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CHRC Newsletter
March 2008

Progress on many fronts!

First meeting of the National Training Advisory Council for Film and Television

CHRC was pleased and proud to convene the first meeting of the National Training Advisory Council (NTAC) for Film and Television on January 18, 2008. This gathering of industry professionals dedicated to training was a follow up to the recommendation in Fast Forward: to create a national advisory council of and for the film and television industry to oversee, update, and adapt the national training strategy.

The NTAC will oversee the implementation of the recommendations of Fast Forward by setting priorities and prompting partnerships. Actual implementation of the recommendations will happen in smaller NTAC working groups and through independent industry stakeholders as identified in each of the recommendations in Fast Forward.

Operating by consensus and collaboration among all stakeholders (industry, unions, trainers, funders and policy makers); by capitalizing on industry strengths; and by putting in place mechanisms to harmonize and support training across the country; the NTAC will ensure that training is strategic, accessible and responsive to the immediate, ongoing and future needs of the film and television industry.

On the NTAC's first agenda were:

  • a review of CHRC's work to date on competency charts and profiles and training gaps analyses for Directors and Producers of Documentary Films, Production Managers, and Producers and Directors in Film and Television. The NTAC will advise CHRC on the next competency charts to be developed.
  • a presentation on the training gaps analysis that is being carried out on "below-the-line" occupations in the film and television industry - it was decided to use the occupations in the Telefilm budget as a point de départ for this work.
  • a discussion on health and safety standards in the industry, including a presentation of best practices by SHAPE in BC and AQTIS in Quebec.
  • a demonstration of the Film and Television Training Database
  • and presentations of Best Practices from WIFT and RFAVQ

The NTAC will meet again in November to continue to track and guide progress on the training strategy.

Film and Television Training Database (FTTDB) renewed and expanded

We're delighted to announce that the Department of Canadian Heritage has agreed to fund the maintenance of the FTTDB for another year; and that, by popular demand, it will be expanded to include universities and colleges.

Feedback on the smooth and relatively simple functionality of the database has been consistently good. As well, training providers have been conscientious about maintaining their information as current and accurate. The big challenge has been to let people know the FTTDB is there - but word is getting out about how useful a tool this is, and the number of users is increasing steadily. The addition of educational institutions over the coming months will be a big step towards fulfilling its unique potential.

New Media Content Creation Technology Roadmap - Visioning Meeting

In early February, New Media content creators from across the New Media industry and across the country met in Ottawa to begin developing a New Media Content Creation Technology Roadmap. This was billed as a "visioning meeting". It drew on the expertise, experience and vision of these industry leaders to project where NM content creation will be in 5 years. Now a smaller working group will give shape and a timeline to the ideas generated at the first meeting. They will be looking specifically at the following five NM "streams": mobile content, e-learning, interactive entertainment, interactive design and web 2.0, and digital film and animation. What are the market expectations in these areas? And what are the "tools" (such as technology, regulation, research, funding) that can help Canadian NM content creators realize their full potential in the context of the market expectations? CHRC will be looking at training needs that are identified in this exercise. Other stakeholders such as Industry Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage will be interested in how policy and funding can be most effectively brought to bear on this evolving industry in the coming five years.

Roundtable: Training Strategy for Business Skills in the Music Industry

Another of CHRC's highlights in the past two months was the Roundtable on a National Training Strategy for Business Skills in the Music Industry, which was held in Ottawa on February 29. Representatives of the music industry from across the country reviewed the draft document prepared by consultant Shelley Stein-Sacks, and offered constructive comments to be incorporated into the final strategy. This document will be released in the next few weeks. One of the first recommendations flowing from the strategy is the creation of a National Training Advisory Council for the Music Industry, with committees on professional development, internships, and formal education. CHRC has recently learned that HRSDC has agreed to provide funding in 2008/2009 to set this process in gear.

Soon to be released: 4 Competency Charts and Profiles and Training Gaps Analyses

Finishing touches are being put on the competency charts and profiles for Film Directors, Film Producers, Recorded Music Producers, and Bookers. These documents are developed by industry experts/practicing professionals who know their jobs inside out. They devote many hours to working with a facilitator trained in the process of creating competency charts and profiles, to identify the skills needed in the profession, and to detail the associated tasks and responsibilities. Employers, artists and cultural workers, and trainers and educators use the charts and profiles to write job descriptions, develop training plans, and create curriculum.

CHRC also engages consultants to undertake Training Gaps Analyses (TGAs) based on the charts. These include Training Offering Surveys and Training Needs Assessments. The recommendations contained in the TGAs help to develop national industry training strategies.

A complete list of CHRC's competency charts can be found in the Competency Compendium. All Training Gaps Analyses can be found in the Research section of CHRC's website.

DACUM Facilitator, Pierre Morin, works with members of the Film and Television Producers' Expert Working Group to develop a Producers' Competency Chart and Profile.
DACUM Facilitator, Pierre Morin, works with members of the Film and Television Producers' Expert Working Group to develop a Producers' Competency Chart and Profile.
Coming up!

Roundtable on Training Offerings for Book Publishers

In late March, CHRC is convening book publishers and educators from across the country to a Roundtable on Training Offerings for Book Publishers. The objective of the day will be to collectively devise a strategy to ensure that adequate training is available to support a vibrant and growing Canadian book publishing industry.

In preparation for the Roundtable, CHRC has engaged the services of consultant Jennifer Murray to gather and compile detailed information from institutions that offer training in book publishing. That information will be presented to Roundtable participants to serve as the basis of an identification and in-depth discussion of the training gaps in the industry and how to resolve them.

Roundtable participants will also have an opportunity to review the final draft of the training modules for the curriculum document on Book Marketing in an Online World.

Roundtable for Training Gaps Analysis for Below-the-line Film occupations

Also in late March, CHRC is convening a roundtable of workers in below-the-line film occupations to review and discuss recommendations of a broad Training Gaps Analysis (TGA) of those positions. Consultants presented an early draft of their report to the National Training Advisory Council (NTAC) for Film and Television in January, and their approach, basing their research on positions in the Telefilm budget lists, was endorsed by the NTAC participants.

The TGA will provide provincial summaries of training gaps for below-the-line positions with specific recommendations and best practices highlighted. It will also contain more high level industry recommendations. The recommendations will be considered by the NTAC at its November meeting, and stakeholders encouraged and engaged to act on them on a priority basis.

CHRC project funding for 2008 is confirmed

Each year at this time, HRSDC responds to CHRC's annual proposal(s) for funding to support our activities in the following year. We are pleased to report that the request for next year (2008) has been largely approved. CHRC will continue to work with employers and workers in the sector, with particular emphasis on the film, broadcasting, publishing, sound recording and live performing arts industries, to develop industry specific national training strategies, and tools (such as competency charts and profiles, training gaps analyses, and curriculum documents) to support the strategies.

We are also delighted to report that our funding for Career Focus has been renewed for 2008.

Proposals for Building Careers in Heritage, the other youth internship programme that CHRC administers, have been selected and will soon be announced. [That is a smaller programme, which gets its funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage.]

CHRC Membership Renewals - coming in...

By now you should have received your 2008 Membership Renewals in the mail. We hope you will respond positively. The benefits of membership have been outlined, and we hope you will find them 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 (including Educators) and Organisation Enhanced members.

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 expired 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