Heather Conway, Executive VP, English Services, CBC and Greg O’Brien, Editor and Publisher, Cartt.ca
Friday, November 20, 2015
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You, Me and the CBC
As the saying goes, everyone in Canada has two jobs…their own and running the CBC.
Heather Conway, executive vice president of CBC, responsible for English Services, will discuss the role of the national public broadcaster in the 1000 channel universe, as a unique Canadian voice, a critical pillar in sustaining the creative sector as a competitive advantage for Canada.
Heather Conway joined CBC as Executive Vice President of English Services in December 2013.
Ms. Conway is responsible for all of CBC Radio Canada’s English language services including CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC.ca, documentary and digital operations.
Prior to joining CBC, Ms. Conway was Chief Business Officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she was in charge of human resources, digital services, marketing, security and membership, among other things. Under her tenure, the Gallery saw its attendance increase by 20 percent and achieved its highest membership levels.
Previously, Ms. Conway spent six years as Executive Vice President at Alliance Atlantis Communications. There, she oversaw strategic marketing, publicity and on air creative for 13 Canadian cable specialty channels, transformed the business model for channel distribution and increased subscription revenue. She later became Chief Executive Officer of Edelman Public Relations Canada. Earlier in her career, Ms. Conway held other senior management and consulting positions with TD Bank Financial Group, Hill and Knowlton and The Neville Group.
Ms. Conway has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick, England.
In 2001, Ms. Conway received a Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. In 2014, Heather was on Toronto’s Top 50 Most Influential People.
Greg O’Brien has been a journalist for over 25 years, the last 17 of which have been spent exclusively covering the Canadian cable, radio, television and telecom sectors. He launched his own business, Cartt.ca, in May, 2005, and since then, it has become that industry’s news leader, the place where thousands of professionals working in these once separate, but now undeniably intertwined, industries turn to for breaking news, in depth feature stories, analysis and opinion about their industry.