Meet the people we’re having at Podcast Night School!


+ Piya Chattopadhyay- Host, Out in the Open⁠ — CBC

Piya is the host of Out in the Open, an adventurous and wide-ranging weekly one-hour radio program on CBC Radio One, that brings you real talk about real life. Each week Piya and her team explore how one big topic is affecting regular people, and invite challenging perspectives into the conversation. She is also the regular Friday host of CBC Radio One’s flagship current affairs program, The Current.

Piya has been an on-air fixture in broadcasting for two decades as a reporter and host, for both radio and TV, in Canada and abroad. She worked as a guest host for TVO’s The Agenda for several years. Prior to that, she was Fox News Radio's Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. During her three years in the region, she covered war and conflict, peace and politics, and people coping with everyday life.

Piya has reported from many international locations including Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, the Palestinian territories, Kenya, the United Kingdom and France, to name but a few. In her off-air life, Piya has three young children, and is married to fellow CBC journalist Peter Armstrong.


+ Takara Small - Host, I’ll Go First ⁠— The Globe and Mail

Takara is a Toronto-based technology journalist, front-end developer and entrepreneur.

She currently appears on Metro Morning (Toronto's top-rated morning radio show) as a technology columnist as well as an on-air tech expert for CBC and CTV. She was previously the host/producer for the number one technology podcast by the Globe and Mail called 'I'll Go First' and contributing editor for Fortune magazine. Over the years her work has been featured in numerous outlets, which include the BBC, Toronto Star, Flare magazine, Mic, Refinery29 and more.

As a sought-after public speaker, she's often invited to share her thoughts about entrepreneurship and technology with global audiences at events, like Deloitte's DisruptionByDesign summit, Collision conference, Startup Festival, Elevate, CIX and Social Media Week.

Meanwhile she is also the founder and executive director of VentureKids Canada, an award-winning Toronto-based nonprofit that provides free coding classes and startup workshops to youth living in low-income and underserved communities.


+ Jenna and Dan Misener - Producers, Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids

Jenna and Dan are the producers of Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids, an award-winning podcast and long-running live event series. Their show has been featured by The Guardian, USA Today, The Globe and Mail, and has been named an Apple Podcasts "Best Of" twice.


+ Chris Berube - Producer — 99% Invisible

Chris is an affable radio producer and editor. He reported an episode of 30 for 30 (ESPN) and recently hosted the CBC’s daily news podcast Front Burner. He’s worked with Radiolab, Pineapple Street Media, Definitely Not the Opera, the CBC, the BBC and Slate Magazine.


+ Darlene Tonelli - Founder/Lawyer — Inter Alia Law

Darlene Tonelli is an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer and the founder of Inter Alia Law. She is also the co-host of the Lawyer Life Podcast, and author of the award-winning Inter Alia blog. Inter Alia Law provides experienced in-house counsel to entertainment, media and technology companies and creators. Inter Alia lawyers represent many of Canada’s top tech, entertainment and media companies, in addition to advising individual artists, songwriters, and production companies on licensing and day to day business issues.

Darlene previously spent 8 years at Universal Music Canada, where she was Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Affairs. At Universal, Darlene oversaw music licensing, and was tasked with building new digital business models. In that role, she worked on several groundbreaking license deals to bring music to Canadian listeners in new ways. Prior to Universal, Darlene was a lawyer at Goodmans LLP.


+ Fatima Zaidi - CEO & Co-Founder ⁠— Quill

Fatima is the CEO & Co-founder of Quill and former Vice President of Eighty-Eight Agency. Fatima Zaidi has had over ten years of experience in Business Development, Marketing, and Strategy. Prior to Eighty-Eight she was Head of Business Development at retail company Rent frock Repeat (which was featured on Dragons’ Den - Canada’s version of Shark Tank - in Season 7), where she was responsible for the overall management of all strategic business development, marketing, and customer relationship activities nationwide.

Fatima is also a professional speaker with the National Speakers Bureau leading her to keynote on world stages like Web Summit, Haste & Hustle, DX3 alongside speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk, Arlene Dickenson, and most recently Richard Branson. Fatima is a frequent guest speaker, event host, and moderator for organizations including the Retail Council of Canada, and American Marketing Association.

Fatima is a commentator for Global News and BNN, and she contributes to The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Financial Post and BetaKit. She was named a top 30 under 30 marketer and brand developer in 2016, one of Flare Magazine’s Top 100 Canadian Women, Notables Young Professional of the Year for 2018, and was a finalist for the 2017 Toronto Board of Trade Young Excellence Awards. She also teaches classes on sales and business development at local tech school Camp Tech.


+ Mike Anderson - Associate — Inter Alia Law

Mike practices in association with Inter Alia Law. He started his career at a large law firm before joining the WE Movement (WE Charity & ME to WE) where he was most recently General Counsel. In his practice with Inter Alia, Mike focuses on working with technology and entertainment companies (including podcasters, broadcasters, and music users and creators) on a broad variety of matters. He is practical and efficient in his approach.

Mike also has a strong production background, having served as a Segment Producer and Political Correspondent at MTV Canada before he attended law school.

You can reach Mike at if you think he can be helpful to you.