amar one of the Top Ten Local Filmmakers.

His new project is a feature length documentary called The Secret Trial 5. The Secret Trial 5, is a documentary on the balance between human rights and security in post 9/11 Canada and is a great example of a crowdfunding success story.

Amar was born in Bombay, India, and moved to Toronto with his family at the age of 11. He has a degree in Film Production from York University, and believes deeply in moviemaking’s ability to change minds and create discussion.

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Corey Vidal
On Line Content Producer

- Digital Media Consultant

At the age of 21, Corey was one of the first Canadians to join the YouTube Partnership Program.

As of July 2103, Corey has over 200 videos posted on his YouTube channel has over 200,000 subscribers, his channel profile has been viewed over 9 million times and his videos have been viewed over 67 millions times!

In February 2013 he was named Niagra’s Entrepeneur of the Year in Innovative Small Business for his video production company ApprenticeA Productions.

Corey will be providing another space at which YouTubers can show off their work with the launch of Buffer Festival, a truly innovative festival with a lineup composed entirely of YouTube content and for the first time bring the stars of YouTube out to meet their audience and fan base.

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Zan Chandler

Foresight Analyst

Zan is the principal of ZancomMedia, a consultancy that focuses on research, strategic thinking and foresight. Her strategic thinking work has informed program design at Canada’s arts funder and branding audience development initiatives for artists and media producers. Her past research projects have touched areas such as Canada’s international audiovisual co-production agreements, the emergence of web series, the performance of Canadian films on the international film festival circuit and audience engagement techniques used by digital entertainment companies.

Zan Chandler has 20+ years of experience working in the cultural sector. Zan started out working in independent film in Toronto, spent a decade at the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts (focusing on research and policy development in arts, film/broadcasting and digital media), and has participated in a variety of foresight studies that examine the futures of media industries and economic policy development in Ontario.

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Elizabeth Radshaw
Industry Programmes Director
Hot Docs

Elizabeth Radshaw is the Industry Programmes Director at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. She oversees the festival and year-round industry programmes. At its centre is the Hot Docs Forum, a documentary film pitching forum which provides a unique opportunity to pitch feature documentaries, series and interactive documentary projects to financers as well as the Hot Docs Deal Maker, a curated works-in-progress pitch-meeting program between producers and international decision makers. Additionally, she curates the Conference and other market events. Elizabeth established and runs Doc Ignite, Canadian documentary crowd-funding site as well as the Shaw Media Hot Docs Fund and Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Fund, documentary production fund for residents of Africa.

Prior to this appointment, she was the Head of Acquisitions at TVF International. She was an elected member of Pact Council in the UK in 2007. She joined TVF from the National Film Board of Canada and has a history of dramatic and factual production of film and TV in North America. She directed the Brooklyn based Rooftop Short Film festival at its Montreal premiere in 2005.

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Orla Garriques
Project Manager
Astound Initiative

DruMeBa Inc.

- Producer

Orla is a multi-faceted producer and programmer working at the intersection of television, film, new and is the Project Manager for the ASTOUND Initiative, an ambitious new venture that seeks to encourage private investment in Ontario’s creative content industries.

She is co-founder of DruMeBa Inc. an interactive media and social purpose business that develops systems and software that assist children with ASD and related cognitive disorders. She has worked for award-winning production companies and leading media organizations in the areas of development, business affairs, marketing/sales and audience engagement for a range of entertainment brands such as WestWind Pictures, Hungry eyes Production and Inner City Films.

Orla is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre. She is passionate about the use of media to create collaborative experiences that engage audiences in traditional and non-traditional environments. Most importantly, she is committed to use of media and the arts as a means to engage, entertain, educate and empower.

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Chloe Sosa Sims
Industry Programmer
Hot Docs

Market Coordinator
Hot Docs

Chloe is multifaceted media enthusiast who curates and coordinates a number of projects including the Astound Initiative, the Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund and DocIgnite to name a few. She also oversees the Rendezvous Program (and various other industry programs) during the Hot Docs Festival.

Chloe has developed her skills in the area of film & television distribution while working at Maple Pictures, as well as working in the area of Client Management at the platform agency and aggregation house Juice Productions. More prominent is her background and current efforts in film festival work which have spanned TIFF, the Banff Media Festival and today as the Industry Programmer and Market Coordinator at Hot Docs.

Chloe graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Film & Media Studies and Drama.

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The ASTOUND Initiative is led by CFC Media Lab in partnership with Hot Docs, and OCADU. ASTOUND is made possible through The Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.

Tertiary Partners: Achilles Media, Canadian Media Production Association, Interactive Ontario, MaRS Discovery District, Nordicity, Seneca College, Summerwood Group Inc., University of Waterloo – Stratford Campus, Toronto International Film Festival, Wesley Clover International, and Women In Film and Video – Toronto. In collaboration with: National Angel Capital Organization, Network of Angels – Ontario and Maple Leaf Angels.