Who We Are
We invite you to learn more about the individuals who bring their expertise and experience to CCTS. Please click on one of the following links to learn more:
Commissioner and CCTS Staff
Howard Maker was appointed Canada’s first Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) in August 2008.
Howard is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985. In addition to many years of legal and regulatory experience, Howard brings to the role his specialized expertise in investigations and complaint-handling. He conducted investigations and managed investigators at the Law Society of Upper Canada, and thereafter was appointed the Director of Investigations at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Howard subsequently joined the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, where as Senior Deputy Ombudsman he conducted investigations and led the division of the organization responsible for investigating investment complaints.
At CCTS, Howard’s early focus has been on process redesign and improvement, public and stakeholder awareness, and otherwise building and entrenching the infrastructure of a new and growing organization.
CCTS employees bring diverse backgrounds and experience to their work. They have worked with consumer associations and regulators, and in the telecommunications industry and as lawyers.
Board of Directors
Our Board is structured to provide for the participation of all stakeholders while remaining independent from the telecommunications industry. It consists of seven directors:
- Four Independent Directors, two of whom are nominees of consumer groups; and,
- Three Industry Directors, one each to represent the Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), the Cable Companies, and the Other Participating Service Providers.
The Independent Directors are intended to represent a diversity of experience and interests, being individuals known and respected on a regional and national basis and representative of the Canadian population, including gender, linguistic, minority and geographic representation.
Marie Bernard-Meunier (Board Chair)
Marie served as Canada’s Ambassador to UNESCO, to the Netherlands and to Germany, and in Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister for Global issues and Culture. Since retiring from the Foreign Service, she has published extensively on foreign policy issues and lectured at several Canadian universities. Marie currently serves on the Audit Committee of the Canadian Space Agency and is also a Member of the Board of Directors and of the Board of Governors of the Federal Idea, a Montreal based think-tank on Federalism. She recently joined the Board of Directors of the Glenn Gould Foundation. Marie holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from l’Université de Montréal and is a graduate of l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris.
Catherine Aczel Boivie
A senior executive and CEO, Catherine has led the advancement of the strategic value of information technology as a business enabler at Vancity Credit Union, Pacific Blue Cross, and CAA British Columbia. She currently serves on several Boards, including those of Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), the Burnaby Board of Trade, MedicAlert Canada, Artsclub theatre, and is also the Executive in Residence at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. She holds a BMath degree from University of Waterloo, a MEd and PhD from University of Toronto, and is a well-known speaker at conferences in North America, Europe, and China as well as an active blogger and author.
Consumer Group Appointees
Marina is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, where she is a member of the Center for Law, Technology, and Society. Marina has research and teaching experience in consumer protection, telecommunications, law & technology policy, and dispute resolution. She holds a law degree from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) and a LLM in Law & Technology from the University of Ottawa.
Jacques C. P. Bellemare
Jacques graduated in Engineering Physics at École Polytechnique in Montreal (1961) and later obtained an MBA from Laval University in Quebec (1973). In the private sector, he has worked in telephony with Bell Canada, in Cable TV with Cablevision Nationale (acquired by Videotron), in consulting with Raymond, Chabot, Martin, Paré, and in regulation with Teleglobe Canada after its privatization. Since 1994, with his own firm STEM Consultants Inc., he offers independent expertise in economic regulation of public utility companies, mostly in the energy sector. In the public sector, from 1982 to 1988, Jacques served as a Member of the Quebec Public Service Board then assuming regulatory jurisdiction over certain telephone companies located in Quebec, including Quebec-Telephone and Telebec.
The Industry Directors represent each of the ILEC, Cableco and Other Participating Service Provider categories. The current appointed Industry Directors are Ruby Barber (ILEC), Dennis Béland (Cableco) and Bram Abramson (Other).
Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs)
August 2015 to January 2016 – Marten Burns
January 2016 to July 2016 – Ruby Barber
Ruby is Assistant General Counsel, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, at Bell Canada and is based in Ottawa. She joined Bell in 1997 and has a broad range of legal and regulatory experience with telecom issues. Most recently she was responsible for Bell Canada’s consumer legal team which on a day-to-day basis addresses legal issues impacting Bell’s customers, including the Wireless Code of Conduct. Previously, she supported the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Bell as Assistant General Counsel, M&A. Prior to joining Bell, Ruby was an associate at Fasken Martineau in Toronto practising corporate and securities law. She is a graduate of Queen’s University (Honours Politics) and Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1991.
Dennis is Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs, Telecommunications, Quebecor Media Inc. Dennis has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian LNP Consortium Inc., the Canadian Numbering Administration Consortium Inc. and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.
Other Participating Service Providers
August 2015 to June 2016 – Jill Schatz
July 2016 – Bram Abramson
Bram is Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer at TekSavvy Solutions Inc., where he has carriage of chief privacy officer responsibilities as well as communications regulatory, copyright, and commercial and consumer law matters. Before joining TekSavvy, Bram practiced communications law at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and, before shifting to a legal career, held senior industry research roles with the CRTC and with Washington, DC-based network mappers TeleGeography. Bram is a graduate of Concordia (BA, Communications) and McGill (BCL/LLB, Law) universities and, alongside his Ontario bar membership, holds the CIPP/C and CIPM privacy designations.