Event

26

June 2019

Closing the Value Gap: How to Fix Safe Harbours & Save the Creative Middle Class

11:30am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front St W, M5J 1E3, Toronto

In his return to the Economic Club, Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson will be releasing Music Canada’s latest report, Closing the Value Gap: How to Fix Safe Harbours and Save the Creative Middle Class.

This new report follows up on Music Canada’s 2017 groundbreaking report, The Value Gap: Its Origins, Impacts and a Made-in-Canada Approach. Since that report, two Parliamentary Committees have reviewed the Copyright Act, governments around the world are identifying the Value Gap and its risk to creative industries, and creators are speaking up to ensure that they are remunerated fairly when their works are commercialized by others.

Following a speech unveiling the report, Graham Henderson will also discuss the action Music Canada is taking on a variety of fronts including diversity and inclusion to ensure that Music Canada is a leader and agent of change with respect to business and social issues impacting the music community both domestically and internationally.

Closing the Value Gap: How to Fix Safe Harbours & Save the Creative Middle Class

Graham Henderson

President & CEO
Music Canada

Graham Henderson

Graham Henderson is President and CEO of Music Canada, a trade association that promotes and protects the value of music and advocates on behalf of its creators.

In addition to his role as Chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Graham serves on a number of Canadian and international Boards and other bodies. He is a strong advocate of the importance and influence of the Chamber network.
Graham is widely recognized as a prominent champion of creator’s rights to be fairly compensated, most notably through Parliament’s 2012 passage of copyright reform legislation. He played a leading role in the creation of ground-breaking music funds in Ontario and B.C., and is a driving force on the “Music City” initiative.

Prior to joining Music Canada in 2004, Graham was a Senior VP at Universal Music Canada, and before that, an entertainment lawyer.

Graham holds a BA from Guelph University, and from U of T, an MA in English Literature and law degree.

Graham actively pursues interests outside music including history and literature, arboriculture, coaching, genealogy and scholarship on the poet, essayist and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley.

In 2013, Graham was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and was presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

He lives near Toronto with his wife Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies and their son Ed.

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