I have worked in media, marketing, publicity, PR, communicaitions and content world for most of my career.
I have a special interest in the Canadian cultural, training, education and philanthropic sectors, having spent 20 years building a global network of industry and community relationships with leading visionaries who are co-creating the future of Canada.
My recent client projects include a national indigenous education strategy with First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine, where I successfully produced a $2 million gift towards a new scholarship fund for indigenous business and leadership students.
I also consult with leading innovation sector companies who are working on breakthrough med tech projects designed to cure Diabetes.
I have been PSE academic sector in Ontario since 1998, in various roles of increasing responsibility, providing me with a wide view of the entire College and University enterprise, from academic, recruitment, fundraising, alumni relations, government relations, internationalization, new technology, student experience, faculty and staff management, partnership development and revenue generation perspectives.
My most recent academic role was as Associate Dean, Georgian College, where I led a portfolio of 25 programs in Design, Business and IT, including Degree, Diploma and Post-Graduate Certificate program offerings and programs operating with partners in India.
It was a success because of the tremendous teamwork and vision that met challenges and exceeded expectations.
In my final year at Georgian College, I worked with my team and met an historic cost savings initiative, increased revenue by over $1,000,000, led the creation and development of a boutique satellite media and design campus in downtown Barrie in partnership with the city, and launched new programs including a joint Degree / Diploma hybrid program with Lakehead University.
My personal and professional philosophy champions innovation, entrepreneurship and strong academic integrity in a climate where strategic industry partnerships, student ingenuity and knowledge development and transfer allow for a unique leadership role in local, national and global communities for change.
I have honed my industry contacts and career skills in the Canadian media sector via my work and collaborations with the Canadian Film Centre, The Toronto International Film Festival, Centennial College, PBS, ROGERS and Bell Media.
In addition to my role in education, I also engage with many social entrepreneurs and NGO initiatives and most recently created a Canadian Board of Directors for Global Citizen, with Martha Rogers, Chair, Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund and a new social justice fashion brand Revolutionairre, funded / supported by the founders of ROOTS Canada, philanthropist Michael Budman.
In 2009, I helped establish what would become GLOBAL CITIZEN, a worldwide and powerful NGO that mobilizes billions of dollars for the poorest people on earth, along with leading global philanthropists, celebrities such as Bono and Hugh Jackman, and forward-thinking fortune 500 corporations.
I recently completed an interim role as Director of Development and Partnerships for Autism Home Base in Durham Region where I created and implemented a campaign in conjunction with World Autism Day and in partnership with ROGERS and raised $100,000 in total in 7 weeks with a combination of sponsors, corporate partners, donors, auction items and in-kind.
In 2017, I took a personal and professional sabbatical to take on a new role in Public and Educational Television with WNED TV and PBS, as Campaign Director, Canada, to create a new $5,000,000 fund to enable next generation educational film, TV and new media for Canadian and American markets.
In the past year, I have initiated four new historic Canadian PBS projects including Canadian specials on the Munk Debates, and have several film and television projects in development including a new innovation and investor summit, hosted by World Vision Ambassador Joan Walker, at Ontario Tech University.
I am currently co-chair of a campaign for Arthritis Society of Canada and am developing a national campaign and project for University Health Network around the 100th anniversary of Insulin.
Michael Hirsh, Founder, CEO + Chair, WOW Unlimited.
Moses Znaimer, Founder / CEO, Zoomer Media
Ana Serano, Presisent, Ontario College of Art and Design University