Dana Robbins

Vice President, Community Brands, Torstar Corporation

Over the course of his 35+ years in media, Dana has served as publisher of more than 50 newspapers, including some of Canada’s most prominent dailies and award-winning community newspapers.

Dana regularly speaks on media, journalism and innovation. And he has addressed such diverse groups as the American Society of Newspaper Editors, American Press Institute, Canadian Newspaper Association, New York Times Regional Media Group, International Newspaper Marketing Association and both the Medill School of Journalism and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

An active volunteer, Dana currently sits on the board of Catholic Family Services of Peel/Dufferin. His past involvement has included board positions on the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Hamilton Community Foundation, St. Matthew’s House, Dundas Valley School of Art, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, Leadership Waterloo Advisory Council and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Community Advisory Council.

Dana is passionate about issues connected to poverty, and he is regularly asked to speak on this subject. His speech ‘Wayne’s Story: Eradicating Poverty in Canada’ was the 2015 grand prize winner in the Cicero Speechwriting Awards.

A father of three, Dana has been married to Catherine for 35 years.

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