Board of Directors
Amanda Parriag, Media Action Média’s President, has nearly 18 years of experience as a researcher and consultant in a wide range of social policy and public policy issue areas, particularly focused on the realm of violence against women as well as issues faced by Aboriginal peoples. Her work on women’s issues has included research on barriers faced by female offenders on reintegration into society, as well as the use of myths in sexual assault trials. Her work on Aboriginal issues has included research on violence faced by First Nations and Off-Reserve Aboriginal Women, the legacy of residential schools, the growing urban Aboriginal middle-income group, and educational outcomes for First Nations and other Aboriginal people. Amanda received her Doctor of Psychology degree from Carleton University in 2001.
Andrea Benoit has a PhD in Media Studies from the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include advertising, branding, consumer culture, and the commodification of social causes. Andrea’s PhD dissertation focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and activism within the Toronto fashion industry in the 1980s, and specifically the history of the M.A.C AIDS Fund. She did her BA and MA in English at the University of Toronto, and her MA in the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at York University, where she investigated the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. Andrea’s professional experience includes a stint in Relationship Marketing at telecommunications firm British Telecom in the UK, and as an on- campus recruiter for D.E. Shaw & Co. in New York City, a Wall Street investment bank. Andrea is Media Action Média’s Secretary and oversees research projects and promotional issues.
Canice Leung lives and works as a journalist in Toronto. She has written a national feminist column for Metro and was co-editor of McClung’s, a feminist magazine based out of Ryerson University. She can be found online at caniceleung.com.
Melody MacLean is a communications professional specializing in e-communications. Her work includes everything from web design and development to social media strategy and management. She uses her skills in strategic communications and project management to take her web projects from start to finish. Melody has a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Leona Liu, a senior tax accountant currently working for Ernst & Young LLP, is Media Action Média’s Treasurer. She is experienced in personal and corporate tax compliance as well as accounting and bookkeeping. Leona has a strong interest in volunteering, and loves travelling.
Vanessa Ogg, new to the Board, has nearly 10 years of experience in Television Production and Broadcasting. Working for an independent production company in Ottawa, Vanessa coordinated and managed production and post- production for multiple series that aired on The Food Network Canada, HGTV and HGTV Canada and in over 65 countries worldwide. She is currently the Programming & Post Production Coordinator for Canada’s newest Food and Lifestyle Channel Gusto TV. Vanessa has a BA in Film Studies from Carleton University and a Diploma in Television Broadcasting from Algonquin College.
Currently on leave from the board, leading Media Action’s Informed Opinions project, Shari Graydon draws on her diverse background – as a newspaper columnist, broadcaster, communications instructor, speechwriter and media critic – in her work supporting individuals and organizations in communicating effectively about education, health and social justice issues. Former longtime president of Media Watch and of the Women’s Future Fund, she has written two award-winning media literacy books for young people, Made You Look and In Your Face. She speaks regularly about the social impacts of media to both adults and children, and contributes columns and articles to a variety of publications. She has a BA in theatre from the University of British Columbia and an MA in communications from Simon Fraser University.
Leslie Regan Shade, Tracy Lacroix-Wilson, Andrea Whitehead, Nicole Cohen, Patrizia Gentile, Farheen Kahn, Hazel Klosevych, Katherine Toms, Mary Dila, Jane MacDonald, Toni Francis, Ilana Shore, Daphne Gilbert and Radha Nayar previously served on the Media Action board, contributing enormously to the organization’s re-invigoration. We thank them for their energy, passion, intelligence and commitment and continue to count them as valued supporters.