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 Steering Committee. 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 Steering Committee establishes and oversees a work plan through a combination of in-person meetings and teleconferences. Support services are provided by independent contractors. FRIENDS enjoys the ongoing support of an Advisory Board.
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' Steering Committee 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 Morrison, chairing a candidates meeting on Canadian ownership of media during the federal by-election in Vancouver Quadra, March 7, 2008
Steering Committee Chair
Noreen Golfman is Provost and Vice-President (Academic), and Professor of Film and English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. A founding member of the International Women's Festival, she has previously been the president of the Association of Community College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) and vice-chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation. She also sits on the board of directors of Newfoundland's Resource Centre for the Arts and on the editorial board of Topia, a Canadian journal of cultural studies. She is the author of several essays and volumes on Canadian literary criticism, and is an editorial consultant for the scholarly journal Essays on Canadian Writing.
Brenda Baker is a writer, performer, and creativity coach from Saskatoon who holds a BFA (visual art). For adults, as a song/writer she toured Canada, releasing two critically-acclaimed CDs and a story collection that won a Saskatchewan Book Award, among other accolades. For children, she starred in a national TV series, released three CDs and a DVD, and was shortlisted for a Canadian Indie Award. For ten years Brenda has been the Founding Director of Kids of Note, the hit choir for children with and without disabilities. Her novel Camp Outlook, winner of a JV Hicks Award, was released in 2014. Past leadership includes Access Copyright, Sask. Writers Guild, Sask. Arts Alliance and “captain” of CBC: Ours to Keep Sask. campaign, 1996-97.
Anne-Marie Dekker lives in West Vancouver. Born in Indonesia, she has worked with a variety of film companies in Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada. She was a member of the team that founded and launched Vancouver's independent television station CKVU-TV under the leadership of her late husband and former Friends Steering Committee member Daryl Duke. She served CKVU-TV for many years as Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Goh Ballet Vancouver Society as well as for ten years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for Asian Arts, including a term as President. She has also worked as editorial director of Scarlett magazine.
Mike Garvey, a retired PwC Partner, has served as Chair of the Boards of The
Donwood Institute, the University of Waterloo, The Michener Institute of
Applied Health Sciences and The Friends of Ontario Universities. He has sat
on the Boards of the Canadian Association for Adult Education, the Centre
for Addiction and Mental Health, The Canadian Club of Toronto and the World
Wildlife Fund Canada. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of HDIRS
and a private company and as Executive Chairman of Kelvin Storage Inc.
Mark Goldman is a musician, composer, communications and marketing specialist who has worked in broadcasting and the cultural industries for more than 30 years. He has produced and recorded some of Canada's best talent in the fields of jazz, pop, folk, rock and classical music and has garnered awards for his work including several Canadian Music Council Awards, a Juno, a Canadian Independent Record Association Award, and one from the New York International Film Festival. He is the president of Polymedia Consultants Inc., a Montreal-based company.
Stephen Kimber is an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster who has written one novel and nine non-fiction books, including Canadian bestsellers Flight 111: A Year in the Life of a Tragedy and Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War. His most recent book, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five (2013) won the Evelyn Richardson award for nonfiction at the East Coast Literary Awards and was long-listed for the Libris Award as Canadian nonfiction book of the year. His work has appeared in most major Canadian publications, and he has also been a producer for CTV and a producer, writer, editor and host for CBC TV and radio. He has taught journalism at the University of King's College since 1983, where he served as director three times, and is co-founder of the university's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program.
Mary Pat MacKinnon is a Partner at Ascentum and leads public and stakeholder engagement initiatives. With deep experience in citizen engagement practice, public policy and government affairs, she is an integral member of the management team. Former positions include: Director, Public Involvement Network, Canadian Policy Research Network; Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Canadian Co-operative Association/Credit Union Central of Canada; Social Policy Consultant, Social Planning Council of Ottawa. She is an active volunteer, serving several national and local initiatives. She is a Senior Fellow with the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and has an MPA from Queens University.
Ian Morrison is FRIENDS' spokesperson.
Ethan Rabidoux is an award winning writer and broadcaster who currently resides in his beloved hometown of Stratford, Ontario. A former military man, Ethan earned his BA (Honours) from Queen’s University and his MA Journalism from Western University. In 2005, students at Queen’s elected him President and C.E.O. of the Alma Mater Society on a platform of increased landlord accountability and greater inclusivity at the AMS. He won the Dalton Camp Award in 2010 which began his long association with the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. Ethan also published his first novel The Officer in 2014. More information can be found at his website www.ethanrabidoux.com.
David Taras is the Ralph Klein Chair in Media Studies at Mount Royal University. Dr. Taras received a PhD from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Legislative Internship Program at Queen's Park. He has served as an advisor to the Alberta government on national unity and as an expert advisor to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. He is the author of The Newsmakers: The Media's Influence on Canadian Politics, Power & Betrayal in the Canadian Media and co-author of The Last Word: Media Coverage of the Supreme Court of Canada. David Taras is a regular commentator on the Global TV's Morning News in Calgary, is a five-time winner of the University of Calgary Students' Union Award for Teaching Excellence and received the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005.
Aritha van Herk is an award winning Canadian novelist whose work has been acclaimed throughout North America and Europe. She has given readings, lectures, and workshops on culture and community, literature and life, in the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, Australia, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Austria, the Baltics, and Scandinavia. Her work has been translated into ten languages. She was born in central Alberta and studied at the University of Alberta. Among her works: Judith; The Tent Peg; No Fixed Address: An Amorous Journey; Places Far From Ellesmere; Restlessness; In Visible Ink; A Frozen Tongue; and Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Professor who teaches Canadian Literature and Creative Writing in the Department of English at the University of Calgary.