• Presentations

    Presentations from the 2012 Creative City Summit are available for download. Please note we will post presentations as we receive them. Check out keynote Matthew Richter's presentationStorefront Art Activation: Piercing the Membrane (PDF, 2MB)




2012 Creative City Summit





The 2012 Creative City Summit Sold Out six weeks in advance.  

The Waiting List was full three weeks in advance.

Fertile Grounds: Culture in Your Community

October 21 - 23, 2012 in Greater Victoria, BC

On the occasion of the Creative City Network of Canada's 10th year anniversary, the 2012 Summit 'Fertile Grounds: Culture in Your Community' will take a behind-the-scenes look at how communities work with their local governments to be creative, and integrate culture into their long-term sustainability and economic development.

Join us in exploring real stories of how communities are repurposing spaces for cultural uses, taking over abandoned storefronts for artists' studios, developing public art in unconventional places, holding one-night only events, and integrating affordable cultural space into new development. This Summit will celebrate and share how communities are developing new approaches and innovative partnerships in bringing forward fresh ideas to celebrate the stories and histories of the people who live there.

Members of the Creative City Network of Canada receive a discount on registration.

2012 Summit Update: CCNC In Your Community Report

Following up on the 2012 Creative City Summit in Greater Victoria, we are happy to share a report from the session CCNC In Your Community facilitated by Inga Petri from Strategic Moves. This session took place on the last day of the Summit and 170 people participated in it.

Three of the key findings from the report are to open and diversify the membership, create stronger links within the networks through online tools and programs, and support conversations through sub-networks on specific topics such as public art or rural cultural development.

CCNC strives to serve its members to the best of our capacity. These findings are very important in continuing to make our network stronger in the future.  If you were not able to attend the session, and would like to comment on this, please email our General Manager, Tammy Isaacson tammy [at] creativecity.ca by March 1st, 2013 with your views on how we can serve you better.

At the CCNC Summit in Ottawa AGM, May 31, 2013, the membership committee will present a membership plan that will integrate all of your feedback.

Looking forward to seeing you in Ottawa!

Alison Turner
Chair, Membership Committee

About 170 people participated in this session.

Background Photo Credit:
International Cello Festival of Canada, Winnipeg, MB - Photo by Robert Barrow
  • Presentations

    Presentations from the 2012 Creative City Summit

    Linda Huffman, Executive Director, Arts Habitat Edmonton, Edmonton, AB (Keynote)
    Arts Habitat Edmonton | Presentation (PDF, 144 KB)

    Matthew Richter, Program Manager, Storefronts Seattle, Washington, USA (Keynote)
    Storefront Art Activation: Piercing the Membrane | Presentation (PDF, 2 MB)

    Jane Fernyhough & Eric Fiss, City of Richmond, BC
    Intersections: Arts and Culture/Urban Planning and Design | Presentation (PDF, 6.4 MB)

    Darb Erickson, City of Victoria, BC
    Late Night Great Night - Managing the Entertainment District | Presentation (PDF, 2.7 MB)

    Kate Hagerman, Region of Waterloo, ON
    Cultural Policy, Plans, Measurements and Sustainability: "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" | Presentation (PDF, 3.3 MB)

    Rebecca Cann & Steve Solski, City of St. Catharines, ON
    St. Catharines' Performing Arts Centre - A story of community, partnership and revitalization | Presentation (PDF, 17.1 MB)

    Sheila McKinnon, City of Surrey, BC
    Creating a Home for the Arts Council of Surrey | Presentation (PDF, 4.9 MB)

    Inga Petri, CMRP - President, Strategic Moves, Ottawa, ON
    Changing demographics and their effect on values, beliefs and attitudes toward performing arts presentation | Presentation (PDF, 1.4 MB)

    Johanna Rowe, Town of Wawa, ON
    Rediscover Your Community: Cultural Mapping & Heritage Celebration | Presentation (PDF, 3.6 MB)
    What's Your Story? Cultural Mapping - Best Practices Manual for Rediscovering Small Town Canada (PDF, 1 MB)
    Wawa Cultural Mapping Project: Rediscovering Wawa's Wealth | Final Report, May 2012 (PDF, 996 KB)

    Robyn Spencer & Debbie Dee, City of Powell River, BC
    Talk Creative to Me: City Hall and the creative community | Presentation (Weblink)



    Download the 2012 Creative City Summit Full Program




  • Keynote Speakers Announced

    Linda Huffman, Burke Taylor and Matthew Richter

    Linda Huffman

    Join us for a remarkable story of how Linda Huffman, Executive Director of Arts Habitat Edmonton in 3 short years rejuvenated community neighbourhoods through arts-led revitalization by: developing affordable live and work space for artists, multi-disciplinary arts facilities, and a review of the City’s Zoning By-laws.

    Linda Huffman is the Executive Director of Arts Habitat Edmonton.  Arts Habitat is a non-profit company whose mandate is to find, manage and develop space for the arts. 

    Prior to joining Arts Habitat, Linda was Executive Producer of the City of Edmonton’s
    2007 Cultural Capital of Canada program.  It was during the City’s year as Cultural Capital that the Edmonton Arts Council initiated a ten-year cultural plan that led directly to the re-invigoration of Arts Habitat.

    For over thirty years Linda has combined careers as an actor and arts administrator. As an administrator she has been General Manager of the Free Will Shakespeare Festival, Theatre and Dance Officer with the Manitoba Arts Council and Associate Artistic Director of Regina’s Globe Theatre.  As an actor Linda has performed at theatres across Canada including the Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Network, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Globe Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Theatre New Brunswick and the Centaur Theatre.

    Burke Taylor

    Groundbreaking cultural planner and CCNC founder Burke Taylor will reflect on the city of Vancouver’s remarkable evolution between the historic markers of Expo 86 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2010. Burke will share his considerable experience helping to shape what is now known as municipal cultural planning.

    Burke Taylor is a principal partner in Taylor-Harvey inc., an international strategic cultural planning consultancy with clients in both the private and public sectors. The T-H team focuses on major cultural event visioning and planning, as well as public policy, planning and programme development. The team also specializes in innovative strategic partnerships and alliances to achieve shared objectives. Current clients include the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Canada’s National Capital Commission (NCC), and the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan-American Games.

    Burke is also founding Co-director of the Centre for Cultural Planning and Development at the University of British Columbia; an international centre for education and professional development of cultural policy and planning practitioners. He is currently working with the UBC team to develop institutes for sector leaders and a post-baccalaureate Certificate programme in cultural planning to begin in the Fall of 2012.

    The extraordinary events of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were the culmination of Burke’s nine year Olympic journey from creation of the Bid’s culture and ceremonies’ vision through delivery of Canada’s Games as the Vancouver Organizing Committee’s Vice President for Culture Celebrations and Education, and Executive Producer of the singularly successful Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

    Following Vancouver 2010, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) commissioned Burke to write the IOC Guide on the Cultural Olympiad, setting out Olympic policy, objectives, and the means to achieve them. The Guide was recently published by the IOC to assist all future Organizing Committees and Candidate Cities in planning their Games. The IOC will sponsor workshops by Taylor-Harvey inc. beginning in Rio in 2012.

    Burke was also founding Executive Director of Arts Now - 2010 Legacies Now, a strategic development agency of the Province of British Columbia, to ensure cultural legacies of the Games throughout the province.

    Prior to joining VANOC, Burke was founding Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) for the City of Vancouver. He was responsible for the City’s cultural planning and policy, as well as for development and implementation of civic arts and cultural programs, new cultural facilities, and initiatives. In 2003 the City of Vancouver was designated the first Cultural Capital of Canada.

    While he was with the City, Burke founded and was the first President of the Creative City Network of Canada / Reseau des villes creatives du Canada – a web based initiative to create and support a community of practice among Canadian municipal staff with arts and cultural development responsibilities. The Network currently serves over 120 cities throughout Canada.

    Before joining the City of Vancouver in 1988, Burke produced the Performing Arts Program for the Olympic Arts Festival of the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. Prior to the Olympics, he was Production Director of Cultural Programs and Special Events at the Canada Pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver, and Expo 85 in Tsukuba, Japan. Prior to joining the Canada Pavilions, Burke had been a producer/ consultant, and an Explorations Program Officer with the Canada Council for the Arts.

    Matthew Richter

    Join arts entrepreneur Matthew Richter in an inspiring story about how he developed anew program that takes abandoned storefronts in Seattle, and turns them into vibrant cultural hubs. Seattle Times says Matthew is “an idealistic cultural mover who has achieved more than anyone could have hoped.”

    An arts entrepreneur, Matthew Richter has founded and directed four successful nonprofit arts organizations. He is an award-winning arts manager, and has consulted to the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Art and Technology Network, the City of Seattle, King County, as well as having served on the boards of Allied Arts and the Greenwich Shakespeare Company. He is the recipient of the Safeco Rudy Award for nonprofit director of the year (2002) and the recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award as Founder and Executive Director of Consolidated Works (2003). He has also lectured at the University of Washington and Seattle University, and is a nationally published writer and editor.

    He has launched, directed, and completed three major capital campaigns to build arts facilities, the most recent of which, a $500,000 campaign for Consolidated Works, created a 32,000 square foot contemporary arts facility in a 1944 warehouse in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The facility, called Seattle’s “most dazzling [contemporary art space] in terms of scale and complexity” by Art in America, contained a 150-seat theater, a 50-seat cinema, a 4,000 square foot gallery, a 300-person music and lecture hall, three artist-in-residence studios, six offices for fellow nonprofits, a full bar and lounge, an arts resource room, and rehearsal and meeting spaces.

    As a curator and producer, he has presented multi-award-winning programming in the visual arts, the theater, and on film. He has commissioned and produced over 20 world-premiere mainstage theater performances, and is the co-producer of 14/48, the world’s quickest theater festival, which has expanded from Seattle’s fringe theaters to productions in Canada, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. As a theater director, his work has been produced in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, and Calgary.

    Richter is also an accomplished fine woodworker and a successful furniture designer, working under the moniker “xom.” He is represented by several local furniture and design stores, and his work is available online.

    “Richter is a conjurer… [He has created] a place so attractive, so nurturing and inspiring, that talents who might otherwise wither will put down roots, grow strong, luxuriate.” – Seattle Weekly

    “Under Richter's leadership, following his artistic vision, and with his legendary fund-raising and promotional skills, ConWorks has retired its debt and is operating in the black on a $500,000 annual budget. ConWorks is internationally known for its adventurous programming in visual art, theater, music and film.” – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    “An idealistic cultural mover who has achieved more than anyone could have hoped.” –Seattle Times

    “An arts visionary” — Art in America


  • Presenters

    Member and Non-Member Presenters

    (In Order of Presentation Schedule)

    Rebecca Cann, Cultural Planning Supervisor, City of St. Catharines, ON

    Rebecca Cann is Cultural Planning Supervisor for the City of St. Catharines, a position she initiated for the municipality in September 2000. Her work includes community relations, policy development, partnership and project development along with communications, cultural research and management of pubic art, cultural investment and the City's art collection. Ms. Cann hails from Toronto where she spent 15 years working in the professional theatre field, with companies such as the Canadian Stage Company, Factory Theatre and the Bathurst Street Theatre. She operated her own theatre company, Jewel Productions, and has directed over twenty stage productions. Ms. Cann has a range of experience in professional theatre as producer, director and administrator, and has worked internationally with arts consulting firm Janis A. Barlow and Associates. Ms. Cann is a graduate of the theatre program at York University, Toronto. In 2008 she was recognized for her contributions to the arts community of Niagara with the Niagara Artists Centre's Laura Sabia Award and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture.

    Steve Solski, Executive Director, Performing Arts Centre, City of St. Catharines, ON

    Steve began working in theatre as a part-time lighting technician while still in high school. In 1989 he became the Assistant Theatre Manager for the Brampton Theatre Office, and then Theatre Manager three years later. Steve played a major role in the conception and design of the Rose Theatre Brampton which opened in September 2006. As founding General Manager his leadership contributed to the success the Rose Theatre has obtained to date. The Rose Theatre boasts over 700 annual events, 390 public performances and an annual attendance of 190,000. In 2005 he became the General Manager of Arts, Culture & Theatres for the City of Brampton and his responsibilities included strategic cultural and creative city planning, facility planning, overseeing all programming events at the Rose Theatre, and ensuring the success of community celebrations, such as the City’s official Canada Day and New Years Eve festivities. In August 2011 Steve started a new phase of his career as he became the founding Executive Director of the new St Catharines Performing Arts Centre that is being developed and is scheduled to open in 2015.

    Trish Neufeld, Superintend Event Services, The City of Calgary

    Twelve years at the City between three departments has proven to be just the right kind of diverse experience needed to develop the strategy and work plan required for the job as Superintend at Event Services. After completing a Project Management position leading The Cities support to the international trades and technology competition called Worldskills Calgary 2009, the task of implementing the new Festival and Event Policy, required a similar project management approach. In February of 2010 Council approved the community developed Festival and Event Policy declaring the Cities support to festivals and events as core business. From learning about and being part of organizational transformation, to discussing assessment with home owners, negotiating property acquisition, process development, project management and working with city departments, community groups and planning department around securing property for municipal needs came the essential understanding on how festivals and events contribute to creating whole communities and the overall vibrancy of the city.

    Kate Hagerman, Cultural Heritage Specialist, Region of Waterloo, ON

    Kate Hagerman, Cultural Heritage Specialist at the Region of Waterloo, works collaboratively with municipal partners and community stakeholders to support local cultural development and to conserve cultural heritage resources throughout the Region. Over the past eight years, her professional work as a cultural heritage planner has focused on strategic planning and policy development, cultural mapping, public art promotion, heritage bridge recognition, scenic road preservation,
    identification of regionally significant heritage resources, cultural heritage landscape conservation, and protection of archaeological resources.  Kate has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Science in Rural Planning from University of Guelph, and worked previously in the non-profit sector promoting heritage appreciation and education.

    Sheila McKinnon, Manager, Arts Services, City of Surrey, BC

    A career in the arts was destined when she began creating puppets and performing with them in an elementary school touring program. Then she expressed herself through choir, drama and a love of dance. Sheila McKinnon graduated with an Honours Arts degree from York University and has worked in municipal government for over 30 years. As the Manager of Arts Services for the City of Surrey her career highlights include: establishing a Public Art Program, the Surrey Children's Festival, hosting the BC Festival of the Arts, the 2008 Cultural Capitals of Canada designation for the City of Surrey and participating in the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Sheila is the Chair of the Vancouver Region – Cultural Development Advisory Committee and was nominated Business Person of the Year for 2008 by the Surrey Board of Trade for their annual Business Excellence Awards. She enjoys the many benefits of community cultural development and working with creative people.

    Renata Mills, Executive Director, Festivals Kelowna, Kelowna, BC

    Renata Mills is the Executive Director of Festivals Kelowna, a non-profit organization that produces community focused, arts-based festivals and events, such as the popular Parks Alive! program, the Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna festival, Arts Alive!, and the Kelowna Buskers Program. Ms. Mills’ experience in the local events community stems from over 14 years involvement including seven years as Coordinator of Parks Alive! from 1998 to 2005, producing over sixty-five arts-based events annually, and seven years with Festivals Kelowna, which was responsible for the former Life & Arts Festival, and the current Canada Day celebrations. Before moving to Kelowna from Vancouver, she worked for a professional industry association in the film and television industry where part of her responsibilities included organizing monthly networking and professional development workshops, receptions, award juries, golf tournaments, and training sessions. Prior to that she was a scheduling assistant to a Federal Cabinet Minister, responsible for organizing the daily activity schedule for the Minister.

    John Ariyo, City of Mississauga, ON

    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 new 40-year Strategic Plan and the 5-year Culture Master Plan. He most recently led the Mississauga Cultural Resource Mapping project and has shared the project’s best practices at a number of conferences. The success of the project was evident in winning the 2012 Ontario MISA Award for Excellence in Municipal Systems – Service to Citizens and featured in the Globe and Mail, Public Sector Digest magazine and other media channels. John is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies.

    Jane Fernyhough, City of Richmond, BC

    Jane Fernyhough is the Director, Arts, Culture and Heritage Services for the City of Richmond.   In this role Jane is responsible for arts and heritage planning and policy, public art, and the development and operation of arts facilities and heritage sites.  Collaborating with other municipal departments to embed culture in all aspects of civic activity is of particular interest.  She is a founding director and a past president of Creative City Network of Canada.

    Eric Fiss, City of Richmond, BC

    Eric Fiss brings 30 years of experience in architecture, planning, and art management to his role as Public Art Planner for the City of Richmond. In addition to an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Antioch College, he holds degrees in architecture from Dalhousie University and Columbia University, and is a registered architect in British Columbia as well as a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He has worked in the municipal planning environment for over 14 years, with a focus on urban design and sustainable development.

    Michael Hill, City of Victoria, BC

    Michael Hill is the Downtown Community Development Coordinator for the City of Victoria. Over his eight years with the City, he has been responsible for championing downtown beautification and animation initiatives, such an overhead light installation in Chinatown and replica heritage lanterns in Old Town.  Mike believes that innovation starts at home and led the team developing an award-winning custom urinal design in response to late night issues in the entertainment district.  He is the liaison with the business community and, in addition to downtown vitality, he dedicates much time to tackling social disorder and public space use issues.  Prior to his position in Victoria, he served as economic development officer in a small community in northern Canada. Michael also volunteers with the municipality in which he resides and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.

    Darb Erickson, City of Victoria, BC

    Darb Erickson is the Downtown Programs Liaison for the City of Victoria. He recently began his work in Victoria in which he is responsible for coordinating a Graffiti Management Program. This involves the formation of partnerships to take a comprehensive and creative approach to a complex issue.  Darb also coordinates the Late Night Great Night initiative with the intention of highlighting the positive aspects of late night activities in the downtown while mitigating some of the impacts on the community. He did similar work for the City of Edmonton playing a key role in the development of the Old Strathcona live music district on Whyte Avenue. Prior to working with the municipalities, he served ten years as a director for Young Life in Edmonton with a focus on developing mentoring programs for teenagers. Darb is the father of three children and he enjoys many recreational pursuits such as climbing, biking and skateboarding.

    Lori Phillips, City/District of North Vancouver, BC

    With over twenty years experience in the field of Arts Administration, Lori has developed expertise in a broad range of cultural areas including: cultural policy development, administration of grant programs, community capacity building and arts advocacy.  She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and is currently the Public Art Coordinator, for the Arts Office in North Vancouver, managing a unique bi-municipal public art program delivered through three distinct program streams: Civic, Community and Developer Public Art.  Understanding the need for information sharing between administrators in the emerging field of public art, Lori initiated the creation of the BC Public Art Network (BC PAN), in 2008.

    Robyn Spencer, City of Powell River, BC

    Robyn Spencer is a planner and community economic development practitioner with experience in urban and rural communities throughout British Columbia and Alberta and with private, public and non-profit agencies. She has worked internationally on economic development and strategic planning with UN-HABITAT and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Robyn’s recent applied work includes tourism planning, regional growth and governance strategies, social enterprise development, treaty implementation support and First Nation comprehensive community planning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from McGill University and is completing a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University.

    Debbie Dee, City of Powell River, BC

    Deborah Dee is a Councillor for the City of Powell River. She holds the portfolio of Arts and Culture as well as Economic Development and Airport. This is her second term in office.  She has previously presented at the Creative Cities Summit in London Ontario on the legacy of the Cultural Capital Designation. Deborah also works as the Executive Director of the Powell River Brain Injury Society. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Therapy and is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. Deborah is currently working on several initiatives in Powell River related to Arts and Culture as Economic Drivers.  She sits on several boards and committees and in her spare time enjoys riding her Harley Davidson. 

    Patricia Huntsman, Project Consultant, Making Culture Count, Town of Qualicum Beach, BC

    As a growing field of professional practice in North America, Patricia Huntsman is committed to being at the forefront of arts management and cultural planning. Her British Columbia-based consultancy offers a full roster of management, communication and planning services tailored specifically to the creative sector. Patricia is a sought-after voice by regional media and municipalities on cultural policy and planning. Prior to establishing her independent consultancy in 2010, she worked internationally and nationally in senior management roles in the creative field. Her client base includes visual and performing arts organizations (from community-based to professional), museums, developers, foundations and government. She holds a special interest in museum planning and is a member of the Canadian Museums Association, the British Columbia Museums Association, and European-based Arts Management Network.

    Terry Nicholson, City of Toronto, ON

    Currently, Acting Director of Toronto Cultural Services and with three decades of professional life in the cultural sector, Terry Nicholson has been Manager of Cultural Affairs in City of Toronto Culture since April 2000.  Cultural Affairs has responsibility for the City’s cultural asset management including capital projects; cultural development projects for the adaptive reuse of major heritage structures; cultural policy, research and strategic partnerships (including grants of $6 million to Major Cultural Organizations) and the City’s public art collection.  Terry joined the Metro Cultural Affairs Division in 1990 where he was responsible for major public art projects after having served for 10 years as the Director of the Gallery and Media Centre at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus. Among his academic achievements are an MBA in Arts Administration from York University and an MA in History from the University of Toronto.

    Rose Zack, Halifax, NS

    Rose Zack is a passionate arts administrator, with nearly 15 of experience through her various roles with cultural organizations across Canada. Currently, Rose is the Chair (2010-2012) and a founding board member of the one-night Halifax arts festival, Nocturne: Art at Night, which has created increased opportunities for Nova Scotian artists at all stages of their practice and has grown in attendance from 4,000 to over 20,000 in just four years. Since 2007, Rose has been with the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, most recently managing regional outreach and youth-based film activities of the festival. Prior to 2007, Rose worked in Public Programming for nearly ten years at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta and was lead programmer for a number of arts, culture and history exhibits, and developed numerous successful programming partnerships with community and cultural groups throughout the city. Rose attended the Alberta College of Art + Design (Printmaking) and has been an active volunteer in both Calgary and Halifax with various festivals, arts and cultural organizations.

    Johanna Rowe, Town of Wawa, ON

    Johanna is a life time resident of the tiny Northern Ontario town of Wawa. Her background includes 10 years in provincial tourism and visitor services, 5 years as a travel agent, and 15 years in human resources. Her employment experiences and her passion for research in Wawa's rich natural and cultural heritage made her the ideal candidate to complete Wawa's Cultural Map with some surprising outcomes. As a self-published author, Johanna also produced a Cultural Mapping Best Practices Manual to help small rural communities and neighborhoods rediscover their unique stories.

    Inga Petri, Strategic Moves, Ottawa, ON

    Inga Petri, principal of Strategic Moves, has designed and implemented strategies for organizations throughout the private, not-for-profit and public sectors over the last 20 years. Inga’s work thrives on the crossroads of research, strategy and marketing / audience development. Applying creative, collaborative approaches, she rallies teams around common objectives and inspires action, leveraging her experience on both the client and agency sides of strategy and marketing practice. Since founding Strategic Moves in 2007, Inga has made sustained contributions to audience development in all disciplines at the National Arts Centre (NAC) and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. She has been leading the Value of Presenting: A Study of Arts Presentation in Canada since May 2011 conducting extensive research into the value, benefits and impact of performing arts presentation and facilitating workshops across Canada to illuminate the current and future challenges and opportunities in the performing arts presenting field. A Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) and President of the MRIA Ottawa Chapter in 2012/13, Inga presents at national research and marketing conferences and writes about and gives presentations on the rapidly evolving contemporary marketing practice and actionable research.

    Denis Nokony, City of Burnaby, BC

    Denis Nokony entered public arts and culture administration in 1977 working with the Government of Saskatchewan in Regina. Nine years later he joined the city of Saskatoon as an arts/culture consultant and then joined Burnaby in 1988 as the city’s first arts development officer. Currently, as assistant director of cultural services, he oversees the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby Village Museum and city-wide festivals, events, programs and services. Denis is a past member of the board of the Creative City Network of Canada. He is a practicing professional visual artist. He remains committed to increasing access to the work of creative artists and their necessary audiences through public policy and facility development and the pursuit of best practices in cultural affairs management in Canada.

    Joy Bailey Bryant, Principle Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources, Toronto, ON

    A cultural planner, certified interpretive planner, facilitator and outreach specialist, Joy works with city officials, institutional leaders, developers, artists,  architects and arts organizations to bring life—people—to public institutions. Places as large as the City of Chicago and small as Decatur, Georgia, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the King Abdul-Aziz Center for World Culture in Saudi Arabia. Inspired by the philosophy of "meeting people where they are,” Joy has led successful consultation processes across the globe—holding meetings at conferences, festivals, churches, community centers, schools, restaurants and  bars. Joy has spoken on numerous international and national panels. Her articles on cultural planning include, “Planning for Community Needs,” a section in the most recent, Manual of Museum Planning, to empower staff at cultural institutions to reach beyond their “typical” audience.  She has worked at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Geographic, and the Department of State. A member of the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Joy completed her M.A. in Arts Management from American University, and B.S. in Public Relations from Florida A&M University.

    Leah Bayly, Supervisor, Cultural Services & Events
    City of Thunder Bay

    Leah Bayly is the City of Thunder Bay's first Supervisor of Cultural Services & Events.  After obtaining her Honours BA in Archaeology and Museum Management from Trent University/Sir Sandford Flemming College, she discovered Ontario's municipal cultural planning movement as Project Coordinator for the Ontario Municipal Cultural Planning Partnership’s Provincial Forums.  With that inspiration, and following a 2-year placement with the Province of Ontario, Leah was keen to take on the challenge of developing Thunder Bay's new Cultural Services area.  Five years later, Thunder Bay has seen exponential growth and development in its Public Art Program; implemented a revised funding model that provides over $1.7mil annually in project, operating and sustaining grants to artists and cultural organizations; created and adopted the Inspire Thunder Bay Culture Plan; and opened a brand new multi-disciplinary arts centre.  Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Leah is happy to be home to raise her young family, and to be playing a leading role in positioning culture as a driving force in her community.

    Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, Airdrie, AB

    Sherry Shaw-Froggatt is the founder and vice chair of the Creative Airdrie Society. She  was instrumental in the start up of three major public art installations in the city, the city’s first arts gala and is also the chair and visionary of the ARTember Festival which started in 2011.  She was recognized in 2011 by the Airdrie Echo newspaper as the Most Influential Person of the Year. Sherry is owner and publisher of airdrielife magazine in Airdrie Alberta.

    Kevin Kitchen, Manager, Community Initiatives Section, Community Development Branch, City of Saskatoon 

    Kevin Kitchen is Community Initiatives Manager, Community Services Department at the City of Saskatoon.  He has worked in recreation and culture at the municipal level since 1988, working for four different cities in two provinces.  Kevin was the project lead for the development, promotion and implementation of the first ever Culture Plan for the City of Saskatoon.

    Frances Westlund, Arts & Grants Consultant, Community Development Branch, City of Saskatoon 

    Frances Westlund is Arts & Grants Consultant for the City of Saskatoon, a position she had held since 2005. She is responsible for granting programs that support increased participation in sports, culture and recreation. Her work also includes implementation of Saskatoon’s municipal culture plan. Frances has worked in a variety of cultural fields including libraries, archives and museums.

  • Initial Program Details Announced

    Initial Program Details
  • Travel Information

    For planning your travel to Victoria, here are a couple of very useful sites that provide information on a variety of travel options:

    Tourism Victoria: Getting to Victoria

    Fairmont Empress Hotel: Victoria Map and Directions to the Hotel

    *NEW* Travel Information

    Please be advised that travelling to Vancouver Island by ferry will be busier than normal on October 21st and 22nd  due to a large protest planned on October 22nd at the BC Legislature Grounds. It is recommended that you reserve a booking on the ferry if travelling by car and arrive earlier than normal if walking on the ferry.

    To book a reservation on the ferry please follow the instructions on the link provided: http://www.bcferries.com/res/

    For more information about the planned protest, Defend Our Coast, please click here: http://defendourcoast.ca/

  • 2012 Summit Sponsors

    Thank You to our generous sponsors for supporting the 2012 Creative City Summit in Victoria, BC

    The Creative City Network of Canada would like to acknowledge the generous sponsorship from: City of Calgary, Edmonton Arts Council, University of British Columbia - Centre for Cultural Development and Planning, and the City of Toronto!

  • 2012 Summit Host Municipalities

    The Creative City Network of Canada is grateful for the financial contributions, time, resources and expertise of the 2012 Summit Host Municipalities:
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