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Bio: Chris Hogg

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Chris Hogg, CEO of Digital JournalChris Hogg is the CEO of Digital Journal Inc. and is regarded as a social news & new media expert with a proven track record of leveraging tech, social & content to scale media businesses. In the summer of 2012, Digital Journal was recognized as one of the Top 20 most promising startup companies in Canada.

Chris developed one of the Web’s first revenue-sharing social news platforms and is widely credited as being a pioneer in the user-generated media space.

Chris led the development of Digital Journal’s media platform that enables media companies, brands, retailers and agencies to launch engaging and content-rich media sites. The proprietary platform was built in-house as a way to transition Digital Journal magazine from a printed magazine into a global digital media company.

Today Digital Journal’s flagship media property,, boasts a network of tens of thousands of reporters in 200 countries, attracting millions of readers/month. With a platform that caters to specific challenges faced by organizations going digital, Digital Journal offers solutions to enable the power of the crowd through a technology-driven social media platform.

Digital Journal’s 3 pillars: Technology, social and content. The company leverages a custom-built CMS and data to automate growth around content/user management; Digital Journal gamifies and creates social profiles of media consumers; and the company draws from a global reach to produce engaging, high-quality content at scale, cost-effectively.

Chris is also the co-founder of Future of Media, a widely attended event for the media industry.

Chris holds a degree in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto. He has experience in broadcast television, radio, print and online media. Chris has worked in both Canada and abroad, and has worked with or appeared on many news programs and publications including: CBC News, Fifth Estate, CBC Sports, CTV News, City News, CP24, Global News, Business News Network, Daily Planet, Space, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and dozens of syndicated TV and radio networks.

Chris is also a consultant to large brands and media companies, as well as a mentor/adviser to startups.

Chris Hogg was a speaker at Future of Media 2009. Watch the video from Future of Media 2009 to see Chris speak.

Bio: Keith McArthur

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Keith McArthur, senior director of social media and digital communications for Rogers Communications Keith McArthur is the senior director of social media and digital communications at Rogers Communications Inc. He joined Rogers in February to build and lead a team to monitor the online conversation about Rogers and to develop strategies for Rogers to engage in that conversation.

Prior to joining Rogers, Keith created and led com.motion, the social media marketing division of Veritas Communications. In that role, he provided social media counsel to leading brands including Staples, Subway, NutriSystem and Canada Dry.

Keith was a journalist for 10 years working for the Winnipeg Free Press and the Globe and Mail. As transportation reporter for Report on Business, he wrote Air Monopoly, which was a finalist for the 2004 National Business Book Award. Later, as the Globe’s marketing reporter, Keith covered the infancy of social media marketing in the pages of the Globe and Mail as businesses grappled with blogs and YouTube and Facebook. Keith was the first Globe reporter to report by podcast and one of the first to write a blog. He continues to blog at

Keith McArthur was a speaker at Future of Media 2009. Watch the video from Future of Media 2009 to see Keith speak.

Bio: Rachel Nixon

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Rachel Nixon, director of digital media at CBC News and former editor at NowPublicRachel Nixon is an award-winning journalist and online veteran, Rachel Nixon is Director of Digital Media for CBC News. She heads the strategic direction and development of CBC News across digital platforms, including the leading news website,

“The need for professional journalists is greater than ever, but their role has irreversibly changed,” says Rachel. “No longer gatekeepers, journalists have an opportunity to create meaning and understanding from the wealth of information that citizens share about the world around them.”

Until May 2009, Rachel was Global News Director for Vancouver-based, running the editorial operations of the world’s largest participatory news network.

Before moving to Canada, Rachel spent nine years with the internationally acclaimed, where most recently she served as Deputy World Editor. While at the BBC, Rachel led coverage of global stories, such as the US elections, on multiple and emerging media platforms.

Rachel Nixon was a speaker at Future of Media 2009. Watch the video from Future of Media 2009 to see Rachel speak.

Bio: Richard Mcilveen

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Richard Mcilveen, producer of the local late-night CTV News and the tech trends segment WebmaniaRichard McIlveen is the Producer of the CTV News late local news in Toronto. As such he is ‘grounded’ in traditional media, giving the GTA its nightly summary of local news events.

Richard has also been producing and writing a TV News weekend segment that has kept a watchful eye on the ever evolving world of the internet since 1996. ‘Webmania’ launched at a time when about 5 per cent of Canadians homes were beginning to ‘dial in’ but it was clear that digital communication via the ‘net’ was about to reshape the world.

Over the past 13 years, Richard has interviewed and written about literally hundreds of the bright minds that have shaped the evolution of the Net. Richard also got hands-on experience early in the digital revolution, launching and running the CTV News Toronto (CFTO News) website from 1995 through 2001.

Looking forward, Richard offers a unique perspective on how traditional media is adapting to the challenges of an evolving digital media and based on his observation of trends, where the future is taking us.

Richard Mcilveen was a speaker at Future of Media 2009. Watch the video from Future of Media 2009 to see Richard speak.

Bio: Tim Shore

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Tim Shore, founder of Toronto news site blogTOTim Shore is the founder of blogTO, Toronto’s most widely read news and culture blog and the largest site of its kind in Canada.

Before founding the site in 2004 Tim worked for a number of advertising agencies and Web design firms overseeing ad campaigns and digital initiatives for well known brands such as Yahoo! and Microsoft.

He started his web and media career as a latte-fetching intern at CNN in New York.

Tim Shore was a speaker at Future of Media 2009. Watch the video from Future of Media 2009 to see Tim speak.