Janis Nostbakken

Janis Nostbakken has wide-ranging experience as a communications specialist in a variety of roles from strategic planner and concept developer to creative director and corporate executive. Known as an original thinker, she is an adept team player with strong leadership abilities. The collaborative nature of most of her work calls for a mix of management skill and mentoring, which has led to a string of successful projects. She has over 25 years of experience in managing teams both at home and abroad, devising budgets and production schedules, and liaising with clients in the public and private sectors.  Her speciality is finding fresh new ways to communicate messages of importance. Janis has partnered with experts from scientists to historians and dealt with subjects from bio-diversity to cultural diversity. Much of her work focuses on children and youth devising inventive ways to help them learn by doing. Her aim is to empower young people to become fully engaged participants in life and better aware of their potential to make a positive difference in the world.

Perhaps best known as the founding editor of Chickadee magazine, Janis has also created half-a-dozen television series and written more than 200 scripts for shows such as Sesame StreetFred Penner’s Place and Camp Cariboo. She has developed interactive museum exhibits, authored a best-selling book, written and produced a theatrical play, penned two weekly syndicated newspaper columns, and developed award-winning learning materials for a host of clients. Janis has made numerous appearances on radio and television, including a continuing spot on CTV Ottawa’s News at Noon, and has travelled the country promoting a better understanding of young people and their special place in society.

Former positions include:

• Head of Children’s Programming, Ecology Global Network

• Vice President of Programming for the green channel, a national television network on the environment now merged with ecology.com

• Head of Children’s Programming, WETV Network carried worldwide through 50 broadcast partners

• Partner in the Keener Company, producing kid-centered multimedia products and programming

• Executive Director of the Children’s Broadcast Institute, now the Youth Media Alliance

Janis has devoted time to a number of Boards and jury panels. For her volunteer work, she has been honoured with a Civic Appreciation Award from the City of Ottawa, a United Way Community Builder Award, and she was a finalist for the Y Women of Distinction Award. Her name has been added to the Wall of Inspiration at Ottawa’s City Hall in honour of her efforts on behalf of children and youth.