Cumulating more than 30 years in the film and television industry – both on set and in post-production, Michel Charron has dedicated the greater part of his life to the audiovisual world. At 17, he begins his prolific career as a boom operator before rapidly establishing himself as a production sound mixer and productions sound editor. His craft led him to work at the National Film Board and on various local, Quebec, Canadian, American and international productions, as well as on thousands of TV commercials.
This impressive resume also contains numerous awards and nominations, namely at the Gémeaux, Jutra and Genie Awards. This successful career was immortalized in 1986 with an entry in the Dictionnaire du cinéma québécois (Quebec Film Dictionary).
While making his mark in the film industry, he also established himself, as early as 1976, as a fierce advocate of workers’ rights. Over the years, he would sit on the Board of the Syndicat national du cinéma (SNC) [National Film Union] and on the Board of the Syndicat des Techniciens et Techniciennes du Cinéma et de la Vidéo du Québec (STCVQ) [Quebec’s Cinema and Video Technicians Union]. Then, in 2005, he founded IATSE 514 and became its Business Agent, a position for which he was re-elected for three consecutive terms.
At this position, he would play a leading role in the fight to change the Act S32.1 (Act respecting the professional status and conditions of engagement of performing, recording and film artists). Thanks to the introduction of Bill 32 in 2009, technicians working on audiovisual productions are finally included in Act S32.1 after living in a no man’s land for so many years.
In addition to his role in IATSE 514, Michel Charron held an administrator position at the Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC) for three years. He would also sit as a director on the Board of the Conseil régional FTQ Montréal Métropolitain (FTQ’s Metropolitan Montreal Regional Board) and on the FTQ’s Health & Safety Board, as well as on Quebec’s Joint Committee regarding safety regulations of the province’s film and video industry. Additionally, he was represented IATSE at the FTQ’s General Council.
Also involved in the training of audiovisual workers, he cofounded the Organisme de Formation de l’Industrie du Cinéma et des Nouveaux Médias du Québec (OFINMQ) [Quebec’s Film and New Media Industry Training Organization], where he was an administrator and treasurer. Similarly, he sat as an administrator at the Regroupement pour la formation en audiovisuel du Québec (RFAVQ) [Quebec’s Coalition for Audiovisual Training], where he was involved in many of the organization’s projects.
In 2013, his work was once again recognized when he received IATSE’s International Presidents Award “in recognition of [his] outstanding dedication to his craft, to his local and to his fellow brothers and sisters”.
As the Business Agent of IATSE 514, he successfully implemented a multi-employer Health & Safety Fund. This comprehensive health & safety and training program offers free equipment and training courses to the Local’s members. This initiative was applauded by International President Loeb following his report before the IATSE General Executive Board in January 2016.
Following his departure from IATSE 514 in November 2016, Michel Charron now fervently and actively devotes himself as a labour relations consultant.