The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom succeeded Ottawa’s National Press Club in its role of monitoring press freedom issues nationally and globally. The Committee was incorporated as a non-profit body in 2008 with the mission of continuing to celebrate World Press Freedom Day and to advocate on behalf of freedom-of-expression. Through its activities, its vigilance and its relations with like-minded organizations, it shall bring to the public’s attention instances of free expression violations and the need to pro-actively defend the ideal of freedom of the press.
Shawn McCarthy is an independent writer and senior counsel at Sussex Strategy Group. He retired in August 2019 from his role as national business correspondent with The Globe and Mail, where he once served as parliamentary bureau chief. He has taught political journalism courses at Carleton University. Shawn has served on the committee since 2009, and has been president since 2014.
Heather Bakken works for NordStar Capital as the publisher of iPolitics and Queen’s Park Briefing. She is the founder and president of the Ottawa Debating Society and has taught Media Law at Algonquin College. Prior to living in Ottawa, Heather was a broadcast journalist at CBC News and an anchor for Newsworld International. She is a certified digital communications strategist with a background in radio marketing and event planning.
Roy Christensen, treasurer of the CCWPF and one of the founders of the Committee, is a researcher and writer. He is a former Press Officer for the European Union Delegation to Canada.
Susan Korah is an Ottawa-based freelance journalist. She has a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University and writes for various publications including The Epoch Times, Convivium Magazine and Taste and Travel International. Her topics range from Canadian politics, international human rights, freedom of religion and expression to travel destinations and culture.
Guy Badeaux (Bado) has been the editorial cartoonist at the French language daily Le Droit in Ottawa since May 1981. Winner of the National Newspaper Award in 1991, he is treasurer of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists and has served, since 2002, as president of the jury of the committee’s cartoon contest.
Manon Cornellier is a political columnist for Le Devoir. Since 1985, she has been a Parliamentary correspondent for various news organizations, including La Presse and La Presse canadienne. She has been president of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery three times.
Dean Beeby is an Ottawa-based freelance journalist and author. He was previously a senior reporter in CBC’s parliamentary bureau, worked in Canadian Press bureaus in Toronto, Halifax and Ottawa, and specializes in the use of freedom-of-information laws.
Francine Compton is the Executive Producer of APTN National News and the network’s current affairs shows InFocus and Face to Face. She spent three years in Ottawa as APTN’s bureau chief from 2016-2019 and prior to that she was the producer of APTN Investigates.
Sally J M Douglas
Sally is Principal – Operations at Earnscliffe Strategy Group where she works together with the national executive team managing the company’s growth and diversification to better serve client needs. Prior to joining Earnscliffe, Sally served for 6 years as Deputy Publisher at iPolitics, one of Canada’s most innovative, independent multi-platform news organizations. There she diversified product lines, revenue streams, and helped build the company from a start-up to a celebrated success story in the news media marketplace.
Howard Fremeth is the Director of Communications at the Business Council of Canada. Howard holds a PhD in Communications from Carleton University where he still serves as an Adjunct Professor and teaches courses in professional communications and digital diplomacy. Previously, he served as Director of Media Relations and Content Strategy at NATIONAL Public Relations and Director of Communications at the Embassy of Israel in Canada.
Susan Harada has been a CCWPF director since 2015. A former CBC journalist with The National and The Journal, she currently heads the journalism program at Carleton University as Associate Director of the School of Journalism and Communication.
Gord McIntosh is an Ottawa public affairs and communications consultant, writer and media trainer.
Don Newman has a career of more than 40 years in journalism, and is a founding member of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom. He has been a Parliamentary Correspondent for the Globe and Mail, CTV and CBC Television. He was CBC Senior Parliamentary Editor, and a daily program host on politics. He was also Washington correspondent for both CBC and CTV. He is a life member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Galley.
David Rodier is a lawyer with 25 years’ experience providing policy and communications counsel to senior leaders from the federal government, national non-governmental organizations and business world. He is Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications at Edelman.
Callie Sanderson is VP Growth at iPolitics. She’s been an integral member of the business team with iPolitics since its infancy, helping scale up and grow the media company into the information hub it is today. Her responsibilities include expanding business and community partnerships, and enhancing the subscription and readership experience.
Hugh Winsor is a former national affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. He has also been a correspondent/producer for The Journal at the CBC, was a founding director at the North-South Institute and spent three years in Dar es Salaam teaching journalism and advising the Government of Tanzania on communications.
Susan Allan is Canada editor at POLITICO. Past president of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, she has worked at Maclean’s, iPolitics and the Ottawa Citizen.
Juliet O’Neill is an Ottawa-based journalist who has done stints as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Moscow and London and as a national political reporter. She worked for The Ottawa Citizen, Southam News and the Canadian Press. Juliet was honoured with the committee’s World Press Freedom Award in 2005 and with the Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national news in 2009.
Alexandra Abdelwahab is a former television and newspaper journalist who reported for Global News, The Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette and Metro News from cities across Canada. She has now made the switch to communications full-time, working as a consultant for NATIONAL Public Relations in Ottawa.
Elaine Young, Member Ex-Officio
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