The Ontario Association of Broadcasters is pleased to announce the 2018 Ontario Hall of Fame Award for lifetime achievement will be presented to two people – Ross Kentner and Barbara Williams!
A Board nominated honour, the Ontario Hall of Fame is presented to individuals who have spent most of their careers working for private broadcasters and demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards of broadcast excellence.
Ross Kentner recently retired after 56 years with Bayshore Broadcasting. Ever the champion for radio, Ross began his career as an operator and quickly moved into the newsroom, eventually becoming News Director and later General Manager in 1985.
Ross has always made sure his radio stations maintained their connection to community. News has always been a big part of this plan. As Bayshore Broadcasting expanded under his direction, news has always been front and centre in all new stations. Under Ross’ direction, Bayshore Broadcasting makes regular appearances at the podium at RTNDA awards. The News Centre remains the voice of Grey Bruce. The one common force has been Ross Kentner.
Ross is a past chair of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters, past chair of the Community Foundation of Grey Bruce. In 2002, he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal awarded for community service and the 2011 RTNDA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award.
Barbara Williams is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc., where she oversees all strategic and operational aspects of Corus’ content across conventional and specialty television, Nelvana, digital, and radio properties.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Williams served as Shaw Media’s President, overseeing all aspects of the company’s business. Prior to this, Ms. Williams was Senior Vice President of Content for Shaw Media, responsible for the creation of Canadian original productions, acquisition deals of top U.S. and international series, and scheduling for the company’s conventional network and 19 specialty channels. Before joining Shaw, Ms. Williams served as Executive Vice President, Content at Canwest Broadcasting, Vice President and General Manager of Toronto 1, and Senior Vice President of Lifestyle Programming at Alliance Atlantis.
Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Telecommunications from Syracuse University. She currently sits on the board of the Canadian Film Centre. She was previously a board member of Canada’s Walk of Fame and the former Chair of the Banff World Media Festival.
Ms. Williams has been recognized with numerous industry accolades, including recently being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Women in Film & Television (WIFT), the Chair of Distinction Award from Women in Communications and Technology (WCT), and was named one of the 20 Most Powerful Women in Global Television by The Hollywood Reporter.
The Ontario Hall of Fame Awards will be presented during the OAB conference, Gala Awards Luncheon, Thursday, November 8th at the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel.