Vice-President, Industry and Business Affairs

· Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

About Us

The Canadian Media Producers Association is Canada’s industry association for independent producers. We represent hundreds of Canadian companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language TV programming, movies and digital media content. Ready to join a dynamic organization changing the landscape of the Canadian film and television industry? Are you a champion of Canadian content, passionate supporter of independent media producers? Are you thrilled by the business of media production?

The Canadian Media Producers Association is seeking a talented, enthusiastic and experienced Vice-President, Industry and Business Affairs. This is a strategic role with oversight to meet the needs of producer members as it relates to areas such as project development and financing, production planning and strategies, sales and marketing, and business planning.


Key accountabilities:

• Provide broad-based strategic advice and services to members regarding industry and business affairs matters, including but not limited to production budgeting, financing and recoupment and relationships with distributors, platforms and broadcasters, business operations, rights clearances, insurance, marketing and audience engagement
• Maintain primary responsibility for the development and execution of strategy and advocacy relating to sources of production financing within the function area, including CAVCO, the CMF, Telefilm Canada, Certified Independent Production Funds and federal and provincial tax credits
• Build and maintain relationships with industry stakeholder organizations in order to advance the industry and business affairs-related priorities of the CMPA
• Provide effective leadership throughout your areas of responsibility
• Supervise and manage department team member(s) acting as a coach and mentor
• In collaboration with the CEO and SVP, Industry, Policy and General Counsel, develop strategies to effectively advocate for the establishment of a new Terms of Trade agreement and provide support in the development of Terms of Trade for the CMPA
• In coordination with the Director, Government and Policy Affairs, play a leadership role in government relations efforts directly relating to industry and business affairs-related issues, being responsible for support and collaboration in working with other provincial industry associations
• Provide support to the CEO and/or SVP, Industry, Policy and General Counsel ahead of and during CRTC policy proceedings, consultations and hearings
• Provide support to the National and British Columbia industrial Relations teams in collective agreement negotiations and other industrial relations matters
• Represent the CMPA at a variety of panels and events as required
• Lead research in support of files and initiatives as outlined above


• Collaborate with the Board, the Executive and Senior Leadership teams, and staff in the development of the CMPA Strategic Plan, as well as the ongoing execution of the mission, vision, and strategic priorities of the organization
• Provide input on key strategic projects that serve to elevate the mission of the CMPA or generate new or evolved sources of revenue
• Involvement in other strategic initiatives/duties as assigned


• Remain current in areas of responsibility through education courses, professional publications, a professional network, and professional societies
• Be an active ambassador of the CMPA, representing the organization at events and programs
• Maintain regular communication and coordination of files within and across departments, as well as with the Executive and Senior Leadership teams, to achieve common objectives
• Create a culture where staff feel informed, valued and empowered to give their best


Education & Experience

• Industry-related post-secondary diploma or certificate from a recognized Canadian institution, or a Bachelor of Arts degree from a recognized Canadian university and/or:
• Minimum of seven to ten years of proven leadership experience in a business affairs-related position at a production company, or a Canadian production financier such as a fund, broadcaster, or distributor, or an industry-related government department

Skills & Capabilities

• Demonstrated knowledge of developing strategies and plans for various business aspects (e.g., development, project financing, production planning and strategies, program sales and marketing plans, and business plans for launching and operating an independent production company)
• Demonstrated knowledge of the Canadian audio-visual sector principles and practices of regulation, accounting and business including the relationship of industry stakeholders to producers (broadcasters, platforms, funds and incentives, unions and guilds)
• Demonstrated knowledge of the talent market and Canadian Unions and Guilds
• Understanding of the global marketplace, distribution models and additional revenue sources for Canadian audiovisual content
• Ability to think strategically, exercise good judgment, show initiative and be proactive
• Proven history of organizing and managing projects successfully
• Superior collaborative, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills
• Experience in customer service or in working or serving in a member-based organization
• A working ability with the French language (i.e., verbal, written and comprehension) is considered an asset
• Pragmatic problem solver, analytical thinker and emotionally intelligent
• Strong proficiency with Office Suite, such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel
• Be willing and able to travel


REPORTS TO: Senior Vice-President, Industry, Policy and General Counsel

LOCATION: Full time position based in Toronto, Ontario. Remote work-from-home/office hybrid schedule until COVID restrictions are fully lifted.

The CMPA is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in our organization, and in our work. We strive to create a workplace that honours a diversity of lived experiences, perspectives, abilities and identities, and to foster and maintain a working and learning environment that is inclusive and equitable. We welcome all applicants, and in particular applicants from equity-seeking or sovereignty-seeking communities.

Accommodation for those requiring accessible alternatives is available on request for applicants taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Interested applicants should apply through our CMPA careers website at: on or before August 18, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET

Note: Interviews will commence immediately with qualified applicants until the position is filled.

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