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 been involved in the development and implementation of cultural resource maps, strategic plans, feasibility studies, culture master plans, and cultural infrastructure development, including the adaptive reuse of a WW2 industrial building into a cultural hub. Michael has worked in arts, culture and urban planning for 20 years in municipal government and not-for-profit museums and galleries. He has been on the CCNC Board of Directors since 2016.
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 Burnaby, BC
Yvonne has worked over 25 years in the cultural sector focusing on arts, heritage, and tourism and currently works as the Arts Services Manager for the City of Burnaby and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. She is known as a “relationship builder” who inspires innovative approaches to connecting people, communities and ideas and a collaborator with different departments, teams and partners to build great places, projects and programs. Her extensive background is in the management of arts & cultural organizations in the not-for-profit sector and municipal government in the Lower Mainland with a focus on the development and implementation of cultural policies and plans, public art, cultural grants, artist in residence program and special events/festivals. She holds a B.A. in Arts with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology from UBC and has continued her professional development through courses at SFU, UBC, BCIT, Tamarack Institute and conferences.
Currently she serves as a board member on the Creative City Network of Canada and volunteers for the governments of BC and Canada on advisory committees and juries. Some of her projects won awards, specifically the Creative City Network of Canada, Excellence in Cultural Planning Award for Maple Ridge’s new Culture Plan “Walking Together: Growing Community Connections Through Culture”, 2019; Heritage BC, Heritage Conservation Recognition Award for Haney House, 2019.
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 is the Grants & Special Projects Coordinator with the City of Kelowna supporting grant opportunity research, application development and contract management. Over her time with the City of Kelowna, Nicole played a large role in supporting Cultural Services through strategic planning, grant administration and non-profit support and development. In addition to the every day job functions, she also participated in the development of the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan, the City of Kelowna’s first ever Artist in Residence Program, and most recently, the Central Okanagan Music Strategy. During her personal time, Nicole serves proudly on the Board of the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society, and the Okanagan Young Professionals Members of Influence.
City of Thunder Bay, ON
Louisa Costanzo is an innovative, driven, hard-working cultural leader with a solid record of successfully motivating teams through change initiatives and competing projects to excel in a quickly changing landscape.
She grew up in Thunder Bay; she developed her love for Culture and arts by spending her youth at Crocks & Rolls, a small concert venue that hosted the who’s who of the Canadian Music scene. Her passion for live events led her to Toronto, where she grew her career in the live event industry, working in multiple performing arts centres. She developed her event management skills by working on events like the Canadian Screen Awards. Growing up in Thunder Bay, she always called the city her home. Louisa moved into the role of Supervisor, Cultural Development, Community Programming & Events. The guiding principles of respect, inclusivity and collaboration direct her work.
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, serves as Culture Statistics Strategy Co-Chair for CCNC, and is a Mass Culture Research Partner. 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.
Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
Mike Gillett is a Senior Events Coordinator with the Halifax Regional Municipality. During his 30 years of event experience he has worked with a number of large scale events including the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney concerts. Other experiences include working with Tall Ships events, producing the Halifax stop of the Vancouver Winter Olympics Torch Relay, organizing a number of annual events as well as assisting cultural events such as Nocturne Halifax and Prismatic. Mike organizes national meetings of municipal event staff to share knowledge and experiences.
City of Vancouver, BC
Born and raised on the unceded, traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples, Miko is a Cultural Planner on the Grants & Awards team at the City of Vancouver. She 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 first brought her to CiTR Radio while studying at University of British Columbia, and from there she became fully immersed in the non-profit world. Her work has focused on capacity building at growing cultural organizations like Powell Street Festival Society and Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, drawing on her strengths in financial management and strategic planning. Community-building and supporting artists has been at the heart of all the work she does.
City of Toronto, ONBen Macintosh is Manager of Cultural Partnerships at the City of Toronto. His team works to support access to culture in Toronto through grant programs, public art opportunities, and the development of new cultural facilities. Prior to joining the City, Ben was Manager of Government Relations for the Toronto International Film Festival where he helped to build national and international partnerships in support of TIFF’s programming. In addition, he has also served on the board of directors for Art Starts, a community-engaged arts organization in Toronto, and the Ontario Museum Association’s Emerging Professionals Advisory Committee. Ben holds a BA in Art History from McGill University and an MA/MBA in Art History and Arts and Media Management from York University.
City of St. John’s, NL
Théa Morash has been working as the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator for
the City of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador since 2012, following roles in various arts and cultural organizations including the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and Resource Centre for the Arts (LSPU Hall). In her position with the City of St.
John’s, she administers arts and cultural funding, public art, and Poet Laureate programs, organizes and executes special events, helps develop and review City policy, and more. She is a staff lead on the City’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from local arts and cultural organizations, community members, City Council, and City staff, which covers arts and cultural issues as well as intercultural dialogue, a current focus of which is furthering diversity and inclusion within the arts.
Along with being a proud member of the Creative City Network of Canada board of
directors, Théa also acts as Secretary on the board of MusicNL (NL’s provincial Music
Industry Association) and Chair of its Funding Committee, and as Treasurer on the board of the Cultural Artists Plan for Emergencies (CAPE) Fund, a province-wide emergency fund committed to helping professionals working in culture, arts, and entertainment in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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 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.