Phillip Djwa, Board Chair
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.
Founder and President of Reimagine PR (formerly Babble On Communications Inc.), Susan McLennan oversees all strategy and campaign execution. She has created and overseen award winning pr and online campaigns inspiring media coverage around the world, translating to new investment, increased donations and met objectives for her clients. She has planned and executed tours and appearances for live audiences totaling millions. She has worked with important foundations working tirelessly on the front lines of social justice, consumer issues and children’s health. She has helped grow a beloved entertainment brand and nurtured a tech start-up from infancy to industry leader. Susan and her partner Mike Erskine-Kellie also create and write television. Shows they have written and/or created are currently airing on PBS, TVO, CBC, and Disney XD. Content campaigns for their PR work borrow heavily from their television experience. One entertainment advocacy campaign they created and executed was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress.
Shea Sinnott, Secretary
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 built the organization’s grassroots fundraising program and supported the organization’s growth and development internally. Watch this video from Shea's time at OpenMedia. After OpenMedia, Shea coordinated Organize BC, a project that brings together aligned organizations from Western Canada’s progressive community for collective training events in community organizing. Today, Shea works at the David Suzuki Foundation as a community organizer with the Blue Dot campaign.
Jennifer North, Treasurer
Jennifer North is President of North Accounting, and a Quickbooks Pro Advisor with more than a decade of experience running her own business. In her 5 years of bookkeeping and accounting at a senior- level, Jennifer has found that she most enjoys educating businesses and ensuring that they maintain CRA-compliant books. Jennifer uses her vast previous job experiences – such as retail, tech, charities and not-for-profits – to deliver a positive experience for her clients. She enjoys painting watercolours, cooking, and is active in music and the arts.
Scott Leslie has spent the last 20 years working to improve access to knowledge and learning opportunities on the open internet as a technologist, researcher and open content/open network activist. His career has spanned post-secondary institutions, libraries, for-profit startups and government. He is a regularly invited speaker and writer on educational technology topics and since 2001 published the widely-read edtechpost blog. He is currently the Systems Manager at the BC Libraries Cooperative, a national social enterprise with nearly 200 member libraries and related organizations across Canada. Previously, he worked as the Manager of Open Education for BCcampus, a province-wide post-secondary agency in British Columbia, Canada. Scott also volunteers for the Webmaker initiative with the Mozilla Foundation through which he's delivered numerous workshops for kids to help build web literacy.
Daniel Oleksiuk is a Vancouver lawyer with experience in environmental, aboriginal, and labour law. He currently represents clients in the National Energy Board’s review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Daniel has also drafted legislation for the government of British Columbia and worked with the United Nations Development Programme on environmental law and legal education reform in the People’s Republic of China, where he gained a new appreciation for privacy, access, and free expression. In his other roles, Daniel hosts a podcast called Common Law Radio, advocates for renters’ rights in Vancouver, rides his bike, and plays recreational softball. He is grateful for the opportunity to support Open Media as a board member.
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". You can find Steve's blog at http://openmedia.ca/SteveAnderson