Leslie Merklinger

Sr. Dir. Audio IOnnovation,
CBC Radio / Radio-Canada

Toronto, ON, Canada

Leslie Merklinger is the Senior Director of Audio Innovation at the CBC. She launched CBC Podcasts in 2015 and serves as its creative and strategic head. She also leads the development of terrestrial radio programming for CBC Radio One.

Under Leslie’s leadership, CBC has become Canada’s #1 Podcast publisher with a slate that has earned critical reviews, regular presence on Best Of lists worldwide and garners over 21 Million downloads per month.

Prior to moving to audio, Leslie was an award winning television veteran with over 3 decades as a producer, director and Commissioning Editor. Her career has spanned many independent tv production companies and every major broadcaster in Canada, including CTV, CBC, Global Television, Shaw Media, Alliance Atlantis and CBC.

Leslie holds a Masters in Creative Media Education from the University of Bournemouth, UK and teaches Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University. She is a food expert, a mom of three millennials and a baseball fanatic.