Following each SOCAN board election, the new SOCAN board appoints seven SOCAN directors to sit on the SOCAN Foundation board. Those seven then meet to appoint two to six additional SOCAN Foundation directors of their choice. All directors are songwriters, composers, music publishers or other music-industry professionals. Terms coincide with the terms of SOCAN directors: three years.
Board of Directors for 2018-2021
Victor Davies, C.M.
Composer, pianist and conductor Victor Davies studied conducting with Pierre Boulez, and has received a degree in composition. At home in the concert hall, theatre or recording studio, Davies’ music is heard around the world – live, via recordings, and through film and television (he won a Gemini Award for Best Documentary Score in 2002). His works range from music and lyrics for 600 songs for the CTV children’s series Let’s Go! and The Rockets, to jazz concertos for organ, piano, and violin, to his major oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra, Revelation. His many theatre works include a rock opera, (Beowulf); the musical Especially Babe;; The Big Top, commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet ( including a TV special aired worldwide); , and an opera, Transit Of Venus. Davies has scored in a variety of styles for CBC, the NFB, CTV, Global, and many independent productions. He has also composed and performed with his own “third stream” jazz group. Davies has conducted the Winnipeg, Edmonton and Kitchener-Waterloo symphonies, and is the conductor of his own film and television scores. He was musical director and composer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1999 Pan American Games. He has served as President of the Canadian League of Composers, and as a board member of both the Canadian Music Centre and the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.
Ed Henderson is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, guitarist, musical director, music publisher and music producer in theatre, film, recording and on the concert stage. His compositions include all the music in his solo guitar CD Intimate ; Drowned Out, a 12-minute work for Vancouver InterCultural Orchestra and Laudate Singers (2011); Alight, a 12-minute solo guitar commission (CMC/Dance Centre); 11 National Anthem Orchestrations (VANOC at the 2010 Olympics); Star Song (Elektra Women’s Choir); Fuente Ovejuna, a theatrical score for the Stratford Festival; and Birdsong, a 45-minute piece for choir and tar [Iranian guitar] (Vancouver Chamber Choir and Amir Koushkani,). His TV productions include A World Christmas, Tell It on the Mountain and Chasing the Tango High (Bravo! TV), Race of the Century (CTV) plus about 20 documentaries (Vision, Knowledge, etc.).His album productions include the JUNO Award-winning El Camino Real for Ancient Cultures; The Miracle of Christmas and A World Christmas (Vancouver Chamber Choir); Feet First music from the stage show starring Jeff Hyslop; and JUNO-nominated, and West Coast Music Award-winning Endless for Silk Road. Henderson also plays with Chilliwack and Tangissimo, and as a session player in Vancouver. He performs solo guitar concerts, or with other musicians (including Leon Bibb, Ann Mortifee, and Paul Horn).Ed Henderson has served as a board member of the Vancouver Musicians’ Association, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, and (SCGCTheatre Under The Stars. He’s an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and a member of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC).
Frannie Holder is a Montreal composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. A member of the pop/hip-hop band Random Recipe and of the electro folk band Dear Criminals, this multi-talented artist began her music career in 2007. Focussed on live performances, Random Recipe rapidly embarked on an international career (Canada, the U.S., France, Belgium, Italy, Iceland, Mexico, Chile, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Australia), while Dear Criminals adopted a multidisciplinary creative approach and undertook a series of collaborations with the theatre community (Les Lettres d’amour – Québec/Rouen), modern dance (TRAPPED, Things are leaving quietly, in silence), opera (SeX’Y – Opéra de Paris), digital art (STEREOSCOPIC –Québec/Berlin) and film (Fatale-Station, NELLY). The music they wrote for the feature film NELLY earned them the Iris Award for Best Original Music at the 2017 Québec Cinéma Awards. Besides her musical group activities, Frannie Holder signed the musical design of Geneviève Pettersen’s La déesse des mouches à feu, a theatre production staged by Montreal’s Théâtre de Quat’Sous in 2018, as well as the musical design of Kevin Jean’s La Poursuite du Cyclone, a modern dance production performed in Paris, France, in February 2019.
A creative mastermind are the words that can be used to describe Toronto’s Agile. A DJ, producer and songwriter; his style is as diverse as the city he represents. His proven ability to captivate a crowd has made him one of the country’s most sought after DJ’s earning the notoriety to play across Canada, the U.S and the Caribbean. As a producer Agile has worked alongside power players Nas, Melanie Fiona, Dwele, Kardinal Offishall, Method Man, Jully Black, Ivana Santilli and Glenn Lewis to name a few.
Agile’s success is unprecedented. He is a Stylus DJ Award winner, NXNE Rising Star Award winner, five-time Juno nominee and a five-time MuchMusic Video Award nominee. He is a member of the hip-hop super groups BrassMunk and Big Black Lincoln where he acts as DJ & producer.
Dr. John Burge
John Burge is a classically trained composer and pianist, having received degrees from the University of Toronto (BMus and MMus) and British Columbia (DMA). He has composed a large body of instrumental and vocal music in all genres including opera. Many of his orchestral works such as Snowdrift, The Canadian Shield and Rocky Mountain Overture, are regularly performed by orchestras across Canada and internationally. His string orchestra work, Flanders Fields Reflections, as recorded by Sinfonia Toronto, received the 2009 Juno Award for the Best Canadian Classical Composition. Since 1987, has been teaching at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he is a full professor and for a number of years was the Director of the School of Music (now named the Dan School of Drama and Music). A passionate advocate for Canadian music, he was an executive member of the Canadian League of Composers from 1993-2007 (holding the position of President from 1998-2006). He has also served on a number of boards in the Kingston area including being a founder board member of Cantabile Choirs of Kingston and a past chair of the Music at Port Milford Summer School and Festival based in Prince Edward County. In 2014 he was inducted as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canada for his contributions to composition and arts leadership in Canada.
Marc Ouellette holds a music composition degree from McGill University and underwent further training with Hermann Max in Switzerland, and with Ennio Morricone in Italy at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Dividing his time between composing, producing and conducting in many musical genres, Ouellette has won a SOCAN Award and was nominated for Gemini and ADISQ Awards. Over the years, he has written music for several movies, children’s television programs and various independent circus numbers. As an arranger, producer and conductor, he has contributed to concerts and recordings featuring such diverse artists and groups as Isabelle Boulay, Pierre Lapointe, Roch Voisine, The Tea Party, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has served as a board member of the Société professionnelle des auteurs et compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ) and of la Société du droit de reproduction des auteurs compositeurs et éditeurs au Canada (SODRAC) in the early 2000’s and was respectively President of both of them. He also sat as board member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) and served as President of the SOCAN Foundation from 2015-2018.
Multi-faceted songwriter-composer Stan Meissner’s career includes many hit songs, both internationally, and in English and French Canada. Meissner has been a staff songwriter for more than 25 years, under contracts with BMG Music Publishing, Warner-Chappell Music and Irving/Almo/Universal Music, and has written for Céline Dion, Lara Fabian, LeeAnn Womack, Eddie Money, Rita Coolidge, and BJ Thomas. He released three solo albums on A&M and Duke Street/Universal, garnering several Top 10 hits in Canada, including “One Chance” and “River Of Fire.” Meissner has also written music for many TV shows and films, including A&E’s Biography, Berenstain Bears, Timothy Goes to School, Cottage Life, Missing Children and Sweating Bullets/Tropical Heat. He has contributed songs and source music to Beverly Hills 90210, Forever Knight, My Secret Identity, Friday the 13th Parts VII & VIII, and Friday the 13th – The Series, among many others. His work has earned him numerous gold and multi-platinum records, as well as a Gemini Award, two JUNO nominations, a Canadian Music Publishers Association Award, the British Columbia Country Music Association Songwriter of the Year Award, a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award, and several SOCAN Awards. As Treasurer of SOCAN (2003-2012), President of the SOCAN Foundation (2006-2012), President of the Songwriters Association of Canada (2000-2006) and member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2000-2006), Stan has been very active in the songwriting community, working as a tireless advocate to further a more positive environment for music creators.
Janal Bechthold is a composer for film, TV, games, and interactive media, having worked on numerous scores including horror noir feature Art of Obsession, documentary Gods in Shackles, videogame Rival Books of Aster, and interactive graphic novels Dystopia 2153 and 80 Degrees North. Her music for television has been broadcast on CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV, TSN, Discovery, PBS and TV5 International, while her work has been screened at prestigious festivals such as Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, LA Shorts, and at both the United Nations and the Supreme Court of India. Janal has served on the Board of Directors of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada since 2012 in positions such as 2nd Vice President, Chair of the Women Composer Advisory Council, and spearheaded the recent research report Gender in the Canadian Screen Composing Industry.
Glenn Morley is a Toronto-based composer, conductor, and musical director with an extensive background in music for theatre, live events, concerts, television, and film media. With credits for more than 2,000 television episodes, he has won three Gemini Awards. His compositions are heard in numerous programs: The Nature of Things, Royal Canadian Air Farce, Freaky Stories, Man Alive, Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, and Twice in a Lifetime. Morley was the music supervisor for ABC/Disney’s The Music Man and Martin & Lewis (Emmy nomination), and garnered a Genie Award nomination for his score to Red Green’s Duct Tape Forever. He has produced and orchestrated the Gino Vanelli album Canto album, Alfie Zappacosta’s album Start Again, and songs for many others. He has functioned as composer/musical director for more than 80 stage productions, both in Canada and abroad, including the Stratford, Shaw, and Blythe Festivals. He created the score and sound design for the Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill (2005-2009), and was musical director for the re-opening ceremonies for Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, and for The Canadian Songbook for the Luminato Festival. Morley has had his works performed by orchestras across Canada, and he frequently conducts/produces recordings for other composers. He has appeared frequently as an expert witness representing SOCAN members in Copyright Board television and cable tariff hearings. He is a founding member and past president of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.
Arun Chaturvedi is an award winning producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Canada. He has written with and produced for a diverse roster of artists and songwriters including Lamont Dozier, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Luke McMaster, Jim Brickman and many more. The classically trained pianist is also an in demand composer for Film and Television whose credits include hit TV shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Pretty Little Liars, PJ Masks, General Hospital, Degrassi and many more.
With a career spanning more than 20 years, Denis Wolff got started in the music business as sub-publisher of the Beggars Banquet catalogue. In the 1990s, he joined Audiogram, Quebec’s premium independent label, where he spent the next 15 years in capacities ranging from Vice President of the Music Publishing Division, which he set up, to Director of Creative Services. He has worked closely with artists such as Lhasa De Sela, Bran Van 3000, Loco Locass, and Pierre Lapointe. In 2007, Wolff created Maisonnette, an agency offering full film and television composition and production services, where he worked closely with a number of composers (Jean Massicotte, Patrick Watson, Philippe Brault, Benoît Charest, Samuel Laflamme, Mathieu Vanasse, and more) – whose original music he has placed in more than 50 screen productions. Wolff, who has been a member of the PMPA (APEM) Board of Directors since 2011, has also served on the Boards of ADISQ (1998-2003), Musicaction (1999-2006), Fonds RadioStar (2001-2006, including President from 2004 to 2006, and Vice President from 2001 to 2003), and SOPROQ (2004-2006). His industry awards include three consecutive ADISQ Awards for Publisher of the Year (for Éditions Kaligram in 1997,1998, and 1999) and the ADISQ for Record Producer of the Year (for Jean Leloup’s Les Fourmis).
Cheryl Link has worked administratively and creatively in almost every aspect of the music business for more than 23 years. Beginning at FACTOR, and then holding positions at Page Music (music label/distributor), Lacquer Channel (music mastering), BMG Music Publishing, and Casablanca Media, she moved to peermusic in 2005. Cheryl has actively worked to promote the careers of songwriters and artists for her entire professional life. She’s also held positions on the Board of Directors of NDN Talent Collective (bridging the gap between the Indigenous arts community and the mainstream industry), The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, CARAS, and on the Programming Committee at the Canadian Music Publishers Association.