Backstage Pass 2017-06-09T13:43:23+00:00


SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.


SOCAN’s activities are prepared and deployed within the framework of a five-year Strategic Plan, which is refreshed and renewed annually. We welcome you to read our plan.


To lead the global transformation of music rights.


SOCAN serves and champions music creators and publishers. We advocate for them and protect their rights, license access to the world’s music, and collect and distribute royalties in Canada and around the world.


  • Expansion of Rights
  • Expansion of Territory
  • Expansion of Business Lines
  • Service Relevance: the provision of effective and efficient services
  • Operational innovation


The core to SOCAN’s operational success is a robust governance structure that helps us to maintain the trust and respect of members, licensees, employees, media and the government, and allows us to operate in an open and transparent way.

We pride ourselves on a sound governance structure that supports us in achieving our Vision and Strategic Objectives. This structure includes a Code of Conduct for Directors and a Policy on Committees of the Board. There is a regular evaluation of the CEO’s performance process by the Board and a self-assessment questionnaire completed by the directors to measure the Board’s own performance.

SOCAN provides an orientation program on Governance Policies and Procedures for new directors, and a refresher for returning directors. Directors are provided with a Resource Guide at the start of their three-year term and there are structured education and orientation sessions. While the formal interface between the Board and Management is through the CEO, there are numerous opportunities, both formal and informal, for Board members to interact with management.

For full Governance information, please visit socan.ca.

Board of Directors


Back Row: Craig Horton, Nettwerk Music Publishing; Rosaire Archambault, Éditorial Avenue; Jean-Robert Bisaillon, Songwriter; Victor Davies, Composer; Glenn Morley, Composer; Robert Ott, ole; Ed Henderson, Composer; Safwan Javed, Songwriter; Denis Wolff, Ho-Tune Musique;

Front Row: Patrick Curley, Third Side Music; Vivian Barclay, Warner Chappel Music Canada Ltd; Jennifer Mitchell, Casablanca Media Publishing Inc; Stan Meissner, Board President, Songwriter; Gilles Valiquette, Songwriter; Earl Rosen, de Sade Songs; Gary Furniss, Sony/ATV Music Canada Publishing;

Not pictured: Marc Ouellette, Composer; Ben Mink, Songwriter

Executive Team


Left to Right: Onix Belleus, Chief Financial Officer; Geneviève Côté, Chief Québec Affairs Officer; Jeff King, Chief Operating Officer; Gilles Daigle, General Counsel – Legal Services; Jennifer Brown, Vice President – Licensing; Michael McCarty, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer; Eric Baptiste, Chief Executive Officer; Andrew Berthoff, Chief Communications & Marketing Officer; Janice Scott, Vice President – Information Technology; Mike King, Vice President – Human Capital; Kit Wheeler, Vice President – Distribution; Catharine Saxberg, Vice President – International Relations   


Culture, Community, and Charity

A common thread weaves through SOCAN: every employee loves music and believes in the rights and fair compensation of music creators and publishers. This attitude is prevalent in everything we do and heavily influences SOCAN’s company culture. Whether listening to music in the offices, playing our in-house piano (in Toronto, kindly loaned to us my member Stephan Moccio), or attending our members’ live performances, SOCAN employees’ love of music can be heard and seen everywhere.

But there’s more to SOCAN’s culture than just loving music. We also take great pride in supporting and giving back to the community in which we operate, and promoting the cultural diversity, and health and well-being of our 300-plus employees. Here are a few of the ways that SOCAN gave back to our community, charities and the environment, while fostering our workplace culture, in 2016:

Aevitas Light Bulb and Lamps Recycling
Upon completion of renovations at our head office, 233 light bulbs and lamps were diverted from landfill and donated to Aevitas, an industry leader in providing environmentally responsible, cost-effective solutions for unique waste streams.


SOCAN employee band Unlicensed to Play performing at the Re:Cital Benefit Concert.

Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund
From our talented employees, SOCAN assembled our own “Unlicensed To Play” band to perform classic songs by our members at the annual Re:Cital Benefit Concert to raise funds for the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. Almost $10,000 was raised that evening, and many SOCAN employees attended the downtown Toronto event to support their musically-talented colleagues.

Dress for Success
SOCAN employees from all offices donated new and lightly-used professional apparel to Dress for Success, a global not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged people by providing professional attire.

Earth Day – Community Clean-Up
During SOCAN’s Earth Week activities, employees took to the surrounding community to pick up garbage and waste. Eleven large bags of waste were collected by employees from around our Toronto building alone.

Eva’s Place 
During the holidays, employees who work in SOCAN’s Distribution department donated bags-full of gently-used clothing to Eva’s Place, a Toronto-based youth shelter.

Employee Health & Wellness
SOCAN’s leaders embarked on a mission to learn more about mental health issues in the workplace by completing the Queen’s Mental Health Leadership Certification. These employees have now taken their learning to a new level and act as Well-Being Ambassadors throughout the organization, promoting a mandate to reduce the stigma associated with these issues in the workplace. Additionally, our efforts were guided by a new Well-Being in the Workplace Policy, which expanded on SOCAN’s wellness programming.  This policy served (and currently serves) as the foundation for SOCAN’s new Wellness Strategy (2017) and focuses on fostering good physical, financial, and mental health.

E-waste Recycling
In 2016, SOCAN’s IT department diverted waste from landfills by disposing of worn out monitors, laptops, phones, and servers, by giving them to Hi-Tech Recycling, an Ontario-based e-waste recycler. During Earth Week, we collected laptops, cellphones, phone chargers, and calculators from staff which were given to Terracycle, a company that specializes in effective waste solutions.

Muldoon’s Coffee
During Earth Week, Toronto office employees were introduced to Muldoon’s single-serve coffee machines that have eliminated wasted pots of coffee and grinds. Muldoon’s coffee pods are 100 per cent compostable and packaging is 100 per cent recyclable.

North York Harvest Food Bank
North York Harvest Food Bank, a non-profit organization that helps to feed families who are struggling, challenged Toronto employees to a fundraising goal of $500. Since SOCAN employees never back down from a challenge, we accepted and exceeded our fundraising goal, collecting a total of $1,200 and 1,500 pounds of food, through fall activities that included our annual bake sale and candygrams, and a pumpkin auction.

Paper Recycling
According to a report by Shred-It, SOCAN’s partnership with them and dedication to recycling helped save no fewer than 158 trees in 2016.

Shoe Box Project    
The Shoe Box project is a charitable program that collects and distributes holiday gifts in the form of shoeboxes to women who are homeless. SOCAN staff in our Vancouver office participated in this initiative, filling a box with essential items such as socks, gloves, scarves, and hats.

Sick Kids Corporate IceWave Challenge
SOCAN colleagues, relatives and friends participated again in the annual Corporate IceWave Challenge, Toronto’s largest indoor beach volleyball tournament, in support of children receiving treatment for cancer at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

SOCAN Sessions
SOCAN Sessions help to connect employees with the songwriters, composers and music publishers we represent, who, just like them, are working towards excellence in their careers. In 2016, employees were treated to a record-breaking number of exclusive and interactive live performances by SOCAN members Kevin Parent, The Heartbroken, Andy Kim, Fast Romantics, Rosie Valland, Amylie and André Papanicolaou to name a few.

Rosie Valland SOCAN Session

Singer-songwriter Rosie Valland performed at a SOCAN Session for our Montréal staff on Apr.29, 2016.

Dean Brody SOCAN Session

Award-winning country singer-songwriter and SOCAN member Dean Brody performed at a SOCAN Session for our staff on Oct.19, 2016, at SOCAN’s head office in Toronto.


Socially Conscious
Each year, the SOCAN Social Committee organizes events to bring employees together to help build camaraderie and showcase what makes SOCAN such a great place to work. Events such as Ice Cream Day, Donut Day, Diversity Day, People.Connected.Day (an annual full day of activities), the Holiday Party, Halloween and Valentine’s Day festivities, were just some of the ways the Social Committee helped foster corporate culture in 2016 and rewarded employees for all their hard work and dedication to the company.

Greek Dance

SOCAN employees celebrate Diversity Day learning to Greek dance.

Dia performance

SOCAN member Dia performs during Diversity Day.


Take Our Kids to Work Day
Once again, SOCAN participated in The Learning Partnership’s annual Take Our Kids to Work Day, a national program with a mission to offer Grade 9 students a direct view into the workforce. Students visiting SOCAN on Nov. 9th were treated to a day filled with interactive, career-themed workshops and activities, along with an exclusive live performance by Lion Bear Fox.

Unison Benevolent Fund
In 2016, SOCAN launched its first merchandise store, with all profits going to the Unison Benevolent Fund, the non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. The SOCAN merch store unveiled a fun “Music ?’s Everybody” campaign that has been resonating with our members and music fans.

Employees also committed personal time and fielded a team at Unison’s “Canada Rocks” curling bonspiel, where SOCAN’s “Unlicensed To Curl” team competed against the rest of the music industry over a fun-filled day. At this event, close to $12,000 was raised for the cause. SOCAN was once again a sponsor of the annual Golf4Good golf tournament to raise funds for the Unison Benevolent Fund.