Board of Directors
Liana White (Chairperson)
Liana is the Executive Director of the Canadian National Office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (CFM), and, she sits on the Women’s, and the Workers of Colour Caucuses of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). In these roles, Liana has been serving the interests of professional musicians and labour for well-over 25 years.
In her capacity as CFM Executive Director, Liana is involved in every aspect of the unions operations, some of which includes, lobbying for copyright reforms, negotiating agreements benefitting musicians, and mentoring musicians in all aspects of their career.
Through her work with the CLC, Liana has served as an advocate of general labour interests for all Canadians for over 10 years, lobbying in support of national pharmacare and affordable childcare; with a concentrated focus on women’s rights on the global scale, having served as Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas. Also, on the heels of the “Me Too” Movement, Liana was involved in the formation of a small committee responsible for spearheading industry-wide discussions on a Code of Conduct recommended for adoption by all who work in the recorded and live music sector.
Trisha Carter (Vice-Chairperson)
Senior Director, Business Development
With more than 20 years' experience in the music industry and international trade, Trisha heads CIMA’s global export service, Music Export Canada, delivering international market and business development initiatives, showcases, and Canada House venue takeovers through strategic partnerships at various conference festivals around the world. Trisha's work has helped to establish the trusted Canada brand at the foremost events across the globe, including SXSW (USA), The Great Escape (UK), Reeperbahn (DE), FIMPRO (MX), and many more.
To support CIMA members’ business and professional development interests, Trisha develops uniquely targeted custom missions and has led Canadian delegations and their artists to markets in Japan, Chile and Portugal, as well as bringing inbound delegations from Australia, France and Eastern Europe to Canada. Trisha is leveraging her vast experience in developing Canada's largest music export office along with extensive international networks to work closely with Canada's music industry to develop and implement business continuity strategies in our present and shifting landscape.
Kristy Fletcher (Secretary)
Kristy Fletcher is a values driven leader who brings over 20 years of experience in the sports, entertainment and non-profit industries.
After spending her career in sports and entertainment, Kristy was thrilled to take on her role with MusiCounts in 2016. MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The JUNO Awards, believes music can transform the lives of young people and aims to make music education inclusive, sustainable, and accessible for youth across Canada by providing musical instruments, equipment, and resources. In her role, Kristy develops impactful partnerships with corporate supporters, Canadian artists and individual donors to create innovative programs, raise funds and generate national awareness about the importance of music education for young people.
Prior to joining MusiCounts, Kristy spent 20 years with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. She started her career shaping the Community Relations strategy for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors and was instrumental in forming the Maple Leafs charitable arm, The Leaf Fund, raising millions of dollars to support children’s charities in Ontario.
As Senior Director, Premium Sales & Service, Kristy was responsible for one of the most diverse sports and entertainment ticketing service portfolios in North America, where she implemented an integrated membership experience for over 20,000 customers across four professional sports teams. Kristy and her team were consistently recognized as a league leader
for revenue and renewal rates within the NHL, NBA and MLS.
Alec Martin (She/They) is a live sound engineer, music journalist, musician, and arts worker based in Kjipuktuk. She works both as a freelance technician and as a FOH engineer at The Seahorse Tavern and Marquee Ballroom.
In 2022, they worked with Music Nova Scotia as Festival Production Coordinator for NSMW, and currently sit on the programming committee for Everyseeker. Their writing can be found in: Exclaim!, New Feeling, The Coast, The Signal, Strange Grooves, and The East (defunct.)
Alec is trans/non-binary and is concerned with furthering trans and queer equity within the music industry.
Dana Beeler has worked throughout many aspects of the music industry, including being on the team at many music festivals and industry events. She is now the Events and Strategic Development Manager at Music Nova Scotia. As an artist, Beeler performed in her family band and went on to tour across Canada as a solo performer for 5 years. In 2016 she started the rock band, Hello Delaware. Beeler manages and fronts the band, which has seen international success by showcasing events in the UK and EU.
Jamelia Campbell is a first-generation Canadian, born and raised in Toronto of two Jamaican parents who instilled the love of music in her from an early age. Exposed to everything from Barrington to Vybz, En Vogue to Destiny’s Child and Eurythmics to Spice Girls, she got a crash course in the diversity of sound across various genres, geographic locations and eras. Her love for music furthered as she learned to play clarinet and violin in middle and high school band/orchestra, which led to singing in school and church choirs, followed by singing and dancing in musical theatre and commercial and TV broadcast appearances (MTV Live). However, as she transitioned to post-secondary education, Jamelia chose a career path behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.
She attended Humber College, transferred to York University where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and then to Seneca@York where she culminated her education with a post-graduate certification in Corporate Communications. The program allowed Jamelia to marry her love of music with her studies via an internship opportunity at Sony Music Canada, in the Media Relations department, and before the internship finished, Jamelia was hired full time in December 2015, becoming the label’s first Black publicist. She worked her way up the ladder from Coordinator, to Manager, Media Relations working with a large roster of domestic and international artists, including Khalid, Rick Ross, H.E.R, and Diamond certified DJs Loud Luxury. In April 2021, she pivoted from Publicity and joined, The Orchard, the industry's leading independent music distributor and label services company, as a Manager, Account Management & Marketing. She worked at the Orchard for one year and now serves as a full time publicist for the non-profit organization fighting for the retention and development of Black professionals in the Canadian music industry, ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Business Collective.
Director, Membership & Industry Relations
Maddy works in music advocacy with a special interest in economic and industry development. She has helped to power the Canadian Live Music Association through one of the industry's most trying periods, seeing successes such as the first-ever live music funding in the Federal Budget, industry relief programming like Kinaxis InConcert, and the nationally renowned #ForTheLoveOfLIVE campaign. She previously worked with the City of Toronto's Music Office, a unit of Film & Entertainment Industries, Economic Development and Culture, which nurtures the city’s music community through policy, recommendations, and advocacy.
Nicole Auger is Métis, with ancestral ties to the Haudenosaunee and Nisga’a nations, and she also has French settler ancestry. Her family has lived on Vancouver Island (on Northern Turtle Island, so-called “Canada”) for six generations as grateful visitors on unceded lək̓ʷəŋən Territory and she has been proud to live and work in Toronto for the past five years as a musician, educator, and consultant. Nicole is the Manager of Programming and Community Engagement at the International Indigenous Music Summit (IIMS), and has also been supporting the development of the National Indigenous Music Office on northern Turtle Island. Prior to joining the IIMS family, Nicole worked as Project Manager for the Canadian Live Music Association’s recently-launched national study, “Closing the Gap: Impact and Representation of Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour Live Music Workers in Canada.” She currently sits on the Music Canada Advisory Council and is a member of the Board of Directors for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) and the Tranzac Club in Toronto. Nicole holds a Master of Arts in Music and an MBA with a specialization in arts, media, and entertainment management.
Photo credit: Jen Squires
Noreen Hamid is a Publicity Director, Creative Producer, and Consultant with over 10 years of experience leading publicity campaigns for music artists, labels, international music award shows, TV series, films, and high-profile events. She also produces television series, music and entertainment news, and special events -- from award shows and red carpets, to album release showcases and art exhibits, and everything in between.
After dedicated years with MuchMusic, MTV, E!, the Toronto International Film Festival, eTalk, and much more, Noreen started her own boutique company, utilizing her passion and combined experiences in Production, PR, and Strategy, and prioritizing work with artists from marginalized communities.
An expert in hip hop, R&B, Afrobeats, and Pop music publicity, she works with several artists, labels, and projects internationally, including Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, Mary J. Blige, Gunna, Charlotte Cardin, TOBi, Ralph, Ruby Waters, IDMAN, RCA Records, Arista Records, 300 Entertainment, Fool’s Gold, the Oscar-nominated documentary The Cave, and as a consultant on several upcoming series and artists in development. Currently, Noreen's work touches Canada, the US, the UK, France, Ghana, Nigeria, India, parts of the Middle East, and beyond.
Samantha (she/her) was born and raised in Toronto, and has emersed herself in the arts her whole life. After attending a arts based Highschool, it solidified that she wanted to immerse herself with her love of music, by spend all her time with creatives, and going to live events. She attend Toronto Metropolitan University (previous Ryerson) and graduated with an emphasis on Graphic Communications Management & Marketing. It was during that time she first entered the music industry while completing an internship at a record label. Now with over a decade of experience developing Artist Marketing strategy, she current is employed by Sony Music Entertainment Canada as a Senior Marketing Manager. She has defined strategy and successfully executed marketing plans, and contributed to breaking artists in market. She is currently working a roster of domestic and international artists of all genres such as Tenille Townes, JP Saxe, Luke Combs, blink-182, Kane Brown, Calvin Harris, among others, in addition to having a team of staff that report to her. She prides herself in being a mentor for people within the industry and also by pushing boundaries to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Savannah’s experiences in the music industry have seen her on both sides of the curtain. Her journey has included a degree in music, followed by years of performing and touring in various projects, and continued at Music BC where she was the project manager for artist development initiatives including the PEAK Performance Project and numerous export trade missions. Along with co-founder Meagan Davidson, Savannah launched Tiny Kingdom in 2017 as an artist management and services company, representing clients including Skye Wallace, Haley Blais, Frankiie, and Jasper Sloan Yip. Their expansion into a label in 2020 saw Tiny Kingdom added to a very short list of female-owned labels in Canada, and their passion for supporting other women and gender minorities lead them to spearhead the Women In Music - BC chapter.
Samantha Slattery (Chair Emeritus)
Samantha has been working in the music industry for over two decades within the live sector throughout North America and the UK. Most recently working on the JUNO Awards, Sam previously worked for The Mean Fiddler (Reading & Leeds Music Festivals), AEG Live (Coachella, Stagecoach, and Virgin Music Festival) Live Nation (Dreams Festival) as well as Republic Live (WayHome and Boots & Hearts Music Festivals).
She is also the Founder of Women in Music Canada, a non-profit organization aimed at fostering gender diversity and equality throughout the Canadian music sector. In addition, prior to these roles Sam spent several years as a manager at Nettwerk Management’s UK office, working for major-label multi-platinum artists including Dido.
Sam holds numerous post-secondary qualifications, including a UK Graduate Diploma in Law, a Hon BA in Political Science from York University, as well as graduating from UCLA’s Music Business program, and most recently completing the Greener Festival Assessor Training from Falmouth University in the UK.
In addition, she regularly guest lectures at colleges and universities, serves on several boards, committees, and adjudication groups, as well as being a regular speaker at industry events including SXSW, Liverpool Sound City, and CMW. She’s received multiple nominations for RBC Woman of Influence award and is currently part of a handful of participants featured in the Canadian-Europe music industry gender initiative Keychange.