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OMNI Advisory Council Mandate

Introduction

OMNI is Canada’s only multilingual and multicultural television broadcaster, offering a wide range of ethnocultural and third-language programming to the country’s diverse communities. OMNI is available in more than 11 million households across Canada through its five local over-the-air television stations in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2) and its national speciality channel – OMNI Regional, which is comprised of four regional channels and is offered as part of all digital basic television packages throughout the country. In Quebec, OMNI Regional has partnered with independent ethnic broadcaster, ICI Television, to offer French-language local programming to the province’s ethnic communities. OMNI offers a wide range of locally produced and acquired programming, including daily national news in Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin and Punjabi, current affairs programming and popular entertainment programming including Bollywood movies, Asian cinema, and Italian and Portuguese telenovelas.

In Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-152, the CRTC approved the application by Rogers Media Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a national, multilingual multi-ethnic discretionary service to be known as OMNI Regional with mandatory distribution on the digital basic service. As part of that decision, OMNI is required to establish Advisory Councils for each regional feed (i.e., Pacific, Prairies, East, and Quebec) with representation from all regions served by the feed. In addition, OMNI is required to file an annual report to the CRTC following the end of each broadcast year on the activities and accomplishments of these Advisory Councils.

Mission Statement

It is the Mission of the Advisory Councils to enhance the engagement and reflection of ethnocultural communities on OMNI at a local, regional, and national level.

Mandate

The Mandate of the Advisory Councils will be focused on two core areas of OMNI’s operations – Programming and Community Outreach.

Programming

The Advisory Councils will advise OMNI on its ethnocultural programming strategies taking into consideration the demographic makeup of each market, viewer engagement, and the financial resources available to the station. The Advisory Councils will also provide guidance on relevant community and ethno-specific issues related to the regional or local market and how these issues are positioned and addressed in our programming, where applicable. Guidance may also include feedback on relevant policy issues such as the CRTC’s Ethnic Broadcasting Policy.

Community Outreach

Members of the Advisory Councils will also liaise with local ethnocultural communities who wish to become involved with OMNI and act as ambassadors for OMNI in this capacity. Members will promote and encourage participation by local ethnocultural groups and individuals in developing programming and other outreach initiatives that are aimed at enhancing OMNI’s role in the communities it serves. As immigration trends change, OMNI’s goal is to serve as many diverse voices from Canada’s ethnocultural communities as possible. To assist with this goal, Members of the Advisory Councils will help identify any underserved ethnocultural communities that would benefit from having their voices heard on OMNI and to help connect OMNI to the appropriate leaders or influencers from these communities. OMNI may also request that Members of the Advisory Councils attend OMNI events from time to time.

Council Membership

Four (4) Advisory Councils will be established representing each region served by OMNI: Pacific, Prairies, East, and Quebec. The OMNI Pacific Advisory Council will be comprised of representatives from British Columbia. The OMNI Prairies Advisory Council will be comprised of representatives from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The OMNI East Advisory Council will be comprised of representatives from Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. The OMNI Quebec Advisory Council will be comprised of representatives from Quebec.

Each Advisory Council will be comprised of at least four (4) Members. Each Council will consist of Members representing the various ethnocultural communities within OMNI’s broad service mandate and will also take into consideration demographic and gender balance as well as a diversity of skill sets and experience. Members are appointed for two-year terms with eligibility for renewal(s).

There will be one (1) Chair for each of the four (4) Advisory Councils. The first Chair of the Advisory Council for each region will be selected by OMNI from the Members of the respective Advisory Councils. All subsequent Chairs will be elected by Members of the respective Advisory Councils. The term of the Chair is two years with eligibility for renewal(s).

The Chair will oversee the business of the Advisory Council in fulfilling its Mandate. More specifically, the Chair will participate in the preparation of and approve the agenda for each Advisory Council meeting and preside over each meeting.

Meetings

The Advisory Councils will meet a minimum of twice annually, every Spring and Fall.

A formal agenda will be circulated at least two weeks in advance of each meeting. Members will be invited to add items of interest to the agenda.

At least one representative of the Rogers management team will attend all Advisory Council meetings.

Attendance at ad hoc committee meetings may be required as the need arises, as well as other functions deemed necessary to fulfil the Mandate of the Advisory Councils.

An honorarium of $500 will be given to each Member for participation (in person or via teleconference) at each Advisory Council meeting.

 

Council Members

OMNI Prairies | OMNI Pacific | OMNI East | OMNI Québec

OMNI East Advisory Council

Cindy Fan
Senior Broker, Homelife Gold Pacific Realirt Inc.

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In addition to her successful career in the real estate market, Cindy is also an agent for the Taiwanese company Naruko Boutique, distributing its beauty products in Canada. She holds an Engineering degree from the University of Toronto. Cindy was elected as the President of the Taiwan Entrepreneurs Society Taipei/Toronto. She was also the Director of Taiwan Entrepreneurs & Investors Associations of Canada. Cindy is an active member of the Taiwanese and Chinese communities in the GTA. She has also made great efforts in improving the Chinese learning environment for young students interested in Mandarin and Chinese cultural
courses.

Marcus Kolga
Marketing/New Media (Estonian)

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Marcus is a Communications and Brand Strategist, Journalist, Political Activist, and award winning Documentary Filmmaker. In 2009, Marcus’s Liefa Communications, a graphic design and communications firm, developed and designed an extensive multimedia project for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington D.C. The online museum was selected by Communication Arts Magazine as one of the best websites of 2010. Marcus is also the co-Founder of the Central and Eastern European Council in Canada, a Director of the Estonian Foundation of Canada, Board Member of the Council to Protect Canadians Abroad, and Canadian Advisor to the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Justice for Sergei Magnitsky.

Wilbert Lai
Certified Management Accountant

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Wilbert has a B.Com (Hon.) degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and an MBA degree from the University of Minnesota in the United States of America. He is also a Certified Management Accountant. He was a Vice President of the Chinese Professional Association of Canada (CPAC) and its Education Foundation for four years and is an Advisor to the SEAS Community Centre. He has been a frequent commentator on and columnist in media including OMNI-TV, World Journal, Ming Pao Daily News and Sing Tao Daily. He taught at Centennial College and the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. He has served on the Advisory Council of ACCE. Wilbert was President of ACCE from 1998 – 2002 and co-founded the Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs Awards in 1997.

B.K. Sethi
Entrepreneur/Marketing Ethnic Foods (South Asian)

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B.K. holds an MBA in Marketing from Michigan University. After working with Multinationals in Sales and Marketing for several years, he started his own Food Importing Company. B.K. has also consulted Multinationals including Robin Hood Multifoods, Unilever, Kraft, Heinz, Dairy Board of Canada and others looking for ethnic savvy marketing. He has won numerous awards, including a Canadian Grand Prix New Product Award for his India House brand, Business Excellence Award by Scarborough Chamber of Commerce and others.

Dr. Gina Valle
Founder, Diversity Matters

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Gina speaks several languages and holds a PhD in Teacher Education & Multicultural Studies from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Prior to receiving her PhD, Gina earned a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Bachelor of Education (Ontario Teacher’s Certificate).Through her organization, Diversity Matters, Gina champions multilingual children’s literature and heritage initiatives in her community. Gina was invited to be a mentor to young girls at the only Girl’s Leadership Academy of its kind in Ontario. Gina received the Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Office of the Governor General for her significant work in diversity through her organization Diversity Matters.

Dr. Lloydetta Quiaco
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sharing Our Cultures Inc.

Dr. Lloydetta Quiaco

Lloydetta holds a B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Since 1998 she has worked on community development projects with immigrant/refugee families in the areas of language acquisition and adjustment to Canadian society in Newfoundland and Labrador. Lloydetta serves on the National Steering Committee of the Canadian Coalition for Immigrant Children and Youth. She is one of the NGO representatives on the Program and Dissemination Committee and the Education Domain Committee of the Atlantic Metropolis Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration, Integration and Cultural Diversity. Lloydetta also volunteers as a community representative on the Macdonald Drive Elementary School Council and on the board of the Refugee Immigrant Advisory Council. From 2001 to 2005, she was president of the Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador and Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada.

Alex LeBlanc
Managing Director, New Brunswick Multicultural Council Inc. (NBMC)

Alex LeBlanc

Alex brings over 10 years of experience from the non-profit sector, including work with youth, persons with disabilities, and now with the multicultural community. He is extremely passionate about New Brunswick cultural diversity and social inclusion. In his role as Managing Director, Alex leads the strategic and operational planning for NBMC, as well as government relations, partnership development and overall staff management. NBMC is a bilingual, not-for-profit, umbrella, organization committed to supporting immigrant serving agencies, and multicultural and ethno-cultural associations in the province. Since 1983, NBMC has facilitated member, government and community efforts to make New Brunswick the province of choice for both newcomers and residents, through enhancing the economic, social and cultural value of diversity.

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OMNI Prairies Advisory Council

Judy Gabriel
Television/Online Media

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Judy is a communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the broadcasting industry. As well, she is a documentary filmmaker and reporter in various markets across Alberta. Gabriel has produced over 130 programs for major television networks including the Biography Channel, W Network, Bravo, Book TV, Movie Central, Global television, City, CTV, and more.She has a strong passion for charities and enjoys telling their stories through film to raise awareness as well as much-needed funds. In 1998, Gabriel’s first documentary Wandering Souls, a film on the plight of the homeless in Calgary, was recognized with the Best of the Northwest in the NorthWest Filmmakers’ Festival, under the category of “Human Understanding.”

Slawa Gruszczynska
Cultural Diversity Coordinator, Cultural Division, Recreation, City of Calgary

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Slawa has been the Cultural Diversity Coordinator with City of Calgary, Culture Division for more than 25 years. Since 1996, Slawa has been supporting the Calgary Interagency Immigrant Services Network with the main objective of strengthening the service providers in the immigrant sector.
Her education includes Master Degree’s in History and Philosophy, and Diploma from International Languages Institute in Italian and German. In the early 1990s, on behalf of City of Calgary, Slawa established the Annual Culturally
Diverse Media Forum in Calgary.

Erick Ambtman
Executive Director, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

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Erick Ambtman is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and knows firsthand the multicultural issues and challenges present in Alberta. He is well-known in Edmonton as the main organizer of the prestigious RISE Awards (Recognizing Immigrant Success in Edmonton).After working as the Program Manager for the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association and the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain House Native Friendship Centre, Ambtman headed to South Africa to work for the Msunduzi Housing Association to assist in the development of their social housing practices. Upon returning to Canada Ambtman began working for the City of Edmonton and is now a Senior Project Manager for Community Services.Ambtman was selected as a “Top 40 under 40” in Edmonton by Avenue Magazine in 2011. He holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Beryl Bacchus
Marketing Director, West Edmonton Mall

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Beryl Bacchus is the Marketing Director for the West Edmonton Mall (WEM), North America’s largest mall boasting 54 million square feet. She organizes, markets, and executes over 350 events at WEM annually.Previously, Bacchus was the Executive Director of the Global Visions Film Festival, Canada’s longest running documentary film festival dedicated to documentaries from around the world. During her tenure she expanded the festival to 24 countries thereby introducing the event to new demographics, including ethnic communities. She secured new relationships with potential sponsors and partners and worked to bring increased awareness to the festival locally, nationally, and internationally.Her dedication and work in the community has been recognized as she was named a “Top 40 under 40” by Avenue Magazine as well as nominated as a “Woman of Distinction” with the YWCA Edmonton for arts and culture.

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Rhonda Rosenburg
Executive Director, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

Rhonda Rosenburg

Rhonda has been working with the multicultural community in Saskatchewan for 20 years in a variety of roles. Prior to joining MCos, she was the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Association for Multicultural Education. Rhonda is also a Youth Leadership Coordinator at the United Way of Regina and a teacher/counsellor at the Cornwall Alternative School. She has expertise and experience in multiculturalism, anti-racism, education, youth leadership, experiential education, cross-cultural education, non-profit management, and policy governance.

Ron Cantiveros
Publisher, Filipino Journal

Ron Cantiveros

The Filipino Journal is a family run; community newspaper founded in 1987 by Ron’s parents. The newspaper has had an integral role in chronicling the history, growth and achievements of Filipinos in Winnipeg. In addition to the family newspaper, Ron’s family is also involved in the food services industry. As the Marketing Director for Cantiveros Family Foods and Hot Rod’s Filipino Grill, Ron ensures their service is focused on production of Manitoba made, Filipino food products. Ron is an Advisor for the Manitoba Filipino Business Council, and previously served as a Director for the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Ron received the Exceptional Small Business Award at the Manitoba Filipino Business Council Gala Awards.

OMNI Pacific Advisory Council

Queenie Choo
Chief Executive Officer, S.U.C.C.E.S.S

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Queenie has held many senior leadership positions in varied organizations. She was appointed as the CEO to commission the first culturally based seniors care home in Edmonton Alberta. As well, Queenie has a strong background in quality and service evaluation focusing on service deliverables. Based on her excellent tracked record in this area, in 2010 she was appointed as the Executive Director responsible for redesigning the home and community health system within Alberta Health Services. With her strong background in community services and effective leadership ability, in 2012, she was appointed as the CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., the largest non-profit social service organization in BC. Queenie was recognized as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award recipient for her community contributions.

Neelam Sahota
Chief Executive Officer, DIVERSEcity

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Neelam is the Chief Executive Officer of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, a community serving organization specializing in the settlement of new Canadians in the Surrey, North Delta, Langley and White Rock regions of the Lower Mainland in BC. Neelam has extensive experience in the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors. Her passion lies with connecting the local community, especially newcomers, to resources that assist them in becoming connected and contributing members of society. Neelam is an alumnus of Simon Fraser University where she was the recipient of the President’s Entrance Scholarship. She is also a Certified Professional Accountant with her legacy designation from the Certified General Accountants Association of BC.

Alden Habacon
Director, Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development, University of British
Columbia

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Alongside his Director position at UBC, Alden is the Founder and Publisher of Schema Magazine, and Co-Founder of the Asian Canadian Journalists Association. He speaks on the evolution and future of multiculturalism and is well-known in the Lower Mainland for his work around building more inclusive, dynamic, and intercultural communities. He is the recipient of the 2010 Power of Peace Award of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and the 2011 Leadership Honouree of National Association of Asian American Professional (NAAAP) Vancouver. In 2012, Habacon was the recipient of the Maharlika Award in Leadership and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award for his work in multiculturalism and intercultural understanding.

Anita Huberman
Chief Executive Officer, Surrey Board of Trade

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Having been involved in the Surrey Board of Trade for 21 years, and being CEO for 8 years, Anita oversees 400 volunteers, a budget of nearly $1 million and has created new award programs celebrating community, volunteerism, leadership, family and health. In addition to her work at the Board, she has taken leadership roles in organizations such as the National Film Board, the Surrey Civic Treasure Committee, the Ronald McDonald House campaign cabinet, and the SFU India Advisory Council. She was also a nominee of the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Award and named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2011. Through a generous contribution to SFU, Anita established an undergraduate scholarship in FCAT to support full- time undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the School of Communication.

Sonny Wong
Creative Director, Hamazaki Wong Marketing Group

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Sonny’s strategic and creative sensibilities have found their way into many initiatives. From award-winning advertising campaigns, to major events, to product development, to business start-ups, Sonny is a leadership and values driven individual who brings his unique insights to any project. Socially and environmentally motivated, he is learning to reconcile his job as a marketer (which encourages people to consume more) with his sustainability tendencies, and admits it’s an ongoing struggle. In his spare time, when he has any, he cycles and is a collector of people and ideas.

Sung Van
Principal and Creative Director, Latitude Vancouver

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Sung is the owner and creative director of Latitude Agency, a boutique brand and design agency in Vancouver. He has over 20 years experience providing strategy, marketing, communications, creative and design services to public and private sector companies in British Columbia. Sung is also an active volunteer in the Vancouver community, and each year, Sung dedicates Latitude resources to providing pro bono communications services to the charitable sector. Sung has served on the Board of Vancouver Community College and is currently President of the Canada/Korea Business Association, a non-profit organization that works to enhance business and trade relations between Canada and South Korea. Sung has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and a diploma in Marketing Management from BCIT. He is a member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and the Vancouver Board of Trade.

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Québec Advisory Council

Hector Giraldo
Directeur Général, Chambre de Commerce de l’Amérique Latine.

Hector Giraldo

Hector is an Entrepreneur with B2B experience delivering IT and web products to the Montreal SME sector. He oversees brand and web site traffic growth through SEO, Google Analytics-Adwords, and social media. Hector has over 15 years of experience in the theme park and retail industry dealing in daily operations with high traffic environments.

Hasan Al-Shawa
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Delma Group

Hasan Al-Shawa

Hasan has accumulated over 31 years of experience in business development and real estate in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, and has been involved in investment & real estate projects since 1986. Hasan was also the President of the National Council on Canada Arab Relations, a 35 years old Ottawa based political advocacy organization. Hasan has held board seats and senior executive positions with several other Canadian NGO’s, and was involved with several Canadian Government Ministries and bodies on policies dealing with the Canadian Arab community, foreign policy, and business relations. He and his wife were members of the Prime Minister of Canada’s Round Table Conferences across the Country in 2010 & 2011 covering the Canadian Economy, and the Immigration & Citizenship Policy. Hasan is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Al-Shawwa Family Educational Fund and a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Physinorth Acquisitions Corporation Inc.

Melpa Kamateros
Executive Director, Shield of Athena Family Services (SOAFS)

Melpa Kamateros

Melpa holds a BA in Political Science and a graduate diploma in Community Politics and the Law at Concordia University. She is one of the founding members of the SOAFS, an organization that is dedicated to providing culturally and linguistically adapted services to victims of family violence, primarily from ethno-cultural communities. Melpa is the Architect of the Ethnic Media Outreach Program, where information on family violence has been produced and disseminated in 16 languages and to many communities. In November 2005, she was recognized by the Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada.

Pastor Joseph Junior Clormeus
Vice President, Federation of Haitian Regional Associations of the Diaspora
(FARHED)

Pastor Joseph Junior Clormeus

Pastor Clormeus is an Administrator and Vice-President of Federation of Haitian Regional Associations of the Diaspora (FARHED) and is a Consultant with the International Association of Social Causes, Montreal. In addition, he is also Pastor with Bethsaida, Montreal. Pastor Clormeus holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the School of Infotronics, Port-au-Prince as well University Studies in Law, Faculty of Law and Economics, from St-Louis de Gonzague Institution, Port-au-Prince. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from National School of Public Administration (ENAP), Quebec and is currently working towards completing his PhD in Public Administration (Analysis and Management of Public Policies). Pastor Clormeus is engaged in his community and works with various levels of government, business and community leaders on social issues, vulnerable cases, settlement causes and socio-economic integration of newcomers to the Province.

Tania Alfonsi
Legal Advisor, (Director) Legislation, Institutional Compliance, Canadian Division,
Manulife

Tania Alfonsi

Tania has nearly 10 years of legal and compliance experience in financial services. She is currently a Legal Advisor in Institutional Compliance where she is primarily responsible for the oversight of legislative and regulatory monitoring of issues relating to the Group Benefit and Group Retirement business. In addition, she supports Group Benefit and Group Retirement strategic transformational initiatives as the compliance and legislative lead, including risk reviews. She is currently working with internal stakeholders on the redesign of the monitoring, communication, analysis, and implementation of legislation to ensure effective support to the Institutional business organization, including coaching and developing resources. Tania was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Congress of Italian Canadians (Quebec), and is a member of the Board of Association of Italian Canadian Jurists of Quebec. Tania holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University, a Law Degree and Master’s Degree from Université de Sherbrooke.

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