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Governance

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 Emeritus
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
Aritha Van Herk

Aritha van Herk is a Member of the Order of Canada and the author of five novels, Judith, The Tent Peg, No Fixed Address, Places Far From Ellesmere, and Restlessness. Her non-fiction ranges from In This Place: Calgary 2004-2011 *and *Prairie Gothic (photographs by George Webber, words by Aritha van Herk) to Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta, and The Age of Audacity (a history of the University of Calgary). Her most recent work, Stampede and the Westness of West, melds poetry and place-writing. She has published hundreds of articles, reviews and essays. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, and recipient of the Lorne Pierce Medal, she has been honoured as one of the twenty-five most influential artists in Alberta.

Board of Directors

Brenda Baker

Daniel Bernhard

Ex-Officio

Anne-Marie Dekker

Noreen Golfman

Past Chair

Ani Hotoyan-Joly

Treasurer

Raymonde Lavoie

Ian Morrison

Ex-Officio

Ethan Rabidoux

Gregory Taylor

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