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Council of Officers

Viyakavi Somasunderam

Corporate Services Officer

A professional vocalist and music industry go-to, Yaka  provides essential stability and expertise to our Corporate Services team. 

Tori Hathaway

Leadership Team Officer

 Western University PhD (ABD), Undergraduate Mentor, Berklee College of Music, Tori brings 10+ years of industry experience and academic qualification to her leadership.

Susan Kohring

Communications Officer

Owner of Three Apples, and with over 30 years of experience in communications, Susan makes us look great in all print formats!

Abdullah Noor

Human Resources Officer

Abdullah brings fresh perspective to the Human Resources Portfolio, having recently obtained an Advanced Diploma In Human Resources Business Mgmt.

Heydon George

Technical Services Officer

Heading up live, recording and streaming events, Heydon is like a Leatherman's - he always gets the job done effectively and reliably. 

Lillian Romero

Food Rescue Officer

Lilian is a dedicated volunteer who works tirelessly to rescue food for the No More Starving Artists program!

Alexandra Berney

Education Officer

Alexandra (p/k/a Laika Berdey) oversees the direction and growth of the Professional Development program.

Sarah Melody

Health and Wellness Officer

Owner and Yogi at Anahata Yoga in Barrie. Sarah is a longtime wellness advocate.

Melina Mellé 

Special Events

Melina (p/k/a Mellé) hosts great Co-op meet-ups in between live-stream sessions with her fans.  

The Council of Officers focuses on the value the Co-op brings to the community, defining standards, expectations, and performance outcomes according to the aspirations of the organization. Clarifying and setting outcomes and creating and delivering programs to achieve success are the primary duties of the Council of Officers who meet formally, six times per year.  Our Council of Officers equitably reflects the diverse population we serve, and we uphold the motto "Nothing About Us Without Us". 


Appointed by the Board of Directors, Council members serve a two-year, renewable term of office. They are the substance of our organizational capacity and provide quarterly reports to the Board of Directors. Council members with an (*) are interim appointments until the next AGM or Board meeting where they will be formally approved.

Council members each chair an optional council sub-committee in their area of interest, expertise, or geographic location. If you have an interest in joining a committee, please reach out to the appropriate chairperson.

Program Officers
Discipline & Regional Chairpersons

Jax Brun

Discipline Chair  - Voice

Vocal coach for the Co-op since 2019, Jax brings the best of their talents to each and every coaching session. 

Lyric Dubee

Discipline Chair  - Guitar

Paralegal by day, Rockstar by night, Lyric brings 10+ years industry experience and Conservatory cred.

Colin Sankey

Discipline Chair - Bass

Regional Chair - Vancouver

Received FACTOR to make a solo jazz bass album.  'nuff said.

P. Jules McCools Giulietti

Regional Co-Chair - Durham

p/k/a Jules McCools is a strong advocate for the Artist perspective here at the Co-op and at large.

Mark Wylie

Discipline Chair - Guitar

Regional Co-Chair - Durham

Islay Smedley

Wellness Chairperson

Regional Chair - Sault Ste. Marie

Rose Jones

Hardship & Adversity Chairperson

A fierce advocate for the child welfare system, Rose expresses her lived experience through her artistry. 

Regional Chairpersons
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