Speakers

Thank you to all our speakers! Their dedication to student education by volunteering their time and effort is greatly appreciated!

In previous years, speakers have been professionals from a wide variety of fields – communications, print and online journalism, marketing, public relations, and blogging. Because the field of ‘media and journalism’ is so expansive, we invite speakers with diverse professional backgrounds to come to Queen’s to give delegates the most insight and information about the field as possible.

Check out the profiles of some of our past speakers:


  • Mary Vallis is News Editor, Digital at the Toronto Star, where she guided the newsroom through a recent relaunch of thestar.com and the implementation of a new content management system. She previously spent a decade reporting at the National Post, where she won a National News Award for her breaking
  • Sean Silcoff joined The Globe and Mail in January, 2012, following an 18-year-career in journalism and communications. He previously worked as a columnist and Montreal correspondent for the National Post and as a staff writer at Canadian Business Magazine, where he was project co-ordinator of the magazine's inaugural Rich 100
  • Mike Wise is a radio and TV anchor with CBC. He anchors CBC News Toronto at 11, weeknights at 11:00 p.m. In his years spent reporting, Mike covered just about every beat including seven years as the Ontario Legislative reporter for CBC Television.
  • James Cowan is the current deputy editor of Canadian Business. James comes to QMJC with a diverse background in magazine publications and journalism. His work has appeared in Toronto Life, Saturday Night and Elle Canada. Before his position with Canadian Business, he spent seven years as a reporter at the
  • A versatile and successful communicator and a talented consultant, Peter Feniak has built on his work in the media as an experienced host/interviewer and writer to bring authority and expertise to communications consulting, media training and presentation coaching. As a business writer and a feature writer of over 150 widely
  • Josh Bowman is a professional fundraiser, story-teller, comedian, and blogger. He has worked and consulted in Vancouver, New York, and now Toronto for over a decade. Josh blogs for the Huffington Post and the Good Men Project and is the Fundraising Director for Canadian Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). His