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CHRC Newsletter

CHRC Newsletter
July 2008

Annual General Meeting 2008 and a new Board

CHRC held its 13th Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on June 20, when it said good bye and thank you to four parting Directors (Audrey Churgin, John Hobday, Eleanor James and Ron Rompkey); and elected nine new Directors to its Board (Francis Baillet, Doug Broadfoot, Kevin Hanson, Kathleen deLong, Duncan McKie, Peter Murdoch, Brady Schmidt, Susanne Vaas and Lucy White).

The Board has been expanded from fourteen to sixteen elected members to include representatives from employer associations and from worker associations for eight sub sectors: broadcasting (new), film and television, heritage, live performing arts, music and sound recording, new media, visual arts and crafts, and writing and publishing.

It is a year of transition for CHRC, with such a large turnover in the Board, with the addition of new Board positions for the Broadcasting industry, and with tighter association between Directors and employer and worker organizations. The Council is very grateful that over this period Richard Hornsby has agreed to continue as Chair, Ellen Busby as Treasurer, and Bruce Porter as Secretary.

The Council is also grateful to returning Board members George Blondheim, Brigitte Clavette, Marie Lalonde, Ron Lamoureux, Mark Melymick, Parise Mongrain, Barbara Nepinak and Karen Virag.

Ramping up projects for 2008

In early June, CHRC signed an agreement with HRSDC to undertake several projects in 2008, continuing on the development and implementation of the cultural industry training strategies. The following activities are underway over the summer months.

Film and Television

CHRC's Film and Television Steering Committee met in early June to map out the projects we will be undertaking in that industry which include:

  • developing competency charts and profiles and training gaps analyses for Showrunners and Location Managers. (Expert Working Groups of practicing professionals have been named to lead these occupational analyses); and
  • naming a Health and Safety Working Group to develop processes to share H&S guidelines/resources among ON, BC and QC, disseminate shared resources across the country, develop entry-level standards for training related to H&S (such as Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), set protocol, first aid, CPR, safety awareness); and to propose how a national passport system to recognize training across country could function. (A consultant has been engaged to write a background discussion paper for the first meeting of the Working Group.)
  • naming Steering Committees to oversee the development of course background documents for Production Accountants and Business Skills for Producers.

As well, CHRC participated in the first meeting of the Atlantic Screen Training Caucus, which proposes to serve as the Regional Training Organization for the Atlantic region (as proposed in the national training strategy), coordinating and promoting film and television training in and among the four Atlantic provinces.

All the Regional Training Organizations will meet in Ottawa just prior to the second meeting of the National Training Advisory Council which will take place in Ottawa on November 28.

Music and Sound Recording

The National Training Advisory Council (NTAC) for the Music Industry held its first meeting in early June. It includes representatives from all parts of the music industry - publishers, producers, songwriters, musicians, large companies, medium and small companies - and educators from across the country. Its main focus is to guide the implementation of the recommendations of the national training strategy, The Business of Music. As a result of that meeting, a Formal Education Committee was created to pursue ways to improve ongoing communication between the education sector and the music industry; a Professional Development Committee was created to explore ways to maximize the rich PD offerings across the country and to fill gaps; and an Advisory Committee was established to explore the development of a Music Industry Training Database. Also, the NTAC members identified marketing opportunities in the global environment as the theme for the course document that will be developed by a consultant this fall.

On the direction of the NTAC, CHRC is seeking funding to undertake a feasibility study for an Internship programme for the Music Industry and a comprehensive training offerings survey as the basis for the Music Industry Training Database.


Having focused its resources on the Book Publishing industry over the past three years, CHRC is turning its attention to the Magazine Publishing industry in the coming months. We met with Magazines Canada representatives to discuss ways that CHRC can help them to address the HR issues facing magazine publishers. Given the well developed HR practices in the industry, the planned competency chart and profile for Magazine Publishers is not a priority need. Among their current HR preoccupations are the level and nature of compensation and benefits in the industry, and there may be ways of working together to get a handle on these. We will have more to report on this area in the next newsletter.

New Media

As planned, CHRC is setting up an Expert Working Group to undertake the development of a competency chart and profile for New Media producers.

The New Media Content Creation Technology Roadmap is also moving forward. The Expert Working Group guiding the process is now using a WIKI to gather and consolidate their ideas. The medium is the message! The next two months will be an active time for the creation of this seminal document - because the work is on-line it can be done from anywhere in the world (in a downtown office, in a rural farm setting, or on a dock in the Laurentians!) so it can be fit into summer time schedules. A final meeting of the Working Group and other stakeholders is planned for September.

Update of the Compensation Survey for Arts Administrators

In 2003, CHRC, in collaboration with the Canada Council and DCH, undertook a comprehensive national survey of compensation for arts administrators and cultural managers. We have had frequent requests for an update of this survey and we're pleased to report that the Canada Council and DCH have agreed to help fund this landmark research. CHRC will be establishing a steering committee and a broader sectoral advisory committee to undertake the survey. It is hoped that the work can take place in September and October, with a final report due in December.

You can always contact us at...

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 - Extension 24 -

Michael Lechasseur, Web Coordinator - Extension 26 -

A list of 2008/2009 Board members can be found on CHRC's web site at

Have a happy and safe summer!