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Speaker Bios

Adam Sutherland: Infiniti Studios (Victoria)

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Sutherland has made his mark on the west coast music scene. As a former member of 604 Records recording artist, Armchair Cynics, Adam gained vast experience working with some of the best in the industry and eventually founded Victoria’s Infiniti Studios in 2007.

Alexandria Maillot: Musician (Victoria)

At 25 years, Alexandria Maillot’s gritted, inflective vocals and undiluted, lyrical narratives have often drawn comparisons to music heavyweights such as Feist, Loretta Lynn and Alabama Shake’s Brittany Howard. Performing since the age of 7, the Vancouver Island’s resume is as colourful as her genre-blending timbre, including credits like being scouted by David Foster at age 12, working with Randy Bachman, performing alongside Jann Arden, and even being featured on the Oprah Winfrey network.


Ashley Gelaude: The Leg Up Program (Victoria)

Ashley Gelaude is a musician born and raised in Victoria playing and performing live for over 13 years. Last year she quit her job of six years to pursue music fulltime. She’s extremely proud to be working with companies like SJC Custom Drums, Regal Tip, Roland, Vratim and many more”

Andrea Higgins: Arpix Media (Toronto)

Andrea Higgins has music supervised hundreds of episodes of TV including Wynonna Earp (Syfy), Killjoys (Syfy) and 150+ episodes of Heartland (CBC). She was awarded a Gemini (Sound) for Durham County (TMN), and was once named NOW’s “Best Drummer” and “1 of 1000 Creative & Inspiring Women of Toronto” (Luminato).


Austin Santiago: Do206 (Seattle)

Austin is the Vice President for Seattle media property and promotional powerhouse Do206. His experience includes seven years as national talent buyer and marketing manager at the Wild Buffalo House Of Music, three years as talent buyer and marketing manager for the Summer Meltdown Music Festival, and a decade of independent event and band management experience as the creative director for the BuildStrong Music Group. He currently manages a roster of four acts including Moorea Masa, Cuff Lynx, Chong the Nomad, & Ca$h Bandicoot.

Brenda Gruanu: Creative BC (Vancouver)

Brenda is the manager of Amplify BC funding programs, and brings more than 15 years of experience in Canada’s music industry. She recently held the position of Station Manager at CiTR UBC’s radio station, and was the Publisher of Discorder magazine. Here, she was responsible for strategic planning, stakeholder relations, fundraising, grant writing, finances and human resources, and overseeing the creation of local programming to support local Canadian music.

Carla Stephenson: Tiny Lights Festival (Ymir, BC)

Carla Stephenson is co-founder and executive director of the Tiny Lights Festival in Ymir B.C, she serves on the board of Island Mountain Arts, and holds a diploma in CED from SFU. Her passion is providing opportunities for artists and encouraging rural development through the Arts. She lives with her husband Shawn in Ymir where they also run Becoming Sound Studio.

Carol-Lynne Quinn: CQ Voice, High Love (Vancouver)

Carol-Lynne Quinn is a songwriter, vocal coach, artist, performance coach, vocal producer and lover of all kinds of music. She currently acts as a vocal coach for Canada’s Music Incubator and works with professional vocalists throughout Canada and internationally. Her songs have been featured on CBC, Sonic 102.9, 102.1 The Edge, Hot 107, X92.9, and more.

Chris Frayer: Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg)

Chris Frayer has been the Artistic Director for the Winnipeg Folk Festival for the past 11 years. In addition to programming one of North America’s oldest and largest Folk festivals, he oversees the Festival’s community programs as well a high-profile, year-round concert series that has placed the Winnipeg Folk Festival as the largest independent promoter in the market. Delta Sky Magazine recognized the Winnipeg Folk Festival as one of the Top 10 festivals to attend alongside Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury and other internationally recognized events.

Claudia Fernández Ortiz: FIMPRO (Guadalajara, Mexico)

Degree in Business Administrations, has developed her career at the University of Guadalajara, as one of the most important arts institutions in Mexico. The cultural life and artistic wealth of the western  Mexico could not be accounted for without the pioneering and unique contribution of the University of Guadalajara.

Nowadays performs as General Manager of FIMPRO (The International Music Fair for Professionals); project that brings together the main players in music industry to have a proactive dialogue regarding the new directions, problems, and challenges that music ecosystem is having, with the purpose of course, to provide and generate new networks and important contacts for the industry.

Some of her most notable previous experience are: performing arts coordinator, executive producer of special events department, international artistic programming, management of cultural and arts exchange collaborations with national & international networks and coordinator of the Mexican delegation for APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) & ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts)

Craig Fraser: TC Helicon (Victoria)

Craig Fraser is part man, part unicorn. He’s a mythical beast who’s managed to turn his passion for music, technology, video games and beer drinking into a full time job. With experience on stage, in studio, and being a general tech enthusiast he’s always had a knack for translating “engineer” to “normal person”. Hotwiring a hairdryer motor to make his GI Joe’s “fly” was a good indication that tech was in his future. The hairdryer experiment ended in a pile of flaming awesomeness. As the Customer Solutions leader at TC HELICON, he sits in the innovation funnel, helping folks with good ideas hone them into sale-able products, then works with engineering and marketing to pull the whole thing off.

Danielle Sweeny: TC Helicon (Victoria)

Part-time music maker, and part-time spreadsheet warrior (with A-type written all over), Danielle Sweeney is just a girl with some vocal gear, standing in front of you, asking you to try it out. From a Nettwerk Music Group intern at 20, to a publicity coordinator for Fritz Media at 22, to a Marketing/A&R Rep for Cordova Bay Records by 24, Sweeney has proven to be a jack of all trades when it comes to music (Did I mention she also manages her own band Lovecoast?). Now stepping into the music + tech world at TC HELICON as Artist/VIP Rep, Sweeney’s daily consists of helping some of the best talent out there craft their unique vocal sound.

Darb Erickson: City of Victoria (Victoria)

Darb Erickson is the Arts, Culture & Events Liaison for the City of Vitoria. Darb is an avid lover of music. As a City liaison, he works with the music community to make great festivals and events happen.  Darb developed the Eventide Music Series and supports other City music programs. He is excited about the City taking the next steps to create more policies and initiatives that support music.

Darcy Beck, Audio and Video Production (Victoria)

Darcy Beck is a touring audio engineer with 27 years experience working alongside artists such as The Northern Pikes, Charlie Major, Patricia Conroy, Brad Johner, Theresa Sokyrka and more. You might recognize Darcy as the man behind the board at Rifflandia, Rock the Shores or Lucky Bar. Beck currently works for Briere Production Group out of Vancouver at various events and festivals throughout Western Canada.

Dor Service: Hart Media (London, UK)

With a wealth of experience behind him, Dor Service has not had the most traditional route into the music industry. Coming from an extreme sporting background which has seen Dor working as a professional mountain racer and snowboarding instructor, skeleton luge racer and skateboarding journalist, speed and danger has always been one step behind his music passion.

Starting out as a content creator for Red Bull, Dor’s transition into the music industry officially began with a mentoring programme at Island Records (Universal) representing bands such as Catfish & The Bottlemen, Florence & The Machine and Oh Wonder. Following employment at Futureproof Records, Dor currently works as a Promotions Manager at Hart Media. Owned by Jo Hart, Hart Media is the biggest independent Radio plugging company in the UK specialising in Regional, Student and Specialist Radio. Heading up Regional and National Radio plugging for the company which celebrates its’ 21st birthday this year, Dor and owner Jo are expanding the company to encompass online PR and streaming aspects into the campaign packages they run.

In addition to all of his professional achievements, Dor’s independent drive to strive for success within the music industry extends into his personal life. Of the many ongoing projects he is involved in, he is the owner and director of Infinity Cactus Records which has so far contributed to the release and distribution of 3 bands, including his own The Shakers whom have headlined stages at the legendary Glastonbury Festival.

Elli Hart: TC Helicon (Victoria)

Meet Elli. Elli is a Product Specialist by day, and a Wannabe Rockstar by night. Elli’s band, Dirty Mountain has played stages of all sizes and has opened for the likes of Eric Church, Little Big Town, and Arkells. After two years of playing music full time, she started her first “adult” job working for TC Helicon as a Storyteller, creating content for social media and responding to inquiries about their products. Elli continues to play shows of all kinds while working in the exciting world of music tech and innovation.

Eric Gilbert: Treefort Music Fest (Boise, Idaho)

Eric Gilbert is a co-founder and festival director of Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID. Treefort is a multi-disciplined (aka multi-Forted), multi-day, multi-venue event that has taken over downtown Boise for five days in March since 2012. Gilbert and a couple other founders of Treefort also own Duck Club, through which they produce concerts in various venues in Boise year-round as Duck Club Presents, and maintain a boutique tour booking agency as Duck Club Touring. Built off of years of DIY touring and being active in the music community at large, Gilbert and his team hold a strong focus on community building, artist discovery and advocacy, and a passion for creating a niche within the business side of music that keeps them inspired. Maintaining a home in the cultural frontier of Idaho has proven fertile ground for their fresh and collaborative approach. Gilbert also hosts a weekly radio show called Antler Crafts on community radio station Radio Boise 89.9 FM, still plays keys and sings with his band Finn Riggins, and is a father of a crafty 4-year-old girl named Vera in his latest collaboration with his bandmate and life-partner Lisa Simpson.

Felicia Harding: Musician – Fortune Killers (Victoria)

Songwriter, vocal coach and multi-instrumentalist Felicia Harding is a local road warrior. She has toured Canada extensively with alt-pop/rock band Fortune Killers (“one of Victoria’s best up-and-coming acts” – Rolling Stone) and recently completed her 4th Australian tour with folk-pop trio Belle Miners. Past projects include Isobel Trigger and The Ghostbirds.

Gina Loes: Creative BC (Vancouver)

Gina Loes joined Creative BC in December 2016 as a Program Analyst for the Music Team. She is the lead on the Career Development program, supporting artists applying for funding for sound recording, marketing and music videos. Gina has her BA in Music from The University of British Columbia and has been writing, performing, and recording music since 2006.

Grant Paley: Paquin Entertainment (Toronto)

As a senior agent with Paquin Artists Agency Division, Grant represents artists such as Too Many Zooz, Delhi 2 Dublin, Chali 2na, the Funk Hunters, DJ Shub, The Librarian, The JB’s, Randy from the Trailer Park Boys, Royal Canoe, SkiiTour, Fred Penner, The Dead South, the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Old Man Luedecke, Shred Kelly and Terra Lightfoot. He has also toured extensively under the alias RPG, and as part of multi award-winning band, Moses Mayes. Grant has sat on juries for FACTOR, the Canada Council for the Arts, CARAS, WCMA/BreakOutWest and Manitoba Film & Music.

Haley Blais: Musician (Vancouver)

A prolific creative force, Haley Blais’ sometimes self-deprecating, yet always self-loving relatability earned her a massive online following, racking in million views on her Youtube channel. Starting out as a solo folk artist in 2016, audience demand pulled her offline and into the real world, with two releases, a full band and a successful Canada wide tour

Howard Redekopp: Producer/Mixer/Engineer (Vancouver)

Howard Redekopp is a Canadian record producer, mixer, writer, musician and recording engineer best known for his production and mix with Tegan and Sara, La Gusana Ciega, Mother Mother, Dear Rouge and The New Pornographers. Howard’s work has garnered a Juno Award and Gold certifications, as well as both Grammy, and Latin Grammy nominations.

Jack Ross: APA (Toronto)

Jack Ross, is a veteran talent agent and has devoted his professional career to being an artist advocate. He leads APA Canada and sits on the company’s senior music leadership team. APA is one of the world’s leading talent agencies representing superstars of Film, Television and Music. Jack personally represents many of Canada’s most successful artists like Arkells, LIGHTS, Alan Doyle, Paul Brandt, Bruce Cockburn, Sam Roberts Band and many more. He is a passionate leader in Canada’s music community, having served on the boards of many industry institutions.

Jamie Kuse: Creativ Recording Studios (Vancouver)

Jamie Kuse is an award winning producer and engineer specializing in urban music. His work has been recognized by the Juno and WCMA awards. This year, in addition to continuing his role engineering music for the hit Netflix series “Riverdale” he has seen two projects debut in the Billboard Top 50. He owns and operates Creativ Recording Studios in Vancouver, BC.

Jared Falk: Killbeat Music (Toronto)

Jared Falk is the National Publicity Manager for Killbeat Music, a Canadian music publicity company that has worked to gain national attention for more than 400 album releases. You’re likely to find a Killbeat artist featured in media outlets across the country, charting on CBC and campus radio, nominated for a JUNO Award or the Polaris Music Prize. Falk has a background in Advertising and has previously worked as a Music Photographer and Radio Producer.

Jenny West: The Zone (Victoria)

Jenny West has been in the music industry as a radio broadcaster for 4 years, working in Prince George and Victoria as an on-air personality. She currently hosts the Afternoon Show at The Zone @ 91-3 in Victoria, a modern rock station that supports local talent.

Jocelyn Greenwood: Cordova Bay Entertainment (Victoria)

Jocelyn Greenwood is president of Cordova Bay Entertainment Group which consists two label imprints – Cordova Bay Records and Fierce Panda Canada as well as a music publishing arm. She is currently working with acts such as The Velveteins, Karl Wolf, Bend Sinister and Rykka. Jocelyn has also spent several years as a professional touring and recording musician with the Juno nominated band Jets Overhead.

Julie Fowler: ArtsSwells, Island Mountain Arts Society (Wells, BC)

Julie Fowler is the Executive & Artistic Director of the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art, which began in 2004 and is now the largest arts event in the Cariboo with over 2500 people converging in Wells on the August Long Weekend each year.

Julien Desaulniers: Festival Du Voyaguer (Winnipeg)

Julien Desaulniers is the Artistic Director for le Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival. Celebrating the Franco-Manitoban culture and heritage and the joie de vivre of the fur trade era in heart of the Canadian prairies, the festival features over 150 artists ranging in musical genres from traditional styles to contemporary pop, rock and hip hop

Kaitlyn Reining: Creative BC (Vancouver)

Kaitlyn Reining joined Creative BC in December 2016 as a Program Analyst for the Music Team. She is the lead on the Live Music and Music Company Development programs, supporting BC companies applying for business development funding. Kaitlyn graduated from the Producing and Engineering program at Harris Institute for the Arts. She has previously held positions with Arts & Crafts and Light Organ Records.


Katja Hermes: Sound Diplomacy (Berlin, Germany)

Katja Hermes is the Head of projects at Sound Diplomacy. Katja founded the Sound Diplomacy Berlin office in October 2013. In this role Katja has consulted several cities on their Music City strategy, gave lectures about Music Cities at events over the world and initiated the Music Cities Network together with the Hamburg Music Business Association (IHM). She worked on the development of several funding projects for German institutions and has consulted with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, GIZ, Adam Mickiewicz Institute Poland, Nordic Embassies Berlin and many other institutions. Katja has been working in the music business for more than 12 years. She has worked in various fields in the industry including at Mutek Festival, Ableton and Initiative Musik, the German funding organisation, where she was responsible for the export projects. Katja holds a diploma in Geography and Economy, with a focus on urban planning and creative industries.


Kate Wattie: Tonic Records (Vancouver)

As an artist manager, and general manager of Tonic Records, Kate Wattie works with a number of West Coast artists. Kate brings to her roles more than 20 years of music business experience, including Virgin Records in the UK, and manager of Not Just Another Music Shop in Vancouver. Kate currently works with a roster that includes The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Leeroy Stagger, Terence Jack, Buckman Coe, Rodney DeCroo, Bocephus King and Mu.


Kirk McNally: Sound Engineer, UVic (Victoria)

Kirk McNally is a sound engineer who specializes in popular and classical music recording, as well as new music performances using electronics. He has worked with national and international recording artists in studios in Toronto and Vancouver, including REM, Bryan Adams and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Kirk is the assistant professor of Music Technology for the School of Music at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


Kyle Merkley: Arpix Media (Toronto)

Kyle Merkley’s music supervision credits include Frankie Drake (CBC), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Remedy (GlobalTV), Pure (CBC) and more. He also coordinate’s everyone’s needs from creative, music editing and delivery, to everything to do with the internet. As a musician he has performed on MuchMusic and Entertainment Tonight: Canada.

Liam Moes: Moose Tracks Productions (Vancouver)

Liam Moes is a producer, engineer and musician based in Vancouver, BC. He has been active in the west coast music scene, playing with local bands, recording, touring and recently working in Vancouver studios, such as Hipposonic, Monarch, Armoury, and Fader Mountain Sound. Liam got his start in the music industry as a drummer and has toured extensively around Canada. His songs have received regular radio play on CBC Radio and The Zone at 91.3.

Lindsay MacPherson: Music BC (Vancouver)

Lindsay currently acts as the Manager of Programs and Operations for the Music BC Industry Association, a not for profit association serving the for profit and non-profit music industry. She has held employment with Nettwerk Music Group and Newcap Radio (Z95.3, LG104.3) and has worked on live events, including Squamish Valley Music Festival, Red Truck Concert Series and Shorefest.

Louise Burns: Musician, Songwriter, Producer (Vancouver)

Louise Burns has spent over two decades in the music industry as a musician, songwriter and more recently, producer. Signed to Madonna’s Maverick label at just fifteen with pop band Lliiix, she has been nominated for two Juno Awards, long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize twice, and toured Asia, Australia, Europe and beyond. She recently produced folk-pop duo Fionn, whose debut album will be released next year.

Madeline Taylor: CiTR (Vancouver)

Madeline Taylor is a radio/podcast producer from Vancouver, British Columbia, with credits at ABC, the BBC and various campus/community stations. She has worked in Campus/Community radio since 2013, is the current Programming Director at CiTR 101.9FM, and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Campus/Community Radio Association.

Malcom Owen-Flood: Music Producer/ Band of Rascals (Victoria)

Malcom Owen-Flood is an international music producer and member of Canadian rock outfit, Band of Rascals. Malcom just returned from a production trip to Shanghai, China, and will be soon be back on the road with Band of Rascals; touring Canada and Europe in the next 6 months.

Mark D. Kesten, Esq: Entertainment Attorney (Los Angeles, CA)

Mark D. Kesten, Esq. is an entertainment attorney based in southern California. Mark’s practice focuses on the representation of talent in both transactional and litigation matters.  Mark handles the review, drafting and negotiation of entertainment related agreements including: recording and publishing contracts, management, producer and mixer agreements, as well as endorsement deals.  Mark also handles civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Recently, Mark was part of the legal team that successfully defended a Forbes 30 under 30 company against a multi-million dollar lawsuit.  Mark was also part of the legal team that successfully obtained a six-figure federal jury verdict against a billionaire real estate developer for the copyright infringement of an award-winning sculptor. Prior to entering private practice, Mark worked in the legal affairs department at the ICM Partners talent agency. Marl also enjoyed a successful pre-law career as an artist manager and commercial radio promoter with Frontside Promotions Group and Bedlam Music Management.


Meara McLaughlin: MusicPortland (Portland, Oregon)

Meara McLaughlin is Executive Director of a newly formed advocacy group called MusicPortland. Meara is a connector who combines 30 successful years of business development experience in the private sector and long participation in the music business to lead MusicPortland. With a data driven approach and early engagement of key public and private partners, MusicPortland is rapidly building the infrastructures and opportunities needed to protect, sustain and grow the vibrant Portland music economy.

Meg Symsyk: Entertainment One (eOne) (Toronto)

Meghan Symsyk is Vice President, International Marketing & Management for eOne’s Music division. She is responsible for overseeing both marketing and managing efforts for several of eOne and Last Gang label artists, including Death From Above, Sango, Stars, and Emily Haines, as well as Arkells, Lights, Dragonette and DCF. She has held previous roles with SRO/Anthem as well as Universal Music Canada.


Meagan Davidson, Tiny Kingdom Records (Vancouver)

Meagan Davidson is one of the co-founders of Tiny Kingdom Music an artist management and administration company based in Vancouver. Her experiences have ranged from live production to non-profit work in the music sector. Encouraged by watching local artists bloom over the years, she’s turned her focus to assist artists’ development hands-on.

Mike Edel: Musician (Seattle)

Mike Edel is a Canadian indie-folk-rock artist who spent 7 years in Victoria, BC and currently lives in Seattle, WA. He is set to release his 3rd full-length album produced by Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) featuring the first two singles, ‘Go With You’ and ’31.’ Edel will play Rifflandia 2019 and he has toured extensively in Canada, the US and 2019 will see his release be supported in Europe also. His music has been featured on CBC Music, AAA Radio in the US, and has accumulated over 1.5M streams on Spotify.

Morgan Brooker: Blue Heron Music (Victoria)

Morgan Brooker works for Blue Heron Music with Stephen Franke and their roster includes Current Swell, Jon and Roy, Jesse Roper, Band of Rascals, Carmanah and Ocie Elliott. He also books the music at the Breakwater Barge in the summer and is a board member of the Capital Ballroom.

Murray Creed: Groove Studios, Victoria Drum Fest (Victoria)

Murray Creed is a Drummer, Educator, Clinician and Performer that has endorsement deals with Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and Vic Firth Drumsticks. He performs 50 shows per year, runs Groove Studios – Victoria’s biggest Drum Studio and is the founder the Victoria Drum Fest.

Naveen Deshpande: Mixtape (Mumbai, India)

Founded by Naveen Deshpande in 2010, Mixtape manages and books some of the biggest indie artists in India like Pentagram, Grain, Skyharbor, OX7GEN, Voctronica etc and handles bookings for more than 60 artists across genres. Since its inception, Mixtape has booked artists for over 1000 college festivals, programming numerous clubs across the country and also organised entertainment solutions for clients that include the cricket extravaganza Indian Premier League.

Mixtape has diversified into producing events such as Sulafest, Eden Festival, GoaSunsplash Festival and India Music Week for Rock Street Journal. Mixtape has also handled artist liaison and bookings for music festivals such as Magnetic Fields, South Asian Bands Festival , India Bike Week and Udaipur World Music Festival and has curated the prestigious KalaGhoda Arts Festival.

Mixtape’s touring division has organised India tours for everyone from Grammy-winning to underground international artists, helping them enter a new market and to reach an untapped audience. Some of the artist Mixtape have hosted in India are Tinariwen, Telefon Tel Aviv, Dubioza Kolektiv and many more.

The most recent addition to the list of activities under the Mixtape umbrella is the AV and the lighting division. One of the core strengths of this division is developing progressive and futuristic lighting design and audio-visual experiences for artists, festivals, corporates and other large-scale events, including: set designs, stage lighting design, operations and projection mapping.

Nick Middleton: Westwood Recordings (Victoria)

Nick Middleton – (The Outlier) is a celebrated producer, mix engineer, remixer, DJ, and label owner (Westwood Recordings). From performing at the biggest festivals (Coachella, Electric Forest), to remixing and producing world-class talent, Middleton’s career is built on a deep love of electronic music and a keen ear for the next big thing.

Olivia Quan: Engineer, Mixer, Audio Editor (Vancouver)

Olivia Quan is a recording engineer, mixer, and proficient audio editor from Vancouver, BC. She has expanded her repertoire by working with an abundance of producers, bands and other engineers. Although Olivia is a freelance engineer, she can often be found at Monarch Studios.

Oscar Furtado: Tandemtracks Promotions (Victoria)

Oscar Furtado is the owner of Tandemtracks Promotions with the philosophy of “Working Together, Side By Side With Artists’. Oscar made his start in the music industry at Nettwerk Records, marketing albums for Sarah McLachlan, Swollen Members, Tiesto and countless others. Following Nettwerk, Oscar joined Hipjoint Music Group. At Hipjoint, Oscar secured extensive Nationwide Canadian and/or U.S. radio airplay for Bob Sinclar, Holly McNarland, Katie Melua, Classified and many more! At Tandemtracks, Oscar continues his pursuit to gain National radio airplay working with great artists including R3HAB, Carly Rae Jepsen, Run The Jewels, DJ Shadow, Jordan Knight (NKOTB), USS and many others.

Phil Gumbley: FACTOR (Toronto)

Phil joined the FACTOR team in 2006 and has worked in various roles. He is now responsible for implementing and improving systems, procedures and policies. In his free time, Phil hones his pizza skills, skips FACTOR’s curling team and enjoys dad life.


Piers Henwood: Amelia Artists (Victoria)

Under the Amelia Artists umbrella, Piers has been co-managing the global career of principal clients Tegan and Sara since 2002. During this time Tegan and Sara have received seven Gold certifications, one Double Platinum certification, three Juno Awards, two Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination. Piers and his team at Amelia Artists also look after a management roster that includes The Funk Hunters, Luca Fogale, The Librarian, Fintan, and Astrocolor.

Racquel Villagante: SOCAN (Vancouver)

Racquel Villagante is A&R Rep at SOCAN. After graduating from Nimbus School of Recording, Racquel ran Business Class Records where she signed acts and managed releases. Racquel also previously managed artists, stage wrangled for We Day, and wrote for HipHopVancouver. She is passionate about discovering talent and helping artists succeed.


Rick Richardson: Watchdog Management (Vancouver)

Rick Richardson spent eight years working for Nettwerk Music Group before moving to Watchdog Management in Vancouver in 2016 as an artist manager and A&R rep. Rick is best known for his work with Canadian and US acts like Big Wreck, Peach Pit, Little Destroyer, The Matchstick Skeletons, and many more. He also sits on the executive board of Music BC.


Robbie Hancock: Robbie Hancock Music (Victoria)

Robbie Hancock is an indie folk singer/songwriter, a composer/producer, and an international touring artist. Some of his recent songwriting/composing credits include music placed on NBC, HBO, AMC, The Discovery Channel, MTV, Bravo, BTN, The National Film Board of Canada, HGTV, and the DIY Network as well as recent placements in Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. He also has a song in a “making of” documentary for a commercial in Peru and another in a Canadian indie film called “Forget,” directed by Jesse James Burton. Robbie has also been performing live for over 20 years and has played at Disney World, Busch Gardens, Canadian Music Week, North by North East, The Ottawa Tulip Festival, The Hamilton Music Awards, and The Halifax Pop Explosion. He has done several Canadian tours and recently performed in Nashville and Los Angeles at live music venues and conferences.


Rob Oakie: Music PEI (Charlottetown)

Rob Oakie is the co-founder and Executive Director of Music PEI, Prince Edward Island’s music industry association (MIA). Under Rob’s guidance, Music PEI has established effective export development programs resulting in a 500% increase in the number of PEI’s internationally touring artists. Music PEI programs like Showcase PEI, Canadian Song Conference and Music PEI Investment Program have helped set the standard for MIA’s.


Robin Kim: AEG Presents (Seattle)

Robin Kim is a Talent Buyer for AEG Presents Pacific Northwest. She started her music industry career as an intern/agent’s assistant at The Agency Group in New York following a fortuitous meeting with someone who knew someone who went to her alma mater. It happens. In addition to booking concerts at venues across Seattle and beyond, Robin specializes in booking comedy and non-music programming at Bumbershoot Festival. She enjoys drinking iced coffee year-round and can’t resist a good bad joke


Ron Irving: Songwriter’s Association of Canada (Vancouver)

Ron Irving is a multi-award winning veteran Canadian Songwriter, Producer and Music publisher with over 100 songs recorded worldwide. Ron’s songs have been recorded by International stars Anne Murray and Michael Bublé, US country stars Lee Greenwood and Terri Clark, Asian superstar Jacky Cheung, South African Idol Anke, Euro Diva Jennifer Rush, K- Pop boy band Shinwa, Germany’s Pop trio “Trademark,” and numerous others.

Ron Proulx: Arpix (Victoria/Toronto)

Ron Proulx has owned Arpix since 1997, over the years working with Canada’s top Producers and Directors. He is a former recording artist who co-wrote the Genie Award winning song “Pantaloon In Black,” has published two books, and has a passion for the changing face of business, media, and culture.

Ryan Guldemond: Mother Mother (Vancouver)

Ryan Guldemond founded Vancouver indie pop/rock group Mother Mother in 2005. Helming production and songwriting duties on most of Mother Mother’s releases, in addition to his role as frontman, Guldemond’s efforts yielded the group eleven Top 10 alternative pop singles to date.

Guldemond is also a producer and songwriter for other artists and recently did a TedX talk about the creative process.

Savannah Wellman: Tiny Kingdom Music (Vancouver)

Savannah is a co-founder of Tiny Kingdom Music, an artist management and administration services company. Her 15+ years in the music industry have included a BFA in music performance, working in live venues, being project manager at the provincial music industry association Music BC, and fronting and self-managing a string of original music projects including her latest, Savvie.

Shawn Stephenson: Becoming Sound (Ymir, BC)

Shawn Stephenson is the owner/engineer at Becoming Sound, a unique rural recording and retreat facility located in Ymir BC. He is also a seasoned performer, composer, music educator and the co-founder, co-artistic director and technical director of the annual Tiny Lights Festival, now in its 8th year.

Steph Macpherson: Musician (Victoria)

Steph began singing at age 5, and soon began performing in voice and piano recitals. In high school, she discovered a love for guitar and a deep catharsis in songwriting. Some career highlights include releasing an EP and two full-length records, touring Canada and the West Cost U.S, and receiving a WCMA Songwriter of the Year nomination.

Tao-Ming Lau, Blue Crane Agency (Toronto)

Tao runs a new booking agency called Blue Crane Agency, which seeks to prioritize women and artists of colour. Her roster currently includes Zaki Ibrahim, DJ NDN (from Tribe Called Red), Narcy, KALLITECHNIS, Too Attached and more. She has been attributed to assisting with the careers of Lido Pimienta, Tanika Charles, and Carly Rae Jepsen and has held previous roles with The Billions Corporation, Universal Music Canada and Pride Toronto 2017.

Tariq Hussein: Brasstronaut, UBC (Vancouver)

Tariq is a Juno nominated songwriter/recording artist based in Vancouver. Telegrams, to be released in 2019, is his fifth full-length studio album and his follow up to the 2013 Moonwalker EP. Tariq is also a member of the critically acclaimed band, Brasstronaut.

Tarun Nayer: Dehli to Dublin (Vancouver)

Tarun is a Vancouver-based music industry professional and advocate for diversity in the arts. He is a founding member of Delhi 2 Dublin and Director of 5X Festival (one of North America’s largest South Asian festivals). In 2017 he co-produced a Telus-funded 30 minute documentary called ‘Bhangra City’, highlighting the hidden world of Punjabi music in BC. Tarun manages emerging Pakistani-Canadian electronic artist Khanvict, and runs digital label and YouTube channel Snakes and Ladders which focuses on South Asian artists from the West Coast.

Tristan Orchard: Happy Hour Presents (Vancouver)

Tristan Orchard has over 20 years experience in the arts including directing for television, talent buying for Blueprint Events & MRG Concerts. He recently went into artist management overseeing Vancouver groups, Peach Pit and Yung Heazy’s break out. Tristan also runs the live event company Happy Hour Presents in Vancouver.