Andrew Cochran’s background is in journalism, production, entrepreneurship, and digital transformation. He is an instructor in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University and publishes journalismAI.com, an online resource about ways artificial intelligence is contributing to the next transformation in journalism.
As a consultant, he has assisted with innovation, communications, and digital transformation for public, not-for-profit, and private sector clients.
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 regional director for Atlantic Canada.
As an entrepreneur, his company supplied documentaries, scripted series, and digital content to networks in several countries. Among them he created the children’s character, Theodore Tugboat, produced a multi-part documentary for PBS and Discovery on the founders of the internet, and was an early originator of digital media for CBC, CTV, PBS, and others.
He has a research master’s degree in electronic commerce 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). He began working as a reporter in Halifax, then produced news programs at CTV in Toronto. His awards include EY Entrepreneur of the Year (communications) and an honorary DCL (King’s).