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Executive Team

Jennifer Brown

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Brown has more than two decades of strategic experience in rights management, licensing, advocacy and support for music creators and publishers. Previously, Jennifer has held progressive leadership positions as Vice President of SOCAN’s Licensing department before taking on the role of Senior Vice President Operation & Reproduction Rights in 2018. Her accomplishments at SOCAN include the successful acquisition of SODRAC and establishing SOCAN Reproduction Rights, guiding the Licensing department to record-setting revenue results, establishing SOCAN’s cost-effective and strategic re-structuring, and the introduction of new and innovative customer-facing tools, all of which have resulted in improved revenue collection efforts. The SOCAN Board of Directors appointed Jennifer Brown to Interim Chief Executive Officer on April 14, 2020.

Jeff King

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff King is responsible for strategy, licensing, distribution, international,  information technology and corporate planning. He is accountable for SOCAN’s revenue and expense management for key operations. Since joining SOCAN in 2001, Jeff has held a number of senior positions throughout the organization and lead initiatives that significantly heightened member and licensee satisfaction. As Vice President of Licensing, Jeff developed a robust strategic plan to expand SOCAN’s customer base and increase efficiency. As Vice President of Membership, Jeff led the development of a number of industry-leading e-commerce tools and the creation of SOCAN’s Information Centre. Prior to joining SOCAN, Jeff was Vice President of Underwriting at Old Republic Insurance Company and helped to lead that organization from industry laggard to industry leader within 3 years. Jeff holds an BA Honours from Wilfrid Laurier University and has been keynote speaker at several international conferences on innovation and free-trade.

Robert Bennett

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Bennett is responsible for the strategic vision of SOCAN’s Finance team, overseeing key financial areas, including operational budget planning, financial projections, and trending analysis, while guiding financial decision-making in support of business objectives and making strategic recommendations to improve SOCAN's financial standing. Before joining SOCAN, Robert served as Lead Financial Officer, Capital Markets, Technology and Operations with BMO Financial Group, Director of Finance with Edward Jones Canada, and Chief Financial Officer with RBC Dexia Investor Services Trust. Robert is fluently bilingual in English and French, and he is a certified Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Smith School of Business at Queen's University.

Andrew Berthoff

Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

Andrew Berthoff is responsible for communications and marketing strategy, creative and execution at SOCAN. Joining the executive team in 2012, he manages the organization's Communications & Marketing department. Andrew has more than 20 years of experience working in public relations, communications and marketing, and was previously a senior vice president with one of North America's most successful public relations agencies. In his communications and marketing career Andrew has specialized in working with associations, nonprofits and technology companies, and has been recognized with more than 35 peer-reviewed awards for his work. He holds an APR (Accredited in Public Relations) certificate from the Canadian Public Relations Society, and is a frequent speaker and writer on professional communications. Andrew gained a BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is one of the world's most well-known Highland bagpipers.

Geneviève Côté

Chief Quebec Affairs & Visual Arts Officer

Geneviève heads the operations of SOCAN in Quebec. Among her core objectives is to raise awareness around copyright among Québec influencers, while overseeing SOCAN’s reproduction rights management of visual artists such as painters, photographers, and sculptors. Geneviève also ensures that SOCAN has a Québec presence at events, forums and gatherings in the creative industry key sectors. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in the Québec entertainment scene, where she has divided her time between television production, artist management, music publishing, and music production and promotion. Geneviève currently sits on the Board of Directors of Caisse de la Culture, Polaris Music Prize and Unison Benevolent Fund. She holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa.

Leslie Craig

Vice President, Distribution

Leslie Craig is responsible for the distribution of royalties to SOCAN members for their music performed around the world, and for the domestic performances of international members. Leslie’s role includes the strategic management of an accurate repertoire database; acquiring and validating performance details from numerous data providers; and the receipt and review of SOCAN members’ foreign activity, all to ensure accurate and timely distributions. With more than 10 years’ experience at SOCAN, Leslie has held executive and leadership positions within the Licensing and Corporate Planning departments. In addition to achieving three years of successive growth in domestic licensing revenue, Leslie’s career established and implemented a corporate project prioritization process; streamlined operational processes; and lead the implementation of Licensing’s enterprise resource planning system. Leslie joined SOCAN from Bombardier Aerospace, where she focused on improving service and manufacturing efficiencies, before shifting to the sale of customer services on new fleet acquisitions. Leslie completed her degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management at McMaster University, and her MBA at Queen’s University. She’s also a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Trevor Jackson

Vice President, Information Technology

Trevor Jackson oversees SOCAN’s extensive information technology environment, working towards discovering opportunities to build IT services for SOCAN members, licensed businesses, and business partners. Since joining SOCAN in 2010, Trevor and his team have successfully helped IT extend its ability to serve SOCAN, bringing us forward to meet and exceed industry standards in information technology. Trevor has played an essential role in delivering what SOCAN needs to be productive and efficient, while addressing many challenges due to the rapid and continued evolution of technology. Trevor has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry and a reputation for implementing leading edge technologies, earning him a nomination for an Ingenious Award by the IT Association of Canada. Throughout his career, Trevor has held IT leadership positions in various business sectors, including enterprise risk management, manufacturing, and biometric security. Trevor is a member of the board of directors for Connect, a global organization of 70,000 IT professionals.

Mike King

Chief Administration Officer

Mike King is responsible for SOCAN’s human capital strategic planning and business evolution support and oversees both SOCAN’s human resources and workspace & environment (WE) functions. Mike has led the Human Resources department since his arrival in 2004. With over 25 years in progressive business leadership roles in Canada and internationally, Mike has headed teams at retail, regional and head office levels, including 16 years in senior-level human resource roles providing HR and business transformation counsel to leadership teams at various organizations. He has served with several boards of directors, and has contributed his time over the last nine years on the Advisory Board for Humber College’s Bachelor of Commerce Human Resources Management Degree Program. Mike is a designated Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), and member of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA).

Andrea E. Kokonis

Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

Andrea E. Kokonis oversees SOCAN’s legal team. She has been with SOCAN for more than a decade and during that time has been involved in all aspects of SOCAN business, including music licensing, copyright enforcement and tariff matters before the Copyright Board of Canada. Prior to joining SOCAN, Andrea practiced at Torys LLP and Fasken Martineau LLP, specializing in intellectual property law. While in private practice, Andrea represented a range of clients in intellectual property and commercial litigation. Andrea has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She is a registered trade-mark agent and a member of the Canadian Bar Association and Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. She is a current member of the CBA National Copyright Committee and she formerly served on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review (CIPR). Andrea is also the Chair of the Law Society of Ontario’s annual in-house counsel summit (2017-2020) and Assistant Course Director for the McGill Copyright Master Class 2020. Andrea received her law degree from Queen’s University, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto (Victoria University).

Michael McCarty

Chief Membership & Business Development Officer

Michael McCarty is responsible for leading innovation in the Membership department while creating and delivering cutting-edge, 21st Century services to current and future SOCAN members. His mandate is to ensure that SOCAN extends its place as a vital leader among global music rights organizations and the choice of Canada’s music creators. Prior to joining SOCAN, Michael served as President of EMI Music Publishing Canada and President of Canadian rights management company, ole, where he played a key role in the development and international success of many notable SOCAN members. With more than 25 years’ experience in the music industry,  including his service on the Board of Directors of SOCAN, he was a member of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), past director for the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), and a founding director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Michael is a graduate of the Fanshawe College Music Industry Arts program.

Catharine Saxberg

Vice President - International Relations 

Catharine Saxberg is responsible for managing SOCAN's presence and role internationally, and for building even more opportunities for the organization's members beyond Canada's borders. She works with SOCAN's International team to manage relationships with partner performing rights organizations around the world, particularly the larger ones that provide more than 90 percent of SOCAN members' international royalties. Prior to joining SOCAN, Catharine Saxberg was Executive Director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) for eight years. Before that she was Executive Director of the Radio Starmaker Fund; Senior Project Director with Balmur Corus Music; and Director of Marketing, Canadian Broadcast Sales. Catharine has also served in a variety of industry leadership roles, including two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Confederation of Music Publishers, two terms as co-chair of ICMP’s pop bureau, co-chair of Canadian Music Week, director with the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and as a member of the National Advisory Board of FACTOR. She is ABD in History from York University, gained an Honors BA in French and History and a Masters in History from the University of Toronto, and has a BAA in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.

Kit Wheeler

Vice President, Licensing

Kit Wheeler is responsible for overseeing the royalty collections for the public performance and reproduction rights of music in Canada, while managing important relationships with new and existing media, live music, and general business licensees. Kit is also on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Entandem Inc. Since joining SOCAN in 2001, Kit has gained experience and knowledge in several areas, starting as a Business Analyst in our Finance department, where she implemented budgeting and forecasting processes. Kit then became the Project Manager in the Distribution department, for a re-engineering initiative. In her next role, as the Manager of Concerts department, she worked with Membership to identify opportunities to increase distribution to members. More recently, she led the Distribution department’s operational team as Vice President, spearheading numerous key projects to execute valuable back-office services deals. Prior to joining SOCAN, Kit worked in financial roles in both corporate and non-profit organizations. Kit’s studies include a Bachelor of Commerce at University of Toronto, and a designation toward CGA certification.