Marci Ien: a News Icon on a New Path

Most Canadians know Marci Ien from her time on CTV’s Canada AM, where she spent more than a decade as news anchor and ultimately co-host. Few know that Marci made her television debut at the age of 10 — although it would take another 12 years before she made it back on TV, this time as a reporter. She’s currently a guest co-host on The Social, and is continuing her long history of charitable work as a member of the Council of Champions for Children First Canada, dedicated to improving the wellbeing of kids in our country. We’ve mapped out her most important milestones.


1979 – Makes her Canadian television debut at age 10 with the children’s program, Circle Square.


1991 – Graduates with a Radio and Television Arts degree from Ryerson University and begins her career as a news writer and general assignment reporter at CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario.


1995 – Gets into the national spotlight with her reports from Queen’s Park appearing on Canada Tonight. Plus, her news serial, Journey to Freedom — a look at the Underground Railroad, earns her a Radio Television Digital News Association Award.


1997 – Makes the move to CTV News for a full-time national gig, covering major stories like the crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.


2003 – Becomes the news anchor on Canada AM, CTV’s national morning show.


2004 – Marci and her husband, Lloyd Exeter, welcome their daughter Blaize into the world.


2008 – Receives the Black Business and Professional Association Harry Jerome Award in the media category.


2010 – Acts as news anchor for CTV’s Olympic Morning at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.


2011 – After eight years as the news anchor on Canada AM, she moves into the co-host chair. Another big milestone: her son, Dash, is born.


2014 – Granted the Planet Africa Award for excellence in media.


2015 – Earns a Canadian Screen Award nomination in the Best Host category for her work on CTV’s Canada AM.


2016 – Early in the year, her journalistic achievements are honoured with an African Canadian Achievement Award. In June, Canada AM announces its final episode.



Marci Ien kicks off our Spring season with an Evening event on February 28 in Toronto – limited tickets available!

Calling all good dads

Women’s advancement can start in the home. Jan Frolic, our vice president, shares a heartwarming story of support from her father, and is putting a call out to every dad with a daughter to offer not only encouragement, but action.

By Jan Frolic


I am always amazed but not surprised by the number of our keynote speakers who credit their fathers with inspiring their success. To be honest, I am also always slightly annoyed….so few mention their mom. However, I am no different. I have a mother who is inspirational, who instilled all of the power in me and stayed up at night crying with and for me as I moved through life. I have that mother.

But when I became President of my own company and colleagues and peers whom I had worked with for several years all of a sudden started to tell me I had an ‘edge’ (which was a nice way of saying ‘you’re a bitch’ now that you’re the boss) it was my father who said these words:

“Consider the mountain….it is beautiful, it is respected, it can endure the changes of time, it has hard edges. Take it as a compliment Janice. You have what it takes. You have confidence, you have chutzpah, you have a sense of people, business and a general savvy beyond your years. You have what most people will never have…being a loving caring person who is intelligent, respected, funny, empathetic, lots of integrity and a great smile. Having an edge does not in any way mean that you are a hard-nosed so and so. It is a positive trait and a poorly worded way of saying that you are truly an exceptional business woman. Consider the beautiful mountain with its hard edge. Love Dad xoxo”

I carried those words in my day timer for about 15 years. It is now taped to my wall so my own children can read it.

With that in mind, I would like to invite fathers like mine to our next two events. I want the fathers who want to be engaged with their daughter’s successes. The ones who believe in their daughter’s potential. The ones that know it’s not going to be the easiest path. The ones who know they have powerful, smart women that they have been given the opportunity and privilege to raise.

I am offering you the ultimate father/daughter date.

On October 27, bring your daughter to our Women of Influence Evening event and listen to Natalie Panek, a space-robot-building rocket scientist and an advocate for girls and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and tell your daughter that you’ve got her back and she can do anything. Dream big girls…your dad believes in you.