The Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), a federal Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research, is dedicated to establishing Canada as a world leader in digital media (ICT + mobile) by creating and enabling connections and collaboration between entrepreneurs, companies, research institutes, government and intermediary organizations across the country. CDMN helps bring more digital media solutions to market to create more companies, jobs and wealth in Canada.

Together, the Network provides access to the knowledge, connections, services and support that digital media companies need to successfully innovate and market themselves at home and abroad. Major initiatives include an exclusive online national collaboration platform; an online Research Portal that provides one-stop access to important information about key digital media issues; the CDMN Soft Landing program to drive Canadian success globally; National Tour events enable companies to go global; and CDMN Canada 3.0, Canada’s only national digital media conference focused on the commercialization of innovation. 

CDMN Advisory Board

The digital media sector – defined as any information that is created or shared virtually – is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It encompasses a broad range of industries and activities from healthcare, to education, to gaming, wireless communications and much more. The CDMN board of directors represents experts across these sectors as well as industry, government and academia. It provides guidance to CDMN on how to achieve its mission.

  • Doug Cooper


    Doug Cooper is Managing Director of Communitech’s HYPERDRIVE accelerator program. He bring over 26 years of experience to the role – most recently working as Country Manager for Intel’s Canadian operations.

    Managing Director, HYPERDRIVE
  • Dr. Abby Goodrum

    Wilfrid Laurier University

    Dr. Abby Goodrum is the Vice President, Research and a Professor of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

    Vice President & Professor
  • Dr. Don Kjosness

    Capital Road Foundation

    Dr. Don Kjosness is currently the Canada 3.0 Conference Manager for the 2014 event in Calgary for CDMN’s Prairie Partner, TRTech. He has over forty years of experience in the development and management of advanced technology organizations, particularly with ICT and space systems technologies.

    CEO & Director
  • Dr. Gerri Sinclair

    The Gerri Sinclair Group

    As Principal, The Gerri Sinclair Group, Dr. Gerri Sinclair’s cross-domain career includes more than 20 years’ experience spanning the fields of internet and new media technology, entrepreneurial business, academic research, and government policy.

  • Dr. Kevin Tuer

    Open Data Exchange

    Dr. Kevin Tuer is Managing Director of the Open Data Exchange

    Managing Director
  • Dr. Paul Salvini

    Accelerator Centre & University of Waterloo

    Dr. Paul Salvini is the CEO of the Accelerator Centre and the Associate Vice-President, Research Commercialization at the University of Waterloo.

    CEO & Associate Vice President
  • Gary A. Maavara

    Corus Entertainment Inc.

    Gary A. Maavara is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Corus Entertainment Inc., overseeing all legal and regulatory affairs associated with the Company’s extensive operations in radio, television, programming, films, books, music, toys and websites.

    Vice President & General Counsel
  • Iain Klugman


    Iain Klugman is the President and CEO of Communitech, with overall responsibility for operations of the organization including regional, provincial and national mandates, innovation programs for companies covering each stage of support, and a national focus on digital media and mobile computing.

  • John Baker


    John Baker is the President & CEO of Desire2Learn. With John’s leadership, Desire2Learn has grown to more than 750 employees with offices around the world.

    President & CEO
  • Lisa de Wilde


    Since her appointment in 2005 as TVO’s CEO, Lisa has ushered in a new era for Ontario’s public educational media organization, leading its transformation to a fully-digital, interactive source of multi-platform educational content that empowers people to be engaged citizens of Ontario.

  • Mark Pecen

    Approach Infinity, Inc.

    Mark Pecen serves as CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc., providing advisory services to firms requiring technology due diligence and management consulting in the areas of wireless communication and emerging technologies, rapidly growing technology companies and their venture capital funding partners.

  • Ray Reddy

    Google Canada

    Ray currently leads mobile commerce efforts at Google, based in Kitchener Ontario. Prior to that, Ray was founder and CEO of PushLife Inc, a Toronto-based startup that built a commerce and digital content platform for mobile operators which was acquired by Google in 2011.

    Group Product Manager
  • Sophie Forest

    BrightSpark Ventures

    Sophie Forest is a Managing Partner of Brightspark and brings over 15 years of experience in the high-tech venture capital industry.

    Managing Partner
  • Tim Dinesen

    Canadian Tire Corporation

    Dr. Tim Dinesen is the Vice President of Digital Solutions for Canadian Tire Corporation, directing the digital strategy for the Canadian Tire group of companies.

    Vice President of Digital Solutions
  • Tim Jackson

    University of Waterloo

    Tim Jackson served as the Vice President of External Relations at the University of Waterloo.

    Former Vice President
  • Tom Jenkins

    OpenText Corporation

    Over the past 20 years, Tom Jenkins has pioneered many of the technologies commonly used today to manage digital content within organizations.

    Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer
  • Tom Ogaranko


    Tom Ogaranko (BA, LLB) is CEO and co-founder of Redengine, an Alberta-based technology company recognized with over 35 awards over the past decade.

    CEO & co-founder


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