The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) has announced the appointment of Mark Sakamoto as chair of its board. A member of the board since 2008, he replaces Kevin Shea who retired in August. A release said
Sakamoto is Executive Vice-President for Think Research, an international cloud-based software firm in Toronto. In that capacity he is responsible for driving all aspects of business development. A lawyer, Sakamoto has also worked for a national broadcaster and for a national law firm. He began his career as a music promoter for international live acts and co-founded Vote Out Loud, a non-profit that works with high-profile musicians to encourage political awareness and participation among young Canadians.The OMDC was established in 2000 (built on the former Ontario Film Development Corporation) to stimulate investment in creative industries, of which book and magazine publishing is one.