Journalist and Award-Winning Youth Activist turned PR Manager, Content Producer, Social Media Strategist, Filmmaker and Wardrobe Stylist
Founder of Access TV & Film
Chris Jai is a Manila-born, Dhahran-raised, Rabat, London, Los Angeles and Ottawa-lived, Toronto-based journalist, award-winning youth activist, wardrobe stylist/costume designer and filmmaker.
As a journalist, he has 10+ years of experience having worked in some of Canada’s biggest newsrooms, magazines and media brands: having been a reporter for The Toronto Star, a weekend assignment editor for Global Toronto, an online editor for the parliamentary bureau of Postmedia News in Ottawa, and helping launch Global Toronto’s The Morning Show as an online producer.
He has covered crime, politics, breaking news, entertainment and fashion. Career highlights include covering New York Fashion Week, live-tweeting 9/11’s 10th anniversary in New York City, and creating and producing content for the 2011 Canadian Federal Election.
As a fashion journalist, he has written profiles, analysis and reports on New York Fashion Week for a national newswire, and has interviewed A-list designers like Michael Kors, Lubov Azria, and Rad Hourani, as well as supermodels Monika Schnarre and Coco Rocha, among others. His fashion writing has appeared in numerous publications including the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Style Section LA, Sporting Life, The Advocate, FQ, and Fashion Unlimited Magazine to name a few. Chris has also been a guest on MTV Live, speaking on pop-culture and youth issues; The Morning Show on NYFW and he has been profiled in the July 2011 issue of Russia`s Fashion & Beauty magazine.
He has also held key costumer and on-set supervisor roles in film for music videos, commercials, shorts, and have assisted in Canadian independent feature films as well. He has styled spreads for some of Toronto’s leading arts and fashion magazines, and produced style segments for morning television.
He was a Doc Accelerator Fellow for Hot Docs Film Festival in 2014 and was a production assistant and researcher for documentary feature Milk, which debuted at Hot Docs in 2015.