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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
December 2016

Warm wishes to you all
from CHRC Board and Staff
for a happy and peaceful holiday season!

In this issue!


Talent to Lead and HR Management Tools in the Spotlight!

“Hyper useful!”
– Cultural manager describing the HR Management Toolkit

The past few months have been a frenzy of activity at CHRC: with the revision of the HR Management Toolkit (including 2 new tools on Mentoring and Succession Planning), spearheaded by our PATAC partners; the launching of the first cohort of Talent to Lead (T2L) mid-career managers; and the call for applications for cohort 2.

These two projects have been on parallel tracks. They will now intersect as the T2L participants begin their webinar learning based on the revised HR management tools. (Webinars to be delivered by HR professionals from Toronto firm Williams HR.)

The other part of the learning for our chosen mid-career managers will be in mentorship teams with senior cultural leaders. Typical of the well acknowledged generosity of the cultural sector, where artists and cultural workers are known for “giving back”, these 18 mentors have offered their time, wisdom and expertise voluntarily. Over a 10-month period, they will help hone the skills and abilities of their mid-career mentees.

Here is a list of the selected T2L participants. For a complete list of the mentorship matches go to

  • Michelle Yeung, Development Manager, Toronto Arts Foundation ON
  • Michael Erwin, Production Manager, Neptune Theatre NS
  • Robin Sokoloski, Executive Director, Playwrights Guild of Canada ON
  • Kari Hueber, Director of Audience Engagement, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony ON
  • Amber Andersen, Director, Estevan Art Gallery and Museum SK
  • Paul Beauchamp, Producer & Operations Manager, Acting Up Stage Company
  • Po Yeh, Director, Community & Corporate Engagement, Honens AB
  • Joseph Bardsley, Development Manager, Grants & Proposals Vancouver Opera BC
  • Glenn Brown, Theatre Manager, Sanderson Centre City of Brantford ON
  • Tanya Derksen, Executive Director, Regina Symphony Orchestra SK
  • Katherine Stadel, Manager, Events and Audience Services Simon Fraser University, BC
  • Megan Mainwaring, Program Officer, Strategic Initiatives, New Brunswick Museum NB
  • Andrea Loewen, Director of Marketing and Publicity, Pacific Theatre BC
  • Sarah Farrell, General Counsel and Director of HR Soulpepper Theatre Company ON
  • Sean McManus, Executive Director, Manitoba Music MB
  • Joanne Cripps, Executive Director, Deaf Culture Centre ON
  • Melaina Sheldon, Community Arts and Events Coordinator Teslin Tlingit Council Heritage Department YT
  • Maegan Black, Director Canadian Crafts Federation, NB

Another call for applications in early December for a January 15 deadline will begin the process of identifying a second T2L cohort. This will include both English and French participants. The French webinars are being presented in collaboration with La Chaire en gestion des arts at HEC in Montreal.

CHRC was very encouraged by the number and quality of the applicants for the first cohort. We’re looking forward to even greater interest in cohort 2 as we reach across the country and the sector in both French and English Canada.

Mentorat culturel

An organization that really “gets” the importance of mentoring in the cultural sector, is Mentorat culturel, grown and based in Montreal. Since 2012, its activities have been overseen by la Chaire de gestion des arts Carmelle et Rémi-Marcoux at Hautes études commercials (HEC). Mentorat culturel is funded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Its objective is to offer cultural managers the possibility of benefiting from the transfer of experience by being guided by a mentor.

Under the Mentorat culturel programme mentors are volunteers. They are persons with experience and skills who want to offer support of emerging cultural managers, to help them become more competent quickly, and with fewer risks and costs for themselves and their organisations.

This sort of mentorship helps to integrate the emerging generation of cultural managers into the work stream, and it helps to break down the isolation they may feel as newcomers. It also helps to strengthen links between generations, encouraging and facilitating the transfer of experience and skills between mentor and mentee.

Mentorat culturel has a bank of over 80 mentors at its disposal. These senior managers have volunteered their names to serve in the capacity of mentor. Mentorat culturel links mentors with prospective mentees who apply to them. The mentorship teams are carefully chosen – some matches last for a year – the prescribed period of time – some last for years. The constant is the feedback from the mentees who always report the value and benefits of that growing experience. Over a hundred young cultural managers in Quebec have been helped along the way with the Mentorat culturel programme.

CHRC's Youth Internship Program 2017-2018

YOUNG CANADA WORKS – Building Careers in Heritage

Internships for recent graduates (in Canada) – deadline for application – February 1, 2017

CHRC is seeking cultural sector employers in organisations and companies to host internships for recent graduates (up to 30 years old, inclusively) to help them acquire practical experience, to enhance their employability /access to freelance work and to explore career options in arts administration/cultural management and arts practices.

  • Duration of internships: 16 to 52 weeks
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Maximum request: $10,000 – average contribution $ 6,750
  • CHRC’s contribution (from 25 to 50% of the cost of the internship) must be applied to the intern’s wages, excluding Mandatory Employment-related Costs

To create an account and submit an application, it is recommended that you review the EMPLOYER USER EXPERIENCE GUIDE: YOUNG CANADA WORKS. We have highlighted, in yellow, the steps to guide you towards the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) as your delivery organisation.

Please send me your questions in writing at

TAMYC reaches Aboriginal artists

A year ago at this time, CHRC was steeped in consultations with Aboriginal artists across the country as we updated The Art of Managing Your Career to include Aboriginal content and examples, and develop a workshop to teach TAMYC to Aboriginal artists from an Aboriginal point of view. The project also involved training Aboriginal trainers from across the country to deliver the workshop.

Here is a report from Saskatchewan that hints at the patience and persistence it requires to get the workshop in place – but the benefits that result.

“I worked with the new Indigenous Program Coordinator to provide her with the training I received from France and CHRC the previous Fall. After she was up to speed, we began working to coordinate the workshop. We decided that working with a post-secondary institution would be the best option in finding the people who would be interested and benefit most from this type of training. I reached out to the Aboriginal Student Centre at the University of Regina. I did not hear back from them until the end of August due to summer holidays, etc. So at that time we worked to coordinate this to occur October 29-30 in conjunction with local Indigenous artists collective Sakewewak. We held the workshop last weekend and it went really well.”

In fact the evaluations of the work shop were very positive. They are encouraged and are looking to hold a second workshop in Saskatoon.

Meanwhile in neighbouring Manitoba, Thom Sparling, ED of ACI Manitoba reports:

“We held a workshop on The Art of Managing Your Career with an Indigenous perspective in a one-day session at University College of the North in The Pas on November 18th. We had 8 full participants and a half dozen “drop ins” throughout the day. We partnered with the Manitoba Arts Council along with the SK Arts Board. Lindsay Knight from the SK Arts Board facilitated. Tracy Longbottom, a MAC presenter, spoke about the programs they have to offer. As well, Barb and Clarence Nepinak participated and brought Elder greetings.

We plan to do another similar event in Brandon in March, and then head back to The Pas in the new fiscal year. The response has been great so far – interestingly we had a number of local teachers who are interested in learning about this material to be able to pass it on to their students.

We will also be hosting a full session (8 weeks – 3 hours per week) in February / March of 2017. This class will be held in our space at 245 McDermot in Winnipeg. We are sorting out final instructor / Elder details but already have two participants registered.”

Open Data

CHRC was at the table in late November when PCH called together stakeholders to discuss their data needs. This was part of the department’s commitments to Canada's action plan for the Open Government Partnership. This relates back to Open Data, an international discussion first launched among 8 countries including Canada to fight government corruption. Over 70 countries are now engaged in this Open Government initiative.

Through consultations such as the meeting in November (organized and facilitated by Powered by Data), and other means, PCH officials are asking users and potential users to identify which data is important to them. This will allow the department to prioritize steps to make that data accessible and usable. PCH officials made the point that it would be very costly to ‘liberate’ the reams of data they have – hence the importance of the prioritization exercise.

This meeting took many of the participants into new territory. At this point there are probably more questions than answers but we do know it is an important process that is underway and it is in our best interests to stay engaged and help direct the outcomes. We should note that it is also new territory for PCH and for any government agency to ask their stakeholders how they want to use the data, and attempt to accommodate those needs the best they can, within their own constraints.

CHRC will continue to participate in the discussion and track developments in order to ensure that our sector avails itself fully of the opportunities that the Open Data initiative holds.

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Featured Organisation Plus Member

Directors Guild of Canada

Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 4,800 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing.

Susan Annis, Executive Director
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Annalee Adair, Project Manager Talent to Lead

Erma Barnett, Finance Officer

Lucie M. D'Aoust, Sr. Project Manager
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