Darryl Simmons

Owner Media Matters Inc. CEO, Publisher

Darryl Simmons has an established reputation as a leader and publisher, notably within the collision and automotive repair industry. He established Media Matters Inc. in 2001. Under it’s umbrella, Collision Repair magazine, Bodyworx Professional, Collision Quebec, and Canadian Auto Recycler (to name a few) have been launched and continue to represent the owners, suppliers, insurers, educators and other industry stakeholders. These publications have become a main stay and a main source of information for their respective industries. Since the beginning, Darryl has made it his mission to be the most recognized and respected voice within the Canadian collision repair community; a mission which continues to deliver on it’s promise. He is more than an entrepreneur and publisher. He is an innovator, and a change maker. Prior to launching Collision Repair magazine he served as a Professor at Humber College (Public Relations), Editorial Director at Taylor Publishing and Executive Vice President of the Toronto Better Business Bureau. He currently sits on several committees including the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF), the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) and the OMDC Magazine Industry Advisory Committee.

Ellen Smith

Director Business Development/Digital/Marketing Solutions

Ellen brings 25 years of marketing brand communication strategic development. Excellence is more than a mantra to her. Her focus is always to help clients achieve their road to success, through developing solutions that connect with their core targets. It is a passion. Her personal belief is that success is never without the commitment and collaboration of a dedicated and talented team. Her experience stems from working in a senior capacity within multi-national corporations such as Mediacom, and Starcom on a number of categories, including automotive.

Jill Thacker

Art Director

Jill Thacker is the graphic designer and layout artist at Media Matters. Before joining the team, she studied graphic design at Cambrian College in Sudbury. She has also completed a certificate for web site design through Fleming College. Beyond her role at Media Matters, Jill is an avid cross-stitcher.