Minister Joly Announces Appointment to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

News release

GATINEAU, May 24, 2018

Today the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced the new full-time appointment of a new Vice-Chairperson (Telecommunications) to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. The appointment is the result of the Government of Canada’s open, transparent and merit-based selection process, which reflects Canada’s diversity and respects gender parity.

Christianne M. Laizner has been appointed Vice-Chairperson (Telecommunications) for a term of five years, after serving as Interim Vice-Chairperson since July 2017. Ms. Laizner joined the CRTC in 2010 as General Counsel, Telecommunications, and then held the position of Senior General Counsel and Executive Director of the CRTC Legal Sector. Ms. Laizner was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982. She holds an LL.B. from Western University and a B.A. (Hons) from McGill University.

The CRTC is an administrative tribunal that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications on behalf of the Canadian public. The Commission is dedicated to ensuring that Canadians—as citizens, creators and consumers—have access to a world-class communication system that promotes innovation and enriches their lives.


“Our Government is very pleased to announce the appointment of the CRTC’s first woman Vice-Chairperson (Telecommunications). The proven leadership displayed by Ms. Laizner during her tenure as Interim Vice-Chairperson shows that she is the right person for the job. With her extensive experience in the industry, Canadians can be confident that she will continue to serve their interests in implementing a strong vision for the CRTC.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Quick facts

  • The CRTC’s senior roles are Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson (Broadcasting) and Vice-Chairperson (Telecommunications). These are full-time positions appointed by the Governor in Council.

  • In 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to Governor-in-Council appointments. This approach respects the principle of gender parity and is based on an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. It results in the recommendation of remarkably competent candidates who truly reflect Canadian diversity.

  • The new approach requires a selection process for both full-time and part-time positions.

  • As they become available, all appointment opportunities within the 18 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted on the Governor-in-Council Appointments website. Interested parties can apply online.

  • The mandate of the CRTC focuses on achieving policy objectives established in the Broadcasting Act, the Telecommunications Act and Canada’s anti-spam legislation.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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