Gillian Akai

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Postmedia Network

Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Postmedia Network Inc.Gillian Akai is responsible for Postmedia’s legal and regulatory affairs, corporate governance, employee relations and HR policy functions, as well as the executive sponsor of Postmedia’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives, and Community Investment program.

In an exceptional legal and business career spanning two-plus decades, Gillian has combined unparalleled business acumen and the ability to creatively and successfully pivot in a constantly evolving industry, with a warm, welcoming and uplifting approach to mentoring, and building opportunities for the next generation of women to excel in the business and legal fields through her guidance and support.

As part of the Postmedia executive team, Gillian has been instrumental in leading and supporting numerous high-profile business initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, major refinancing projects, development and launch of projects into entirely new business opportunities and support of key employee-development programs.

Gillian holds a joint Bachelor of Laws (LLB)/MBA from Osgoode Hall Law School/Schulich School of Business (York University) and prior to joining Postmedia, was an Associate at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (now Dentons Canada LLP) focusing on private mergers and acquisitions, technology and software licensing.

In addition to her executive responsibilities, Gillian has been a member of the board of Hydrocephalus Canada since 2017 and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2020.