ETALK anchor Tanya Kim is the envy of every pop culture junkie. Having interviewed such musical icons as David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Diddy, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Coldplay, and Cher, talking music and entertainment is effortless for Kim.
Classically trained as a pianist and dancer, this broadcast journalism graduate started her TV career at MuchMusic. Kim went on to become the music reporter for CTV's THE CHATROOM, then became a special correspondent for the first two seasons of CANADIAN IDOL, reporting on music and style from the IDOL mansion.
Kim's role as anchor of ETALK has given her a slew of exciting opportunities, including hosting red carpets at the JUNO Awards, the OSCARS®, and hanging backstage with the artists at Live 8 Canada. In July 2007, Kim reported live from London during both the Concert for Diana and Live Earth.
Kim's unique interview style and charming personality has made her a media darling in her own right. In 2005, TV Guide ranked Kim second in a list of "Canada's Top 10 newcomers on the verge of a major breakout." Kim has also received a Toronto Sun Readers Choice Award for Entertainment TV Reporter. The film and television world has also taken notice, resulting in appearances in PUPPETS WHO KILL, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, INSTANT STAR and Glitter. Kim's voice can also be heard in the upcoming film Antiviral, the directorial debut from Brandon Cronenberg. In February 2010, Kim reported on entertainment news from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and in April 2011 she headed to London, England to cover the Royal Wedding for CTV.
Kim's passion extends beyond entertainment and celebrity culture. Recognizing the importance of philanthropy, Kim supports a few charities that are close to her heart, including Blessings In A Backpack, a charitable organization headed by Hilary Duff that provides meals for children and youth in Canada and the US, in which she is a director on the board. Kim shares her love for music with Canada's youth through her role at MusiCounts, an organization that provides instruments to schools across the country. She travelled to Zambia in November 2008 as an ambassador for CARE Canada, and Kim, along with ETALK co-anchor Ben Mulroney, has hosted Free The Children's We Day youth empowerment events in both Toronto and Vancouver. An animal lover, Kim is the Honorary Chair for the OSPCA's first-ever "Friends for Life Walk-a-Thon" in Toronto, a role she proudly shares with her beloved Mastiff Miss Louise.
Whether she's at a glamorous event in L.A., meeting high-profile stars, or gracing the covers of magazines, Kim still counts her family as a source of pride and inspiration. "Keeping my parents and my brother happy and proud is what really matters!"
A Sault Ste. Marie, ON native, Kim was honoured with a star on the city's Walk of Fame in 2011.
Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, brings a diverse background spanning four decades in business, government and the not-for-profit sectors. He began his career working as a park ranger in wilderness areas throughout British Columbia, where he was decorated for bravery by the Governor General of Canada. After his park career, he worked at BC Housing, a provincial crown corporation, eventually becoming their CEO. Before joining us in January of 2008, he was the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op, the country's largest outdoor equipment retailer. During his eight year career at MEC, he led the organization through a period of sustained sales and membership growth across Canada. Since joining the David Suzuki Foundation, Peter has also been appointed a member of the Province of British Columbia's Climate Action Team and the Ontario Premier's Climate Change Advisory Panel.
Peter has a long history of volunteer and humanitarian work, including monitoring prison conditions with the International Red Cross in Rwanda and leading a team that monitored detained asylum seekers in British Columbia. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Governors and the Chancellor of Royal Roads University in Victoria, and with the Board of Governors of the Canadian Red Cross Society. More recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Imagine Canada, a national organization that supports charities across the country.
In his spare time, Peter can be found hiking in the Coast Mountains or kayaking among the Gulf Islands.
Tina Daenzer started at Canada AM in 2000 as a story producer and in 2004 was promoted to Senior Entertainment Producer. During her time at Canada AM, she has overseen some of the biggest productions of Canada's most popular network morning program.
Tina created and produced the Canada AM Community Competition involving hundreds of communities across the country giving them the ability to share their spirit with the rest of the country. She has also produced Canada's favourite weather man, Jeff Hutcheson taking him across Canada and around the world.
She has put together many of the major concert events on Canada AM with guests such as Tina Turner, Shania Twain, Diana Krall and Keith Urban.
Sean is a well-recognized thought leader in company innovation, brand leadership, social influence marketing and online community building, marrying his passion for grassroots engagement, digital technologies and the brand. He has been an executive-level marketer, agency leader and consultant, in roles bridging the traditional and digital divide for over 15 years.
As an answer to business' future, Sean founded Agent Wildfire in 2004 (www.agentwildfire.com) - a leading marketing, media and research firm dedicated to customer advocacy and innovation, word of mouth, influencer marketing, online communities, social media and buzz-building. Located in Toronto, he now continues and expands that work for startups, Fortune 500s and executive teams by leading the Wikibrands consultancy (www.wiki-brands.com).
Sean has previously led the direction of Canada's best known brands at Molson, Guinness, Labatt, Procter & Gamble and others as a client and agency partner. He speaks frequently on the subject of new marketing and media, chairing national conferences, speaking internationally and commenting in national broadcast and top print media and lecturing at universities across a variety of topics. Sean is also an executive consultant to Don Tapscott's firm nGenera (http://www.ngenera.com/) and helps executive and brand teams power the collaborative enterprise.
Bruce Sellery is a financial journalist, best-selling author, professional speaker and TV host on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.He is the founder of Moolala, a personal finance training company with a mission to inspire people to get a handle on their money so they can live the life they want. Bruce develops customized financial education programs - live and online - for clients across North America.
Bruce is the author of the bestselling book "Moolala: Why smart people do dumb things with their money (and what you can do about it)", published by McClelland & Stewart. He is also host of "Million Dollar Neighbourhood" on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Prior to Moolala Bruce was an anchor at CTV's Business News Network (BNN).
When Bruce isn't on the air or on the podium, he is proud parent, a dedicated cottager, long distance runner and a devout Toronto Film Festival attendee. He has traveled extensively, throughout Central and South America, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Daryl Angier is the editor-in-chief of Canadian Insurance Top Broker magazine and Corporate Risk Canada magazine, publications of Rogers Media. He oversees the editorial direction and content for the magazines, websites and related conferences. Canadian Insurance Top Broker addresses the issues and concerns of Canada's top producing property and casualty insurance brokers, including business growth and practice management. Corporate Risk Canada is Canada's first publication on risk management for CFOs and senior financial executives, providing information, tools and strategies for managing financial, operational and strategic risk.
Daryl has over 10 years of editorial experience working on various business-to-business and specialty publications.
Widely respected in the Calgary community, Ms. Friesen has an extensive background in providing effective leadership in the NFP sector. She has been the President and CEO of The Calgary Foundation since 2005. With over $400 million endowed, the Calgary Foundation makes strategic grants to the full range of the charitable sector to build a strong and vibrant community in which all citizens can flourish.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Friesen was CEO of the Calgary Health Trust for 4 years, and had a 22 year career with the YWCA spanning three cities: Winnipeg, Yellowknife, where she was CEO for 5 years, and then Calgary where she was the CEO for 12 years.
Ms. Friesen has served on a variety of Boards including the Calgary Police Commission. She currently serves on the Board of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and is President of the Calgary Rotary Club (Downtown). Eva was the recipient of the 2011 Haskayne School of Business MAX Award, an award given annually to an alumni in recognition of outstanding success.
She has an MBA from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor in Physical Education from the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Jacline Abray-Nyman
Jacline Abray-Nyman is an accomplished leader in the public sector with over 20 years of demonstrated success in senior roles. Jacline’s career has focused on stakeholder and external relations, philanthropic fundraising and on capacity building and shared value for the social mission sector.
Currently, Jacline holds the position of President and CEO of United Way Centraide Canada where she leads a national movement for social change comprising over 100 community-based federated United Way organizations that raise and invest over $510 million annually with and for Canadian communities. Immediately prior to this leadership role, Jacline worked with Queen’s School of Business (Queen’s University) as the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations where she acted in the capacity of principal gifts strategist and chief development officer, personally negotiating many significant philanthropic gifts and business partnerships working with stakeholders around the globe.
Jacline holds a Bachelor of Administration (University of Ottawa), an MBA (University of Calgary), and Doctorate in Business Administration (Cranfield University, UK). She lives in Ottawa (Canada) with her family.
Martin Matte is one of the most popular comedians in Quebec. His performances are sold out and TV shows he appears on always get excellent ratings. He has also been a spokesperson for Honda for nearly 12 years and is the founder of the Fondation Martin-Matte.
Martin Matte began his career over fifteen years ago. He has been a radio announcer and participated in several TV shows as a host, reporter or via humorous video capsules. In 1999, he received his first Gala Les Olivier trophy in the category “Revelation of the Year” and was awarded a 2nd Olivier in 2005 for “Comedian of the Year.” Comedian Matte has received numerous other awards since, but prefers not to brag about them and would rather keep them to himself.
In 2000, he presented his first one-man show entitled Histoires vraies [True Stories] (which he performed over 300 times to over 250 000 spectators). His 2nd one-man show (2007), entitled Condamné à l’excellence [Condemned to Excellence] was a phenomenal success, and broke ticket sales records even before the first show and throughout the tour (300 shows attracting an audience of some 400,000). He has been a guest on such TV shows as Km/h and the very popular Camera Café. He has also hosted the Just for Laughs Gala and the Gala Les Olivier. For the past several months, Matte has been working on his new TV comedy called Les beaux malaises to be broadcast on the TVA channel beginning in January 2014.
But, even though Matte’s schedule is packed, he always finds time to get involved in causes close to his heart. He is particularly proud of setting up the Fondation Martin-Matte in 2006, something which prompted newspaper, La Presse, to vote him Personality of the Week (in 2008) to highlight his work to help head trauma victims and the construction of a first Maison Martin-Matte in 2008. Through Matte’s constant dedication, the Fondation has helped open three homes in the Maisons Martin-MatteGrâce network. A fourth building in the Laurentians will provide a home for 21 residents in 2014. Since its creation, the Fondation Martin-Matte has collected over $2,000,000 through its various fund-raising activities.
Mark Wiens is the President of Foster Park Baskett Insurance Ltd. (FPB Insurance Brokers) He began his career as a commercial underwriter with General Accident. FPB Insurance Brokers is a commercial lines insurance brokerage with locations in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Along with actively volunteering in the sports and activities of his three children, he has had the privilege of serving on a number of non profit boards.
Most recently Mark and his wife Marla have been engaged with International Justice Mission (www.ijm.ca). IJM works with foreign local law enforcement to rescue victims of violent oppression, providing survivor aftercare as well as holding the perpetrators accountable though the local judicial systems.
Colleen Ward is a Senior Business Analyst in the IT Telephony department.
Colleen works with a team of telecom specialists supporting and managing the IT Infrastructure for Aviva’s Network. Colleen has contributed to various organizations raising funds with Big Brother, working on food drives for Thanksgiving and Children's Toy Drives at Christmas. She is happy to be a part of the Aviva Community Fund as a judge in 2013. Colleen said she "looks forward to giving my opinion in any way useful and helping to decide the winners of the $1,000,000."