Let's Cultivate Culture! Nurture, Grow, Celebrate in Your Community!
October 27th - 29th, 2015
Kelowna, BC


Our 2015 Summit was another sold out success! Thank you to the City of Kelowna, all of our host venues, our sponsors, our delegates and our volunteers. We look forward to seeing you all in Surrey in 2016!

Photo Credits: City of Kelowna and Tourism Kelowna


It’s time to challenge your thinking, network with peer-experts from across the country, learn from inspirational keynote speakers, nurture new ideas and harvest the creative potential in your city. This year's Creative City Summit will highlight the different stages of cultural development in communities across Canada, and connect the people doing this work. Culture is a key pillar in your community; so don’t miss this essential annual professional development opportunity!

Through interactive sessions and real world stories, discover how communities across Canada are enhancing their communities through culture by:

  • Establishing world-class public art programs
  • Organizing breathtaking special events
  • Transforming downtown business districts into vibrant cultural spaces,
  • Leveraging food and natural heritage as part of top-notch cultural tourism programs
  • Advancing best practices in cultural planning and cultural mapping.

Join us in beautiful Kelowna for a memorable experience on how to cultivate culture in your community!

Background Photo Credit:
School of Contemporary Dancers performs, Winnipeg, MB - Photo by Robert Barrow
  • 2015 Summit Videos

    Watch the keynote speaker and Public Art in Canada: A Year in Review here!


    Jordan Coble, Welcome and Keynote





    Simon Brault, Engaging Citizens in the Arts: Think Global, Act Local






    Cath Brunner, Beyond the Obejct: Art for Civic Sake




    Charles Montgomery, Happy City: Your City Your Life







  • 2015 Summit Program [PDF] - 3634KB

    The 2015 full Summit program is now ready to download!
  • Optional Evening Events [PDF] - 352KB

    Outside our Summit, there are lots of exciting things happening in Kelowna next week. We've put together a collection of evening events for you to consider.
  • Summit Program Highlights [PDF] - 659KB

    For an overview of what's to come at the 2015 Creative City Summit, take a look at the Summit Program Highlights, including the schedule at a glance!
  • 2015 Summit Schedule at a Glance [PDF] - 28KB

    We are excited to release our 2015 Summit Schedule at a Glance! This is an overview of what to expect at this year's Summit, and to help you plan your trip to Kelowna.
  • Announcing our Keynote Speakers!

    We are excited to announce Simon Brault, Charles Montgomery and Cath Brunner as our keynote speakers for our 2015 Creative City Summit in Kelowna, BC! In addition, Jordan Coble of the Wesbank First Nation, will provide a traditional welcome on behalf of the Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan/syilx Nation.


    Simon Brault was appointed Director and CEO of the Canada Council in June 2014, after serving as Vice-Chair from 2004-2014. Over his 30-year career in the cultural sector, he has been a driving force behind several major projects. Notably, as Administrative Director and Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada, he coordinated the ambitious project of restoring Montréal’s historic Monument-National.

    He has held key positions in national organizations and was active in Montréal’s 2007 Rendez-vous summit and Agenda 21C de la culture au Québec. He helped to launch Journées de la culture, and was a founding member and Chair of Culture Montréal (2002-2014). A passionate advocate for bringing cultural concerns to the public agenda, he is a sought-after speaker at national and international events, and author of No Culture, No Future (originally published in French as Le facteur C: l’avenir passe par le culture).

    Mr. Brault is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec, a Fellow of the CGA Order and the CPA Order, and is a recipient of the 2009 Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership.


    Charles Montgomery, Happy City founder and principal, is an award-winning author, urbanist and leader of transformative experiments, research and conversations about wellbeing in cities. His acclaimed book, Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, examines the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness. Collaborating with the Guggenheim Museum, Futurewise, Laboratorio para la Ciudad and other entities, Montgomery has created experiments and design methods that help participants alter their relationships with their cities, and with each other. Among his numerous awards is a Citation of Merit from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for outstanding contribution towards the public’s understanding of climate change science.


    Cath Brunner brings over 25 years of experience as a built environment innovator, and specializes in managing large-scale integrated public art projects. In collaboration with an 8-member Advisory Committee and partners in the Departments of Natural Resources and Parks, Transportation, and Executive Services, Cath guides the annual strategic plan and investment in public art for King County’s 1% for Art fund. She serves as the art project manager for some of the region’s largest public works such as the Brightwater treatment system.

    In addition to managing King County’s public artwork, 4Culture maintains a consulting practice with government agencies and private developers throughout the region. Clients include the Port of Seattle; Sound Transit; University of Washington; cities of Aberdeen, Burien, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kenmore, Kent, Maple Valley and Shoreline; Richmond, BC; Wright Runstad and Company, Opus Northwest, Touchstone/USAA Real Estate Company. Cath participated as an art master planner for 2010 Olympic waterfront developments at South East False Creek in Vancouver and the Richmond Oval.

    A strong advocate for the economic, social and environmental benefits of public art incorporated into the built environment, Cath lectures on integrating art in infrastructure, place-making and best practices in the field. She recently developed an online workshop Managing for Success in Public Art as part of UBC Continuing Studies in Cultural Planning and Development.


    Jordan Coble was born and raised in the heart of the Okanagan and strives to ensure the voice of the Okanagan/Syilx people is heard, acknowledged and respected as extremely valuable to all walks of life in relation to past, present and future generations.

    After achieving his Bachelor of Arts Degree from UBC Okanagan, Jordan began his career as the Curatorial and Heritage Researcher for the recently opened Westbank First Nation Sncəwips Heritage Museum. A proud Westbank First Nation and Syilx Nation member, he is striving to become a storyteller through his professional life as well as his work as an artist in various media including writing, film and digital media. Jordan currently sits on the board of directors for ARTSCO (Arts Council for the Central Okanagan), the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture, the BCMA Editorial Committee and is a member of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Community Advisory Board for the University of British Columbia-Okanagan and the current chairperson for the Westbank First Nation Public Arts Committee.

    Jordan is proud to acknowledge his accomplishments over the past few years including working as the junior artist for the Bernard Ave. “The Land is Our Culture” Banner project where he worked very closely with renowned artist Janine Lott. They are a symbolic gesture of the two communities, Westbank First Nation and the City of Kelowna, working together. Jordan was also very instrumental in working with Turning Pointe Ensemble and Astrolabe Musik Theatre in the revision and staging of Barbara Pentland’s 1956 opera, “The Lake”, which was brought to the Okanagan in 2014 with the inclusion of Syilx Nation members to play key roles in the authentic representation of Syilx culture and intertwined relationship to Okanagan lake and n’ha-a-itk (Ogopogo).
  • Crystal Przybille was born in the Okanagan Valley. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from UVIC in 1997 via OUC. She has continued her professional practice, both in Canada and Europe, studying, creating, and exhibiting art. Przybille has received several awards for her work, including the Okanagan Arts Award for Visual Art, and Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council grants.
    Przybille has participated in artist residency programs in British Columbia, Nunavut, and the Netherlands. She has completed several public artworks, including The Father Pandosy Mission 150th Anniversary Commemorative Sculpture (recipient of Canadian Heritage's Legacy Fund) and The Hands of Time (a series of 12 bronze sculptures commemorating the City of Victoria's sesquicentennial). She is currently working on a public art commission from Westbank First Nation - a life-sized bronze sculpture of Chief Sookinchute, which will be gifted to the City of Kelowna.


    Susan Belton has been the first Curator of the Public Art Collection on the Okanagan Campus of UBC since 2008, tracking and documenting all the pieces in the collection and creating a website to catalogue them all. She also established the first Public Art Advisory Committee to review all new acquisitions, and she composed a guiding policy for the collection and terms of reference for its annual acquisition awards. She has increased the size of the collection by 68% and its value by just under half a million dollars. She is also responsible for acquiring the oldest works in the collection and the largest and most valuable on permanent display. For her efforts she received UBC’s staff Award of Excellence in 2013 for her contributions to campus life.

    Ms. Belton’s training in the visual arts was at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, and she subsequently worked at the McIntosh Gallery there. Since arriving in the Okanagan, she helped organize fundraising events for the Kelowna Art Gallery and later served on its Board of Directors. When on the Board, her committee responsibilities included collection acquisitions and volunteer development and recognition. She has also served on the Public Art Committee for the City of Kelowna, where she participated in many competition juries (including that for Brower Hatcher’s celebrated Bear in Stuart Park), and produced policy drafts for discussion and implementation.


    Patrick McCormick is an urban designer at the City of Kelowna where his work focuses principally on shaping public spaces. He has a degree in architecture and is a Registered Professional Planner. Patrick is also the City’s Public Art Coordinator.

    In addition to overseeing the administration of Kelowna’s Public Art Program, his role gives him the opportunity to work with a wide range of interests and talents in the planning and delivery of exciting capital projects. Within this context, he engages public art as a strategic component to enhance the authenticity and meaning of experience within the public realm.

    Patrick oversaw the concept design stage and public consultation on the recent Bernard Avenue Revitalization Project.

  • CCNC values your feedback and wants to hear what you have to say!

    We welcome back Inga Petri, of Strategic Moves, for an engaging interactive session that will create an opportunity for participants to learn from each other, as well as identify opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of CCNC in their local communities.


    Inga Petri, Strategic Moves, Ottawa, ON
    Inga is a seasoned researcher, strategist and marketer with more than 20 years’ experience in arts and culture and diverse sectors including telecommunications, associations, international trade promotion and municipalities. Inga’s work is nationally recognized for the landmark study on The Value of Presenting:  A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada (©2013) and for providing strategic insight, championing contemporary marketing practices, and delivering practical training in the arts and cultural sectors across Canada. 

  • Economic Development & Cultural Tourism

    Small: Adaptive Reuse of Canada's Rural Communities
    Philip Evans, ERA Architects, Toronto, ON

    Philip Evans is a partner at ERA Architects and the founder of Culture of Outports and small. He has led a range of conservation, adaptive reuse, design, and feasibility planning projects across his 14 year career.  

    Philip is known for transforming challenges into opportunities. He gives sound advice and guidance to better manage cultural, heritage and property assets to leverage economic success while maintaining the highest level of integrity.

    His clients are private and public developers, communities, municipalities, provinces and citizens.  He has been spotted in the office and out in the field. He has practiced on either side of and within the Atlantic. He appreciates features offered by both urban, suburban and rural settings.


    Making A Case for Culture: The Power of Data
    Carly Frey, Nordicity, Vancouver, BC
    Carly Frey, Nordicity’s Vancouver-based Manager, is a specialist in the design and implementation of effective policy interventions for the growth of the global creative economy. Having built much of her expertise overseas at the intersection of international development practice and the creative industries, Carly has been active in the promotion and advancement of sustainable bridges between entrepreneurship, innovation, culture and commerce. As an advisor to the British Council’s Creative Economy global program, as well as to UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Carly has gained broad experience working with agendas supporting the ‘creative city’ at the municipal policy level. With Nordicity, Carly has led business strategy formation, program evaluation, regulatory policy development and impact analysis for clients as diverse as the Mayor of London, the Vancouver International Film Festival, Alberta Culture & Tourism, and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

    Unleashing Yukon's Potential: Making the case for strengthening cultural tourism
    Inga Petri, Strategic Moves, Ottawa, ON

    Inga Petri is a seasoned researcher, strategist and marketer with more than 20 years’ experience in arts and culture and diverse sectors including telecommunications, associations, international trade promotion and municipalities. Inga’s work is nationally recognized for the landmark study on The Value of Presenting:  A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada (©2013) and for providing strategic insight, championing contemporary marketing practices, and delivering practical training in the arts and cultural sectors across Canada. 

    Pop-Up Places - Temporary Cultural Hubs
    Dauna Kennedey-Grant, Cleo Corbett and Tannis Nelson, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC and Teresa Byrne, City of Calgary, AB

    Dauna Grant is the Executive Director for the Vernon Public Art Gallery and leads the Steering Committee for the proposed new cultural complex for the North Okanagan.  She is a Director for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO) and active on the Arts & Culture Master Plan Committee.  She has participated on various community development committees such as the Tourism Marketing Committee, Vision North Okanagan’s Urban Renewal Committee, North Okanagan’s Cultural Capital of Canada Bid Committee and the Culture in Action Committee.

    Prior to moving to Vernon in 2008, Dauna was very involved in Grande Prairie both professionally and in a volunteer capacity.  Some highlights include working on two community capital campaigns; Centre 2000 (Tourism, business centre) and Safety City, an injury prevention facility; working as the Executive Director for Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities; performing various contract projects for the Chamber of Commerce and a Heritage inventory for the City of Grande Prairie. 

    Dauna believes that community involvement is a responsibility that we all have.  As the mother of two boys she wants to participate in creating a community that is a healthy vibrant place for our younger generation to grow and learn in.

    Cleo Corbett is a passionate planner who aims to enhance BC communities through meaningful public engagement and innovative policy development. A bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Recreation Management (AKA Leisurology) provides an effective backdrop for Corbett’s experience in fast growing communities such as Ucluelet, Tofino, Golden and now Vernon, where she is the Long Range Planner. Cleo assisted in creating the Ucluelet Official Community Plan which was acclaimed by the United Nations for sustainable planning in 2005. Corbett is the proud mother of a toddler and aims to balance a busy work and home life with playing golf, performing in broadway shows and rockin' out on bass and guitar, loudly, when time allows.

    Tannis Nelson takes a community development approach to supporting culture, in her role as Community Development Coordinator for the Regional District of North Okanagan.  She works closely with local cultural not-for-profit organizations, helping to build their organizational capacity and supporting them both in on-going projects and long-term planning.  With a Bachelor of Technology in GIS, and a Diploma in Recreation, Tannis brings a unique combination of education and experience to her role, which she is currently enhancing through the UBC Cultural Planning program.  As the local government liaison for culture, Tannis feels honoured in her role of developing and delivering policy and programs to support the cultural development of the community.

    Born and raised Calgarian,Teresa Byrne has spent the last 23 years working at the City of Calgary, Arts & Culture Division, to help make Calgary a better place. Her theatre background has served her well to support many adventures while building her career. Work at the City and volunteering with various not for profit organizations have made her proud to be a part of many small ideas that grow into something extraordinary. As design chair of the Creative Kids Museum, she saw the birth of Calgary’s first children’s museum which focused on exploration through the arts. As an Event Coordinator for the Arts & Culture Division, she supported the creation and development of many festivals in the city such as the Sled Island Music Festival.  In her current role as an Arts & Culture Superintendent, she leads a team of coordinators and specialists to provide guidance and support to over 270 major festivals annually along with producing three major events: Canada Day, Culture Days Kick-off and New Years Eve.

    Cultural Planning & Mapping

    Cultivating a Creative Ecology from the Artists' Persepective: Evidence from Saskatchewan
    Mary Blackstone, Same Hage and Ian McWilliams, The Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research, Saskatoon, SK

    Mary Blackstone is Director of the Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research and Professor Emerita of Theatre at the University of Regina.  She is also a practicing dramaturg who works with award winning dramatic writers in the development of new work.  Formerly the first Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Regina and board member for numerous arts organizations, she has published in the fields of cultural policy as well as early modern cultural history and ethics in creative research.  She is the recipient of several research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Heritage Canada including a current Partnership Development Grant for the research project, Understanding the Arts Ecology of Saskatchewan.

    Sam Hage is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Regina and a research assistant with the Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research. His research focuses on Social Behaviour in the context of Global Change, Complex Systems, Risk, and Uncertainty. Other related areas of interest are Research Methodology and Statistics, Survey Design, Social and Cultural Capital, and the Sociology of Knowledge and Education.

    Ian McWilliams completed an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Canadian Plains Studies at the University of Regina in 2014 and is currently a post doctoral fellow with the Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research as well as the Research Officer for the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance. Apart from his work on the current arts of Saskatchewan, his research also focuses on Town Hall Opera Houses and related performative events within late nineteenth and early twentieth century prairie communities as catalysts and vehicles for place-making and the development of social cohesion in the Canadian west. For the past decade, he has been variously employed as an actor, broadcaster, student, and educator. McWilliams earned both his B.F.A. and M.A. at the University of Saskatchewan.

    No Budget? No Time? Build Beautiful and Effective Apps for Your City
    Jessey Chudiak, City of Kelowna, BC

    Jessey is originally from Salmon Arm, BC and she moved to Kingston, Ontario to attend Queen’s University.  After taking an elective in GIS, she quickly realized that this was her passion and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in GIS.  She travelled Canada the following year, going wherever the short-term GIS contracts would take her.  Jessey’s career began shortly thereafter as a GIS Technician for the Regional District of North Okanagan where she started to learn the ins and outs of local government and the growing role that GIS plays in decision making throughout all departments.  In early 2014, Jessey accepted a GIS Analyst position with the City of Kelowna.  In this role, she has further developed her GIS skills focusing on how to get all that incredibly useful GIS data to her coworkers and to the community.


    Developing Greater Vernon's Culture Plan: A Partnership Approach
    Tannis Nelson, Regional District of North Okanagan, BC

    Tannis Nelson takes a community development approach to supporting culture, in her role as Community Development Coordinator for the Regional District of North Okanagan.  She works closely with local cultural not-for-profit organizations, helping to build their organizational capacity and supporting them both in on-going projects and long-term planning.  With a Bachelor of Technology in GIS, and a Diploma in Recreation, Tannis brings a unique combination of education and experience to her role, which she is currently enhancing through the UBC Cultural Planning program.  As the local government liaison for culture, Tannis feels honoured in her role of developing and delivering policy and programs to support the cultural development of the community.


    Sustainable People Places
    Lynne Werker, Lynne Werker Architecture, Vancouver, BC

    Architect Lynne Werker is a public realm/art consultant, facilitator, educator and artist. Robust, meaningful and engaging artworks that contribute to the public realm experience are the focus of Lynne’s public realm consulting practice. Lynne’s multidisciplinary practice contributes to the breadth of her knowledge and insight. She has a tool-kit of collaborative and facilitation processes and a wide array of skills. A team player, Lynne works with her client, the project team, the agency, and community in the interests of the project and the public for the long term.

    Lynne has worked with visual and performance artists across the country integrating artwork into architectural and landscape environments, as well as several municipalities facilitating the voice and aspirations of the community.

    Lynne is currently the project manager for the City of Coquitlam’s Evergreen Line public art project which will see eleven public art projects installed into each of Coquitlam’s four station interiors and plazas.

    Her public art consulting portfolio includes a number of notable installations. Some of which include: The Pendulum by Alan Storey at the HSBC Bank, Vancouver; Writing To You by Ian Carr- Harris Yvonne Lammerich at the Beatty St. Drill Hall, Vancouver; Semaphores by Claudia Cuesta at Carina and Callisto residential development in the new Coal Harbour neighbourhood in Vancouver. Her client list includes private developers, institutional and several municipal clients.

    Lynne is a professional member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and Arts Consultants Canada and an member of the Creative City Network of Canada.

    Public Art & Creative Placemaking

    The Dig Your Neighbourhood Project - A Presentation and Interactive Activity about a Community-Specific Art Project
    Nancy Holmes and Denise Kenney, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

    Nancy Holmes is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at The University of British Columbia Okanagan.  She has published five books of poetry, most recently, The Flicker Tree: Okanagan Poems (Ronsdale Press, 2012), a collection of poems about the place, people, plants and animals of the Okanagan valley in the southern interior of British Columbia where she has lived for the past 20 years.   She is also the editor of Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009), the first-ever anthology of Canadian nature poetry.  Over the past few years, she has become increasingly active in eco-themed community-based art projects with her students and other artists.  Over the past four years, with her colleague Associate Professor Denise Kenney in Interdisciplinary Performance, she has led, curated, collaborated on, or supported over 30 initiatives of the Eco Art Incubator, a large scale research project  federally funded  by SSHRC (Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council)  http://ecoartincubator.com. Most recently she is co-investigator on a new SSHRC-funded project, The Public Art Pollinator Pasture.  For 2015-2016, she is on leave, writing and working on a variety of new projects.


    History and Innovation in Kingston: The Other Distillery District
    Colin Wiginton, City of Kingston, ON
    Colin Wiginton works as the Cultural Director for the City of Kingston—one of Canada’s oldest cities—where he helped develop the first-ever Kingston Culture Plan unanimously approved by City Council in 2010.  This work has resulted in an on-going investment in the arts, heritage and culture that has strengthened the sector overall.  Recent projects include the creation of the Kingston Culture Map, an Integrated Cultural Heritage and Cultural Tourism Strategy, the redevelopment of a 19th century distillery building into an arts cluster (www.tettcentre.org) and the launch of the inaugural Kick and Push Festival (www.thekickandpush.com). Prior to joining the City of Kingston, Wiginton pursued a 20 year career in the visual arts and public galleries, including the Art Gallery of Ontario as it was being transformed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry

    Citizen Led Placemaking: Making the Arts a Part of How We Talk to Our Neighbours
    Kate MacLennan, Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
    Kate MacLennan is a community developer, artist and placemaking enthusiast that lives, works and plays in Halifax. Since receiving her BFA from York University and BEd in Experiential Education from Queen’s University she has been designing creative experiences for people in order to build their capacity and momentum as individuals, as teams and as communities.

    For the past 9 years Kate has been a Community Developer with Halifax Regional Municipality developing projects in collaboration with residents that use the arts to build more creative and connected communities. Since 2011 she has been running the Neighbourhood Placemaking program, which invites and supports neighbourhoods to lead creative action projects in their shared spaces.


    CityPlace: A New Toronto Neighbourhood
    Jane Perdue, City of Toronto, ON
    Jane Perdue
    has worked full time for the City of Toronto, since 1991, as the Public Art Coordinator, Urban Design, City Planning. Her responsibilities include public art policy development; approval and implementation of public art projects on public and private lands; and, the administration of the Toronto Public Art Commission (TPAC), a citizen volunteer group. As the City Planning representative, Ms. Perdue has been responsible for the approval process and implementation of over 100 public art installations on Toronto’s publicly and privately-owned lands.

    Ms Perdue is a full member with the Ontario Professional Planning Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners. She has been on several public art selection panels including the GTAA Pearson Airport and the NCC. She is a member of the City's Graffiti Panel, a quasi-judicial panel. From 2013-2104 she was the national visual arts representative for the Canada Council's Art Bank Steering Committee. She served on the Art Gallery of Ontario's Board of Trustees for 12 years and was recently appointed to the CCNC PAN Advisory Group.

    Community Engagment & Capacity Building

    The Hoi Poloi of SWAC: Working Together to Create Cultural Identity
    Julia Trops, District of West Kelowna and Tracy Satin, Westbank First Nation, BC

    Julia is originally from Calgary Alberta but has lived across the country throughout her 12 year career in the Canadian Air Force. This three time decorated multi-disciplinary artist maintained a studio in the Rotary Centre for the Arts from 2002 to 2012. Julia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio) with Great Distinction at University of Lethbridge in 2001, and her Visual Communications (Design) with Honours from Medicine Hat College in 2000.

    Julia Trops is an outspoken arts/artist advocate and her latest project was in 2015 uniting artists and businesses, and the aboriginal and non aboriginal communities in the Sukwtemsqilxw West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC). Julia was instrumental team member in the formulation of an MOU between the YLW airport concessionaire Skyway and SWAC to have Okanagan art in the departure lounge as well as SWAC’s win of the 2016 BC Culture Days Provincial Launch bid for the Westside.

    Locally, Julia’s work is held in public collections including City of Kelowna, Penticton Art Gallery, Kelowna Museums Society and many private collections around the world.


    Since 2013 Tracy Satin has been working for Westbank First Nation (WFN) as the Heritage Officer and Curator for the Sncəwips Heritage Museum. The Museum opened in June 2014 and shortly after participated in Culture Days, partnering with business and artist in Westbank and West Kelowna. As a result of the partnerships that were formed the Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC) was born. Part of Tracy’s day-to-day activities involves working with WFN community artists to provide support, education and development opportunities, so naturally SWAC was a perfect fit. SWAC was created by the community, for the greater community, as a support network and to establish a culture of creativity and creative commerce. Tracy is the 2nd Vice Chair of SWAC and an active participant and advocate for creating a combined cultural identity for the Westside; one that supports an equal partnership and encompasses the ideals and values of WFN.

    Building Non-Profit Capacity with the Community Using a Lifecycle Approach
    Cherryl Masters, City of Vancouver, BC
    Cherryl Masters is a Cultural Planner in the Cultural Services department at the City of Vancouver where she develops and delivers policy, programs and partnerships to support the non-profit cultural sector. She oversees a grants portfolio of $10M and more recently has developed two partnerships to support sector-wide capacity building, was involved in the development of the City’s Culture Plan - Strategic Directions for the Next 5 Years (2013) and is currently leading change in the cultural grants program framework to make support systems more relevant, adaptable and sustainable. Her background and training is in visual arts and arts administration.

    Cultivating Youth Engagement in the Arts
    Kent Gallie, City of Surrey, BC
    Kent has over 25 years of experience working in multiple capacities for arts and cultural organizations and currently holds the position of Manager, Performing Arts/Surrey Civic Theatres for the City of Surrey. He has worked as a Facility Coordinator for the Vancouver East Cultural Centre and served a one-year term as the Interim Managing Director for the 2011 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver. He now sits on the Board of Directors for that organization. Prior to PuSh he was Outreach Manager for MusicFest Vancouver.

    Before re-locating to BC in 2007, Kent was the Production Manager for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for 11 seasons, which included coordinating the annual Symphony Under the Sky Festival. He also served for 4 years as Community Festival Liaison on the Edmonton Arts Council Board of Directors, chairing peer juries administering municipal grants to Edmonton festival organizations. 

    Happy City Neighbourhood Audit
    Charles Montgomery and Ali Grant
    Happy City, Vancouver, BC

    This unique workshop opportunity will combine a P2P presentation and a study tour.

    How can ideas from the creative sector and cultural planning help shape better cities? Join Happy City's Charles Montgomery and Ali Grant for a fun, fast-paced audit of a key cultural site in Kelowna. Participants will be introduced to a new framework for incorporating human happiness into urban design and cultural planning. Then, together, we'll develop big ideas for this site in transition.

    *This 4-hour workshop takes place on Wednesday afternoon.

    To read Charles Montgomery's bio, click here.


    Ali Grant, AMG Consulting

    Ali Grant works in the intersecting spaces of healthy people, healthy places, and a healthy planet. She helps city builders – residents, planners, policymakers, and everyone else in-between – engage with the complex interplay of social, ecological, and economic sustainability challenges.

    In her work with organizations such as BC Healthy Communities and Safer Futures, she’s been a coach, champion, and navigator for healthy cities for all, working to bridge the gap between disruptive innovators and the receptive innovators inside municipal systems. As a practical visionary, she knows how to preserve the integrity of big ideas and innovative solutions from conception to implementation, and most recently led the development of the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy (2014-2025).


  • Our Downtown – It’s Happening!
    In 2014 the revitalization of Kelowna’s main street, Bernard Avenue, was completed. The project used an innovative approach to enhancing the pedestrian environment and the overall downtown experience through widened sidewalks, additional outdoor patio space, shared bike lanes and unique streetscaping, lighting and public art elements.

    Branding the Land
    Kelowna’s downtown and industrial north end are home to two craft distilleries, two craft breweries, a cidery and Kelowna’s oldest winery, Calona Wines, founded in 1932. Local historians, geographers and agricultural specialists will share stories from more than a century of fruit production in the Okanagan and how it is weaved into local culture and Kelowna’s tourism brand.

    Active By Nature
    According to 2014 Statistics Canada data, Kelowna has the lowest rate of obesity in Canada. Going for a walk, or bike ride, or a swim, is as much a part of our local culture as is going to the theatre. As added encouragement for healthy and active lifestyles, the City of Kelowna is undertaking an extensive wayfinding project called ‘Active by Nature.’ After a brief presentation delegates will have an opportunity to experience an Active by Nature route, with commentary by City communications staff.

    Happy City Neighbourhood Audit
    How can ideas from the creative sector and cultural planning help shape better cities? Join Happy City's Charles Montgomery and Ali Grant for a fun, fast-paced audit of a key cultural site in Kelowna. Participants will be introduced to a new framework for incorporating human happiness into urban design and cultural planning. Then together, we'll develop big ideas for this site in transition.

    *This unique workshop opportunity will combine a P2P presentation and a study tour, and will begin at 1:15pm.

    Outdoor Creative Spaces
    The City of Kelowna hosts over 100 outdoor events annually that range from large music festivals attracting thousands of attendees, to complex road races. After a brief presentation, City of Kelowna Park Services and Outdoor Events staff will lead a tour exploring three of the City’s distinct outdoor event spaces. This tour includes a Stuart Park Surprise! Need a hint? Wear your dancing shoes!

    Restoring Our Past
    British Columbia’s oldest and largest standing packinghouse was built in Kelowna in 1917 and restored in 2010. Step back in time with Kelowna Museum staff and architect Jim Meiklejohn to share in the building’s restoration project and learn some of the secrets of the Laurel Packinghouse. Then, take a tour around 'The Core', a former fruit cold storage warehouse, and learn how these two buildings have been creatively adapted for renewed service to the community.

    History Preserved
    To preserve and protect the city’s unique character for generations to come, the City of Kelowna designated two neighbourhoods as Heritage Conservation Areas in 1998. City planning staff and local heritage experts will guide an exploration of the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area and discuss the impacts of Kelowna’s dynamic real estate market on heritage preservation.

    Self-Guided Public Art Tour
    Kelowna’s Public Art Program, established in 1997, has provided the community with over 40 permanent installations, many of which are located in the Cultural District and downtown/waterfront areas. This brief tour is self-guided through use of a City of Kelowna way finding app and the public art brochure and showcases a diversity of integrated, functional and decorative works.

    Self-Guided Hike of Knox Mountain
    Knox Mountain, in Kelowna’s north end, is considered among the most important and well-known natural area parks in the city. Within its 310 ha (766 acres) of fragile, dryland landscape, visitors have a chance to experience spectacular vistas, and encounter a host of endangered birds, mammals, reptiles and plants. City of Kelowna maps outlining a number of different trails and hike durations are available through the registration desk.
  • We are delighted to announce the 2015 Public Art in Canada: A Year in Review selections!


    Sidewalk Poetry
    City of Maple Ridge
    Maple Ridge, BC

    Longing and Forgetting on Urban Screen
    Surrey Art Gallery
    Surrey, BC

    Untitled (Toronto Lampposts)
    Waterfront Toronto
    Toronto, ON

    Chinook Arc
    City of Calgary,
    Calgary, AB


    Tree Quilts
    City of Mississauga
    Mississauga, ON




    The Art of Storytelling and Inclusion in Public Places
    City of Saskatoon
    Saskatoon, SK

    City of Vancouver
    Vancouver, BC









    The WRENCH
    Winnipeg Arts Council
    Winnipeg, MB






    City of of Toronto
    Toronto, ON


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  • The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Creative City Network of Canada will take place on Thursday, October 29th at 8:30am, as part of the 2015 Creative City Summit in Kelowna, BC.

    PLEASE NOTE: If you are attending the Summit in Kelowna and the AGM on October 29th, below are the links to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT the materials you will need to bring with you.

    2015 CCNC AGM Agenda

    2014 DRAFT MINUTES - 2014 AGM
    Draft minutes from 2014 AGM for approval

    Report from Elena Bird, CCNC President

    Notice to Reader - March 31, 2015


    Report from the Nominating Committee

    For use at the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Creative City Network of Canada.

    PLEASE NOTE: There will not be any print copies of these materials available on site at the AGM, as CCNC strives to save paper and printing costs wherever possible.
  • The Creative City Network of Canada is reaching out to businesses, organizations and its members to show your support at the upcoming 2015 Creative City Summit, from October 27th to 29th in Kelowna, BC.

    If you are interested in becoming a Creative City Sponsor, please download the 2015 Sponsorship Package or the Happy City Sponsorship information.

    Additional Sponsorship Opportunity!

    CCNC has a new sponsorship opportunity available for the 2015 Creative City Summit!

    Unique to this year's summit, we are thrilled to be presenting award-winning author and urban experimentalist, Charles Montgomery, in a public presentation at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on Thursday, October 29th. This event will be open to both Summit delegates and the public.

    To find out more, download the PDF.


  • 2015 Summit Registration

    Early-Bird registration for our 2015 Creative City Summit in Kelowna, BC is now open!

    Download the registration from and register today!

    Early-Bird registration is open until Friday, August 21, 2015! If you have any questions, please contact

    Remember, to be eligible for the membership rate, you must be a CCNC member.

    Not a member? Contact for more information.

  • 2015 Summit Hotel

    The Delta Grand Okanagan is the official hotel and conference venue for the 2015 Creative City Summit!

    The 2015 Creative City Summit group rate will available until September 25, 2015 and is subject to availability so book early!

    To get your special Creative City Summit rate, click here.

  • Distinctly Kelowna Wine Tours

    Book using the code "Summit Tours" and receive a special rate for you and your guest, on one of Distinctly Kelowna Tours' amazing wine tours!

    For more information, or to book a tour, visit their website.

    You can also download the PDF to learn more about this exclusive offer.

  • Call for Peer-to-Peer Presentations

    Apply to present in Kelowna! The deadline to submit applications is May 8th!

    The Creative City Network of Canada invites members and non-members to submit peer-to-peer presentations for the upcoming Creative City Summit in Kelowna, BC from October 27th to 29th, 2015.

    To view the complete P2P Call and for application information, download the PDF.

    Please note, all presenters need to be registered delegates.

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