Board of Directors

We are pleased to present the CMAO board of Directors, and as always wish to acknowledge the Founding President Rob MacArthur and Founding Patron Linda Wright for their definitive roles in the Country Music Association of Ontario. As well we would like to thank Past Presidents Heather Ostertag, Barry Haugen and Sam Arraj for their dedicated contributions towards building this organization, and all of our past directors.

Executives

Bruce Good

President


In 1970 Bruce Good was a member of the trio James and the Good Brothers whose first tour was on the outrageous Festival Express.This train crossed Canada with acts of the day such as The Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Ten Years After and many more. Later, when James left the group, Bruce and his brother Brian recruited younger Brother Larry and The Good Brothers were born.

After receiving gold records and garnering 8 Juno awards and Big Country awards (predecessor of the CCMA) for best country group, Bruce became manager/agent for the Good Brothers and did so for 23 years. He received a Canadian Country Music Association award for instrumentalist of the year for special instrument, (autoharp) and in 2004 The Good Brothers were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. This spring will mark their 37th tour of Europe.

Bruce has been on the balloting committee for the CCMA for the past four years and is presently President of the Country Music Association of Ontario. Bruce feels his strongest asset is the artist’s perception that he brings to the board.

Catherine Faint

1st Vice-President


Catherine Faint owns and operates CFE Inc. (Catherine Faint Entertainment). She started her 35 year music career as an agent back in the ‘70’s. As head of the country division for ‘The Agency’, she worked with many of Canada’s top country artists. She was very humbled to receive Booking Agent of the Year from 1994 through 1998 for her work ensuring Canadian artists were being showcased both nationally and internationally.

Soon thereafter, Catherine created CFE Inc. expanding her entertainment services to include production services for many corporate and live events. It was not long before Casino Rama and Fallsview Casino became clients and special events and labour requests allowed the company to grow, now employing more than 100 people Catherine has continued to stay connected in the Canadian Country music business, serving on the Awards and Balloting committee, attending Country Music Week annually and, has been the CMAO Awards Chair for the last two years.

Simon Rayner

2nd Vice-President


Simon has more than 27 years experience working in the music industry spanning two sides of the Atlantic. My career began in the UK in national sales and marketing roles at a leading independent record label/distributor that was absorbed by major label BMG, and with my arrival in Canada in 1997 marketing some of the highest profiled artist and music brands in the world from BMG & Sony Music Entertainment. Currently I am fully immersed in a leading role as a Marketing Director at Sony Music including responsibility for managing the Sony Music Nashville roster of Country artists.
As part of the senior management team we are tasked with leading the migration as the recording industry evolves in the digital age and becoming ‘artist and content’ brand managers. And with the surge of streaming services there is a heightened need to drive beyond the traditions of traditional music marketing. I have successfully contributed to this through creative marketing and advertising, multi-faceted promotional activities generating high consumer engagement and exposure surrounding our new revenue sources.

Sam Arraj

Treasurer


Sam Arraj is a CPA, CA and the owner of “Seeds & Company”, an accounting practice that serves a broad rage of sectors, with a specific focus on music and entertainment through their “Rock N Revenue” brand. Sam’s financial expertise specific to the music and entertainment industry is an asset to the CMAO.

The former President of the Country Music Association of Ontario and an on-going music fan believes in giving back to the community, which is why he has served on the CMAO board since 2011. In addition, Sam publishes a blog focused on the music industry called Music Biz Finance (www.musicbizfinance.com).

Brian Allen

Secretary


A veteran of the business, Brian’s first venture was a member and principal songwriter for the band Toronto in the ‘80s, logging 4 platinum albums. Following the band’s breakup, Brian saw success as a co-writer of “What About Love” which propelled Heart to a 10 million seller. Attic Records recruited Brian as head of A&R, a post he held for 15 years. He doubled as a producer for a number of artists on the label, which yielded 2 double platinum sellers each for Lee Aaron and Haywire. Following Attic, Brian moved to SOCAN as Manager of the International Department. In 2002 Brian founded AMPLUS Productions, a production company.

Brian has earned 25 gold, platinum and special achievement awards as an artist, producer and songwriter. He is a member of CCMA, CMAO, SOCAN, CMRRA, SAC, and CFM. He has served on committees for CIRPA (now CIMA), CCMA, CARAS and chaired the Music Advisory Committee at Humber College.

Brian taught music business courses at Metalworks Institute, and is frequently a guest lecturer and panelist. Brian currently heads Amplus Productions and is actively writing, recording and consulting. Recent productions include Marshall Dane’s “Running Stop Signs” (Country Music News # 11 album of 2011), Mike Lynch’s “Road Map” (Country Music News # 5 album of 2011), Darrelle London (via EMI) and Roveena’s EP “Perfect World.”

The Directors

Michelle Carpenter


Michelle Carpenter has always been a fan of country music from a very young age. After graduating from Ryerson University in 2005, she immediately began an internship at CMT. In 2009 she was promoted to Music Director, where she oversaw all Music Programming on the network. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry over the course of her time with CMT. 
 She has also been actively involved with both the CCMA and the Junos by participating in many panels and committees.

Kathryn Hummel


Kathryn, President of Hummel Entertainment has extensive knowledge and expertise in the music industry encompassing promotions, digital marketing and event planning while giving priority to artist development. Working in and behind the scenes in prestigious artist related companies such as Canadian Music Week and FACTOR, Hummel drew from her experiences to further develop her knowledge base of the music business.

n one decade, Hummel’s focus within her own company includes artist management, various facets of grant writing and developing social media platforms for clients.

Steve Kassay


Steve is VP Programming for Durham Radio. Following a few years on the road chasing the rock star dream, Steve moved from playing music to playing records. His radio career has taken him through stations and various broadcasting companies in Toronto, Central and Southern Ontario, and nationally syndicated live shows – in production, programming, on-air, Music Director and Program Director capacities. Now Vice-President, Programming for Durham Radio Inc., Steve manages operations for KX-96, KX-947, 94.9 The Rock, CKDO and wave.fm. From Country to Rock to AC formats, the common denominators for Steve are a passion for radio, music and the performers whose style make it all happen.

Stefanie Purificati


Stefanie Purificati has been at United Talent Agency (formerly The Agency Group) since 2008. She started as the executive assistant to the Senior Vice President and was promoted to Agent in 2012. Her current roster includes notable headline talent such as Sam Roberts Band, Bruce Cockburn, Alan Doyle and Paul Brandt. She is also overseeing the developing careers of artists such as Jess Moskaluke, Cold Creek County, Lindi Ortega and Repartee. Her international roster includes Jeremy Loops (South Africa), Axel Flovent (Iceland) and Kristian Nairn (Ireland).

Ashley Sperling


Ashley Sperling is a music, technology and marketing enthusiast. She’s currently Marketing Manager at MapleMusic Recordings | Fontana North, and also teaches digital marketing classes at The Harris Institute for the Arts. Ashley was previously manager of partnerships, merchandising and marketing for BlackBerry’s North American music and video e-commerce storefronts, where she led global music and video campaigns. She also has experience as a digital marketing manager for Universal Music Canada, an artist management company and Luminato Festival. Ashley has managed campaigns and projects for numerous artists including The Bros. Landreth, Royal Wood, Hedley, Justin Bieber, Keshia Chanté, Jann Arden, and more.

Kim Stoneburg


Kim has a background in policing but her passion is music, especially Country. Ten years ago she met a Canadian Country Artist and a friendship evolved and then became his merch girl for a couple of years. In 2010 an opportunity opened. He needed a tour manager. With a head for business and extraordinary organizational skills, they both agreed to try it out temporarily. Six years later she is still working for him and several others in the business. She has helped new artists and established artists in this industry. Kim has been a member of the CMAO for the last four years.