CIMA Leadership

CIMA Executive Board 2016-2017:                                         

Chair – Lisa Logutenkow (Dine Alone Records)

Lisa Loguntenkow began working with Bedlam Management in 2005 following six years as a tour manager. Less than two years later, she took over operations of Dine Alone Records and Bedlam Management, expanding the label’s roster with Grammy and JUNO Award winning artists, including critically acclaimed artists such as Bedouin Soundclash, City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Arkells and many more.



Vice Chair (Past Chair) – Shauna de Cartier (Six Shooter Records)

Shauna de Cartier founded Six Shooter Records in 2000, maintaining a steadfast commitment to fostering artistic excellence and to the development a distinct community of Canadian-based artists with international careers. Along with her sister artist management company, Shauna has overseen the production and release of almost 100 albums from an artist roster which includes Whitehorse, Amelia Curran, Good Lovelies, Deep Dark Woods, Danny Michel, Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland, NQ Arbuckle, Tanya Tagaq, and many others. Six Shooter is the founder of two new festivals: Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in Toronto with Luke Doucet, and the Interstellar Rodeo, in Edmonton.

Playing an active role in the industry, Shauna serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Radio Starmaker Fund, and was recently elected to the Board of the Americana Music Association headquartered in Nashville.

Shauna lives by the Six Shooter motto that “Life is Too Short to Listen to Shitty Music.”



Vice-Chair (Government Affairs) – Gord Dimitrieff (Aporia Records)

Gord Dimitrieff has been in the independent music business his entire professional career, as a college radio DJ, road manager, label owner and publisher. In 2000, he founded Aporia, an integrated label-publisher that has released near 70 albums from a roster that includes The Grapes of Wrath, Julie Doiron, Dearly Beloved, Kinnie Starr and many others. Placing songs in film and television has been at the centre of Gord’s strategy from the beginning: over the years, Aporia has licensed music to productions on every major Canadian and American television network, the largest Hollywood film studios and such global brands as Adidas, Chevrolet, Toyota, Mazda and Virgin Mobile.



Vice-Chair (Government Affairs) – Tim Potocic (Sonic Unyon)

Tim Potocic is co-owner and president of 20-year old Sonic Unyon Records. He has received a Canadian Music Industry Award for label of the year and a Hamilton Entrepreneur of the Year award. Tim currently sits on the boards of the Hamilton Arts Council and the Cobalt Arts Service organization. Sonic Unyon has released over 150 recordings by acts such as Aereogramme, Ghost Is Dancing, Hayden, Suicidal Angels, Treble Charger, Teenagehead , Tricky Woo, Young Rival, and Voivod.


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Vice-Chair (Global Affairs) – Justin West (Secret City Records)

Justin West is the sole owner and president of Secret City Records (est. 2006). The roster includes Patrick Watson, Basia Bulat, Plants and Animals, The Barr Brothers, and Diamond Rings. Justin has been immersed in music all of his life. He spent many of his summers as teenager working for his father, Jim West (founder and president of Justin Time Records) and played guitar in the Montreal band Dogs Playing Poker. In 2004, Justin graduated from McGill University with honours, only to quench his thirst for music and entrepreneurship with Secret City shortly after.



Vice-Chair (Export Development) – Sandy Pandya (Pandyamonium Management)

With years of experience in a business that is forever shifting and evolving, Sandy Pandya has managed to keep a balance between art and industry. Her passion for her roster combined with her work ethic and personality have led to her reputation as someone who puts her artists’ goals above everything. Sandy’s career in management began with acts Lowest of the low and JUNO winners The Waltons, and her client list went on the include some of the most respected artists in Canadian music such as Hayden, Tegan and Sara, Hawksley Workman and Jully Black. She has spent the latter part of her career developing platinum-selling artist Serena Ryder, whose latest album “Harmony” has earned several Top 40 singles, an MMVA, a Canadian Screen Award, SOCAN Awards and received 3 JUNO Awards.

Sandy’s roster under Pandyamonium also includes powerhouse songwriting duo Madison Violet, the sensual and stunning vocalist Alejandra Ribera, SOCAN Songwriting Prize-winning Vancouver duo Dear Rouge and up-and-coming electronic artist/producer AA Wallace.


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Treasurer – Kieran Roy (Arts & Crafts)

As co-owner and General Manager of Arts & Crafts, Kieran plays a key role in the development of some of Canada’s leading independent artists. He oversees A&C’s record label and music publishing divisions and plays a key role in new business development. In addition, he serves as artist manager to Dan Mangan, Lowell, Jason Collett and Zeus. A fifteen-year veteran of the music industry, Roy carries a wealth of knowledge, entrepreneurial experience and a wide professional network. Prior to joining A&C, Kieran spent six years at Sony BMG as an artist marketing manager, and two years before that as a business strategy consultant.

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 Secretary – Jake Gold (The Management Trust)

Jake Gold is one of Canada’s most successful artist managers and has been an active force in the Canadian music industry for over 30 years. In 1986, Gold started his own artist management company The Management Trust Ltd. and shortly after began transforming The Tragically Hip into national stardom. He is also the Executive Vice President of Entertainment Business Affairs. Gold currently manages the careers of Adam Cohen, Crash Karma and Scarlett Jane as well as music producers me&john, Moe Berg, Russell Broom, Terry Brown and Laurence Currie. Gold has been recognized by the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards as Manager of the Year in 1991, 1993 and 1994. He has been a member of the JUNO Awards Television and Talent committee since the 2003 awards broadcast in Ottawa-Gatineau. In 2009, Gold was elected to the board of CIMA (CIRPA). Jake recently has been elected again to Vice-Chairman for CIMA. He is also a board member for the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and is the 2013 MMF Honour Roll Award recipient for his lifetime work in the field of Artist Management. He also sits on the music advisory board of the OMDC.



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CIMA Directors 2016-2017:

Ric Arboit (Nettwerk Productions)

Ric Arboit is the President of Nettwerk Productions, and one of four founders of the Nettwerk Music Group. Arboit’s music-industry career began in 1980, when he founded Public Eye Sound while also serving as an assistant engineer at Vancouver’s famed Mushroom Studios. By 1984, Arboit had moved into the touring world, and was a tour manager, fount of house engineer, and studio engineer for bands such as No Means No, Images In Vogue, Skinny Puppy and the Grapes of Wrath, the latter two who would later become staples on the Nettwerk roster. In 1986, Arboit joined into the Nettwerk fold where he has handled A&R duties and been the Vice President of Operations, prior to his current title of President of Nettwerk Productions.

Today, Arboit is responsible for the day-to-day activities of Nettwerk Productions including marketing and financial functions, as well as maintaining a hands-on role with the business strategy and decision making for Nettwerk Productions and the Nettwerk Music Group as a whole. Arboit plays an active role in the music industry at large, including a 10-year tenure as a Director with FACTOR, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for CIMA and CARAS. Presently, Arboit serves as a board member for Radio Starmaker.

Pegi Cecconi (Anthem Entertainment Group)

Pegi Cecconi is QOFE of The Anthem Entertainment Group Inc. (home of the Original 360 Deal), one of Canada’s leading full service entertainment firms, located in Toronto. Active in the international and national market for over 35 years, Ms. Cecconi draws upon diverse knowledge and experience in the publishing, legal affairs, touring, merchandising, management, recording and video production fields. Ms. Cecconi currently sits on the board of directors for CMRRA.


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Chris Moncada (Last Gang Entertainment)

Born and raised in Toronto, Chris Moncada is a seventeen-year industry veteran. He started in the mailroom at Universal Music Canada in 1998, when Napster was still just an idea and the recorded music world was on the brink of a massive sea change. His career path at both Universal and Warner in Canada have taken him through various stints in marketing, publicity, digital, and 360 rights development before coming on board this year as GM at Last Gang Records. 

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Mike Denney (MDM Recordings Inc.)

Mike Denney, President of Toronto-based MDM Recordings Inc. (MDM; an independent Canadian country music label, publishing and artist management company), believes in his artists and is prepared to invest whatever it takes, as long as it takes. An active member of the North American country music community, Denney is a proud member of the Canadian Country Music Association Board of Directors and the 2014 CCMA Record Person of the Year. A 25+ year veteran of the music industry, Denney’s core business mantra is work hard-play hard, and he aspires to work with and represent talent who are willing to give 110% of their efforts to their musical craft. He in turn meets this with the same level of commitment to his MDM “road family”.

Affectionately known as Denney, he is a man with a smile and a vision, acknowledged as a fervent champion of the Canadian music industry. He proactively built his team of those who share his passion to amplify industry activity, celebrating the rich artistic talent and opportunities in Canada. Under his leadership, such professional dedication has magnified MDM, increasing the 2014-2015 Canadian market share five-fold for the second consecutive year. In strategic complement, to enhance artist success through international recognition, Denney recently championed MDM’s operational expansion to both the Australian and American territories. A musical soul fed by a country music sweet spot, Denney’s infectious enthusiasm manifests through his work ethic, a driving force behind the MDM team.

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Peter Cardinali (Alma Records)

Peter Cardinali has been involved in the music industry for almost fifty years as a bass player, arranger, composer and producer. He started Alma Records, an independent “music first” label, and its publishing arm, Cardster Music Co. in 1991, and has had success with artists like Myriad3, Hilario Duran, Monkey House, Ian Thomas, Steve Gadd, Joey DeFrancesco, Phil Dwyer, Michael Kaeshammer, Puentes Brothers and more.His long list of credits include Anne Murray and Ray Charles, and his years of work with the Motown record label produced many hits for the likes of Rick James and Teena Marie, to name a few, and earned him the widespread recognition of his peers.



Matt Drouin (Crystal Math Music Group)

Mathieu Drouin is an artist manager and entrepreneur. After starting and selling his first technology company at 19, he joined one of Canada’s largest independent music companies as an unpaid intern. By 23, he was the company’s president, on behalf of which he co-founded Last Gang Records and Arts & Crafts International. In 2006 he co-founded Crystal Math Music, an artist management company with label and publishing divisions, which made history when client Metric’s first self-released album became a precedent setting success, selling over 500,000 albums and 1,000,000 singles worldwide.

Metric became the first band to have their first ever top 20 hit at US commercial radio without the backing of a label, garnering numerous high profile syncs including the theme song to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The band’s career exploded globally and earned Mathieu a spot on Billboard’s esteemed “Top 30 under 30″ list of “Music Industry Power Players.”

Nick Blasko (Amelia Artists)

Born and raised in Victoria BC, Nick Blasko is the co-founder and managing director of Amelia Artists Inc. In addition to sharing management duties for principle clients Tegan and Sara, and Buck 65 (Richard Terfry), Nick has spent the last decade promoting concerts with his Vancouver Island-based firm, Atomique Productions Ltd.  Recent large scale festival projects include Rifflandia Festival and Rock The Shores. Additions to the management roster include Vancouver’s Gold & Youth, who are signed to Arts & Crafts records.

Rob Lanni (Coalition Music)

Rob Lanni is co-founder of Coalition Music (with partner Eric Lawrence). The current roster includes Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, Finger Eleven, Justin Nozuka, USS, Incura, The Balconies, Ben Caplan, PRTY H3RO, Faber Drive and These Kids Wear Crowns.

Since 1990, Coalition has evolved from a small management company into a full service company that operates rehearsal and production suites, showcase rooms, recording studios, and education spaces.

Lanni is currently on the Board of Directors of the Music Managers Forum of Canada and recently represented the MMF on the FACTOR Board of Directors from 2010 – 2013.

Ron Kitchener (RGK Entertainment Group/Open Road Recordings)

An entrepreneur and an innovator, Ron Kitchener embraces the future of today’s business. Launched in 1992, Kitchener established RGK Entertainment Group and umbrellas his other initiatives such as: Open Road Recordings, publishing companies Roots Three Music and Rogue 11, DART events,a touring events planning company, and RGK One Shot Productions, a television development company. The Open Road/RGK roster includes: Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Doc Walker, The Road Hammers, Corb Lund, Jessica Mitchell, Madeline Merlo and has been behind the successful Canadian launch of acts such as Taylor Swift and Johnny Reid. In 2008, 2009 and 2011, Kitchener was named CCMA Record Company Person of the Year and honoured for an unprecedented 13 consecutive years as Manager of the Year at the CCMa (2002-2014). With all of his professional success, it is no surprise that Kitchener was nominated and elected to sit on the board of the Country Music Association (CMA) as an International Director in November 2009.

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CIMA President: Stuart Johnston


Stuart Johnston joined CIMA as President on March 7, 2011.

Previously, as Vice President of Policy and Government Relations with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Stuart was responsible for liaising Ontario business leaders, managing provincial government relations, and responding to issues in finance, intellectual property, transportation, trade, education, and energy issues.

In 2008 Stuart was honoured with the James Gordon Carnegie Memorial Award for his leadership and mentorship within the Ontario chamber network.



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Miranda Mulholland (Roaring Girl Records)

Classically trained on violin and in voice, Miranda is a versatile performer and in high demand as a fiddler and singer covering a wide range of styles. Her label, Roaring Girl Records, which, at just over two years old, is quickly gaining a reputation as a home for diverse and excellent artists.

Currently she is a member of Great Lake Swimmers and Belle Starr and the newly minted Harrow Fair. She makes select appearances in ‘Bowfire’ and has performed with Jim Cuddy, Steven Page, Calexico, Joel Plaskett, Rose Cousins, Alan Doyle, Raine Maida, Dan Mangan, The Rattlesnake Choir and Justin Rutledge, among others.

Miranda studied Opera Performance at The University of Western Ontario and McGill University. 



Tim Des Islets (Noisemaker Management)

Tim Des Islets is the founder of the Canadian artist management company Noisemaker based out of Toronto. With achievements in cultivating Canadian talent that has reached audiences both at home and abroad, Tim manages an award-winning roster of artists that includes Poor Young Things, Steve Strongman, co-manages The East Pointers, and provides artist management consulting services to Maple Music.

Tim Des Islets formerly worked at Bumstead Productions where he managed current clients Poor Young Things and The East Pointers as well Tim Chaisson, Two Hours Traffic, The Lazys, and was a part of The Trews’ management team.


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