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June 4th, 2012

National Cultural HR Forum

Building Bridges

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) will continue "Building Bridges" between cultural leaders and educators/trainers at its national HR Forum in Toronto on September 27 and 28, 2012.

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The focus of this unique gathering of cultural leaders, key educators and policy makers from across the country will be training needs and gaps in the sector. Through presentations on best practices, thoughtful discourse and provocative discussion, the forum will highlight examples of industry /education collaboration that respond to immediate industry needs, examine the importance of professional development and mentorships, and encourage participants to press for solutions to training challenges.

Keynote Speaker

Paul Hoffert

Paul HoffertPaul Hoffert is currently on the faculties of York University and Harvard University. He is the author of three best-selling books on the Digital Age and a textbook for composing soundtracks to videogames and websites. He is Chair of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, former President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, former Chair of the Ontario Arts Council. Mr. Hoffert received the Pixel award in 2001 the New Media industry's "Visionary of the Year". He was inducted into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for his success with Lighthouse, winner of four successive Juno Awards as Canada's top rock band.


Guest Speaker

Sylvain Lafrance

Sylvain LafranceSylvain Lafrance is an Associate Professor at HEC Montréal and a consultant in the communications and business strategy field. He worked for 33 years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Starting in 1978 as a journalist, Mr. Lafrance finished his exceptional career as the Executive Vice President, French Services, at CBC with a mandate to integrate the radio, television and Internet services. The goal then was to create one of the most important French broadcasting groups, a unique group in North America. On the international level, he assumed the chairmanship of the Radios Francophones Publiques, and also represented Canada on the Board of TV5Monde.

As a leader in addressing HR issues in the Canadian cultural sector for over 15 years, CHRC has played a pivotal role in bringing partners together to identify the HR needs of employers and cultural workers. Through its extensive networks in both the cultural and education sectors, CHRC collaborates with and encourages stakeholders to ensure that emerging cultural workers acquire the skills and training that industry needs to maintain Canada's economic advantage.

In a highly competitive global marketplace, Canadian cultural products are strong contenders, but the key to our continuing success is that our workforce be on the cutting edge of creation, innovation and production of cultural content.

Cultural and educational leaders will attend because they recognize the importance of this conversation for the ongoing health of the cultural sector, they can network with colleagues and collaborators, and share their successes and challenges.

CHRC's national HR Forum 2012 offers a unique opportunity for all that to happen.

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