Rebecca Applebaum is an actor and director. As an elected Vice-President of ACTRA Toronto, she’s proud to advocate for over 15,000 performers working in English-language recorded media across Ontario. Beyond her current ACTRA Toronto roles as Executive Liaison for the Women’s, Voice, and Conference Committees, she’s also the organization’s representative on the Ontario Green Screen Advisory Committee, an initiative dedicated to improving the industry’s environmental impact.
Nahed Mansour currently serves as the Curator of Programs at the Gardiner Museum. She has over a decade’s worth of experience within the Toronto arts sector working as an arts administrator, curator, and practicing artist. Nahed has previously held the positions of Constituent Curator — Communities and Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Artistic Director at the South Asian Visual Art Centre, and Director at Mayworks Festival for Working People and the Arts Toronto. The majority of her curatorial and programming work supports visual, media, and community-based artists whose work respond to contemporary social, political, economic, and environmental issues from racialized and gendered perspectives. Her multi-disciplinary research-based arts practice draws from archival images, found footage, and material-culture to investigate notions of race, power, and labour in the entertainment industry.
Michael Murray (MBA, CPA, BMus) — Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. Michael has been Executive Director at the Toronto Musicians’ Association since 2015, with prior positions at Ontario Arts Council, Centennial College and UrbanArts. As a songwriter and former performer, he is dedicated to improving conditions for all musicians and artists. He is involved in new conversations with Canadian Media Producers Association, Rogers, Bell, Corus and various initiatives towards more respectful workplaces in the Music Sector, including respectfulartsworkplaces.ca
Greig de Peuter is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He researches the political economy of digital media and cultural production, with a focus on work, employment, and collective organizing. He collaborates on the SSHRC-supported research project Cultural Workers Organize, which explores collective responses to precarity in the cultural and tech sectors. He is the coauthor, with Nicole Cohen, of New Media Unions: Organizing Digital Journalists, which was published by Routledge in 2020.