CFM Appoints Bernard LeBlanc Director of Symphonic Services
For immediate release, Tuesday February 3, 2015 - TORONTO, ON
Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is very pleased to announce that Bernard LeBlanc has been appointed the CFM Director of Symphonic Services. In his new role, Mr. Leblanc's duties will include negotiation of collective agreements, assistance in dispute resolutions, representation at industry and union conferences and seminars, assistance to AFM Locals, and maintaining resources of information for bargaining and for best orchestral practices. He also contributes to the production of the annual OCSM wage chart and assists the CFM in providing services to francophone members. Mr. LeBlanc assumes responsibilities formerly overseen by Mark Tetreault.
"We are delighted that Bernard has accepted this position," says Alan Willaert, AFM Vice President from Canada. "He has been a dedicated and highly valued member of the organization who has acquired the skills to successfully meet and exceed the mandate of Director of our Symphonic Services Department. We congratulate him, and are excited about this new chapter in his career with the Canadian Federation of Musicians".
"It's an honour to have the opportunity to be of service to my fellow musicians," added Mr. Leblanc. "I will continue to do my utmost to ensure the professional rights and privileges of the many dedicated symphony musicians across the country".
Mr. LeBlanc has been a member of the AFM/CFM since 1990, and joined the CFM office as Associate Director of Symphonic Services in 2008. LeBlanc has also served as the contract administrator for the Quebec Musician's Guild, Local 406, from 2005 to 2008. As a personnel manager for regional symphony orchestras and club date events in Montreal, as well as professional musician, LeBlanc is well regarded throughout the industry. His musical education focused on Double Bass performance at Moncton University and at Montreal's esteemed McGill University. His freelance performance career encompasses various genres including pop, jazz and classical. LeBlanc hails from Campbellton, New Brunswick, and now resides with his wife and daughter in the Montreal area.
Building on AFM Canada's long and successful legacy, CFM will continue furthering the particular interests and needs of professional musicians who earn their living in this country. Everyday CFM helps thousands of musicians with any number of issues related to the recording and performing of their craft. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada draws on the experience and strength of more than 90,000 musicians, with over 17,000 active members in Canada alone. Proudly celebrating 31 remarkable years of service, CFM is uniquely positioned to address Canadian issues and provides vital resources for Canadian musicians, at any stage in their careers.
Victoria Lord, VLPR Inc.
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