Board of Directors

Brenda Grunau, President (Vancouver, BC)

Brenda is the manager of Amplify BC funding programs, and brings more than 15 years of experience in Canada’s music industry. Most recently, she was at CiTR, UBC’s radio station, where she held the position of Station Manager and was the Publisher of Discorder magazine. In this role, she was responsible for strategic planning, stakeholder relations, fundraising, grant writing, finances and human resources, leading a team of 20 employees and 250+ volunteers to create local programming with a mandate to support local, Canadian and niche music. Brenda has a degree in music performance, as well as an MBA in Arts and Media from York University. She has organized festivals and community events, and chaired the boards of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the National Campus and Community Radio Association.

Lucie Gagnon, Vice President (Laval, QC)

Lucie Gagnon has been involved in social development and funding organizations for 15 years. She brings expertise in the management of allocation processes and the capacity building of social and solidarity economy organizations. She holds an MBA specializing in collective business management.
From 1984 to 2006, Lucie was involved in community broadcasting. She led the creation of a station on the South Shore of Montreal in Longueuil and worked in various stations before joining the Association des radiodiffuseurs communautaires du Québec (ARCQ) in 1989. As Executive Director of the ARCQ, she was involved in the initial work that led to the creation of the CRFC.

Lois Ross, Secretary (Ottawa, ON)

Lois L. Ross has spent the past 30 years working in Communications for a variety of non-profit organizations in Canada, including the North-South Institute. Born into a farm family in southern Saskatchewan, trained as a journalist and photographer, she is the author of both fiction and non-fiction books. Two of these books are based on the lives of Prairie farm people. Lois has also worked internationally in Latin America and the Caribbean, reporting and writing about life in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Cuba. The topics she is passionate about include agriculture, rural and international development, and health

Michael Morrison, Treasurer (Victoria, BC)

Michael is currently the Corporate Director of General Support Services at Island Health in Victoria, B.C., and has 5 years of experience working for a not-for-profit with an operating budget of greater than a million dollars. He has also held several roles, including Chief of Staff, at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

Mr. Morrison holds an accounting designation (CPA, CMA), a Master of Business Administration degree, a second Master’s degree, and has completed several Executive Education certificate programs. He is currently undertaking his Doctor of Business Administration with a research focus in strategy implementation at Royal Roads University where he also serves as an Associate Faculty Member in the Faculty of Management.

Christine Scott, Representative of Private Broadcasters (Ottawa, ON)

Christine brings forward a wealth of knowledge from her educational and past work experience. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Bishop’s University, with concentrations in both Finance and Business Management. She has had both Public and Private sector experience, including six years as a Financial Consultant at Investors Group as well as time spent in Prime Minister’s Office, in addition to the Privy Council Office, where she currently works as Senior Advisor. Christine has had extensive consulting experience working with businesses to help them in a wide array of services, ranging from marketing strategies, to developing business plans and market feasibility studies. She has also had a wide range of working experience in small, medium and large organizations.

Nathan Wright, Director (Hagersville, ON)

Nathan Wright has a long history of trust and leadership within First Nations communities in Ontario and the Yukon as well as nationally at the Assembly of First Nations.

He is currently the Principal at Wright Strategies as well as a council member at the Six Nations of the Grand River. He has a wealth of experience working for First Nations in policy and program development as well as establishing and maintaining key relationships with all levels of Government and the private sector.

In his work for his community, Mr. Wright has worked hard to support 100.3 CKRZ known as “The Voice of the Grand.” He has seen how crucial radio is in supporting local business, information and community connection.

Idrissa Diakité (Moncton, NB)

Idrissa Diakité holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Communication from the University of Moncton. He has worked in the field as a consultant but also as a journalist for l’Acadie Nouvelle, l’Étoile de Kent and l’Étoile de Dieppe. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Moniteur Acadien newspaper in New Brunswick. He has been living in New Brunswick for the past twenty years.

OBSERVERS

Martin Bougie, Non-voting Representative, Association des radiodiffuseurs communautaires du Québec (Montréal, QC)

Passionate about music, media and of course radio, this marketing graduate worked in the fields of international development, management and information technology before joining l’Association des radiodiffuseurs communautaires du Québec (ARCQ) in 2002. He held the position of Director of Development before becoming Executive Director of the Association in 2008. Martin is proud to contribute to the development of the community radio sector.

Pierre Sicard, Non-voting Representative, Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada (Ottawa, ON)

Pierre has been working in the media industry since 1990. He began his career as an advertising consultant with the daily newspaper LeDroit in Ottawa. In 2019, he made his debut in community broadcasting as Executive Director of 94.5 Unique FM in Ottawa.

Barry Rooke, Non-voting Representative, National Campus and Community Radio Association (Ottawa, ON)

Barry has been a programmer on Campus/Community Radio since 1999. Barry joined CFRU in 2007 and spent time as the stations Technical Coordinator, Administrator and three contract periods as the Station Manager. He also spent about 3 years as the Chair or Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. For the past little while he help to develop social media policy for non-profits through Infinite SM out of Toronto, and have spent time developing a service for seniors around nostalgic music and music therapy for individuals challenged with Alzheimer and other types of dementia.