About the Launch

Media Literacy Week 2018: Fact or Fake is launching with an expert panel discussion of false information online. On November 2, over 70 high school students from the Encounters With Canada will attend the event at the Canadian Museum of Nature and have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions.

For the first time, Media Literacy Week’s launch will also be live streamed! Students, teachers and media literacy advocates are invited to watch the event as it happens and participate in the comment section.

Join us on MediaSmarts’ Facebook page as we kick off this very special Media Literacy Week.

When: November 2, 10 a.m. EST

Meet the Panelists

Michele Austin is the Head of Government, Public Policy and Philanthropy at Twitter Canada. She works closely with government partners and policy stakeholders to help create good public policy and meaningful content on Twitter.

Michele has been helping organizations work with government for more than 20 years, including as federal Chief of Staff for a number of Cabinet Ministers. She is a well known commentator in Ottawa on conservative political strategy, having appeared on CTV’s Power Play for 10 years.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University. She lives with her husband and three unruly teenagers in Kanata, Ontario.

Kevin Chan is a Global Director and Head of Public Policy at Facebook Canada, and engages in an ongoing dialogue with the policy community on issues that impact the Internet sector, including election integrity, misinformation, freedom of expression, safety, and Indigenous culture and content online. A Governor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and a member of the 2017 Selection Board of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, he also sits on the advisory council at McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy and serves on the boards of MediaSmarts and Kids Help Phone.

He graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School, the Ivey Business School and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is the recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal, which recognizes Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring honour to our country.

Kathy English has been the public editor at the Toronto Star since 2007. Prior to this role, she reported and edited for six Canadian daily newspapers, launched websites for two Canadian media companies, SunMedia and Trancontinental Media, and served as a tenured faculty member at Ryerson School of Journalism.

Kathy was the 2018 recipient of  Western University’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Asper Fellowship. During the fellowship she taught a graduate seminar course on critical issues in digital media literacy, tackling timely issues of truth in news, media literacy and the disruption of the mainstream media landscape.

English, who holds an MA in Canadian history from Western University, is also currently an executive board member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and serves on advisory boards for the Ryerson School of Journalism, the Sheridan College journalism program, and the board of Informed Opinions.

Megan Beretta graduated in September with a Master’s in the Social Sciences of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute, at the University of Oxford. Her research interests are technology lobbying, civic engagement, and digital government. She is a Fellow for the Institute of Canadian Citizenship, where she is designing a curriculum and consultation for high school students on digital rights in Canada. She also works in the federal government on digital government policy.

Megan will be moderating the Media Literacy Week launch.