2014 Media Leadership Program Faculty

Douglas Barrett
BA (York), MSc (Syracuse), LLB (Dalhousie) 

Visiting Scholar, CTV Professorship in Broadcast Management
Principal, barcode SDG

Douglas Barrett is the Principal of barcode SDG, a strategic and governance advisory firm. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Vancouver based Feldman Agency and an invited member of the City of Toronto’s Film, Television and Commercial Production Industry Committee, the Toronto Film Board. In June, 2013, Mr. Barrett received the John Peace Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award for his work at the School of Business.

From 2006 until the company’s sale in mid-2013, he was President & CEO of PS Production Services Ltd., one of Canada’s leading film and television equipment rental houses. PS was a mid-sized company with approximately 150 employees and operations in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax.

From 2004 to 2008 he was Chair of the Canadian Television Fund’s Board of Directors, having served as a board member from 1994 to 1996, and legal counsel from 1996 to 2004. The Fund is the principal federal agency responsible for supporting television production in Canada.

For 20 years until 2006, Doug was the senior partner practising Media & Entertainment law at McMillan LLP under the KNOWlaw banner. He has repeatedly been listed by the legal directory LEXPERT as one of Canada’s 500 Leading Lawyers.

He has served on the Boards of the Canadian Media Production Association, the Banff Television Foundation and the Feature Film Project of the Canadian Film Centre. He was instrumental in founding the Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program.

Karen Chiykowski

Lecturer, Financial Management
Schulich School of Business

Karen Chiykowski is a full-time award-winning instructor at the Schulich Schoolof Business teaching graduate level MBA and BBA courses in management accounting, corporate finance and financial analysis. Prior to joining York, Chiykowski spent 15 years in the finance function in the auto, software and investments industry.


Peter S. Grant
BA (UofT), LLB (UofT)

Adjunct Professor
Sr. Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Peter S. Grant is Counsel at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of Canada’s largest law  firms, and past chair of its Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group.  He is also Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Mr. Grant is an expert on communications law, copyright law, and cultural and trade policy.  He has pioneered the field of communications law in Canada, and his practice is substantially devoted to this field, including broadcasting and cable television, pay and specialty programming services, new media, copyright collectives, and cultural industries, both in Canada and abroad.  He is an experienced copyright lawyer, with multiple appearances before the Copyright Board of Canada.  He has also acted on matters affecting book and magazine publishing policy, film and television production and the music industries.

Diana Kawarsky

Diana Kawarsky specializes in business communications for the Schulich School of Business, York University. She has more than 15 years of experience as a senior professional business writer and communications adviser. Along her career path, she has had the opportunity to work with Fortune 500 companies throughout North America. Diana is a specialist in management effectiveness and team success, delivering training in areas including: business writing of all kinds, presentation skills, leadership and creative thinking/problem solving strategies. She has worked with more than 15,000 business professionals to date, helping them improve their management communications skills.

Alan Kennedy

Partner, Gibson Kennedy & Company

Alan is a founding member of Gibson Kennedy & Company, a management consulting firm offering strategy counsel and competitive research services.

Kennedy’s consulting practice focuses exclusively on helping senior management with project planning and strategy communication. He has extensive experience facilitating group discussions and preparing issues for presentation to boards and management.

Kennedy has been teaching courses on Strategic Management for the Schulich School of Business since 1992. Over 2,500 executives have attended his three-day course, Strategic Management, offered three times a year at the Schulich Executive Education Centre and twice a year by Saint Mary’s University’s Professional Development Division.

During his corporate career, Kennedy served as Senior Vice President & General Counsel for both Oxford Development Group and Campeau Corporation. He is a Certified Management Consultant and a member of the Honour Roll of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario.

Alex Lowy

Alex is an internationally renowned management instructor specializing in the creation of innovative work processes and information systems. As co-founder of Digital 4Sight, a global technology-solutions consulting firm with headquarters in Toronto and San Jose, Alex specializes in strategic problem solving and critical thinking skills, and is also the author of three best-selling publications in the field.

Trina McQueen, O.C.
BA (Carelton), Hon LLD (Mount St. Vincent; Carleton; Waterloo) 

Adjunct Professor
Schulich’s first Visiting CTV Professor in Broadcast Management, Trina McQueen has held senior executive and journalistic positions in the public and private sectors of Canadian television. She has been President and COO of CTV Inc; was the founding President of the Discovery Channel; and head of News Current Affairs and Newsworld for CBC. She has served on the Boards of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Telefilm Canada, and the National Film Board Advisory Group. She was chair of the Banff Television Festival and of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters television board. For her services to broadcasting, she was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2005. She has been named a member of the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, the Canadian News Hall of Fame and the Canadian Movie and Television Hall of Fame. Other awards include Canadian Journalism Foundation Award of Excellence and the Academy Achievement Gemini.

She is currently a Board member for the Canadian Opera Company, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Banff Centre for the Arts, Historica Canada, and the Literary Review of Canada.

Alan C. Middleton PhD
BSc (London, UK); MBA & PhD (York) 

Assistant Professor of Marketing • Executive Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)

After a stellar 25 year career as a marketing practitioner with Esso Petroleum, UOP Inc. then rising to the position of Executive Vice President and Board Director of J. Walter Thompson (JWT) worldwide and President/CEO of JWT Japan, Alan left to complete his PhD at the Schulich School of Business where he is currently on the faculty. He has also taught at Rutgers Graduate School of Business in the US, and business schools in Argentina, China, Russia and Thailand. In September 2001 he took over as Executive Director of the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) which trains over 16,000 managers and executives domestically and internationally.

Alan co-authored the books Advertising Works II and Ikonica – A Fieldguide to Canada’s Brandscape, and published papers for the ACA/ICA on Marketing Communications ROI,Client-Agency compensation strategies and Client – Agency Relations. He is a co-founder of the ‘Cassie’ advertising awards, is a member of the Academic Committee of Leger Marketing, and in 2005 he was inducted in to the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends in the mentor category.

Megan Mitchell

Program Director
Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management and Innovation Catalyst

Consultant, speaker, author and educator, Megan is Director of Happen North America, an insight-based innovation company, and co-director of SEEC’s Centre of Excellence in Applied Innovation Management. Megan is an accomplished leader in Innovation, Leadership Development and Change Management, with nearly 20 years of experience across multiple disciplines at Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.  She helps companies transform through culture and targeted innovation initiatives that push boundaries. Her passion is leadership effectiveness to build innovation capacity and helping organizations build a culture of innovation. She is a winner of the W.E. Upjohn Award for Innovation. Megan is a regular contributor to the World Future Society and Mindcamp Creativity conferences and is part of the faculty for SEEC’s Masters Certificate in Business Leadership for Human Resource Professionals, which runs bi-annually.

Steve Ord
BA (Concordia), MBA (York) 

Sessional Lecturer
COO White Pine Pictures
Steve Ord joined White Pine pictures as their Chief Operating Officer in 2012 where he is responsible for the continued implementation of the strategic plan that has guided the Toronto indie to international success in the production of TV dramas and documentaries.

Steve has more than 20 years of management experience in the private and public sectors. As former Executive Vice President of Alliance Atlantis’ Entertainment Group, he was involved with the successful Crime Scene Investigation franchise series (CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY), the children’s business, and the extensive TV and film library of approximately 5,000 hours of programming. Previously, Steve was Executive Vice President of the Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group, where he was responsible for all business aspects of the Company’s TV and motion picture production business. He was also an Executive Producer on the popular and Gemini award winning drama series Cold Squad (98 episodes produced). Prior to working at ACC, Ord was Manager of Business Affairs at Telefilm Canada’s Toronto Office.

Steve was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (2001 through to 2005) and was Chair of the Association’s Tax and Finance Committee, he currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Independent Production Fund as their Vice-Chair and a member of the Finance Committee.

In 1995, he authored “Financing Your Production”, a chapter in Making It: The Business of Film and Television Production in Canada published by Doubleday Canada Limited in association with the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.