October 26, 2012
TORONTO – Stephen Waddell, National Executive Director of ACTRA, today announced that Marit Stiles will be ACTRA’s new National Director, Public Policy and Communications. She assumes the role immediately. In her new role at ACTRA, Marit Stiles will oversee all aspects of ACTRA National’s public policy and communications initiatives.
For the past 7 years, Marit served as ACTRA National’s Director of Research, participating in negotiation of all ACTRA’s major collective agreements, including the National Commercial Agreement, the Independent Production Agreement and the broadcast agreements including NFB, CBC, and CTV. Recently, she coordinated the update of ACTRA’s promulgated Audio Code, covering performance in everything from audio books to choral recordings to digital media. Marit oversaw the new edition re-launch of the “Stage Parent Survival Guide”, an invaluable resource for parents and guardians of school-aged children in the Canadian film and TV industry. Marit has represented ACTRA on the Canada Media Fund Working Group, Telefilm’s Canadian Feature Film Fund Working Group, the Senior Artists’ Research Project Steering Committee and the Steering Committee of the Cultural Human Resource Council’s “Impact of Emerging Digital Technologies on Human Resources in the Cultural Sector” project. In 2011, she was one of six senior management and labour representatives invited to participate in the Conference Board of Canada’s roundtable, “Industrial Relations Outlook 2012”.
Stiles will continue to support ACTRA’s Bargaining and Research efforts until her successor is hired. ACTRA, the CMPA and APFTQ commence bargaining of the Independent Production Agreement (IPA) on October 30.
Prior to joining ACTRA, Marit was a policy researcher for the Ontario New Democratic Party Caucus, Public Dialogue Coordinator at Canadian Policy Research Networkers and Special Assistant to the Ontario Minister responsible for International Trade and Development. Marit is a frequent political commentator on Canadian television and radio. She was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She replaces Joanne Deer who was ACTRA’s Director of Public Policy and Communications for the past four years.
ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.
Contact: Carol Taverner, ACTRA, 416.644.1519, firstname.lastname@example.org