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How Equity is governed

Council Advisory Committees
In the 2012-2015 term of Council Equity changed its advisory structure from a habitual roster of regional committees, to 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.

Benefits, Fundraisers and Awards Events Research Group:
This Committee is responsible for research regarding potential changes to Equity's contractual approach to benefits, fundraisers and awards events.

Council Education and Renewal Committee:
Peter McGillivray, First Vice-President, co-chair and Jane Heyman, co-chair
This committee provides oversight of Council's ongoing education and training initiatives, and a Council renewal proposal leading up to the next Council election.

Directors, Choreographers, and Fight Directors (DC & FD) Committee:
Scott Bellis, advisory liaison
The purpose of the DC & FD Committee is to provide general linkage to the membership who work in these disciplines. We hope to develop useful resources to support work opportunities as well as hearing any concerns and issues that may arise in the field and which may require action in future contract negotiations or policy changes in general.

Diversity Committee:
The Diversity Committee provides 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).

Finance Monitoring Committee:
Diane Speirs, Secretary/Treasurer, chair
The Finance Monitoring Committee assists Council in the review of financial monitoring reports throughout the year.

Honours Committee:
Paula Wolfson, advisory liaison
The Honours Committee selects honourees for the Larry McCance Award, Honorary Membership and Life Membership awarded annually. The CAEA Award of Distinction recipient is also selected by this Committee.

Joint Standing Committee with ACTRA:
Committee members: Stephen Erickson, Allan Teichman, Deena Aziz
The Joint Standing Committee with ACTRA has been tasked with and exploration of retaining and strengthening Equity's working relationship with ACTRA.

Member Engagement and Education Committee:
Sedina Fiati, Second Vice-President, member liaison
This committee is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of communication between Equity and its membership.

Mental Health Research Committee:
Aaron Hutton, advisory liaison

Monitoring Reports Research Task Force:
Kristian Clarke, Equity staff
This committee investigates whether there are ways to simplify and clarify monitoring reports without sacrificing accountability.

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

Safe and Respectful Workplaces Task Force
Jane Heyman, co-chair, and Ian Leung, co-chair
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.

Senior Artist Support Task Force
Paula Wolfson, advisory liaison
This Task Force will research to determine the best way in which Equity can effectively support its senior members in their lives 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.

Stage Management Committee:
Kate Sandeson, advisory liaison
The SM Committee has been serving members working in stage management since the early nineties. Through regularly reaching out to our constituency, we have ensured that Council policy and Equity's various agreements continue to reflect the needs of stage managers working in all disciplines. We have also developed a range of resource material for both new and experienced stage managers. Our new initiative - a slate of advisors to assist SM apprentices - is now up and running. If we can be of assistance, please let us know.

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