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FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is a non-profit watchdog group for Canadian programming in the audio-visual system. FRIENDS is not affiliated with any broadcaster or political party. An important part of FRIENDS' mission is advocacy in support of Canadian content on air and online. Consequently, FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is not a charitable organization and donations are not tax deductible.

Stewardship of FRIENDS' work falls to our Board of Directors. To keep operating costs to an absolute minimum, FRIENDS operates without any traditional infrastructure — there are no full-time or part-time staff and no "headquarters". The Board of Directors establishes and oversees a work plan through a combination of in-person meetings and teleconferences. The Board of Directors has also been known as FRIENDS’ ‘Steering Committee’. Support services are provided by independent contractors. FRIENDS enjoys the ongoing support of an Advisory Council.

FRIENDS’ LEADERSHIP
Executive Director and Spokesperson
Daniel Bernhard
FRIENDS Executive Director and Spokesperson Daniel Bernhard

Daniel Bernhard is FRIENDS' Executive Director and Spokesperson. Daniel has spent his career working to advance the public interest. He comes to FRIENDS from Mushroom Cloud consulting, a Toronto-based leading edge firm he built to meet the strategy, operational and software needs of charities, government and social purpose business clients working in the public benefit sector. Daniel is a first generation Canadian. His parents immigrated to Canada from Chile in the 1970s, when the country was ruled by a military dictatorship. Daniel is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Spokesperson
Ian Morrison
FRIENDS Spokesperson Ian Morrison

Ian Morrison is FRIENDS' spokesperson. As the former Executive Director of the Canadian Association for Adult Education (CAAE), Ian was instrumental in the creation of Friends in 1985. He is a member of FRIENDS' Board of Directors and represents FRIENDS with the media and in public presentations, such as CRTC hearings. Prior to his work with CAAE, he served as President of the Frontier College.

Ian and Daniel will work side-by-side during a transition period lasting several months, and after that Ian will continue to serve FRIENDS as a member of our Board of Directors.

Chair of the Board
Noreen Golfman

Noreen Golfman is Provost and Vice-President (Academic), and Professor of Film and English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Before that she was Dean of Graduate Studies at Memorial from 2008-2015. A founding member of the long-standing St. John’s International Women's Festival, she is also vice-chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation and the director of the MUN Cinema Series. Her academic career has extended to writing and commenting on cultural issues in a variety of media. In 2017, she was honoured on International Women’s Day by ACTRA for her contributions to arts and women’s communities in Newfoundland.

Board of Directors

Brenda Baker

Daniel Bernhard

Ex-Officio

Anne-Marie Dekker

Ani Hotoyan-Joly

Treasurer

Raymonde Lavoie

Ian Morrison

Ex-Officio

Ethan Rabidoux

Gregory Taylor

Aritha van Herk

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