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FACTOR Announces Meg Symsyk as New Board Chair

The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) is pleased to announce the election of a new Chair and Executive and two new directors to the FACTOR Board after the Annual General Meeting held on June 29th, 2017 in Toronto.

The new FACTOR Chair is Meg Symsyk (Last Gang/Entertainment One). The new executive includes Steve Parsons (Newcap Radio) as Vice Chair, Justin West (Secret City Records) as Treasurer and John Lewis (SiriusXM) as Secretary.

After fulfilling a maximum tenure, the broadcaster seat left by out-going FACTOR Chair Lenore Gibson (Bell Media) was filled by Sarah Cummings (Bell Media), and Amy Eligh (Arts & Crafts Publishing) takes the Canadian Music Publishers’ Association (CMPA) seat left vacant from Mark Jowett (Nettwerk) after six years on the board.

“After years of valuable contributions, we are sad to see the departure of Lenore Gibson and Mark Jowett from the board and thank them for their service,” said Duncan McKie, FACTOR President. “Given her experience, industry knowledge and relationships, we are thrilled Meg will be leading the organization going forward. Overall, FACTOR is very fortunate to have such an accomplished and knowledgeable group to guide the staff in these dynamic times for the Canadian music industry.”

“I am ecstatic to be working with the talented group of colleagues on this board, Duncan and FACTOR’s very dedicated staff,” said Meg Symsyk, FACTOR’s new Chair. “Having worked with both previously, I am excited to welcome Sarah Cummings and Amy Eligh, whom I know will be great additions to the board.”

The complete FACTOR Board also includes Adam Thompson (Rogers), Ross MacLeod (Corus), Julien Paquin (Paquin Agency), Tim Potocic (Sonic Unyon) and Andrina Turenne (Artist Representative). Duff Roman is Director Emeritus and Scott Long (Music Nova Scotia) is the National Advisory Board Observer.

FACTOR is a national public-private partnership funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund and by Canada’s Private Broadcasters.  FACTOR funds over 2,000 music projects annually across Canada and abroad.