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Executive Team

Jennifer Brown

Chief Executive Officer

With more than two decades of strategic experience in rights management, licensing, advocacy and support for music creators and publishers, Jennifer started her career with SOCAN in 1995 as a representative in the company's Membership department. She has held progressive leadership positions, including Vice President of SOCAN's Licensing department, before taking on the role of Senior Vice President of Operations & Reproduction Rights in 2018. Jennifer’s accomplishments include establishing SOCAN Reproduction Rights presence, guiding the company's Licensing department to record-setting 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 licensing collection efforts and increased royalties distributed to SOCAN's songwriter, composer, and music publisher members. The SOCAN Board of Directors appointed Jennifer Brown to Chief Executive Officer on June 29, 2021, after she held the Interim CEO role for a year.

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.

Jean-Christian Céré

Chief Membership Officer

Jean-Christian is responsible for leading 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 MRO of choice for Canada’s music creators. Prior to joining SOCAN, Jean served as General Manager of the Society of Authors and Composers of Quebec (SPACQ) and Astec Industries Inc. and was past President of Casavant Freres. With more than 15 years of executive experience, Jean also holds a law degree, specializing in copyright, from the Université de Montréal, and a Master of Business Administration degree.

Leslie Craig

Vice President, Royalty Services

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 15 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 Course Director for the IPIC/McGill Copyright Master Class 2021 (Assistant Course Director for 2020). Andrea received her law degree from Queen’s University, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto (Victoria University).

Martin Lavallée

Head of Reproduction Rights

Martin Lavallée is responsible for the development of strategic solutions for the management of the reproduction right in order to maximize its value and defend it in the context of changing paradigms in the music industry.

He is also actively involved in legal issues concerning SOCAN, music rights organizations in general, and the copyright and business issues they face.

A graduate of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales and a member of the Quebec Bar for the past 25 years, Mr. Lavallée specializes in cultural industry management, intellectual property and entertainment law. He has worked for government agencies such as the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), as well as for private audiovisual production and distribution companies and collective rights management societies. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of CSI, a pioneering joint venture in online music rights management in Canada. Long-time president of the Association des juristes pour l'avancement de la vie artistique (AJAVA), he is also a member of ALAI Canada.

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.

Vanessa Thomas

Vice President, Member & Industry Relations

Vanessa Thomas is responsible for the strategic vision for SOCAN’s A&R team and event management professionals, with the objective to expand the development of emerging talent in music creation. Before joining the Membership department, Vanessa served as Executive Director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for five years. She also spent 15 years in California working with major broadcasters, both on and off air, and ran Gavin Magazine, a well-known broadcast industry trade publication. Vanessa has previously served as Managing Director of Nielsen Entertainment Canada and then Senior Vice President, North America Nielsen Music, a position she held for 12 years. In the digital space, she opened and ran Songza Canada's offices, and led business development for Rdio Canada. Vanessa completed her BFA at Concordia University and earned her MFA at Cal State, Long Beach. She lends lead vocals to a West end Toronto rock group, Pandaband.

Alan Triger

Head of Strategic Solutions & Analytics

Alan Triger is responsible for overseeing the strategic vision and leading innovation of SOCAN’s internal and external digital product development, information technology, analytics and data governance initiatives. Before joining SOCAN in 2021, Alan spent nearly three decades as a senior executive and business intelligence expert working in the music industry, including an accomplished 26-year tenure with Warner Music Group, culminating his position as Senior Vice President, Research & Analysis. Alan completed his Bachelor of Economics at Carleton University and is currently working towards completing a Bachelor of Commerce at York University.

Kit Wheeler

Vice President, Royalty Collections

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 Chair of the Board of Directors at 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.