Canadian NEW MEDIA sources report having been contacted by representatives of Secor Consulting Inc. as that firm apparently undertakes a promised review of the Ontario Media Development Corp.’s (OMDC) long-term strategy. In an interview with CNM in April, CEO Michel Frappier said the agency was in the final stages of a request for proposal to develop a five-year plan two years in advance of its current funding running out (CNM, April 16/03). “If we can establish a plan, structure and budget direction that’s well-supported, then the [Ontario] government, when they go into program review, will say, ‘they know where they’re going, what they’re doing, what they’re going to achieve.’ …It’s a lot more reassuring to them than a crap shoot.”
At press time, OMDC officials could not confirm that the agency has hired Secor, and many new media producers in Toronto haven’t been contacted. Secor is an international management consulting firm with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Paris, and was in the spotlight last year when former CRTC chair Françoise Bertrand joined the firm.
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