2013 Summit SOLD OUT!

The SOLD OUT 2013 Creative City Summit in Ottawa, Ontario proved to be a truly dynamic, engaging and stimulating experience for all. The Summit brought together a diverse mix of municipal cultural workers, provincial and federal government representatives, national, provincial and community based organizations, artists, educators, funders, culture stakeholders and others to our Nation's capital for the Creative City Network of Canada's 11th annual Creative City Summit.

Delegates spent three days in two of Ottawa's leading municipal arts venues, 'recalculating' culture in a digital world, as well as learning, networking and sharing creative ideas with peers. The Summit kicked off with a lively and interactive Welcome Reception at the Ottawa Art Gallery in Arts Court.


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2013 Summit Theme: “Recalculating: Culture in a Digital World
As digital technology diversifies and accelerates, its effects on cultural planning and the cultural community are empowering yet challenging.  The 11th Creative City Network Summit will remap the field with new research, insights by leading creative individuals and experiences of innovative arts organizations.  Join us to explore digital hubs, digital participation and communication, and to debate digital impacts on the cultural realm. From public art, to facilities, to cultural policy, to promotion and participation, to art creation – it’s a new digital world to navigate.

2013 Summit Location: City of Ottawa
Ottawa is a vibrant, cultural capital with a unique identity and a colourful history - a dynamic place in which to live, work and play. Surrounded by farms and nature, over 80% of Ottawa’s land is rural. Ottawa’s cultural assets include a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Rideau Canal); major, national cultural attractions; a local arts and heritage scene that reflects the vitality of Ottawa’s communities in two official languages; exceptional home-grown festivals, fairs and events; international award-winning artists in all disciplines; diverse cultural neighbourhoods; historic rural communities and landscapes; interesting street culture; and a thriving culinary scene.

Background Photo Credit:
Bythe Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON
  • 2013 Summit Program

    The full 2013 Summit Program available for download

    Download the Full 2013 Creative City Summit Program [PDF, 3.5 MB]

  • Media Coverage

    Articles, posts and links related to the 2013 Creative City Summit

    A media roundup of #CCNC13 stories on Storify. Thank you Inga Petri for sharing!
    Creative City Summit - Day 1
    Storify by Inga Petri

    Creative City Summit - Day 2
    Storify by Inga Petri

    Creative City Summit - Day 3
    Storify by Inga Petri


    Creative City Summit looks at digital media and arts
    By Maria Cook, OTTAWA CITIZEN, May 30, 2013

    driving creativity artengine blog : art and technological experimentation

    Instagram real life with Mark Stephenson’s HipsterMonocle
    By Ryan Saxby Hill, Apt613, May 30th, 2013

    By Day By Night: Your guide to local happenings in Ottawa
    By Diane Bond, Apt613, May 28th, 2013

    Power Plays
    Presented by SAW Video Media Art Centre

    Digi60 Ottawa FIlmmaker's Festival - 2013 Spring Festival
    Culture in a Digital World - Award Winners

    The Hipster Monocle
    A fun project by Mark Stephenson located in Ottawa Canada.

  • Keynote Speakers

    Bios, abstracts and presentations for download

    DR. SARA DIAMOND // Canada’s Creative Community and the City of the Imagination
    Presentation - English [PDF, 15.7 MB]
    Presentation Video - English [youtube]

    Toronto-based Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” OCAD University has set “city building” as one of its strategic priorities. We see the city - imaginary and actual - as many overlapping entities such as its governance structure, the built space, its diverse communities, its energy use and carbon outputs or the virtual pathways and processes that are often unseen. All of these elements are layered in the experience of the city. We will share our philosophy and strategies for imagining and building a Creative City derived in part from our work with international partners and many sectors such as the City of Toronto, cultural institutions, creative industries, the technology sector, healthcare institutions, and developers. As a specialized art, design and media university OCAD University has developed a series of tools that facilitate an understanding of the forces that drive change. Strategic foresight practiced by OCAD University’s sLab helps us to imagine trends and paint scenarios. Data analytics and visualizations from the Centre for Information Visualization and Data Driven Design can provide metaphors and insights that reveal the virtual and material city in novel ways. Action research engages communities in collaborations to understand and change their communities. Visual art and environmental design provide other dimensions that allow us to re-imagine the city of the present and propose a City of and for the Imagination. From these layered entities, partnerships and processes, what kind of city will emerge?

    Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and degrees in new media theory and practice, social history and communications. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists. While retaining OCAD University’s traditional strengths in art and design, Diamond has guided the university in becoming a leader in digital media, design research and curriculum through the Digital Futures Initiative, new research in Inclusive Design, health and design, as well as in sustainable technologies and design. She also played a leading role in OCAD University’s establishment of the unique Aboriginal Visual Culture Program. These initiatives have built strong partnerships for OCAD University with science, business and communities, in Ontario and abroad. Diamond was the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art and Director of Research at the Banff Centre, where she created the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995 and led it until 2005. Her book (with Sarah Cook) Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Dialogues, a history of the boom, bust and reset years of the first wave of digital media is currently available; published by Banff Centre Press and Riverdale Architectural Press, University of Waterloo. 


    JANINE MARCHESSAULT // Cartographies of Place in the 21st Century: Networked media, sustainable environments, and urban citizenship
    Presentation Video - English [youtube]
    A new generation of artists are using media technologies to explore the meanings of translocality, public spaces and mobile networks that are distinct configurations grounded in place—indeed, often several places and several times at once. How do such art practices function as new forms of public art and in site- specific settings while serving as a tool for enhancing communication and renovating democratic citizenship?

    The talk will focus around a landmark exhibition (which opens Sept 21, 2013) called Land/Slide: possible futures (www.landslide-possiblefutures.com) that has invited thirty artists working in a variety of media (from sculpture to data visualization) to transform and reimagine a Heritage village (1820-1930) at the Markham Museum in the Greater Toronto Area. Artists have been asked to reinterpret over thirty pioneer houses (1820-1930) and 8000 historical artifacts in the context of climate change and a planet in transition. Working with everything from digitized diaries, 3D projections and augmented reality, participants will propose new histories and new futures for the use of land on this planet. This is an example of a new form of public space that uses Museums and Archives, often seen as static and “dead” to create dynamic simultaneous temporalities. The installations invite the public to participate in reinterpreting the past by reimagining the future. The role of digital media is central as the entire site is augumented with projections, audio walks, and an AR app that animates the archive, including previous cartographies that have long since vanished in this new 'leveled' urban space. Markham City, one of the fastest growing regions in North America is a future city. But in this future city, the real and virtual are broken down as land itself, and new forms of urban framing and food production become an integral and organic aspect of the exhibition.

    Janine Marchessault is a Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization at York University Toronto. She is the Director of the Visible City Project at York University, which is examining urban art cultures in the 21st Century City. She is the author of McLuhan: Cosmic Media (Sage, 2005) and co-editor of Fluild Screens, Expanded Cinema (UTP, 2007). Forthcoming books include, Ecstatic World: Media, Humanism, Ecology (The MIT Press), and the co-edited volumes Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban (McGill-Queen’s Press), and Reinventing Cinema: Expo 67 Expanded Screens (McGill-Queen’s Press). In 2009, she co-curated THE LEONA DRIVE PROJECT— a site specific exhibition in six vacant 1940s bungalows in Willowdale, Ontario. She was co-curator of the 2012 Nuit Blanche Monumental Project, “Museum for the end of the World” at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Her latest project is Land/Slide, possible futures, a multi-sectoral site specific exhibition in that brings together over thirty artists to look at future land uses in one of Canada’s fastest growing regions. She recently received the prestigious Trudeau Award to support her research and curatorial practices in the area of public art and civic cultures.


    DENIS BERTRAND // Engagement in the Arts: Strengthening the relationship between the arts and communities

    Presentation - French [PDF, 3.5 MB]
    Presentation - English [PDF, 3.5 MB
    Presentation Video - English [youtube]
    The concept of cultural participation or public involvement in the arts is one of the current trends concerning the development of audiences. Three main objectives underlying it: to show that citizens are not only consumers, but also practitioners of the arts; to enhance and strengthen the relationship between artists, cultural institutions and populations they serve, to witness the daily presence of the arts in the lives of the Canadians. Thence, the workshop will focus on the interest that municipalities should be given to this concept, as well as a new version of it, thereof the community engagement for and by the arts.

    Denis Bertrand Over his more than 30-year career, Denis has held senior management and communication positions with arts organizations, government departments and public agencies, such as Théâtre Action (provincial arts service organization for French-language theatre in Ontario), Ontario’s Office of Francophone Affairs and Ottawa’s La Cité collégiale (Eastern Ontario community college). He was the first Project Coordinator of Arts and Learning: A Call to Action, launched by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canadian Conference of the Arts. He has been a Board member of arts organizations such as Ottawa’s Théâtre la Catapulte, La Nouvelle Scène (Ottawa’s Francophone theatre centre) and Sudbury’s Éditions Prise de parole. He has developed communications strategies for clients such as Ontario’s French Language Services Commissioner and Ontario’s Alliance culturelle (provincial arts umbrella organization). He is a graduate of Ottawa’s Algonquin College Journalism Program. 

    Denis has been interested in audience development for the arts for more than ten years. By making use of his marketing and communication expertise, his work-related experience, personal interest for the arts and on-going research in the field, he has developed a practical approach to audience engagement. He shares his knowledge through conferences, workshops and his blog (www.developpezvotreauditoire.com). He also used to write a column for The Magazine, the Canadian Conference of the Arts’ monthly e-newsletter. He makes use of this approach while working on strategies tailored to the needs of each of his clients. They include professional theatre companies, performing arts networks, festivals, government agencies and arts service organizations. He is an Associate of 50 Carleton, a Sudbury-based marketing firm, a partner in Très-Arts, a consulting agency he set up along with Audience Loyalty Expert Diane Chevrette, as well as a member of Arts Consultants Canada. 

    Keynote Speaker Abstracts in French [PDF, 147KB]


  • Panelists

    Artist Panel, Research Panel and Funding Panel Bios, Abstracts and Presentations for download

    Artist Panel: Media Hubs as Urban Catalysts
    Artist Panel Video [youtube]

    Both Artengine and SAT are vibrant centres of media arts research and artistic practice in their respective cities.  Though different in size of their budgets and physical facilities, each offers residents a place where media arts are explored, demonstrated, explained and celebrated. Both also present spectacles and media festivals that animate their communities. This panel is an opportunity to hear their story so far, to understand the web of networks, collaborations and partnerships that sustains them, and to consider how cities and media arts hubs can benefit by working together.

    Luc Courchesne, Director of Research, SAT
    Presentation - English [PDF, 10.8 MB]
    Presentation - French [PDF, 11.1 MB]
    Luc Courchesne is a pioneer in media art and design. From interactive portraiture to immersive experience systems, he has developed innovative approaches which have earned him prestigious awards such as the Grand Prix of the ICC Biennale 1997 in Tokyo, an Award of Distinction and several Honorary Mentions at Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and participations in Wired’s Next Fest. Luc Courchesne [http://courchel.net] is full professor at Université de Montréal [www.umontreal.ca], a founding member and current director of research at the Society for Art and Technology [http://sat.qc.ca], and member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette (Montreal/Toronto) and by Bryce Wolkowitz (New York).


    Ryan Stec, Artistic Director, Artengine
    Presentation - English [PDF, 3.4 MB]
    Presentation - French [PDF, 3.2 MB]
    Link to presentation text [Artengine blog]

    Ryan Stec is a media artist working in documentary, experimental and live forms. His projects have been presented in art galleries, cinematheques, underground clubs and major music festivals across Canada and internationally. Highlights from his projects include a commission by the New Forms Festival to remix work from Norman McLaren; a commission from Library and Archives Canada to engage with historical media works in the public domain; and the incredible experience of being the first artist to access the CN Tower LED lighting system for a 2009 Nuit Blanche project. Stec is also the Artistic Director of  Artengine, a creative technology center in Ottawa. Since 2005, Stec has developed innovative programming which compliments its unique place at the nexus of art and innovation. Since 2008, Stec and the Artengine team have been responsible for Electric Fields, a festival of electronic art and sound. Now in its sixth edition, the festival continues to push the playful side of technology.  

    Artist Panel Information in French [PDF, 134KB]

    Research Panel: The Impact of new technologies on the arts
    Research Panel Video [youtube]

    The Digital Transitions Report published in 2011 by the Canadian Public Art Funders group (the Canada Council plus the Provincial cultural agencies) provides useful definitions of digital arts and reveals the complex impact of technology and social media on arts disciplines across the country. Useful overviews of the impacts on creation, production and distribution for these disciplines are provided, along with a number of recommendations for funders.  CALQ noted these findings, while also undertaking an extensive process of interdepartmental discussions, consultations with the arts community and a survey.  The resulting recommendations and options formed the report: Faire rayonnner la culture Qubécoise dans l’universe numérique. Approved in 2011, the report is now the basis for implementing new initiatives such as creation of a digital arts-specific sector. Read Reports:



    Alain Depocas
    Presentation - English [PDF, 291 KB]
    Presentation - French [PDF, 385 KB]

    Alain Depocas is responsible for the digital arts, cinema and video program at the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) [Quebec arts and letters council].
    Previously, he directed the Daniel Langlois Foundation’s Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D) in Montréal, where he set up and managed a documentary collection on the history, works of art and practices associated with media, electronic and digital arts. From 2005 to 2010, he was also the director of research for DOCAM, an international alliance on the documentation and conservation of media arts. After studying the history of art at the Université de Montréal, he worked as a researcher and documentalist at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM) [Montréal museum of contemporary art]. Responsible for the media library website at MACM, he was involved, among other things, in the development of the thematic scan project in contemporary art.


    David Poole
    Presentation - English [PDF, 811 KB]
    Presentation - French [PDF, 823 KB]
    *The material for this presentation was originally commissioned by and created for Canadian Public Arts Funders. The studies are available in English [weblink to PDF] and French [weblink to PDF].

    David Poole has over thirty years’ experience in the arts and arts administration. He is a retired former head of the Media Arts Section at the Canada Council for the Arts, where he supported the creation of programs which provided opportunities for artists to work collaboratively with scientists and cultural industries. During his tenure in Media Arts he experienced many of the changes brought about by the introduction of new digital technologies. His earliest work at the Canada Council was as an Explorations program officer for Ontario, supporting emerging artists, organizations and new arts practices. He was a distributor of artists’ films in Toronto and taught film studies at Ryerson University. He is a graduate in Cinema Studies from New York University and is currently working as an arts administrator for a community-based arts organization in rural Ontario.


    Funding Panel: 
    Invest YYC: Using Technology to Put the "Public" in Public Arts Funding
    Funding Panel Video [youtube]

    Propelled by rapid change in all sectors of society, governments at all levels are examining current approaches to investing in the arts and the impact this investment has on the communities they serve. The digital age provides opportunities for exploring innovative models of arts support that directly engage the public. Among these is the rise of crowdfunding, or micro-financing, a powerful way to connect artists to a community of supporters. 
In this presentation, Karen Ball, former Executive Director of Calgary2012, and Jeffrey Anderson, Executive Director, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, will discuss the development and early results of InvestYYC. 
InvestYYC.com is an online, micro-finance and micro-volunteer tool designed to assist Calgary and area artists and non-profit arts organizations by creating a space where their strongest, most inspiring work can be supported by citizens. At the same time, by making a direct connection to creative projects that resonate with them, citizens are given a sense of ownership and a stake in the cultural future of their city. Partners in the project included Calgary 2012, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development and ATB Financial. The project is a legacy from Calgary's Cultural Capital year.
The panel will explore the partnerships that made InvestYYC possible, talk about the way in which existing practices such as peer assessment are integrated into the approach, and demonstrate the online tool.


    Jefferey Anderson, Executive Director, Arts Branch, Alberta Culture & Executive Director, Alberta Foundation of the Arts

    Jeffrey Anderson is the Executive Director of the Arts Branch for Alberta Culture and also serves as the Executive Director the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. From 2008-10 he was seconded to Alberta’s Cultural Policy Initiative to establish the Premier’s Council on Culture and to begin implementation of The Spirit of Alberta, Alberta’s cultural policy. Jeffrey is also in his third year as the Steering Committee Chair of the Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF). Before moving to Edmonton in 2004, Jeffrey spent twenty-two years as an arts administrator, performer and post-secondary instructor, working at Keyano College, Medicine Hat College and the University of Lethbridge. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Victoria, a master’s degree in music from Yale University, and a doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of Colorado.


    Karen Ball, Former Executive Director, Calgary 2012

    Karen is the Executive Director for Calgary2012 and a past member of Alberta's Premier’s Council for the Arts. Previously she was Calgary Arts Development's Director of Resource Development and Director of Community Investment where she built the arts and capital investment programs and cultural policy on behalf of the City of Calgary.

    Karen has been actively involved in arts and culture throughout the province including serving as Director of Advancement at the Alberta College of Art + Design and as Major/Special Gifts Officer for the Banff Centre.  As Executive Director of ArtsHabitat in Edmonton, Karen developed the first and only designated artist live/work housing in the city. She has also served as the Producer of The Works Art & Design festival in Edmonton and as a curator for the Ontario Craft Council.

    Funding Panel Information in French (PDF)
  • Presenters

    Member and Non-Member P2P Presenter Bios


    Liane Davison

    Liane Davison is Manager for Visual and Community Art for the City of Surrey and Director of the Surrey Art Gallery. She has curated over 100 exhibitions on a range of contemporary art practice from interactive media through to ceramic art and themes as diverse as lawn ornaments to the sexuality of muscle cars. Her writing has been published in over 30 catalogues and her work with digital art has been recognized internationally. In 1999 she initiated the Surrey Art Gallery's TechLab, a unique venue dedicated to supporting the production and presentation of digital art forms. In 2008 she launched Open Sound, the Gallery's ongoing audio art program. In 2010 as part of Surrey's public art program, she implemented Canada's largest permanent, non-commercial urban screen venue. Surrey Urban Screen currently serves as the outreach venue of the Surrey Art Gallery and supports commissioning and presenting large scale interactive digital art.


    Nina de Vaal, Director, Recreation and Culture, Town of Oakville

    With a background in municipal government, the not-for-profit sector and the private sector, Nina has over 30 years of experience in a variety of management positions in the field of recreation.  She is currently the Director of Recreation and Culture in the Town of Oakville.  Nina has been an active contributor to the recreation sector through volunteer involvement in Parks and Recreation Ontario. She is a past president and is currently involved in various  committees and initiatives.   Throughout her career she has advocated for and put a great deal of emphasis on the value and importance of recreation and culture to human development, personal health and well-being and strengthening communities.

    Sarah Douglas-Murray, Senior Manager, Cultural Service, Town of Oakville
    Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in the cultural sector in management, fundraising, marketing and media relations.  Sarah worked at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and Harbourfront Centre before joining the Town of Oakville’s Recreation and Culture department in 2009. In March 2012 Sarah took over the role of Senior Manager of Cultural Services.


    Ben De Santis, Digital Screen Coordinator, City of Mississauga, Culture Division

    Ben De Santis is the Digital Screen Coordinator for Mississauga Celebration Square. He is an accomplished award-winning designer experienced with print, web, multimedia, and motion design. He is talented with creativity with an emphasis on innovation and exploring current trends. He has led and coordinated a wide range of projects for a variety of clients including municipal government, television broadcasters, internet portals, and non-profit groups.


    Jeff Evenson, Vice President, Urban Solutions, Canadian Urban Institute

    Jeff Evenson is the Vice President of the Urban Solutions practice of the Canadian Urban Institute. He has a strong interest in helping municipalities to integrate cultural vitality into all of their city-building activity. He worked at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and served as Chief of Staff to two Toronto mayors. He helped organize Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid, Toronto’s first Vital Signs project and the first Toronto City Summit. He served on the boards of the Kingston Artists Association Inc. (Modern Fuel since 1995), the Funnel Experimental Film Theatre and the Factory Theatre. He co-authored Canada’s Urban Waterfront, Waterfront Culture and Heritage Infrastructure Plan - an early cultural mapping study. He has worked on a range of cultural projects including a Museum of Toronto feasibility study; the first cultural master plans in Mississauga and Kingston; culture databases in London and Kingston and municipal guidebooks on cultural mapping and indicators and performance measures.


    Eric Fiss, Public Art Planner, City of Richmond

    Eric Fiss, Architect AIBC, MCIP, brings 30 years of experience in architecture, planning, and art management to his role as Public Art Planner for the City of Richmond. He has worked in the municipal planning environment for 15 years, with a focus on urban design and sustainable development. The City of Richmond is experiencing rapid growth in its city centre, with a new rapid transit rail connection to Vancouver and the international airport, and its award winning Olympic Speed Skating Oval. Public art, sponsored by both the City and private development, has been a significant part of this revitalization. As the City’s public art program has grown, an electronic database has been an invaluable tool in management of the artworks and in sharing the contents of our collection on our website as an on-line archive.


    Helena Grdadolnik, Associate Director, Workshop Architecture Inc.

    Helena Grdadolnik is an Associate Director at Workshop Architecture Inc. where she oversees the firm’s public engagement and cultural policy work. Helena has a Master’s degree in Architecture and more than ten years’ experience working with non-profits, private developers and municipalities in Canada and the UK on creative programs and events related to public space. Helena has taught urban design principles to children, municipal councillors and post-secondary students (at Emily Carr University and UBC’s School of Architecture). She has written for Canadian Architect, Azure and Frame and is the co-author of two books: Towards an Ethical Architecture and The Contemporary Canadian Metropolis. Helena previously worked as a Senior Advisor on architecture and public space for the English government (2007-09), as the Public Art Coordinator and Cultural Planner at the City of Mississauga (2009-12) and has been a member of Toronto’s Public Art Commission since 2012. Her current clients include the City of Toronto, the Town of Newmarket, and Ontario’s Design Industry Advisory Committee.


    M. Sharon Jeannotte, University of Ottawa

    M. Sharon Jeannotte is Senior Fellow, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa.  From 2005 to 2007 she was Senior Advisor to the Canadian Cultural Observatory, and from 1999 to 2005 she was the Manager of International Comparative Research, both in the Department of Canadian Heritage.  She has published research on provincial cultural policies, cultural policy and social cohesion, cultural citizenship, and the role of culture in building sustainable communities. In 2005, she co-edited with Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger and Will Straw a volume entitled Accounting for Culture: Thinking Through Cultural Citizenship, published by the University of Ottawa Press.  In 2011, she co-edited with Nancy Duxbury a special issue of the journal Culture and Local Governance on culture and sustainable communities.


    Frédéric Julien

    Frédéric Julien has been active in the performing arts for fifteen years, as an artist, cultural manager, and consultant. He has held positions at Canadian Heritage and at Réseau Ontario, and he is currently project manager at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA), where he manages research and development activities. Frédéric has a keen interest in partnership development and cross-sectoral collaboration.


    Yvonne Koscielak, Public Art Coordinator, City of Mississauga, Culture Division

    Yvonne Koscielak is a cultural worker, art advisor and creative producer and has worked for the City of Mississauga’s Culture Division since 2009. Her current focus is on creating an Artful Public Realm through the administration of the City’s Public Art Program. Having graduated from the Art Business Master’s Program at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York, Yvonne is also experienced in leading a wide range of projects in an art advisory role relating to the enhancement of both private and public realms. Above all, Yvonne is a passionate advocate for arts, creativity and culture.


    Andrew Milne, bv02

    As the entrepreneurial leader of bv02 for the past 12 years, Andrew has a knack for marrying creative design thinking with leading edge technologies to effectively solve problems in a variety of sectors, including education. He consistently pushes the boundaries of digital technology by engaging with users across platforms in order to build unique interactive experiences. Leading digital design and innovation has been a focus for Andrew throughout his career, which has included roles at national companies and digital agencies. Andrew has spent over a decade creating innovative design, strategy and development solutions as the lead strategist and founder of bv02. He has worked with notable clients such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Virtual Museum of Canada, McGill University, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, CAA, and OC Transpo. Andrew is also actively involved in community organizations, sharing his time, experience and strategic abilities as an advisor and active board member for several groups, including AndyCamper, the Beluga Foundation, IABC Ottawa, and the Algonquin College Multi-Media Program. bv02 is an award-winning full service digital creative agency that has been specializing in creating digital solutions for clients in cultural institutions, government departments, crown corporations and private-sector businesses for over 10 years.


    Christopher Moreno

    Christopher Moreno has experience in the acting, recording, audio visual, and installation/integration industry. He was the driving force behind independent recording label MCM records and the Vault Recording Facility in Ontario. He has since parleyed that experience into the evolution of 365 Productions and 365 Installations, which have since expanded to provide live event services and permanent installations across North America and into Australia and New Zealand. As the principal designer behind 365's work at the 2010 Olympics, the City of Surrey's highly acclaimed Chuck Bailey's Urban Screen Project and now the City of Ottawa's Lansdowne Park LED Screen, his creative flair and technical knowledge is matched only by his commitment to customer satisfaction.


    Inga Petri, CMRP - President, Strategic Moves

    Inga Petri 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. Since founding Strategic Moves in 2007, Inga has made sustained contributions to audience development 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. During this study, she and her team have led more than 20 workshops and presentations across Canada with over 1,000 participants from the presenting and performing arts field providing a unique perspective on the opportunities for and challenges faced by the performing arts sector. A Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) and President of the MRIA Ottawa Chapter, Inga also presents at national research and marketing conferences and gives presentations on the rapidly evolving contemporary marketing practice, action research and creating actionable insights.

    Matt Thomas

    Matt Thomas is passionate about the role of culture and technology in creating vibrant and sustainable communities. His aim is to use the technologies that connected the globalized world to bring neighbours together. He is interested in the role of the creative economy in revitalizing medium-sized cities, and accomplishes this task as board chair of the non-profit LondonFuse, marketing coordinator at Museum London, and consultant at Thread Development. Matt is behind some of Canada’s most innovative online platforms, such as londonfuse.ca and neighbourgoodguide.ca, which provide support to creative and collaborative people, events, projects, and groups on a regional scale. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History from the University of Ottawa, post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Fanshawe College, and is completing his Certificate in Cultural Planning from the University of British Columbia. Follow his updates on Twitter @matt_thomas1.

    Michael Wheeler, Artistic Director, Praxis Theatre

    As Artistic Director and co-founder of Toronto’s Praxis Theatre, Michael has worked as a director and social designer to create ten original productions. Last year he also worked as Co-Curator of the Freefall Festival at The Theatre Centre and a Neil Munro Intern Director at The Shaw Festival. This year he is directing the national tour of Praxis Theatre’s award-winning Facebook note turned #G20Romp, You Should Have Stayed Home. Much of Michael’s work has integrated with online tools through praxistheatre.com. His collaborations have led to recognition that includes Winner Best Arts and Culture Blog and Best Blog Post in the Canadian Blog Awards, The SummerWorks Arts Professional Award, Torontoist People to Watch in 2012 and Toronto Theatre 2012 MVP by The Grid. He has created social design elements with numerous other performing arts organizations including Volcano Theatre at Luminato, The Electric Company at Canadian Stage, The Tarragon Theatre and The Wrecking Ball.


    Colin Wiginton, Manager, Cultural Services for the City of Kingston

    Colin Wiginton currently works as the Manager, Cultural Services for the City of Kingston. In this capacity, he helped to develop the first-ever Kingston Culture Plan unanimously approved by City Council in September 2010. The approval of the KCP resulted in an increased investment in culture of $2.25 million over four years and has lead to the development of other related projects he is managing, including a Cultural Resource Database, an Integrated Cultural Heritage and Cultural Tourism Strategy and a Public Art Policy and Public Art Master Plan. Prior to joining the City of Kingston, Wiginton pursued a 20 year career in the visual arts and public galleries, most recently at the Art Gallery of Ontario where he participated in the Transformation AGO Project that included a re-design of the Gallery by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.


    Natali Zuniga, City of Ottawa

    Natali Zuniga, Architect from Cusco, Perú, worked for Guamán Poma de Ayala Community Development Centre on the assessment of the heritage properties in Cusco’s Historic Centre; and for the National Institute of Culture Cusco headquarters on the conservation of  “El Templo de la Merced” (a 17th century church). In 2006, she entered a Masters in Heritage Conservation program at Carleton University with a thesis focused on the protection of Aboriginal sacred places.Natali began work at the City of Ottawa in 2008 assessing the significance of City-owned heritage properties and making recommendations for interpretation. In 2009, Natali became a member of the City’s Cultural Development and Initiatives team and passionately worked to engage Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples and the full diversity of new Canadians in the cultural planning renewal process. Natali continues to work on the development and implementation of Aboriginal and Immigrant arts, heritage and cultural initiatives at the City.


    Presenters Spotlight in French [PDF,127KB]

  • Delegate List

    List of 2013 Summit Delegates

    2013 Creative City Summit Delegate List [PDF, 131 KB]

    *A full delegate list with contact information will be sent by email to delegates directly

  • Artistic Animation

    The 2013 Creative City Summit is putting ART in the foreground, with a variety of local projects. Artistic Animation during the 2013 Creative City Summit is made possible by the Ontario Arts Council.
  • Annual General Meeting

    Information and materials for the CCNC Annual General Meeting: May 31, 2013, Ottawa


    The 2013 Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 8:30am, as part of the 2013 Creative City Summit in Ottawa, Ontario.

    The AGM and election of the Board of Directors will be held in the Theatre at Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6E2.

    AGM materials, Proxy and Board Nomination information will be distributed to members by email and posted here in advance of the meeting.

    2013 CCNC AGM Agenda [PDF, 123 KB]


    Draft Minutes - 2012 AGM [PDF, 137 KB]

    President's Report [PDF, 45 KB]
    Report from Ian Forsyth, CCNC President

    Financial Statements [PDF,283 KB]
    March 31, 2013 - Notice to Reader

    2012-2014. Creative City Network of Canada Strategic Plan and Operational Plan [PDF, 106 KB].

    This document summarizes the Creative City Network of Canada Strategic and Operational Plan for 2012 to 2014.

    2013-2015 CCNC Membership Plan [PDF, 263 KB]
    For presentation at the Annual General Meeting, Ottawa, ON.
    Prepared by: CCNC Board of Directors

    Membership Conditions Resolution [PDF, 21 KB]
    For presentation at the Annual General Meeting, Ottawa, ON.
    Prepared by: CCNC Board of Directors

    The Slate [PDF, 153 KB]
    Report from the Nominating Committee

    Board Nominations [PDF, 139 KB]

    Report from the Nominating Committee
    Proxy Form [PDF, 106 KB]
    For use at the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Creative City Network of Canada.

  • Social Media 101

    We've put together a document to help you engage with social media during the 2013 Creative City Summit and beyond. So get started and get social!
    Social Media 101 for Summit Delegates [PDF, 174 KB]

    Join the conversation and don’t forget to use the hashtag #CCNC13
  • Digi60 Ottawa Filmmakers Festival

    Optional evening activity for delegates during the Summit.

    Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9-11PM
    ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street

    Digi60 Ottawa Filmmakers Festival

    2013 Spring Edition - We Are Doing a 180 !

    Digi60 Short Films Screening - The Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival asks filmmakers to create short films based around a “Catch” - a common element that all filmmakers must include. The Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival has held a special Spring Edition in cooperation with this year’s Summit - the “Catch” was that the film had to show “Culture in a Digital World”. Filmmakers from across Canada were given the Catch on April 15th, and had 30 days to create a 3 minute film. The films are juried and the top films will be screened at the Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau Street) at 9pm. A Pre-Screening and Post-Screening Party will also be held at The Honest Lawyer (141 George Street) so you can meet the filmmakers.

  • Readings and Links

    Readings and links to encourage delegate learning pre and post-Summit.

    Canada Council: Strategic Plan 2011-2016 - Strengthening Connections | Weblink
    Conseil des arts du Canada : Plan stratégique 2011-2016 - Resserrer les liens | Weblink

    CALQ: Faire rayonner la culture québécoise dans l'univers numérique - Éléments pour une stratégie numérique de la culture | Weblink

    Canadian Public Art Funders (CPAF): Digital Transitions and the Impact of New Technology On the Arts | Link to PDF
    Organismes publics de soutien aux arts du Canada (OPSAC) : La transition vers le numérique et l’incidence des nouvelles technologies sur les arts | Link to PDF

    Beyond the Curtain How Digital Media is Reshaping Theatre | Weblink

    Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies, Report Overview - Pew Research Center's Internet & Americal Life Project | Weblink

    Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies - Findings from a 2012 Pew Research Center Survery | Weblink
    Culture 3.0: Impact of Emerging Digital Technologies on the Cultural Sector in Canada, CHRC | Weblink

    Canadian Digital Media Network

  • Sponsors and Funders

    CCNC would like to thank the following for their generous support of the 2013 Summit in Ottawa:
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Keynote Speaker Denis Bertrand on "Engagement in the Arts: Strengthening the Relationship between the Arts and Communities". Photo by Doris Lamontagne, 2013.