Get involved

There are many ways for members to work more closely with the CMPA—from participating in strategic committees to sitting on the board of directors.

Committees

Are you an emerging producer eager to make your voice heard? Been a CMPA member your whole career and never joined a committee?

There are many opportunities available to suit your interests. To find out more about these committees or to participate, please contact the CMPA representative listed for each.

The CMPA’s committees are your opportunity to shape the direction of the association and, in turn, the industry.

Member expertise and feedback is key to our success, as it reflects the business realities faced by independent production companies on a daily basis. In this shifting media landscape, it’s more important than ever that members help us identify risks and opportunities, and provide input on the issues we present to government.

The CMPA is guided by a number of committees dedicated to the different branches of our strategy. Members of these committees participate in calls and discussions to set the agenda for the CMPA’s initiatives.

Canada Media Fund

Works with the Canada Media Fund (CMF), government and industry stakeholders to ensure that the CMF continues to enjoy public and private support and continues to fulfill its mandate. The committee also aims to improve CMF policies and programs to better reflect the interests of independent producers.

CMPA representatives

Erin Finlay, Chief Legal Officer
erin.finlay@cmpa.ca

Marcia Douglas, Senior Director, Business Affairs
marcia.douglas@cmpa.ca

Copyright

Promotes, advises upon, and assists with maximizing the value of the fundamental interests of members’ copyrights through domestic and international advocacy and administrative activities to ensure a strong legal, commercial and financial incentive framework for the creation and exploitation of multiplatform audiovisual content by independent producers.

CMPA representatives

International: Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO
reynolds.mastin@cmpa.ca

Domestic: Erin Finlay, Chief Legal Officer
erin.finlay@cmpa.ca

CRTC Regulatory

Oversees CMPA’s work related to all CRTC proceedings and activities to ensure that the television regulatory environment, licensing decisions and policy framework effectively address the needs and reflect the interests of CMPA members.

CMPA representative

Erin Finlay, Chief Legal Officer
erin.finlay@cmpa.ca

Kelsey McLaren, Director, Regulatory
kelsey.mclaren@cmpa.ca

Digital Opportunities

Guides and supports the CMPA’s lobbying efforts, strategy and related initiatives regarding innovation and the growth of digital business models.

CMPA representative

Marguerite Pigott, Vice-President, Outreach & Strategic Initiatives
marguerite.pigott@cmpa.ca

Documentary

Works towards creating optimal conditions for the financing and production of documentary film and television in Canada.

CMPA representative

Marguerite Pigott, Vice-President, Outreach & Strategic Initiatives
marguerite.pigott@cmpa.ca

Feature Film

Works to ensures that Canada’s Feature Film Policy—and, more particularly, the Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF) administered by Telefilm Canada—effectively responds to the needs of the CMPA’s feature film members.

CMPA representative

Marc Séguin, Senior Vice-President, Policy
marc.seguin@cmpa.ca

Governance

Provides strategic guidance and support on all matters related to the governance of the CMPA, including best practices, by-laws, operational policies, board elections and committee mandates.

CMPA representatives

Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO
reynolds.mastin@cmpa.ca

Susanne Vaas, Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
susanne.vaas@cmpa.ca

Industrial Relations

Guides the CMPA’s direction on any matter related to industrial relations, including negotiation strategy, legislation that affects our sector, and our agreements with the various unions and guilds.

CMPA representative

Warren Ross, Vice-President, National Industrial Relations & Senior Counsel
warren.ross@cmpa.ca

Industry and Member Development

Determines how the CMPA will provide demonstrable value for membership through outreach, services and benefits that motivate member engagement, and member guidelines that support the CMPA’s goals.

CMPA representative

Marguerite Pigott, Vice-President, Outreach & Strategic Initiatives
marguerite.pigott@cmpa.ca

International Business & Production Financing

Supports the development, funding, promotion and discoverability of Canadian-made content in the global market.

CMPA representative

Susanne Vaas, Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
susanne.vaas@cmpa.ca

Kids and Animation

Assists the CMPA Board and staff on opportunities and issues relating to the advancement and promotion of the independent Kid’s Media sector in Canada and internationally.

CMPA representative

Marcia Douglas, Senior Director, Business Affairs
marcia.douglas@cmpa.ca

Mentorship

Creates training opportunities in the film, television and interactive media production industry, to ensure continuous workplace skills development and the injection of new talent into the workforce.

CMPA representatives

Susanne Vaas, Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
susanne.vaas@cmpa.ca

Sarolta Csete, Director, Development & Corporate Affairs
sarolta.csete@cmpa.ca

Public Affairs

Helps shape the association’s public- and government-relations strategies and public messaging around the CMPA’s priorities, reputation and influence at the national political level.

CMPA representatives

Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO
reynolds.mastin@cmpa.ca

Marc Séguin, Senior Vice-President, Policy
marc.seguin@cmpa.ca

Andrew Addison, Vice-President, Communications & Marketing
andrew.addison@cmpa.ca

Terms of Trade

Provides strategic oversight and direction to the CMPA Terms of Trade negotiating team in its negotiation of new Terms of Trade agreements with broadcasters, and in the identification and resolution of issues under existing Terms of Trade agreements.

CMPA representatives

Erin Finlay, Chief Legal Officer
erin.finlay@cmpa.ca

Marcia Douglas, Senior Director, Business Affairs
marcia.douglas@cmpa.ca

Board of Directors

Contact

Susanne Vaas
Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
1-613-688-0950 /
1-800-686-7440 ext. 337
susanne.vaas@cmpa.ca

The CMPA’s Board of Directors represents producers working in all genres, in every region of the country.

Directors serve a two-year term. We strive for a board of talented and dedicated directors with a mix of expertise, experience, skills and backgrounds. Further, we are an inclusive organization that is committed to achieving gender balance and greater diversity, including on our board of directors.

The next board elections will take place in 2019.

View the current CMPA Board of Directors.

 

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