Andreas Kalogiannides is a Toronto lawyer practicing in corporate and intellectual property law, focusing on music and entertainment. Kalogiannides Law provides to musicians and other creative professionals the tools to create, protect and monetize their work. Prior to practicing law, Andreas gained experience in a variety of music industry roles, including at Re:Sound (Licensing), the Future of Music Coalition (Washington, D.C.), and Universal Music Canada (Business Affairs). He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Law, Double Major) from York University, an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Arts (International Affairs) from Carleton University. A Toronto native, Andreas is a classically trained pianist and a hobbyist songwriter.
Jay Abraham, CPA, CGA, has more than 15 years’ experience in the music industry accounting field. He was Chief Financial Officer and General Manager at Chris Smith Management Inc. (2008 to 2009), Chief Financial Officer for Loreena McKennitt’s management company and record label, Quinlan Road Limited (2005 to 2008), and a Vice-President and Senior Accountant at Green Note Inc. (1997 to 2004). Currently, in addition to being an instructor at The Harris Institute, Jay runs his own accounting practice working with a wide variety of artists and music industry professionals including Last Gang Management, Taylor Klein Oballa LLP, and RGK Entertainment Group Inc.
Margaret is a seasoned educator and education administrator: Principal at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts and Maplewood High School, Vice Principal at Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute, and Safe Schools Administrator for the Toronto District School Board, Margaret has a long history with the TDSB. Her direct involvement with students and young people has extended to her coaching track, working with young people in her church and tutoring students on a regular basis. As a leader Marg has always stressed focusing on what is in the best interest of students. Not afraid to take on the difficult and sometimes controversial issues, she has always striven to do what is right for children.
Rodney Murphy is the Education and Outreach Manager for SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. He spends most of his time providing member education and public speaking on behalf of SOCAN, attending seminars, shows and industry events. He is based in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to his current role at SOCAN, Rodney spent five years managing the catalogues and performance royalties of SOCAN’s highest earning Country, Rock and Pop members. In this role, Rodney ensured that all SOCAN revenue streams such as concert, radio, TV and foreign performances and earnings had been maximized and distributed. Before joining SOCAN, Rodney worked for CKCU FM, Sony Music Canada and BBC Radio One in the UK. Rodney’s Master’s Thesis on “Britpop” music continues to collect dust on his record shelf, wedged between his copies of Never Mind the Bollocks and Music from Big Pink.
Tom Barlow is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for his 2003 hit, “Walk Away,” from his self-titled 2004 album. He has been nominated for three Juno Awards and won the Canadian Rising Star Award. Tom is also the founder of The Young Minds on Music Program: Designed for youth aged 11-19, grades 7 to 12, ‘Young Minds’ is a presentation designed to motivate and educate students through the power of music. The program integrates state of the art rock concert production and includes a music-centric discussion of the most difficult issues facing youth today.
Raine Maida is a Canadian musician best known as being the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace. Maida began a solo career in 2006, releasing his first solo album The Hunters Lullaby in 2007. He also self-produced Our Lady Peace’s seventh studio album, Burn Burn, in 2009. Maida has been involved with War Child and other charities since 2003 and was the recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award in 2012. He most recently accepted the 2014 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award along with his wife, Chantal Kreviazuk.
Dynesti Williams is a multi-talented musician and entertainer from Toronto, Ontario who is gaining city-wide recognition as a singer, rapper, entertainer and arts facilitator. Drawing inspiration from how beautifully chaotic the world is, Dynesti’s messages are heart-wrenchingly real, bold, and unapologetic. She uses her powerful MC vocals, jazzy singing voice, and contagious energy to rock people into a higher state of consciousness in all of her art. After gaining city-wide buzz through her performances in shows and festivals such as the Manifesto Festival and UNITY Festival throughout the past few years, Dynesti is a Toronto artist on the rise. Her first original song, “No One Like You” with hip-hop flautist, Jef Kearns can be found on his recent LP, Soulfisticated and is receiving critical acclaim and international radio play.