Staff

MediaSmarts’ ability to deliver high-quality programs and resources is based on the expertise and dedication of the dynamic group of professionals listed here.

Rebecca Boucher
Media Education Specialist

Kara Brisson-Boivin 
Director of Research

Tricia Grant (on leave)
Manager of Marketing and Communications

Kathryn Ann Hill
Executive Director

Lynn Huxtable
Director, Stakeholder Relations

Matthew Johnson
Director of Education

Julia Ladouceur 
Project Manager

Marc Alexandre Ladouceur
Media Education Specialist

Nina Lewis
Manager of Marketing and Communications (Interim)

Samantha McAleese
Research and Evaluation Associate

Francine Paulin
Office Manager

Melinda Thériault
Marketing and Communications Assistant

Penny Warne
Web Manager

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Staff Biographies

Rebecca Boucher
Media Education Specialist

Rebecca is a Media Education Specialist who is responsible for creating resources, editing current and past materials, and facilitating and liaising with teachers and participants of Media courses.  She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Specialization in English from the University of Ottawa and a Post Graduate Diploma of Education (PGDE) towards a Master’s of Education from the University of Sheffield in England.  She has taught at the Secondary School level in rural England and has experience working and conducting research with students, teachers and parents.

Kara Brisson-Boivin 
Director of Research

Kara Brisson-Boivin, PhD is the Director of Research for MediaSmarts. Kara is responsible for the planning, methodology, implementation, and dissemination of key findings from original MediaSmarts’ research studies as well as evaluations of MediaSmarts’ programs.  Kara also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Research Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton, University. Kara works with a number of academic partners on tri-agency funded research projects, private and public sector interest groups, as well as federal departments on online issues including; digital parenting, privacy, hate, misinformation, activism, and algorithms and artificial intelligence. Kara brings to MediaSmarts extensive publication experience in academic journals, magazines, news op-eds and research blogs; and a background in presenting research to key stakeholders on parliamentary committees, at academic conferences, invited talks, panels, keynote addresses, and in media interviews.

Tricia Grant (on leave)
Manager of Marketing and Communications

Tricia is responsible for MediaSmarts’ marketing and communications strategy, including digital outreach, media relations and event planning. Tricia comes to MediaSmarts from the book publishing sector, having worked in publicity and marketing for Penguin Random House Canada in Toronto and DK Books in London, UK. She has held communications roles for organizations like Volleyball Canada and Public Services and Procurement Canada, and has experience in public relations, digital content, advertising, and strategic partnerships. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University. 

Kathryn Ann Hill
Executive Director

Kathryn is the Executive Director of MediaSmarts, Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy. Kathryn holds a Masters of Social Work (1992) from Carleton University, and a Master of Management (2003) from McGill University. Her commitment to social justice has resulted in a career of over 30 years of service in the voluntary sector, serving in senior leadership roles at  both national and community-based organizations. Kathryn has contributed to research and articles, and has been a frequent presenter or panelist on issues related to media and digital literacy. She has served as an expert advisor and serves on the CBC Kid’s News Advisory Committee. She comments frequently in the media on issues related to media/digital literacy.  

Lynn Huxtable
Director, Stakeholder Relations

Lynn provides consultation on strategic policy, planning and marketing within the areas of operations, sponsorship, membership and finance. In addition, she directs and manages licensing of MediaSmarts’ educational resources. Lynn brings a diverse range of skills, including marketing, communications, finance and administration, developed while working in the not-for-profit, film and television, and international development sectors.

Matthew Johnson
Director of Education

Matthew Johnson is the Director of Education for MediaSmarts, Canada’s center for digital and media literacy. He is the author of many of MediaSmarts’ lessons, parent materials and interactive resources and a lead on MediaSmarts’ Young Canadians in a Wired World research project. As an acknowledged expert in digital literacy and its implementation in Canadian curricula, Matthew is the architect of MediaSmarts’ Use, Understand, Create: Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian K-12 Schools. He has contributed blogs and articles to websites and magazines around the world as well as presenting MediaSmarts’ materials on topics such as copyright, cyberbullying, body image and online hate to parliamentary committees, academic conferences and governments and organizations around the world, frequently as a keynote speaker. He has served as on expert panels convened by the Canadian Pediatric Society, the Ontario Network of Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Services and others, consulted on provincial curriculum for the Ontario Ministry of Education, and been interviewed by outlets such as The Globe and Mail, BBC News Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Radio Canada International and CBC’s The National.

Julia Ladouceur
Project Manager

As Project Manager, Julia manages and coordinates the development of media education and awareness projects, initiatives and resources for MediaSmarts. Her responsibilities include assisting with project proposals, preparing and executing work plans, planning and maintaining budgets, and compiling reports. Julia previously worked for the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, as administrator of On the Identity Trail, a large multi-disciplinary research project.

Marc Alexandre Ladouceur
Media Education Specialist

As a Media Education Specialist, Marc Alexandre is responsible for creating resources for educators, parents and community groups and for conducting outreach activities with French language schools, school boards, education ministries,faculties of education and community organizations across Canada. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theology, as well as Bachelors’ in Education and Theology. Marc Alexandre has previously worked as a teacher in the Ontario and Alberta school systems, as a facilitator in Ontario schools and as an editor and translator. He believes in the well-being of all persons experiencing the rapid growth of technology through comprehensive digital literacy and intersubjective education.

Nina Lewis
Manager of Marketing and Communications (Interim)

Nina is responsible for MediaSmarts’ marketing and communications strategy, including digital outreach, media relations, and event planning. Nina comes to MediaSmarts from the non-profit sector, having worked at Scouts Canada, Families Canada, and held various political communications roles. Nina also has experience in advertising, fundraising, revenue development, and project management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from Carleton University. 

Samantha McAleese
Research and Evaluation Associate 

Samantha is a Research and Evaluation Associate for MediaSmarts, working with the Director of Research to fulfill the organization’s comprehensive research agenda and complete internal program and project evaluations. In collaboration with staff and partners of MediaSmarts, Samantha conducts literature reviews, writes funding proposals, prepares research ethics applications, designs and implements qualitative and quantitative research studies, analyzes data, writes research reports, and disseminates research findings. In addition to building internal evaluation capacity at MediaSmarts, Samantha also connects with external research and evaluation partners (both academic and community-based). Samantha is currently completing a PhD in Sociology at Carleton University and has more than a decade of experience working with the non-profit sector in Ottawa.Samantha brings to MediaSmarts extensive knowledge of qualitative research processes, publication experience (including both academic and general media sources), facilitation and public speaking skills, familiarity with practices and resources in adult education, and a passion for strengthening the relationship between academia, non-profit organizations, and the community.

Francine Paulin
Office Manager

As Office Manager, Francine provides support to our Staff and the Board of Directors,  as well as ensuring the smooth functioning of the organization’s operations.  She brings to MediaSmarts over twenty years’ experience in administration and client services, including twelve years in a not-for-profit environment. Francine formerly held positions as:  Executive Assistant/Office Manager at the Association of Canadian Port Authorities; Reception Administrator at Morneau Shepell; and Foundation Associate at the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation.  She holds a diploma in Graphic Design from Canadore College.

Melinda Thériault
Marketing and Communications Assistant

As Marketing and Communications Assistant, Melinda plays a key role in implementing MediaSmarts’ communications plan. She is responsible for maintaining MediaSmarts’ day-to-day social media presence and creating digital content. Since starting as a student intern in 2017, Melinda has also filled the short-term roles of Research Assistant and Project Coordinator at MediaSmarts. She holds an Honours B.A in Communications from Carleton University and a Master of Media in Journalism & Communication from Western University.

Penny Warne
Web Manager

As Web Manager, Penny is responsible for the administration, development and maintenance of MediaSmarts’ websites. Prior to MediaSmarts, Penny worked as Web and I.T. Infrastructure Manager for the Canadian Library Association, and as a Web Developer and I.T. Manager for numerous organizations within both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She brings with her many years of experience in website development and management, graphic design, and I.T. management and support.