TORONTO, October 1, 2014 – Caroline Rioux, President of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) proudly announced today the creation of two new executive positions for CMRRA, effective immediately.
John Olding CPA, CA has been promoted to Vice-President, Finance & Administration.
John Olding joined CMRRA in 2013 as Controller for the organization. “John has proven to be a tremendous asset to CMRRA in the last year, having greatly elevated CMRRA’s standards of quality both within and beyond the ambit of his functions,” Rioux said. “I look forward to John’s continued leadership and contribution in all of CMRRA’s future initiatives.”
John came to CMRRA with more than 25 years of business experience in both the public and private sectors, and with expertise in business development, strategic planning, project management, client services, information technology and human resources. In this new role, John will be responsible for CMRRA’s financial management, administration and human resources.John holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and received his Chartered Accountancy designation in 1991. He is also a member in good standing with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
Margaret McGuffin, MBA has joined CMRRA in the newly created position of Vice-President, Strategy and Business Development.
‘Margaret brings a wealth of industry knowledge and specialized expertise to CMRRA that will benefit the organization on many fronts,” Rioux said. “I’m very excited to welcome Margaret on the team and to begin our work on future planning and the development of new initiatives for CMRRA.”
Margaret’s career has focused on strategic planning, research and policy development related to the cultural, broadcast and digital media industries.Before joining CMRRA, Margaret was the CEO of the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) and, prior to that, she worked as a member of the senior executive team at Access Copyright. For over a decade, Margaret was a consultant to some of Canada’s leading copyright collectives, including CMRRA. Margaret started her career at Connect Music Licensing and Music Canada. She holds an MBA in Arts and Media Administration from the Schulich School of Business.
“We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of these extremely skilled and talented executives to CMRRA’s team,” Rioux added. “This marks the next phase in our transition to position ourselves for success in the face our industry’s many challenges.” Another major initiative serving this goal is the transition to a new information technology system that will bring much efficiency to all of CMRRA’s processes, from works registrations and identification to royalty distribution.
Founded in 1975, CMRRA is Canada’s largest music licensing agency. On behalf of the majority of music publishers and copyright owners doing business in Canada, CMRRA licenses the reproduction of songs in their repertoires on CD and via Internet distribution.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, please contact Caroline Rioux.