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Non-Industry Representatives

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Beverley J. Oda (Co-Chair) served as a full-time Commissioner of the CRTC from 1987 to 1994. As a Commissioner she participated in a number of major regulatory decisions and policy reviews as well as chairing the Commission's Task Force reviewing Sex-role Stereotyping. Beverley also has over 25 years of experience within the commercial broadcasting sector holding a number of positions throughout her career. She has demonstrated a commitment to addressing issues of diversity and multiculturalism by serving on the boards of many professional associations and advisory councils including: member of the Advisory Committee to the President of the Treasury Board for Employment Equity of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service and Crown Corporations (1984-1987); advisor to the Secretary of State on multicultural issues in broadcasting (1986-87); member of the National Multicultural Committee of the Anglican Church in Canada; Chair of Canadian Women in Communication (CWC); Vice-Chair of the Television Board for the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB); and Vice-Chair of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA). She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Banff Television Festival, the Media Awareness Network, Women in Film and Television (WIFT), and the Canadian Film Institute. Beverley was also a member of the Board of Governors of Renison College at the University of Waterloo from 1986 to 1994. In 2003, Beverley was inducted into the CAB Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Stefany Mathias Photo Stefany Mathias is a hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation. As a result, she is involved in many cultural events, ceremonies and community activities concerning the Squamish people, and other Native Canadians, and is often asked to speak at youth conferences, women's conferences and various political events. Stefany attended the University of British Columbia and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. She attended production and editing classes at the Vancouver Film School and various workshops and seminars on writing and film/video production. Stefany attended Robert Redford's Sundance Writer's Lab in June 2000. Her screenplay Native Land (currently titled Little Bird) was one of fourteen scripts selected out of thousands to attend the Lab. Stefany is a member of Vancouver's Women in Film and Video, and is a writer, director and actor for television and feature films. Stefany incorporated her production company, Next Exit Pictures Ltd., in November of 1997 and is currently working on a biography of Chief Joe Mathias. She will be writing and directing her first short film, Hope Dies Last, this summer. Stefany can be seen on DaVinci's Inquest as the re-occurring character of "Brenda Eberhart".

Marie Anna Murat Photo Marie-Anna Murat has extensive experience in television. She was the first journalist of Haitian origin to anchor a French language national newscast in Canada. Since she began her career in 1984, she has been involved in a wide variety of information and public affairs programs as Parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa, newscaster, reporter, researcher, and host. Marie-Anna has over 20 years of experience in French and English Canada having worked for public and private television networks, namely RDI, TVOntario, Télé-Québec, Radio-Canada, TVA, CFCF (CTV), and several Astral specialty services. As a member of Montreal's Haitian community, she has held conferences on the issues of career access and advancement for visible minorities in the broadcasting industry. As one of four non-industry Task Force members, she brings personal insight and community perspective to the Task Force, as well as a great understanding of the industry.

Raj Rasalingam Photo Raj Rasalingam, President of the Pearson~Shoyama Institute (PSI), a national public policy think tank dedicated to reflecting the multicultural, multiracial and multiethnic reality of Canada in public policy dialogue. The PSI also houses the Communication and Diversity Network (CDN), which has been an active participant in issues concerning the reflection of diversity in the Canadian broadcasting system. Through the CDN, Raj is actively involved in developing capacity building with various cultural groups represented by the Sikh, Indian, Tamil, Ismaili, Chinese and Vietnamese communities. In addition to his work with PSI, Raj sits on the board of the Catholic Immigration Centre Foundation, the United Way of Ottawa and serves as a Special Advisor, Strategic and Public Affairs for Orbit IQ. He is also the Chair and member of the Advisory Group for the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. He was past Director of the Indo - Canada Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization and has worked for the Canadian Pediatric Society in a senior capacity. Raj was also a Director of the Reel World Film Foundation, an organization dedicated to showcasing the achievements of ethnocultural producers and filmmakers. He is also the host of "Cross Cultures" on Rogers Cable 22, Ottawa and was a host on CPAC's "Diplomatic World."

Industry Representatives

Madeline Ziniak Photo Madeline Ziniak (Co-Chair), Vice-President and Station Manager, Rogers Media: OMNI Television (formerly known as CFMT). Madeline's involvement with ethnoculturalism began early in her career with the ethnic print media, followed by 25 years in broadcasting, which enabled her to nurture and develop the many ties she has with ethnocultural communities in Southern Ontario and across Canada. She is Chair of the Canadian Ethnic Journalists' and Writers' Club, Vice-Chair for the Ontario region of the CBSC, and contributing author to Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples. Madeline's commitment to diversity and media is evident in her long-term participation and involvement on numerous boards and committees including the Ontario Advisory Council on Multiculturalism and Citizenship, Race Relations Advisory Council on Advertising - Canadian Advertising Foundation, the CAB's Joint Societal Issues Committee, Multiculturalism Program of Canadian Heritage - Family Violence Initiative Committee, Byelorussian Canadian Women's Committee, and Canadian Scene Foundation, third language news service. In addition, Madeline has received a number of awards for television production and her commitment to broadcasting and diversity, including the 2003 Ontario Association of Broadcasters' Howard Caine Broadcaster of the Year Award; the Order of Ontario; the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award; Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medal for Print and Electronic Media, Human Rights and Relations Centre; Global Television/CWC Management Development for Women Award; and the Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award for unswerving dedication to multiculturalism and its affirmative expression through the medium of television.

Elaine Ali Photo Elaine Ali, Senior Vice-President, CTV Stations Group has overall responsibility for all of CTV's 21 owned-and-operated local stations and is the executive responsible for the development and implementation of CTV's corporate diversity plan. Elaine has over 28 years of experience in the broadcast industry and until recently, she was both President of WTN, as well as Vice-President and General Manager of CKY-TV, the CTV affiliate in Winnipeg. Elaine has dedicated much of her time and expertise to several industry and community associations. She sits on the Board of Directors for a number of industry-related organizations, including the Canadian Association of Broadcasters - Television Board, the Western Association of Broadcasters, Canadian Women in Communication (CWC), and the Television Bureau of Canada (TVB). Elaine is dedicated to community work and sits on the Board of the United Way of Winnipeg, where she is also Vice-Chair of the Marketing Committee. She is Chair of the Lieutenant-Governors Youth Experience Program and sat on the St. Boniface General Hospital Board from 1997 until 2002. Elaine has been honoured with the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 1997, CWC Woman of the Year Award in 2000, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and appointed to the Order of Manitoba in 2003. Elaine recently received the Broadcaster of the Year Award from the Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB).

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Sarah Crawford, Vice-President, Public Affairs for CHUM Limited, has a 20 year history in broadcasting championing diversity. Sarah helped develop CHUM Television's Statement of Cultural Diversity Best Practices (the first of its kind in Canadian broadcasting), and the company's Corporate Action Plan for Cultural Diversity. Sarah also helped organize the CHUM Television National Colloquium on Cultural Diversity and the Media, televised nationally on all CHUM stations, APTN and CPAC in 2001. She presents regularly at conferences in support of equity, diversity, accessibility and human rights, such as the Human Rights and Race Relations Centre Conference on Race Relations, D-Codes' Social Innovators Conference, the INDICO/Reel World conference, and Carleton University's Dialogue on Diversity: Media's Role in Fostering an Inclusive Society 2002. Sarah is active in the broadcasting industry and the community, promoting diversity through numerous organizations with which she is involved. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Media Awareness Network (MNet), the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC)--where she is also Vice-Chair of the National Specialty Adjudication panel--and the Jesuit Communication Project. She is a member and past chair of the CAB's Joint Societal Issues Committee, co-Chair of the CAB's Gold Ribbon Awards, and a member of Advisory Committees for both Innoversity Creative Summit celebrating diversity in the media, and Rethink Breast Cancer. Sarah is also a member of the Alliance for Aboriginal Participation in Broadcasting, and a tutor/mentor with Frontier College's homework club for inner-city youth. She has received a Gold Medal for work in the areas of diversity and equality from the Employment Equity Council of Canada, and the CAMEO Award for outstanding contributions to the development of Canadian media education.

Rita Cugini Photo Rita Cugini, Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs and Business Development for Alliance Atlantis Communications, is one of the key executives responsible for the development and implementation of Alliance Atlantis's Cultural Diversity Plan and Best Practices. Rita is also Chair of the Alliance Atlantis Cultural Diversity Committee whose mandate is to support the achievement of on-air talent and programming diversity goals as well as sponsor Employment Equity initiatives. With over 21 years experience in broadcasting, Rita spent much of this time involved in third-language programming as former Vice-President and Station Manager for Telelatino and Director of Diversity Programming at CFMT. At CFMT, Rita managed eleven third-language groups and was responsible for the production of their programs in addition to acting as liaison between various ethnocultural groups and the TV station. Currently, Rita is Chair of the CAB's Joint Societal Issues Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors for, Cable in the Classroom, the Alliance for Aboriginal Participation in Broadcasting, and the CBSC Specialty Services Adjudication Panel, which often deals with issues of cultural diversity and its portrayal.

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Pierre Lampron, Vice-président, Relations institutionnelles, Quebecor Media et président de TVA films. TVA is the largest private-sector producer and broadcaster of French-language entertainment, news and public affairs programming in North America, and one of Canada's leading distribution companies. He has been part of Groupe TVA since 2000. From December 1999 to July 2000, Pierre was President of TV5 America (TV5 Quebec Canada, TV5 Latin America and TV5 USA). Prior to joining TV5 America, Pierre was the President of la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) where he improved the management by establishing dialogue and strong collaborations with the cultural industries. From 1989 to 1995, Pierre managed Telefilm Canada's office in Paris and also managed its London office from July 1994 to March 1995. Prior to that he worked at the ministère des Communications du Québec where he held several positions, including that of General Manager of Coordination and Politics, from 1987 to 1989. Prior to his position at Telefilm Canada's Paris office, Pierre had already carried out many important achievements, which shaped Quebec's cultural landscape, notably his determinant role in setting up the TV5 Consortium and the access to information law.


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