TORONTO, June 8, 2017 – New Canadian Media, a nonprofit corporation set up in 2012, elected a new board of directors at its AGM convened on May 20.
Mitchell E. Kutney, an established blogger and pundit, has returned to the board for a second year. He is passionate about social good, progressive politics and community development. He holds a Masters degree in public policy and currently works for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario as an advisor.
"Looking forward to contributing to another term for NCM," Kutney said in comments shortly after his re-election.
Gautam Nath, a well-known name in the multicultural marketing field, with over 30 years of experience in Canada and overseas, is expected to steer the corporation’s efforts to broaden its revenue base. He is the recipient of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award 2011 and the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism 2017. He is currently Vice President - Strategy at Balmoral Multicultural Marketing based in Toronto.
"NCM brings fresh perspectives on Canada from an immigrant lens, and as multiculturalism becomes a vital part of our country's future, this will be a critical foundation for all future citizens," Nath said.
Prior to assuming his current role as Associate Dean of Media & Entertainment at Mohawk College, Kurt Muller served as the coordinator of Mohawk College’s Journalism Program. He has worked as a videographer, reporter and writer for CFTO News, CTV National News, and CHWI-TV. Kurt began his career at The Opasquia Times, a community newspaper in The Pas, Manitoba. He was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He and his family emigrated to Canada when he was three years old.
“I am thrilled and honoured to join New Canadian Media as a board member,” said Kurt Muller. “Great journalism requires a diversity of voices, and New Canadian Media’s commitment to providing reporting from an immigrant perspective will help ensure those voices are heard.”
The board has elected Dr. Gina Valle as Chair. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and Multicultural Studies from OISE. She is the Founder of Diversity Matters, where for over thirty years she has worked with new Canadians and searched for engaging ways in which to make diversity relevant and real, and has done so by authoring several books, curating an international photo exhibit on women & immigration, producing a multifaith documentary, in addition to her research and workshops. Dr. Valle is the recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Ordine al Merito for her work in diversity in Canada. Gina sits on a number of boards and is a member the OMNI TV Advisory Council. She speaks several languages and lives in Toronto with her family.
"For me, New Canadian Media represents a voice, and a relevant one at that. It is a voice that my parents never had. However, it is now 2017 and Canada is on the cusp of inclusive changes. It is my hope that new Canadians can fully participate in democratic life in Canada. I will work diligently with NCM to ensure that Canadians have a voice and are heard."
NCM founder and publisher, George Abraham, sees the new board as an "inflection point" in the media corporation's evolution. "I'm hoping that this board will take NCM to the next level, raising our national profile and growing our audience. We will be looking to expand our membership -- and perhaps more directors -- to reflect the full diversity of Canada's immigrant communities," said Abraham.
(Ottawa – April 20, 2016) New Canadian Media (NCM), a national not-for-profit website and portal for news and commentary from an immigrant perspective, released the country’s first Ethnic Media and Diversity Style Guide today.
The Style Guide, modelled as an editorial tool similar to the CP Style Guide produced by the Canadian Press for the past several decades, is a 75-page volume that reflects the cultural diversity of Canada. It is available as a free download from the New Canadian Media website.
“Like NCM itself, this style guide has special significance for Canadian journalism. It pays particular attention to language that has the potential to be socially and culturally charged,” wrote Paul Knox, chair of NCM’s editorial advisory board and Associate Professor Emeritus at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism in the Style Guide’s introduction.
“[The Style Guide] seeks to provide global context to help contributors choose the right words and avoid incorrect or insensitive terms. And it’s a style statement for Canada’s most recently established voices, adding a rich new layer to our national discourse. All writers and editors, not only those affiliated with NCM, should find it useful.”
The NCM project to compile the Style Guide was led by journalist and human rights advocate Amira Elghawaby, and writer Marina Giannitsos as lead researcher. The team consulted widely with academics, cultural organizations and community leaders to put together this unique product, as well as referenced existing style guides from within Canada as well as beyond.
“I truly wish that such a guide existed before today,” says Elghawaby who has worked in several newsrooms over the years, included at the Toronto Star and at CBC Radio. “While such a guide is long overdue in a country as diverse as Canada, it’s been very exciting to work with a dedicated team to make this finally happen. I am confident that newsrooms across the country, from the largest to the smallest, will benefit from having such a resource at their fingertips.”
NCM sees the Style Guide as part of its mandate to reflect "the Pulse of Immigrant Canada". NCM launched its full-fledged, responsive news website in 2014 and introduced training workshops and mentorship in 2015 to encourage reporting from within Canada’s diverse immigrant communities.
The media organization's founder and publisher, George Abraham, said this Style Guide represents one more way that NCM is pursuing its unique niche.
“It is an honour for me – an immigrant to Canada – to present to Canadians yet another innovative product from New Canadian Media,” said Abraham. “Our hope is that this guide will speak to the new Canada that is being shaped by the millions who arrive in this country every decade.”
The Style Guide was made possible thanks to funding support from the Government of Canada’s Interaction Fund. The NCM hopes to update the Style Guide regularly to keep pace with an ever-evolving cultural landscape with input from the country's diverse communities.
To read the guide, visit: www.newcanadianmedia.ca
CONTACT: Amira Elghawaby, Project Lead, 613.407.3834, email:firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Canada's economic development minister Navdeep Bains at a Public Policy Forum economic summit