Save JAZZ.FM91 has put forward 11 nominees to replace the current Board of Directors at JAZZ.FM91 at the General Meeting to be held on February 15, 2019. Details can be found on our BLUE Proxy Form
FOUR OF OUR PROPOSED BOARD NOMINEES HAVE BROADCAST RADIO EXPERIENCE
Rohit Bhardwaj is a highly experienced financial executive. He is currently Chief Financial Officer of a billion-dollar company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, a position he has held for 13 years. He was previously CFO of another TSX listed company. Rohit is a Certified Management Accountant (U.K.), a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (U.K.) and a Certified Public Accountant CGA (Canada). He has executive MBAs from the Kellogg School of Management and the Schulich School of Business.
Rohit is an avid jazz fan, and long-time JAZZ.FM91 listener, donor and supporter of many live events.
Chris Churchill was President of Churchill Cellars for 27 years, one of the largest privately-owned beverage alcohol agencies in Ontario. For 14 of those years, he was also President of Drinks Ontario, a non-profit trade association. He previously ran a graphic arts company and worked in advertising. His passion for music led him to become a freelance writer and concert editor for numerous consumer and trade publications over a 20-year span. He has an Honours Degree from the University of Toronto.
Chris is an avid music fan who has supported JAZZ.FM91, local musicians and other organizations for years.
Dave Cole has been in the broadcast business for over 40 years, having held sales and senior management positions in radio and television. Dave is founder and CEO of Specialty Data Systems Inc., a Toronto-based supplier of world class broadcast management software to 500+ radio and television stations in North America and internationally. With a strong software development background, insightful understanding of new technologies, and broad experience, Dave knows what is needed to run a radio station efficiently.
Dave is also a trumpet player with the Royal Conservatory of Music's Brass Ensemble as well as the RCM Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Brian Hemming is an experienced communications consultant who has specialized in investor relations and strategic communications. During his career he has been president of a leading international agency as well as having his own firm for many years. He has extensive experience in governance and shareholder communications. He has been a board member of two public companies, and for five years was the president of a not-for-profit business association.
Brian was a founder of Save JAZZ.FM91, which was formed to address widespread concerns about the financial and artistic well-being of JAZZ.FM91.
Pat Holiday is a legendary air talent, program director, VP/GM known throughout North America. During 45 years in U.S. & Canadian radio, Pat worked at, built or turned around, and managed many successful iconic radio stations in virtually every format in NYC, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and several other markets. He has also directly programmed and consulted other very successful Jazz stations. As VP of Programming for Astral Media’s 56 radio stations coast to coast, Pat was responsible for the launches of Virgin Radio across Canada. He currently consults on a selective part-time basis.
Noëlle Jenkinson is Voice Agent / Manager at AMI – Artist Management Inc. Noëlle is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts program and holds a Certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has also completed courses in commercial broadcast production and public relations. Noelle currently sits on the board of the Talent Agent’s and Manager’s Association of Canada. With previous broadcast experience and 25 years in the entertainment industry she has broad expertise in many facets of the business. An avid music fan, Noelle has been a listener and supporter of JAZZ.FM for many years.
Lorne Lofsky is an internationally recognized jazz guitarist. Born and raised in Toronto, he has been playing professionally for the last 42 years, playing/touring or recording with a who’s who of the jazz world, including Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Chet Baker, Joey DeFrancesco, Pepper Adams, Ray Brown, Neils Henning Orsted Pederson, Rosemary Clooney, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Holland, and many others. He has been a faculty member at York University’s Fine Arts/Music Program since 1978 and teaches at the Humber College Community Music Program. Lorne is a mainstay of the Toronto jazz scene and performs extensively in the Greater Toronto Area.
Joseph Manzoli has extensive experience in business, not-for-profit boards, mentoring and philanthropy. Having built Colourfast Corp Inc. into an internationally renowned custom coating specialist, Joseph now focuses on mentoring and philanthropy. Joseph is on several Boards and various Committees focused on fundraising and philanthropic pursuits, primarily through LEVEL 1 Collective, which provides advice and guidance to start-ups, businesses looking to grow, or distressed businesses needing support.
Joseph is a former director of JAZZ.FM91 having resigned in early 2018 because of concerns with governance. He has extensive connections throughout the jazz community and chaired An Evening with Tony Bennett in 2016.
Catherine Mitro is a full-time professor in Humber College’s renowned Music Department and has been active in education for over forty years. Catherine founded Humber’s Community Music School in 1980, working closely with leading musicians and educators to build the school’s current national and international reputation for innovative jazz education. The recipient of several national and international awards, Catherine has been inducted into the MusicFest Canada Hall of Fame and was recently nominated for the prestigious Premier’s Awards for Outstanding College Graduates. Catherine is also the Director of Humber’s Jazz Performance Certificate program and Managing Director of Youth Jazz Canada.
Lorie Russell is a strategic business and operations leader with extensive sales expertise. Lorie has worked for both private and publicly traded broadcast companies. She currently has her own consulting practice, LJR Consulting Services. Previously she was General Manager of Newcap Radio, Toronto (boom973/935 The Move). Lorie is a graduate of the Business/Marketing program from Conestoga College, and has 29 years’ experience in radio in various capacities. She began her career in national sales and later joined Standard Radio’s newly-created national sales team for Newstalk1010/MIX999. Lorie also served on the board of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB).
Bryan Snelson is Vice President, Associate Portfolio Manager with RBC Dominion Securities. Bryan is a holder of the Chartered Investment Manager designation. He is the co-author of the national best-selling book Portfolio First Aid. In addition to his work with his clients, Bryan has held sales management and front-line compliance roles. He served for five years on the board of the Raymond James Canada Foundation.
Bryan has been a donor member, on-air personality, advertiser, and fundraiser at CJRT / JAZZ.FM91 for the past 20 years.