Access Copyright Begins New Chapter

Access Copyright is pleased to announce the appointment of Roanie Levy as its new Executive Director.

Ms. Levy takes the helm having held senior positions with Access Copyright for eleven  years. A member of the Executive Team, most recently Ms. Levy’s role was General Counsel and Director of Policy and External Affairs. She has degrees from the London School of Economics, Dalhousie University, and Université de Montréal.

“Ms. Levy brings leadership, experience and a wealth of knowledge in working with creators and publishers, as well as the many educators, learners and other content users that Access Copyright serves. Her experience uniquely positions her to guide Access Copyright in developing innovative products and services which respond to both the new legislative environment and new user requirements,” said Nancy Gerrish, Board Co-Chair.

“I look forward to this next chapter, both for me personally, and for Access Copyright,” said Levy. “I am excited by the opportunities before us, to strike new partnerships, further increase the value of what we offer, and serve all our stakeholders-creators, publishers, educators, readers, and learners-with purpose and conviction.”

Ms. Levy will replace incumbent Maureen Cavan who announced her plans to retire earlier this year after eight years with Access Copyright. Ms. Levy assumes the role on January 1, 2013.

“We are grateful for the tireless service that Maureen Cavan has given our organization,” said Gerrish. “She provided guidance and direction through a period of rapid change in the world of publishing and content creation. We wish her all the best for a happy and healthy retirement.”

“It has been a pleasure to lead Access Copyright through these past challenging years of copyright reform, the transition to digital content uses and the internal transformation of the agency to a nimble organization ready to deliver exciting new services to our customers,” said Cavan. “I know Roanie has a deep understanding of Access Copyright’s potential and the leadership skills to guide the organization through a smooth transition to realize new opportunities.”

The recruitment committee of the Board undertook an extensive, national search lead by Co-Chairs Nancy Gerrish and James Romanow.

“It was a field of very strong candidates,” confirmed Romanow. “We congratulate Roanie. We are confident that under her leadership, Access will continue to contribute to the important work that writers and publishers do as they create, innovate, teach, inspire and engage Canadians.”


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