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Executive Team

Eric Baptiste

Chief Executive Officer

As the head of the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada, Eric Baptiste is one of Canada’s most influential music industry leaders. Under his direction since 2010, SOCAN has grown its membership base and increased the number of organizations licensed to use music to record-high levels. With more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Eric Baptiste has influenced broadcast media and cultural policy, and promoted new talent around the world. Prior to joining SOCAN, Eric worked for eight years in radio in France, including General Manager of RFI (French public international radio) and CEO of the commercial radio station, 95.2 Paris, and was Director General of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors & Composers (CISAC) for close to 12 years. In addition to being CEO of SOCAN, he serves as non-executive Chairperson of the board of the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies (CISAC), vice-chair of the board of Fast Track, the global technical alliance among 13 Copyright Societies, vice-chair of the board of the Canadian Private Copying Collective as well as chairperson of the board of the International ISAN Agency (ISAN-IA). A graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and the École nationale d’administration, Eric Baptiste was awarded the French government’s Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2006

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.

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.

Jennifer Brown

Senior Vice President, Operations

Jennifer Brown is responsible for the collection of royalties for the public performance of music in Canada based on tariffs set by the Copyright Board of Canada. She manages relationships with existing media, concert, and general licensees and develops relationships with new ones. With over 15 years of experience at SOCAN, Jennifer has held a number of progressive positions within the Membership, Business Change, and Licensing departments. Some highlights from Jennifer’s career to date include establishing the SOCAN Information Centre, leading the development of industry-leading e-commerce applications, and achieving stellar operational results within Licensing.

Geneviève Côté

Chief Québec Affairs Officer

Geneviève Côté is SOCAN’s Chief Quebec Affairs Officer and manager of the organization’s Montréal office. Among Geneviève’s core objectives is to raise awareness of performing rights among regional politicians, while striving to build on SOCAN`s Québec presence at events, forums and gatherings for the music industry and additional key sectors. Geneviève has more than 15 years of professional experience in the Québec music entertainment scene, where she has divided her time between artist management, music publishing and music production and promotion. She has worked as administrative (and production) manager with several television and tour production companies, was a member of the Board of Directors of both SOCAN and the SOCAN Foundation for five years, and served as a Director with PMPA (APEM), SOPREF, SODRAC, and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF). She holds a law degree from Ottawa University.

Leslie Craig

Vice President, Licensing

Leslie Craig is responsible for overseeing the collection of royalties for the public performance of music in Canada while managing important relationships with new and existing media, concert, and general licensees. With more than 10 years of experience at SOCAN, Leslie has held leadership positions within the Licensing and corporate planning departments. In addition to her achieving three years of successive growth in domestic licensing revenue, Leslie’s career highlights include establishing and implementing a corporate project prioritization process, streamlining operational processes, and leading the implementation of Licensing’s enterprise resource planning system. Leslie joined SOCAN from the Commercial Aircraft Division of Bombardier Aerospace, where she focused on improving service and manufacturing efficiencies before shifting to the sale of customer services on new fleet acquisitions. Her clients included major airlines in North America, Europe and Africa. Leslie completed her degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management at McMaster University and her MBA at Queen’s University, and she is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Gilles M. Daigle

General Counsel, Legal Services

Gilles Daigle is responsible for leading SOCAN’s legal proceedings with the Copyright Board of Canada. He joined SOCAN in 2013 after 23 years of service as a partner with SOCAN’s external law firm Gowlings. A highly regarded copyright and entertainment law expert, Gilles’ past experience includes working for the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as Commission Counsel; acting as Co-Counsel on many high-profile copyright infringement cases; and notably – a career marker and 2010 Copyright Case of the Year – representing SOCAN on the Copyright Boards decision to allow collection of royalties for music use by Canadian satellite radio services Sirius and XMRadio. Gilles completed his degree in law at the University of Ottawa and has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association since 1991.

Mike King

Vice-president Human Capital

Mike King is responsible for SOCAN’s human capital strategic planning and business evolution support and oversees SOCAN’s human resources 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 eight 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). 

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.

Diane Petrucci

Chief Financial Officer

Diane Petrucci is responsible for the financial functions at SOCAN. She oversees key financial areas, including financial reporting, operational budget planning and managing financial risks. Diane has been with SOCAN for more than a decade, holding leadership positions within the organization’s Finance and Operational Audit departments. Her accomplishments at SOCAN include successfully implementing a robust audit department in 2009, which today helps facilitate regulatory and compliance processes. Diane also established the organization’s pension-governance framework, which assists SOCAN in meeting its fiduciary obligations to members of the employee pension plan. Prior to joining SOCAN, Diane spent over 13 years working at a Canadian accounting firm, specializing in accounting and audit. In addition to being Chief Financial Officer, Diane serves as a Wellness Ambassador, guiding and mentoring SOCAN employees on workplace mental health, and occasionally participates as a panelist and speaker at corporate governance events in Canada. Diane completed her degree in Business Administration at York University.

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.

Janice Scott

Vice President, Information Technology

Janice Scott oversees SOCAN’s extensive information technology (IT) environment. Janice joined SOCAN in 2005 as Information Technology Manager and was later promoted to Director of Information Technology Applications. With over 30 years of experience, she began her career as a junior developer and progressed through the IT ranks of analysis and design, business analysis, project management, and management with organizations that include Reed Stenhouse Insurance, Blackwood Hodge Equipment & Service, AMP of Canada Ltd, JBA Software, and OAO Technology Solutions. Janice has a diploma with high honours in Computer Programming and Analysis from Seneca College and is a Project Management Professional.

Kit Wheeler

Vice President - Distribution

Kit Wheeler is responsible for the distribution of royalties to SOCAN members for their music performed around the world, and the domestic performances of international members.  Her role includes the management of an accurate repertoire database, acquiring and validating performance details from numerous data providers, receipt and review of SOCAN members’ foreign activity, with the ultimate goal of ensuring an accurate and timely distribution.  Since joining SOCAN in 2001, Kit has gained experience and knowledge of the inner-workings in a number of areas, starting as a Business Analyst in the organization's Finance department where she implemented the budgeting and forecasting process. She progressed to be Project Manager in the Distribution department for the Reengineering initiative.  In her next role as the Manager of the Concerts department, she worked with Membership to identify opportunities to increase distribution to members.  Most recently she led the Licensing department's operational team as a Director, developing online tools and communications programs to improve relationships with Licensees, simplifying the SOCAN Licensee experience by creating far better clarity and efficiency.  Prior to joining SOCAN, Kit worked in financial roles in in both corporate and non-profit organizations where she built financial systems and processes.  Kit’s studies include Bachelor of Commerce at University of Toronto and a designation towards CGA certification.