Member Meetings

Member Meetings

Video recordings from past Equity member information meetings and AGMs can be found on this page along with accompanying materials when available.



Let's Talk Council - April 28, 2021

Equity members had the opportunity to hear from a number of current Councillors about the work that Equity Council does on behalf of membership. We examined Council's function as a governing body and the day-to-day work of being on Council.

Stage Management Focus - April 14, 2021

Equity's Stage Management Committee led a meeting to discuss matters of importance to Equity Stage Managers including the new SM timesheet, CTA overtime, employment standards averaging, and self-advocacy with respect to conversations about overtime.

Safer Workspaces - March 17, 2021

Equity was joined by James Turk from Ryerson's Centre for Free Expression to discuss findings from their Harassment and Discrimination in Canada's Live Performance Industry report. Equity Councillors Kerry Davidson and Jennifer Wigmore gave a presentation on Equity's improved Complaint and Disciplinary Process. The meeting also included a panel discussion with special guests Kate Cornell from Aftermetoo and Grégoire Gagnon from the Cultural Human Resources Council to discuss how we can collectively improve on standards of respect and safety in our workspaces.

Effective Grassroots Lobbying - March 3, 2021

Topic: Special presentation on building effective grassroots campaigns at the grassroots level by leading government relations consultancy Temple Scott Associates.

HAVEN and LifeWorks - Council Education Session - February 22, 2021

As part of our ongoing education and training, Equity Council invited Harwinder Ahluwalia, Senior Customer Success Manager at Morneau Shepell, to provide an information session on the services offered to Equity members through the HAVEN Helpline and Lifeworks.



Scenes or Moments of Intimacy and Support for Performers Mental Health in the time of COVID - November 25, 2020

Topic: This session offered insight into the role of Intimacy Directors, and how we all can enter into this new working environment with a clearer understanding of approaching scenes or moments of intimacy at this time.

Video 1 | includes PowerPoint Presentation


Video 2 | includes ASL Interpretation


National AGM 2020 - October 26, 2020

Equity held its 2020 National Annual General Meeting (NAGM) on October 26. The meetings consisted of the reports and presentations provided below, with accompanying documents.

Council President's Report | Scott Bellis | PDF of President's Report


Executive Director's Report | Arden R. Ryshpan | PDF of Executive Director's Report


Audited Financial Statements for the 2020 fiscal year | Director of Finance & Administration Marion (Maz) Magoris, CPA, CMA | PDF of Audited Financial Statements


Committee Reports

Anti-Oppression Training - August 26, 2020

Topic: An Anti-Oppression Training Webinar with special guest and facilitator Douglas Stewart, exploring anti-racism and anti-oppression practices.

Money Matters - June 3, 2020

Topic: How to plan and manage cash flow, how to determine expenses, how to cut expenses, how to create a draw-down strategy, when to consider debt, how to consider the pros/cons of drawing from RRSPs and how to clean up your tax record with the Canadian Revenue Agency with special guests Chris Enns – Opera Singer and Financial Planner, and Tova Epp – Actor and Senior Tax Preparer.

COVID-19 Information Meeting #6 - Health & Safety - May 20, 2020

Topic: A discussion of the health and safety requirements needed to open up the live performance sector post COVID-19.


COVID-19 Information Meeting #5 - Strengthening Resiliency - May 4, 2020

Topic: Special guests and mental health experts Stephanie Kersta MSc RP and Carolyn Plater MSW RSW, share valuable information on building and strengthening resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PART 1/2 (Discussion):

PART 2/2 (Meditation):

Meeting Resources

COVID-19 Information Meeting #4 - April 22, 2020

Topic: A discussion regarding the future of the arts and culture sector in Canada with special guest Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts.


COVID-19 Information Meeting #3 - April 8, 2020

Topic: A discussion about finance and the economy with special guests MP Julie Dabrusin (Toronto-Danforth), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, David Hope, Executive Director, The AFC and Gord Lewis, President, MBA, Proteus Performance.


COVID-19 Information Meeting #2 - March 25, 2020

Topic: An Association update on advocacy work with multiple levels of government, answer member questions regarding live streaming of activities, recorded auditions, cancelled contracts and more.


COVID-19 Information Meeting #1 - March 17, 2020

Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan, President Scott Bellis and others discussed and answered member questions regarding cancelled contracts, productions, advocacy work and other challenges associated with the developing COVID-19 issue.