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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
January 2010

Happy New Year 2010 to you all from CHRC's Board and Staff

In this issue!

Cultural Sector HR Study moves into Phase II

The Conference Board of Canada made great progress on the Cultural Sector HR Study in the closing months of 2009, sifting through and sorting out Labour Market Information (LMI) for the Phase 1 report; and consulting widely with the cultural sector to identify the major HR issues that employers and cultural workers are facing, for the Phase II report.

The pieces are falling into place and the picture is forming. Here are key milestones of the path we are on.

  • April to October 2009 - Conference Board of Canada, under the direction of the Cultural Sector HR Study Steering Committee and the Board of CHRC, undertook a literature and documentation review of existing cultural LMI information; and undertook an analysis of the effects of the economic recession on the cultural sector.

  • November 2009 - CHRC released the Report on The Effect of the Global Economic Recession on Canada's Creative Economy in 2009.

  • November/December 2009 - Conference Board held 14 focus groups across the country to identify cultural sector HR issues.

  • January 2010 - CHRC will review the Phase I LMI report which will include a literature and documentation review of existing data to identify LMI gaps in the culture sector; identification of systemic changes that have taken place within the sector since 2002 (e.g., the proliferation and adaptation of new technologies, globalization etc.); an update of the cultural sector's LMI (drawing on new information, recent LMI studies conducted for the sector, and Statistics Canada data); and recommendations to address the LMI gaps in the culture sector.

  • February/March 2010 - Conference Board will conduct online survey of over 2,000 employers and cultural workers to identify HR issues. CHRC will release LMI report.

  • April/May 2010 - Conference Board will prepare and submit draft Phase II report to Cultural HR Study Steering Committee and CHRC Board.

  • June 2010 - CHRC will hold national HR roundtable to review and validate the findings and recommendations of the Phase II report before it is officially released.

  • September 2010 - CHRC will release Cultural Sector HR Study.

  • October 2010 and ongoing - CHRC and cultural sector will follow up on the recommendations of the Cultural Sector HR Study.

TAMYC workshops - practical business skills for self-employed artists and cultural workers

"All were very impressed by the product and the curriculum. ...The end discussion is that the College will pursue the opportunity to deliver the program as part of its continuing education offerings".
- Holland College

The course content for The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) which was tested with trainers in October is now available online. You can look at the Course Modules online to see a summary of the content, and get in touch with Susan Annis ( directly if you are interested in accessing the full material.


Music Marketing Workshops

As announced in the November e-newsletter, the Music Marketing workshops, delivered by Shelley Stein-Sacks and based on the document Welcome to the Future: A Guide to Marketing Music in the New Economy, are underway. On December 5, in Winnipeg, Manitoba Music presented a workshop to musicians as part of their training offerings; and on December 10 in Montreal, ADISQ hosted a workshop for their members. In early January, the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is collaborating with CHRC to hold a workshop for practicing and emerging music industry professionals. And in March, the music marketing workshop will be offered under the umbrella of the East Coast Music Awards in Sydney, NS.

The National Training Advisory Council for the Music Industry will meet on March 26 in Ottawa to review the success of these workshops in the context of the whole question of professional development in the music industry.

Workshops on Film Set Safety and Set Etiquette

"Working on a film set requires more then just technical skills. It requires patience, adaptability, perseverance, creativity and teamwork. Understanding set etiquette can help you feel confident and provide you with the knowledge you need to work on a set. It is everyone's right to work in a safe environment. Working in film can be exciting and challenging, but it presents some unconventional safety issues and solutions".
- Sarah Buell

Great interest is being generated among unions and guilds around the Film Set Safety and Film Set Etiquette pilot workshops to be delivered by Sarah Buell in Toronto (January 14), Regina (January 16), Halifax (January 19), and in Montreal in February. The content for these workshops was developed under the direction of CHRC's National Health and Safety Working Group which includes representatives of IATSE, DGC, CFTPA, AMPTP, AQTIS, NABET and provincial organizations including Film Training Manitoba, SHAPE and SMPIA; and has been endorsed by industry unions, guilds, employers and professional associations across the country.

They provide the basis for safe and healthy working conditions and experiences for all those on a film set in any part of the country.

The National Training Advisory Council for the Film and Television industry will meet on March 19 in Ottawa to review the workshops as national standards for set safety and set etiquette in the film and television industry.

Live Performing Arts - Professional Standards

The riggers expert working group: Pierre Morin (facilitator), Stéphane Mayrand, Tom Heemskerk, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Brent Letain, David Charbonneau, Jesse Carroll, Patrick Chassin and Hugo Hamel.

As explained in the last e-newsletter, CHRC and the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT) are working together to establish professional standards for Stage Technicians and Riggers in the Live Performing Arts, based on the competency charts that CHRC developed with the industry in 2007.

In late 2009, expert working groups of practicing professionals met to review the charts and undertake a formal process to define and recognize skill levels for Riggers and Stage Technicians. These will form the basis for professional standards recognized across the country by the two occupations.

In early 2010, the existing Training Gaps Analyses for each occupation will also be reviewed and analysed in terms of the skill levels that have been developed by the expert working groups.

In April 2010, CHRC will host a national one-day facilitated Roundtable with CITT members, including Riggers and Stage Technicians, to help develop a process and system for professional recognition across the country.

Upcoming meetings

  • Film and Television National Training Advisory Council: Ottawa, March 19, 2010
  • Music National Training Advisory Council: Ottawa, March 26, 2010
  • Roundtable for Stage Technicians and Riggers, Ottawa, April 6, 2010

Mark your Agendas

  • CHRC HR Forum and release of the Cultural HR Study, Ottawa, June 17, 2010

Film and Television Training Database

Other items of interest

Creation of an all-party Arts Caucus on Parliament Hill

NDP Members of Parliament, led by Paul Dewar, have established a first ever parliamentary 'All-Party Arts Caucus'. The Arts Caucus is meant to give opportunities for Parliamentarians from both the House of Commons and the Senate to meet with representatives of the arts and culture communities. The goal is to become better informed about the realities of the sector and the challenges it faces, in a non-partisan context and outside of the formal processes of Parliament - and not to duplicate the work of existing Parliamentary Committees.

As the Canadian Conference of the Arts noted in a recent Bulletin: "This is a welcome development on the Hill as, unfortunately, political processes are too often highly partisan... This as an opportunity to get better acquainted with the cultural sector, not to be lobbied on specific issues... The not yet official list of the Arts Caucus includes ten Conservatives MPs, eighteen NDP, six Liberals, and four members of the Bloc Québécois. Three Senators have expressed an interest, of which two are Liberals and one is a Conservative."

Heritage Minister James Moore's message to the cultural sector

In the closing months of 2009, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore spoke about the federal government's big picture agenda for culture. In speeches in both Calgary and Montreal he stressed culture as an economic contributor and driver; and government support for culture as a wise investment in Canada's economic and cultural future, not a handout. He noted that Canada's Economic Action plan will invest more than half a billion dollars in arts and culture. The federal focus on the digital revolution will have implications for arts and culture, and how our Government supports them - encouraging the sector to take advantage of emerging platforms, while continuing to support traditional business models where it makes sense.


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Keep in touch

We urge you to keep in touch with comments, questions, suggestions, criticisms. Our ongoing dialogue with you is vital to our success!

Susan Annis, Executive Director
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Erma Barnett, Finance Officer
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Geneviève Chassé, Manager, Communications and Marketing
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Lucie M. D'Aoust, Sr. Project Manager
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Geneviève Guilmette, Youth Internship Programme Coordinator, Project Manager
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Michael Lechasseur, Web Coordinator
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A list of 2009/2010 Board members can be found on CHRC's web site at

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