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Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
December 2019

A word from the new Executive Director

Hello to all of our readers,

Let me start by thanking the Cultural Human Resources Council’s long-time Executive Director Susan Annis for almost two decades of dedicated work. All of the proud announcements that we are making in this newsletter have been made possible in large part by you, Susan. Thank you for your leadership!

Please read on for updates on projects that we have wrapped up this year, some still under way and others to come.

Members (current and future), January is membership registration/renewal time! CHRC exists for and by its national network, we look forward to having you with us for 2020 and for many years to come. Look for an email in early January with your renewal details.

A dynamic arts and culture sector is essential to the success of Canada’s creative, knowledge-based economy. Let’s keep working together!

On behalf of everyone at CHRC, we wish you a wonderful December and Happy Holidays with friends and family.

Kind regards,


Grégoire Gagnon, D. Mus. & MPA
Executive Director

In this issue!

Young Canada Works

Young Canada Works


YOUNG CANADA WORKS at Building Careers in Heritage INTERNSHIPS

A first-work experience in arts practice, cultural management or arts administration for college and university graduates! As of December 15th, 2019, via the Young Canada Works Website, CHRC will be accepting employers’ applications for the 2020-2021 program.

Deadline for application: January 31, 2020

Additional info:

Talent to Lead keeps on growing – T2L4

Talent to Lead is CHRC’s signature project to support the career progression of cultural managers into leadership positions, through webinar learnings and mentorship with senior leaders in the sector. Some 60 mid-career managers have participated in T2L’s 3 cohorts. In late spring, regional gatherings of T2L participants and mentors were held in Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto to explore key issues that leaders in the cultural sector are facing today.

CHRC is pleased to release “A Report on T2L Regional Gatherings - Leadership in the Cultural Sector Today” which includes the voices of the leaders themselves as they explore challenges and suggest solutions for stewarding, sustaining and developing Canada’s culture.

With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, CHRC is pleased to announce that it will be receiving applications from mentors and mid-career managers for Talent 2 Lead4 (T2L4) beginning January 3, 2020. To find out more, visit the T2L website

Labour Market Information Study for the Cultural Sector

The Labour Market Information Study of the Cultural Labour Force 2019 ( is available to all on CHRC’S website. Thank you to everyone who made this important study .

“With the $58.8B contribution to the Canadian GDP and a workforce of nearly 800,000 strong, the Conference Board of Canada demonstrates the importance of our sector in Canada’s economy. The report highlights the challenges that the sector and its workers face, in turn, it offers important recommendations to help economic growth and sector strength.”

-Richard Hornsby, CHRC Chair

Arts Futures 2019: Immersive technology as an artistic medium

The second edition of Arts Futures took place in Toronto in the last week of November – again, a very productive collaboration between Interactive Ontario and CHRC, with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Selected participants from across Canada spent 5 days undertaking an intensive program of hands-on immersive storytelling workshops on virtual and augmented reality production and distribution.

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

A National Code of Conduct for the Live Performing Arts

In late September, under the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) banner, CHRC and the Live Performing Arts community launched a national Code of Conduct for the Live Performing Arts. Over 100 LPA organizations have signed onto the code, demonstrating their commitment to its values and engagements. It is not too late to add your organization’s name to the list!

Maintaining Respectful Workplaces in the Arts” Workshops

Also under the RWA banner are the ongoing workshops on Maintaining Respectful Workplaces in the Arts. These half-day workshops generously funded by Canadian Heritage, are delivered by trained facilitators to small groups (up to 20 persons). Participants include employers/board members, cultural workers and artists.

Organizations interested in hosting one of these workshops are asked to contact Lucie D’Aoust at

'A Reporting Mechanism for Harassment’ and ‘Support for Investigations on Harassment'

As announced in our September 2019 newsletter, CHRC continues its work with consultants Lise Labine and Jeanne Lesage who are exploring reporting mechanisms for cases of workplace harassment in the arts, and researching support mechanisms for employers who have to conduct investigations on harassment. Look for more information on their reports and recommendations on our website, in early 2020.

These half-day workshops, funded by Canadian Heritage, are delivered by trained facilitators to small groups (up to 20 persons).

November 13th, 2019 – Susan Annis’ retirement party

Susan Annis’ Retirement Party

We say goodbye for now and we share with you a great picture of the November 13th party “A Toast to Susan Annis”. From left to right, Richard Hornsby (Chair of the Board), Susan Annis (past Executive Director) and Grégoire Gagnon (new Executive Director).

Photo credit: Louise Allaire

Looking for a job? Looking for talent?

Current Job Postings

Title Organisation City, Province
Executive Director Regina Symphony Orchestra Regina, Saskatchewan
Responsable des programmes (arts francophones) Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Program Officer (Francophone Arts) Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Human Capital & Organizational Development Consultant Edmonton Arts Council Edmonton, Alberta
Director of Communications Edmonton Arts Council Edmonton, Alberta
Chief Executive Officer & Director Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia
Executive Director Art Gallery of Windsor Windsor, Ontario
Director of Audience & Revenue Development Gateway Theatre Richmond, British Columbia
Chief Development Officer Aga Khan Museum Toronto, Ontario
Director of Artistic Programs Gateway Theatre RICHMOND, British Columbia

CHRC members receive a 25% discount on job postings!

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

Featured Organisation Plus Member

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) is a member-driven organization that serves as the collective voice of professional Canadian theatres. It provides leadership, national representation and a variety of programs and practical assistance to member companies, enabling members to do their own creative work.

Executive Director: Grégoire Gagnon

Project Managers:

Lucie D'Aoust (Respectful Workplaces in the Arts and YCW)
Annalee Adair (Talent to Lead)
Lise Labine (Talent de leader - volet francophone)

Finance Officer: Erma Barnett

Webmaster: Michael Lechasseur

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


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