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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
May 2017

In this issue!

CHRC Annual General Meeting – June 19 in Toronto

CHRC’s 23rd Annual General Meeting will take place on June 19, 2017 at 11:00 am.
It will be held at 166 King Street East, Suite 300 in the offices and Boardroom of
Simon and Schuster Canada.

This is an election year. Two of CHRC’s highly valued, well connected and long serving Board members have left the Board, as announced in previous newsletters: Liz Shorten, who represented Film and Television; and Ian Kelso who represented Digital Media content creators. A call for nominations to fill the vacant positions will go out in early May to all CHRC members.

Remember: in general, each member of the Board represents an association or a collective organization and acts on behalf of the subsector he / she represents.

A Board member must:

  • be a member or be willing to become a member of CHRC
  • be able to represent the sub-sector in relation to human resources questions
  • have a broad knowledge of and have contributed to the sub-sector
  • have an interest and some involvement in its human resources
  • be willing to attend a maximum of four meetings per year
  • be willing to work on committees on behalf of CHRC

The nominator and seconder for a candidate must be CHRC voting members in good standing and one of the two nominators must be from the sub-sector where the vacancy is to be filled.

Talent 2 Lead – 3 cohorts now running!

Following a very busy selection and matching period, CHRC recently announced the names of the 24 successful mid-career managers selected for two new Talent to Lead (T2L) cohorts – one in English and one in French – and the 24 senior cultural leaders who have volunteered to mentor them.

T2L’s first cohort of 18 mid-career managers, now into its fifth month, is running alongside the new cohorts: making a total of 42 promising cultural managers from across the country and the sector who are benefiting from the learnings and mentorship offered in T2L. See for the bios of the participants and mentors.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity you are providing through the mentorship, for me personally but also for our organization.”
– April Britski and CARFAC

“It has been a really great experience thus far, and I have to once again thank the CHRC for hosting such a great program. The webinars are covering a lot of HR material that I've not had experience with, and the one on one sessions with [my mentor] give us a chance to talk the content out even further, as well as covering other relevant topics in the field. I'm looking forward to the remainder of the program, and have encouraged many of my peers to apply for the next round.”

« La première rencontre avec [ma mentore] fut des plus agréables et instructives, les enjeux étant particulièrement abondants en ce moment dans mon organisation. Je prévois une rencontre mensuelle, en personne ou au téléphone, avec [elle] .»

The members of the T2L Steering Committee and CHRC’s partners at Mentorat culturel in Quebec were impressed by the quality of the applications that were submitted again in this second round - which speaks both to the talent in the sector, and the need for systemic support to help our emerging leaders advance. They have also been impressed by the quality of senior cultural leaders who have volunteered to be mentors in the programme – which also speaks to the talent in the sector, and to its generosity.

One of the first steps for T2L participants is to develop a mentorship agreement with their mentors. This includes agreed to meeting times and expectations. They also participate in monthly webinars designed around HR issues through the prism of leadership (drawing from CHRC recently revised HR Management Toolkit); and delivered in English by HR professionals at Williams HR in Toronto and by La Chaire de gestion des arts Carmelle et Rémi-Marcoux at HEC Montréal in French.

The first cohort will end in September 2017 and the other two in January 2018.

Building Careers in Heritage

On a parallel stream to T2L, CHRC administers Building Careers in Heritage (BCH) on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage (DCH). BCH is an internship programme for young artists and cultural workers who are beginning their careers in an arts practice or arts management. BCH provides them with their first work experience after completing their education.

The DCH website to apply for the BCH programme is new and has caused a few headaches for applicants for the arts internships. CHRC is working with DCH staff to make the site clearer and more accessible.

But the bigger problem is the gap between demand and supply. Each year CHRC receives as many as 4 times the number of applications for the money available. In order to stretch the funds across the country and the arts sector (including the visual arts and crafts, theatre and dance, writing and publishing, film and television, digital media, and music), the contributions are generally modest – but their worth exceeds their monetary value.

Over the years CHRC has gathered many stories about how BCH has launched young arts administrators and artists on their careers. The circle is complete when we run into past BCH interns who have become employers in their own right and are seeking to offer an intern opportunity to another young cultural worker – as frequently happens.

“The School of Dance, a 38 year old, arts education charity, has worked with the CHRC on several occasions through the YCW Internship Programme. Currently, 2 of our administrators came through the training we designed for this programme. When they later showed the depth of their skills, they were hired in full-time positions. I am very proud to acknowledge that 10 other Canadian arts administrators, started their careers at The School of Dance under the YCW Internship Programme, delivered by CHRC.”

“The majority of Yukon Arts Centre interns have built careers in the arts, and many have stayed in the Yukon greatly enriching our cultural community. For example our Intern in this position in 2012/13 became the Gallery Administration Assistant at Arts Underground / Yukon Art Society, while our 2013/14 intern is Project Curator at the Dawson City Museum leading a full permanent gallery exhibit change. Our intern in 2013 is now Executive Director of the Yukon Historical and Museums Association here in Whitehorse. Our 2015/16 intern is the Aboriginal Assistant Curator at the Audain Art Museum and plans to pursue her masters degree in Indigenous Studies. The Yukon Arts Centre has been able to move beyond our walls and engage with vital national dialogues thanks to intern support!”

Because the demand is so high, and because this strategic “investment” of public funds in young cultural workers is targeted and successful, CHRC has formally asked the Minister of Canadian Heritage to increase the department’s support for the BCH programme, as sound public policy with clear returns. The contribution to arts internships has not changed in over 10 years.

With the strong belief that stories are more powerful than stats to make our point, CHRC has invited organizations that have received BCH internship contributions to tell the Minister how valuable they have been to them and their organizations. We have been heartened by the response. We hope the Minister’s attention will be caught by these compelling letters, and greater investment in these internships in the arts will be the result.

TAMYC being used from coast to coast to coast

CHRC’s signature guide to The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) continues to be a staple in educational institutions and for self-employed artists from coast to coast to coast.

We salute long time users of TAMYC in their classrooms: Alan Dowling, music educator, drummer and instructor at Holland College in PEI; and on the west coast, Gary Cristall, teacher at Capilano University; and in the North, the Yukon government which is presenting a second TAMYC Workshop for Aboriginal Artists “for all Yukon First Nations Artists” in the small community of Carcross.

Creative City Network – a reciprocal relationship

From time to time CHRC exchanges memberships with other “like” organizations. The Creative City Network (CCN) is one of those.

“The Creative City Network of Canada is a national non-profit organization of municipalities, organizations, and individuals working to support cultural development in their communities. Through its work the Creative City Network of Canada helps build the capacity of local cultural planning professionals – and by extension local governments – to nurture and support cultural development in their communities. By doing so, the Creative City Network of Canada aims to improve the operating climate and conditions for artists, arts, heritage and cultural organizations across the country, and the quality of life in Canadian communities of all sizes.”

As well as sharing a keen interest in and support for artists and cultural workers “on the ground” and in the front lines of artistic creativity, production and presentation, we share the CCN’s interest in and appreciation of cultural statistics. We are both partners on the Cultural Statistics Strategy.

Most of CHRC’s members will have a connection to one or perhaps several municipalities. They are key building blocks of our cultural infrastructure.

The annual Creative City Summit, to be held this year in Halifax, shines a bright light on culture and the arts.

News from the Cultural Satellite Account (CSA)

Statistics Canada has implemented a new approach to data suppression for confidentiality protection in selected economic statistics programs. The CSA qualifies as one of these instances, given that the amount of transformation and aggregation of data obtained from business surveys and administrative sources was deemed significant enough to protect respondents’ privacy.

Consequently, provincial and territorial CSA data that were previously suppressed can now be publicly released, at the level of detail of supply and use tables and published in thousands of dollars, as will also be the case for all new CSA data in the future. We will be able to see the totals for all domains and sub-domains for each jurisdiction. This new approach responds to users’ demands to increase the amount of data in the public domain, yet still respects the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act. The full results for the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2014 are already available online.

See CHRC featured in the “Spotlight on Culture Research” of the latest Culture Statistics Strategy Newsletter.


Looking for a job? Looking for talent?

Current Job Postings

Title Organisation City, Province
Adjoint à la direction artistique et générale Tara Luz Danse Ottawa, Ontario
Content Creator, Digital Displays National Arts Centre Ottawa, Ontario
Executive Director Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates Toronto, Ontario
Director, Programming and Partnerships Paradise Theatre Toronto, Ontario
Programming Manager Paradise Theatre Toronto, Ontario
Technicien céramiste Centre d'arts Rozynski Barnston Ouest, Quebec
Executive Director Visual Arts Centre of Clarington Bowmanville, Ontario
Tour Leader--Travel, Culture, Tourism, Youth Evolve Tours Toronto, Ontario
DIRECTEUR DES OPÉRATIONS ET DU SOUTIEN À L’ENSEIGNEMENT École nationale de théâtre du Canada / National Theatre School of Canada Montréal, Quebec
Assistant (e) à la coordination des évènements (emploi étudiant) Centre d'exposition L'Imagier Aylmer, Quebec
Assistant(e) au rayonnement des activités (emploi étudiant) Centre d'exposition L'Imagier Aylmer, Quebec
Experienced Violin Maker The Sound Post Toronto, Ontario

CHRC members receive a 25% discount on job postings!

Don't forget... CHRC's team at your service!

Featured Organisation Plus Member

Canadian Federation of Musicians

The Canadian Federation of Musicians negotiates fair agreements for Canadian members, works diligently to protect ownership of recorded music, secure benefits such as health care and pension for our membership, and actively lobby legislators on Copyright reform and other matters of interest to professional musicians living and working in Canada.

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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Michael Lechasseur, Webmaster

A list of Board members can be found on CHRC's web site.


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