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Covering Alberta and the West: Election 2019

9 May 2019 @ 5:30 pm

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A dinner salon event

With a federal election approaching, editors of five Canadian news organizations discuss their strategies for covering Western Canada. What are the challenges of reporting on key issues and of overcoming perceptions of unbalanced coverage? And does their coverage play a role in the growing sense of political alienation among some Westerners?

Join this special dinner salon event moderated by Mayor Naheed Nenshi and featuring Kenton Boston, vice-president of news and information, Western Canada, for Corus Entertainment; Lucinda Chodan, vice-president of editorial for Postmedia; David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and MailIrene Gentle, editor of the Toronto Star; and David Skok; editor-in-chief and CEO of The Logic.

Thursday, May 9, 2019
5:30pm Reception | 6:30pm Dinner |  7:30pm Discussion

MobSquad Cafe (at the Edison)
#2100 – 150 9th Ave SW  Calgary


Kenton Boston is the vice-president of news and information for Western Canada, Corus Entertainment. Kenton is an award-winning journalist whose career spans three decades in print, radio, digital and television. Kenton currently overseas news and information in Western Canada for six news, talk and traffic radio stations, eight television stations and BC1, the network’s only all-news TV channel. Previously, Kenton was VP of Global National and station operations in British Columbia. During his tenure with Global National, he led the team to win the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for best news division, a first for any Canadian broadcaster. Prior to joining Global, Boston worked at CTV for ten years, holding a variety of senior positions including that of senior producer for the network’s flagship morning show, Canada AM. @KentonBoston

Irene Gentle was named editor of the Toronto Star last year. Irene is the first female editor in the Star’s 126-year history. As editor, she is responsible for all the coverage in the print and digital editions, as well as in charge of overall editorial strategic planning. She joined the Toronto Star in 2011 as Business Editor. In 2012, she was appointed Assistant Managing Editor and City Editor and, in 2016, named Managing Editor. Before joining the Star, she held a series of progressive roles at The Hamilton Spectator, which she joined in 2005, serving as Assignment Editor, Business Editor, City Editor and finally as News Editor. @IreneGentle

Lucinda Chodan is vice-president, editorial, for Postmedia, and editor in chief of the Montreal Gazette. Based in Montreal, she oversees the operations of 140 daily and community newspapers across Canada. Before moving to Montreal in fall 2013, she was editor in chief at the Edmonton Journal and the Times Colonist in Victoria. Lucinda was born in Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta. She won a National Newspaper Award and an NNA citation of merit as a reporter at the Montreal Gazette. @lchodan

David Skok is the founder and editor-in-chief of the The Logic, a subscription news outlet that provides in-depth reporting and analysis on the innovation economy in Canada and around the world. Before founding The Logic, David was the associate editor and head of editorial strategy at the Toronto Star. Previously, David served as the managing editor and vice-president of digital for the Boston Globe, where he led the 145-year-old organization’s newsroom and digital transformation. Prior to that, David was the director of digital for Global News, where he launched globalnews.ca, a national Canadian news site. David, alongside Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen, co-published Breaking News, a report that applies the lessons of disruptive innovation to the media industry.  @dskok

David Walmsley is the editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail. Before his appointment in 2014, he was the director of news content at CBC News responsible for coverage across digital, radio and television. He is a veteran of leading media organizations in Canada, having come to Canada as a launch editor of the National Post in 1998. He has also worked at the Toronto Star and held two previous positions at The Globe, as the managing editor and national editor. Before his arrival in Canada he worked as a news reporter for The Belfast Telegraph, The Daily Record in Glasgow and in London he worked for The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. He was the associate producer of a documentary for Channel 4 television, The Final Flight of Zulu Delta 576, that culminated in a successful 17-year-long investigation into the worst helicopter accident in the Royal Air Force’s history. @WalmsleyGlobe


Naheed Nenshi, A’paistootsiipsii, was sworn in as Calgary’s 36th mayor on October 25, 2010 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Prior to being elected, Mayor Nenshi was with McKinsey and Company, later forming his own business to help public, private and non-profit organizations grow. He designed policy for the Government of Alberta, helped create a Canadian strategy for The Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, and worked with the United Nations to determine how business can help the poorest people on the planet. He then entered academia, where he was Canada’s first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management, at Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business.




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9 May 2019
5:30 pm
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