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Dr Caroline Simard




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Vice-Chairperson, Broadcasting
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Ottawa, Ontario


With extensive expertise in telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, Caroline was appointed to the CRTC in July 2017.  As Vice-Chair of Broadcasting, Caroline chairs Broadcasting Committee meetings. She also participates in consultations and public hearings with the objective of developing regulations and establishing policies in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.  

Sworn in as a lawyer in 1994, Caroline has over twenty years of experience in local, national and international communications, in both the public and private sectors. She has worked with all applicable Canadian legislation and international treaties in the field of communications and has developed a profound understanding of the legal, economic, political, technical and social issues related to convergence and competition challenges.

Before joining the CRTC, Caroline spent a decade as legal advisor for the Department of Justice with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Legal Services, where she worked on the Telecommunications Act and the Radiocommunication Act. Abroad, she was senior telecommunications specialist with the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations specialized agency in Geneva, Switzerland for information and communications technologies. She also worked for a large firm (Teleglobe), small independent companies in Quebec and another group of SMEs. In the public sector, she worked for the Quebec government and at various universities in Montreal.

Caroline was a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and at the International Seminar on the Information Society, Human Rights and Human Dignity at McGill University, and was educated at McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, and Université de Montréal. 

Term ends on September 10, 2022