November 2019

Building a Canadian Media Sector for the Future

11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front St. W., Toronto

The global media industry is evolving at breathtaking speed, and Canada is no exception. The new Government of Canada will have the critical task of navigating this changing landscape. Join Doug Murphy, President and CEO of Canada’s largest pure-play media and content company – Corus Entertainment – for a discussion about the future of Canadian media, and his vision for a 21-century Canadian broadcasting policy.

- Lunch will be served -

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Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST
Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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Building a Canadian Media Sector for the Future

Doug Murphy

President & CEO
CORUS Entertainment

Doug Murphy

Doug Murphy is President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc. Corus is a leading Canadian-based media and content company with a portfolio of multimedia offerings encompassing 35 specialty television services, 15 conventional television stations, 39 radio stations, a suite of digital assets, a full-service social digital agency, animation software, technology and media services. The company is an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. In 2016, Doug led the company’s transformational acquisition of Shaw Media.

Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105 and CFOX.

Doug has over 25 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. He joined Corus in 2003 and has held numerous senior management positions at the company. Previously, Doug served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the company’s Radio and Television divisions. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and President of Corus Television, where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of television brands.
Earlier in his tenure at Corus, Doug served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Corus Kids, and President of Nelvana and Nelvana Enterprises. Before joining Corus, Doug spent ten years with the Walt Disney Company in a variety of senior executive positions in Canada, the United States and Japan.

Doug is a member of the Business Council of Canada. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an HBA from the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.

Farah Nasser

Anchor, Global Toronto

Farah Nasser

Farah Nasser is an award winning journalist, who brings extensive experience to her role as anchor on Global News at 5:30 & 6.

Nasser began her career with RogersTV before accepting a position with Newstalk 1010 in 1999. There she started as a producer and worked her way up into a reporting role. Next, Nasser made the move to Toronto 1 where she worked as a journalist for two years before joining /A\ Channel News in Barrie, reporting for the Toronto Bureau. In 2006, she joined Citytv as a reporter and later became a weekend anchor. Prior to her position with Global News, Nasser was an anchor and reporter for CP24.

Nasser has been informing viewers across the GTA for nearly two decades. Among her career highlights are the Toronto’s SARS outbreak in 2003, G20 Summit in 2010 and the Toronto 18 terror trials. She’s a political veteran having covered municipal, provincial and federal elections.

She was also the recipient of the RTNDA Sam Ross award for her viral commentary “What if the fighting in Aleppo was happening in Toronto?” in 2017. The video was viewed 3.5 million times and used as a teaching aid in schools to explain the Syrian conflict.

A graduate of Ryerson University in Radio and Television Arts, she also attended the University of Westminster in London, England for European Media Studies and later interned for CNN in New Delhi, India.

Nasser considers herself lucky to work in journalism and credits her father with her curiosity and passion for current events. She always knew she wanted to go into broadcasting and fondly remembers her first paying job and thinking, “I can’t believe they are paying me, I would do this for free!”

When not reporting on the day’s headlines, Nasser spends her time volunteering in the community. She regularly emcees community events and works with the Aga Khan Foundation, an organization that provides sustainable solutions for developing countries. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the University Health Network’s Arthritis Research Foundation and hosts their Power of Movement yoga fundraiser annually.

Nasser lives in the GTA with her husband, son, and daughter. She can often be found exploring the city, trying new restaurants or doing yoga.

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