Mary Ellen Chater
After graduating in 1987 from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA in Arts Administration, Mary Ellen Chater joined a company where she was responsible for assisting pop/rock songwriters with their royalties. She moved to the position of Administrative Assistant for the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada where she was responsible for researching music performed in broadcast media in preparation for hearings before the Copyright Board. At this time she met her husband, then President of the Canadian Independent Record Producers Association. In 1998, she joined Insight Information as a Conference Developer for conferences in entertainment and healthcare, among other sectors. In 2001 she was appointed leader of a team of six developers, a position she held until 2003 when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She continued to work as a conference developer from home as a contractor so she could be her husband’s family caregiver until his death.