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FRPC’s Board of Directors (in alphabetical order)

FRPC’s Directors, elected annually by the organization’s members, meet regularly to discuss its work. Currently the Board consists of:

Lew Auerbach

Lew’s former positions include the following:  Advisor, CRTC; producer of Ideas at CBC radio; producer at TV Ontario; Advisor, Science Council of Canada; Director of Communications, National Parole Board, and Director, Auditor General of Canada (where among other things, he led the first audit of Senate in 1991!).

In addition to acting as a consultant to unions and government on accountability, performance, P’3s and other issues, Lew has also served as President or Board Chair of local non-profits — Tamir, (housing for developmentally disabled); Options Bytown (supportive housing for otherwise homeless); and the Harvard Club of Ottawa.

Lew has also served on various boards including Odyssey Theatre, and the Hospice at Maycourt.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Great Canadian Theatre Company,  Treasurer at Oxfam Canada, and the representative from Canada on the  Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Geneviève Bonin

Dr. Geneviève A. Bonin is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. She has been involved in various facets of radio from practice to policy since the late 1990s. Today, her passion for this medium continues through her teaching and research. Her current Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded projects include “Evaluating the Impact of Technology and Funding on Community Radio in Canada,”  “Mapping the Professional Identity and Worldviews of Canadian Journalists” and “The Future of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation and Convergence.”

Sjef Frenken, Chairperson 

Sjef (pronounced, ‘chef’) Frenken worked in private radio in Ottawa and Toronto after graduating from Ryerson.  He was a member of the CRTC’s staff from 1971 to 1995, and held several management positions, including director of broadcasting policy, while working on a wide range of broadcasting policy files.  Since retiring from the Commission he has taught at the University of Ottawa, and worked as a consultant.

Bernie Lucht

Bernie Lucht is one of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) most accomplished radio producers. For over five decades, Lucht has brought radio documentaries and current affairs into the homes of Canadians as executive producer of some of CBC Radio One’s most popular programs, including Writers & CompanyTapestry and Ideas. He has also been instrumental in the annual production of The CBC Massey Lectures in partnership with Massey College in the University of Toronto, House of Anansi Press and universities from across Canada.

Lucht is a graduate of Concordia University. In 1998, he was awarded The John Drainie Award for Distinguished Contribution to Broadcasting by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Arts and in 2011, was the recipient of the CBC/Radio-Canada President’s Award. In 2013, Lucht was invested as a member of the Order of Canada and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University.

Al MacKay

Al MacKay is a forty-five year veteran of the broadcast industry.  He has been a radio and television broadcast journalist, and was a vice-president and station manager during a 25 year career at CJOH Television in Ottawa. He also ran CPAC, the cable public affairs channel, for three years before joining Judith Maxwell’s think tank – Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) – as vice-president, Operations.  Mr. MacKay was the primary consultant in developing, on behalf of the industry, its Code for Violence in Television Programming, its Program Rating System, and the on-screen icons and viewer advisories used by all programming services to inform viewers about the content of the program about to be aired.

John Stevenson, Vice-Chairperson

A long-time community broadcaster, John is a founder and past president of the Community Radio Fund of Canada.  John is currently a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Toronto iSchool, where he is mapping Google’s global technological infrastructure and its influence on the company’s strategy on network neutrality.

Kealy Wilkinson

Initially trained in engineering and law, Kealy avoided both by beginning her career on air with CBC Radio, hosting and producing a number of programs and series. Then, after a year mastering the CBC’s corporate ropes in Ottawa, she spent a decade working with Graham Spry at the Canadian Broadcasting League before opening Canada’s first broadcast consultancy.

She was invited to return to the CBC as Special Advisor, Strategic Planning and worked closely with senior management at Head Office and in the two Divisions to develop proposals for the Parliamentary Television Service and CBC-II/Télé-II and also authored various Task Force, policy and regulatory initiatives (e.g., Perspectives, The Connections Study).

Kealy has consulted to governments, broadcasters and cable undertakings in Canada, the US, England and Australia, and represented clients at more than five dozen Canadian regulatory hearings, as well as serving as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Board of Directors of TVOntario, Chair of the Board of Women in Film and Television (Toronto), and as Director of the Alliance for Children and Television. Currently, Kealy is the Executive Director of the CBMF/FMCR.