Andrew Cochran

Andrew Cochran is a Canadian producer, writer, and educator. He teaches communication to graduate and undergraduate students at the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University and assists companies seeking to increase trust and public engagement.

As head of news strategy for CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, he designed and directed the transformation to ‘mobile first’ for local services and managed the development of CBC’s first and third digital stations. Immediately before, he was CBC’s senior managing director for Atlantic Canada, responsible for operations and journalism at ten stations during a prolonged period of change.

As founder of Cochran Entertainment, his production company supplied television and digital content to networks in several countries. He created and produced science and technology documentaries for CBC, PBS, Discovery, and ZDF, created the international children’s character, Theodore Tugboat, produced TV movies, and was an early originator of digital media for CBC, CTV, and PBS.

As a consultant, he has assisted with innovation, communication, and digital transformation for public, not-for-profit, and private sector clients.

He has an interdisciplinary master’s degree in electronic commerce (computer science, law, business) and has taught courses as a sessional lecturer in law (Entertainment Law, Information Technology Transactions), journalism (Business Fundamentals for Journalists, Emerging Business Models), and business (Export Marketing). His awards include EY Entrepreneur of the Year (communications), an honorary DCL (King’s), and several craft trophies for his work in media.