By Emily Jackson
July 19, 2017
Article from Financial Post
Incoming CRTC chief applauded despite concerns from consumer advocate groups
Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly cited Ian Scott’s extensive industry experience as an asset in his new role as chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, despite concerns from some civic groups on the optics of choosing a former lobbyist to lead the regulator.
Joly announced his appointment on Tuesday, along with the selection of Caroline Simard as vice-chair broadcasting and the promotion of CRTC lawyer Christianne Laizner to interim vice-chair telecommunications.
In a statement, Joly said Scott and Simard have “extensive experience in the industry and a deep understanding of what Canadians expect in their telecommunications and broadcasting systems.” She said the “dynamic team” will “implement a strong vision for the CRTC.”
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