New chair, vice-chairs at CRTC
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has appointed Ian Scott to the position of chairperson for a five-year term. He was most recently executive director of government and regulatory affairs at Telesat Canada. He has also been vice president of federal government relations at Telus. Scott has also held government and regulatory positions at Call-Net Enterprises and the Canadian Cable Television Association. He has also worked at the Federal Competition Bureau and the CRTC.
Caroline Simard has been appointed vice-chairperson for broadcasting, also for a five-year term. She is currently legal counsel at the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Prior to that, she was a senior telecommunications expert at the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency based in Geneva, Switzerland. Simard has also worked at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Verrier Pacquin Hébert Consultants, Téléglobe and others.
Christianne Laizner has been appointed interim vice-chairperson for telecommunications for a term of one year. She joined the CRTC in 2010 as general counsel for telecommunications. Since 2013, she has been senior general counsel and executive director of the CRTC Legal Sector. Laizner has also been a partner at the law firm of Chown Cairns.