Council Advisory Committees

Committees 2015 - 2018

Council uses a flexible slate of issue- or action-based advisories. These Committees are struck as needed throughout the term, and report directly to Council. The advisories can be regional, national, discipline- or community-specific, as appropriate for the topic.

Questions about Council Advisory Committees may be directed to Equity's Council President Scott Bellis.

The Council Education and Renewal Committee is responsible for the creation of a comprehensive Council Renewal Plan leading up to the 2018 Council elections. The Committee will prepare a proposal to Council for at least the following:

  • A timeline and mechanisms for the Council election process.
  • A resource budget for the promotion and conduct of the elections.
  • An "ideal candidate" profile for use in soliciting Council prospects.
  • A job description and information package for prospective Councillors, as well as orientation material and a training plan for newly elected Councillors.
  • In addition, the Committee will oversee the 2015 elections, and report back to Council with any recommended changes to policy or bylaws.

Committee Members

Staff Liaisons

The purpose of the DC&FD Committee is to provide general linkage to members who work in these disciplines. We hope to develop useful resources to support work opportunities as well to hear any concerns and issues that may arise in the field, which may require action in future contract negotiations or policy changes in general.

Committee Members

Product

General linkage to members particularly those from diverse communities (including, but not limited to, diversity of race, religion, sexual orientation, and difference in ability, whether physical or mental), for the purpose of:

  • increasing Council awareness of concerns and issues important to these communities within the membership;
  • making recommendations to Council based on member input on how Equity can better serve/represent its members from diverse communities; and
  • seeking ways to raise awareness in the theatre community (e.g. engagers, and members who are directors) about ways to encourage representative diversity onstage, and in all related hiring within Equity's jurisdiction.

An annual report to Council on its activities and findings, and any policy recommendations that may flow from them.

Committee Members

The Finance Monitoring Committee assists Council in the review of financial monitoring reports throughout the year.

Committee Members

The Honours Awards are presented by Council biennially (in even-numbered years). Equity's Honours Committee reviews nominations for the following award categories:

Life Membership is awarded to a member of Equity who has made an outstanding contribution to the performing arts within our jurisdiction.

Honorary Membership is awarded to a non-member of Equity who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association and/or its members, or to the performing arts.

The Larry McCance Award is presented to Equity members in good standing or to former staff members who have made an outstanding contribution to the Association.

The CAEA Award of Distinction was created for Council to express appreciation on an occasional basis. It may be given to an organization, individual, or group of individuals (excluding current staff), in recognition of a significant contribution benefiting the Equity membership.

Committee Members

The Joint Standing Committee with ACTRA has been tasked with and exploration of retaining and strengthening Equity's working relationship with ACTRA.

Committee Members

This committee is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of communication between Equity and its membership.

Vision

We envision a warm, interactive environment which members are knowledgeable about our collective agreements and the tools available to them, feel empowered to contact the Equity office about any workplace or customer service issues, are welcomed and included regardless of background and feel proud to be a part of our organization. The membership engagement committee will meet on a regular basis to strategize around member engagement and provide ideas and feedback to council.

Mission Statement

Equity is a membership-based organization. Members have a collective responsibility to know the collective agreements and be aware of organizational activities. The Membership Engagement Committee will undertake a series of initiatives to ensure members are informed and feel empowered to:

  • address workplace issues
  • connect with other members
  • take part in professional development activities
  • provide feedback to council and staff about the ever-evolving live performance environment

Committee Members

The Opera Advisory Committee's mission is to create discussion and heighten Council's awareness of the Association's members working in our discipline.

Committee Members

Product

  • Investigate whether there are ways to simplify and clarify monitoring reports without sacrificing accountability;
  • Conduct a survey of current Council members to obtain specific feedback re: format, content, challenges or strengths they may encounter with monitoring reports;
  • Make recommendations to Council regarding:
    • changes in presentation, simplification and/or clarification of monitoring reports if warranted; and
    • improvements to council orientation and on-going education regarding monitoring reports.

Committee Members

Research Groups

Objective

  • to research the nature and prevalence of mental health issues in Equity's membership, and the needs of members, for support in this area
  • to make recommendations to Council for any policy changes and/or Council action that may arise from this research

Committee Members

This Committee is responsible for research regarding potential changes to our contractual approach to benefits, fundraisers and awards events. The Committee will examine the types of benefits, fundraisers and awards events which engage our members, the strengths and challenges of our current approach, and the desires of our membership for any change to the approach, and bring recommendations to Council for any policy changes that may result from the findings.

Committee Members

Task Forces

This committee investigates whether there are ways to simplify and clarify monitoring reports without sacrificing accountability.

Product

  1. Investigate whether there are ways to simplify and clarify monitoring reports without sacrificing accountability.
  2. Conduct a survey of current Council members to obtain specific feedback re: format, content, challenges or strengths they may encounter with monitoring reports.
  3. Make recommendations to Council regarding:
    1. changes in presentation, simplification and/or clarification of monitoring reports if warranted; and
    2. improvements to council orientation and on-going education regarding monitoring reports.

Committee Members

This Task Force works to strengthen Equity's commitment to Safe and Respectful Workplaces through policy recommendations and implementation, and increasing education / awareness between Equity members and engagers to promote more positive work environments.

In 2017, Equity launched the Not in OUR Space! campaign, which was a result of the committee's work combined with membership feedback regarding harassment in live performance spaces.

Product

  • To review Council's bylaws and policies, and make recommendations for updates relevant to the recommendations coming out of the Safe and Respectful Workplaces Survey.
  • To work jointly with staff to develop and assist in the implementation of Education and Awareness and Response recommendations assigned to Council.
  • To work jointly with staff as an advisory body as requested for the implementation of Education and Awareness and Response recommendations assigned to Staff.
Timelines:
  • The goal of the Task Force will be to address the recommendations outlined in the Safe and Respectful Workplaces Recommendations to Council document by the end of the 2015-2018 term.

Committee Members

This Task Force will research to determine the best way that Equity can effectively support its senior members within Equity's jurisdiction. As a minimum, the research will examine ongoing professional career support, maintaining creativity in senior years, retirement, legacy perpetuation, retirement income planning, advocacy opportunities, insurance and health.

  • As a minimum, the research will examine ongoing professional career support, maintaining creativity in senior years, retirement, legacy perpetuation, retirement income planning, advocacy opportunities, insurance and health.
  • This task force will make recommendations to Council for any policy changes that may result from their findings.

Committee Members