Cultural Policy for the Digital Age: A Discussion

Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The video is now available on YouTube [click here]

The Centre for Law, Technology and Society is delighted to host a discussion of Richard Stursberg’s proposals to the Government of Canada for the ‘Canadian Content in a Digital World’ Consultation.

The event will take place on November 2nd, 2016, at 17:30 in room FTX 302 (Fauteux Hall - 3rd floor, University of Ottawa, 57 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON).


Download the report *

Download the executive summary *

Download the "Pillars of the Approach" *

A french version of the document is available here.
* This is an independent report written by Richard Stursberg. It is not endorsed by the Center, nor its Faculty Members, the Faculty of Law or the University of Ottawa.


The panel will moderated by:

Paul Wells
Paul Wells is a national affairs columnist at the Toronto Star. Previously, Wells was the political editor of Maclean's magazine. In 13 years at Maclean's, he won three gold National Magazine Awards. He moderated last year's Maclean's national leaders' debate, which drew more viewers than the two other English debates combined. His book The Longer I'm Prime Minister won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the John W. Dafoe Book Prize and the Ottawa Book Award.



featuring foremost experts:


Richard Stursberg
Richard Stursberg  has spent his entire career  working in broadcasting, film, television and program production. He was Assistant Deputy Minister, Culture and Broadcasting at the federal department of Communications, President of the Canadian Cable Television Association, CEO of Starchoice and Cancom (now Shaw Direct),  Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada and head of English services at the CBC.



Ferne Downey
Ferne Downey is the National 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 30 years working as an actor in radio, television, film and theatre and is also a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Since 2011, Ferne has served as a General Vice-President on the Executive of the Canadian Labour Congress.


Michael Geist
Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.  Dr. Geist is the editor of several copyright books including The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, University of Ottawa Press), From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010, Irwin Law) and In the Public Interest:  The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law), the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues.


Kate Taylor
Kate Taylor is an award-winning novelist, and cultural journalist with the Globe and Mail where she currently serves as lead film critic and writes a weekly column about the arts. In 2009-2010, she was awarded the Atkinson Fellowship in public policy journalism; she used it to study Canadian cultural sovereignty in the digital age and published the results in the Toronto Star. Her 2003 novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean region) and the Toronto Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was published in 2010 and her third, entitled Serial Monogamy, was just released by Doubleday Canada.


A reception will follow at the Tsampalieros Atrium (3rd floor) at 7:00pm.

This event is sponsored by Rogers Communications.


This is a free event. No registration is required.

This event will be in english only. The event will be recorded, and photos may be taken.


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