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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
January/February 2017

In this issue!

Off and running

2017 is off to a fast start with applications rolling in for the second T2L cohort (deadline January 20), and for the 2017/2018 Building Careers in Heritage programme (deadline February 8).

Membership renewals are also rolling in – we are encouraged by and grateful for each renewed (and new) member!

Our Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PATAC) has had their quarterly conference call – taking the pulse of the nation from a cultural perspective and welcoming new members: Brenda Leadlay, ED of the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture; Debborah Donnelly, ED of the newly created Culture Plus in New Brunswick; and Amy Henderson, ED of Business and Arts Newfoundland/Labrador.

And with an eye to the future, the CHRC Board has met and developed a new strategic 3-year plan for 2017-2020. We call it our 2020 vision!

Talent to Lead (T2L)

The 18 participants of T2L’s first cohort have been successfully matched with mentors, have developed their mentorship agreements, and have participated in 3 webinars on HR issues as part of their programme. These webinars are being introduced by short video clips of senior cultural leaders who address the importance of HR management from a leadership role. Check them out on the website at

A sense of cohesion in the group is growing. One of the biggest challenges of this project is to create, without physically bringing together, not just mentor relationships which may be at a distance, but also a cohesive network of peers from across the country. The T2L website and webinars are 2 effective ways of doing that.

T2L’s second cohort is taking shape. It will include 12 English and 12 French participants. The quality of applicants is high as is the quality of senior cultural leaders who are willing to be mentors. Candidates are shortlisted and then asked to submit a letter of intention, a letter of support from their employer, and 2 letters of reference. The 24 mentorship teams in cohort 2 will be announced at the end of March.

HR Management Toolkit

Just a reminder that the revised HR Management Toolkit with new chapters on “Succession” and “Mentorship” is now on sale for $99.99 for CHRC members - $199.99 for non-members. Early feedback…. cudos from the field:

“I’m really glad to see that the Tool Kit has been updated and look forward to diving into the new sections and revisions over the next few months. Very timely and very valuable.”

“Just had a chance to browse through the Succession chapter and this will be an excellent resource for us, Susan. Much appreciated!”

Reports from PATAC partners

While it’s not possible to capture all the lively and informative discussion of a PATAC meeting, here are some highlights:

Business and Arts Newfoundland/Labrador

From Amy Henderson in Newfoundland (our new PATAC partner, Business and Arts Newfoundland/Labrador)

  • We are building capacity in the arts through our Business Workshops for Artists series.

    Our Business Volunteers for the Arts program connects lawyers, accountants, marketing, HR, and strategic planning professionals with artists to help with specific areas of need. This program is having a big impact on the community - we delivered over $63,000 worth of free help to artists in 2016 through this program.

  • Other work involves a consistent push to encourage private sector support of the arts, but requires a great deal of awareness-building, including our Spotlight on Partnerships weekly blog and our We are #CreativeNL campaign.

  • We have engaged with a researcher at Memorial University to embark on a research study called Evaluating Levels of Resource Support to the Arts in Newfoundland and Labrador with a view to equipping ourselves to better advocate at the municipal, provincial, and cross-sectoral levels.

BC Alliance for Arts and Culture

From Brenda Leadlay in BC

The BC Alliance for Arts and Culture is leading the way on advocacy on a number of issues, one of them being compensation for administrators and managers. This will resonate in other cities and provinces. Brenda Leadlay writes:

A group of us made presentations to Vancouver City Council in December asking for a 20% increase for their operating (core-funded) clients - primarily because they hadn’t had increases in 4-5 years and even then, only minimal ones. We all spoke about the low wages of people working in the arts in Vancouver - many support staff are only being paid $16-$18/hr despite the fact that they have university degrees.

Although the City of Vancouver has been increasing their cultural budget incrementally each year, there are so many more people accessing the funding now that the operating companies have pretty much been frozen in their grant levels - which means that without a cost of living increase, wages haven’t increased - and realistically - that means their budgets are actually shrinking if they are not keeping up with the cost of living increases.


Many CHRC members will be interested in this exciting initiative from ArtsPond about “managing creativity in a digital world”. Check out the survey.

ArtsPond, in collaboration with Theatre Ontario and BeMused Network, is pleased to announce the vision for Element:e (Élément:e), a proposed cloud-driven, mobile-first, free/low-cost arts management and impact reporting digital platform for small creators and producers in arts and culture.

Open until Mar 1, a 20-minute survey, "Managing Creativity in a Digital World" is your chance to let us know what your digital infrastructure needs are as we seek funding to support the launch of a desired open source solution within the next 2 to 3 years. Respond by Feb 10 for your chance to win a $100 gift card to!

Key Predictions for 2017 from Deloitte – the big HR picture

For your reading pleasure…..

“The Future of Work Is Here and HR Is in the Hot Seat”

From Deloitte’s Key Predictions for 2017, “the top 11 predictions that [they] see impacting HR and talent for 2017”:

  1. Organizational Design Will Be Challenged Everywhere

  2. Culture and Engagement Will Remain Top Priorities

  3. Real-Time Feedback and Analytics Will Explode in Maturity

  4. A New Generation of Performance Management Tools Will Emerge

  5. A Focus on “Human Performance” and Wellbeing Will Become a Critical Part of HR, Talent, and Leadership

  6. Focus on Employee Experience Will Overcome Process Design in HR

  7. Digital HR and Learning Will Help Us to Reinvent L&D and HR Systems

  8. The Leadership Market Will Start a Steady Process of Reinvention

  9. Diversity, Inclusion, and Unconscious Bias Will Become a Top Priority

  10. The L&D Function Will Continue to Struggle

  11. The Future of Work Is Here and HR Is in the Hot Seat


Looking for a job? Looking for talent?

Current Job Postings

Title Organisation City, Province
Video Out: Outreach + Distribution Manager VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE Vancouver, British Columbia
Events + Exhibitions Coordinator VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE Vancouver, British Columbia
Finance and Administration Officer The Ottawa Chamber Music Society Ottawa, Ontario
Associate Director, Development Centre Canadien d’Architecture / Canadian Centre for Architecture Montreal, Quebec
Directeur associé, développement * Centre Canadien d’Architecture / Canadian Centre for Architecture Montréal, Quebec
Executive Director Orchestra Toronto Toronto, Ontario
Spécialiste des communications et de la liaison autochtone Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Indigenous Communications & Outreach Specialist Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Site Assistant for YONA-Sistema Afterschool Music Program Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Francis Winspear Centre for Music Edmonton, Alberta
Administrateur(trice) de la liaison (bilingue) Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Outreach Administrator (Bilingual) Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Tour Leader--Travel, Culture, Tourism, Youth Evolve Tours Toronto, Ontario

CHRC members receive a 25% discount on job postings!

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

Featured Organisation Plus Member

Edmonton Arts Council

The Edmonton Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton.

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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