General + Regulatory + Telecom + Media NewsVicky Eatrides succeeds Ian Scott as CRTC Chair

Vicky Eatrides succeeds Ian Scott as CRTC Chair

Vicky Eatrides has been named the incoming Chairperson and CEO of the CRTC.

Eatrides, whose background includes both public and private sector experience, begins her five-year appointment Jan. 5.

Most recently Assistant Deputy Minister at Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada, Eatrides began her career practising federal regulatory law at Stikeman Elliott LLP in 2000. She joined the federal public service in 2005 where she held numerous executive positions at the Competition Bureau over a 12-year period, including Senior Deputy Commissioner of Competition, Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices. She also spent two years with Natural Resources Canada as Director General, Strategic Policy and Planning with the Major Projects Management Office. Additionally, she has taught Competition Law at Queen’s University.

Canadian Heritage says Eatrides’ expertise spans telecommunications, broadcasting and new technologies, including leading merger reviews, civil and criminal investigations, and regulatory interventions.

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has also announced the appointments of Alicia Barin and Adam Scott as Vice-Chairpersons of the CRTC for five-year terms, effective Feb. 8 and January 16, respectively.

Alicia Barin

Barin has served as Interim Vice-Chairperson since Aug. 8. She was first appointed to the CRTC in 2019 as the Regional Commissioner for Quebec. She previously spent over 20 years in the broadcast industry as Vice-President of Strategic Planning for Astral Media, prior to its acquisition by Bell Media in 2013.

Scott currently serves as Director General of the Spectrum Policy Branch at ISED, where he is responsible for spectrum auctions, spectrum economics and regulatory best practices in the spectrum program. He has worked at ISED since 2001 and was previously Senior Director of the Telecommunications Policy Branch, advising government on telecommunications regulatory and competition issues, as well as shaping policy for closing broadband gaps in rural Canada. He has also served as Director of International Telecommunications Policy, Senior Advisor to the Associate Deputy Minister and government advisor to the board of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the organization that manages the .CA domain.

“The CRTC has an important mandate to deliver for Canadians. Technology has fundamentally changed how we communicate with each other and how we create and consume culture. The new leadership team at the CRTC will help modernize the regulator and stand up for Canadians and for our creative professionals,” said Rodriguez in a release. “Congratulations to Vicky EatridesAlicia Barin and Adam Scott on their appointments. The CRTC will undoubtedly benefit from the shared digital, broadcasting and telecommunication expertise that these leaders will bring to the table. I would also like to thank outgoing Chair Ian Scott and Vice-Chair Christianne Laizner for their outstanding service to the CRTC and Canadians over the years.”

Canadian Heritage has also announced the reappointment of Michael Goldbloom to a second five-year term as Chairperson of CBC/Radio-Canada’s Board of Directors effective March 29. He was first appointed to the position in March 2018.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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