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 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.
Shea Sinnott, Secretary/Treasurer
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.
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
Jes Simkin (ex officio)
Jes Simkin is the Operations & Outreach Coordinator of OpenMedia.ca. Jes first joined OpenMedia back in 2011 as an Intern and she’s been hooked on the possibilities of the open internet ever since. Jes brings with her experience from both the non-profit and start-up worlds, including volunteer work with the BC Civil Liberties Association. She also studied Political Science at UBC.