Digital Media at the Crossroads

An Annual Conference on the Future of Content in Digital Media

About Us

The DM@X conference was organized by representatives of four academic organizations:

  • the Arts and Media Administration MBA Program, Schulich School of Business, York University;
  • the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto;
  • the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto; and
  • the School of Creative Industries, Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University.

Each of these institutions is concerned with the impact of digital media on content. They also recognize that many other organizations share their interest. Accordingly, 28 other academic or not-for-profit institutions concerned with digital media have been invited to support the conference. The list of these sponsors can be found here.

The DM@X Executive Director

The Executive Director of DM@X is Leah Theriault, who is also the Associate Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.

Doug Barrett

Leah Theriault is the Associate Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy. Leah received an SJD, JD and BSc from the University of Toronto, and an LLM from the University of California at Berkeley; she is a member of the Bar of Ontario. Over the years, Leah has taught at various law schools in the U.S. and Canada, including: the University of New Brunswick, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Toronto and Université de Sherbrooke. She was a visiting scholar at the School of Information Management at UC Berkeley, and an Administrative Specialist at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

The DM@X Steering Committee

DM@X Conference steering committee consists of committed academics and professionals with an interest in the future of digital media. All have contributed their time and energy to make DM@X a success. The committee consists of the following persons:

Doug Barrett

Doug Barrett is a veteran of over 30 years in the Canadian media and entertainment industries. Since 2008 he has been the BellMedia Professor in Media Management Schulich School of Business of York University. From 2006 to mid-2013, he was the President and CEO of PS Production Services Ltd., a leading supplier of professional motion picture production equipment. For 20 years prior, Barrett ran one of Canada's most successful entertainment law practices at McMillan LLP, and was repeatedly listed by ‘LEXPERT' as one of Canada's 500 Leading Lawyers. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Television Fund, and was a key founder of the Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program. Barrett's extensive list of board service includes the Banff Television Festival, the Feature Film Project of the Canadian Film Centre, and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association. He holds an MSc from the Newhouse School in Syracuse and an LLB/JD from Dalhousie.

Shawn Brixey

Shawn Brixey is Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD), at York University. Preceding his appointment, Brixey was professor and The Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. Previous to UW, Brixey was a professor at the University of California Berkeley, where he was Founder and Chair of the Digital Media Program. He has received a wide range of digital arts and sciences grants and awards, including National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, Apple Computer, AVID Incorporated, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Intel Corporation, Silicon Graphics, Newport Research Corporation, IBM and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Brixey's research accomplishments include a 2003 Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for New Media. He currently serves as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Council, for GRAND a centrally funded National Research Council Canada, Center for Excellence.

Grant Buchanan

Grant Buchanan is a leading communications lawyer, a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and head of the firm's Communication Group. His practice covers a wide range of telecom, broadcast and copyright matters. His experience includes acting as counsel to Blue Ant Media Inc. in respect of its acquisition of GlassboxTelevision Inc.; acting as counsel to the Ontario Ministry of Culture and the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Directors Guild of Canada in numerous CRTC proceedings; acting for various radio broadcasters, including Standard Radio Inc., Astral Media Radio, Ryerson Radio Inc., Newcap Radio, and SiriusXM Canada; and acting as President of Canadian Broadcasters Rights Agency Inc., a copyright collective. He is listed in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada, in Communications Law, and in Who's Who Legal Canada 2014 in Information Technology.

Charles Falxon

Charles Falzon is Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University. Charles Falzon has had a distinguished career in media and creative industries with an accomplished track record in production, brand development and commerce. An industry veteran in Canada, Charles has managed media enterprises in the UK, US, Japan, Latin America and Malta. His breadth of executive experience includes distribution, marketing, publishing, as well as live events, production studios, theme parks and brand development. Falzon was global president of such properties as Thomas The Tank Engine, Guinness World Records and Art Attack. He was the founding chair of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (now CMPA) and a Governor of the Banff Film Festival. Charles's creative work has been recognized with numerous awards including two Canadian Screen Awards for best children's series and an International Emmy nomination.

Peter Grant

Peter S. Grant is Counsel at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of Canada's largest law firms, and until 2005 the head of its Communications Group. Mr. Grant pioneered the field of communications law in Canada, and for the last 45 years his practice has been substantially devoted to this field, including broadcasting and cable television licensing, satellite services, copyright negotiations, cultural industries, and telecommunications regulation. Mr. Grant is the author or co-author of numerous articles, books and publications, including Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Popular Culture in a Globalized World (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2004), Canadian Broadcasting Regulatory Handbook, now in its thirteenth edition, and Communications Law and the Courts in Canada, now in its second edition. Among other matters, Mr. Grant was instrumental in incorporating the Canadian Independent Music Association, Musicaction Canada, the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Fund to Assist Canadian Talent on Records (FACTOR), the Canadian Telebook Agency, and the Canadian Retransmission Collective.

Paul Hoffert

Dr. Paul Hoffert is Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property & Digital Media, of the Faculties of Law, Information, and Music at the University of Toronto, Chair of the Bell Fund, Chair of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, and President of the Glenn Gould Foundation. He is a former Faculty Fellow at Harvard Law School and the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, Professor of Music, Film, and Digital Media at York University, President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and Chair of the Ontario Arts Council. He is the author of best-selling books about the Information Age and a textbook about composing music for videogames and websites. He received the Pixel award in 2001 as Canada's New Media Visionary, and was inducted into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for the success of his band, Lighthouse. Mr. Hoffert was awarded the Order of Canada in 2004 for his contributions to Media and Music.

Don McLean

Don McLean is Dean of the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto, a post he has held since 2011. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal through the Canada Council in 2012 for his "exploration of the changing context of music in the academy and society, and innovations in infrastructure development and interdisciplinary teaching and research." From 2001 to 2010, he was Dean of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and Chair of the Board of its award-winning Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology. On leaving McGill for UofT, Maclean's magazine columnist Paul Wells (Inkless Wells 2010) described McLean as "perhaps one of the most successful faculty heads in any discipline in any university in the past decade." He speaks internationally on the changing context of music in the academy and in society.

Trina McQueen O.C.

Trina McQueen is Adjunct Professor at Schulich School of Business where she teaches in courses on Media Management, Business and Strategic Solutions for Digital Media, and the Business of Creativity. In her media career, she has been Head of CBC TV News, Founding President of Discovery Channel, and President and COO of CTV Inc. Currently, she is vice-chair of TVO and of Historica Canada; and a board member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and the Literary Review of Canada. In education, she has been a governor of the University of Waterloo, and board member of Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She has been named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame, the Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame; and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. This year, she was appointed an honorary member of the Directors' Guild of Canada.

Catherine Moore

Catherine Moore is Adjunct Professor of Music Technology & Digital Media in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. She taught at New York University from 1995 to 2016, retiring from that position to return to her home in Canada. Dr. Moore was Director of the Music Business Program at NYU from 1997 to 2015 and taught about forecasting, price strategy, strategic marketing, A&R music evaluation, and international expansion. Her first job in the music business was managing a record store in Liverpool, England. As a consultant in 1997, she created a forward-looking methodology to evaluate recorded music masters, regularly updating the method through 2015 to include new ways to measure digital value. Catherine Moore has been a music critic since 1990 for American Record Guide, and works as a consultant. She is a graduate of Bishop's University, the Conservatoire de Musique (Montréal), and the University of Liverpool (UK).

James Nadler

James Nadler joined the RTA School of Media in 2004, and is currently serving as the Chair of Ryerson's School of Creative Industries. He has taught screenwriting and television producing and continues to run the popular RTA in LA program on the campus of UCLA. He is a recipient of both the Dean's Teaching and Service awards at Ryerson. A recovering lawyer, James remains active in the commercial television industry. For Alliance Atlantis, James was the Executive Producer / Showrunner of the first three seasons of Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal starring Dan Aykroyd, Matt Frewer and Michael Moriarty. James also was the co-showrunner of The Zack Files and Seriously Weird. Other shows James wrote or produced include the documentary series Women on Top and the reality series Office Temps and Crash Addicts. He also developed the long running hit Heartland for the CBC. James was the Executive Producer / Showrunner of the comedy Family Biz, a France-Canada coproduction which aired on YTV, Canal Plus, ABC Spark, Boomerang (South America) and Disney Channel in New Zealand and Australia. The pilot for his new comedy Bob! The Slob premiered on Teletoon last summer. Most recently, for Guru Studios James helped develop and sell True and the Rainbow City to Netflix which will “drop” in 2017.

Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers is Associate Dean of Research at the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design at York University. He is the author of The Attention Complex: Media, Archeology Method (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). He has also published on a range of topics, such as alternative media, contemporary media art, crowdsourcing, environmental media, and biopolitics. He is the former president of the board of directors for the Los Angeles-based media arts organization Freewaves. His current book project, Petromedia: Oil Culture and Media Culture, is an exploration of the historical interdependence of new media technology and finite energy resources through the emerging critical optic of environmental media studies.

Shelly Stein-Sacks

Shelley Stein-Sacks is the Founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Group Praesentia. Shelley leverages forward-thinking strategies, incorporating Presence, ePresence, technology and social networks to develop sustainable businesses that outperform the competition in their spheres of influence, community and operations. A firm believer in delivering great customer experiences through new business models, he has proven his effectiveness in succeeding in fast-paced environments.

Simon Stern

Simon Stern is Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation Law & Policy at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, associate professor of law, and director of the combined degree program in Law and English. He teaches and researches in the areas of civil procedure, law and literature, legal history, and criminal law. In addition to his appointment on the Faculty of Law, he is also a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of English, an Associate Member of the Centre for Comparative Literature, a faculty affiliate of the program in Book History and Print Culture, and a member of the Advisory Board for the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property. Professor Stern received his B.A. from Yale, his Ph.D., English from UC Berkeley, and his J.D. from Yale. He clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, practiced litigation in Washington, D.C., and then served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg is a communications executive who has been around the media business for a long time. He was President of the Canadian Cable Television Association, Cancom, Telefilm Canada and head of English services at the CBC. He currently runs a boutique consulting practice whose clients have included: Telus, Rogers Media, the Canadian Film Centre, Torstar Media and Allegro Capital. His controversial book, The Tower of Babble, was named one of the best books of 2012 by the Globe and Mail.

Grace Westcott

Grace Westcott is the Executive Director of PEN Canada. She also carries on a boutique legal practice, Westcott Law, which focuses on copyright, media and the cultural industries. In that capacity, Ms. Westcott has acted for a number of trade associations, collectives and organizations in those industries, as well as for a corporate and individual clientele. She has a particular focus on digital publishing and electronic media and has been heavily involved in copyright reform throughout her career, writing and speaking frequently on copyright matters. From 1996 to 2012 she was the Executive Secretary and subsequently Vice-Chair of the Canadian Copyright Institute. Ms. Westcott is currently the chair of the Toronto Legacy Project. From 2004 to 2012 she was a director of the Canadian Centre for Diversity. Ms. Westcott is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and holds an LLM from Columbia Law School.

Joyce Zemans

Joyce Zemans is Senior Scholar and University Professor Emerita at York University where she acts as the Director of the MBA Program in Arts and Media Administration at York's Schulich School of Business. Zemans is a former director of the Canada Council for the Arts and former dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York. Her research focuses on cultural policy, twentieth-century Canadian art and curatorial practice.