Participant profile: Maureen Parker

Now it’s a long flight across the ocean to Canada, to meet Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of Canada.

Maureen Parker

Maureen Parker

As Executive Director of the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) Maureen represents 2,000 freelance screenwriters working in English-language film, television, radio and digital media.

A dedicated advocate for Canadian screenwriters for 20 years, Maureen is the WGC policy spokesperson on such issues as public funding, the regulatory environment and copyright.

With Maureen as chief negotiator, the WGC has concluded collective agreements with independent producers (APFTQ and CFTPA) and broadcasters such as the CBC, NFB, TVOntario, CTV and Global.

Maureen is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Screenwriters Collection Society (CSCS), which was established by the WGC in 1998 to collect authors’ levies in other countries for Canadian screenwriters.

Maureen also represents Canadian screenwriters working in English at the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG), furthering the cause of screenwriters worldwide through collective action, mutual support and by lobbying governments to adopt writer-friendly legislation. She is also Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Cultural Diversity (CCD), and sits on the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society’s Board of Governors.

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