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Ann Medina

Emmy Award Winning Broadcast Journalist

Ann Medina is one of the world’s most highly respected and renowned journalists and an expert advisor in communications and technology. Having travelled around the world as a news correspondent, Ann’s experienced the power of communications and seen its international impacts firsthand.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Technology and Change: Understanding Technological Change for Future Success
Ann discusses the impact technology has on society, economies and politics . Touching on everything from technological change to e-commerce, Ann looks at the future direction technology will take us.

Bringing Diversity Into Our Own House: The Power of Communications
We have to recognize not just the potential of young artists and young audiences – but understand the power and talent they have now. We have to bring the diversity they encompass into the fold.

Making Connections
How the gates of the Global Village can be broken down through the most basic human contacts.  Humour, personal gestures, stories and trust can make the kinds of connections that bridge enormous cultural and traditional gaps.

Birds, Beirut and Banana Splits
A few lessons learned through the most unlikely situations.

Awards

Toronto Women in Film and Television, Outstanding Achievement Award (2004)
International Women’s Forum, 'A Woman Who Makes a Difference' (2001)
WYCA Woman of Distinction Award (2007)
  • Ann’s message was highly motivating and entertaining. She speaks with candour about her personal and professional life experiences and the importance of having fun in everything you do. She spreads her contagious energy and spirit throughout the room. Be prepared to laugh, cheer her on and get up out of your seat because this woman is dynamite.

    - Huron Employment Liaison Program
  • An exceptional evening. Full of life wisdom, inspiration and joy.

    - Grant McEwan College
  • Executives raved about the program, every one of them had a different interest, and every one of them took more out of this program than any other we’ve held.

    - Food Processors of Canada

Summary Profile

Ann Medina grew up in New York City. She studied philosophy at Wellesley College, Harvard University and the University of Edinburgh before getting her M.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Medina began her television career in Chicago, later becoming a Network Producer for NBC News, and then a Network Correspondent and Producer for ABC News. While at ABC, she produced documentaries for its network Close-Up series.

In 1975, Ms. Medina moved to Canada to marry a Canadian. She worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s Newsmagazine where she later became its Executive Producer. She joined CBC’s The Journal when it began in 1981, becoming its Senior Foreign Correspondent, focusing on stories in the Mideast, but also reporting from China, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Africa, Bhopal and elsewhere. In 1983-84 she was the Beirut Bureau Chief for CBC’s The National and The Journal. Her documentaries aired regularly on BBC’s Newsnight and PBS’ MacNeil-Lehrer Report.

Her programs have won numerous awards in Canada and in the United States, including an Emmy Award.

Ms. Medina was one of the first residents at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre. She continues to contribute in the field of journalism. She moderated the “93, “97 and 2000 Federal Election Debates, and the “95 and “99 Ontario Election Debates in addition to hosting CBC Newsworld’s documentary series Rough Cuts. She now hosts History Television’s “History on Film’ and “Fact and Film’.

Ms. Medina has also moved into the broader area of communications and technology. She has addressed the U.N.’s World Television Conference, the CBC’s Board of Directors, the North American Broadcasters Association and The World Conference on the Arts, in addition to many major corporate clients including Perigee, Viacom Corp., Honda and Heenan Blaikie. Ms. Medina also served on the Ontario Advisory Committee on Technology and Education and on the Advisory Board to Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy.

Ms. Medina is Past Chair of both the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, along with the Cultural Industries Council of Ontario. She has served on the boards of TVOntario, the Calmeadow Foundation, Toronto Women in Film and Television, ACTRA, I.C.E. Communications and Humber College. She also Co-Chaired the 2003 Conference of the International Women’s Forum.

She has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, the University of King’s College in Halifax, the University of New Brunswick, Brock University, and the University of Mount Saint Vincent.

Highly respected in the broadcasting profession, audiences respond enthusiastically to Medina’s insights and sometimes rib-tickling analyses of some of the issues of the day. She brings humour and insight to charting a course through the chaos of change. Ann Medina combines an intensely personal view, with a world view, based upon being there.