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. They can be regional, national, discipline- or community-specific, as appropriate for the topic.
Questions about Council committees may be directed to Equity's Council President Scott Bellis.
This task force 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.
The Council Education and Renewal Committee is responsible for the creation of a comprehensive Council Renewal Plan leading up to the 2021 Council elections.
The purpose of the Directors, Choreographers, Fight Directors and Intimacy Directors 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.
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.
The Finance Monitoring Committee assists Council in the review of financial monitoring reports throughout the year.
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.
This Committee will connect with the Indigenous membership, as well as the membership at large, for the purpose of:
- increasing Council awareness of vital concerns that impact Indigenous membership;
- making recommendations to Council based on member input on how Equity can better serve/represent its members from Indigenous communities, , in consultation with Indigenous members and community consultants as necessary; and
- seeking ways, with an Indigenous lens, to ensure equity for IBPOC artists within the Arts community;
- working to amplify/champion/assert the cultural sovereignty of Indigenous members within Equity's jurisdiction, both on and off stage, in senior management, boards and patrons.
- Valerie Planche, Co-Chair, Liaison to Council
- Rebecca Haas, Co-Chair
- Tiffany Ayalik
- Keith Barker
- Columpa C. Bobb
- Samantha Brown
- Jani Lauzon
- Chelsea McPeake (Non-Equity Cultural Consultant)
- Michaela Washburn
- Gordon Patrick White
This committee is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of communication between Equity and its membership.
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.
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
- Ryan G. Hinds, Second Vice-President, Liaison to Council
- Evan Taylor Benyacar
- Jessie Cox
- Alessandro Costantini
- Joel Cumber
- Dean Deffett
- Richard Lam
- David Lopez
- Erika Morey
- Amy Sellors
- Chiamaka G. Ugwu
The Opera Advisory Committee's mission is to create discussion and heighten Council's awareness of the Association's members working in our discipline.
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The SM Committee is Council's link to members working in stage management across the country for the purpose of increasing Council awareness of concerns and issues important to the discipline. It also develops useful resources supporting the work of stage manager members. This Committee ensures that Council is aware of concerns from its constituency and to solicit policy recommendations from stage managers to Council as necessary.
- Erika Morey, Liaison to Council
- Marijka Asbeek Brusse
- Natasha Bean-Smith
- Kat Chin
- Sylvia Fisher, co-chair
- Al Gadowsky
- Robert Harding
- Matthew MacInnis
- Melissa Novecosky
- Sarah O’Brien
- Jessica Preece
- John Raymond
- Michael Sinclair
- Meghan Speakman, co-chair
- Allan Teichman
- Zeph Williams
To work jointly with the Executive Director, as an advisory body, to examine/unpack, collect and discuss potential agreement issues, concerns, or proposals. The goal of the Committee is ongoing, to assess membership input and recommendations regarding issues that arise out of the theatre agreements or in negotiations of those agreements.
Completion of a thorough examination of the items raised in RCA 247 in order that:
- Council can provide a well-informed response to the member who submitted the Request for Council Action; and
- Council may consider changes to existing bylaws or policies as a result of recommendations from the Task Force based on its examination.
This task force works to strengthen the Council Governance and Policy structures of the Association. The committee will review current policies as needed, seek input from the membership, and make appropriate recommendations to Council on potential governance improvements.
To assist Equity members in developing and running grassroots, issue-based political activism campaigns relevant to the Objects of the Association as defined in the Constitution.
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- 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
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.
During the current term of Council, the Task Force will review Council’s bylaws and policies as well as Equity's agreements and engagement policies in order to make recommendations for updates. As an advisory body, it will work jointly with staff to develop and assist in the implementation of education, awareness and response recommendations related to safe and respectful workplaces.
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.
Joint Standing Committees
The Joint Standing Committee with ACTRA has been tasked with and exploration of retaining and strengthening Equity's working relationship with ACTRA.
The Joint Committee with AEA has been tasked with and exploration of retaining and strengthening Equity's working relationship with AEA.