Evan Kosiner

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Evan Kosiner
Evan Kosiner and Isadore Sharp.jpg
Evan Kosiner with Isadore Sharp, O.C., founder and chairman of The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 2013
Evan Kosiner[1]

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NationalityAmerican / Canadian
  • Governor General's Sovereign's Medal For Volunteers
  • Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Evan Kosiner (born December 16, 1987) is a Canadian philanthropist, entrepreneur and broadcaster.[2] His notable achievements include receiving The Governor General's Sovereign's Medal For Volunteers, The Governor General of Canada's Caring Canadian Award, and for obtaining rights to bring HuffPost Live to Canada for television, partnering with AOL.[3] Kosiner Co-founded and acts as Chairman of Skate To Great, supported primarily by FedEx, Chevrolet, and Proctor & Gamble, is one of the largest skating related charities in Canada under his leadership since inception in 2012.[4]

Kosiner also Directed and Co-Executive Produced a feature-length theatrical film shown in approximately one thousand theaters worldwide, starring rapper Drake, entitled "Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage." The international theatrical release was held on March 19, 2015, but Kosiner stayed quiet amidst much controversy surrounding the film.[5] [6] [7] The film's controversy was documented throughout numerous articles in Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard Magazine, TMZ, The LA Times, Vice News, Canadian Press and The Toronto Star about two tweets Drake sent out publicly regarding the release. Drake, and his managers, James and Jas Prince, were partners in the making of the film. The Toronto Star rated the film half a star away from comparable Canadian concert film Never Say Never about Justin Bieber. [8] [9]

Early life and education[edit]

Evan Kosiner grew up in the affluent area of Forest Hill in Toronto and attended Forest Hill Public School and Forest Hill Collegiate with notable actors Aubrey Drake Graham and Canadian Actress, Shenae Grimes. He subsequently graduated from Ryerson University in Radio and Television Arts.[10][11] Kosiner spoke in a Toronto Star article alongside Drake and Shenae Grimes about their appreciation towards their music and drama teacher while attending Forest Hill Public School together.[12]

His initial interest in television came from working with Kids TV International, a production company supplying small video segments for HBO. At the age of 13, he started collaborating with Motorola, helping to produce their corporate videos.[13]


In September 2012, Kosiner began hosting Entrepreneurship, a live one-hour television show on Rogers Television with notable Canadian guests such as Isadore Sharp, O.C., Founder and Chairman of The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts[14] and Christine Magee, President and Founder of Sleep Country Canada.[15] He also appeared on CTV News Channel as a business contributor.[16]

Kosiner produced a nationally televised half-time show for the 2015 All-Canadian Basketball Game airing across Canada on the sports broadcaster TSN from the iconic Canadian venue Maple Leaf Gardens. The show featured Canadian Juno Award Winner Jully Black and Choclair.[17] In 2009, Kosiner owned Radio Development Group which began providing over 80% of the content which aired on XM Radio and later the merged SiriusXM Satellite Radio entity on Canada 360. His company provided weather, traffic and border crossing information. He exited the venture in 2013.[18]

In 2012, he was granted a license to produce Bulb TV, a knowledge and educational television channel.[19] Bulb TV was the first channel in North America to broadcast in 4K (4000 pixel). [20] [21] [22] [23]

In August 2014, Kosiner launched a Canadian English language direct response specialty shopping channel .[24]

On December 18, 2014 an application was received by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission from Kosiner Venture Capital Inc. with AOL's written support to bring HuffPost Live to Canadian televisions through conventional cable.[25] [26] [27] On June 12, 2015 it was announced by the CRTC that the channel was successfully approved and added to the Government of Canada's "list of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution".[28][29]

On October 1, 2015, Kosiner received a favorable CRTC broadcast decision for sixty cable music channels to compete with Canadian cable music provider Stingray Digital.[30] Stingray Digital previously had a monopoly for this type of licensing in Canada. In May 2015, Stingray went public after seven years in operation for $140 million Canadian and one year later had a market cap of $286 million.[31][32]

In January, 2018, Broadcast Dialogue[33] reported that Kosiner sued the Canadian Government's Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, over refusing to unpublish defamatory statements originating from Accessible Media Incorporated (AMI) and their president and CEO David Errington.


In March 2013, Kosiner was presented with The Governor General of Canada's Caring Canadian Award for the success of his charitable organization he co-founded with Canadian Olympian Kaitlyn Weaver, Skate to Great.[18][34][35][36] Kosiner was promoted with The Governor General of Canada's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers in Fall 2016.[37]

Skate to Great has national sponsors such as FedEx and Kosiner appeared in a video talking about their partnership on FedEx's YouTube channel. He also appeared on Hockey Day in Canada promoting the charity. Skate To Great collected over 6,000 pairs of skates in its first two years and has had events with the majority of NHL franchises or alumni associations within Canada. As of April 2016 the organization has collected and distributed over 25,000 pairs of skates.[38][39][40]

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported Kosiner offered to cover the costs of a hockey game ticket so a family could sit together at the NHL Heritage Classic.[41]

Kosiner spoke on behalf of the Jewish community on Canadian news channel CP24 and in various publications when the City of Toronto closed down sidewalks along a stretch in the Jewish community on their annual holidays. Within hours of Kosiner's request of the City of Toronto, Mayor John Tory called and emailed Kosiner to apologize and reopened the city sidewalks in time for thousands of members of the Jewish community to walk to synagogue.[42] Kosiner has also been mentioned in the Canadian Jewish News for his philanthropic work.[43]

Kosiner shared in a Huffington Post article[44] how he successfully lobbied Google to modify their search results relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In this article, he shares that CPR instructions were first listed on the seventh page of Google search results. Google has since ensured that CPR instructions are listed within the first three results worldwide.


  1. ^ "Toronto Speaks: Entrepreneurship - Toronto - Rogers TV". Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Evan Kosiner". 25 Nov 2014. Retrieved 25 Nov 2014.
  3. ^ AOL Launches Bid to Get HuffPost Live on Canadian TV The Hollywood Reporter 2015-12-19
  4. ^ "Evan Kosiner - Skate To Great on CTV's Canada AM". 9 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Cineplex.com Drake's Homecoming". 12 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  6. ^ "AOL Movies: Drake's Homecoming". 31 January 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  7. ^ "AMC Cinemas - Drake Homecoming". 27 January 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never: Don't stop Belieb-ing". 9 February 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Drake's Homecoming will appeal to diehard fans". 12 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Young entrepreneur sees the light". 23 May 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  11. ^ . 2 November 2016 Evan Kosiner LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kosiner Evan Kosiner LinkedIn Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2 November 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Drake made it. So did Shenae Grimes-Beech. And Evan Kosiner, too". 12 December 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Ryerson's top student entrepreneurs". Ryerson University. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Entrepreneurship Episode 1". Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Toronto Speaks interview with Christine Magee". Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Express on CTV News Channel". Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Teams announced for TSN's BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game". 13 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  18. ^ a b "Canadian Entrepreneur Evan Kosiner Wins Governor General Award". 20 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  19. ^ "Young media mogul granted TV licence". 21 August 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  20. ^ "Canadian Serial Entrepreneur to Launch First 4,000-pixel Television Signal, Bulb TV". 11 April 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  21. ^ "Young media mogul granted TV licence". 12 April 2013. Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  22. ^ "Canadian Cat B Channel Plans 4K Video Feed". 16 April 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  23. ^ "Bulb TV to turn on 4k". 12 April 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  24. ^ New direct response channel hits airwaves Media In Canada 2014-09-16
  25. ^ HuffPost Live seeks approval from CRTC to start Canadian stream Globe And Mail 2015-12-18
  26. ^ Huffington Post applies to CRTC for Canadian television channel The Canadian Press 2015-12-18
  27. ^ CRTC Public Proceedings 2014-1310-4 Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication 2015-12-18
  28. ^ Revised list of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution CRTC 2015-06-12-
  29. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-250 CRTC 2015-06-12
  30. ^ Broadcasting Decision 2015-449 CRTC 2015-10-1
  31. ^ Stingray Digital Inc raises $140 million in IPO Financial Post 2015-05-26
  32. ^ Stingray Digital Group Inc Google Finance 2016–06-12
  33. ^ Dialogue, Broadcast (2018-01-18). "Evan Kosiner, Canadian broadcaster and philanthropist, is suing the CRTC for refusing to unpublish allegedly defamatory statements - Broadcast Dialogue". Broadcast Dialogue. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  34. ^ "The Governor General of Canada 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships". 14 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  35. ^ "Graduate Evan Kosiner aims to make charity a household name in two years". 20 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  36. ^ "Forest Hill entrepreneur nabs GG 'caring' award for skate collection charity". 24 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  37. ^ "Go Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers". Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  38. ^ "Helping kids who can't afford hockey gear hit the ice". 9 February 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  39. ^ "Skate To Great donates skates and helmets to Scarborough's Sacred Heart school". 9 February 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  40. ^ "Calgary Flames practice sparks equipment drive". 27 February 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  41. ^ "Baby must pay: NHL says 6-month-old needs ticket to see Heritage Classic". 13 September 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  42. ^ "Members of Jewish community upset over blocked sidewalks during Yom Kippur". 12 October 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  44. ^ "This Email to Google Might Save a Life". 4 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.