transmission: GLOBAL SUMMIT 2012 Presenters

// Angel Gambino (Advisor, Sonos & Co-founder, Rosa Parks)

Angel Gambino is a WIRED Top 100 executive and serial entrepreneur with 15 years experience working with innovative media and tech businesses offering extraordinary entertainment experiences. She has a unique blend of general management skills with particular success accelerating growth of businesses by creating and identifying the right marketing, distribution and monetization models and partnerships for content and applications. She is an intuitive strategist, natural networker and tenacious business developer who instinctively delivers results with impact.
Angel Gambino is a WIRED Top 100 executive and serial entrepreneur with 15 years experience working with innovative media and tech businesses offering extraordinary entertainment experiences. Angel has a passion for music, media, technology and social issues and has combined these interests in a number of ways during her career. She currently holds a number of directorships and is on the boards of several companies. Recently, Angel held the position of Global VP, Music & Content at social media giant Bebo, where she was responsible for accelerating the growth and enhancing the popularity of bebo by creating and executing bebo's music strategy, product and partnerships. Her focus on building the valuation of the company through entertainment content helped ensure AOL's acquisition of the company for $850m.

//Bill Buxton (Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research)

Bill Buxton is a relentless advocate for innovation, design, and - especially - the appropriate consideration of human values, capacity, and culture in the conception, implementation, and use of new products and technologies.  This is reflected in his research, teaching, talks, and writing - including his column on design and innovation for, and his 2007 book, Sketching User Experiences.

In December 2005, he was appointed Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Prior to that, he was Principal of his own Toronto-based boutique design and consulting firm, Buxton Design.

Buxton began his career as a composer and performer, having done a Bachelor of Music degree at Queen's University. He then studied and taught for two years at the Institute of Sonology, Utrecht, Holland.

In 1975 Bill started designing his own digital musical instruments.  This is what led him to the University of Toronto, where he completed an MSc in Computer Science, joined the faculty, and is still an adjunct professor.  It is also the path that brought him into the field of human-computer interaction, which is his technical area of specialty.

From 1987-89, Buxton was in Cambridge England, helping establish a new satellite of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (EuroPARC).  From 1989-94 he split his time between Toronto, where he was Scientific Director of the Ontario Telepresence Project, and Palo Alto, California, where he was a consulting researcher at Xerox PARC.

From 1994 until December 2002, he was Chief Scientist of Alias|Wavefront, (now part of Autodesk) and from 1995, its parent company SGI Inc.  In the fall of 2004, he became a part-time instructor in the Department of Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design.  In 2004/05 he was also Visiting Professor at the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) at the University of Toronto.  He currently splits his time between Redmond and Toronto.

In 1995, Buxton became the third recipient of the Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society Award for contributions to research in computer graphics and human-computer interaction.  In 2000 he was given the New Media Visionary of the Year Award at the Canadian New Media Awards.  In 2001, The Hollywood Reporter named him one of the 10 most influential innovators in Hollywood.  In 2002, Time Magazine named him one of the top 5 designers in Canada.  Also in 2002, he was elected to the CHI Academy.  In October, 2005, he and Gord Kurtenbach received the "Lasting Impact Award", from ACM UIST 2005, which was awarded for their 1991 paper, Issues in Combining Marking and Direct Manipulation Techniques.  In 2008 he became the 10th recipient of the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, "for fundamental contributions to the field of Computer Human Interaction."  In 2009 he was elected Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), for his contributions to the field of human-computer interaction.

Buxton has been awarded three doctorates Honoris Causa: Doctor of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario (June, 2007), Doctor of Laws from hi his alma mater, Queen's University, Kingston Ontario (June, 2009), and Doctor of Industrial Design, from the Technical University of Eindhoven The Netherlands (April, 2010).  In October of 2010 the university also bestowed the title Distinguished Professor on him.

From 1998-2004, Buxton was on the board of the Canadian Film Centre, and in 1998-99 chaired a panel to advise the premier of Ontario on developing long term policy to foster innovation, through the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board. He is on the advisory board of the Department of Industrial Design of the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and the President's Advisory Board of the Ontario College of Art and Design.  Buxton is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery and the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Outside of work, Buxton loves the outdoors. He is especially passionate about mountains, including skiing, climbing, and touring. This interest extends to the written word. He has contributed to the literature on mountain history and exploration, is an avid bibliophile, and was on the jury of the 2005 Banff Mountain Book Festival.  He is an accomplished equestrian, and in 1996 was awarded the Veteran Rider of the Year award from the Ontario Horse Trials Association, and in 2000 was named to the Talent Squad of the National Eventing Team.  In addition, he is an avid cyclist, and active in kayaking, canoeing, SCUBA diving and windsurfing.  Finally, he has a life-long fascination with both art and his wife, the artist Elizabeth Russ, who from 2000 - 2010 owned and operated a contemporary art gallery, Gallery 888, in Toronto, Canada.

A few short essays that relate to the TGS 2012 theme:

//Dr. Don McLean (Dean, Faculty of Music at University of Toronto)

Don McLean is Dean of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and Chair of the Board of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).  A music researcher who develops analytical models that address the emotional as well as the structural features of diverse repertoires, McLean also regularly engages with educational institutions and international organizations as a consultant, speaker, and champion of innovation in interdisciplinary research, cultural policy, and music production.

//Michael Enright (Host, CBC Radio One's The Sunday Edition)

Michael Enright has been the host of CBC Radio One's The Sunday Edition since September 2000.

Enright's journalistic credits are impressive. Prior to joining The Sunday Edition, he hosted This Morning for three years, and he spent 10 years hosting CBC Radio's As It Happens.

Enright's innovative approach to the coverage of world events established As It Happens as a program that breaks through the boundaries of standard news broadcasting. He joined As It Happens after two-and-a-half years as managing editor of CBC Radio News. Prior to that, he held a number of important editorial positions with leading Canadian magazines and newspapers.

He has written for Time magazine and was the editor of Quest. As assistant managing editor of Maclean's, he oversaw the magazine's shift from a monthly to a weekly publication. Enright worked for The Toronto Star as a political writer and was Washington correspondent for the Globe and Mail. He received a Southam Fellowship for Journalism in 1979, and studied Chinese history.

In 1974, Enright hosted CBC Radio's This Country in the Morning. He has also been the temporary host of Sunday Morning, Cross Country Checkup and Montreal's morning radio show, Daybreak. Enright is known for his interviewing skills and investigative and information-giving journalistic reporting. He has hosted several specials following the events of Sept. 11, and on the war in Afghanistan.

In the spring of 1991, Enright, with co-host Alannah Campbell and international affairs specialist Hal Jones, provided exceptional Gulf War coverage--starting with five hours of live, continuous broadcasts the night the war began. The coverage connected listeners to correspondents, diplomats, soldiers and war-torn families all over the world.

In 1998, Enright continued his interest in bringing unique and current coverage of world stories and issues to CBC Radio listeners when he travelled to Israel as it marked the 50th anniversary of the creation of the state. Enright also travelled to Ireland to report on the Referendum, before and after the results.

// Paul Hoffert, CM. (Professor, York University & Chair of Bell Broadcast & New Media Fund)

Paul Hoffert is Media Professor at York University, former Faculty Fellow at Harvard Law School, CEO of Noank Media, Chair of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, and Chair of the Guild of Canadian Film and Television Composers. He is the former President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema, Chair of the Ontario Arts Council, and a founder of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association. His band, Lighthouse, earned 9 Gold and Platinum albums and he is author of several best-selling books about the Information Age.

//Sandy Pearlman (Visiting Scholar, McGill University)

Relentless brainstormer of the ever-tightening embrace of Music by Technology and Technology by Music. Producer, creator, songwriter, manager and theorist for many of the most important bands and musical trends of the last 25 years: Blue Oyster Cult, Clash, Black Sabbath, Dictators, Pavlov’s Dog, Dream Syndicate.  Described by the Billboard Producer’s Directory as “the Hunter Thompson of rock, a gonzo producer of searing intellect and vast vision.” A founder of bothCrawdaddy magazine and Framer of many of the key terms of the current public discourse concerning “the Future of Music.”

//Nora Young (Host & Creator of "Spark", CBC Radio One)

Nora Young is the host and the creator of Spark, a technology show that airs nationally on CBC radio, and lives online at  As a journalist and speaker, Nora explores the intersection of technology and culture: how new technology shapes the way we relate to each other, and to the world around us.  In addition to her professional work, she’s an avid hobby podcaster ( and a lazy blogger ( on issues about technology and trends.  She is currently writing a book, called The Data Map, to be published in 2011.  When away from the computer, Nora loves teaching yoga, riding her bike, and being in nature. She lives in Toronto. 

//Eric Garland- General Faciliator (CEO of BigChampagne)

Eric Garland is the founder and CEO of BigChampagne Media Measurement, a new kind of music metrics company charting the new business of music.

BigChampagne's Ultimate Chart is the first and only measure of all of the ways in which music is popular, everywhere. Partners and sources for the Ultimate Chart include retailers, broadcasters, subscription services, social networks and other venues where fans demonstrate their passion for music: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, VEVO, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, MTV, ClearChannel, Yahoo! Music, AOL, Microsoft, We Are Hunted, LastFM and many more.

WIRED magazine declares BigChampagne is "the Nielsen ratings" of online music. Fast Company: "The Ultimate Chart will shake up an industry." The New York Times: "BigChampagne taps into a common frustration about how success can be measured." Bob Lefsetz: "It's like we're putting glasses on the music industry, the details are finally coming into focus." MTV: "synthesizes the statistics and determines which songs are truly the biggest."

Eric contributed data and analysis to Chris Anderson's best-selling book "The Long Tail" and partnered with Radiohead on "In Rainbows, On Torrents," a critical examination of the band's pay-what-you-wish album experiment. Colorful stories from his early career were told in Steve Knopper's history "Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age." Eric's advisory board memberships include Tapulous (acquired by Disney) and the digital initiative of the Recording Academy (The Grammys), where he has served alongside artists Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West. Eric was formally recognized for his outstanding contribution to the Recording Academy in 2007.