About the Organizers
With 19 years in successful Canadian corporations, Angela’s leadership roles in project management, change management and human resources serve her well as General Manager of 97 South Song Sessions. Angela is a highly effective problem-solver; a motivator and agent of change with a track record for working well under pressure and delivering high-quality results with efficiency and integrity. With a recent relocation from Toronto, ON to Penticton, BC, Angela lives an active lifestyle, with her family, in the heart of the Okanagan Valley.
With bases in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Toronto and Los Angeles, Robin is an entrepreneur with a track record of supporting entrepreneurs and businesses in Canada and internationally. Through her company, Clear Path Inc., she has provided a broad range of services to other companies focused on building and managing infrastructure and organizational systems. Robin’s project management work has included office builds, renovations, and the establishment of initial office operations for ole, a multi-national music company with eight offices in the US., Canada and the U.K. Robin’s latest venture finds her at the helm of 97 South Song Sessions, a songwriters festival in BC’s Okanagan wine region.
ROBERT J OTT
Robert Ott was Founder & Former Chairman/CEO of ole, one of the world’s largest independent music publishing, recorded music and rights management companies. Robert launched ole in 2004 and raised 1B USD in capitalization for the company, deploying circa $550M USD of that by 2018. The company achieved gross margins of 67M USD with 60% EBITDA and an average 13% unlevered cash return over his 14-year tenure. ole was the largest and most successful Canadian music company in history and its only domestically controlled multi-national. Robert sold his stake in ole to Teachers’ in 2018.
97 South Holdings Inc.
97 South Song Sessions, founded by entrepreneur Robin Ott (President) and former music industry CEO, Robert Ott (Director), is a songwriters performing festival which launched in the Summer of 2019. The event is named after the major highway corridor that connects the Okanagan Valley wine region in British Columbia, Canada. The festival is held in the city of Penticton and features internationally established songwriters from Canada and the U.S. performing their hit songs acoustically and relating the stories behind these songs ‘in the round’.
Mailing address: 2108 Naramata Rd. Naramata, BC V0H1N1