In this episode, we explore why it is imperative for inclusivity and diversity to be encouraged in our industry with two impactful guests from the Canadian media and advertising space sharing both their personal stories and the journey in this industry thus far. We take a deep dive into understanding the current media landscape, how brands and agencies are working with authentic and relatable content, and the work we all need to keep doing to create a truly equitable, inclusive and diverse industry and world.
Ruchika was born in Mumbai, raised in Dubai and enjoyed her teenage years in Montreal. She currently resides in Toronto. She has worked both on camera and behind the scenes in the Canadian media industry for over 8 years. She has been with the CBC since 2015 and is currently a content marketing manager for our entertainment and unscripted content with CBC & Radio-Canada Media Solutions.
Some of Ruchika's on camera work ranges from hosting her very own show on Rogers TV called #Nofilter and several South Asian community events with Anokhi Media.
She also co-hosted a global podcast series called #AnokhiUncensored on Dash Radio, exploring a range of global topics connecting with South Asian community.
Ruchika is a big bollywood movie buff, and has binged her favourite Bollywood film Andaaz Apna Apna over 300 times!
Raised in Mississauga, Ontario, Nick has worked in radio, television, and print for the past 33 years as a reporter, TV and radio host, covering everything from current affairs to the arts. He has won many awards for his journalism, including a 2006 Gabriel Award for a story he did on Holly Jones, and was the recipient of the Reelworld Film Festival Visionary Award presented to individuals working behind the scenes to promote diversity at all levels.
He has also covered two Olympic Games and has taught radio skills to new journalists across the country for CBC. Nick has lectured on journalism at Ryerson University, Seneca College, Sheridan College, and Centennial College. He has been with CBC for 25 years, starting as a national reporter in Sports. He then moved on to be the Senior Producer of Metro Morning, Toronto's local morning program. Nick went on to work in program development, where he is responsible for the ongoing development of local programming across the country. He then worked as the Director of Engagement and Inclusion and is currently the Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion at CBC.
Kevin grew up in Etobicoke Rexdale, Ontario and has held previous senior roles with both Havas and Carat. He has worked at MediaCom for 13 years where he joined the GroupM agency, Mediacom in 2014, first as Chief Client Officer before being promoted to CEO less than a year. Kevin has been appointed CEO of GroupM Canada since 2021, which made him amongst the very first Black CEOs in the North American media and marketing industry. In addition to leading GroupM’s operations within Canada – which includes agencies Mediacom, Mindshare, Wavemaker, Essence and m/Six, as well as programmatic audience company Xaxis – he also serves on GroupM’s North American leadership team. Kevin also supports the charitable organization Trust15 in Rexdale, which provides youth in the Rexdale/North Etobicoke area.
The Ensemble / All Together podcast series aims to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive media landscape through genuine conversations among industry professionals. The collected stories seek to promote change, greater representation and equity of opportunity within our industry.
This platform and its content are part of CBC/Radio-Canada's strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), as a public broadcaster and Canadian employer. These initiatives are intended to be catalysts for change, creating spaces for learning, innovation and bold conversations.
To find out more about these actions, please consult our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2022-2025.