Board Retreat

The Global Reporting Centre’s 2018 board retreat will be held at the Carey Institute for Global Good in Albany New York from October 26 – 27. Below you will find a detailed schedule for the Saturday meeting and a list of attendees.

Meeting Location: Straus Meeting Room

Time Agenda Item Facilitator Sub-Committee Category
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast (Carriage House Restaurant)
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Update on Board Members Peter Klein
9:15 – 9:45 Tagline for the GRC Dave Rummel and Christine Brandt
9:45 – 10:15 The GRC’s Relationship with Collaborators Britney Dennison Editorial/Collaborator
10:15 – 10:45 Update on Projects Peter Klein Editorial/Collaborators
10:45 – 11:15 Revenue Opportunities Ying Chan Fundraising
11:15 – 11:30 BREAK
11:30 – 11:50 Update on 501c3 and University Senate Christine Brandt Governance/Business Affairs
11:50 – 12:00 Update on GRC Insurance Christine Brandt Governance/Business Affairs
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (Carriage House Restaurant)
1:00 – 1:45 Competitive Landscape of Journalism David Rummel Editorial
1:45 – 2:00 Update on Philanthropic Funding Christine Brandt Fundraising
2:00 – 2:45 New Ideas for Funding Peter Klein Fundraising
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:30 Past and Future Event Farid Rohani and Dana Wolfe Fundraising/Events
3:30 – 4:00 Lessons Learned from Past Projects Britney Dennison Editorial/Collaborator
4:00 – 5:00 Future Project Ideas Peter Klein Editorial/Collaborator
5:00 – 6:00 Open Discussion and Questions
6:00 – 7:30 Dinner (Carriage House Restaurant)
7:30 Happy Hour Drinks with the Logan Non-Fiction Workshop


GRC Board
Dr. Videsh Kapoor is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Family Practice and family physician practicing in Vancouver. She is the Director of the Division of Global Health in the Department of Family Practice and the Global Health Theme Leader in the Medical Undergraduate Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is on the Advisory Board of the Global Reporting Program at the School of Journalism.
Richard Harris is a former Senior Producer, ABC News & NPR. Winner of 13 Emmy Awards and a DuPont for his work as senior producer of ABC News NIGHTLINE from 1987 to 2005. Also served as senior broadcast producer of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and as Director of PM Programming at National Public Radio.

Scott McIntyre is the co-founder, and recently retired Publisher and CEO of the Canadian book-publishing house Douglas & Mcintyre. His career has also embraced more than 40 years of government relations, industry association work, and membership on a variety of cultural and social boards. Scott holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from SFU, and is a member of the Order of Canada. His contributions to Canadian publishing have been recognized by a Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal in 2002, and her Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012.

Sirish Rao is a writer, festival producer and publishing professional with deep connections to the international literary and publishing world. Sirish is the founding Artistic Director of Vancouver’s annual Indian Summer Festival. He has authored twenty books, from commentaries on popular culture to children’s books and retellings of Greek plays. His books have been translated into seventeen languages and won several international awards.
Farid Rohani is a businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a champion for multicultural understanding and human rights. He was a founding member and is the immediate past Chair of the Laurier Institution. Rohani has served on the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (E-Division) Commanding Officers Diversity Advisory Committee, the Scouts Canada British Columbia Diversity Committee, on the Steering Committee of the Vancouver Dialogues Project and on the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet of Vancouver Island University. Rohani also publishes widely on immigration, multiculturalism, diversity and ethics. He now manages his family’s Vancouver-based development and real estate holding company.

Anya Schiffrin is a former journalist for Reuters, The Industry Standard, former bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires, and former editor-in-chief of The Turkish Times. Schiffrin is on the advisory board of the Open Society Foundation’s Program on Independent Journalism and of Revenue Watch Institute. Her most recent book is “Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World” (New Press 2014).
Gabriella Stern has been Director, Media  and External Relations, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, since January 2016. She is based in Seattle. Previously, Gabby was a deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, where she spent nearly 25 years, with stints in Europe and Asia in addition to the U.S. Before joining the Journal, she reported for the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald. Gabby, who holds bachelors and masters degrees from Yale University, is married and has two adult children; she holds U.S. and UK citizenship.
Dana Wolfe is a five-time Emmy-award winning journalist and independent media consultant. She was the founding executive producer of the acclaimed live debate series, Intelligence Squared U.S., and served for over a decade as a producer for ABC News, Nightline. Wolfe sits on the board of Retro Report, a nonprofit documentary news organization.
GRC Board Members Attending via Teleconference
Yuen Ying-ChainYuen Ying Chan is the founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. Chan has also spent 23 years working as a journalist in New York, and is the recipient of the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, and won the International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Jon Festinger, Q.C. (LL.B., B.C.L. 1980 (McGill University)) is a Vancouver, British Columbia based counsel and educator. Jon has taught media, communications, intellectual property, and corporate law topics at UBC’s Allard School of Law, for more than two decades, as well as occasionally teaching at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. In addition Jon is a Professor of Professional Practice at Simon Fraser University, a faculty member at the Centre for Digital Media, and Honorary Industry Professor in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London.
Salil Tripathi was born in India and lives in London. He chairs PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee. He has been a correspondent in Southeast Asia and has written for many major international publications. His books include Offense: The Hindu Case (Seagull, 2009), The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy (Aleph, 2014, Yale 2016), and Detours: Songs of the Open Road (Tranquebar, 2015). He is currently working on a book on Gujaratis.
GRC Staff
Peter KleinPeter Klein is the Executive Director and Founder. In 2009, Peter led a team of students on a global investigation about electronic waste, which won the Emmy for Best Investigative Journalism. Peter is a longtime producer with CBS News 60 Minutes, and has produced projects for many of the major American news programs, including Frontline, Nightline, 20/20 and 48 Hours. He has written for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and other newspapers.
Dave Rummel is the Executive Editor of the GRC. David was the Senior Producer for News and Documentary at The New York Times, where he produced Public Affairs television documentaries with Times reporters for a variety of television outlets. Dave previously served as senior producer at ABC News and NBC News.
Britney DennisonBritney Dennison is the Deputy Director of the GRC. She is a former fellow of the International Reporting Program. She specializes in mental health reporting and international journalism. Her work has won numerous awards, including several Edward R. Murrow awards. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Tyee, CTV and Al Jazeera.
Christine Brandt is the Managing Director of the GRC. She has 22 years of project management experience on dozens of television productions across a number of genres, including documentaries, current affairs, docudramas, reality series and independent features for both Canadian and US broadcasters. Several productions have been award-winning. Through the varied roles of producer, writer/director, production manager, and post-production supervisor on a broad span of programs, she has a comprehensive range of creative, financial and business affairs skills.
Sharon Nadeem is a Research Assistant with the GRC. She is a Vancouver-based multimedia journalist, interested in global reporting and international affairs. Originally from India, Sharon was brought up in the Middle East, where she developed a fascination for intercultural interaction. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and has worked to combine her skills in programming with her love for storytelling, during her Masters in Journalism at the University of British Columbia. She’s reported on migration, environment and Indigenous issues for the Globe and Mail, BBC, CBC Indigenous, Huffington Post, Yukon News, and Jakarta Post. When she isn’t reporting, she’s either eating or planning her next trip.