After over 25 years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, Beverley Oda retired in March of 1999. Beverley was inducted into The Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame in the fall of 2003. She is also a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for “leadership in Canada’s broadcasting industry and service to the community.”
In 1987 Beverley was appointed a full-time Commissioner of the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a seven-year term. As a Commissioner, she participated in a number of major regulatory decisions and policy reviews. These included the introduction of long distance competition in telecommunications, the structural review of the broadcasting industry, the deregulation of many aspects of radio and cable and chaired the Commission’s Task Force reviewing gender portrayal in Canadian television.
Upon leaving the CRTC in 1994, Beverley became the Chair of FUND (now The Harold Greenberg Fund), a $2 million fund to support the production of Canadian films and long-form drama. She also resumed her work as a consultant in the broadcasting and telecommunications fields.
Beverley joined Baton Broadcasting (latterly CTV Inc.) in 1995 as the Senior Vice President, Programming. In this capacity she was responsible for the acquisition and scheduling of programs on over 17 television stations across Canada. Beverley was appointed Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs for CTV Inc. in 1998.
Prior to her appointment to the CRTC Beverley was with Rogers Broadcasting Inc. as Director, Government and Public Affairs for CFMT-TV Toronto (now Omni 1).
Beverley entered the broadcasting industry in 1973 initially with TVO then moved on to cable television with Rogers Cable. She joined commercial television broadcasting in 1976 as the program director for Multilingual Television (Toronto) Ltd. responsible for ethnic programming on CITY-TV, Toronto. In 1979 she became a producer at the Global Television Network.
As an independent producer and consultant, Beverley has worked with various broadcasting entities including the CBC and many cable specialty networks. She produced over 28 major telethons for various non-profit organizations across Canada. Her consulting practice specialized in federal government public policies on multiculturalism and diversity in addition to CRTC policy and applications.
Throughout her professional career she has served on the boards of many professional associations.
Currently, Beverley resides in the community of Orono, in the region of Durham, just east of Toronto. In her retirement she has been actively involved with various provincial and community organizations. Her personal interests include gardening, crafts and reading.