Today the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, announced the appointment of Bram Abramson as Regional Commissioner for Ontario at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a five-year term, effective February 15. This appointment is the result of the Government of Canada’s open, transparent, and merit-based selection process for Governor in Council appointments.
Mr. Abramson has over 20 years of experience in the regulated communications and technology sectors, advising on a wide range of matters. He has acted as General Counsel for a blockchain wallet provider and as Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer for a competitive telco. He also served as advisor to the Broadcast and Telecom Legislative Review and as a Mozilla Foundation fellow with the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab. He previously practiced law with McCarthy Tétrault LLP and, early in his career, worked as an industry analyst with both TeleGeography and the CRTC.
Over the years, Mr. Abramson has served on various industry boards and advisory committees, including as a director on the Commission for Complaints for Telecom/television Services (CCTS) and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s Community Investment Review Committee. He continues to act as a trustee at the American Registry for Internet Numbers.
Called to the bar and licensed as a private investigator in Ontario, Mr. Abramson also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Civil Law and Juris Doctor from McGill University.
The CRTC is an administrative tribunal in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio that operates at arm’s length from the federal government and is responsible for its own day-to-day operations.