Board of Directors

steve jones

Steve Jones, Vice President Programming, Newcap Radio

Steve has spent 29 years in the music business. Presently he oversees programming on 80 Canadian radio stations in almost every format as VP/Programming for Newcap Radio, based in Halifax. Steve previously programmed WMKK/Boston, K-Rock/Edmonton, managed a radio network in the Caribbean, and helped create winning radio in markets of all sizes across Canada.

In addition to his role as Newcap Radio’s VP/Programming, Steve Jones is the author of Brand Like A Rock Star: Lessons From Rock ‘n’ Roll To Make Your Business Rich and Famous. The book helps businesses build powerful brands by putting the lessons of rock legends into practice. He also maintains a popular blog at www.brandlikearockstar.com.

He is also an in-demand speaker on branding, advertising, marketing, social media, and the creative process. You can connect with Steve on Twitter as @rockstarbrands.

emmanuel patterson

Emmanuel Patterson, Promoter / Director of Festivals, Live Nation

Emmanuel has been working in the music industry for 23 years and a fan of music as far back as his early childhood days of mastering the violin and piano.

He began his career at the University of Waterloo where he ran the Board of Entertainment (BENT), promoting rock shows for the student body.

In 1996 he was recruited by MCA Concerts and has been promoting shows on a national touring level as well as regionally throughout Canada.

Since joining MCA Concerts, Emmanuel has worked for Universal Concerts, Universal Concerts Canada, House of Blues Concerts Canada, Live Nation and presently Live Nation Entertainment…..all without ever having to change offices.

Some of his past and present clients include Oasis, Jay-Z, No Doubt, Slayer, Corinne Bailey Rae, Owl City, Great Big Sea, Slipknot, Jonas Brothers, The Tragically Hip, Lights, Alice in Chains, Janet Jackson, Billy Talent, Our Lady Peace, Green Day and Nickelback.

gary furniss

Gary Furniss, President, Sony/ATV Publishing

Gary Furniss, President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, has been responsible, along with the Sony/ATV team for development and growth of the company since 1993 and has been instrumental in bringing Sony/ATV’s domestic writers to international recognition.

Great Canadian songwriters represented by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada include: Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, K’NAAN, Three Days Grace, LIGHTS, Our Lady Peace, Fefe Dobson, USS, Anjulie, Tom Wilson and Producer/Writers Tawgs Salter, Brian West, Jon Levine, Rob Wells, Phil Deschambault and more; many of whom are recipients of gold, platinum and other music industry awards.

Furniss is currently the Chairman of the CMRRA board, a SOCAN Board of Director, a Director of the CMPA and past director positions include Director of CARAS, CSHF and Executive Editor of Music Publisher Canada. Furniss contributed to the development of the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle – a very special Canadian songwriters’ highlight presented on JUNO weekend.

Furniss is also very supportive of the music industry’s newly created Unison Benevolent Fund. A assistance and referral program for and by the music community that provides emergency financial assistance and crisis management, insurance and counseling www.unisonfund.ca.

Together with the EMI Music Publishing, Leiber Stoller, Mijac, Motown and Famous Music catalogues, Sony/ATV owns or administers more than 2 million copyrights, including some of the best known songs ever written. Sony/ATV’s catalogue includes songs by legendary artists including The Beatles, Queen, Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Randy Bachman, among others.

Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists, writers and producers includes Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, P!nk, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell, Emeli Sande, Usher, Drake, James Blake, Capital Cities, Fall Out Boy, Labrinth, Of Monsters And Men, Rob Thomas and Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Hozier

pat leyland

Pat Leyland, Lawyer, Taylor Klein Oballa LLP

Pat Leyland is a partner at Taylor Klein Oballa LLP. Actively involved in the Canadian music industry for over 15 years, Pat has been with the law firm since its inception in 2006. He generally practices in the areas of intellectual property and corporate/commercial law, with a particular focus on drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts in relation to the music industry.

Pat began his career in the music industry as a guitarist and co-writer in the Ontario-based modern rock band left Pencey, which ultimately signed a recording deal with U.S. major label Arista Records. After the band dissolved, Pat went on to graduate summa cum laude from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He then entered the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he served as president of both the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and the Technology & Intellectual Property Group, in addition to being a volunteer coordinator for Artists’ Legal Advice Services, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal advice to artists living in Ontario. After completing his legal education, Pat articled with the firm and was called to the bar in 2008.

alan greyeyes

Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Program Manager, Manitoba Music

Alan Greyeyes is the volunteer chairperson of Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM). Greyeyes fulfils the roles and responsibilities of the organization’s executive direction while it develops the financial capacity to hire staff (the organization currently spends all the money it raises on artist fees, production, and marketing for the festival).

Greyeyes is skilled at completing funding applications, creating and pitching sponsorship packages, drafting and executing service agreements, managing suppliers, directing marketing campaigns, producing events, and the creations and monitoring of budgets. He brings these skills to the organization and festival and works hard to help the rest of the AMM board develop similar skills.

Under Greyeyes’ leadership AMM has develop a comprehensive policy guide and a set of custom by-laws along with guiding documents like a needs assessment and strategic plan. Greyeyes also creates the business plan for the festival each year along reports for each board meeting, reports for all funders and partners, and the organization’s annual report.

In 2013, Greyeyes was honoured with the Future Leaders of Manitoba award for his contributions to the arts. Greyeyes is a member of the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. He graduated from Trent University in 2002 with a B.A. majoring in Economics and was featured on the cover of the Spring 2013 edition of the university’s alumni magazine.

chuck comeau

Chuck Comeau, Artist, Simple Plan

Recognized mainly as Simple Plan’s incredibly talented drummer, Chuck Comeau also plays a great role in the songwriting process as well as creating scripts and concepts for the band’s music videos.

Since the band’s inception 1999, Simple Plan has released several albums (selling more than 7.5 million worldwide) and toured the world countless times.

One of the most important ventures for Simple Plan, however, is their charitable arm, the Simple Plan Foundation. “We believe that it is extremely important for us to give back, and the Simple Plan Foundation is our way to do this. We plan to keep doing it for as long as we can.”