City of Mississauga, ON
Michael Tunney is the Manager of Culture Planning for the City of Mississauga where he oversees the cultural planning, research and public art programs. Since joining the Culture Division in 2011, Michael has developed and implemented cultural resource mapping and research programs, strategic plans and feasibility studies for cultural infrastructure, and most recently led the redevelopment of a WW2 industrial building into the city’s newest cultural hub. Prior to joining the City he has worked in municipal planning, museums and galleries, and the commercial art sector. Since becoming first involved with CCNC in 2014, Michael has served on various summit organizing committees and working groups, and presented at summits and regional meetings. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2016. Michael holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo where he studied geography, economic development, visual arts and tourism planning. In 2008 he completed a post-graduate certificate in Museum Management and Curatorial Studies from Fleming College.
City of Pickering, ON
Sarah Douglas-Murray is the Director of Community Services in the City of Pickering and is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of municipal community services and various Master plans as they relate to recreation, administration, tourism, and cultural services. Sarah has worked in the Culture and Recreation sector for 25 years in both municipal governments and not-for-profit institutions. Her professional experiences include management of recreation and culture facilities including performing arts centres, museums, community centres, arenas, pools and art centres.
City of Moncton, NB
Employed with the City of Moncton as the Cultural Development Officer, Joanne Duguay holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Université de Moncton. She also received a diploma in Small Business Management from the Atlantic Business College in Moncton and a Certificate in Arts Administration Program from the Banff Centre for the Arts. Having worked for over 15 years in the film and television production industry as Production Manager and Associate Producer, Joanne has also been actively involved in Moncton’s cultural and artistic community. Since 1988, she has worked at many cultural organizations, such as Film Zone, Galerie Sans Nom, Centre culturel Aberdeen, Théâtre l’Escaouette as well as the Centre of Arts and Culture in Dieppe.
City of Maple Ridge, BC
Described as a passionate and driven leader, Yvonne Chui has worked over 25 years in the cultural sector focusing on arts, heritage, and tourism. She is known as a “relationship builder” who, through arts and culture, inspires innovative approaches to connecting people, communities and ideas. She has an extensive background in management of arts organizations in the not-for-profit sector and municipal government and some consulting for community groups such as the Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association. In her current capacity as the Manager of Arts and Community Connections in Maple Ridge, she is responsible for the development of public art, cultural grants, artist in residence program and special events/festivals. Yvonne received her B.A. in Arts with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of British Columbia and has continued her education in the arts and culture area including “Arts for Social Change” at SFU, placemaking with Mark Lakeman, the UBC Cultural Planning program and BCIT Leadership program.
City of Calgary, AB
Teresa Byrne is the Special Project Manager for Festivals and Events in the City of Calgary’s Arts and Culture Division. She is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of the Eventful City Strategy, which outlines the City’s vision and roadmap for creating a vibrant city to attract and retain businesses and talent, bolster local cultural assets and resources, regenerate the urban fabric and create social, cultural, and economic prosperity. Having joined the City of Calgary’s Arts & Culture Division in 1991, Teresa has developed through her career as a strong supporter and advocate for the festival and event industry. During her time at the City, she has taken on a variety of roles from facilitator, collaborator, leader, and producer of a range of local, regional, national, and international events. In 2016, she advocated for a new festival and event sub-committee for the annual CCNC Summit, which she chaired until 2018. Most recently, she spear-headed a national conversation of Canada’s ‘big cities’ to work together in addressing the impacts due to COVID-19 opening a new level of collaboration across Canada. In addition to working at the City, Teresa has volunteered with several not-for-profit organizations with a focus on theater and child development. She remains active in the local theater community as a professional actress and member of IATSE.
City of Kelowna, BC
Nicole Cantley has a Bachelor of Management from the University of British Columbia and is a Community Development Coordinator in Cultural Services at the City of Kelowna. She serves on the Board of the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society, an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering those affected by gender-based violence. Nicole is also a Member of Influence for the Okanagan Young Professionals, an organization committed to cultivating a culture for Okanagan professionals under 40. Her passion lies in supporting the non-profit sector of our community and believes that supporting local non-profits is integral to the achievement of a healthy, vibrant community.
City of Ottawa, ON
Ben Dick has worked in cultural planning, mapping, and research since 2009, currently as the City of Ottawa’s Cultural Mapping and Research Officer. He manages the Ottawa Culture Research Group and serves as Culture Statistics Strategy Co-Chair for the Creative City Network of Canada. Past projects include developing a cultural plan, assessing the impact of tax incentives for heritage preservation, leading several cultural mapping and neighbourhood studies, analyzing the distribution of grants for culture in Canada, and creating cultural indicators. Ben has a B.A. in economics and cultural management from the University of Waterloo and an M.A. in political economy from Carleton University.
City of Vancouver, BC
Miko is a Cultural Planner on the Grants & Awards team at the City of Vancouver and brings more than 15 years of non-profit arts management experience, with a focus on community-based, culturally diverse arts programming, outreach, and operations. Her love of music and commitment to social justice issues brought her to CiTR Radio, where she worked as Programme Director and later as Editor of Discorder Magazine. She then became fully immersed in non-profit work doing cluster management at Diane Kadota Arts Management. Her work has focused on capacity building at growing cultural organizations, drawing on her strengths in financial management and strategic planning. She was the General Manager and Programming Director at Powell Street Festival Society, for whom she led revitalization and professionalization efforts, and the Executive Director at Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, where she worked to increase the profile of the museum, created new programs, and implemented a rebranding of the organization. Community-building and supporting artists has been at the heart of all the work she does.
Municipality of Central Manitoulin
Patricia is a cultural development professional and independent artist living and working in Northern Ontario. She has over a decade of experience working in different facets of the tourism, culture, and heritage sectors across Ontario. She has experience making municipal culture plans come to life and is passionate about supporting the development of culture in the periphery, rural and remote contexts.
Patricia currently works as part of a small team at the Municipality of Central Manitoulin on special projects and strategic initiatives, and worked previously at the City of Thunder Bay as part of the Cultural Development and Events team.
Patricia has been project lead on a wide range of cultural initiatives including large scale events, public art, community-engaged and placemaking projects.
Patricia holds degrees from Queen’s University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) and has been on the board of Creative City Network of Canada since 2019.
City of St. John’s, NL
Théa Morash has worked as the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator for the City of St. John’s for seven years, following roles in various culture-focused milieus including the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Resource Centre for the Arts (LSPU Hall). Her work with the City traverses cultural planning, public art, economic development, event planning, administration of grant programs for artists, arts organizations, special events and festivals, and then some.
Théa is an actor, musician, and writer. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Music NL, the province’s music industry association, and the Cultural Artists Plan for Emergencies (CAPE) Fund, a province-wide artists emergency fund committed to helping professionals working in culture, arts, and entertainment in Newfoundland and Labrador.
City of Camrose, AB
Tanya Pattullo is the Manager of Recreation and Culture with the City of Camrose. Her role includes the operations and management of Chuck MacLean Arts Centre and Camrose Centennial Museum along with overseeing City-led Recreation Programming. Tanya plans and implements key community-wide events and works with many local not-for-profit groups providing assistance and support. Tanya’s career has primarily focused on marketing, communication, and community engagement. As a graphic artist, Tanya’s career began in the newspaper industry, including being chosen as a member of a start-up team to launch the newly acquired Black Press newspaper in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tanya’s passion for arts, culture, and the performing arts led her to management roles in the culture sector. Tanya continues to be a freelance graphic artist and is co-organizer of an annual cultural dance festival. Tanya’s life-long learning goal has most recently included a MacEwan University diploma in Arts and Cultural Management.
City of St. Catharines, ON
Noora Rizvi is an arts producer, marketing professional, audience development specialist, and strategy consultant with over 15 years of management experience in the Canadian cultural sector. She has produced large-scale multidisciplinary national and international festivals, directed non-profit organizations, and provided strategic guidance to artists and organizations in her capacities as a public funder, consultant, and board member. Her work has involved leading diverse teams, complex project management and budgeting, and multi-level stakeholder engagement.
Noora holds a Bachelor of Arts in English (Honours) from the University of Ottawa. She completed a Master of Business Administration at the Schulich School of Business, York University, where she was the recipient of the Carol Anne Letheren Entrance Award, Gregory Misztela M.B.A. Award in Finance, and Joe Green Founders’ Award in Arts & Media.
City of Saskatoon, SK
Alejandro Romero is an independent interdisciplinary artist, curator, and consultant. His leadership as an arts administrator includes award-winning Public Art, public performances, lectures, and public speaking. He is the Public Arts Consultant for the City of Saskatoon, past President of Carfac Saskatchewan, a former member of the Board of Directors of CCNC and of Dance Saskatchewan. He was Artist in Residence for Cultural Capitals in 2006–2007, King George Community School in 2007–2008 and Green Olive Arts, Morocco in 2019.
City of Toronto, ON
Konrad is committed to elevating the creative and cultural identity of the city. Konrad works as a Cultural Development Officer, Economic Development and Culture at the City of Toronto. His primary role is to develop and implement cultural programs and projects that foster and enhance the growth of Toronto as a creative city. Currently, he manages the City of Toronto’s cultural grants (operating, capital, project, and Indigenous), develops cultural policy, and manages the Cultural Community Space Tenancy’s portfolio. He is a graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a Master’s in Education and Community Development and the Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Sector Leadership from the University of Victoria, B.C.