He previously practised law with McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Starting February 15, Bram Abramson will sit as Regional Commissioner for Ontario at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a five-year term.
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 day-to-day operations. It regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in the public interest.
Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez has announced Abramson’s new designation. According to Rodriguez, the appointment results from the government’s open, transparent, and merit-based selection process for Governor in Council appointments.
“Bram Abramson’s extensive experience in law and telecommunications will be a great asset in his role as CRTC Ontario Regional Commissioner,” Rodriguez said. “The CRTC’s regional commissioners ensure that the tribunal’s scope encompasses the entire country, enabling Canadians access to an effective and reliable communications system from coast to coast to coast.”
Abramson has over 20 years of experience in the regulated communications and technology sectors. He has acted as general counsel for a blockchain wallet provider and chief legal and regulatory officer for a competitive telco. Abramson also served as an advisor to the broadcast and telecom legislative review and as a Mozilla Foundation fellow with the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab. He previously practised law with McCarthy Tétrault LLP.
Early in his career, Abramson worked as an industry analyst with the market research firm TeleGeography and the CRTC.
Abramson had sat 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 acts as a trustee at the American Registry for Internet Numbers.
Abramson is licensed as a private investigator in Ontario. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Civil Law and juris doctor from McGill University.