• TD Tower, Toronto
  • March 2, 2015 - 18:30

How do women who hold top spots in the media see their role when it comes to news coverage, workplace culture, and management issues?

Elena Cherney, Canada bureau chief and global resources editor for The Wall Street Journal
Jane Davenport, managing editor with the Toronto Star
Wendy Freeman, president of CTV News
Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News and Centres
Dawna Friesen, anchor and executive editor of Global National, moderated this discussion on women in journalism.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Registration: 6:00 p.m.  |  Discussion: 6:30 p.m.  | Reception  8:00 p.m.
TD Bank Tower, 66 Wellington St. West, 54th Floor, Toronto

(Above photo: Chris Young)


ELENA CHERNEY is the Canada bureau chief and also serves as global resources editor for The Wall Street Journal. She was previously managing editor at The Globe and Mail, and editor of the Report on Business. As a reporter, she worked for The Wall Street Journal as a Canada correspondent for seven years, from 2000 to 2007, and before that, reported for papers including the Peterborough Examiner and The Gazette in Montreal, where she was a two-time winner of the Edward Goff Penny Prize for young journalists. Cherney grew up in Montreal and was educated at Yale University, where she studied English and History.

JANE DAVENPORT is the managing editor of the Toronto Star, overseeing newsroom operations and the Star's digital and print content. Prior to this position, she held the positions of news editor and deputy national editor. Prior to joining the Star, she was national editor and assistant city editor at the Gazette in Montreal, Sunday and weeklies editor at the Halifax Daily News and managing editor of Metro in Halifax.

WENDY FREEMAN was named president of CTV News in 2010, responsible for news, information, and current events programming, including CTV National News, CTV News Channel, BNN, and CP24. Also under her leadership are Canada AM, Question Period, Power Play, and W5. Freeman presides over all Bell Media news editorial content and newsgathering efforts for television and digital, and oversees the newsrooms’ day-to-day operations. Previously, Freeman held a variety of senior management positions with CTV News, where her leadership in the competitive marketplace strengthened CTV’s position as Canada’s most-watched news organization and made CTV National News the top-rated newscast in the country. Prior to joining the company, Freeman worked at WPIX-TV in New York and WXYZ-TV in Detroit, as well as City TV in Toronto, where she began her television career.

JENNIFER MCGUIRE has been the general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News since 2009. In 2011, she assumed responsibility for managing CBC’s local and regional markets on all platforms. McGuire is responsible for: CBC News Network; all news programming on CBC Television and Radio; all local programming on CBC Radio and television; CBCNews.ca; and all mobile applications of CBC News including CBC News Airport Express services. Formerly executive director of CBC Radio, McGuire was responsible for all of radio. Prior to accepting the position of executive Director, CBC Radio, McGuire served as the executive director of programming for CBC Radio. Before that, McGuire served as acting head of CBC Radio current affairs. Rounding out her extensive experience, McGuire also has a successful programming background in television as a producer. McGuire started her CBC career at CBC Radio in Ottawa, where she was a producer on Ottawa Morning.


DAWNA FRIESEN is the anchor and executive editor of Global National. Prior to joining Global National, Dawna served as NBC’s foreign correspondent and anchor in London for 11 years. Appearing on NBC News, Today and MSNBC, she travelled extensively covering many international news stories, including the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Before NBC, Dawna worked in Toronto at CTV as a national correspondent, anchor and back-up host for Canada AM. In addition, she served as a parliamentary reporter in CTV’s Ottawa bureau, and as a reporter and anchor for CBC-TV in Vancouver. Dawna began her journalism career in 1985 at a newspaper in Portage la Prairie before moving on to radio and television stations in Brandon, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg.