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Andrew Cochran designed the local transformation to ‘mobile first’ for CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, and while head of news strategy co-led its 18-month implementation. He also managed the start-ups for CBC’s first and third digital stations.

As regional director for CBC’s English operations in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces, he was responsible for local news and current affairs, operations, and community engagement for 10 stations. He integrated radio, TV, and digital, amalgamated two regions into one, and oversaw station modernizations in four communities. Earlier he pioneered digital content for CBC, CTV, PBS, and other broadcasters and co-founded Canada’s first satellite-to-cable network. He began as a reporter/editor in his native Halifax and then produced network news programs at CTV in Toronto.

He was a rights-owning independent producer supplying programs to several broadcasters internationally and created the children’s character, Theodore Tugboat. He has a Masters Degree (Electronic Commerce), and has taught courses in law (Entertainment law, IT transactions), journalism (Business fundamentals, Emerging business models), and business (Export marketing). His awards include EY Entrepreneur of the Year, a Hot Doc, and an honorary DCL (King’s).


Shelagh Kinch co-led the successful ‘mobile first’ change project for CBC News, after being the managing director for CBC English services in the province of Quebec, responsible for all aspects of local digital, radio, and television, as well as local strategy and public engagement.

As head of learning and organizational development for CBC English services, she pioneered distributed learning and skills training online. Earlier, as an in-house consultant, she facilitated several change initiatives for the public broadcaster, including CBC’s revision of its Journalistic Standards and Practices and an e-learning course that was compulsory for all CBC journalists.

She began as a reporter and rose to become Managing Editor at CBC Montreal, responsible for all journalism by the public broadcaster in Quebec. Later she was instrumental in integrating news gathering for television, radio, and digital. She is skilled in facilitation, instructional design, leadership development, and helping people discover new possibilities.


Esther Enkin is the former English Services Ombudsman for CBC/Radio-Canada, Canada’s largest public broadcaster, and immediate past president of the worldwide Organization of News Ombudsmen and Standards Editors (ONO).

As the CBC ombudsman, she undertook nearly 400 reviews of editorial practices in response to audience enquiries, with written findings that considered the journalistic ethics in each instance. Previously, Esther was Executive Editor for CBC News, with responsibility for news standards and their interpretation. She led a comprehensive updating of CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices code, including new provisions for digital publishing and social media.

Esther’s work in news management came after nearly 30 years as a working journalist, including producer roles on two CBC flagship series, The Journal and The World at Six. Her documentary work for The Journal won international awards. Esther has a Bachelor of Journalism degree, is a regular guest lecturer in journalism schools, and is active in community organizations.

Alan Sunderland is the former Editorial Director of the ABC, Australia’s largest public broadcaster, with overall responsibility for developing and maintaining appropriate editorial standards across the organizations entire output of programming on radio, television, online and mobile. He created and delivered ethical training to journalists and oversaw the investigation and management of public complaints about the broadcaster.

He is a journalist, author and editorial consultant with more than forty years’ experience in public interest journalism.

Alan was a reporter and producer for both of Australia’s public broadcasters – the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service – where he twice won Walkley Awards, Australia’s pre-eminent award for journalistic excellence. Since leaving the ABC in 2019, Alan consults and works with a range of organizations in Australia, the US and Canada with a focus on the ethics and responsibilities of public interest journalism.

He is also the author of seven works of children’s fiction.


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