RTDNA 2019 National Conference Program





Friday, May 10, 2019


08:00 – 8:30    Registration and BYO Breakfast
Location: Dominion Ballroom Foyer


08:30 – 9:30    PL1: Plenary Session 1

Canada’s News Leaders Talk About the Future of the Business
Location: Dominion Ballroom North

Exclusive RTDNA/IPSOS Poll – Darrell Bricker, CEO, IPSOS Public Affairs, to present findings on changing news consumer habits

Moderator: Simon Houpt, Senior Media Writer – The Globe and Mail
Ward Smith, Senior Vice President – Global News
Michael Gruzuk, Senior Director of Content Experience  & Original Programming – CBC News
Wendy Freeman, President – CTV News
Dave Budge, Vice President, News & Information – Television – Rogers

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9:30 – 10:15      Coffee Break/Midway
Location: Dominion Ballroom Foyer


10:15 – 11:30    PL2: Plenary Session 2

What Does the News of the Future Look Like
Location: Dominion Ballroom North

Moderator: Rachel Pulfer, Executive Director – Journalists for Human Rights
Lynn Walsh, Assistant Director – Trusting News Project – API
Brodie Fenlon, Professor – Centennial College
Zane Schwartz – The Logic, CAJ

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11:30 – 13:00    Luncheon & Keynote
Location: Dominion Ballroom North

In conversation with Robert Fife. The Globe and Mail’s Ottawa Bureau Chief shares his story of investigative journalism and his latest major exclusive – the SNC-Lavalin scandal

Host: Beverly Thomson, Anchor – CTV News Channel
Guest: Robert Fife, Ottawa Bureau Chief – Globe and Mail

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There will be a CNN raffle for an Amazon Echo


13:00 – 13:45    Breakout Sessions A1 – A2

A1: The Future of Local News
Location: Dominion Ballroom North

Moderator: Joe Ross, Digital Director – CBC Local Services
Jeff Elgie, CEO – Village Media
Aparita Bhandari, Reporter – The Discourse 
April Lindgren – Ryerson School of Journalism, Local News Research Project

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A2: Diversity in the Newsroom – Protecting our Journalists from Racism and Hate
Location: Dominion Ballroom South

Moderator: Sadiya Ansari – Freelance Journalist
Maham Abedi, Reporter – Global News
Hilary Beaumont, Reporter – Vice News
Cheryl Brown, Social Editor, Presenter – CBC News


13:45 – 14:30   Breakout Sessions B1 – B2

B1: The New Dailies – Podcasts
Location: Dominion Ballroom North

Moderator: Kym Geddes, News Director – Newstalk1010
Claire Brassard – Rogers Media – The Big Story
Jayme Poisson – CBC’s Front Burner
Tamara Khandaker – Global News Daily Podcast
Dave Trafford – Newstalk1010 – On The Ledge


B2: The Future Demographics
Location: Dominion Ballroom South

In Conversation with Darrell Bricker, CEO IPSOS Public Affairs: New Book – “Empty Planet – The Shock of Global Population Decline” – The Economic, Social and Political Impact of Population Decline

Moderator: Beatrice Politi, Managing Editor – News Gathering – Global News
Speaker: Darrell Bricker, CEO – IPSOS Public Affairs


14:30 – 15:00    Coffee Break/Midway  
Location: Dominion Ballroom Foyer                     


15:00 – 15:45    Breakout Sessions C1 – C2

 C1: The Language We Use Matters
Location: Dominion Ballroom North

Moderator: Fiona Conway, Principal – Initial F
Lisa Khoo, Senior Producer/Trainer – CBC News
Kate Zieman, Co-Chair, outCBC Employee Resource Group Senior Media Librarian, CBC Reference Library
Lenny Carpenter, Omushkego (Cree) Freelance Journalist, Former Program Manager – JHR


C2: The Future Business Models for Journalism
Location: Dominion Ballroom South

Moderator: Peter Armstrong, Senior Business Correspondent – CBC News
Keith Robinson, Director, Digital Products and Business Development – Global News and Corus Radio
Stephanie Wilson Chapin, Senior Director – Digital Products – Bell Media
Asmaa Malik, Associate Professor – Ryerson School of Journalism


15:45 – 16:30   RTDNA Canada Annual Meeting
Location: Dominion Ballroom South

All RTDNA Canada members are encouraged to attend.

Moderator: RTDNA Canada Board of Directors

There will be a CNN raffle for an Amazon Echo


17:00 – 18:30    RTDNA Special Presentation

Unconscious Bias and 10 Things You May Not Know About Inclusion
Location: Dominion Ballroom South

Moderator: Farah Nasser, News Anchor – Global Toronto
Speaker: Nouman Asharaf – Rotman School of Business


18:30 – 19:30    President’s Award Reception

President’s Award, Bill Hutton Award and Distinguished Service Award
Murrow Awards
RTDNF Scholarship Awards and Michael Monty Award
Location: Dominion Ballroom North

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Saturday, May 11, 2019


08:00 – 9:00    Registration and BYO Breakfast
Location: Dominion Ballroom Foyer


09:00 – 9:45     PL3: Plenary Session 3

The Professors Panel
Location: Dominion Ballroom North

Moderator: Amanda Pope, Student – Ryerson
Janice Neil, Chair – Ryerson School Of Journalism
Sue Newhook, Professor Kings College
Tim Doyle, Professor, Program Coordinator – Centennial College


9:45 – 10:15     Coffee Break/Midway 
Location: Dominion Ballroom Foyer


10:15 – 11:45     PL4: Plenary Session 4

Special Presentations
Location: Dominion Ballroom North


10:15 – Dejero – Speed of News with AI Through Reliable Connectivity
Dejero Founder, Bogdan Frusina, will discuss emerging trends for quicker content acquisition such as AI and blended connectivity as a service.

Speaker: Bogdan Frusina, Founder & Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer – Dejero


10:45 – Getty Images – Covering Washington In Era Of Trump
Getty Images is the most trusted and esteemed source of visual content in the world, with a preeminent brand and an award-winning image and video collection of over 300 million assets, of which over 200 million are digitized, encompassing the latest global news, sports, celebrity, music and fashion coverage.

Speaker: Pierce Wright, Managing Editor, News – Getty Images


11:15 – Storyful – The Art of Verification
Storyful has been fighting digital disinformation and misinformation over the past decade, working with editorial partners to identify risks and solutions. In this session, we’ll be exploring the evolution and pathways of disinformation, as well as best practices and methodologies for verifying social media content and news.

Speaker: Rhona Tarrant, U.S. Editor – Storyful


11:45 – 13:00    Luncheon Keynote

The Future of Election Coverage (and a look at this year’s Federal Election 2019)
Location: Dominion Ballroom North

Moderator: Bob Lewis, Author of Power, Prime Ministers and the Press
Mercedes Stephenson, Bureau Chief – Global News
Joyce Napier, Bureau Chief – CTV News
Robert Russo, Bureau Chief – CBC News

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13:00 – 14:00   Breakout Sessions D1 – D2

 D1: Using AI in your Newsroom
Location: Dominion Ballroom North

Moderator: Jon Erlichman – BNN Bloomberg
Chris Hart, CEO – True Anthem
Tessa Sproule, Co-Founder and CEO – Vubble
Jeffrey Kofman, Founder and CEO – Trint


D2: Mobile Journalism
Location: Dominion Ballroom South

Moderator: Sue Newhook, Professor – Kings College
Peter Akman, Senior Correspondent – CTV W5 
Mark Chambers, Producer – CBC/Radio Canada
Sarah Leavitt, Journalist – CBC Montreal 


14:30 – 18:00   Conference Adjourns


18:00 – 19:00   Pre-Awards Cocktail
Location: Dominion Ballroom Foyer


19:00 – 21:00   RTDNA Canada Awards Gala
Location: Dominion Ballroom

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