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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
July 2018

In this issue!

Annual General Meeting - Annual Report and new Board

CHRC held its Annual General Meeting in Toronto on June 25. Board Chair, Richard Hornsby, repeated his warning that “sustaining operating funding continues to be elusive for CHRC – a challenge faced by many arts service organizations.”  He noted that it is particularly difficult for an organization like CHRC that serves the whole sector - “yet we see (dramatically over this past year) the value of an organization that can speak on behalf of the entire sector and address HR issues, which are coming increasingly to the fore.”

A healthy sector needs a CHRC in its ecosystem.
– Richard Hornsby, Chair

Members approved the Nominating Committee’s slate for the Board of Directors 2018/2019, welcoming Ryhna Thompson as the new representative for Music and Sound Recording.

  • Digital Media – Carly Beath, Canadian Interactive Association interactive canadienne
  • Film, Television & Broadcasting – Janis Lundman, Back Alley Film Productions
  • Heritage – Kathleen De Long, University of Alberta
  • Live Performing Arts – Parise Mongrain, Dancer Transition Resource Centre
  • Music and Sound Recording – Ryhna Thompson, Envision Management & Production
  • Visual Arts and Crafts – Liz Edwards, Art Dealers Association of Canada
  • Writing and Publishing – Kevin Hanson, Canadian Publishers’ Council
  • Board appointments
  • Richard Hornsby – Education representative
  • Barbara Nepinak – Indigenous representative
  • Victoria Steele – Treasurer

Download CHRC's 2017-18 Annual Report.

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts is off and running. In a short 3 months since CHRC received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage to address and prevent harassment in the performing, visual and literary arts, here is what has been set in motion:

  • development of a guide on harassment for its HR Management Toolkit (to include guidance on anti-harassment policies and procedures) – for early fall;
  • development of a national code of conduct – for late fall;
  • research on reporting mechanisms for victims of harassment – for early winter;
  • gathering of data on training resources on harassment – ongoing, fall/winter;
  • creation of webcasts on jurisdiction- specific compliance for provincial and territorial legislation around harassment – for late fall;
  • creation of training videos on harassment for employers, and for workers/artists – for late fall;
  • branding (graphic and text) for a “respectful workplaces” campaign directed at Canadian audiences and arts supporters – for late summer;
  • consultations with equity-seeking communities on a national code of conduct, training needs and resources, and reporting mechanisms – in early fall;
  • development of a Respectful Workplaces in the Arts website with resources and tools to deal with and prevent harassment – for late summer.

CHRC and the performing, literary and visual arts are complementing the work of colleagues in the screen-based and music industries, and of colleagues in Quebec who have received significant provincial funding, to address and prevent harassment. Seldom have we seen such a united front in the sector to deal with a single issue - not only rallying around “zero tolerance” for harassment, but affirming together the value of respect in the sector.

Talent to Lead - Year 3 is launched

CHRC’s flagship Talent to Lead (T2L) programme is moving into its third year – this time with a focus on mid-career managers and leaders in Indigenous, culturally diverse and official language minority communities. In early August the call will go out for applications to participate in the programme which includes mentorship matches, webinar learning and networking with peers with like career ambitions. The Steering Committee met in late June to iron out the selection criteria and distribution channels for the call, to ensure that it reaches potential participants in the target communities. The Advisory Committee for francophone participants also met to review the selection criteria and strategize around distribution of the call for applications – with a September 30 deadline.

A special addition to Year 3 will be regional gatherings of Cohorts 1, 2 and 3 in early 2019 to discuss leadership issues – culminating in a White Paper on Cultural Leadership – A Perspective from the Field of Mid-Career Manager.

Arts Futures Workshops Underway

“Digital tools are increasingly influencing arts & culture. Digital technologies allow artists to streamline their operations and spend more time creating. Immersive tools such as augmented reality are being used to heighten experiences in music, theatre, museums and more. This series is designed to allow artists and arts organizations to take advantage of these new tools in order to push the boundaries of their chosen medium.”  Interactive Ontario

CHRC and Interactive Ontario are collaborating to present a series of 11 workshops in Toronto and Ottawa, designed to provide artists/arts organizations with opportunities to build their digital skills. Check out the website for upcoming topics, locations and dates over the summer months.

“The initiative will provide numerous artists and arts organizations with the opportunity to strengthen their digital skills in both business (financial technologies) and creative (immersive media tools) areas. Participants will engage in practical workshops, complemented by the chance to meet digital media producers who can help them operationalize the learnings from the sessions.”

Labour Market Information Study soon to begin


We’re delighted to be undertaking a second Labour Market Information (LMI) Study - updating the one in 2010! With funding from Employment and Social Development Canada, we’re working again with the Conference Board of Canada, and with sector leaders to ensure that the results reflect the realities on the ground.

The Study will span 14 months and will include the collection and analysis of data from various studies and research, as well as information gathered through focus groups held across the country. It will be overseen by a small Steering Committee with guidance from a larger Advisory Committee.

The LMI research will begin with a literature and documentation review and a review of existing Labour Market Information (LMI) data. Through updated analysis of the performance of the sector and various sub-domains (including new or updated research/analytical reports as well as LMI forecasting systems) it will:

  • address current and future skills shortages in the cultural workforce for employers who can hire and/or train the workers they need, for workers to make informed decisions about future career paths, and for educators to develop and adapt courses and curriculum to meet industries’ needs;
  • facilitate employers’ human resource planning and management;
  • produce information that enables government stakeholders to make sound policy, program and funding decisions to meet labour market needs and make skills development investments including the transition from school to the workforce;
  • provide informed forecasts of cultural labour supply, demand and gaps; and
  • provide a report on labour market trends facing the Canadian cultural sector; and recommend ways to address those issues.

The updated performance measures and forecasts will be industry-driven and validated through employer surveys and roundtable meetings to solicit stakeholder feedback. More on those roundtable meetings early in 2019.

Looking for a job? Looking for talent?

Current Job Postings

Title Organisation City, Province
Administrateur / Administratrice de subventions (bilingue) Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Granting Administrator (Bilingual) Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Producer (Theatre) Urban Ink Productions Society Vancouver, British Columbia
Executive Director Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates (GVA) Toronto, Ontario
Artistic Producer Theatre Direct Canada Toronto, Ontario

CHRC members receive a 25% discount on job postings!

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Featured Organisation Plus Member

BC Alliance for Arts + Culture

The B.C. Alliance for Arts & Culture represents over 350 member organizations and individuals from across the artistic disciplines. Their services include advocacy, representation, networking and access to affordable and relevant professional development opportunities.

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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