Studies & Bills

Orders of Reference

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Studies & Bills Order of Reference Session  note  note
The current state of Canadian media industries; emerging trends and developments in these industries; the media’s role, rights, and responsibilities in Canadian society; and current and appropriate future policies relating thereto
Thursday, November 6, 2003 at 10:50 AM
  • Ms. Sarah Crawford; Vice-President, Public Affairs (From CHUM Ltd.)
  • Mr. Peter Miller, Vice-President, Planning and Regulatory Affairs (From CHUM Ltd.)
  • Mr. Jay Switzer, President and Chief Executive Officer (From CHUM Ltd.)
Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at 9:32 AM
  • John M. Cassaday, President and Chief Executive Officer (Corus Entertainment Inc.)
  • John P. Hayes, President, Corus Radio (Corus Entertainment Inc.)
  • Kathleen McNair, Vice-President, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, General Counsel (Corus Entertainment Inc.)
  • Paul Robertson, President, Corus Television and Nelvana (Corus Entertainment Inc.)
Thursday, October 30, 2003 at 10:56 AM
  • Mr. André Préfontaine, President (From Transcontinental Media Inc.)
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 9:37 AM
  • Luc Lavoie, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs (Quebecor Inc.)
Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 9:48 AM
  • Tony Burman, Editor in Chief, CBC News, Current Affairs and Newsworld, CBC Radio, TV and (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Robert Rabinovitch, President and Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Claude Saint-Laurent, Special Advisor to the President and Chair, Journalistic Standards and Practices (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Alain Saulnier, General Director of Information, French Radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Carole Taylor, Chair, Board of Directors (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at 9:41 AM
  • Armande Saint-Jean, Professor, Department of Literature and Communications, University of Sherbrooke (As an individual)
Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 10:46 AM
  • Arthur Lewis, Director General (Our Public Airwaves)
  • Sheila Petzold, Chair of the Coordinating Committee (Our Public Airwaves)
  • Doug Willard, Past President of the Canadian Teachers' Federation (Our Public Airwaves)
Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at 9:38 AM
  • Ken Engelhart, Vice-President, Regulatory Law (Rogers Communications Inc.)
  • Philip B. Lind, Vice-Chairman (Rogers Communications Inc.)
  • Brian Segal, President and Chief Executive Officer (Rogers Publishing Limited)
  • Alain Strati, Director, Regulatory Affairs (Rogers Communications Inc.)
  • Anthony P. Viner, President (Rogers Media Inc.)
Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 10:50 AM
  • Charles Dalfen, Chairperson (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission)
  • Marc O'Sullivan, Executive Director, Broadcasting Directorate (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission)
  • Andrée P. Wylie, Vice-Chairperson, Broadcasting (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission)
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at 9:43 AM
  • Gaston Jorré, Acting Commissioner of Competition (Competition Bureau, Industry Canada)
  • Peter Sagar, Deputy Commissioner of Competition, Competition Policy Branch (As an Individual)
Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 10:48 AM
Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 10:48 AM
  • Clark Davey, former newspaper publisher (As an individual)
  • Hamilton Southam, former Director of Southam Inc. (As an individual)
  • Wilson Southam, former Director of Southam Inc. and Southam Newspapers (As an individual)
  • James Travers (As an individual)
Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 9:32 AM
  • Peter Kohl (As an individual)
  • Anne Kothawala, President and Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Newspaper Association)
Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 9:30 AM
  • Tim Casey, Managing Director, Media and Entertainment, BMO Nesbitt Burns (As an individual)
  • Andrea Horan, Communications and Media Analyst, Westwind Partners (As an individual)
Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 9:35 AM
  • Kirk LaPointe (As an individual)
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at 9:35 AM
  • Brian MacLeod Rogers, Lawyer (As an individual)
  • Christopher Maule, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Economics, and Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. (As an individual)
Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 10:57 AM
  • Jamie Cameron, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (As an individual)
  • Pierre Trudel, Professor, L.R. Wilson Chair in Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law, Public Law Research Centre, University of Montreal (As an individual)
Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 9:34 AM
  • Donna Logan, Director, School of Journalism, University of British Columbia (As an individual)
  • Patrick Luciani, Senior Fellow (Fraser Institute)
  • Neil Seeman, Senior Policy Analyst, and Director, Canadian Statistical Assessment Service (Fraser Institute)
Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 10:48 AM
  • Roger D. Landry, former Publisher of La Presse (As an individual)
Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 9:37 AM
  • Vince Carlin, Chair and Associate Professor, School of Journalism, Ryerson University (As an individual)
  • Carolyn Newman, Independent Producer (As an individual)
  • Charly Smith, Independent Producer (As an individual)
Thursday, May 8, 2003 at 10:45 AM
  • Marc-François Bernier, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Ottawa (As an individual)
  • Gaëtan Tremblay, Professor, Department of Communications, and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Communication, Information, and Society, Université du Québec à Montréal (As an individual)
Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 9:37 AM
  • Denise Bombardier, journalist and author (As an individual)
  • Christopher Dornan, Director, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University (As an individual)
Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 10:49 AM
  • Gerald Caplan, former Co-Chair, Task Force on Broadcasting Policy (As an individual)
  • Russell Mills, Neiman Fellow, Harvard University (As an individual)
  • Florian Sauvageau, Director, Centre for Media Studies, Laval University, and former Co-Chair, Task Force on Broadcasting Policy (As an individual)
  • Patrick Watson, former Chair of the CBC (As an individual)
Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 9:33 AM
  • Tom Kent, Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University, and former Chair of the Royal Commission on Newspapers (As an individual)
  • Mark Starowicz, Executive Producer, CBC CineNorth (As an individual)
Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 11:03 AM
Examination of issues facing the intercity busing industry
Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 10:50 AM
Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 11:05 AM
Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 9:35 AM
  • Sylvain Langis, President and Chief Executive Officer (Groupe Orléans Express Inc.:)
Bill S-8, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act
Thursday, February 27, 2003 at 11:03 AM
Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 9:57 AM
  • Larry Durr, Director, Broadcasting Distribution Services (Department of Canadian Heritage)
  • Mario Lepage, Legal Counsel (Department of Canadian Heritage)
  • Marc O'Sullivan, Director General, Broadcasting Policy and Innovation (Department of Canadian Heritage)
Thursday, February 13, 2003 at 10:47 AM
  • Edith Cody-Rice, Senior Legal Counsel (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • A. R. (Tony) Lacombe, Director General, Broadcasting Operations (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)
  • Shaun Poulter, Manager, Government Relations (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Allan Rosenzveig, General Counsel, Telecommunications, Legal Directorate (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)
  • Michel Tremblay, Vice-President, Strategy and Businenss Development (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 9:33 AM
  • Ron Carlson, Administrative Vice-President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (Telecommunications Workers Union)
  • Paulette Halupa, Second Vice-President (National Anti-Poverty Organization)
  • Linda Lalonde, President (National Anti-Poverty Organization)
  • Neil Morrison, Vice-President (Telecommunications Workers Union)
  • Gwen Wood, First Vice-President (National Anti-Poverty Organization)
Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 10:53 AM
  • Michael Janigan, Executive Director (Public Interest Advocacy Centre:)
  • Andrew Reddick, Director of Research (Public Interest Advocacy Centre:)
  • Jean Sébastien, Delegate (Union des consommateurs:)
Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 6:15 PM
  • Edith Cody-Rice, Senior Legal Counsel (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:)
  • David Goldstein, Vice-President, Government Relations (Canadian Association of Broadcasters:)
  • The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Sponsor of the Bill (As an Individual)
  • Nick Masciantonio, Vice-President, Government Relations (Canadian Cable Television Association:)
  • Glenn O'Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Association of Broadcasters:)
  • Shaun Poulter, Project Manager, Government Relations (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:)
  • Elizabeth Roscoe, Senior Vice-President, External Affairs (Canadian Cable Television Association:)
  • Michel Tremblay, Vice-President, Strategy and Business Development (Canadian Broadcasting Association:)
  • The Honourable Sheila Finestone, P.C. (Melford International Terminal Inc.)
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