Executive

Brent Jolly (he/him)
Brent Jolly (he/him)CAJ President; National Director; Toronto Chapter President
Brent Jolly is the president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the managing director of the National NewsMedia Council of Canada. He has worked as a journalist with a variety of news outlets both as a writer and editor. He regularly wears too many hats.
Fatima Syed (she/her)
Fatima Syed (she/her)CAJ Vice-President; National Director
Fatima Syed is a reporter with The Narwhal’s Ontario bureau. She has worked for The Walrus, the Toronto Star, The Logic and National Observer. She is the recipient of the 2022 World Press Freedom Canada Award.
Cecil Rosner (he/him)
Cecil Rosner (he/him)CAJ Vice-President; National Director
Cecil Rosner is an investigative journalist, media trainer and adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg. He spent more than four decades in print and broadcast journalism. His writings include: When Justice Fails: the David Milgaard Story, and Behind the Headlines: a History of Investigative Journalism in Canada.
Julie Sobowale (she/her)
Julie Sobowale (she/her)CAJ Vice-President; SK Regional Director
Julie Sobowale is a freelance journalist and lawyer based in Regina. Her work has appeared in the Canadian Bar Association magazine, American Bar Association magazine, Halifax magazine, Progress Magazine, The Coast and Alberta Views magazine.
Zane Schwartz (he/him)
Zane Schwartz (he/him)CAJ Chair; BC Regional Director
Zane Schwartz is an award-winning investigative journalist and the editor-in-chief of the Investigative Journalism Foundation. He founded and leads the CAJ’s annual diversity survey, co-leads its mentorship program, and contributes to fights on press freedom issues like freeing jailed journalists.
Laurie Few (she/her)
Laurie Few (she/her)Vice-Chair; National Director
Laurie Few is the Executive Producer of Digital at TVO. Formerly she held positions as Managing Editor at the National Observer, Director of Digital Content at CPAC, Executive Producer of Global New’s investigative current affairs show 16×9, and investigative Producer at CTV’s WFive. She started her career as a lawyer.
Paul Schneidereit (he/him)
Paul Schneidereit (he/him)CAJ Treasurer; Director-at-Large
Paul Schneidereit is a senior columnist with the enterprise unit at The Chronicle Herald (SaltWire Network), in Halifax. A Montreal native, Paul has been at the Herald for 39 years.

Paul has been on the national board of the CAJ since September 1997. He served as CAJ president from 2003 to 2007. He’s currently CAJ treasurer.

Paula Tran (she/her/they/them)
Paula Tran (she/her/they/them)Community Manager; National Director
Paula Tran is a reporter and digital coordinator for Global Calgary and 770 CHQR. She is passionate about diversity in the journalism industry and wants to help young journalists find their potential in their careers. When she’s not working, you can find her at a bookstore, cooking, or watching a documentary on Netflix.
Karyn Pugliese (she/her)
Karyn Pugliese (she/her)Past-President
Karyn (Pabàmàdiz) is an award winning and highly esteemed Indigenous journalist from the Pikwàkanagàn First Nation. She is the Editor in Chief of CanadaLand, an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University, and a board member of Canadian Journalists of for Free Expression.

Regional Directors

Angel Moore (she/her)
Angel Moore (she/her)Atlantic Regional Director
Angel Moore is a video journalist with APTN National News for the Atlantic region of Turtle Island, including Labrador. Based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia) her community is the Peguis First Nation, MB.
Patti Sonntag (she/her)
Patti Sonntag (she/her)Quebec Regional Director
Patti Sonntag is an investigative journalist working with several news organizations and journalism centres. As founder of the Institute for Investigative Journalism, she led large-scale collaborative investigations that changed laws and policies nationwide. Previously she served as managing editor in The New York Times’ News Services division.
Katrina Clarke (she/her)
Katrina Clarke (she/her)Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Regional Director
Katrina is an investigative reporter who joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 2022. Her work at the paper has been recognized for a number of awards, including a CAJ finalist recognition last year. She was born in Winnipeg but grew up in southern Ontario. Previously, she worked at the Hamilton Spectator, the Toronto Star and the Daily Gleaner in New Brunswick. In her spare time, she enjoys skijoring (cross country skiing + dog), playing volleyball and trying to grow a vegetable garden.
Jason Markusoff (he/him)
Jason Markusoff (he/him)Alberta Regional Director
Jason Markusoff writes and edits at CBC Calgary. He’s reported in Alberta for nearly two decades, previously writing for Maclean’s, Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal. At CAJ, he’s most passionate about the CAJ Awards, the mentorship program and gathering with fellow journalists for hours and hours of shop talk.
Eva Holland (she/her)
Eva Holland (she/her)Northern Regional Director
Eva Holland is the CAJ’s northern director, representing all three territories. A freelance journalist based in Whitehorse, Yukon, she is a correspondent for Outside magazine, and the author of Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear.

Chapter Directors

Jenna Cocullo (she/her)
Jenna Cocullo (she/her)Ottawa Chapter Director
Jenna Cocullo is editor of The Wire Report. She joined the publication in 2021, almost two years following the start of her career covering community news in Prince Rupert, B.C., and Chatham-Kent, ON. She also worked in Blantyre, Malawi, writing a weekly column for its national newspaper on the intersection of gender and politics, and interned at The Monitor magazine with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She did her Master’s of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa after growing up in Montreal where she studied Communications and Anthropology.
Jameson Berkow (he/him)
Jameson Berkow (he/him)Toronto Chapter Director
Jameson Berkow is a business reporter for The Globe and Mail. He was previously an anchor for BNN Bloomberg (formerly the Business News Network) and a reporter for the Financial Post. Jameson got his start in journalism in 2007 as a fact-checker for Toronto Life magazine, where his first byline was for a story about two dogs getting married.

Staff

Monique Durette (she/her)
Monique Durette (she/her)Operations Manager
Monique Durette brings 20+ years of finance, admin, & leadership experience to the CAJ, holding a BA in Political Science with a focus on Women, Gender, and Indigenous Studies. In her spare time, she can be found working on her acreage with her husband. She is also a homeschooling mom with many passions and interests.
Hannah Bing (she/her/they/them)
Hannah Bing (she/her/they/them)Diversity Survey Officer
Hannah Bing comes to the CAJ with experience in journalism, a passion for data analysis and research. They hold a BJ(hons) in journalism and law and justice. She has written on topics that range from investigative, arts and news. In their spare time she can be found with her cat or listening to her extensive vinyl collection.

Interns & Research Assistants

Tania Bagwan (she/her)
Tania Bagwan (she/her)Diversity Survey Research Assistant
Diversity Survey
Hilena Demelie (she/her)
Hilena Demelie (she/her)Winter 2024 Law Intern
Policy, Governance & Advocacy
Poornima Francis (she/her)
Poornima Francis (she/her)Diversity Survey Research Assistant
Diversity Survey
Claire Hutcheon (she/her)
Claire Hutcheon (she/her)Winter 2024 Journalism Intern
Advocacy, Programs & Communication
Juliana Konrad (she/her)
Juliana Konrad (she/her)Diversity Survey Research Assistant
Diversity Survey
Arjun Panchadar (he/him)
Arjun Panchadar (he/him)Winter 2024 Journalism Intern
Advocacy, Programs & Communications

Ways to join the CAJ team

Opportunities to join the CAJ team come up at various times throughout the year. From volunteering on committees, applying for internship, or running for a board position, the CAJ is happy to hear from folks who want to bring their unique skills and experience to the team. Click on one of the areas of interest below to find out about any open opportunities.

Intake for our winter 2024 internship program is now CLOSED.

Questions about our internship program, can be emailed to us at admin@caj.ca.

Details of all open positions can be found on our Elections website page.

Questions about our election process or open positions, can be emailed to us at admin@caj.ca or at elections@caj.ca.

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