Acting Chairman / President / Director Of Operations (appointed November 2011)
Derek Wilkie worked for a time as production manager at West Indies Records Limited (WIRL) which at the time held the majority of international licenses for the manufacture and distribution of labels such as Capitol, EMI London, Arista, and BMG. A resident of Barbados, Derek trained in Los Angeles in the operation of setting up the region’s first high speed duplication cassette plant having covered the manufacturing of music media of the time. Later, he moved into the position of head of A&R for WIRL and signed several acts to recording contracts. Eventually, he managed one of these acts and toured Canada, Central and South America and the USA. Shortly after leaving the position at WIRL he established his own label, CRS Music Ltd with the publishing arm Treasure Music Island Inc. As a result of his very keen interest in the area of copyright, Derek promoted the founding of the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP), a Barbados based non-profit entity whose key function is to administer the “non-dramatic” performing, transmission, broadcasting and reproduction rights in the musical works of its members and the members of affiliated societies. COSCAP acts as a collective administration society negotiating “blanket licences” with music users which provides them with access to COSCAP’s very extensive repertoire. Derek is presently the Chairman of COSCAP and also, the Chairman of the regional federation of copyright societies, Caribbean Copyright Link (CCL). As the Chairman of the Board of the Company Derek also has responsibility for the Company’s strategic direction and good governance. He will also act as member of both the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Company, each of which is required to be formed by the Junior Market Rules.
CEO (appointed March 2012)
Entrepreneur, artist manager, record label owner, talent development executive and publisher Ivan Berry is a model of consistency and success in the music business.
Berry has signed more Hip-Hop and R&B artists to record and publishing deals than any other music manager in Canada. The artists he’s worked with have sold millions of records worldwide, and have collected numerous JUNO awards (Canada’s Grammy equivalent), SOCAN Awards, MuchMusic Video Awards, Canadian Urban Music Awards and certified Gold & Platinum plaques.
Through his brand management company, tanjola, Berry counts recording artist and songwriting stars Shazelle, Keshia Chanté, Shiloh, Massari, Dru, Q. Benjamin, Dream Warriors, Michie Mee, Rupert Gayle, Justin Forsley, Mark Cyrus, Candy Gloster among his past and present roster of talent.
In summer 2006, he launched a co-venture with publishing company ole, in which he acquires urban song catalogues and develops urban songwriters. This is an evolution of the role that Berry played as ole’s Senior Partner International since late-2004.
Berry’s music career started in 1982 when he launched the BeatFactory brand. BeatFactory provided a launching ground for many of urban music’s most successful artists, major label representatives and managers. BeatFactory’s RapEssentials and GroovEssentials compilations set the example for collaborative efforts in Canada’s urban music industry.
As Head of A&R and International for Sony BMG Canada from 2000-2004, Berry was responsible for the development, recording and international marketing of the label’s domestic roster, including artists such as Keshia Chanté, Wyclef, Shawn Desman, Sloan, Rascalz, Treble Charger, In Essence, The Guess Who and many more.
A proud native of St. Kitts, Berry is actively involved in the development of the music business infrastructure across the Caribbean. He has also taught at well-respected post-secondary music institutions including Harris Institute of the Arts and Durham College, and is in high-demand as a guest speaker at various corporate/government events and industry conferences around the world.
This recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban Music Association of Canada (2000) is truly an industry visionary, and lives by his favourite mantra: “To take advantage of an opportunity, you must first recognize it.”
Non Executive Director (Appointed February 1st, 2014)
The foundations of Jamaica’s drumming style were set by the innovative playing of Sly Dunbar. As one-half of Sly & Robbie, Dunbar joined with bassist Robbie Shakespeare to provide the rhythm section, songwriting or production for an enormous amount of global superstars such as Paul McCartney, Mick Jaggar, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan, UB40, Simply Red, Madona, Black Uhuru, Carlos Santana, Ben Harper, The Mighty Diamonds, Maxi priest, The Rolling Stones, No Doubt, Sean Paul, Gregory Issacs, Britney Spears, Sinead O’Connor, Dennis Brown, Rihanna, Wyclef Jean, Grace Jones, U-Roy, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Sizzler, Beenie Man, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock, Cindy Lauper, Carly Simon, KRS-One, Queen Latifah and many, many others.
Sly & Robbie’s own albums include Friends, which received a Grammy award as “Best Reggae Album” in 1999. On his own, Dunbar has recorded four solo albums, Simply Sly Man in 1976, Wicked And Slick in 1977, Sly Go Ville in 1982, and Reggae DrumSplash, an encyclopedic exploration of Jamaican rhythms that includes 843 sampled loops, in 1997. According to Keyboard Magazine, “Dunbar’s electro/acoustic shuffles and stomps are second to none”.
Dunbar’s earliest inspiration for playing the drums was sparked while watching Lloyd Knibbs and The Skatalites on television. During a 1997 interview, he recalled, “I saw Knibbs playing and I thought, I want to be a drummer, because he’s the hardest worker in the band. He’s my idol! In some ways, I’m self-taught but I got a lot of help from other drummers by watching them play.”
Dunbar, whose nickname was reportedly given to him for his passion for Sly & The Family Stone, launched his musical career while still in his teens, playing with a local group, the Yardbrooms at the age of 15. His recording debut came, in 1969, when he appeared on an album, Double Barrel, by Dave and Ansell Collins. He subsequently continued to play with Ansell Collins in a band, Skin, Flesh and Bones.
Meeting Robbie Shakespeare, then playing bass for the Hippy Boys, in 1972, Dunbar began a life-long friendship. When Shakespeare was asked to recommend a drummer for a recording session for producer Bunny Lee’s Aggrevators, he remembered Dunbar. Following the session, Dunbar and Shakespeare agreed to keep working together. Their first break came when they accompanied Peter Tosh on his album, Legalize It!, in 1976. The duo continued to play with Tosh’s band until 1979, recording four additional albums, Equal Rights, Bush Doctor, Mystic Man, and Wanted: Dread And Alive, and producing Tosh’s hit duet with Mick Jagger, “(Keep On Walking) Don’t Look Back),” in 1978. The duo lived on bread and water while touring with Tosh, to save enough money to start their own production company. Their persis tance paid off. Shortly after leaving Tosh’s group, Dunbar and Shakespeare launched Taxi Productions and formed a studio band, The Taxi All-Stars. Their first session yielded a number one Jamaican hit, “Soon Forward,” for Gregory Isaacs.
Dunbar and Shakespeare’s most enduring collaboration has been with Black Uhuru, with whom they’ve toured and produced six albums, Showcase, Red, Sinsemilla, Chill Out, Anthem, and Dub Factor. Among their earliest work with non-Jamaican artists were three albums, Warm Leatherette released in 1980, Nightclubbing released in 1981 and Living My Life released in 1982, all by Grace Jones. In 1997, Dunbar and Shakespeare produced a chart-topping single, “Dancehall Queen,” for Beenie Man and Chevell Franklyn.
Sly & Robbie are estimated to have played on, written and/or produced over 200,000 recordings.
Sly Dunbar is a true living legend.
Non Executive Director (Appointed December 17th, 2012)
Music industry heavyweight Max Gousse, (born Brooklyn, NY) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American record executive, producer, and A&R extraordinaire. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President/A&R of Island Def Jam Music Group. Gousse has been an A&R executive for nearly twenty years. Based in Los Angeles, Gousse works with artists in several genres, including Pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop. He is perhaps best known for handling A&R/Production for two of Beyonce Knowles’ biggest albums (I Am…Sasha Fierce and B’Day), for discovering and developing the platinum R&B group B2K, and for his A&R work on the multi-platinum Dreamgirls soundtrack album.
Gousse has actively participated in A&R on the last two Beyonce studio albums. Most recently, Gousse served as A&R for Beyonce Knowles’s third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, in November 2008. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 482,000 copies in its first week, giving Knowles her third consecutive #1 album in the United States. The album sold 2.9 million copies in the US and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. To date, the album has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. The deluxe edition of the album was released simultaneously with the standard edition. “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” were released as the album’s first and second lead singles, respectively. The first lead single peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the second peaked at #1, becoming Knowles’ fifth #1 single. “Single Ladies” spent four non-consecutive weeks at the top spot.
Gousse also served as A&R/Producer Knowles’s second studio album B’Day which was released in September 2006; it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 541,000 copies in its first week. The album earned Knowles her largest first week sales of her solo career and became her second consecutive #1 album. The album sold 3.2 million copies in the United States and has been certified three times platinum by the RIAA. The album’s lead single, “Déjà Vu” featuring Jay-Z, peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Ring the Alarm” was released as the album’s second US single, while “Irreplaceable” served as the second international single and later as the third US single. “Irreplaceable” spent ten consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Knowles’ fourth #1 single as solo artist. I am… Sasha Fierce earned Knowles and Gousse four Grammy Awards, including 2010 Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, (“Single Ladies”) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Halo”). Prior to this, B’Day won the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2007. Gousse discovered the multi-platinum selling group B2K. The group’s initial eponymous debut title was certified gold by the RIAA. The group’s fourth single, “Bump, Bump, Bump” which featured Bad Boy executive, P. Diddy, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became the group’s first top ten and #1 single. It was the first single off their second studio album, Pandemonium!. The album was released on December 10, 2002 and debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 and at number three on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
In 2006, Gousse contributed his A&R efforts to the release of the Dreamgirls soundtrack album. The Dreamgirls soundtrack was nominated for the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, losing to The Beatles’ Love. However, “Love You I Do” won the Grammy that same year for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The one-disc version of “Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture” debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 92,000 units. In its fifth week of release, the soundtrack reached the top of the Billboard 200 with a sales week of 68,000 units.
Prior to working on the Dreamgirls soundtrack, Gousse served as Executive Producer to the motion picture, You Got Served in 2004. Gousse contributed to the motion pictures Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back In Business, Cadillac Records and Sunset Park.
Non Executive Director (Appointed February 1st, 2014)
Clyde McKenzie is the founding General Manager of Jamaica’s Reggae Radio IRIE FM.
He is a cultural commentator and has written extensively about Jamaican music and entertainment.
He is a sought after speaker and consultant on media and cultural matters across the Caribbean and Latin America.
He has consulted with a number of regional bodies on the formulation of cultural policy.
Clyde was the chairman of the Entertainment Advisory Board and has served on a number of other Government boards including the Creative Production and Training Centre, The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office.
He is a principal of Shocking Vibes, which has managed the careers of such notables as Beenie Man, Lady Saw and Tanto Metro & Devonte.
He is a co-producer of the Grammy Award winning Art & Life Album by Beenie Man.
He is a director of FiWi Choice, an audio-visual content producer and FiWi Business, which is a marketing consultancy.
Clyde McKenzie was a judge on the popular Jamaican talent search: Digicel Rising Stars.
Non Executive Director (appointed November 2011)
Kristine Gibbon-Thompson is the Chief Executive Officer of Canboulay Energy Capital. She also serves in the capacity of Vice President, Strategic & Business Development at Carisal Unlimited. Previously, Gibbon-Thompson spent 8 years as the Senior Vice President, Business Development of Guardian Holdings Limited in Trinidad and also held the post of Fund Manager for Guardian’s Prometheus Energy Partners Fund. She also has experience in management consulting having worked at Boston Consulting Group based in New York, USA. Kristine holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honors from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School. She has Directorships on a number of Boards inclusive of Republic Bank Limited, Caribbean Communications Network (CCN), Carisal Unlimited, Ethylchem Limited, Offshore Technologies Solutions Limited, Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited (ETeck). Kristine will also act as the independent Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Board, which is required to be established under the Junior Market Rules.