ASC Annual Meeting and 2007/2008 Board of Directors
ASC’s 2007 Annual Meeting was held on April 24 at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto. During the meeting, ASC reported on the activities and accomplishments of the past year. Highlights can be found in the ASC 2006/2007 Report.
ASC is pleased to announce that Jennifer Dawkins has been elected Chair of the Board for a second consecutive year. The 2007/2008 Board of Directors includes the following members:
Report on April 24th Executive Summit
ASC and the Association of Canadian Advertisers jointly presented an executive summit entitled "The Ethical Imperative: Beyond Compliance" on April 24 in Toronto. The full day summit featured industry-leading speakers and panels exploring the issues of corporate transparency, integrity and social responsibility in advertising.
The event was a tremendous success, thanks to the hard work of event partners, sponsors and participants, and the commitment and interest of the summit attendees.
ASC Board Revises Trade Dispute Procedure to Clarify the Term "Advertiser"
To help ensure that the definition of the term "Advertiser" in the Trade Dispute Procedure does not inadvertently limit its application in situations to which it was intended to apply, ASC's Board of Directors has approved the following amendment of the Trade Dispute Procedure:
Effective immediately: "The term “advertiser” means a legal entity (including, without limitation, a trade association, but specifically excluding its advertising agency or agencies acting in that capacity) that is engaged in the use of advertising OR whose product(s) and/or service(s) is/are the subject of, or prominently featured in the complained-of advertising or a portion thereof, whether or not that advertising was prepared or placed by the advertiser, directly or indirectly, in any medium for communication to Canadians OR that, in the opinion of ASC, may be adversely affected by advertising about which a complaint has been lodged."
Click here to read the full Trade Dispute Procedure.
ASC Participates in Industry Launch of Initiatives Regarding Children’s Advertising
On Monday, April 16, ASC participated in a media conference at the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, marking the launch of a collaborative effort – by ASC, Concerned Children’s Advertisers, and Food & Consumer Products of Canada – to proactively address the behaviours that lead to childhood obesity, a critical issue in Canadian society today.
2007 Q1 Ad Complaints Report Now Online
The 2007 Q1 Ad Complaints Report (for Jan. 1 to Mar. 31, 2007) is now available online. The report provides case summaries of consumers’ complaints about advertising that were upheld by the Consumer Response Councils under the provisions of the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards. Click here to view the complete report.
For more information, contact Janet Feasby, Vice President, Standards, at 416-961-6311, ext. 243.
Ad Industry Loses “Outstanding Ambassador” in Suzanne Keeler
Suzanne Keeler, a 25-year ASC employee who was Vice-President of the organization at the time of her retirement in 1996, died in March, 2007, in Richmond, B.C.
“She was an incredible worker and resource to the ad industry,” said Linda Nagel, president and CEO of ASC. “Her love of advertising and understanding of the creative process made her an outstanding ambassador for our organization, especially when dealing with advertisers and agencies regarding work that could potentially result in negative reaction from consumers. She was extremely well respected and liked.”
ASC, along with the ad industry as a whole, is better for her contributions.
ASC Awards Scholarships
In keeping with ASC’s commitment to promote the professional practice of advertising, the Robert E. Oliver Scholarship was established in 1986. It commemorates Robert E. Oliver, one of the pioneers in Canadian advertising self-regulation, and the first president of the Canadian Advisory Board, ASC’s predecessor organization.
This cash award recognizes individuals with outstanding academic achievements, who have an exemplary record of service to the community and who plan on pursuing a career in advertising or marketing.
ASC is pleased to award two Robert E. Oliver Scholarships this year:
Shira Feuer, from Winnipeg, is a fourth-year marketing major at McGill University in Montreal.
From Edmonton, Lacey Cartier is a second-year business and marketing major at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
ASC Clearance Services Releases the Alcoholic Beverage Advertising Clearance Guide
ASC has released the ASC Alcoholic Beverage Advertising Clearance Guide, designed to help advertisers, agencies and broadcasters prepare commercial messages that comply with the provisions of the CRTC Code for Broadcast Advertising of Alcoholic Beverages.
If you would like a copy of the guide, or more information, contact Jean Larivière at 416 961-6311.
ASC Clearance Services Thanks Workshop Attendees
ASC Clearance Services hosted alcohol advertising workshops in Montreal and Toronto this past April, sponsored by the Brewers of Canada and Spirits Canada, designed to help clearance clients gain a better understanding of the CRTC Code for Broadcast Advertising of Alcoholic Beverages.
ASC Clearance Services also hosted a workshop in Toronto to assist nonprescription drug and natural health product advertisers and their agencies understand and apply the new Health Canada guidelines.
The filled-to-capacity events were well-received and resulted in requests for more ASC workshops in the future. Watch for announcements about upcoming ASC Clearance Services events in the fall of 2007.
Electronic Submission Responses for Clearance Services Clients Now Available
ASC Clearance Services is pleased to announce that effective immediately, clearance responses can be returned to you by email in addition to fax. Make sure you select “response by email” with your next online submission.
ASC Welcomes Eight New Members
Advertising Standards Canada is pleased to welcome eight new members.