GXSLab Presents Accountability Revolution in Sport Media Virtual Conference

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Join the GXSLab as they host the first-ever Accountability Revolution in Sport Media virtual conference, a conference designed to orchestrate meaningful conversations throughout the sports landscape. The conference will feature plenty of notable guest speakers, keynote addresses, and networking opportunities.


10:00 am Opening Remarks - "On-DEMAND"

  • Nathanuel Johnson, RTA Sport Media, GXSLab Project Lead
  • Laurel Walzak, Prof Walz, RTA Sport Media, GXSLab Director
  • Dr. Kathleen Pirrie-Adams, Chair, RTA School of Media

10:15 to 10:45am

  • Keynote speaker to be announced

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Accountability Revolution in Sport Media "IN-CLINIC LIVE"

To challenge and change sport and sport culture as male-only, we galvanize global leaders in the sport industry and academy in a virtual forum type environment, to engage in meaningful discussion about inequities for women in sports. Discussion topics to include four key high-level categories: exposure, programming & media's role; access and participation; and commercialization, see categories below. At this meeting of the minds, the leaders exchange ideas to realize and leverage their influence, and in many cases their already established research and resources, to identify how the industry can collectively bring quicker global responsiveness of the blatant and not so blatant inequities women face in sport. At this forum, we will explore the possibility of establishing a working group to develop some level of a strategic action plan, designed for immediate and deliberate systemic improvements and change within the four categories, but not limited to these, mentioned herein. While, In-Clinic, the expectation is for all parties to be blatantly forward and transparent with their thoughts and ideas on the topics, preferably, there is no room for political agendas, fear of offending or economic constraints.

10:30 am - 3:00 pm "ON-DEMAND"

  • Kayla Alexander, WNBA, Minnesota Lynx
  • Dr. Kathleen Pirrie-Adams, Chair RTA School of Media, Ryerson University
  • Shireen Ahmed, Journalist, Writer, Author, Contributor on TSN, & Podcaster on Burn It All Down Podcast
  • Harrison Browne, Past NWHL Player
  • Carly Clarke, Canada Basketball Coach/ Ryerson University Head Coach, Women's Basketball
  • Jarel Cockburn, Athlete Institute
  • Richard Coffey, RTA Sport Media, 4th Year Student
  • Dr. Lindsey Darvin, Assistant Professor Sport Management, State University of NY College of Cortland
  • Julie DiCaro, Journalist, Radio Host and Author "Sidelined"
  • Ailish Forfar, Former Professional Hockey Player, On-Air Host, Content Producer
  • Amrit Gill, Punjabi Hockey Night in Canada
  • Dr. Guy Harrison, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee
  • Jon Holmes,
  • Michael Goldsmith, Senior Director, Human Resources, Rogers Sportsnet
  • Amen Isegohi, Motivational Speaker
  • Moe Khan, Radio and Podcast Host
  • Dr. Ivan Joseph, Author, "You Got This", & VP Student Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Marsha-Gaye Knight, Canadian Olympic Committee
  • Grace Li, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Field Hockey Canada
  • Scott MacArthur, Fan 590 Sportsnet
  • Dr. Emmanuel Mogali, PhD
  • Donovan Mitchell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, New York Mets
  • Sarah Owens, RTA Sport Media, Alumnus
  • Theo Rabinowitz, TEQ, Former CBS
  • Joe Recupero, Prof Joe, Program Director, RTA Sport Media, Ryerson University
  • Jennifer Reynolds, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, MLSE
  • Brian Richardson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Indianapolis Colts
  • Matt Scianitti, TSN and RTA Sport Media, Advisory Committee Member
  • Karen Sebesta, Executive Producer, CBC Sports
  • Linsey Shea, Freelancer, NFL/ Fox Events
  • Devon Sherwood, Coordinator, Alumni Public Relations at the New York Mets
  • Parminder Singh, NBA
  • Olivia Ghish-Swaby, Commissioner, Ontario Women's Intercollegiate Football Association
  • Julia Tocheri, Content Creator, TSN’s BarDown, RTA Sport Media Alumnus
  • Kelsey Fluehr Trainor, Esq.
  • Danica Vidotto, PhD Candidate, OISE, University of Toronto
  • Laurel Walzak, Associate Professor, GXSLab and RTA Sport Media, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Jen Welter, 1st Female Coach in NFL, The Juke Podcast
  • Stephanie Wetmore, Managing Director-Piloti, & Associate Vice President- Canadian Tire
  • Dakota Whyte, Nike, and Former NCAA Athlete
  • Jonas Worth, Director, You Can Play

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Black Figures in Sport 'ON-DEMAND' Panel Presented by GXSLab


  • Marsha-Gaye Knight, CBC Sports (Olympics), Black in Sport Business
  • Brian Richardson Jr., Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Indianapolis Colts
  • Moderated by: Nathanuel Johnson, 4th Year RTA Sport Media Student and Team Project Lead, GXSLab Accountability Revolutn in Sport Media

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Out On Air "LIVE VIRTUAL" Panel by Joe Recupero, Associate Professor, RTA Sport Media


  • Scott MacArthur, Fan 590, Rogers Sportsnet
  • Anastasia Bucsis, CBC
  • Devin Heroux, CBC
  • Richard Coffey, RTA Sport Media, 4th Year Student
  • Moderated by: Laurel Walzak, Associate Professor

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Closing Remarks "LIVE VIRTUAL"

  • Dr. Ivan Joseph, Vice President Student Affairs, Wilfrid Laurie University and Author, You Got This (Previous Athletic Director, Ryerson University).

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Industry/ Student Networking & Cocktail Party "LIVE-VIRTUAL"

  • Software By Run the World

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  • The main event will run from on April 13th from 10am to 6pm and consists of over 40 speakers from the following four categories: Athletes, Front Office, Sport Media Organizations and or Influencers, and Academia.

  • We know that sitting in front of your computer screen can be exhausting, so the concept behind the 'on-demand' portion of this event is so that you as an attendee can access content that appeals to you 'on-demand' on these issues at your own convenience starting at 10:00am on April 13th. The speaker videos are between 10 to 45 minutes, you select the video, tune in, binge watch or watch one, and come back and watch, again at your convenience.

  • If you have registered, the speaker videos will be accessible following the day of the event, so that you can still go back and watch what you want, when you want, and for however, long you want. Essentially, you can still view your favourite speakers and access the content in the future.


  1. "In-Clinic" Live 11:30AM - 1:00PM
  2. Out on Air Live 4:00PM - 5:00 PM
  3. Closing Remarks Live 5:00PM - 5:30PM
  4. Speed Networking Live 5:30pm - 6:00pm

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