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As Senior Vice President, Television and Operations, Colette Watson oversees programming, production and operational elements for Rogers’s suite of conventional and specialty television (non-sports) assets, including City TV, OMNI Television, FX, FXX and OLN. A leader in Canada’s broadcast industry, Watson has nearly 30 years of experience in areas of programming, regulatory, and communications. She joined Rogers Group of Companies in 1990 and over the next 29 years held a variety of senior management roles with increasing responsibility. In 1995 Watson was appointed Vice President, Rogers TV, overseeing 42 local community television stations. In this role she focused her efforts on long-term strategy, and forming strategic partnerships to improve local television production. In December 2014, Watson was appointed Vice President, Television & Operations, Rogers, where she uses her deep knowledge of the industry to set the strategic direction for non-sports conventional, specialty, and community television assets. She also oversees programming, production, and operations, while innovating the viewer experience with compelling content across multiple platforms. She was promoted to Senior Vice-President in early 2016. Watson is also passionate about public affairs and policy work. In addition to her role as Senior Vice President at Rogers, she is also the President and General Manager of CPAC, the Cable Public Affairs Channel dedicated to bringing Canadians politics, parliament and public affairs. Highly-respected in the broadcast industry, Watson is a past recipient of the esteemed Trailblazer of the Year award by Canadian Women in Communications.
Cynthia Mulligan is an accomplished journalist who has worked in Toronto for more than 25 years.
She has mastered many skills, including shooting, writing, reporting and anchoring.
Her most recent awards include an RTDNA for her coverage of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. Cynthia was there alone, shooting intimate interviews on her iPhone, exploring how people were coping with the aftermath and captured their fear as a stampede suddenly broke out at a vigil for victims.
She also want an RTDNA in 2017 for her series on Transgender Surgeryin Bangkok. Cynthia shot, wrote and produced the story of Danica Rain, a transgender woman who became the first person in Ontario to travel to Thailand for gender confirmation surgery and have it covered by the government.
Cynthia has also published in Maclean's Magazine, Canada's only national news magazine.
Cynthia received an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on Kicking Cancer, a first-person account of what it is like to suddenly be diagnosed with cancer and the lengthy emotional process of treatment.
Cynthia's current focus is politics, with an emphasis on investigative journalism. She is also a public speaker for a number of charities, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Run for the Cure.
Caroline was first elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for York-Simcoe in 2018 and is currently serving as the Ontario Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs. Her new role as the Minister of Transportation comes after serving as the Attorney General of Ontario from 2018 – 2019.
Before entering politics, Caroline had a successful career in the private sector spanning business and law while effectively running a charity benefitting homeless and at-risk women.
She previously served as Vice President of BloombergSen Investment Partners, a Toronto-based investment firm, where she managed client services, marketing and business development. Prior to that, Caroline spearheaded corporate and regulatory matters related to growth opportunities in Canada and the United States for Wellington Financial LP.
As a lawyer, she was an associate at Shearman & Sterling and then Associate Director of the NYU Center for Law & Business. Caroline began her career as a financial analyst in the investment banking department of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Caroline is a graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Law. In addition to her work in the private sector, Caroline is passionate about the charitable organization she co-founded and chairs called the Shoebox Project for Shelters. With local chapters across Canada and the United States, they coordinate and deliver gifts to thousands of women and girls in shelters or facing homelessness. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for SickKids Foundation, the Fraser Institute and the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority, a Crown corporation and a former Governor of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Born in Montreal, Caroline grew up in Ottawa and is bilingual.
Caroline and her husband Andrew Lapham have four children and a dog, Peanut. They have a home in Georgina.
As the youngest sibling with four older brothers, Donna Big Canoe grew up on Georgina Island surrounded by a loving family that shaped the woman she is today. Her father, a past Chief, taught her that you have to have thick skin, and to always do what’s best for the community. A fun-loving and hard-working woman, Donna followed in her father’s footsteps and became the first woman Chief of Georgina Island. After graduating from Georgian College in 1998 with Honours from the Community and Social Development Course, she returned to her First Nation to work as the Community Consultation Worker. Donna first held her seat as Councillor in 2003 for two terms and then after getting her feet wet, ran for position of Chief in 2007. Today, she is still here serving her community in that role and remains focused on the improvement of the quality of life for her people. Donna is a strong, compassionate leader, a devoted wife and mother of three beautiful children.
Indigenous people are taught to always think of the next seven generations, which is why, Donna is always looking to secure a safe and solid future for the Chippewas of Georgina Island. The Chief holds several portfolios and is required to sit on several committees. Her portfolios include First Nation Governance, Community and Public Relations, Transportation Administration, Treaties, and Legal Issues. Her love for the youth is the reason why Donna sits as the secondary board member on the Dnaagdawnmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services (DBCFS) Board, a child welfare agency that delivers culturally appropriate services to eight First Nation communities. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Ogemawahj Tribal Council, an organization that provides strategic planning, government relations and policy development for six First Nations. In her time as Chief, Donna has been involved in the historical court settlement of two major treaties, the Coldwater Treaty and the Williams Treaty. With these settlements, Chief Donna was able to assist the First Nation in moving forward in several business ventures. Island View Business Centre is the new economic driver in our community that now boasts a restaurant, a smoke shop and four offices. It has over 35 employees and provides business opportunities for Georgina Island and the surrounding community. The Band has recently acquired new parcels of land in an effort to expand the land base, which will in turn provide more opportunities for economic development.
Once an Executive Assistant with a side hustle, Hollie Hoadley is now the owner of Creative Solutions, a strategy and solutions focused six-figure marketing company. Hollie fully embraces her business by being true to her personality and not taking no for an answer. She leads a bright, amazing team of creatives and delivers rock-solid strategies uniquely tailored to each client’s goals. She is a dad-joke-loving, 90's hip-hop-listening, self-proclaimed hustler with a huge heart and a work ethic to match.
Jennifer Ettinger is Canada’s first Social Media Correspondent and a globally connected powerhouse. An American Canadian growth hacker, she’s a dual social citizen who’s built her profile and that of the brands she’s worked with organically, and authentically. A member of some of the most influential social media incubators and collaborators, including the twitterati, she has built a reputation for creating true, amplified brand awareness across social media channels. You may recognize her as a social PR Correspondent, covering premieres, launches, campaigns, Up Fronts and Red Carpet events including the Oscars, Vanity Fair events, ET, Insider, and Access Hollywood. She is also the CEO of Pink Dreams Inc., a Social PR agency, working with start up to well-know brands and networks.
For over 16 years, Jennifer has led as CEO of Fit Your Style, A lifestyle company that focuses on Holistic Health Services, including: Certified Personal Training, Mindful Practices and Lifestyle Medicine. Currently, she is in training to become a Behaviour-Change Specialist. She has built a multi-platform brand on TV, Radio, Red Carpet, Keynote Speaking and as Social Media Correspondent/Strategist.