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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
July 2011

As we head into the summer when routines are broken and holidays prevail, here is a quick round up of where CRHC is at and what we are looking forward to, come the fall.

In this issue!

The Annual General Meeting 2011

The Annual General Meeting provided a pause to reflect on the past year and look forward to the future. In his report, Chair Kevin Hanson spoke about the collaboration and consultation that have marked CHRC activities over the past year, particularly with the Cultural HR Study 2011 and the Culture 3.0: Impact Study which sought input from over 3,500 artists, cultural workers and cultural employers.

Annual ReportIn her report, Executive Director Susan Annis highlighted the significant work that the Council has done over the past year in developing course content and delivering pilot workshops for the magazine publishing, film and television, music, and digital media industries.

"Through these pilots, CHRC will add to its suite of valuable training offerings already available through its site. Upcoming activities in 2011/2012 will strengthen our collaboration with education institutions and training providers to encourage broad use of these resources in curriculum and course development and delivery."

The AGM also provided the requisite forum to receive the report of the Nominating Committee which announced the successful election to the Board of 7 new and returning Board members. A full Board list is available on CHRC's site.

Also at the AGM, members approved the audited financial statements which are in the Annual Report 2011.

Kudos for The Art of Managing Your Career

More testimony on the value and importance of The Art of Managing Your Career, from artists and educators alike.

Su Skerl, digital media content creator and producer, was enthusiastic when she encountered TAMYC: "The future of this sector lies in everyone taking a firm grasp of their career as a business - it should be taught in programs from tech schools to universities."

Ellyse Schultz, a high school teacher in Wakaw, Saskatchewan, recently discovered TAMYC on CRHC's website. "Much of the course work I teach involves career guidance and exploration. I am interested in getting the teaching resource for the Course Modules of The Art of Managing Your Career. I want to make sure my students are prepared for any career path they choose; this seems like it would be a great addition to my course materials."

National Roundtable on the Impact of emerging digital technologies on cultural human resources

Under the snappier title of Culture 3.0, the study on the Impact of emerging digital technologies on the cultural human resources was given a final vet by cultural leaders at a national Roundtable held at the National Arts Centre in June. This was the culmination of a year of consultation, discussion, consensus building, writing and rewriting. It will certainly register as a high point for CHRC in 2011.

The draft report of almost 100 pages contains findings on the impact of digital technologies on HR in all eight subsectors (film and television, broadcasting, music, digital media, live performing arts, writing and publishing, visual arts and crafts, and heritage). After reviewing and validating the five cross sector recommendations which address the common challenges faced by the sector, Roundtable participants worked in sub sector groups to review and validate the sub sector recommendations. There were many intense and fruitful discussions throughout the day and throughout the room!

Nordicity consultants have taken away copious notes and are putting the final touches on the report. It still has to go through a final edit, translation and ministerial approval. CHRC is hoping to release it in the early fall.

Pilot Workshops for the Music Industry

On June 18, in Toronto, under the umbrella of the North by Northeast festival, Jodie Ferneyhough (CCS Rights Management, Toronto ON) and Michael Perlmutter presented CHRC's final Rights Management workshop. (Other workshops have been delivered over the past two months through Music Manitoba and SaskMusic and at the ECMAs. Despite the sunshine and the great weather, the class was full! Producers and artists in the music industry recognize how important it is to know the ins and outs of rights management for their revenue streams.

The workshop material which includes online resources can be now adapted or adopted by training providers across the country, including professional associations and educational institutions. The French version will be presented by Diane Lamarre at the AGM of Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique on September 10 in Ottawa, and in conjunction with Musique NB later in the fall.

Pilot Workshops to come in the fall:

  • 3-day workshop on Business Skills for Film and Television Producers in Toronto on September 19-21
  • 3-day workshop on Compétences en affaires pour les producteurs du cinéma et de la télévision in Montreal in collaboration with RFAVQ
  • 3-day workshop on Comptabilité de production en cinéma et télévision in collaboration with RFAVQ.
  • 4 pilot workshops on Project Management for Digital Media Producers and Compétences en gestion de projet pour les producteurs de médias numériques, locations and dates to be confirmed.

Magazine Publishing

Another keynote event for CHRC over these past two months was the Magazine Publishing Roundtable held in Toronto in early June, just before the industry gathering at Magnet.

Magazine associations, publishers, editors and writers, and educators from across the country met to review CHRC's Magazine Publishing Competency Chart and Profile developed by practicing experts in the industry. Participants also reviewed the progress of the related Training Gaps Analysis which is a work-in-progress, to be released in the fall.

A highlight of the Roundtable was the presentation of the beta versions of the 4 online courses on digitization in the magazine industry in the areas of editorial, production, advertising and circulation. Roundtable participants got the flavor of the courses and saw firsthand how valuable they will be for the industry. They also had the opportunity to hear directly from the writers about how they approached such a big assignment and wrestled it down to pithy and effective teachable moments on the web.

Over the summer months, these courses will be adapted in French to respond to the realities of the magazine industry in Quebec.

Magazines Canada will be delivering the courses as pilots in English in the fall.

The four courses will then be available in both English and French as training resources to training providers across the country.

PATAC meets in person

CHRC's Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PATAC) meets three times a year by conference call and once in person: June 15 was the in-person meeting we all look forward to each year. Members of PATAC who represent organizations in each province and territory that deal in some way with cultural HR issues, are valuable partners for CHRC. They provide on-the-ground intelligence about the sector's HR needs, and collaborate with CHRC to address the needs in creative and innovative ways. The Art of Managing Your Career teaching modules, for example, were developed in partnership with PATAC. At the June meeting, PATAC members expressed interest in further enriching these teaching resources by creating on line versions and CHRC's Board has agreed to look at this possibility. PATAC partners also expressed interest in updating CHRC's HR Tools manual and developing a couple of new chapters, titles to be decided.

Have a wonderful summer! And keep in touch!

Susan Annis, Executive Director
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Erma Barnett, Finance Officer
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Lucie M. D'Aoust, Sr. Project Manager
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Marc-André Girouard, Interim Manager, Communications and Marketing
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Geneviève Guilmette, Youth Internship Program Coordinator, Project Manager
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Michael Lechasseur, Web Coordinator
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Denise Perrier, Project Manager
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A list of 2011/2012 Board members can be found on CHRC's web site at

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