Journalism redefined

How did we get here? Where do we go now?

February 26-28, 2018 | McGill University, Montreal

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Julian Sher

Senior Producer – CBC’s The Fifth Estate
Monday, February 26 at 4:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Julian Sher is the senior producer of CBC TV’s the fifth estate, Canada’s premier investigative TV program and the author of six books. He also has written extensively for newspapers and magazines: his articles have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.

He has trained in newsrooms across the world, including CNN, BBC, the CBC and throughout Europe and Africa and at many journalism events organized the IRE and the Global Investigative Journalism Conference.

His books have featured in-depth investigations on a wide range of topics including organized crime, wrongful convictions, human trafficking and child abuse.

As a TV writer and director, he has filmed, written and produced major documentaries across the globe, covering nuclear terrorism, wars and human rights in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and across North America. In 2006, he directed a New York Times-CBC TV investigation called “Nuclear Jihad” which won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

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Bob Babinski

Sportscaster, Producer – CBC, City Montreal
Monday, February 26 at 4:00PM, Lev Bukhman Room

Brendan Kelly

Columnist – Montreal Gazette
Monday, February 26 at 4:00PM, Lev Bukhman Room

Hubert Lacroix

President and CEO – CBC
Monday, February 26 at 5:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Hubert T. Lacroix was appointed President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada on November 5, 2007, for a five-year term. On October 5, 2012, he was reappointed for a second five-year term. He will remain in this role until the government’s nomination process is completed.

As President and CEO, Mr. Lacroix is responsible for overseeing the management of CBC/Radio-Canada to ensure that Canada’s national public broadcaster delivers on the various aspects of its mandate, including the ambitious digital transformation set out in its five-year strategic plan, and continues to offer Canadians a broad spectrum of high-quality programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and that is created by, for and about Canadians.

Deidre Depke

New York Bureau Chief – NPR Marketplace
Monday, February 26 at 6:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Deidre Depke is the senior editor and New York bureau chief for Marketplace. Deidre began her journalism career at Businessweek as a reporter covering Silicon Valley. She was named editor of that magazine’s front-of-the-book section, becoming the first woman in the role and the youngest senior editor in Businessweek’s history. After nearly a decade, she moved to Newsweek to serve as the magazine’s foreign editor, helping to lead its award-winning coverage of China’s economic modernization and the death of Princess Diana. In 2000, Deidre helped launch, an early entrant in the digital news era. In her role as editor, she managed the site’s coverage of the September 11 attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the disputed presidential election of 2000, among other stories. After a stint as general manager for, Deidre took over The Daily Beast, working with Tina Brown to turn the site into the prominent voice in news and opinion it remains today. Deidre is also the president of the Overseas Press Club of America.

Adrienne Arsenault

Co-host – CBC News' The National
Monday, February 26 at 6:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Adrienne Arsenault is an award-winning journalist and co-host of CBC News The National. She has worked as a senior correspondent for The National since 1999, where she has traveled the globe reporting on some of the world’s most important breaking news stories: including conflicts, disasters, political crises, terror, human rights abuses, sports, and more. In 2015, she won an Emmy for her coverage of the Ebola crisis. She has also won several Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards, and was named the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Journalist of the Year. She has covered Olympics in Sydney, Salt Lake City, Beijing, Sochi, and Rio for CBC. She has also worked as a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem and chief of the London bureau. If it’s newsworthy, breaking, and important—you can bet Arsenault is there. And on Feb. 26 she’ll be at McGill telling you all about it.

Yasmin Jiwani

Professor – Concordia University
Monday, February 26 at 7:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Yasmin Jiwani is a full Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author of Discourses of Denial: Mediations of Race, Gender and Violence, as well as co-editor of Girlhood, Redefining the Limits, and Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies. Her research interests include mediations of race, gender and violence in the press, as well as representations of women of colour in popular media. She is currently the Concordia University Research Chair in Intersectionality, Violence and Resistance.

Syrus Marcus Ware

Radio Host/Activist – Various
Monday, February 26 at 7:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Syrus is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and The Gladstone Hotel. His performance works have been part of festivals across Canada, including at Cripping The Stage (Harbourfront Centre, 2016), Complex Social Change (University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2015) and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres (University of Winnipeg, 2015). He is part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective and co- programmed Crip Your World: An Intergalactic Queer/POC Sick and Disabled Extravaganza as part of Mayworks 2014. He is also a part of the Black Triangle Arts Collective (BTAC), a visual arts collective dedicated to exploring disability, racial and economic justice. Syrus' recent curatorial projects include That’s So Gay: On the Edge, TSG: Fall to Pieces, TSG: Come Together (Gladstone Hotel, 2016, 2015 & 2014), Re:Purpose (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2014) and The Church Street Mural Project (Church-Wellesley Village, 2013). Syrus is also co-curator of The Cycle, a two-year disability arts performance initiative of the National Arts Centre.

Natalie Childs

GUTS magazine
Monday, February 26 at 7:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Natalie Childs is a managing editor of GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine. Since 2013, GUTS has been a volunteer-run online magazine and blog that provides a forum for furthering feminist discourse, criticism, and thought in Canada. GUTS publishes essays, reviews, journalism, interviews, fiction, poetry, and new media by new and emerging writers and artists who are underrepresented in the Canadian media landscape. In her day job, Natalie works on a farm in Hemmingford, QC.

Ciro Scotti

Former Deputy Editor, The Americas – Reuters
Monday, February 26 at 8:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Ciro Scotti began his life in journalism working as a reporter for newspapers in Rhode Island, Upstate New York, and New York City and then spent many years at BusinessWeek in a variety of capacities. He was copy chief and for a decade served as Senior Editor for government and politics, covering two presidential elections. He also ran the Sports Business department and wrote an online column for By 2005, he was Managing Editor, vetting all copy, working with the legal team, and overseeing production. He continued as M.E. after Bloomberg bought the magazine. By the time he left, he had closed more than 1,500 issues. After a brief stint working on the merger of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, Ciro became Executive Editor of a new web site, The Fiscal Times, centered on politics and policy. Late in 2011, he was recruited to join Reuters as Deputy Editor for the Americas, overseeing a 70-editor desk. He now works with the social-media opinion site 30dB and is a contributing columnist for The Daily Beast.

Katherine Hanz

Liaison Librarian – McGill University
Tuesday, February 27 at 4:00PM, Lev Bukhman Room

Marie-Eve Tremblay

ICI Radio-Canada
Tuesday, February 27 at 4:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Emily Kingsland

Liaison Librarian – Department of Psychology, Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Human Geography at McGill University
Tuesday, February 27 at 4:00PM, Lev Bukhman Room

Eugénie Lépine Blondeau

Tuesday, February 27 at 4:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Emma Overton

Satirist – The Beaverton
Tuesday, February 27 at 5:00PM, Lev Bukhman Room

Lesley Chesterman

Restaurant Reviewer – Various
Tuesday, February 27 at 6:00PM, DPS Editorial Offices (Room B-24)

LESLEY CHESTERMAN has been the fine-dining critic and food columnist for The Montreal Gazette since 1998. Her work has also appeared in The Art of Eating, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Nuvo, The Globe and Mail, Wine Tidings, The National Post, Food Arts, Fool Magazine, the New York Post and Prior to her career in food writing, she attended the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec for three years before working as a professional pastry chef in Quebec and in France. She also participates in two weekly radio shows: in French on the Radio-Canada program Médium Large as their gastronomy reporter and on CHOM FM as host of their “Foodies Rock” segment. Chesterman has also appeared on several food TV programs including Curieux Bégin and Di Stasio, as well as the recent Télé-Québec documentary, 100 Ans à Table, focused on the development of Quebec cuisine.

Michel Cormier

Executive director of News and Current Affairs – CBC
Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00PM, Lev Bukhman Room

Michel Cormier is executive-director of news and currents affairs at Société Radio-Canada, the French network of Canada’s public broadcaster since 2012. In thirty years of journalism, he has been a parliamentary correspondent for Radio-Canada and CBC, bureau chief at the Quebec national assembly and foreign correspondent in Moscow, Paris and Beijing. He has reported from forty countries and was one of the first reporters into Afghanistan after the 9-11 attacks. He has interviewed Vladimir Putin, Hamid Karzai and Benazir Bhutto. As news director, his priorities are to maintain and develop the credibility and reach of public service journalism and to successfully make the transition from traditional media to digital platforms.

Dan Bilefsky

Foreign Correspondent – The New York Times
Tuesday, February 27 at 6:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Keynote speaker


Queen Memestress – Instagram @gothshakira
Tuesday, February 27 at 8:00PM, Lev Bukhman Room

Edward Row

Freelance Photographer
Tuesday, February 27 at 8:00PM, Lev Bukhman Room

Martin Reisch

Freelance Photographer
Tuesday, February 27 at 8:00PM, Lev Bukhman Room

Nicholas Jasinski

Editor-in-Chief – The McGill Tribune
Wednesday, February 28 at 4:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Mahaut Engérant

Editor-in-Chief – Le Délit Français
Wednesday, February 28 at 4:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Inori Roy

Coordinating Editor – The McGill Daily
Wednesday, February 28 at 4:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Christine Crowther

Instructor – Carleton University School of Journalism and Communications
Wednesday, February 28 at 4:00PM, TPS Editorial Offices (Room 110)

Christine Crowther worked as a broadcast journalist for 15 years. Most of those years were spent with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – as a freelancer, and as a staffer. She has worked as a reporter, writer, video journalist, field producer, and show producer. She began her career with CBC in Regina. She was later based in Bangkok, Toronto, and the United Kingdom.

Christine is completing her PhD in Communication Studies here at McGill. She has been teaching university journalism courses for 10 years – first at Concordia, and now at Carleton. Christine has also worked with non-governmental organizations to train journalists in South East Asia.

Christine recently published a book with colleagues from McGill, Concordia, and Université Laval – Journalism in Crisis: Bridging Theory and Practice for Democratic Media Strategies in Canada.”

Daniel Rowe

The Eastern Door
Wednesday, February 28 at 5:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Mayaz Alam

Digital Editor – Globe and Mail
Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Mayaz Alam is a Digital Editor at The Globe and Mail. In his role he spends time as a homepage editor and social media editor, and writes and builds guides and explainers. He also co-writes the Politics Briefing, The Globe’s daily politics newsletter, and Evening Update, The Globe’s end of day briefing. He is a McGill alumnus (B.A. 2016) with a degree in Economics and Political Science and worked for some student newspaper called The McGill Tribune, where he was once the Editor-in-Chief. Find him on Twitter: @MayazAlam16

Christine Lussier

Concordia University
Wednesday, February 28 at 5:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Brigitte Noel

Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Brigitte Noël is an award-winning journalist based in Montreal. She has spent the past seven years working for the CBC and VICE Media, producing television news stories, documentaries and print features.

During her tenure at VICE, Brigitte was the bilingual host of web series Daily VICE / VICE du jour, an award-nominated show which focuses on arts, emerging technology and alternative culture. She also produced numerous high-impact features, including an investigation into alt-right group “La Meute” which earned her a prestigious Judith-Jasmin journalism prize.

Her work with the CBC took her across eastern Canada, where she covered national stories including the Magnotta trial, the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu attack and the Campbellton python deaths. In 2012, she was selected to help launch a special investigative unit in Toronto where she produced several documentaries on corporate and political corruption.

Sensitive and empathetic, Brigitte has reported extensively on social justice issues and through her work, has strived to give a louder voice to marginalized communities. Her stories have shed light on the challenges faced by LGBTQ migrants, the struggles of indigenous sexual abuse victims and the rise and consequences of extreme-right radicalisation in Quebec.

Her work has been recognized by the Prix Gémeaux, the Canadian Screen Awards and the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Simon Coutu

Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Naël Shiab

Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00PM, Madeleine Parent Room

Emna Achour

Associate Editor – The Athletic
Wednesday at 5 p.m., Room 110

Marc Dumont

Editor – The Athletic
Wednesday at 5 p.m., Room 110


Sports panel: The ethics of sports reporting

Time & place: Monday, February 26 at 4:00PM – Lev Bukhman Room

Investigative panel: Fighting fake new with investigation

Time & place: Monday, February 26 at 4:00PM – Madeleine Parent room

Activism panel: Art and activism

Time & place: Monday, February 26 at 7:00PM – Madeleine Parent Room

Social media panel: Trends, tools and technologies in 21st century media

Time & place: Tuesday, February 27 at 8:00PM – Lev Bukhman Room

French panel: journalisme de terrain

Time & place: Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM – Madeleine Parent Room

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