BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gina Pennesi
Director

Gina P (Pennesi), was born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, and relocated to Toronto in 2010, to join the music scene as a vocalist and to take on a new role as strategic advisor.

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...R&B, funk, Neo-soul and jazz legends, Gina P's silky warmth as a vocalist creates feel-good vibes and a memorable experience with her personal touch on crowd-pleasing favourites. Over the last decade, Gina P has been using her soulfully rich-toned voice to entertain and engage Toronto area audiences, accompanied by top area musicians within the R&B, Neo-soul and jazz live music scenes. She is complimented for her harmonies, versatility and range. By day, Gina has over 20 years of experience in the federal public service, spending the past 15 years in roles that provide internal communications, change management, strategic advice, issues management and training. In addition to these roles, Gina has volunteered and chaired employment equity and occupational health and safety committees and has participated in various human rights and advocacy initiatives. In 2016, Gina’s music career expanded into live entertainment production, co-founding Orange Moon Entertainment with artist-producer Lisa Michelle. Since then, she has been co-producing and performing in Neo-Soul and R&B tribute shows, and growing a loyal audience in Toronto. This led to collaborating with QW Productions on a Best of R&B Soul concert series and, subsequently, to joining other talented local producers to form Canadian Black Entertainment; an organization whose vision and mission aligned with that of Collective Music Nation. Gina continues to perform as a solo act in addition to her exciting collaborations with other beloved area musicians. She has recently begun songwriting towards her first EP. Gina’s passion for music and the culture from which that music is born is evident. She enjoys challenging the status quo, spearheading innovation and advocating for inclusiveness in policy and practice. Gina is inspired and motivated to use her expertise to contribute to CMN’s mission and demonstrate her love for the culture and community.
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Jeff King
Director

Jeff King is a strategic visionary with exceptional operational and technological expertise. Innovator and developer of high-performing teams.   Goal-driven executive with extensive success leading cutting-edge strategic plans and tactical implementation for large-scale organizations to propel sustainable revenue growth, transform businesses, and penetrate global markets.

...Jeff joined SOCAN in 2001, Jeff has held a number of senior positions throughout the organization and lead initiatives that significantly heightened member and licensee satisfaction. Recently Jeff has accepted the CEO role at ATOP TV and is determined to bring Canadians into the 21st century TV entertainment.
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Adeola St.Matthew Daniels
Director

Adaptive business administrations professional leader, with over 5 years work experience and a proven track record of successful client relationship management, communicating work stream status reports to senior management or program sponsor.

...program change management with continuous improvement in information technology management, as well as quality assurance, conflict resolution and team building expertise to lead highly diverse project teams. A proactive individual with good analytical and cognitive ability to work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver program objectives according to the proposed budget and schedule throughout the program life cycle.
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Steve Pageot
Director

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Montreal, Canada, Steve Pageot was introduced to music at an early age and received instruction from his father, noted musician Fritz Pageot. It wasn’t until his final years of high school, however, that his musical journey began and, after winning a major Canadian competition, he soon found himself...

...involved with several domestic and international projects. As is the norm within the field of entertainment, work begets more work, and in 1998 he moved to New York where he soon had the opportunity to prove himself while under the wing of hit producer Ron Lawrence (Diddy, B.I.G, LL Cool J). Within one year, Steve began amassing a series of accolades, starting with a platinum plaque for producing "War Iz On" featuring Snoop, Kurupt and Layzie Bone on Krayzie Bone's album Thug Mentality 1999, and later a gold plaque and Grammy Award for his work with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Pageot also produced and engineered projects for Talib Kweli, New Edition, The Hamilton MixTape, and others, and was slated to work on Michael Jackson’s final studio album. While the latter never materialized, he counts the nod as both a blessing and immense honor. Combining his talents as a producer and multi-instrumentalist, Pageot also focused on other areas of his craft earning commercial and jingle credits for some of America’s most recognizable brands. He eventually signed a deal with MTV to score music for several of their television shows including successful series such as Run's House and Rob and Big. Becoming a frequent writer within the Viacom family of networks, Pageot scored music for multiple VH1 programs and appeared several times as a guest judge on BET's 106 and Park. Pageot continues to expand his work in the area of production, composition, and music engineering & mixing, and has a new slate of projects lined up for 2021 and beyond. He also makes it a point to emphasize the importance of music education to the next generation of music creators while sharing what he has learned through his years in the business.
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Lorraine Ferguson
Director

Lorraine Ferguson is a music lover, originally from Jamaica, where she played in the St. Anne’s marching band. After she settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia,

...she entered the music industry as a radio DJ  and show host at CKDU-FM, bringing a fresh,  Caribbean sound with her voice and through her  musical selections.  Lorraine contributes her rich Caribbean culture and  heritage to the music industry, not only by  presenting acts, but by bringing her more than 10  years of experience as an event planner, artist agent  and cultural ambassador into the mix. Lorraine has  been a broker for various carnivals,  festivals, concerts and community events, and participated in “Canadian Idol” productions. She also has over 25 years of experience in all facts of client services, human resource management and various corporate services and as a member on previous boards, she is versed in providing valuable advice and guidance in these fields. Passionate about music and helping others, Lorraine is determined to use her skills and experience and fulfill her life’s journey to give back by working with non-government organizations anywhere in the world that support community development. She hopes to make a positive impact developing at-risk youths in the music industry and in developing reggae and afro music within her Canadian communities. We are so pleased to have Lorraine join our Board of Directors and to represent both Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.
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