Board

The current board members are:

Steve Anderson (ex officio)

Steve Anderson is the founder and Executive Director of OpenMedia.ca. Steve is an open Internet advocate, writer, and social media consultant. His writing has appeared in numerous local and national print and online publications such as The Tyee, the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Epoch Times, Common Ground, and Vue Weekly. Steve is a contributing author of CPPA book "The Internet Tree". He also write a monthly syndicated column called “Media Links”. You can find Steve's blog at http://openmedia.ca/SteveAnderson

Phillip Djwa

Phillip Djwa has been working for more than 18 years in the high-technology industry. During this time, Phillip has worked on a wide range of technology and digital media projects in senior positions from Fortune 500 (AT&T), high-tech start-ups (Adcritic), to not-for-profit organizations (First Nations Education).

He is an accomplished presenter and knowledgeable speaker on information and communications technology (ICT), especially as it applies in First Nations in BC. He has worked extensively with Aboriginal organizations on technology, including capacity building, connectivity to remote and rural communities, and elearning. He has sat on national Assembly of First Nations committees as well as the First Nations Technology Council, whom he continues to advise, as well as the Information Technology Council in Ottawa.

Since 2000, Phillip has led strategy, and completed innovative web projects, as part of his company Agentic Communications Inc. Phillip’s credentials as a creative technologist offer a unique blend of technologist, creative lead and social scientist. His clients include Yale University, Global Zero, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Industry Canada, the Province of BC, Canadian Tourism Commission, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canada Mortgage and Housing (Granville Island) and many other organizations.

Lastly, as a career-long social entrepreneur, Phillip has volunteered for many worthwhile community initiatives, including the Vancouver Crisis Centre, BC Community Connectivity Cooperative, the First People’s Heritage Council, and the Friends of Chamber Music.

Susan McLennan

Founder and President of Babble On Communications, Susan McLennan oversees all strategy and planning for all of Babble On Communications’ clients. She has created and/or handled pr/online campaigns that have been featured in media outlets around the world, and has planned tours and appearances for engaged audiences totaling hundreds of thousands people. She has worked with important foundations who work tirelessly on the front lines of children’s health issues, particularly childhood cancer. And she has helped grow and nurture beloved entertainment brands.

Before founding Babble On Communications, Susan McLennan worked for Paragon Entertainment Corporation, providing creative and public relations expertise to both the development and communications departments. Prior to Paragon, Susan McLennan ran Workshops in the Performing Arts, a not for profit which brings extraordinary talent from around the world to work with Canadian actors. Instructors included Atom Egoyan, Royal Shakespeare Company’s Andrew Wade and Sir Ian McKellen.

McLennan began her career as a professional actor. A member of Equity, she performed the lead role in the first Canadian cast production of “Agnes of God,” appearing also in “The Fifth of July,” and “Children of a Lesser God.” As an Actra member, she also appeared in such shows as “Party of Five,” “Highlander” and “The Commish.” She is the grateful recipient of a Joseph Golland Memorial Award from Actra.

Tyler Morgenstern

Tyler Morgenstern is a Montréal-based (by way of Vancouver, by way of Calgary) writer, student, activist and communications specialist who has been involved with OpenMedia.ca in various capacities since 2009. He is a former steering committee member for the Media Democracy Project and has served as Program Director for the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association. His writing, which focuses on community, ethical responsibility, and artistic practice in the context of contemporary social and political movements, has appeared in Sad Mag, Art Threat, rabble.ca, The Huffington Post, and The Toronto Star, and KAPSULA Magazine. Tyler is a graduate of the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, where his research focused on the intersection of digital media, democratic practice, and public life. Currently, he is pursuing his MA in Media Studies at Concordia University in Montréal, investigating the ways in which large-scale data mining and analysis techniques intersect digital aesthetics and the politics of survival. He is also a contributing member of Concordia's Feminist Media Studio. You can read Tyler's blog here, review his portfolio here, or follow @Tyler_Writes on Twitter.

David Robinson

David Robinson is the associate executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, representing academic and general staff across the country. Currently, he also serves as a consultant to Education International, a global union federation representing more than 30 million teachers and education workers in 171 countries and territories.

Prior to joining CAUT in 1999, David was the senior economist with the Vancouver office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Canada’s leading progressive think-tank. He has also been a lecturer at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and Carleton University in Ottawa. He was the founding coordinator of the Canadian Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

Shea Sinnott

Shea Sinnott served as the Operations Manager of OpenMedia from 2011-2013 and joined the board after moving on as a staff member in late 2013. In her work at OpenMedia over two and a half years, Shea worked to build the organization’s grassroots fundraising program and support the organization’s development internally. See this video from Shea's time at OpenMedia.

Currently, Shea is the Project Coordinator of Organize BC, a project of genius, that works to empower people to build more resilient communities. At Organize BC, Shea brings together aligned organizations to train emerging organizers in BC and supports a growing network of engagement organizers across the province. Shea is also a graduate of the Next Up leadership program, and through her support for the Next Up network and past volunteerism with many Vancouver non-profits and community groups, she pursues her passion for sustainable community development.

Shea is proud and grateful for the opportunity to support OpenMedia in her new capacity as a board member.

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