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Board of Directors

 

Marc Ouellette

President & Chair of the Board

Marc Ouellette holds a music composition degree from McGill University and underwent further training with Ennio Morricone in Italy. Dividing his time between composing, producing and conducting in many musical genres, he has been nominated for and won different distinctions such as the SOCAN, Gemini and ADISQ awards.

Marc’s career picked up when he collaborated to the famous television series Star Trek; Deep Space Nine and Star Trek; Voyager in the 1990’s. Over the past twenty-five years, he has written original music for a variety of projects ranging from movies (Deadly Isolation; 2005, When We Were Boys; 2013, Amber Alert; 2016), children television series (Mystery Hunters; 2002-2009), entertainment and circus-oriented shows (Azul at SeaWorld of San Antonio; 2009-2018) to multimedia presentations (summer and winter sound and light shows on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill; 2010 to date). As producer, arranger and conductor, he has contributed to numerous concerts and recordings featuring such diverse artists and groups as Isabelle Boulay (Mieux qu’ici-bas; 2000), Pierre Lapointe (La forêt des mal-aimés; 2007), Roch Voisine (Duophonique; 2013), The Tea Party (tours across Canada; 2002 and Australia; 2017) and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Marc has been advocating for music rights holders since 1998 and has served as member and president of each of the boards of the Professional Composers and Authors Society of Quebec (SPACQ), the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC) and the SOCAN Foundation. Since 2018, he presides and chairs the SOCAN board of directors. In addition, Marc lectures at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) at the D.E.S.S. film music program and trains film and media composers at l’Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS).

Vivian Barclay

General Manager of Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

Vivian Barclay, the General Manager of Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd., has wide-ranging experience in most areas of the music and broadcast industries. A classically trained musician, she has composed music for television commercials and won awards for her digital audio editing talents. She has worked as a radio programmer and on-air host, in artist management, publicity/promotion and as a programmer for conferences/festivals.

At Warner/Chappell, she works with a diverse roster of songwriters, including Jully Black, Patoranking, Producer Lantz, Maurice Moore, Machel Montano, Classified, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and is also responsible for the administration of the over 200-year-old company’s global catalogue, which includes George and Ira Gershwin, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Michael Bublé, Murda Beatz and PARTYNEXTDOOR.

After graduating from Ryerson University (BAA Radio and Television), she joined CKLN-FM in production before taking to the airwaves as host of her own show. She would subsequently spend three years as Program Director before leaving to work with Toronto-based Jones & Jones Productions, the event/entertainment services company.

Vivian joined Warner Chappell in 2001, and spent two years at the head office in Los Angeles before returning to Toronto to head up the company in Canada. As a music publisher, she rose through the ranks with stints in royalties accounting, copyright, song plugging and synch pitching, experience which she has shared teaching classes on music publishing at Metalworks Institute, Ryerson University and the Trebas Institute.

Vivian sits on the Boards of: Canadian Music Publishers Association, SOCAN, the Toronto Music Advisory Committee, the Toronto council for National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, as well as Phemphat Entertainment Group, producers of the all-female Honey Jam Showcase, a non-profit organization which provides mentoring opportunities for artists.

Vivian is also active in community development projects Habitat for Humanity and Food for the Poor.

Jennifer Beavis

BMG Rights Management Canada

Jennifer Beavis has over twenty-eight years’ experience in music publishing after graduating from Fanshawe College, Music Industry Arts in 1993. Her positions over the years include working with multi-national publishers BMG, EMI, and famed Vancouver-based independent record label and music management and publishing firm, Nettwerk Productions. She was Director of Copyright for the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) for four and a half years, Director of Publishing and Licensing Administration for Nettwerk, and held the position of Executive Director of the Songwriters Association of Canada. Hand-picked by the executive team at Canada’s largest independent publishing company, ole, she held the position of Senior Director of Administration, directing the day-to-day business affairs of catalogue acquisitions and publishing administration for over five years. Since 2010, she runs her own publishing administration business, Librascor Copyright Consulting, where clients include: Arts & Crafts Productions, 604 Records, Tanjola, C2W Music Limited, ET Canada, eOne Entertainment, and Zoomer Media. In March 2013 she was appointed BMG’s exclusive representative in Canada for synchronization and copyright administration, overseeing both financial and internal infrastructure for the territory. Jennifer has served on the board of the Canadian Music Publishers Association, was a founding board member of The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has served on committees for the Canadian Country Music Awards and Durham College’s Music Business Management program, and has lectured extensively on copyright and publishing both at home and abroad.

David Bussières

Songwriter

Cofounder of musical duo Alfa Rococo, David Bussières created and produced all four albums of the group, as well as over 100 of their live performances. Alfa Rococo won two Félix awards in 2008 and has garnered over 12 nominations since. As well as having a successful career spanning over 15 years, David has participated in numerous musical endeavours and has performed at numerous festivals in Québec, and abroad. Along with his artistic activities, David has a keen interest in the compensation mechanisms for songwriters in music’s new digital economy. This interest motivated his founding of the RAM (Regroupement des artisans de la Musique) in the fall of 2016; the group’s aim is to provide all craftspeople working in the music industry a platform to freely express themselves and help define a fairer economic model for artists. David is also a board member of the Union des artistes (UDA), of ARTISTI and of Métamusique.

Patrick Curley

President, Third Side Music

An accomplished songwriter and entertainment lawyer, Patrick Curley is the President and co-founder of Third Side Music, a boutique music licensing and copyright administration firm with offices in Montréal and Los Angeles. Third Side Music was started in 2005, and since then has gained a strong reputation, with a large catalog, and a copyright administration department that handles more than 25,000 titles from Canadian, American and international writers and composers, as well as having one of the best synchronization licensing departments in the business. As one of Canada’s music industry experts, Curley has been a featured speaker at international conferences including MIDEM, CMJ, ALAI, Canadian Music Week (CMW), North by North East (NXNE), and the Paris Sync Summit, as well as being a guest lecturer at McGill University, Trebas institute, L’Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM) and at various SOCAN educational events. Curley grew up in Jonquière, Québec, graduated from McGill Law School in 1995, and became a member of the Quebec Bar in 1997. He,s been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) since 2008, and a songwriter member of SOCAN since 1990. Patrick joined SOCAN’s Board of Directors in 2014.

Victor Davies

Composer

Composer, pianist and conductor Victor Davies studied conducting with Pierre Boulez, and has received a degree in composition. At home in the concert hall, theatre or recording studio,  Davies’ music is heard around the world – live, via recordings, and through film and television (he won a Gemini Award for Best Documentary Score in 2002). His works range from music and lyrics for 600 songs for the CTV children’s series Let’s Go! and The Rockets, to jazz concertos for organ, piano, and violin, to his major oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra, Revelation. His many theatre works include a rock opera, (Beowulf); the musical Especially Babe;;  The Big Top, commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet ( including a TV special aired worldwide); , and an opera, Transit Of Venus. Davies has scored in a variety of styles for CBC, the NFB, CTV, Global, and many independent productions. He has also composed and performed with his own “third stream” jazz group.   Davies has conducted the Winnipeg, Edmonton and Kitchener-Waterloo symphonies, and is the conductor of his own film and television scores. He was musical director and composer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1999 Pan American Games. He has served as President of the Canadian League of Composers, and as a board member of both the Canadian Music Centre and the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.

Gary Furniss

President of Sony Publishing in Canada

Gary Furniss, President of Sony/ATV Publishing in Canada, has been responsible – along with the Sony/ATV team – for the development and growth of the company since 1993, and has been instrumental in bringing Sony/ATV’s domestic songwriters to international recognition. The roster is comprised of great Canadian writers, including Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, K’Naan, LIGHTS, Elise LeGrow, Our Lady Peace, Fefe Dobson, USS, Anjulie, Murray McLauchlan, Tom Wilson, and producer/writers Tawgs Salter, Jon Levine, James Bryan and Rob Wells, many of whom are recipients of gold, platinum and other music industry awards. Sony/ATV represents many international song catalogues as well, including songs written by Lennon-McCartney, Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Nelly Furtado, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Randy Bachman, Neil Diamond, Famous Music, Leiber and Stoller, Acuff-Rose, Shaftesbury Films and Alliance Atlantis. Furniss has served as the Second Vice-Chair of the SOCAN Board of Directors, a Director of the CMPA, and chairman of the CMRRA Board. Past Director positions include director of CARAS, the CSHF and Executive Editor of Music Publisher Canada. Furniss has also contributed to the development of the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle – a very special Canadian songwriters’ highlight presented on JUNO weekend each year. Furniss is also very supportive of the music industry's newly created Unison Benevolent Fund, an assistance and referral program for, and by, the music community that provides emergency financial assistance and crisis management, insurance and counselling The UBF is also supported by SOCAN.

Rhonda Head

Songwriter

Rhonda is a member of Manitoba Music, a Recording Academy Voting Member, FACTOR Juror, Indigenous Music Award Juror, Advisory Committee Member for Indigenous Music, Manitoba Arts Network Indigenous Liaison, host for Indigenous Super Stars, a singer/songwriter/composer, grant writer, and recording artist.

Rhonda has received 16 music nominations in total and won six international music awards since she began her music career in 2010. Rhonda has had the opportunity to perform in some of the most amazing venues – Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Centre, the Viper Room, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 5 Lands Walk Festival in NSW, Australia, and numerous other venues.

Rhonda also recently released an autobiography called Mezzo-Soprano – Memoirs of a Rez Girl. It wasn’t always an easy road for Rhonda, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 22. Rhonda took a year off to recuperate from the 11.5 hour surgery. When she thought her life was back on track she received devastating news when she was 30 that the tumour grew back. Once again, she took time off and took care of her health. Despite the setbacks and challenges, Rhonda continued to follow her passion of music. Rhonda is pleased to share her music with you. Rhonda says, “Follow your heart, before your mind changes it.”

Ed Henderson

Composer

Ed Henderson is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, guitarist, musical director, music publisher and music producer in theatre, film, recording and on the concert stage. His compositions include all the music in his solo guitar CD Intimate ; Drowned Out, a 12-minute work for Vancouver InterCultural Orchestra and Laudate Singers (2011); Alight, a 12-minute solo guitar commission (CMC/Dance Centre); 11 National Anthem Orchestrations (VANOC at the 2010 Olympics); Star Song (Elektra Women’s Choir); Fuente Ovejuna, a theatrical score for the Stratford Festival; and Birdsong, a 45-minute piece for choir and tar [Iranian guitar] (Vancouver Chamber Choir and Amir Koushkani,). His TV productions include A World ChristmasTell It on the Mountain and Chasing the Tango High (Bravo! TV), Race of the Century (CTV) plus about 20 documentaries (Vision, Knowledge, etc.).His album productions include the JUNO Award-winning El Camino Real for Ancient Cultures; The Miracle of Christmas and A World Christmas (Vancouver Chamber Choir); Feet First music from the stage show starring Jeff Hyslop; and JUNO-nominated, and West Coast Music Award-winning Endless for Silk Road. Henderson also plays with Chilliwack and Tangissimo, and as a session player in Vancouver. He performs solo guitar concerts, or with other musicians (including Leon Bibb, Ann Mortifee, and Paul Horn).Ed Henderson  has served as a board member of the Vancouver Musicians’ Association, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, and (SCGCTheatre Under The Stars. He’s an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and a member of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC).

Mark Jowett

Nettwerk Music Group

Mark co-founded the Nettwerk Music Group in 1984. He has helped to oversee the company’s creative affairs, as well as the company’s overseas operations and Nettwerk’s publishing division. From its small origins in the 1980s, Nettwerk’s publishing division went on to represent Canadian artist as Sarah McLachlan and the Great Lake Swimmers, Ria Mae, Banners, and Mother Mother, as well as such international artists as Sinead O’Connor, Squeeze, MFDoom, and many others. In the last few years Nettwerk’s publishing arm has become a more boutique publisher, with the hope of serving a smaller group of writers very effectively.

Beyond his responsibilities at Nettwerk, Mark is presently on the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) Board and the head of its Programming Committee, and has been on the FACTOR Board and the head of its Programming Committee, as well as on the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) Advisory Committee.

Mark’s love of music is not only reflected in having been in the industry for almost 40 years; he has continued to play in bands of one kind or another the whole time. He is now a cellist in the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, and is the VP of the Orchestra’s Board. He also plays in a Vancouver based quartet.

Daniel Lafrance

Éditorial Avenue

I founded my first publishing company in 1976. After being a musician, producer, and manager, I devoted myself full-time to publishing starting in 1990. I have served on numerous boards of directors since 1984: those of ADISQ, SODRAC, APEM, MUSICACTION, CINARS, CMRRA, CANADIAN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME. I won the Félix for Publisher of the Year nine times, the SOCAN Award for Publisher of the Year twice, as well as APEM’s Christopher J. Reed Award. I currently represent publishers on SODEC’s Commission du disque et des variétés and I sit on MPC’s board. I also wrote two books on music publishing: L’édition musicale, de la partition à la musique virtuelle and Après la disruption : innover en édition musicale, released in December 2020.

Cheryl Link has worked administratively and creatively in almost every aspect of the music business for more than 23 years. Beginning at FACTOR, and then holding positions at Page Music (music label/distributor), Lacquer Channel (music mastering), BMG Music Publishing, and Casablanca Media, she moved to peermusic in 2005. Cheryl has actively worked to promote the careers of songwriters and artists for her entire professional life. She’s also held positions on the Board of Directors of NDN Talent Collective (bridging the gap between the Indigenous arts community and the mainstream industry), The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, CARAS, and on the Programming Committee at the Canadian Music Publishers Association.

Stan Meissner

Composer

Multi-faceted songwriter-composer Stan Meissner's career includes many hit songs, both internationally, and in English and French Canada. Meissner has been a staff songwriter for more than 25 years, under contracts with BMG Music Publishing, Warner-Chappell Music and Irving/Almo/Universal Music, and has written for Céline Dion, Lara Fabian, LeeAnn Womack, Eddie Money, Rita Coolidge, and BJ Thomas. He released three solo albums on A&M and Duke Street/Universal, garnering several Top 10 hits in Canada, including “One Chance” and “River Of Fire.” Meissner has also written music for many TV shows and films, including A&E's Biography, Berenstain Bears, Timothy Goes to School, Cottage Life, Missing Children and Sweating Bullets/Tropical Heat. He has contributed songs and source music to Beverly Hills 90210, Forever Knight, My Secret Identity, Friday the 13th Parts VII & VIII, and Friday the 13th – The Series, among many others. His work has earned him numerous gold and multi-platinum records, as well as a Gemini Award, two JUNO nominations, a Canadian Music Publishers Association Award, the British Columbia Country Music Association Songwriter of the Year Award, a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award, and several SOCAN Awards. As Treasurer of SOCAN (2003-2012), President of the SOCAN Foundation (2006-2012), President of the Songwriters Association of Canada (2000-2006) and member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2000-2006), Stan has been very active in the songwriting community, working as a tireless advocate to further a more positive environment for music creators.

Jennifer Mitchell

President of Casablanca Media Publishing

Jennifer Mitchell worked as an associate lawyer at the law firm Farano Green (which later merged with the law firm Gardiner Roberts LLP) from 1999–2001, specializing in the areas of entertainment, media, and communications law. During that time, she represented numerous music publishers, songwriters, recording artists, record companies, distributors, and film and television production companies. Jennifer also assisted clients with respect to the acquisition, sale, financing and distribution of catalogues and intellectual property assets. In 2001, Mitchell co-founded Casablanca Media Publishing together with Edmund Glinert, and she currently serves as the President of Casablanca. The company provides both domestic and worldwide music publishing services to songwriters and music publishing copyright owners around the globe, and manages more than 400,000 music-publishing copyrights. In her capacity as President of Casablanca, Mitchell oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, including all aspects of business development, financing, administration, creative and legal. She’s a member of several professional and industry organizations, including the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL), Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS), and the Ontario Law Society, and from time to time has sat on the advisory committee for the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

Glenn Morley

Composer

Glenn Morley is a Toronto-based composer, conductor, and musical director with an extensive background in music for theatre, live events, concerts, television, and film media. With credits for more than 2,000 television episodes, he has won three Gemini Awards. His compositions are heard in numerous programs: The Nature of Things, Royal Canadian Air Farce, Freaky Stories, Man Alive, Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, and Twice in a Lifetime. Morley was the music supervisor for ABC/Disney's The Music Man and Martin & Lewis (Emmy nomination), and garnered a Genie Award nomination for his score to Red Green’s Duct Tape Forever. He has produced and orchestrated the Gino Vanelli album Canto album, Alfie Zappacosta’s album Start Again, and songs for many others. He has functioned as composer/musical director for more than 80 stage productions, both in Canada and abroad, including the Stratford, Shaw, and Blythe Festivals. He created the score and sound design for the Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill (2005-2009), and was musical director for the re-opening ceremonies for Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, and for The Canadian Songbook for the Luminato Festival. Morley has had his works performed by orchestras across Canada, and he frequently conducts/produces recordings for other composers. He has appeared frequently as an expert witness representing SOCAN members in Copyright Board television and cable tariff hearings. He is a founding member and past president of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.

Diane Pinet

President of Bloc-Notes Music Publishing

Diane Pinet is founder and president of Bloc-Notes Music Publishing since 1985. Her vast experience in publishing as well as various other aspects of the industry (booker, show producer, etc.) has given her a solid knowledge of the music business.She is currently on the board of directors of MPC, (Music Publishers Canada), NMC (Studio Bell) and several other associations. She was previously on the executive committee of CMW, and for many years on the Board of Directors of SOCAN, the SOCAN Foundation, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and most recently CMRRA.

Often referred to by its writers as innovative, Bloc-Notes Music is known for its privileged ties in Canada and abroad. Bloc-Notes has won several Felix Awards (equivalent of Juno Awards) for Publisher of the Year, SOCAN awards and has received many gold and platinum records, and most recently in May 2021, the Music Publishers Canada's Life Achievement Award. Its repertoire of writers has written hits for the likes of Céline Dion, Faith Hill, Garou, Marie Mai, SOMMM and many others. Since its beginnings, the company's roster has constantly topped the charts.

Sarah Slean

Songwriter

A four-time JUNO and two-time Gemini nominee, Sarah Slean has written and released 11 albums in more than 10 countries as a songwriter and recording artist, but the most unique aspect of her artistry is its breadth. Over her 25-year career she has not only performed internationally with world renowned artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Alanis Morrisette, and Feist, and shared the stage with dozens of professional orchestras, but she has also composed award-winning chamber music, orchestral arrangements (Dan Mangan, James Ehnes, Hawksley Workman), screen scores (Hospital Show, Undeniably Young) and songs for television (CTV’s Cardinal), and the stage adaptation of the CSA-winning film “Maudie.” She is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Composing Residency and recent TV work includes the second season of Detention Adventure for CBC/HBO, alongside Ari Posner and Amin Bhatia, for which they earned a CSA Award for Best Original Music, Fiction. As comfortable in the pop/songwriting world as she is in classical, Sarah’s most recent recognition was for the “Best Classical Album: Choral or Vocal” JUNO Award. Sarah Slean joined SOCAN Board of Directors in November 2021.

Diane Tell

Songwriter

Born in Québec City, Diane Tell entered the Val d’Or conservatory at the age of six and wrote her first songs at the age of twelve. As one of Québec’s pioneering female singer-songwriters, she won six Félix prizes before the age of 25: Breakout Artist, Best Artist, Best Album, Best Song and, twice, Songwriter of the Year. Several of her songs have become SOCAN Classics, and “Si j’étais un homme” was inducted by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. She earned a MIDEM Award for her album Chimères and a Victoire Award for Faire à nouveau connaissance. In 1990, she was chosen to play a leading role in the musical La légende de Jimmy. That was followed up by another musical, Marilyn Montreuil, at the Théâtre National du Chaillot, in Paris. Diane not only played the leading role but composed the show’s score. An independent artist, she owns the rights to her entire catalogue, manages her own publishing company, and produces and finances her own albums. In her blog Diane Cause Musique, Diane engages up-and-coming artists by explaining the inner workings of the music industry.