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CHRC Newsletter

CHRC Newsletter
January 2008

Happy New Year to you all from the Board and Staff at CHRC!

We are looking forward to 2008 as we move with resolve and resolution, on many fronts.

Here is the line up for the first two months of the New Year.

Business Skills in the Music Industry

In November and December 2007 we held consultations on our National Training Strategy draft document, in Halifax, Moncton, St. John's, Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina and Winnipeg. Many thanks to the Music Industry Associations who helped us with the organisation of those meetings. They were very fruitful. Two others are on our agenda: in Montreal on January 8 and in Toronto on January 14. Shelley Stein-Sacks, the author of the draft Strategy document, has been gathering the feedback and is preparing to incorporate it into a final Strategy with recommendations for presentation at a Music Industry Roundtable in Ottawa on February 29.

One of the key recommendations in the draft Strategy is the creation of a National Training Advisory Council for the Music Industry. There appears to be good support for such a body to oversee the implementation of the Strategy's recommendations. Also, there is consensus developing around the identification of the issues as relating to: Internships, Formal Education, Professional Development, Regional Access and Delivery, and Funding. On the contrary, the issue of Accreditation as outlined in the draft Strategy document is not getting much interest. All food for thought for the final Strategy....

We're pleased to say that the Competency Charts and Profiles for Bookers, Presenters and Recorded Music Producers have been completed and will be released in the next two months. A Training Gaps Analysis for Recorded Music Producers is currently underway.

The Film and Television National Training Advisory Committee - First Meeting

On January 18, 2008 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, film and television industry representatives involved in training, and educators, will meet for the first time as the Film and Television National Training Advisory Council (NTAC). Their mandate will be to oversee the implementation of the 70 + recommendations contained in Fast Forward, a national training strategy for the film and television industry. As we said in an earlier Newsletter, this is the opportunity for the film and television industry "to seize the training tiger by the tail and shape its own training agenda for the present and future".

Film and Television Training Database

Don't forget the incredible training tool that the Canadian Film and Television Industry has at its fingertips at

Supported by DCH through its pilot year, ending in February, this remarkable resource is designed to help trainers and those seeking training in all parts of the Film and Television Industry to connect!

Film Producers and Directors Competency Charts and Profiles

The Competency Chart for Film and Television Producers has been completed and the Expert Working Group will meet in February to develop it into a Profile.

The Expert Working Group for Film and Television Directors will meet for the first time in early January to create a Competency Chart, and then again in February for the Profile.

Training Gaps Analyses in both areas will begin in January.

Training Gaps Analysis for Below-the-line Positions

Consultants Geoff LeBoutillier and Benoît Dubois, who are undertaking a review of training for below-the-line positions in the film and television industry, have submitted an interim report. They are proposing to use the Telefilm Budget as the "point de depart" to identify the positions in question. They will be consulting with Production Managers and Department Heads across the country on training offerings and needs; and seeking suggestions on how to meet training needs. They will also be consulting a wide range of Training Providers to enlist their views on how to address training gaps for below-the-line positions.

They will deliver a report to NTAC on January 18, and their final report in March 2008.

Book Publishers Training Needs

Just a reminder of the ongoing work on behalf of Book Publishers to develop the content for a course on Book Marketing in an Online World in six modules: Strategic Planning, Knowing Your Market, Technical/how to, Understanding Social Networks, Rights Management, and Building and Sustaining Audiences. This will be available to educators and trainers to adapt to their curricula or use as stand alone courses.

As a follow up to this initiative, a Roundtable on Training Offerings for Book Publishers in late March 2008 will identify the gaps and recommend training solutions. A survey of Training Providers is underway in preparation for this industry meeting.

A Technology Roadmap for New Media Content Creation

As we have explained, CHRC is working in collaboration with Industry Canada to develop a Technology Roadmap (TRM) for New Media Content Creators. It will look at New Media Content Creation, the heart of the multi billion-dollar New Media industry, and how it will drive and be driven by technology over the next five years.

An Expert Working Group (EWG) for New Media Content Creation has been named to guide the process. Members include Wayne Clarke, Angèle Beausoleil, René Barsalo, Don Presant, Paul Stacey, Dan Irish, Mark Sandiford, Malcolm Levy, Kevin McNulty, Brooke Burgess, Charles Zamaria, Mark Bishop, Ana Serrano and Herb Enns. They will meet with other industry leaders, under the guidance of a trained Facilitator, at a Visioning Meeting in Ottawa on February 8, 2008 to look at where the industry wants to/will be five years from now.

As a background document for the Visioning Meeting and the work of the EWG, New Media industry expert Steve Bocska, in collaboration with provincial New Media Associations, is compiling a snapshot of New Media Content Creation in Canada today. There will be a focus on market trends and technologies, national and international challenges and opportunities, research and development activities and capacity, and public and private sources of funding.

Nordicity Studies of Large and Medium  Employers in the Cultural Industries, and of the Newspaper Industry

Nordicity has delivered the final reports of their two studies, one on the Canadian Newspaper Industry, and one on Large and Medium Employers in the Cultural Industries, to CHRC's Steering Committee on Cultural Sector Representation. This is the first time that studies of this nature have been carried out, and the findings are very rich. The first challenge in both cases was to define the territory: for example, are community newspapers included in the "newspaper industry"? How does one define "large employers in the cultural industries"?

The findings are organised around HR issues including: the impact of technological change, global competition and demographic trends; employee training, lifelong learning and skills upgrading; the role of self-employed cultural workers (training and knowledge retention); recruitment and retention of cultural workers, skills shortages and strategic recruitment; and diversity in the workplace. The studies also look at the awareness of CHRC in the newspaper industry, and among medium and large employers; and if and how CHRC can work with them in the future.

These studies will be available on CHRC's website in the Research section once they have been reviewed by the Steering Committee and received by CHRC's Board.

With reference to the findings of the studies, CHRC has engaged the Institute on Governance to undertake a review of CHRC's Board and governance structure "to recommend a governance model and Board of Directors structure that ensures adequate representation of all parts of the cultural sector, including medium and large employers, and employer and employee associations, of the key economic sub-sectors".

The review is underway. The consultants will meet with CHRC's Board of Directors in late January and deliver their final report in late March.

CHRC Membership Renewals

You will all be receiving Membership Renewals in the mail/email over the next few days. We hope you will respond positively. The benefits of membership will be outlined, which we hope you will find attractive. However, one of the most important advantages of your membership is that you are supporting the overall efforts to improve human resource issues in the cultural sector, through CHRC.

CHRC's membership numbers are an important indicator to HRSDC about the ability of our sector council to represent the cultural sector and be responsive to its HR needs. This includes the number of individual, organisation and organisation enhanced members we have, and also the number that are represented by organisation and organisation enhanced members.

Educators too are valued members and can join as individuals or as "organisations" - a level that has been combined to accommodate both smaller organisations as well as educators. Those renewing as Organisation and Organisation Enhanced will see an additional benefit offered: the 2 newest additions to our The Cultural Human Resources Management Tools, Contracting with Independent Contractors, 2007 and Using Competency Charts and Profiles, 2007.

Please note that the password for the Members Only section of our website will expire on January 31, 2008. A new password will be distributed to those who renew their memberships.

Keep in touch!

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions, concerns and comments. Staff are at 613-562-1535, at the following extensions and emails:
Susan Annis, Executive Director - Extension 22 -
Erma Barnett, Finance Officer - Extension 29 -
Geneviève Chassé, YIP Administrator - Extension 28 -
Lucie M. D'Aoust, Sr. Project Manager - Extension 21 -
Megan Guy, Manager, Communications and Marketing - Extension 31
Kim Larocque, Project Manager -
Michael Lechasseur, Web Coordinator - Extension 26 -

A list of Board members can be found on CHRC's web site at

A Post Script:
As you know, the Centre for Cultural Management (CCM) at the University of Waterloo and the Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT) at Carnegie Mellon University are collaborating to present a Technology in the Arts conference that will be held on May 9 and 10, 2008 in Waterloo.

CCM and CAMT are now accepting Proposals for presentations and hands-on workshops for the May conference. For more information, please visit or refer to the attached pdf file.

The deadline for Proposals is January 21, 2008.