Canada's Actors Union Names Chief Diversity Officer

Olivia Nuamah
Courtesy of ACTRA

Olivia Nuamah becomes national director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Canada's actors union, ACTRA, has named Olivia Nuamah to lead its inclusion and diversity efforts in a newly-created post.

Nuamah has been tapped as ACTRA's national director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
She will help ramp up ACTRA's efforts to ensure more diverse representation on film and TV screens.

Her hire comes as traditional entertainment content producers are looking to change past practices amid an industry-wide reckoning with systemic racism by diversifying creative teams and content. Nuamah's appointment also comes amid evolving audience demographics for film and TV content shot in Canada, often by major Hollywood studios and streamers, much of it destined for global distribution.

“We are delighted to have such an experienced diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner on our leadership team. We look forward to working together to advance the work opportunities and conditions of our professional performers, while increasing the diversity of our on- and off-screen talent," Marie Kelly, national executive director and chief negotiator for ACTRA National, said in a statement.

Nuamah has held senior policy and workforce strategy development roles in both the public and private sectors. She served as executive director of the Atkinson Foundation, which promotes social and economic justice in Ontario, and as executive director of Pride Toronto.

In London, England, she was a senior policy manager with the U.K. Civil Service.