Shan Chandrasekar Biography
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Shan Chandrasekar is the President and CEO of ATN - Asian Television Network International Limited, a long established television broadcast company serving multicultural communities across Canada. Dr. Chandrasekar started his broadcast career in Canada after graduating from McGill University in Montreal with a Master's degree in 1971.
ATN is listed on The Canadian Exchange TSX under the symbol SAT. It operates 54 Specialty Television Channels across Canada. It also operates ATN-Asian Radio the first and only South Asian radio service all across Canada and the USA on ATN Asian Radio -Channel 165 on Sirius. ATN has been awarded more Digital Television Licenses by the CRTC. ATN has strategic alliances with Leading International Broadcasters and is Canada's pioneer in broadcasting of world class cricket including the recent World Cup and IPL across Canada. ATN received the Best Business Excellence Award from the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce in October 2008.
Dr. Chandrasekar was inducted into the “Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame” The highest honor in private broadcasting in November 2004. He was on the Board of Directors and Vice-Chairman of the Specialty and Pay Television Section of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB). He is on The Board of Directors of The Royal Conservatory of Music, the Advisory Council of The Faculty Of Fine Arts at York University and on the Board of Directors of The South Lake Regional Health Centre, the largest hospital in the region.
He was on the Campaign Cabinet of the Board of Directors for The Scarborough Hospital Foundation. He was a member of The TELUS Toronto Community Board. He was on the Board of Directors of the Hummingbird Center, The Board of "Canadian Women in Communications" (CWC) and the Board of The Canadian Club.
Shan was Conferred an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Of Laws Degree) by York University in Toronto in June of 2010. Shan is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 award finalist in Ontario.
Shan is married to Jaya who is a highly respected television personality in the South Asian Community, co-founder of ATN and Executive Vice President, who was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in November 2008.
Jaya Chandrasekar Biography
Executive Vice - President and Vice - President of Programming
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters honoured Jaya Chandrasekar as a broadcasting pioneer who has contributed to the flowering of ethno cultural programming in Canada. It noted that throughout her distinguished career, Mrs. Chandrasekar has set a new standard for excellence in broadcasting, ensuring the highest quality in programming for her audiences, and fulfilling a commitment to community service.
With her husband Shan, Jaya Chandrasekar has been a leader in broadcasting first on ATN’s programming on Toronto’s City TV, and on CFMT. She now plays a central role in the Asian Television Network (ATN), which is currently made up of Fifty Four channels serving Canada’s South Asian community. As the network’s Executive Vice President and Vice President of Programming, Jaya Chandrasekar is responsible for most of the programming content on these channels. This includes a great deal of original Canadian programming, much of which is produced within ATN’s state-of-the-art broadcast and production facilities. As Canada’s South Asian community has grown, ATN has grown as well, providing the community with news, public affairs, entertainment, and specialized sports programming. This wide selection in programming is the direct result of the leadership and hard work of Jaya Chandrasekar and the members of her team.
Over the years, Jaya has served as a mentor for a number of broadcasters and broadcasting professionals, including many from the South Asian community, who got their start and learned their craft at ATN. Jaya Chandrasekar has also played a central role in numerous fundraising campaigns for various charities, and has received awards and honours for public service.
November 2008, Jaya Chandrasekar was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, private broadcasting’s highest honour in Canada.