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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 Hermann Max in Switzerland, and with Ennio Morricone in Italy at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Dividing his time between composing, producing and conducting in many musical genres, Ouellette has won a SOCAN Award and was nominated for Gemini and ADISQ Awards. Over the years, he has written music for several movies, children’s television programs and various independent circus numbers. As an arranger, producer and conductor, he has contributed to concerts and recordings featuring such diverse artists and groups as Isabelle Boulay, Pierre Lapointe, Roch Voisine, The Tea Party, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has served as a board member of the Société professionnelle des auteurs et compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ) and of la Société du droit de reproduction des auteurs compositeurs et éditeurs au Canada (SODRAC) in the early 2000’s and was respectively President of both of them. He also sat as board member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) and served as President of the SOCAN Foundation from 2015-2018.

Rosaire Archambault

President of Éditorial Avenue

Rosaire Archambault is the President of Éditorial Avenue, a company that has been active in the Canadian music publishing industry for many years. As a publisher, Éditorial Avenue represents a large catalogue of mostly Québec works, and acts as an administrator and a sub-publisher for a host of other repertoires. Archambault has been a SOCAN board member since the organization was created, in 1990.

Vilma Avila

Singer-songwriter and Producer

Vilma Avila is a Québécoise singer-songwriter and producer of Panamanian origin. In 2014, she set up her own independent, all-female production company PrimaStar Productions. Vilma is inspired by traditional Latin music and North American pop, and her video for “A Bailar,” has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube. After taking stages in Québec by storm, she conquered crowds on tour for several months in Panama and Costa Rica, including more than 100 interviews and television appearances.

Her mission is to touch as many hearts as possible through music, and to encourage other women in the show-business industry. A songwriter since early childhood, she’s accumulated more than 300 lyrical pieces. Armed with exuberant creativity, Vilma – who originally studied law – switched lanes to launch her professional career as a singer more than six years ago, after training in singing, composition, and the entertainment industry at the music school Prochant in Montréal.

After a short absence devoted fully to her new role as a mother, she’s now returned to the spotlight, more sensitive and poised than ever. Her Tierras Lejanas Tour of 2019-2020 will take her to Canada, Panama, Mexico, and the U.S., and in 2020, Vilma will launch her debut album. Vilma has also established the Alegria Foundation, an organization helping underprivileged children in Panama.

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.

Patricia Conroy


Patricia Conroy is a multiple CCMA award winner who has devoted her life to music and continues to nurture Canada’s brightest new talent. Throughout her musical career, songwriting has been an integral a part of Patricia's success. From her debut album Blue Angel, where she wrote many of the songs, it became apparent that songwriting was in her blood. Patricia writes and records songs with many of Canada's brightest country stars. She’s worked with Meghan Patrick, Leaving Thomas, Rivertown Saints, Michelle Wright, Jimmy Rankin, Emerson Drive, Bobby Wills, Chad Brownlee, Kansas Stone, Small Town Pistols, Jessica Mitchell, Aaron Pritchett, Beverley Mahood, Leah Daniels, and Tebey. Patricia resides in Nashville and writes for Slaight Music Publishing in Canada. You can find her taking part in numerous industry panels, discussing the art and craft of songwriting.

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, 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.

Damhnait Doyle


Damhnait Doyle is a singer, songwriter, performer, and creator. In a music career that spans more than two decades, she’s released eight albums, as both a solo artist and a member of award-winning groups Shaye and The Heartbroken. She’s toured Canada extensively, opening for legends like Willie Nelson and Steve Earle, and lent her voice to numerous recordings, including some by Kevin Parent and Bruce Cockburn. Damhnait has travelled to Afghanistan to perform for the Canadian Forces, and to Kenya, contributing to the music-focused documentary Song for Africa, aimed at raising awareness about the AIDS pandemic in Africa. A Multiple ECMA, SOCAN, and Canadian Radio Music Award winner, and a multiple JUNO and CCMA Award nominee, Damhnait has written for numerous artists, and for film and television. For several years, she wrote a weekly column for Newfoundland’s Evening Telegram, and she wrote a published book, Miscellaneous Female, recounting her life as a travelling musician and writer.

Gary Furniss

President of Sony/ATV 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.

Ed Henderson


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).

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


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


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.

Earl Rosen

de Sade Songs

Earl Rosen has served on the SOCAN Board of Directors for more than 12 years, including six as its President. Among his proudest achievements was SOCAN’s recognition with the Conference Board of Canada National Governance Award in 2007 for governance achievements during his presidency, representing external recognition of the work of the SOCAN Board of Directors to ensure the highest degree of responsibility and accountability to SOCAN members. Rosen has been in the music business for 36 years, as owner of the classical and jazz record label Marquis and the new classical publishing company de Sade Songs, both recognized among Canada’s leading companies in their field. Marquis continues to release many recordings by Canadian contemporary composers. Rosen is also a successful producer of music television programs. He was the founding Executive Director of both FACTOR and VideoFACT, and served CIRPA, the Canadian Independent Record Production Association, (now known as CIMA) as both its Executive Director, and, later, as Chairman. In all these roles, he worked to achieve recognition and support for Canadian creators from all levels of government. He has also served on the Board of Directors of CARAS for six years, and on the Board of Governors of Centennial College in Toronto.

Janice Staub

Hyvetown Music

Janice Staub of Vancouver has an extensive background in the music industry, having worked in the early part of her career in Los Angeles for a major record company, moving eventually to a film and TV production business, and later to a cartoon production firm. She eventually moved to Canada and shifted her focus to financial planning and money management, with a goal of helping entertainers grow and retain their wealth. Today, as President of Yaletown Financial Management, she heads a team of experienced professionals who assist clients in all aspects of business management, money management, tax planning and financial planning. Staub is one of the three principals of Hyvetown Music, an artist-friendly, boutique music publishing company, which she co-founded with Pierre Tremblay, President of Hive Management, and Randy Staub, President of Randell Music. Hyvetown strives to make the publishing experience more transparent, allow artists to retain control over their catalogues, and help writers get paid more quickly, with less overall cost.

Diane Tell


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.

Denis Wolff

Ho-Tune Musique

With a career spanning more than 20 years, Denis Wolff got started in the music business as sub-publisher of the Beggars Banquet catalogue. In the 1990s, he joined Audiogram, Quebec’s premium independent label, where he spent the next 15 years in capacities ranging from Vice President of the Music Publishing Division, which he set up, to Director of Creative Services. He has worked closely with artists such as Lhasa De Sela, Bran Van 3000, Loco Locass, and Pierre Lapointe. In 2007, Wolff created Maisonnette, an agency offering full film and television composition and production services, where he worked closely with a number of composers (Jean Massicotte, Patrick Watson, Philippe Brault, Benoît Charest, Samuel Laflamme, Mathieu Vanasse, and more) –  whose original music he has placed in more than 50 screen productions. Wolff, who has been a member of the PMPA (APEM) Board of Directors since 2011, has also served on the Boards of ADISQ (1998-2003), Musicaction (1999-2006), Fonds RadioStar (2001-2006, including President from 2004 to 2006, and Vice President from 2001 to 2003), and SOPROQ (2004-2006). His industry awards include three consecutive ADISQ Awards for Publisher of the Year (for Éditions Kaligram in 1997,1998, and 1999) and the ADISQ for Record Producer of the Year (for Jean Leloup’s Les Fourmis).