2019 Judges

Rob Baker"Rob Baker"

Rob Baker is best known as a member of The Tragically Hip. A graduate of Queen’s University (BFA’86), he has put his visual arts studies to use designing many of the band’s T-shirts and album art. He is also currently working on his third album with his band, Stripper’s Union. Rob was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and in 2017, Rob was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. 

Rob has always been a big supporter of his community, giving his time, money, and profile to local and national charities with a focus on medical, musical, and environmental causes. 

This is Rob’s seventh time judging the provincial 3MT.


Emily Chung"Emily Chung"

Emily Chung is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist who reports on science and the environment for CBC News, mostly online but sometimes on the radio.

Emily started writing for newspapers and magazines while doing her BSc in biology and chemistry at Western University and her PhD in chemistry at the University of British Columbia. After that, she interned at the Toronto Star and worked for the Vancouver Sun before joining CBC News in 2006 as a digital reporter based in Ottawa, covering eastern Ontario and western Quebec news.

She has been focused on national science and technology reporting since 2010. She is a past board member of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada and a current member of the Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council for FIRST Canada. She enjoys urban cycling, birding and roaming Toronto’s ravines with her husband and two kids. Her Twitter handle is @mle_chung.


Jane Travers"Jane Travers"

With over 30 years of experience in the utility sector, Jane is the vice-president for Asset Management & Optimization at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). In this role, she is responsible for the optimization of Renewable Generation’s fleet – comprised of 66 hydroelectric stations, two thermal stations, and a new solar farm – with a focus on asset management, strategic business planning, maintenance strategy, data analytics and innovation. Prior to this appointment, she was the acting production manager of Niagara Operations, accountable for the operation and maintenance of 12 hydroelectric generating stations in south central Ontario, including the Sir Adam Beck complex.  

Jane has held a variety of senior manager positions for Renewable Generation in Engineering and Operations, leading support services across the fleet in the areas of technical asset management, engineering risk, coordination of multidisciplinary engineering assessments and projects, engineering governance, and business planning. Jane’s career started in OPG’s nuclear division, working briefly at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station while it was under construction, followed by an extensive run supporting the specialized inspection of CANDU reactors in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and South Korea.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Engineering – Mechanical, from McMaster University in Hamilton (’87), and has been a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario since 1991. Jane is actively involved in leadership initiatives in the areas of recruitment, diversity, inclusion and culture change.


Pearl Veenema"Pearl Veenema"

Pearl is president and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. She also serves on the board of trustees for Children’s Miracle Network and is a member of the Mohawk College Foundation Board and the MacKay CEO forum.

Prior to joining Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Pearl served as president and chief development officer for the Orthopedic and Arthritic Foundation. She was also managing director of Campaigns and cice president advancement for the University Health Network’s Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation.

Pearl is a fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE International. Pearl is a recipient of AHP’s Harold J. (Si) Seymour Award in recognition of her excellence in fostering philanthropy. Pearl is a contributing author for the first Canadian Fundraising Textbook, Excellence in Fundraising.  


Tim Potocic"Tim Potocic"

Tim Potocic is co-owner and president of 23-year-old Sonic Unyon Records in Hamilton, including in-house labels Sonic Unyon records, Sonic Unyon Metal and Goodfellow Records. In the past, he has sat on the boards of CIRPA and CARAS, and has enjoyed Canadian Music Industry Award for label of the year, and Hamilton Entrepreneur of the Year award. As well, several of his artists have received Juno nominations. Tim currently sits on the boards of the Canadian Independent Music Association and the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record. Sonic Unyon has grown into one of Canada’s leading independent record companies, releasing over 170 new recordings by a wide variety of acts such as Aereogramme, Augury, A Northern Chorus, Change of Heart, Cursed, Dinner Belles, Hayden, Oh Suzanna, Suicidal Angels, Ringo DeathStarr, Sacrifice, Sianspheric, Spirits, Simply Saucer, Steve Strongman, Treble Charger, Terra Lightfoot, Teenagehead, Tristan Psionic, Tricky Woo, Young Rival, Frank Black & the Catholics, and Voivod. In 2009-10, Sonic Unyon expanded into the live music business with Tim becoming lead organizer of Hamilton’s annual Supercrawl festival. Supercrawl has won several Tourism Festival of the Year awards, including Entertainment Ambassador of the Year in 2011 going to Tim, and Tourism Event of the Year in 2015. Currently, Sonic Unyon operates a downtown Hamilton venue – Mills Hardware ­– and is expanding its festival and live event focus with Because Beer, Festival of Friends, and Seven Sundays concert series.

Additionally, Tim has been involved in property redevelopment and management in downtown Hamilton with partners in Sonic Unyon.