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CMG Elections 2016 – Candidate profile: Carmel Smyth

Candidate for CMG National President

carmel-photo-2016-convention-and-press-cardGuided CMG through it’s most challenging years since it was founded.

Carmel Smyth, seeking re-election as national president
“Experience and strong leadership are more crucial than ever as we battle with the CBC next year for a strong contract, and continue to fight for public and political support for better funding for public broadcasting and the rights of media workers.”

Carmel Smyth, CMG President

Her record
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– First to publicly call for the CBC President to resign to protest the debilitating cuts.

–  Met with the CRTC, senate committees, premiers, heritage ministers, and others to press for stronger regulations protecting local news and Canadian content production.

–  Lobbied for increased funding for public broadcasting.

–  Launched national campaign promoting public broadcasting and the value of the CBC/Radio Canada.

– Sold-out concert at the National Arts Center in Ottawa where Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor and Astronaut Chris Hadfield joined others to support Canada’s public broadcaster.

– Renewed CMG’s commitment to diversity, hiring and promoting the largest number of diverse candidates ever in the union’s history.

– Built strong partnerships with journalism, academic, and community groups, as well as provincial and federal unions including Radio Canadas’ union SCRC in Quebec to fight for quality journalism and public broadcasting.

Don’t kid yourself; we need a strong union. I’m happy Carmel is willing to continue as president. It’s been a lousy time to be in the job, and she’s has done it well. Neil Macdonald, CBC  

Carmel has been ready to make tough decisions when they needed to be made. She has been willing to stand and speak when others haven’t. We need strength and experience right now. Carmel has my vote.” Scott Edmonds, Canadian Press, Winnipeg 

“I’ve known Carmel since she was a reporter and she was then as she is now: open-minded, dogged in pursuit of the truth and fair to a fault. She’s a strong advocate for a stronger CBC.” Brenda Murray, CBC 

Carmel’s Leadership has demonstrated her skill and resilience to help us overcome the adversity in our ever changing Industry.”   Vincent Proteau, President, aptn Branch 

“Carmel Smyth has walked the walk of diversity and inclusiveness in our union; whether it’s at Toronto PRIDE, Black History Month or with efforts to explore issues around inequality. Carmel has my full support,” Ron Charles, CBC   

 Carmel has always been available to carefully listen to those of us most of the time have difficulty being heard or well represented. I personally know that whether it’s on the Marathon Course, Triathlon Course or Daily Life Course in the Workplace, she has always made fairness for people of diversity and the un-represented a priority. “ Duane Bouyea,  System Broadcast Technologist    

 Personal:

Carmel Smyth is an award winning journalist and producer at CBC Newsworld, NWI, CBLT, and CBC’s national consumer investigative show, Marketplace.  She has worked in private radio (CKNW/ CFTK), and in every province. She has two degrees and is a competitive runner and  triathlete in her off time, if she has any. 

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Experienced Leadership

“Don’t kid yourself; we need a strong union. I’m happy Carmel is willing to continue as president. It’s been a lousy time to be in the job, and she’s has done it well.” Neil Macdonald, CBC

“Carmel has been ready to make tough decisions when they needed to be made. She has been willing to stand and speak when others haven’t. We need strength and experience right now. Carmel has my vote.” Scott Edmonds, Freelance, Winnipeg

“I’ve known Carmel since she was a reporter and she was then as she is now: open-minded, dogged in pursuit of the truth and fair to a fault. She’s a strong advocate for a stronger CBC.” Brenda Murray, CBC Toronto

“Carmel always fights for our members and is a fearless leader.”  Natalie Clancy, Investigative Reporter Vancouver

Promotes Diversity

“Carmel Smyth has walked the walk of diversity and inclusiveness in our union; whether it’s at Toronto PRIDE, Black History Month or with efforts to explore issues around inequality. Carmel has my full support,” Ron Charles

“Carmel has always been available to carefully listen to those of us most of the time have difficulty being heard or well represented. I personally know that whether it’s on the Marathon Course, Triathlon Course or Daily Life Course in the Workplace, she has always made fairness for people of diversity and the un-represented a priority. Duane Bouyea,  System Broadcast Technologist

“Carmel is such a dedicated leader who has worked tirelessly for the benefit of her colleagues. Her professionalism and diplomatic nature are truly remarkable, and have been a great benefit to all of us, across the country”.  Sandra Batson, Edmonton

“She has always worked to promote diversity including mentoring young professionals and starting CMG Toronto’s first Black History Event.” Neith MacDonald, ENG Toronto

“Carmel stands up for workers with mental health issues who need support in the work place, she is an excellent leader and is for ALL the people.” Kim Benoit, tfo

Understands the Media Landscape:

“Carmel’s Leadership has demonstrated her skill and resilience to help us overcome the adversity in our ever changing Industry.”   Vincent Proteau, President, aptn

“Je trouve rassurant d’avoir une personne comme Carmel comme présidente. Elle a une forte expérience à ce poste et son implication m’impressionne toujours. ” Ariane Hamel, tfo

“Carmel-always steering the ship in the right direction, often again significant headwinds”  Craig Jasman, President Corus/Shaw CMG

“Carmel has the wellbeing of her fellow Guildsters at heart. She has had to make some tough choices against the backdrop of very difficult circumstances for our industry, always with the aim of making things better”.  Terry Pedwell, CP Branch President.

“Carmel has shown great leadership in her past terms as President and I’m confident she will continue that, coming from northern  Saskatchewan she understands diversity and has gone the extra distance to mentor Aboriginal journalists.” Tina House, APTN

“I enthusiastically, sincerely and wholeheartedly endorse Carmel Smyth for the office of CMG Presidency.”    Hyungwon Kang, President CMG Thomson Reuters

“Carmel’s personal sacrifice to the union is underrated. She understands the dedication needed to make the CMG great.”  Matt Douglas, President CMG ZoomerMedia

“Carmel is a strong, dedicated leader who works tirelessly for all her members. Carmel never backs down from a tough fight. She understands the importance of working as a team to fight for the rights of her members. Carmel instinctively knows when to be tough and when to be diplomatic.”  Lois Kirkup, Vice-President, CWA/SCA Canada

 Fights for CBC/Radio Canada

“She always has our back, keeping management honest about our contract and our workplace” Michael Tymchuk, President CMG Victoria

“Carmel’s leadership has restored my faith in unions.”  Pauline Thornhill, Reporter, Nfld/Labrador

“Carmel works hard to protect freedom of expression, journalistic independence, and a strong media.”  Kim Trynacity, CBC Edmonton

“Carmel has the skill, the ability and the work ethic, to make a great president”. Brenda Irving, CBC Sports

“I found Carmel to be a dedicated activist working for the best for all CMG members.  Her professionalism and dedication are unsurpassed.” Don Flatt, President CMG CBC Fredericton

“Carmel knows how crushing workloads are and never forgets she is working for us.” Derek Hooper, ENG CBC Sports

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