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CHRC Newsletter
November 2008

Halfway there... Works in progress...

CHRC is in the middle of several projects in its current round of activities.

Film and Television Production and Broadcasting

Competency Charts and Profiles for Showrunners and Location Managers

"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience [participating in the DACUM for Location Managers]. I found Pierre Morin to be an excellent Consultant/Facilitator. His gentle, yet thorough engaging style, allowed us to 'buy into' the process in a productive and enjoyable manner. All in all, I feel it was a very valuable exercise for all of us involved, as well as for CHRC and the Canadian Film & Television Industry."

Murray Ord
Location Manager
DACUM participant

This Fall, An Expert Working Group of practicing Showrunners and an Expert Working Group of Location Managers each met with DACUM facilitator Pierre Morin to identify the skills needed in their respective occupations. The competency charts they have developed through that exercise are in validation stage now and in the coming weeks will be expanded into more detailed profiles, again under the guidance of Pierre Morin.

Another aspect of this exercise is the undertaking of training gaps analyses (TGAs) for each occupation, based on the competencies identified by the Expert Working Groups. Where are the skills being taught? What are the needs in terms of the skills? And how can the training gaps be filled?

These charts, profiles and TGAs will be added to others that CHRC has developed for film and television production. Most recent additions are Film and Television Producers and Film and Television Directors.

Course Content Documents

The development of course content documents for Production Accountants and for Business Skills for Producers is now underway. Consultants have been engaged to work with industry experts and educators to develop the course material. (The intent of such industry "sanctioned" course content resources is to make them readily available for adaptation and adoption by teachers and trainers in universities, colleges and associations.)

In the case of Business Skills for Producers, which is being prepared in workshop format, CHRC is pleased to be partnering with BC Film and CFTPA in BC who will be supporting a pilot presentation of the workshop documents to validate, refine and finalize the content. The course material will then be released by CHRC for delivery across Canada.

Health and Safety Working Group

CHRC's Health and Safety Working Group met in late September to discuss health and safety training that is currently available in the different provincial jurisdictions; to seek out commonalities and identify training gaps; to consider how teaching materials can be shared to avoid duplication; and to explore ways of working together on issues of common concern - notably set safety and set etiquette. The H & S Working Group will meet again in November to review the documentation that has been compiled around these issues; to pursue discussions among themselves regarding sharing of materials; and to advise CHRC on the next steps it can take to advance the harmonization of health and safety training across the country.

Meeting of the National Training Advisory Council (NTAC)

One of the highlights of the coming two months will be the second meeting of the National Training Advisory Council for Film and Television Production and Broadcasting on November 28 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. As mentioned in the last e-newsletter, Dinah Caine, the CEO of Britain's SkillSet will be a featured speaker, bringing to NTAC participants the rich experiences of her well-developed (well-heeled!) sector-like council in England. Because Skillset covers New Media and Publishing along with Film, Television and Broadcasting, we have invited industry leaders from those cultural industries to attend the session as well.

Meeting of the Regional Training Organisations (RTOs)

To take full advantage of Dinah Caine's visit to Canada, representatives of the Regional Training Organizations will be meeting in Ottawa on November 27, and will stay on for the Skillset presentation at the NTAC meeting the next day. Representatives from RTOs (or nascent RTOs) in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, the Atlantic provinces, and possibly BC will be present. They will be learning from each other's experiences and examples and finding ways to collaborate and partner.

New Media / Interactive Media

CHRC is picking up the evolution of language in the "New Media" industry and is adopting "Interactive Media" as the better descriptor for the industry. As so many have noted: it's hardly "new" anymore, and its unique characteristic is its interactivity. We are following the lead of our colleagues at the Canadian Interactive Alliance/Alliance interactive canadienne ( who define it as "digital media which enables users to interact with other users or with the media itself for the purposes of entertainment, information, and education. Interactive media includes two sub-sectors, the entities creating the media content (creators) and the entities that are focused in allowing the media to be manipulated to facilitate distribution to the user (enablers)."

Interactive Media Content Creation Technology Road Map (IMCC TRM)

CHRC's Expert Working Group which has guided the development of the Interactive Media Content Creation Technology Road Map has been working hard over the summer to build the WIKI for the TRM, which will act as the home for the project on an ongoing basis. At their final meeting in Ottawa on September 19, the EWG identified and prioritized technology projects that will support the development of Canada's Interactive Media industry, and highlighted the related HR issues. The TRM report (a snapshot of the WIKI as Phase I comes to an end) is undergoing final edits and will be released within the coming weeks.

Competency Chart and Profile for Interactive Media Producers

The Expert Working Group of Interactive Media Producers has developed a competency chart for their occupation which is currently undergoing a validation exercise with others in the industry. The EWG will meet in November to complete the profile. Meanwhile, CHRC will soon be engaging a consultant to undertake the accompanying Training Gaps Analysis.

Music and Sound Recording

Although progress has been slow on the Music Industry Training Database and the feasibility study on internships (recommended by the Music Industry National Training Advisory Committee in June) as we seek confirmation of funding to pursue these projects, we are moving ahead quickly on the course content document on Marketing Trends in Music in the New Economy. Consultant Shelley Stein-Sacks has conferred with educators to ensure that the cutting edge content he is developing will complement what is currently being offered in educational institutions, and add important new information about marketing in this rapidly changing business. A Working Group of musicians and educators has validated the document, and it is now being prepared for release in November in both official languages.

Magazine Publishing

In late September, CHRC launched a national compensation study of occupations in the Magazine Publishing industry. It is considering and comparing compensation levels for over 30 occupations (both employees and freelancers) in small, medium and large magazine publishers across Canada. Mercer Inc consultants have been engaged to undertake this study.

Update of the Compensation Survey for Arts Administrators

As stated in the last newsletter, CHRC, in collaboration with Canada Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage, is undertaking an update of its 2003 National Compensation Survey for Arts Administrators. A small Steering Committee has been established to oversee the project, and a larger Advisory Committee of leaders in the sector has been set up to assist the consultants in their communication with the arts organizations, and to encourage administrators to respond to the survey. The research will take place in September and October, with a final report due in December.

Course Resources

"The Dancer Transition Resource Centre recently developed an extensive HR policy manual and the CHRC's Cultural Human Resources Management Tools were invaluable during the process. As a small, but growing cultural organization I can't tell you the number of times I have looked to the CHRC's resources (both in print and on-line) for guidance. It is very comforting to know you are there working so diligently on behalf of Canada's cultural sector."

Amanda Hancox
Executive Director
Dancer Transition Resource Centre

Don't forget to refer to CHRC's course resources, available on a variety of subjects, all developed in collaboration with industry and educators - all available free of charge by contacting CHRC's Executive Director.

Convergent Media

CHRC's Convergence Media Modules is a unique training template for developing content for multiplatforms. For example, it brings together the linear and non-linear storytelling of film and television and new media; and provides guidance in developing, producing and funding convergence projects. The 18 sessions include instruction in writing business models, considering funding approaches, and setting timelines.

Copyright in the Music Industry

Rights Management for the Music Industry is a training resource designed to provide useful day-to-day operational information from both business and legal perspectives. The sections deal with operating and jurisdictional realities across the country, including differences between Quebec and other areas of Canada, explained through theory and practical example in the case studies.

Setting up an Interactive Media Business

Setting up a New Media Business course material, along with a teacher's guide is rich with tips and best case examples of how to get going in the largely uncharted waters of Interactive Media businesses - and how to teach and train those heading in that direction.

Book Marketing in an Online World

Book Marketing in an Online World: these modules were prepared as background documents for courses to be offered in educational institutions and through professional associations, and even for individuals.

Please 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, Manager, Communications and Marketing / Youth Internship Programme Coordinator - Extension 31 -

Lucie M. D'Aoust, Sr. Project Manager - Extension 21 -

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