Position: President, CIMA & MusicOntario
Stuart Johnston is President of CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association) and its subdivision MusicOntario, made up of 240 companies (which employ more than 2,400 people and represent more than 6,000 artists) belonging to the Canadian music industry. He is also a member of three agencies which process copyrights and licenses, and a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. CIMA's mandate is to develop and advocate policies and services that support a strong, economically stable Canadian independent music and recording industry, ensuring the long-term development of the sector and raising the profile of Canadian independent music both in Canada and internationally.
Position: Music Export Manager, CIMA
Trisha runs CIMA's global export service Canadian Blast which delivers the international business and networking events, as well as showcases at various festivals around the world, including SXSW, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, BIGSOUND, Music Matters, MIDEM, and more. Beyond major conferences, Trisha develops and coordinates private, customized and targeted business and showcasing trade missions to support CIMA members business and professional development interests. Trisha is also the main contact on CIMA's newly established export collective, Music Export Canada a partnership and portal serving the many export associations in Canada and partners around the world.
Position: Music Export Coordinator, CIMA
Born and raised in Montreal, Jenia spent 10+ years working in the music industry at various labels, promotion companies and radio stations. In 2013, she made the move to Toronto where she joined the team at CIMA/MusicOntario. As the Music Export Coordinator, Jenia works alongside Trisha Carter on CIMA's global export service Canadian Blast to help organize international showcasing and business opportunities for Canadian companies and their artists. She helps to organize and run events on site, handles all export-related marketing (including digitally on the CIMA/Music Export Canada websites and through social media) and writes the bi-weekly Music Export Canada newsletter to the membership.
Position: Industry Development and Membership Coordinator, CIMA & MusicOntario
Raised in the East Coast, Sam Rayner has been in the music scene for over eight years as an artist and industry professional. He moved to Toronto in pursuit of more experience and later began working for True North Records, concentrating in Digital Assets and A&R. Sam joined the CIMA & MusicOntario team in 2016 as Membership Services Coordinator where he oversees day-to-day membership relations, Road Gold Certification, National Professional Development and CIMA’s 20/40 Independent Music Charts. Sam also serves as FACTOR’s Regional Educational Coordinator (REC).
Elise Rustad (On maternity leave)
Position: Senior Policy Advisor, CIMA & MusicOntario
As a former political staffer, Elise joined CIMA with a strong background in policy development, communications, and great insight into government relations. After 5 years in the political world, she decided to take the dive into an industry that has always be close to her heart: the Canadian independent music industry. As Senior Policy Advisor, Elise studies the ins-and-outs of policies that are important to CIMA's members, advocating on their behalf with key policy makers while keeping them informed every step of the way.
Position: Administrative Coordinator, CIMA & MusicOntario
Matt joined CIMA and MusicOntario as Administrative Coordinator February 2018. A singer-songwriter and musician, Matt started his industry career in Coalition Music’s Marketing Department, eventually moving on to acquire further experience as a contract grant writer. Putting his education and experience as an artist and arts administrator to the test, Matt coordinates CIMA & MusicOntario’s funding approaches and facilitates day to day operations.