Love your City: Transforming Communities through Culture

June 11 - 13, 2014

Hamilton, Ontario


Through interactive sessions, case studies and keynote addresses, experts will share real world projects that are transforming cities across the country. The 2014 Summit theme focuses on communities that are creating conditions in which culture can thrive.  Presenters will explore how leadership, innovative thinking, partnership building, and simply doing things differently can lead to a creative community.

Delegates will gain insight into integrating culture within other local planning initiatives; encouraging and stimulating “eventful” cities; planning community wide participatory events; initiating creative placemaking projects; and creating cultural hubs in their community.

The 2014 Summit will ignite participants’ passion for cities and provide an opportunity for leading thinkers and practitioners from across Canada to share knowledge, big ideas and expertise with local government practitioners.

Background Photo Credit:
Corus Quay building, Toronto, ON - Photo by Christopher Jones
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  • Arts and Culture Study Tours

    We are excited to announce the 2014 Creative City Summit, Arts and Culture Study Tours!


    Thursday, June 12th

    Ottawa Street North: the Fabric of Change
    Next to the heart of Hamilton’s steel manufacturing core is an eclectic street with more than one claim to fame. Ottawa Street North is home to the country’s largest retail Textile District and the site of the very first Tim Horton’s coffee shop in the world.

    Inside the Vault
    Join us as we take you behind the scenes for an intimate and private tour of the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s vault. The vault houses the Gallery’s extensive 10,000 work collection.

    Beat on the Street Music Tour
    Explore the varied and indie music scene that make Hamilton a hot-bed for musical talent. Unique musical venues and lesser-known gems are uncovered in this music themed walking tour through downtown Hamilton.

    James Street North
    No visit to this ambitions city is complete without a visit to James Street North. A once neglected street, it is now setting the pace for urban renewal and breathing style into all that surrounds it.

    Friday, June 13th

    Preserving the Past, Renewing the Future: An Architectural Walking Tour
    Put on your walking shoes and ponder Jane Jacob’s posit that “cities need old buildings so badly, it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them”.

    LIVElab: A Blend of Art and Science
    Tour the LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab at McMaster University. A unique research-based performance theatre and testing centre dedicated to the scientific study of music, sound and movement.

    Scenic Dundas
    Enjoy a short drive to quaint Dundas, and visit two very different scenic destinations in a town known for its rich cultural history, including a stop at Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls.

    Behind the Scenes
    Take this private tour and peek behind the scenes of two major cultural destinations in downtown Hamilton. Start with an intimate tour of the vault at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, which houses the extensive 10,000 work collection, and continue on to Theatre Aquarius' Dofasco Centre for the Arts.

    *Due to space limitations, delegates are required to RSVP for the study tours and will be able to sign up for their desired study tours at the Registration Table in Hamilton.

  • Keynote Speakers

    Announcing our third Keynote Speaker, Sans façon! They will be joining Rita Davies and Rob Bliss at the 2014 Creative City Summit in Hamilton.
    Rita Davies has been a leader in Toronto’s cultural community for three decades. Her pioneering work in cultural planning and in demonstrating the link between culture, economic competitiveness was acknowledged in 2011 with a Canadian Urban Institute City Soul Award. 
    At the Toronto Arts Council, she initiated the landmark 1984 TAC publicationCultural Capital, the first municipal cultural planning document in Canada. 
    As the first executive director of the City of Toronto’s Culture Division, she developed the 2003 Culture Plan for the Creative City, a strategy that resulted in the first significant funding increases to arts groups in Toronto in over a decade and a campaign that led to the first Nuit Blanche
    In 2011 she led the work for Toronto’s most recent cultural planning document, Creative Capital Gains that garnered another substantial increase for the municipal arts budget. 
    Rita sits on the President’s Advisory Council for OCAD University and is the Chair of the Advisory Committee for a new program at Ryerson University in Cultural Industries launched in September, 2013. Through her company, Culture Capital, she is involved in cultural planning projects in a number of municipalities and is also developing a new book fair in Toronto.
    Rob Bliss is a 24 year old viral video director. He has created multiple videos with multi-million YouTube views, and has been featured by countless national and international news organizations. Also, in the past five years he has held public events with attendance totaling one hundred thousand people without spending a dollar on advertising. By creating free, fun, inclusive community events, he has been a key figure in the revitalization in the downtown area. He is a professional public speaker that has spoken everywhere from European Forum Alpbach to the Toronto Economic Development Corporation.

    Rob’s work has included everything from launching 100,000 paper airplanes to a crowd of 30,000 people, building two football field long water slides in the middle of the street in a downtown city, pillow fights and zombie walks, 200 ft. basketball shots out a helicopter, LipDub film shoots that shut down an entire downtown, and impossible road trips across the state of Michigan that bring people together.

    He has been featured and done interviews with countless news organizations nationally and abroad. Rob’s style of creative work can always be summed in three words: Fun, Inclusive, Hopeful.

    For more information about Rob Bliss and his work, visit his website.


    Sans façon: Tristan Surtees and Charles Blanc Artist and architect duo Sans façon, Tristan Surtees and Charles Blanc, explore the relationship between people and places through their art projects. They work internationally on projects ranging from ephemeral performances and permanent pieces in public spaces, to developing and implementing strategies involving artists in the rethinking and re-qualification of specific places.

    The majority of their work renews awareness and tempts interaction with the surroundings and is developed in close collaboration with communities, organisations and individuals including City councils, theatre companies, architects and composers.

    They like to see the role of the artist and of art as a catalyst in a process of raising questions and inviting one to look and think differently. They aim to create work that can be valued, not solely as product but for what it reveals, what it allows to be seen, enjoyed and thought about.

    Artist involvement in built environment projects generates an opportunity for continuous exchange with the locale, its people, its spaces and its belonging to a wider context. Beyond a way of looking, the artists’ interventions allow to share a situation with all parties involved, creating continuity between the what exists and the future of the place.

    For more information about Sans façon, visit their website.

  • Panel and Feature Presentation

    Announcing our Creative Placemaking Panel with Pru Robey and Jim Mountain, and our Feature Presentation by Kelly Hill.

    Creative Placemaking Panel

    Pru Roby, Artscape, Toronoto, ON - Moderator and Panelist
    Jim Mountain, Heritage Canada the National Trust, Ottawa, ON Panelist
    Gabe Sawhney, Senior Associate, Bridgable Research and Design, Toronto, ON - Panelist


    Pru Roby, Bio:  Pru is a passionate advocate for the transformative impact the arts and culture have on the lives of individuals and communities. Throughout her career, the development of innovative, multi-sector approaches to support cultural sector development, creative economy activation and sustainable urban regeneration has been a centerpiece of her work.  For over more than 25 years, Pru has been a consultant, researcher, manager, promoter, funder, policy maker and educator in the arts, culture and creative industries in Canada and the United Kingdom.

    Prior to joining Artscape, Pru worked for 10 years as an independent consultant in the UK advising all tiers of government on cultural policy, the creative economy and culture–led regeneration. As Director of Artscape’s Creative Placemaking Lab, Pru takes the lead in research and development for new projects. She led the research, partnership development and sector engagement process to build the vision and case for Daniel’s Spectrum (Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre) and leads research and pre-project  development for Artscape’s next major facility, a centre for creative sector entrepreneurship, Artscape Launchpad.

    Pru advises communities across Canada on cultural facility development and strategies to support creative placemaking and directs a suite of programs and services at Artscape designed to build the capacity of communities to undertake creative placemaking projects. She is a leading expert in Creative Placemaking practice and has authored and teaches Canada’s only university level course in Creative Placemaking for the University of British Columbia.


    Jim Mountain, Bio: Jim has over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of heritage, culture and community renewal. With HCNT’s Main Street and Heritage Regions programs, he helped establish Main Street projects across the West, and “Regions” projects from Newfoundland and Labrador to Vancouver Island. Most recently, Jim served as Cultural Developer at the City of Ottawa, where he assisted in developing the City’s Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture which received the City Manager’s Award of Excellence for Equity and Diversity. Prior to the City of Ottawa, Jim worked with Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd. Since 1998, he has been a Sessional Lecturer with Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism on the subjects of heritage conservation and urban and rural sustainability.
    In his current role at HCNT, Jim works to develop and implement innovative arts, culture and heritage-led regeneration initiatives with urban and rural communities across Canada.


    Gabe Sawhney, Bio: Gabe Sawhney is an experience designer, creative technologist and innovation strategist. Currently Senior Associate at Bridgeable, Gabe has over 15 years of experience using design and technology to address creative, community and business challenges. As an innovation strategist, Gabe helps organizations to discover emerging opportunities, build consensus, and navigate ambiguity. As a creative technologist, Gabe explores and tests ideas using functional prototypes (hardware & software), to imagine future use cases, assess user experience, and build buy-in. His career has focused strongly on the intersection between technology, community and place: he co-created [murmur] (a renowned site-specific oral storytelling mobile documentary), is the co-founder of Wireless Toronto (a community group which lights up public spaces with free Internet access), and has developed several location-aware mobile applications. He has served on the board of Heritage Toronto, and was on the founding steering committee of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC). Gabe has presented his work at conferences and festivals in Canada, the US, the UK, China, Australia and Brazil.

    Feature Presentation

    Kelly Hill, Hill Strategies Research, Hamilton, ON

    Kelly Hill, Bio: Kelly Hill is President of Hill Strategies Research, a Canadian company that specializes in applying social science research methods to the arts sector. The author of numerous reports and articles, Kelly has examined the situation of artists in Canada, arts funding and finances, cultural participation and spending, cultural donors and volunteers, arts education, creative communities, and the benefits of culture. Recognized across Canada as a leading authority on arts research and statistics, Kelly is a sought-after speaker at conferences and workshops.

  • P2P Presenters

    Announcing our 2014 Peer-to-Peer Presenters!

    Transforming Cultural Planning

    Jeff Erbach and Liberty Brears, Regina, SK
    Inclusion and Prosperity: Integrated Cultural Planning at the City of Regina

    Jeff Erbach, Bio:  Jeff Erbach is the Cultural Development Coordinator with the City of Regina, the most senior ranking cultural specialist position with the City.  He leads cultural policy, planning, and capacity building initiatives for the city’s cultural community with specific attention to spaces, events, diversity and cultural heritage.

    Jeff’s background is as an independent filmmaker, performing and media arts coordinator and instructor in Winnipeg.  He served as a juror, lecturer, Board member, teacher and advisor to arts councils, post secondary institutions, non profit organizations and cultural agencies.  Previous to his position with the City of Regina he served as the Creative Manager for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


    Liberty Brears, Bio: Liberty Brears is a Policy Analyst with the City of Regina’s Planning Department. Liberty leads the City of Regina heritage conservation program and works to ensure historic places contribute to the development of a great city.

    In her work with the public sector, she has held positions with the City of Vancouver’s Planning Department, the Heritage Conservation Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks Culture and Sport, the Heritage Branch of the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

    Liberty is a provisional member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management. She has recently volunteered her time as a Director with Heritage Saskatchewan Board and as a member of the English-Speaking Committee of ICOMOS Canada.


    Debra Soule, Kawartha Lakes, ON
    Mapping Intangible Culture

    Debra Soule, Bio: Debra Soule is the Arts, Culture and Heritage Development Officer with the City of Kawartha Lakes’ Economic Development Department. She is responsible for the development of an implementation plan that flows from the recently completed Cultural Master Plan and Heritage Master Plan. Cultural mapping is an important component of this work. Debra has worked in Cultural Development positions in Australia, the United States and Canada and is a passionate advocate of cultural mapping as a powerful multi-purpose, user-friendly tool. She has overseen the development of map series for tangible cultural assets and explored a variety of approaches for mapping  intangibles. She holds a Bachelors degree in Social Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Consumer Studies from the University of Guelph and is currently a Doctoral candidate in the School of Environmental Studies at York University. Her current research focuses on building resilient local economic systems.


    Teri Souter, Huntsville, ON
    Small Town Cultural Planning on a Shoestring

    Teri Souter, Bio: Teri is the Manager of Arts, Culture & Heritage for the Town of Huntsville, in Muskoka, Ontario. Teri’s work portfolio includes Cultural Strategic Development and Delivery for Huntsville and Area; Public Art Exhibits; Sports Memorabilia, Public Art and Heritage Art Collection, Display and Collection Management; and Municipal Heritage Committee Staff Liaison. Teri also supervises the operations of Muskoka Heritage Place – Museum, Pioneer Village and Steam Train, and the Algonquin Theatre, both municipally-owned and operated by the Town of Huntsville. Teri’s work history includes graphic design & page layout at the community newspaper and general management of the Business Improvement Area. Teri has volunteered on the boards and executives of Muskoka Tourism and the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce. Teri was a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team by appointment of the Ontario Public Secretariat.


    Micheal Tunney and John Ariyo, Mississauga, ON
    Using Cultural Research Framework as a key strategic tool for local cultural planning

    Michael Tunney, Bio:  Michael Tunney is the Cultural Research Coordinator at the City of Mississauga.  Since joining the Culture Division in 2011, he has been involved in the implementation and ongoing development of Mississauga’s cultural resource map and various strategic planning, research, data collection and public engagement initiatives.  Michael holds a B.E.S. in Geography from the University of Waterloo and a post-graduate certificate in Museum Management from Fleming College.  His passion for urban planning, tourism and the arts has resulted in previous professional experience in the municipal planning, museum and commercial art sectors.


    John Ariyo, Bio: John Ariyo is the supervisor for cultural research and projects at the City of Mississauga. He was part of the City’s separate project teams that completed the 40-year Strategic Plan and the 5-year Culture Master Plan. He oversees the cultural research program at the Culture Division which includes data collection, cultural asset mapping, performance metrics reporting, strategic planning and project management practices. He enjoys community development initiatives and mentoring newcomers to Mississauga at various opportunities that foster integration and skill development. John is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies.


    Jeff Evenson, Toronto, ON
    Culture-led growth plan in Humboldt, SK

    Jeff Evenson, Bio:  For 13 years, Jeff Evenson has been advancing CUI’s cultural planning and public engagement practice.  This work represents a number of major city building initiatives for clients including: Canada Lands Company, City of Kingston, City of London and City of Humboldt.

    He is helping to evolve the Institutes integrated water and energy mapping practice; work that supports CUI’s mission of building wisdom and inspiring leadership for healthy urban development.

    Jeff co-authored Canada’s Urban Waterfront, Waterfront Culture and Infrastructure Plan and Cultural Resource Mapping: A Guide for Municipalities (MCP Inc.).  He was chief of staff to two Toronto mayors and has also been political advisor to senior politicians at both the provincial and municipal levels of government.  Jeff is active on a number of committees and volunteers his time on the board of Friends of Fort York –a national historic site in downtown Toronto.


    Transforming Economies

    Deborah Dee and Robyn Spencer, Powell River, BC
    Taking on Change: Culture of a City, Culture in a City

    Deborah Dee, Bio:  Deborah Dee is a City Councillor in Powell River, B.C. currently serving her second term.  One of her portfolio responsibilities is Arts and Culture.  Deborah holds a Bachelors degree in Music Therapy from Capilano University in BC and is the Executive Director of the Powell River Brain Injury Society.  She is currently collaborating with the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development, as Phase One and Two of the Arts and Culture project reports have been added to the agenda of that committee.  Deborah plans to run in the fall 2014 civic election and will continue to champion Arts and Culture in Powell River.  


    Robyn Spencer, Bio:  Robyn Spencer is a Registered Professional Planner and community economic development practitioner with experience in urban and rural communities throughout Canada and internationally. Her applied work includes tourism and economic development, governance, infrastructure planning, active transportation, sustainability and social enterprise development. Robyn has been working with the City of Powell River since 2012 to understand how the budding local creative economy can contribute to revitalization and resiliency. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from McGill University and is currently completing a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University.


    Greg Baeker, Toronto, ON
    Tools for Urban Transformation: Cultural Mapping in Detroit, MI

    Greg Baeker, Bio:  Greg Baeker is Director of Cultural Development for Millier Dickinson Blais. Greg is a nationally recognized leader in cultural development who brings more than 35 years of experience working in the senior leadership positions in the cultural sector in Canada.

    In 2005, Greg founded AuthentiCity. AuthentiCity has completed cultural planning and development projects in communities of all sizes and circumstances nationally and internationally. In 2011, AuthentiCity merged with Millier Dickinson Blais to form a new Cultural Development Division.

    Greg speaks frequently at professional conferences and workshops and publishes regularly for journals such as Municipal World, the journal of Canadian municipalities. In 2010 Municipal World published Rediscovering the Wealth of Places: A Municipal Cultural Planning Handbook for Canadian Communities that received widespread acclaim.

    Greg has a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo.


    Lucille Bish, Region of Waterloo, ON
    Creative Enterprise Initiative: Supporting the Creative Sector

    Lucille Bish, Bio: Lucille Bish is the Director of Community Services for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.  Waterloo Region (pop. 562,000) encompasses the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo as well as four rural townships, and is home to many well-known academic, high tech, manufacturing and insurance organizations including University of Waterloo, Blackberry, Toyota, and Manulife.

    Lucille’s responsibilities include the Regional Library System, population forecasting, heritage conservation, cultural planning, public art for Regional properties, and the three museums owned by the Region.  Over the past 5 years, the Region has constructed the Waterloo Region Museum which now attracts over 80,000 visitors, installed its 12th public art project, approved and implemented policies to conserve significant cultural heritage landscapes, and increased funding to arts and culture organizations by over $560,000.  Lucille participated in the many meetings and consultations that culminated in the creation of the Creative Enterprise Initiative (CEI) and continues to be involved with the change this organization is supporting in our cultural sector.


    Victoria Angel, E.R.A. Architects and Sonia Mrva, City of Hamilton, ON
    In with the Old: Repositioning Heritage for Urban Growth and Regeration


    Victoria Angel, Bio: Victoria Angel is the Senior Heritage Planner at ERA Architects, where she works on the development of heritage conservation strategies and management plans for historic places and urban areas. Prior to joining ERA Architects, Victoria worked for Parks Canada, where she managed the development of the Canadian Register of Historic Places and subsequently served as the Manager of the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office. Victoria has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Art History and a Master of Arts in Heritage Conservation, both from Carleton University. She has taught heritage conservation at the University of Victoria and at Carleton University, where she is an Adjunct Professor. She is also a Faculty Associate at the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Queenston, Ontario.


    Sonia Mrva, Bio: Sonia Mrva is the Curator, Heritage Policy and Projects at the City of Hamilton where she project manages cultural and heritage resources.  Most recently she was project manager of the Downtown Built Heritage Inventory Project, a cross departmental initiative between the Heritage Resource Management section and Cultural Heritage Planning.  Prior to her current role with the City of Hamilton, Sonia was Curator of Whitehern Historic House & Garden, National Historic Site, and Curatorial Assistant at Dundurn National Historic Site.  She has a Bachelor of Arts, History and post graduate work in Museum Studies and Cultural Management.


    Transforming Place

    Sans facon, Heather Aitken and Paul Fesko, Calgary, AB
    Integrating Connectivity: The Public Art Opportunity Watershed+

    Sans facon, Bio: Artist and architect duo Sans façon, Tristan Surtees and Charles Blanc, explore the relationship between people and places through their art projects. They work internationally on projects ranging from ephemeral performances and permanent pieces in public spaces, to developing and implementing strategies involving artists in the rethinking and re-qualification of specific places.

    The majority of their work renews awareness and tempts interaction with the surroundings and is developed in close collaboration with communities, organisations and individuals including City councils, theatre companies, architects and composers.

    They like to see the role of the artist and of art as a catalyst in a process of raising questions and inviting one to look and think differently. They aim to create work that can be valued, not solely as product but for what it reveals, what it allows to be seen, enjoyed and thought about.


    Paul Fesko, Bio: Paul Fesko, P.Eng is the Manager of Customer Service for the Utilities and Environmental Protection Department at The City of Calgary.  Paul is a professional engineer with 38 years experience, 28 of them with The City of Calgary. He has a held a number of positions within The City's water utilities.  Paul has a BASC in Civil Engineering from The University of Windsor and an MBA from the University of Calgary.


    Eileen Gillette, Nanaimo, BC
    Unlocking Creativity in Libraries: Creativity Placemaking, partnerships and communities
    Eileen Gillette, Bio:  With both an academic and practitioner background, Eileen Gillette MLIS has a wide range of experience in community cultural development, cultural planning, cultural policy and cultural sustainability. She worked as an assistant researcher at the Creative City Network of Canada focusing on cultural planning, creative cities and  the importance of cultural spaces  in communities and cities in Canada (2003-2006). In 2006, she was part of three-year national research project funded by Infrastructure Canada examining Cultural Infrastructure Development in Canada (2006-2009). She is currently a Divisional Manager of Public Services at Vancouver Island Regional Library and focusing on community partnerships and the development of innovative programs on Vancouver Island.


    Jude Ortiz and Dr. Gayle Broad, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
    Animating Place: A Community-Municipal Partnership

    Jude Ortiz, Bio:  At NORDIK Institute, a research institute affiliated with Algoma University, Jude has been able to combine her goldmsithing and fine arts teaching background with community development.  Her work focuses on building healthy, resilient communities through culture, education and community development interfaces, fostering multi sectorial collaborations and new innovative partnerships. Jude’s work has increased understanding of the links between culture and the economy and contributed to the development of critical networks supportive of leveraging local strengths in creating localized economies.  Jude is a PhD candidate at the University of the West of England (Bristol). 


    Dr. Gayle Broad, Bio: Dr. Gayle Broad is an Associate Professor of Community Economic and Social Development, and Research Director of NORDIK, a research institute affiliated with Algoma University.  A lifelong resident of Northern Ontario, Gayle has spent over 20 years bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders, frequently multi sector and/or cross cultural to share, generate and mobilize knowledge in addressing a range of pressing community issues at the local, regional, national and/or international level. Her work has fostered new relationships within non-profit, private and institutional organizations within Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities.

    Gayle has facilitated numerous strategic planning, community engagement, conflict resolution and community development workshops and has worked with rural peoples in Colombia to establish a community-based university program. Gayle’s research focuses on the social economy including youth social entrepreneurship. She is an advocate for low-income people, women’s health and well-being, and for public policy more responsive to the needs of Northerners.


    Alejandro Romero, Saskatoon, SK; Joe Sellors and Jenn Goodwin, Toronto, ON
    The transformational opportunity of durational public art

    Alejandro Romero, Bio:  Alejandro is an independent visual and interdisciplinary artist, curator and consultant in Arts and Culture. His leadership as an arts administrator include the renovation of an old theatre, public performances, lectures and public speaking. Currently, he is the Arts and Culture Consultant for the City of Saskatoon.

    Alejandro was Artist in Resident for the Cultural Capitals Project 2006 – 2007, and later at King George Community School in 2007- 2008.

    As a guest artist for the Live Arts program in 2009-2011 he had the opportunity to connect with youth through internet workshops. His work interconnects photography, poetry and painting with the concepts of identity, post-colonialism, prophecy, construction and perceptions of reality.


    Lilie Zendel, StreetARToronto, Toronto, ON
    Street as Canvas: How StART is painting a different picture on neighbourhoods one wall at a time

    Lilie Zendel, Bio:  Lilie Zendel has spent over 30 years translating vision into action in the arts, culture and entertainment sector. Prior to joining the Public Realm Section to launch StreetARToronto (StART), Lilie served as Senior Cultural Affairs Officer at the City of Toronto where she focussed on innovative strategies for cultural civic planning. For more than a decade, Lilie lived in New York City where she lead the Cultural Affairs section at the Canadian Consulate General. Lilie has been a tireless advocate for countless artists, festivals and organizations and has earned recognition for being the driving force behind many major arts initiatives, trade missions and cultural exchanges. With a background in theatre performance, Lilie began her career at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre where by producing over 150 events of the highest artistic standard including the International Children's Festival and the World Stage, helped grow Harbourfront into one of the country's most celebrated performing arts venues.


    Transforming Communities

    Margo Charlton, Toronto Arts Foundation, Toronto, ON
    Building a Creative City: Block by Block

    Margo Charlton, Bio:  Margo has worked in professional and community arts for 30 years as an artist, facilitator, administrator and consultant. Her extensive experience and understanding of arts engagement was gained through on the ground work in urban, rural and northern communities.

    Margo has worked as a grants officer for the Toronto Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Council. As a consultant she has provided strategic and evaluation planning for arts groups and cultural agencies. She has served as a member of advisory committees for ArtReach Toronto, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, and City of Toronto’s Community Arts Action Plan.

    She is the Research Manager for the Toronto Arts Foundation and is the author of Transforming Communities Through the Arts, a SSHRC-funded study of the impact of the arts on three Toronto neighbourhoods.


    David Ridley, Edmonton Heritage Council
    The Edmonton City as Museum Project


    Clayton Windatt, North Bay, ON with Kristian Clarke and Fynn Leitch
    Artist-Run Centre Culture

    Clayton Windatt, Bio:  Born in St. Catharines, Clayton Windatt has lived in the Northern Ontario region for almost his entire life. He is a Métis arts administrator currently working as Director at the White Water Gallery in North Bay, Ontario. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received his Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. He works actively with several arts organizations locally, provincially and nationally on committees and boards of directors.

    Clayton also maintains contracted positions with Canadore College’s REP21 theatre program and works as a columnist for the North Bay Nipissing News producing a weekly arts column for the Nipissing District. He aids in local arts activities and administration through Aanmitaagzi and their different community arts events and founded the Active Arts Festival. He contributes actively as a writer, designer, curator, performer and theatre technician and is an active visual and media artist.

    Kristian Clarke, Bio:  An Art History graduate with an additional Certificate in Cultural Management from Humber College, Kristian has worked at Canadian Artists Representation/le front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC Ontario)  for more than 13 years. Kristian sees himself as a Creative Visionary with particular interests in artist-run advocacy, proposal development, dispute resolution and policy development at municipal, provincial and federal levels. Kristian also serves on the Board for the Canadian Arts Resources Foundation of Ontario [(CARFO) recently rebranded as CANVAS] and Work In Culture, which supports the people who work in the cultural sector through life-long career development and business skills training. In his spare time, Kristian can be found engaging in performance-based art projects with his 8 year-old daughter named Phoibe at his cabin on Georgian Bay or listening to his wife, Krisztina Szabo, perform one of her many operatic roles.


    Fynn Leitch, Bio:  Fynn Leitch has an MA in Visual Culture from Queen's University (2006) where her work focused at the intersection of craft and protest. Since 2011 she has led the direction of ARTSPACE, including the development of an onsite Media Lab, and has renewed the centre's commitment to critical writing and publishing. Curator, writer, and artist, her work has appeared in catalogues, magazines, and galleries across the country. She also works as an advocate for the arts regionally and provincially.

  • Become a Sponsor for the 2014 Creative City Summit! [PDF] - 165KB

    The Creative City Network of Canada is reaching out to businesses, organizations and its members to show your support at the upcoming 2014 Creative City Summit in Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Call for P2P Presenters -Deadline Extension: November 28th @ 5pm [PDF] - 85KB

    The Creative City Network of Canada invites members and non-members to submit peer-to-peer presentations for the upcoming Creative City Summit in Hamilton from June 11th to 13th, 2014.
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