Joint Statement on Achieving Gender Parity Following CRTC Women in Production Summit


On December 13, 2018, the CRTC, supported by a Steering Committee, brought together the presidents of Canada’s largest public and private-sector broadcasters to discuss lasting solutions to ensure more women play leading roles in the Canadian film and television production industry.

All participants agreed that, although there has been some progress in recent years, current data shows that women continue to face barriers to career advancement in this field. The lack of gender parity in key creative positions (e.g., producer, director, writer, cinematographer and showrunner) needs to be addressed. Progress on this front is not only good for women and society in general, but it also makes good business sense.

The CRTC Summit was an important first step in the development of solutions to increase women’s access to key creative positions and production budgets in the Canadian film and television industry. Over the next months, participating broadcasters will each work on voluntary action plans tailored to their businesses and markets to address this important issue.

The details of these plans will be communicated publicly by broadcasters in the coming months.

List of CRTC’s Women in Production Summit participants:

  • Rick Brace, President, Rogers Media
  • France Lauzière, Chief Executive Officer and President of TVA Group Inc.
  • Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media
  • Doug Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corus Entertainment
  • Josh Scherba, President, DHX Media
  • Jamie Schouela, President of Canadian Media, Blue Ant Media
  • Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, CRTC
  • Dr. Caroline Simard, Vice-Chairperson, Broadcasting, CRTC
  • Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada


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