Jackie Dean, named Music Canada's new COO
Jackie Dean, named Music Canada's new COO

Music Canada Exec Team Change Includes Jackie Dean As COO

Music Canada has named Jackie Dean to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer and the promotion of two other senior team members to the organization’s executive team.

The appointments, in concert with recently announced changes to Music Canada’s Board of Directors and the creation of an Advisory Council, position the association to deliver on its new three-year strategic plan, the org said in a statement Thursday.  

The communique states that objectives set out in the plan include contributing to the enhancement of Canada’s music ecosystem; ensuring Music Canada is a great place to work for its talented and engaged team; and returning demonstrable value to its members while advancing their interests.

“The new appointments represent another important step in implementing the conclusions of our 2018 governance review,” Music Canada CEO Graham Henderson explains. “They demonstrate our commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion, and to meeting our goals for accountability and transparency. The result is a streamlined organizational structure that positions us to achieve the objectives set by our Board.”

Henderson adds, “The changes will also help Music Canada to achieve our goal of enhancing Canada’s music ecosystem in concert with our partners in the music community.”

Dean joined Music Canada in June ‘02 as CFO part-time and in her new role is full-time. During this same period, she also served as COO of CARAS/The Juno Awards & MusiCounts, helping develop the ‘four pillars’ of the organization’s mandate to educate, develop, celebrate and honour Canadian artists.

In addition to Dean’s appointment, Patrick Rogers is promoted to Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Rogers joined Music Canada in 2016 as Director, Regulatory Affairs, and in his new role, will lead Music Canada’s public policy and communications team, and Sarah Hashem is named Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. Hashem joined Music Canada in 2018 as Managing Director of the association’s Three Rs Music Program, and will now lead initiatives focusing on specific areas of the music community ecosystem including artist entrepreneur programs and Music City strategies.

“Music Canada has the right leadership, a strong team and an effective organizational structure to achieve the goals we have set for the next three years,” says Jennifer Sloan, Chair of Music Canada’s Board of Directors. “I am confident that their efforts will advance the interests of our members and the broader music community in Canada.”

Allan Reid, President and CEO, CARAS, The Juno Awards and MusiCounts, added: “I thank Jackie for her tremendous contributions to our organization (and) leadership for more than 16 years (and) I look forward to working with her and strengthening our partnership with Music Canada as she begins a new leadership role in our industry.”

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