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.
Executive Director and Spokesperson
Daniel Bernhard is FRIENDS' new 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.
A higher-resolution photo of Daniel can be downloaded here.
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.
A higher-resolution photo of Ian can be downloaded here.
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 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 Brenda Baker is a writer, performer, and creativity coach from Saskatoon, who holds a BFA in visual art. For adults, as a songwriter she toured Canada, releasing two critically-acclaimed CDs and a story collection that won a Saskatchewan Book Award (SBA), among other accolades. A novel for young adults also won an SBA, as well as a JV Hicks Award and a High Plains Book Award in the U.S. For children, she starred in a national TV series, released three CDs and a DVD, and was shortlisted for a Canadian Indie Award. Since 2005 Brenda has been the Founding Director of Kids of Note, Saskatoon's hit choir for children with and without disabilities. She will be forever grateful that she had the opportunity to work part-time for CBC Radio as a host and arts journalist from 1985 to 1990. Significant leadership roles include 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 Board 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, The Friends of Ontario Universities and HDIRS. 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 has served on the boards of three publicly-listed companies. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of a private company and as Executive Chairman and CEO of Kelvin Thermal Energy Inc.
Mark D. Goldman is a musician, composer, communications and marketing specialist who has worked in broadcasting and the cultural industries for more than 40 years. He worked for the CBC in both current affairs and variety, and 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 lives in the Laurentians, in Quebec.
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 Mary Pat MacKinnon is a research practitioner, focussed on engaging citizens in public policy. She writes and presents on the theory and practice of engagement and social change. Her career spans management positions, including as Vice-President, Hill + Knowlton Strategies (2012-16); Partner, Ascentum; Director, Public Involvement Network, Canadian Policy Research Network; and Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Canadian Co-operative Association, Volunteer contributions include: Senior Fellow, University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs; Director, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting; Jury member, National Credit Union Award for Community Economic Development Award; Chair, Low-Income Tax Relief Working Group, Ontario Fair Tax Commission, and Member, Child Poverty Action Group-Campaign 2000. Mary Pat has a MPA and an Honours BA (1st Class) from Queens University.
Ian Morrison is FRIENDS' spokesperson.
Ethan Rabidoux Ethan Rabidoux is an award winning writer, broadcaster and communicator who currently resides in his beloved hometown of Stratford, Ontario with his wife Tracey. 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. He won the Dalton Camp Award in 2010 which began his long association with the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. Ethan spent eight years working in print, radio and online media before moving on to Business Development and Communications.
Aritha van Herk is 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.