Speaker Profiles

Speakers from Asia, Australia and the United States joined Canadian experts in spotlighting cutting-edge newspaper innovation at INK+BEYOND 2011. Click the links below or scroll through to view individual speaker bios.


John Furlong O.C. O.B.C. – CEO, Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games

John Furlong is the leader behind the team that organized and staged the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. From the very beginning of the project, Furlong envisioned that the Games could be a true nation builder, helping to improve the fabric of Canadian society. IOC President Jacques Rogge remarked in a Canadian Press interview at how Vancouver had taken on the Games in a way that was "unheard of in the Olympic movement,'' and considered them as belonging to all of Canada, not surprised that the Games had become a catalyst for national unity.

Prior to his appointment at VANOC in 2004, Furlong was the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation. In his role, he became the Bid’s international face and key spokesperson, tirelessly clocking more than 1.2 million miles in his travels to promote the Bid. Furlong’s service to sport has landed him with numerous other forms of recognition - among them The IOC’s Olympic Order and the IPC’s Paralympic Order. He was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame as the 2004 W.A.C. Bennett Award winner.

Furlong will be the keynote speaker during the Abitibi Luncheon on Friday, April 29.


Dr. Mario R. Garcia – Garcia Media 

Dr. Mario Garcia is the leader of Garcia Media, supervising the work of all projects. Trained as a journalist, Mario is strongly committed to the idea that content is what determines the success of publications and websites; his work and teaching is based on his WED philosophy, of combining writing, editing and design as basic principles for effective communication of ideas.Mario has devoted more than 30 years to redesigning publications, and has personally collaborated with over 450 news organizations. From such large projects as The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Handelsblatt and Die Zeit, to medium-size newspapers, such as The Charlotte Observer, or smaller ones in the heartland of America, such as the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World; all projects command the attention and special personalized service that is part of the Mario trademark.

Garcia will present some innovative newspaper visuals from around the world at the Proudly Print plenary on Friday, April 29



Seth Long – Director of New Media for Sound Publishing – Sound Publishing, Inc.

Seth Long is the director of new media for sound publishing where he manages PNWLocalNews.com (home of Sound's 30+ community news sites) and oversees the company's online, social and mobile initiatives. He has worked in community journalism for more than 17 years, starting as an agriculture and government reporter in Hermiston, Oregon. Long lives in Tacoma and graduated with a degree in journalism and documentary photography from The Evergreen State College. He blogs sporadically at sethlong.com but is most often found on Twitter @sethlong.

Seth Long will be on the panel of editors from daily and community papers at the Driving Content discussion on April 30.


Jim Gerber – Director of Content Partnerships – Google

Since joining Google in 2003, Jim Gerber has been responsible for partner development for a number of Google’s content related initiatives. These include projects such as Google One Pass, Google Book Search, Google Scholar, and News Archive Search, among others. His teams have been responsible for recruiting many hundreds of publishers participating in these initiatives from around the world.

Gerber has over 20 years of business development, sales and marketing experience in technology related businesses. Before joining Google, he held VP or senior management roles at a number of companies including Ashford.com, an e-tailer of luxury goods, and Clarify, a provider of CRM software. Gerber holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Jim Gerber will be one of the speakers at Rethinking Newspapers: Digital Paywalls or Freemiums? on April 30.


Nikolay Malyarov – Vice President of Publishing and Legal Affairs – NewspaperDirect Inc.

Nikolay Malyarov has been with NewspaperDirect since 2003. As VP of Publishing, he is responsible for growing NewspaperDirect’s worldwide community of publishing partners, helping them expand their market reach and increase revenues, while meeting their unique business objectives.

As VP of Legal Affairs, Nikolay provides counsel on all legal aspects of the Company’s business.

A sought after speaker at industry conferences, Nikolay has presented his vision for the future of publishing at many national and international events, including Distripress, Publishing Expo, INMA, Publish Asia, World E-Reading Congress.

On Friday, April 29, Malyarov will be a panel member at Readers on the Go: Mobile Models for Success. He will also speak about newspapers in education during the Reaching Young Readers: NIE Success session on Saturday, April 30.


Mark Mulholland – Associate Director – The American Press Institute

Mark Mulholland is associate director of The American Press Institute in Reston, Virginia, an independent organization dedicated to providing knowledge and new solutions for advancing the business of news. He develops and conducts educational programs for newsmedia professionals, primarily focusing on executive leadership, sales effectiveness, and revenue development.

Prior to joining API in 2005, Mulholland held advertising and marketing positions at newspapers including the Roanoke (Virginia) Times, Greensboro (North Carolina) News & Record, Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger, Chicago Sun-Times and Victoria (Texas) Advocate. He also served as corporate marketing director for Lee Enterprises, Inc., and as vice president/marketing director for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida.

In addition, Mulholland has led a number of entrepreneurial-style subsidiary operations, including a custom niche publishing company, alternate distribution organization, advertising agency, and all-business format radio station.

Mulholland will share his insights during the Optimizing Sales Effectiveness session on Saturday, April 30.


Brady Murphy – Vice President of Sales, Mobile Solutions – Transcontinental Interactive

Since 2004, Brady has been leading the sales and marketing efforts for Toronto-based Vortex Mobile, and has acted as the company's chief evangelist for all things mobile. His expertise lies in leveraging mobile applications to create compelling brand experiences that encourage dialogue between brands and consumers. Vortex Mobile was acquired by Transcontinental in 2010.

Brady has worked in promotions where he gained valuable insight into media, sponsorship, word of mouth & viral marketing, CRM, and direct marketing. He was recently recognized in Marketing Magazine's "Ones to Watch" list (Marketing professionals 30 or younger).

Murphy will be the moderator during the Readers on the Go: Mobile Models for Success panel discussion on Friday, April 29.


Adrian Norris – Managing Editor, Design & Presentation – The Globe and Mail

Adrian Norris is The Globe and Mail’s Managing Editor, Design and Presentation, and he comes to this conference after completing the newspaper’s redesign which launched on October 1. Adrian’s background is in newspaper and magazine design, working for The Sunday Times, The Times, The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and Times Supplements Ltd.

Norris has become a leading expert in newspaper and web production, digital and print integration and web design thanks to various assignments since moving to The Globe and Mail in Toronto in 2000. He spent three years as Presentation and Production Editor in The Globe’s News Department, overseeing an overhaul to longstanding workflow practices. In 2005, Adrian took charge of a project to redesign our web sites, a task completed early in 2006. With that new expertise under his belt, he graduated to the newly created position of Creative Director, Digital Media, and led the Reimagination project team that implemented web-paper integration.

Norris will explain the strategic thinking behind The Globe and Mail’s new look during the Proudly Print plenary on Friday, April 29.


David Olson – Community Marketing Director – HootSuite

Dave Olson (@daveohoots) is the Community Marketing Director for social media dashboard maker HootSuite. Working in the Internet space since 1996, Olson was a partner in two successful ISPs and has worked with a number of start-ups including ecommerce software, open source web development, and a green business directory. He frequently presents at events including SXSW and Northern Voice, and appears in the media discussing technology, art, hockey and culture.

A graduate of Evergreen College in Inter-disciplinary Studies, Olson’s work is published in magazines and journals on topics ranging from Japanese agri-history to Telco de-regulation. A chronic documentarian from his earliest days, Olson creates visual art, writes essays, produces podcasts and led a ground-breaking project for social coverage of the Vancouver Olympics.

Olson will speak and share case studies with delegates during Sparking the Conversation: Creating a Social Media Plan on Saturday, April 30.


Suzanne Raitt – Vice-President Marketing and Innovation – Newspapers Canada

As vice president, marketing and innovation for Newspapers Canada, Raitt has employed her broad range of experience in advertising and research to get the message out about the value of newspapers. She previously worked at the Toronto Star where she was Managing Director, Advertising Effectiveness. Previously, Raitt worked for A.C. Nielsen Marketing Research, and advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi and MacLaren McCann (Erickson). Raitt holds three degrees from the University of Western Ontario.

Raitt will give her Why Newspapers are Hot! presentation during a casual working lunch on Saturday, April 30.


David F. Sutherland – Media Lawyer

David F. Sutherland has advised and represented community newspapers for almost 30 years. He has acted as a media counsel at all levels of Court in Canada and provides a full range of media law advice to journalists, editors and publishers.


Sutherland will be part of the panel at Legal Lions Update on Newsroom Issues discussion on Saturday, April 30.




Geoff Tan – General Manager, SPH NewMedia [ZapCode Division]; Senior VP & Head, Strategic Marketing – Singapore Press

After graduating from the University of New South Wales [Sydney, Australia] in the early 80s, Geoff returned home and worked in three international advertising agencies before settling into a career with Singapore’s leading media owner and publisher, the Singapore Press Holdings Group.

In his 25 years at SPH, Geoff has worked across 4 portfolios – newspaper advertisement sales, electronic publishing, advertising & promotions, and strategic marketing.

Geoff’s contribution involved pioneering the launch of Singapore's leading paid tabloid The New Paper, and maximizing revenues across SPH’s 17 newspaper titles for the Finance, Property, Retail, Fashion, FMCG and I.T. industry categories. Currently, as Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Marketing, Geoff’s responsibilities include new-business modeling, formulating innovative sales initiatives, championing a Print-Plus business strategy harnessing new technologies, and evangelizing SPH’s integrated media ideology to the advertising fraternity at large.

Geoff was conferred Marketer of the Year 2006 [Highly Commended] from the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association [PANPA] for advocating creative and out-of-the-box advertising executions in newspapers. Geoff was the keynote speaker for WAN-IFRA’s 20th annual advertising conference entitled “Where’s the money?” held in Copenhagen.
Geoff also contributes a regular “motivational” column in My Paper, SPH’s weekday bilingual free-sheet.

Tan will share his insights on SPH’s breathtaking business strategies during the opening plenary, Strategies for Multiple Platforms, on Friday, April 29.


Anthony Novac – CEO and co-founder of Spreed Inc.

Anthony Novac is an accomplished technology and real estate developer, angel investor and entrepreneur. Anthony is the CEO and co-founder of Spreed Inc. and is also the President of an entertainment focused real estate development company. Previous to this, Anthony had been a co-founder and CEO to three companies in the last seven years, all of which Novac has lead the growth and sold off to the delight of his shareholders and investors. As an angel investor, Novac is actively engaged in proving advice to start-ups in which he is personally invested.

Novac will be a panel member at Readers on the Go: Mobile Models for Success on Friday, April 30.