OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today announced the appointment of Nathalie Théberge as Vice-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Board of Canada. In this role, Ms. Théberge will lead the work of the Board as well as supervise and direct Board staff. She will assume her position on October 1, 2018, for a five-year term.
Ms. Théberge is currently Director General of Creative Marketplace and Innovation at Canadian Heritage. She has held various other leadership positions at that department, including Director General, Copyright and International Trade; Director of International Negotiations; and Director of Copyright Policy, Planning and Research. Ms. Théberge holds a Master of Science in Political Science from Université de Montréal.
Minister Bains also announced the appointment of Ms. Adriane Porcin to the Board. Ms. Porcin brings a strong academic background in copyright law, notably as Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law, where she published articles on the Copyright Board and the collective management of copyright.
We are confident that these appointments will bring renewed efficiency and a balanced approach to serving the interests of both copyright owners and users of copyrighted material.
The Government of Canada's appointment process is based on openness and transparency to ensure that highly qualified candidates who reflect Canada's diversity are appointed, including equal gender representation.
"Nathalie Théberge's leadership, knowledge and expertise will be valuable assets to the Copyright Board as it serves the cultural and creative industries in Canada. We look forward to completing the membership of the Board in the coming weeks, setting a strong foundation for the Board's reform and modernization plan. I also want to thank her predecessor, former vice-chairman Claude Majeau, for his many years of service at the Board."
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
"I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Ms. Théberge on her appointment as the first female vice-chair and CEO of the Copyright Board of Canada. She brings to the role a deep understanding of domestic and international issues around copyright and creative markets, along with the extensive leadership and executive experience necessary to ensure the Board fulfills its mandate. Her appointment, along with that of Adriane Porcin, launches the renewal of the Board and positions it to serve Canada's creative economy."
– The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
- The Copyright Board is an economic regulatory body that establishes copyright terms and conditions as well as royalties to be paid for the use of collectively managed copyrights. In 2016, $478 million in royalties was paid to rights holders pursuant to the Board's decisions.
- It is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal that operates at arm's length from the Government and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
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