CIMA Executive Board 2017-2018

Lisa Logutenkow

Lisa Logutenkow
Position: Chair

Lisa Logutenkow 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.

Shauna de Cartier

Shauna de Cartier
Position: Vice Chair (Past Chair)

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.

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

Gord Dimitrieff

Gord Dimitrieff
Position: Vice-Chair (Government Affairs)

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.

Chris Moncada

Chris Moncada
Position: Vice-Chair (Government Affairs)

Born and raised in Toronto, Chris Moncada (GM Last Gang Records/eOne Music Canada) is a nineteen-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 took him through various stints in marketing, publicity and 360 rights development before leaving Warner for Last Gang in 2015 to take on the role of General Manager.  In 2016, after the acquisition of Last Gang by Entertainment One, Chris took on the additional role of GM at eOne Music Canada.  The rosters between both labels include Canadian artists such as Death From Above, Emily Haines, Stars, The Wild!, The Standstills, Jesse Cook, Cadence Weapon and many more.

Jake  Gold

Jake Gold
Position: Vice-Chair (Export Development)

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. Gold currently manages the careers of Adam Cohen, Crash Karma, Scarlett Jane, and Common Deer as well as music producers Moe Berg, Russell Broom, 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.

Justin West

Justin West
Position: Vice-Chair (Global Affairs)

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.

Kieran Roy

Kieran Roy
Position: Treasurer

As President and Co-Owner of Arts & Crafts, Kieran plays a key role in the development of many of Canada's leading independent artists. He is responsible for the overall strategic vision and direction of the company’s record label, music publishing, artist management and events divisions. In addition, he serves as artist manager to several of A&C’s key clients. With more than fifteen years of music industry tenure, 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.

Iain Taylor

Iain Taylor
Position: Secretary

Iain Taylor began his career at indie label, Electric Distribution, as Ontario Sales Manager where he helped launch NWA, and Nine Inch Nails in Canada. This led to joining Universal Music Canada where he worked for 20 years in a variety of positions, ultimately as Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Iain joined Maple Music Recordings in 2015 as President & CEO, where they restructured the company and rebranded it as Cadence Music Group, with the intent to broaden the company’s focus on signing and developing artists on a global level. Cadence is home to 4 labels (Open Road Recordings, Physical Presents, Pheromone Recordings and Cadence Music) as well as its distribution company, Fontana North, which represents over 100 independent labels and artists. 

CIMA Directors 2017-2018

Pegi Cecconi

Pegi Cecconi

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.

Mike Denney

Mike Denney

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.

Peter Cardinali

Peter Cardinali

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

Matt Drouin

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

Nick Blasko

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

Rob Lanni

Rob Lanni co-founded Coalition Music in the early 1990s.  A full-service management company with true artist development as the lynchpin to its endeavors, Coalition Music helps artists to build globally successful careers. The current client roster includes artists Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, USS, Tom Cochrane, Scott Helman, Justin Nozuka and others.

In 2010, Coalition Music purchased and renovated a 12,000 square foot building in mid-Toronto (a former convent) that houses their management and record label offices, rehearsal and production suites, showcase room, recording studios, education spaces, their not-for-profit arm (Canada’s Music Incubator) and their charity arm (TEMPO).  Lanni is a former member of the Board of Directors at FACTOR and currently sits on the CIMA and MMF Boards as well as the Toronto Music Advisory Committee. 

Tim  des Islets

Tim des Islets

Tim Des Islets is the founder of the Canadian artist management company Noisemaker Management. With achievements in cultivating Canadian talent that has reached audiences both at home and abroad, Noisemaker manages an award-winning roster of artists that includes The East Pointers, Poor Young Things, Sun K, Megan Bonnell, The Once, and Tim Chaisson.  

Tim has helped develop artists and establish these artists into Canadian music canon. Tim’s expertise in artist management has created incredible talent that helps solidify Canada as a major player in the music scene.  

Tim also runs the DT Concert Series in Paris, Ontario.

Sandy Pandya

Sandy Pandya

Sandy Pandya is a true pioneer in the Canadian music industry and has always walked to the beat of her own drum, forging a unique path for herself and the artist’s she represents. Sandy began her career by booking and marketing artists in her hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, before routing herself to Toronto, where she landed positions with leading indie label, Attic Records and BMG Records. Sandy followed that up by working at the booking agency Celebrity Talent International (Barenaked Ladies, Moxy Früvous, The Pursuit of Happiness, Skydiggers) before eventually forming a management firm with like-minded music veteran, William “Skinny” Tenn. Next up, Sandy aided singer songwriter Hayden in developing and running his own indie label, Hardwood Records, and signing a publishing deal that some have touted as legendary. This model paid off as it lead her to secure Tegan and Sara their current record deal as Neil Young’s inaugural signing to his Vapor Records label. Sandy’s next task was establishing her own company, Pandyamonium Management, where she managed and developed Hawksley Workman into a multi-brand personality for nearly a decade. From 2005 - 2010, Sandy steered the career of Juno Award winning singer Jully Black. Jully surpassed Gold sales on her Universal released record, Revival, in a time when that isn’t so easy to achieve. Sandy’s current client, Serena recently had a Top 10 hit at Triple A radio in the United States, and had songs placed on ABC’s “Private Practice” and the CW’s “Gossip Girl”.

Tim Potocic

Tim Potocic

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.

CIMA President

Stuart Johnston

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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