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: Membership Services Coordinator, CIMA & MusicOntario
Sam Rayner joined CIMA/MusicOntario in November 2016 as the Membership Services Coordinator. Raised in the East Coast, he has been in the music scene for over six years as an artist and industry professional. He moved to Toronto in 2014 in pursuit of more experience and later began working for True North Records, specializing in Digital Assets and A&R. Sam is excited to immerse himself in the work of both Canadian music associations.
Position: Policy Analyst, CIMA & MusicOntario
As a former political staffer, Elise joins 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 a Policy Analyst, 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: Program & Marketing Coordinator, CIMA & MusicOntario
Sarah moved to Canada from Scotland in 2015 with a degree in Commercial Music from the University of the West of Scotland and experience in administration, project coordination, event planning, and marketing within the arts and entertainment industry. Sarah joined the team in May 2017 as Administrative Coordinator, and has since grown into the new position of Program & Marketing Coordinator, where she oversees the marketing strategies, professional development programming, and Awards Gala for CIMA & MusicOntario. Sarah is a passionate music fan, and is proud to support the companies and artists we represent.
Position: Administrative Coordinator, CIMA & MusicOntario
A recent graduate from the University of Western Ontario's Popular Music Studies program, Matt joined the team as Administrative Coordinator February 2018. Looking to put his education and experience as an artist and arts administrator to the test, he's excited to help facilitate CIMA and MusicOntario's day to day operations.