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

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.

Emily Hiltz is an Instructor and PhD Candidate in Communication at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Her research investigates media representations of gender, sexuality, and criminality in areas of popular culture. Her doctoral work focuses on the cultural significance of notorious criminal women, and critiques their representation in visual formats like film, photography, and Internet memes. Emily has conducted research for the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence against Women, and volunteered as President and Vice-President of Carleton’s Communication Graduate Caucus, the department’s graduate society. She also has professional experience as a trade marketing editorial assistant with Scholastic Canada Inc. A new member of the Board of Directors, Emily will help mobilize Media Action Média’s research projects, and assist with the Ask Women Anything series.

Luciana Nechita is an award-winning, results-oriented professional with a wealth of expertise across diverse non-profit areas, including technology, training, capacity building, communications and marketing. With a solid knowledge for development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive strategic plans aimed at internally and externally communicating organizational values and goals, she is also highly experienced in managing staff, consultants, volunteers, and organizational budgets. Some of her current and past involvements include: Canadian Society of Association Executives, Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals, Rotary Club of Metro Ottawa, UNHCR – Worldwide Community of Resettled Refugees, CompuCorps Ottawa, In-TAC Women in IT, City of Ottawa, Community Services Advisory Committee. Luciana cites innovation, justice, transparency, sustainability and progress as her core values. You can connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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, Vanessa Ogg, Melody MacLean 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.