Statement by Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, on the appointment of a Chief Consumer Officer

“I am pleased to announce the creation of the position of Chief Consumer Officer and the appointment of Barbara Motzney to this position. Barbara will assume her duties starting on October 1.

The Chief Consumer Officer’s role is to better understand the concerns of Canadian consumers and bring them to the Commission’s attention during the decision-making process. This will be achieved by leading research activities on consumer issues to identify trends and best practices, including those in other jurisdictions. The Chief Consumer Officer will head the Consumer Affairs and Strategic Planning sector.

The new sector, formerly known as Policy Development and Research, will continue to provide support and coordination to our core sectors of Broadcasting, Compliance and Enforcement, and Telecommunications. It will conduct research and planning activities with a focus on consumer policy. This will ensure that consumer issues are integrated into all aspects of the CRTC’s work and that its decisions are more relevant to Canadian consumers.”


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