Chris is the CEO of Digital Journal Inc and a career entrepreneur who has worked in publishing, digital media, broadcasting, advertising, social media and marketing. Having been called the ”best-of-the-best of Canadian entrepreneurship,” Chris is regarded as a social news & new media expert. He has a proven track record of innovating new technologies and building disruptive, high-growth digital businesses.
With a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University, Chris began his career in media with Digital Journal magazine when he joined as a freelance journalist. He quickly climbed the editorial ranks and at 21-years-old he was named Editor-in-Chief, making him the youngest in Canada to lead a national publication.
Dubbed a media wunderkind by journalism pundits, Chris grew Digital Journal magazine to international scale and distribution and he spearheaded the company’s full transition to digital.
In 2008 Chris was promoted to CEO of Digital Journal Inc where he fully transitioned the company from a magazine publisher to become a diverse modern media company. He led the development of a proprietary digital media platform; he grew the company’s contributor base into a global network of tens of thousands of people in more than 200 countries; he launched an events division that has attracted media execs and journalists from across Canada, the US & UK; he scaled the publishing division to reach millions of people/month; he created a tech division to license Digital Journal’s platform as a SaaS product for media companies; and he co-founded a brand division called /newsrooms to provide content marketing and social media solutions for brands.
Chris has worked with several media companies including CBC News, Fifth Estate, CBC Sports, CTV News, City News, CP24, Global News, Business News Network, Daily Planet, Space, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Postmedia, and dozens of syndicated TV and radio networks.
Chris won international acclaim in 2012 when Digital Journal was proclaimed one of the Top 20 most promising companies in Canada by The C100, a non-profit, member-driven organization made up of top executives of companies such as Apple, Cisco, EA, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Oracle, and venture investors representing more than $8 billion in capital.
Chris is also a consultant to large brands and media companies, as well as a mentor/adviser to startups.