Future of Media events are dedicated to following the evolution of print and digital media, social media, advertising and journalism.
This series analyzes the trends and issues affecting how we will consume media in the future. We also publish a daily blog on what’s happening in media, so you can follow the latest and greatest.
Future of Media events were started by Digital Journal as a way to bring together media executives, journalists and start-ups with people working in technology, advertising and marketing.
The Future of Media has become a must-see event featuring some of the most influential leaders in media. Past events have focused on topics such as citizen journalism and social media.
The Future of Media attracts a variety of attendees, from media and advertising executives to journalists, developers to entrepreneurs. If you’re interested in how the media industry will be changing in the years ahead, you’ll want to attend the next Future of Media event.
Past speakers include executives from: BBC, Facebook, The Globe and Mail, Global News, CBC, CTV, Rogers, Polar Mobile and more.
Chris Hogg is a career entrepreneur who has worked in publishing, digital media, broadcasting, advertising, social media & marketing. Regarded as a social news & new media expert, Chris has a proven track record of innovating new technologies and building disruptive, high-growth digital businesses.
Chris Hogg is a recipient of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and he has been called best-of-the-best of Canadian entrepreneurship. As the CEO of Digital Journal Inc. his company was called the Top 20 most promising startups in Canada.
With a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University, Chris began his career in media with Digital Journal magazine when he joined as a freelance journalist. He quickly climbed the editorial ranks and at 21-years-old he was named Editor-in-Chief, making him the youngest in Canada to lead a national publication.
Dubbed a media wunderkind by journalism pundits, Chris grew Digital Journal magazine to international scale and distribution and he spearheaded the company’s full transition to digital.
In 2008, Chris was promoted to CEO of Digital Journal Inc where he fully transitioned the company from a magazine publisher to become a diverse modern media company. He led the development of a proprietary digital media platform; he grew the company’s contributor base into a global network of tens of thousands of people in more than 200 countries; he launched an events division that has attracted media execs and journalists from across Canada, the US & UK; he scaled the publishing division to reach millions of people/month; he created a tech division to license Digital Journal’s platform; and he co-founded a brand division called /newsrooms to provide content marketing and social media solutions for brands.
Chris has worked with many media companies including CBC News, Fifth Estate, CBC Sports, CTV News, City News, CP24, Global News, Business News Network, Space, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Postmedia & dozens of syndicated TV & radio networks.
Chris is also a consultant to large brands and media companies, as well as a mentor/adviser to startups.
David Silverberg is the Editor-in-Chief of DigitalJournal.com.
David holds a degree in Print Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, and has experience in television, radio, print and online media.
David is also the Artistic Director and Founder of Toronto Poetry Slam (a monthly spoken word competition), and is editor of the recently released spoken word anthology, Mic Check. He writes regular columns for various publications.
David has worked in both Canada and the U.S., and has worked with or appeared on many news programs and publications including: Business News Network, City TV, Sun TV, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Halifax Herald, Now Magazine, The Progressive, High Times Magazine, Quill & Quire, Canadian Business, the Canadian Jewish News, as well as dozens of syndicated radio networks.
Janusz Überall is the Publisher of DigitalJournal.com and Executive Producer of Digital Journal TV. Janusz has lived and worked in Toronto and New York City for the past 30 years.
In the early 1970s, Janusz worked for the first Minister of Multiculturalism in Canada as a photojournalist. Janusz has received many awards for his achievements in corporate communications, advertising and photographic art.
Janusz also produced and directed three one-hour dramas that aired on television in Canada. He was also an anchor and producer for a weekly televised multicultural news program.
In 1988, Janusz was appointed the Director of Advertising & Communications and Publisher for the first privately-owned international air terminal in Canada, Trillium Terminal 3 at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Janusz developed the corporate identity and advertising campaigns for the $500-million Terminal and the Swissôtel.
In October of 1992, Janusz received the medal of The 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada from the Governor General in “recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.” In March of 1998, Janusz received the Award of Merit from the Dean of Canadian Parliament for outstanding service in the area of corporate communications.
In 2001, Janusz received an award from the Minster of Canadian Heritage, the Hon. Sheila Copps, for outstanding service and contribution as a volunteer.
Throughout his professional career, Janusz also covered state visits and official government functions throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including travelling with and photographing Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Janusz also attended numerous international meetings including the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the United Nations in New York City where he met with John Paul II; he was accredited to cover the 1997 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vancouver, B.C.; and the Millennial Celebrations at the Vatican.
In addition to a passion for communication, the Internet and new media, Janusz holds a keen interest in art, opera and a diverse range of music.
Alex Chumak is the Chief Technology Officer and Lead Architect of Digital Journal. Alex holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Guelph, and has done some Master’s work in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics.
Dabbling with programming since he was 6-years-old, Alex has extensive experience in programming, databases, artificial intelligence, web optimization and web development.