Canadian Heritage names Cancon advisory group

The 12-member expert advisory group includes a range of Canadian film/TV industry figureheads and stakeholders. (DHX's Michael Donovan pictured.)

Michael-Donovan_DHXCanadian Heritage has appointed a 12-member advisory board to help inform its upcoming Cancon review, encompassing a range of figureheads and stakeholders from Canada’s entertainment industry.

In April, the government announced that, with the help of an expert advisory group, it would lead public and stakeholder consultations on how to strengthen Canada’s content creation industries. Those consultations are slated to begin this summer and expected to extend throughout the year.

While no further information about these consultations has been revealed, the government has announced that the expert advisory group will meet between June 2016 and January 2017.

The advisory group members are:

According to a Canadian Heritage statement released today, the expert advisory group will have no decision-making authority and they will not be required to submit a formal report. Rather, the group will “offer independent advice and insight into policy directions emerging from the consultations and departmental analysis.”

The group will meet at least five times in person with Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly in Ottawa (or via video conference), and may be required to participate in workshops. The government announced that six workshops will be held between September and mid-October.

Throughout the process, the experts will help review and give feedback on a consultation document and the “What We Heard” report, which is expected to be released in December or January 2017.

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