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Artist Paddy Lamb becomes CARFAC’s new National President

Paddy Lamb was appointed as the new President and Spokesperson of Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens on September 29th following CARFAC’s National Gathering in Vancouver. Paddy had previously served on the national board of CARFAC, and he has been Co-Chair of Copyright Visual Arts (COVA-DAAV) since 2015.

“With so many changes on the horizon from Copyright to cultural spaces, this is a really interesting and exciting time for artists and cultural workers within Canada. The work that CARFAC has done and is continuing to do, advocating for artists and working in collaboration with our partners, will be pivotal in strengthening the socio-economic rights of visual artists in this country.”

– Paddy Lamb, CARFAC National President and Spokesperson.

Other members of the Executive Committee are Theresie Tungilik (Vice-President), David Yazbeck (Treasurer), Daniel Rumbolt (Secretary), and Ingrid Mary Percy (Past-President).

We offer our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Ingrid, who has been on the board since 2012, and has served as President since 2017. We appreciate Ingrid’s continued knowledge and guidance in the new role as Past-President. Ingrid has been integral to the important advances we have made, particularly in the area of copyright, through many presentations to members and to the Canadian Heritage committee reviewing the Copyright Act in 2018. We are pleased that Ingrid will be our delegate at the upcoming World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting in Geneva later this month.

CARFAC National welcomes new board member Angela Marston from Ladysmith, BC. Theresie Tungilik from Rankin Inlet, NU; Joshua Vettivelu from Toronto, ON; and Annie France Noël from Caraquet, NB were all re-elected to new terms. A full list of board members is available on CARFAC’s website.

With new incoming board members, we must also say goodbye to long-standing member, advocate, colleague and friend, Susan Tooke. For eight years, Susan served on the National board in various roles, including President and Past-President. Susan has played an important role with CARFAC’s advocacy for visual artists, and during her time on the board we successfully negotiated two scale agreements with the National Gallery of Canada, and she has been actively involved in making the case to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada. Her good work will continue as she joins the board of Copyright Visual Arts, ensuring that artists continue to receive royalties for their licensed work. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Susan for her dedication and contributions to our sector.

Canadian Artists’ Representation /Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is the national association of Canada’s professional visual artists. CARFAC defends the socio-economic and legal rights of artists through advocacy and professional development. The CARFAC-RAAV Minimum Recommended Fee Schedule offers guidelines on royalty payments paid to artists for the exhibition and reproduction of their work, as well as various professional services fees. The Status of the Artist Act empowers CARFAC to negotiate collective agreements with federal institutions on behalf of all visual and media artists in Canada.