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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
July 2012

In this issue!

Heading towards a great HR Forum!

Building Bridges

National HR Forum, Toronto, September 27-28, 2012. Register now!

While the national HR Forum is still a summer away, we are deep in the thick of it at the Secretariat! The line-up is confirmed and it promises to be lively and engaging, with stimulating presentations and provocative discussions.

From our 2 guest speakers -- Paul Hoffert and Sylvain LaFrance -- to the presentation of the DUX Award for Outstanding Mentor -- to an early preview of CHRC's online modules for The Art of Managing Your Career in partnership with IPal -- to the panels and presentations -- to the roll-up-your-sleeves mini workshops -- the evening of September 27 at Harbourfront and all day September 28 at the Radisson Hotel just down the street are not to be missed.

If you haven't registered you can still get the early bird special.

And if you still have an Outstanding Mentor to nominate, the deadline is July 13.

Digital Media Content Creators

With more and more attention being directed to the digital economy, Digital Media (DM) content creators are at the heart of the action. CHRC is undertaking a project to help define their central place in the DM industry. Our project on DM Content Creators is in full swing. Three complementary initiatives are proceeding simultaneously.

  • Context Paper: We have engaged MDR Communications in Montreal to research and write a paper which provides an overview of the context in which the Study on Digital Media Content Creators is being conducted. It will explain the intersection of content creation skills and IT skills in the Digital Media industry and how this advances Canada's digital economy. Following a literature review, the consultants are undertaking "5 five short case studies of successful, highly innovative digital media SMEs that offer interesting examples of the innovation created by the intersection of arts and culture skills and ICT skills, seen in digital content on new devices, applications and services for all sectors of the Canadian economy."

  • Research on DM content creation positions: In partnership with CIAIC, we are gathering information on DM content creation positions. Through a survey of employers in the DM industry we will find out about the jobs, skills and training gaps in the areas of content creation, production and management.

  • Competency Chart for a DM Content Creation Team: Given the unstructured and fluid nature of the DM industry, we have decided to develop a competency chart that is DM product driven. It will include the creation, production and management skills needed in a DM Content Creation Team, updating and building on our current DM content creation and producer competency charts which will be merged in this single chart.

After these have been completed, CHRC will undertake the following:

  • Training Gaps Analysis to accompany the Competency Chart: This will include a survey of training offerings for the skills, an assessment of training needs from the points of view of both workers and employers, and an analysis of the training gaps with recommendations.

  • Teaching Tools based on the TGA recommendations: These will be created in early 2013.

A CCA "featured member"...

CHRC is pleased and proud to be a featured CCA member in their latest Magazine.

"Our new featured member is particularly close to our hearts. We are paying tribute to an organization that got its wings from the CCA: the Cultural Human Resources Council."

Yes -- CHRC was born at the CCA. Now "linked at the hip", we each speak with a national voice, on behalf of the entire sector, focussing on our specific issues (CHRC and HR, CCA and cultural policy), and sharing a common broad mandate to support the cultural sector.

Both organizations are in transition as government funding shifts -- and disappears. Both organizations draw on a strong, deep and broad community base, and years of leadership and experience on behalf of the sector (CHRC is 17 years and the CCA is 67 years old!). Your support through membership is very much valued.

CHRC PATAC and Board meeting

CHRC's Board met in Ottawa on June 22. Normally this June meeting is coupled with an AGM and an election of a new Board. This year, as CHRC transitions to a new revenue model, the AGM and Board elections will be held on September 27, in conjunction with the HR Forum. It will mark the move to a smaller national Board, fully representative.

CHRC's Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PATAC) met by phone, just prior to the Board meeting. Their annual face to face meeting, which normally occurs in June, will be in September, to coincide with the AGM. The reports from several members were somber, as provincial cut backs hit culture -- with a couple of exceptions.

  • In Quebec, the CQRHS reported that Québec is negotiating its 6-year LMA agreement with the federal government for the period 2014 to 2020.

  • In Manitoba, ACI Manitoba has been developing a "Cultural Evidence Project" -- exploring the rationale, methodology and partnerships involved in the collection and examination of cultural data. Also, ACI Manitoba has been engaged in the development of a new organization called Manitoba Arts and Culture Alliance which was formed to provide "coordinated advocacy" for the cultural sector in Manitoba. The organization is currently in the development of governance & communications models for a network of networks.

HR Toolkit: CHRC Takes Advantage of Mobile Devices

CHRC's popular HR Tools are now available in ePub format for your eReader, tablet or smartphone. As announced in our recent press release, the 11 booklets are now even more readily accessible. "Cultural managers keep our HR Tools at their fingertips, as they help them solve the myriad of HR issues they have to deal with in order to retain their employees and to ensure a productive work environment."

Watch the video to see how to use ePubs.


Executive Director is now on TWITTER

TwitterTo help us keep in contact with our members, I have opened a Twitter account -- and am taking to it like a duck to water! I have already found many of you through Twitter and for those I haven't found yet, please follow me! It will be a rewarding connection, as I can keep you up to date on CHRC activities in "real time", track your events with you, and share and comment with you on the latest updates in the cultural sector. See you on Twitter!


A Note from Service Canada re: Records of Employment (ROE)

Service Canada -- Electronic Records of Employment

Are you still filling out paper Records of Employment (ROEs)? Forget the paper! ROE Web is a secure and easy-to-use Web-based application that allows payroll administrators to create, submit, and amend ROEs online. ROE Web makes it easier for employers to fill out ROEs and simplifies the processing of workers' Employment Insurance claims.

Use ROE Web to increase your productivity and reduce your paper burden and administrative costs. Visit Service Canada's web site or call the Employment Contact Centre at 1-800-367-5693 (TTY: 1-855-881-9874) for more information.

Keep in touch!

Featured Organisation Plus Member

The BC Producers' Branch of the CMPA is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of over 75 British Columbia companies engaged in the production and distribution of television, feature film, and digital media content.

Friendly reminder: CHRC is on Facebook and Twitter ...


Do you have something you want to share with the Cultural Sector? If it's related to culture or HR, don't hesitate to post it on our Facebook page.

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, Marketing Manager
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Geneviève Guilmette, Youth Internship Program Coordinator, Project Manager
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Michael Lechasseur, Web Coordinator
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A list of 2011/2012 Board members can be found on CHRC's web site at

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