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Ferne Downey’s Bio

ferne-downey-bioFerne Downey
Past-President

Ferne Downey is the National Past-President of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and the President of the International Federation of Actors (FIA). ACTRA represents over 23,000 professional performers in the English-language recorded media in Canada. As FIA President since 2012, Ferne is the first North American to head the global organization.

Ferne is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Theatre Department and Harvard’s Trade Union leadership program. She has spent the past 35 years working as an actor in television, film, radio and theatre, and is also a member of Equity (Canadian Actors’ Equity Association).

Since 2011, Ferne has served as a General Vice-President on the Executive of the Canadian Labour Congress, and has worked as an activist and leader with CUES (Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen) since 2010. Most recently, she has just returned from a trip to Australia where she was invited to speak about gender inequality in the screen-based industry and provide solutions for change. This spring, Ferne will receive her first honorary doctorate degree.

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