Liane Davison is Manager for Visual and Community Art for the City of Surrey and Director of the Surrey Art Gallery. She has curated over 100 exhibitions on a range of contemporary art practice from interactive media through to ceramic art and themes as diverse as lawn ornaments to the sexuality of muscle cars. Her writing has been published in over 30 catalogues and her work with digital art has been recognized internationally. In 1999 she initiated the Surrey Art Gallery's TechLab, a unique venue dedicated to supporting the production and presentation of digital art forms. In 2008 she launched Open Sound, the Gallery's ongoing audio art program. In 2010 as part of Surrey's public art program, she implemented Canada's largest permanent, non-commercial urban screen venue. Surrey Urban Screen currently serves as the outreach venue of the Surrey Art Gallery and supports commissioning and presenting large scale interactive digital art.
Nina de Vaal, Director, Recreation and Culture, Town of Oakville
With a background in municipal government, the not-for-profit sector and the private sector, Nina has over 30 years of experience in a variety of management positions in the field of recreation. She is currently the Director of Recreation and Culture in the Town of Oakville. Nina has been an active contributor to the recreation sector through volunteer involvement in Parks and Recreation Ontario. She is a past president and is currently involved in various committees and initiatives. Throughout her career she has advocated for and put a great deal of emphasis on the value and importance of recreation and culture to human development, personal health and well-being and strengthening communities.
Sarah Douglas-Murray, Senior Manager, Cultural Service, Town of Oakville
Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in the cultural sector in management, fundraising, marketing and media relations. Sarah worked at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and Harbourfront Centre before joining the Town of Oakville’s Recreation and Culture department in 2009. In March 2012 Sarah took over the role of Senior Manager of Cultural Services.
Ben De Santis, Digital Screen Coordinator, City of Mississauga, Culture Division
Ben De Santis is the Digital Screen Coordinator for Mississauga Celebration Square. He is an accomplished award-winning designer experienced with print, web, multimedia, and motion design. He is talented with creativity with an emphasis on innovation and exploring current trends. He has led and coordinated a wide range of projects for a variety of clients including municipal government, television broadcasters, internet portals, and non-profit groups.
Jeff Evenson, Vice President, Urban Solutions, Canadian Urban Institute
Jeff Evenson is the Vice President of the Urban Solutions practice of the Canadian Urban Institute. He has a strong interest in helping municipalities to integrate cultural vitality into all of their city-building activity. He worked at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and served as Chief of Staff to two Toronto mayors. He helped organize Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid, Toronto’s first Vital Signs project and the first Toronto City Summit. He served on the boards of the Kingston Artists Association Inc. (Modern Fuel since 1995), the Funnel Experimental Film Theatre and the Factory Theatre. He co-authored Canada’s Urban Waterfront, Waterfront Culture and Heritage Infrastructure Plan - an early cultural mapping study. He has worked on a range of cultural projects including a Museum of Toronto feasibility study; the first cultural master plans in Mississauga and Kingston; culture databases in London and Kingston and municipal guidebooks on cultural mapping and indicators and performance measures.
Eric Fiss, Public Art Planner, City of Richmond
Eric Fiss, Architect AIBC, MCIP, brings 30 years of experience in architecture, planning, and art management to his role as Public Art Planner for the City of Richmond. He has worked in the municipal planning environment for 15 years, with a focus on urban design and sustainable development. The City of Richmond is experiencing rapid growth in its city centre, with a new rapid transit rail connection to Vancouver and the international airport, and its award winning Olympic Speed Skating Oval. Public art, sponsored by both the City and private development, has been a significant part of this revitalization. As the City’s public art program has grown, an electronic database has been an invaluable tool in management of the artworks and in sharing the contents of our collection on our website as an on-line archive.
Helena Grdadolnik, Associate Director, Workshop Architecture Inc.
Helena Grdadolnik is an Associate Director at Workshop Architecture Inc. where she oversees the firm’s public engagement and cultural policy work. Helena has a Master’s degree in Architecture and more than ten years’ experience working with non-profits, private developers and municipalities in Canada and the UK on creative programs and events related to public space. Helena has taught urban design principles to children, municipal councillors and post-secondary students (at Emily Carr University and UBC’s School of Architecture). She has written for Canadian Architect, Azure and Frame and is the co-author of two books: Towards an Ethical Architecture and The Contemporary Canadian Metropolis. Helena previously worked as a Senior Advisor on architecture and public space for the English government (2007-09), as the Public Art Coordinator and Cultural Planner at the City of Mississauga (2009-12) and has been a member of Toronto’s Public Art Commission since 2012. Her current clients include the City of Toronto, the Town of Newmarket, and Ontario’s Design Industry Advisory Committee.
M. Sharon Jeannotte, University of Ottawa
M. Sharon Jeannotte is Senior Fellow, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa. From 2005 to 2007 she was Senior Advisor to the Canadian Cultural Observatory, and from 1999 to 2005 she was the Manager of International Comparative Research, both in the Department of Canadian Heritage. She has published research on provincial cultural policies, cultural policy and social cohesion, cultural citizenship, and the role of culture in building sustainable communities. In 2005, she co-edited with Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger and Will Straw a volume entitled Accounting for Culture: Thinking Through Cultural Citizenship, published by the University of Ottawa Press. In 2011, she co-edited with Nancy Duxbury a special issue of the journal Culture and Local Governance on culture and sustainable communities.
Frédéric Julien has been active in the performing arts for fifteen years, as an artist, cultural manager, and consultant. He has held positions at Canadian Heritage and at Réseau Ontario, and he is currently project manager at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA), where he manages research and development activities. Frédéric has a keen interest in partnership development and cross-sectoral collaboration.
Yvonne Koscielak, Public Art Coordinator, City of Mississauga, Culture Division
Yvonne Koscielak is a cultural worker, art advisor and creative producer and has worked for the City of Mississauga’s Culture Division since 2009. Her current focus is on creating an Artful Public Realm through the administration of the City’s Public Art Program. Having graduated from the Art Business Master’s Program at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York, Yvonne is also experienced in leading a wide range of projects in an art advisory role relating to the enhancement of both private and public realms. Above all, Yvonne is a passionate advocate for arts, creativity and culture.
Andrew Milne, bv02
As the entrepreneurial leader of bv02 for the past 12 years, Andrew has a knack for marrying creative design thinking with leading edge technologies to effectively solve problems in a variety of sectors, including education. He consistently pushes the boundaries of digital technology by engaging with users across platforms in order to build unique interactive experiences. Leading digital design and innovation has been a focus for Andrew throughout his career, which has included roles at national companies and digital agencies. Andrew has spent over a decade creating innovative design, strategy and development solutions as the lead strategist and founder of bv02. He has worked with notable clients such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Virtual Museum of Canada, McGill University, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, CAA, and OC Transpo. Andrew is also actively involved in community organizations, sharing his time, experience and strategic abilities as an advisor and active board member for several groups, including AndyCamper, the Beluga Foundation, IABC Ottawa, and the Algonquin College Multi-Media Program. bv02 is an award-winning full service digital creative agency that has been specializing in creating digital solutions for clients in cultural institutions, government departments, crown corporations and private-sector businesses for over 10 years.
Christopher Moreno has experience in the acting, recording, audio visual, and installation/integration industry. He was the driving force behind independent recording label MCM records and the Vault Recording Facility in Ontario. He has since parleyed that experience into the evolution of 365 Productions and 365 Installations, which have since expanded to provide live event services and permanent installations across North America and into Australia and New Zealand. As the principal designer behind 365's work at the 2010 Olympics, the City of Surrey's highly acclaimed Chuck Bailey's Urban Screen Project and now the City of Ottawa's Lansdowne Park LED Screen, his creative flair and technical knowledge is matched only by his commitment to customer satisfaction.
Inga Petri, CMRP - President, Strategic Moves
Inga Petri has designed and implemented strategies for organizations throughout the private, not-for-profit and public sectors over the last 20 years. Inga’s work thrives on the crossroads of research, strategy and marketing / audience development. Since founding Strategic Moves in 2007, Inga has made sustained contributions to audience development at the National Arts Centre (NAC) and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. She has been leading the Value of Presenting: A Study of Arts Presentation in Canada since May 2011 conducting extensive research into the value, benefits and impact of performing arts presentation. During this study, she and her team have led more than 20 workshops and presentations across Canada with over 1,000 participants from the presenting and performing arts field providing a unique perspective on the opportunities for and challenges faced by the performing arts sector. A Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) and President of the MRIA Ottawa Chapter, Inga also presents at national research and marketing conferences and gives presentations on the rapidly evolving contemporary marketing practice, action research and creating actionable insights.
Matt Thomas is passionate about the role of culture and technology in creating vibrant and sustainable communities. His aim is to use the technologies that connected the globalized world to bring neighbours together. He is interested in the role of the creative economy in revitalizing medium-sized cities, and accomplishes this task as board chair of the non-profit LondonFuse, marketing coordinator at Museum London, and consultant at Thread Development. Matt is behind some of Canada’s most innovative online platforms, such as londonfuse.ca and neighbourgoodguide.ca, which provide support to creative and collaborative people, events, projects, and groups on a regional scale. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History from the University of Ottawa, post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Fanshawe College, and is completing his Certificate in Cultural Planning from the University of British Columbia. Follow his updates on Twitter @matt_thomas1.
Michael Wheeler, Artistic Director, Praxis Theatre
As Artistic Director and co-founder of Toronto’s Praxis Theatre, Michael has worked as a director and social designer to create ten original productions. Last year he also worked as Co-Curator of the Freefall Festival at The Theatre Centre and a Neil Munro Intern Director at The Shaw Festival. This year he is directing the national tour of Praxis Theatre’s award-winning Facebook note turned #G20Romp, You Should Have Stayed Home. Much of Michael’s work has integrated with online tools through praxistheatre.com. His collaborations have led to recognition that includes Winner Best Arts and Culture Blog and Best Blog Post in the Canadian Blog Awards, The SummerWorks Arts Professional Award, Torontoist People to Watch in 2012 and Toronto Theatre 2012 MVP by The Grid. He has created social design elements with numerous other performing arts organizations including Volcano Theatre at Luminato, The Electric Company at Canadian Stage, The Tarragon Theatre and The Wrecking Ball.
Colin Wiginton, Manager, Cultural Services for the City of Kingston
Colin Wiginton currently works as the Manager, Cultural Services for the City of Kingston. In this capacity, he helped to develop the first-ever Kingston Culture Plan unanimously approved by City Council in September 2010. The approval of the KCP resulted in an increased investment in culture of $2.25 million over four years and has lead to the development of other related projects he is managing, including a Cultural Resource Database, an Integrated Cultural Heritage and Cultural Tourism Strategy and a Public Art Policy and Public Art Master Plan. Prior to joining the City of Kingston, Wiginton pursued a 20 year career in the visual arts and public galleries, most recently at the Art Gallery of Ontario where he participated in the Transformation AGO Project that included a re-design of the Gallery by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.