2022 Creative City Summit Panel Series

DAY 1

What Comes Next? The Impact of 2020–2022 on Cultural Service Portfolios

Tuesday, October 4 at 9:15 AM (Eastern)
Everything you knew about your job was turned on its head in 2020. We know you’re tired of rehashing all the ways that COVID stalled or otherwise negatively impacted your work and the sector. That’s why this panel asks leaders from different portfolios about how the past 2+ years will translate into the next 2+ years and beyond. What impacts have changed the way we work, what we program, who we reach, and how we measure… for good? From event planning to facility management to placemaking and more: What comes next?

Moderated by:

Kelly Hill

Kelly Hill

Founder and President, Hill Strategies Research

Kelly Hill is the President of Hill Strategies Research, which specializes in research related to Canada’s arts and heritage sector. Kelly has a unique perspective on the arts and heritage thanks to the 400+ research projects that he has undertaken since founding Hill Strategies in 2002, including qualitative and quantitative research into various arts and heritage disciplines. He has a strong interest in projects that illuminate the well-being of artists and arts organizations across Canada.

Panelists:

Teresa Byrne

Teresa Byrne

Special Projects Manager, City of Calgary 

Teresa Byrne is the Special Project Manager for Festivals and Events in The City of Calgary’s Arts and Culture Division. She is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of the Eventful City Strategy, that outlines The City of Calgary’s vision and roadmap for creating a vibrant city to attract and retain businesses and talent, bolster local cultural assets and resources, regenerate the urban fabric and create social, cultural, and economic prosperity. Having joined The City of Calgary’s Arts & Culture Division in 1991, Teresa has developed through her career as a strong supporter and advocate for the festival and event industry. During her time at The City, she has taken on a variety of roles from facilitator, collaborator, leader and producer of a range of local, regional, national and international events. In 2016, she advocated for a new festival and event sub-committee for the annual CCNC summit which she chaired until 2018. Most recently she spear-headed a national conversation of Canada’s ‘big cities’ to work together in addressing the impacts due to COVID-19 which opened a new level of collaboration across our nation.  In addition to working at The City, Teresa has volunteered with several not for profit organizations with a focus on theater and child development. She remains active in the local theater community as a professional actress and member of IATSE.
 
Iris Nemani

Iris Nemani

Chief Programming Officer, Harbourfront Centre

Iris Nemani is Harbourfront Centre’s Chief Programming Officer responsible for overseeing and delivering Harbourfront Centre’s diverse arts, culture and educational programs. She has worked in the arts and culture sector for 30 years, bringing her expertise and leadership to a variety of organizations. Her career has spanned both not-for-profit and commercial endeavours including Managing Director of PANAMANIA, the arts and culture program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Director of Operations for Dancap Productions (Jersey Boys, Avenue Q, Toxic Avenger among others), General Manager of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, and Company Manager for Livent’s productions of Ragtime, Showboat, and Phantom of the Opera among others.

Coralie Olson

Coralie Olson

Managing Partner, MassivArt

Coralie is a Marketing, Communications and Business Development Strategist with 20+ years of success in the Art and Culture, Real Estate, Health & Wellness, Fashion, Luxury and Technology industries. Her corporate and agency client experience includes Cadillac Fairview, Oxford Properties, American Express, Microsoft, Auberge Resorts Collection and The City of Toronto. 
With a passion for business strategy and development, she believes in creating impact by bringing arts and commerce together. She is currently a Managing Partner at MASSIVart, a creative placemaking, public art consultancy and production firm for the real estate industry, municipalities, museums and brands. She leads the Canadian and US business development strategy as well as provides client service and the overall management of all Canadian and US-based projects. MASSIVart collaborates with emerging and established artists, designers and creative talent to create art-driven events, architectural design, commissioned works of art and cultural programs with the mission of making art more accessible to everyone.
She thrives on helping clients achieve their business objectives while supporting and collaborating with spirited, innovative and resourceful artists, designers and the creative community. Alongside her work at MASSIVart, she serves as a board member for Long Winter, a community-arts series that takes place throughout the winter months. With the deep belief that art & culture should be more accessible in our society, she enjoys being part of the conversation speaking about topics such as creative placemaking and public art.
 

DAY 2

Adapting to Changing Expectations: Indigenous Protocol, Reconciliation, and Making Mistakes

Wednesday, October 5 at 1:45 PM (Eastern)
Culture work at the local level is inherently connected to community work in reconciliation with local First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. Decolonizing municipal spaces and best practices, naming conventions, maintaining authenticity, and more all come down to fostering meaningful relationships with those in and around your community. But the unique histories and already-established relationships between government and Indigenous communities across the country make this work far from cookie-cutter. How can the work of culture planners and program makers lead municipalities towards local reconciliation and how can we do this despite the fear of making mistakes? 

Moderated by:

Barbara Filion

Barbara Filion

Programme Officer for Culture, CCUNESCO

Barbara Filion is the Programme Officer for Culture, with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She has previously worked as a consultant and served as the Reconciliation Program Director at the Canadian Museums Association. Prior to that, she was the Director of Education at Working Assumptions, a national organization based in Berkeley, California, that uses art to examine social issues. Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the museum field. She taught and was a thesis advisor in the Museum Studies Program, at JFK University in California and also served as the Associate Director of the Archaeology Museum at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Barbara grew up in the region of La Mauricie in Quebec and is a member of the Ilnu Nation of Mashteuiatsh. 

Panelists:

Larissa Desrosiers

Larissa Desrosiers

Programs Director, CARFAC National 

Larissa Desrosiers is an Ojibwe Queer Singer/Songwriter and Beadworker from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty #3. She has been living as a guest on Unceded, Unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory since 2014. She is in the process of finishing her Bachelor of Music Degree at Carleton University with a Minor in Indigenous Studies where she had the opportunity to study under Singer/Songwriter Lynn Myles, as well as Guitar Virtuoso Don Ross. Upon taking a break from school in 2019, Larissa started a beadwork microbusiness: Bangishimon Beadwork. Whether on stage howling with her guitar or at her desk with her beads, Larissa’s goal has always been to create space for healing, grieving, imagination and social growth. She has had the opportunity to do so through projects like the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Cities: Ottawa and FemmeVox, where she collaborated on an original song with Amanda Rheaume. Larissa was formerly the Workshop Manager for indigenousprotocols.art, and is excited to now move forward with CARFAC National as Programs Director. Whether it’s the arts, advocacy, or aunty-ing her nieces and nephews around the dinner table, Larissa moves through life with an unwavering passion to help people. 
 
Janis Monture

Janis Monture

Executive Director, Woodland Cultural Centre

Janis Kahentóktha Monture is Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River.  Janis returned as the Executive Director of Woodland Cultural Centre in May 2020.  Previously, Janis was appointed the Director of Tourism and Cultural Initiatives for the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation from 2017 – 2020.  From 2003 – early 2017 Janis was the Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre, one of the largest First Nations- run cultural centres/museums in the country.  In her capacity with Woodland, Janis was a steering committee member for the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures.  A committee member for the Arts & Culture Advisory Council for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan American Games.  For two brief 18-month periods Janis was on secondment to Harbourfront Centre as the Guest Artistic Director of Planet IndigenUS in 2009 and 2015.  Janis attended the University of Western Ontario where she attained a Bachelor of Arts in History and received a Museum Studies diploma from Algonquin College.  Janis continues to volunteer in her community at Six Nations and in Brantford with various organizations such as Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Brant Community Foundation and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation.

Perry Stein

Perry Stein

Project Planning Lead, City of Lethbridge, Opportunity Lethbridge Department

Perry Stein,MA, is a candidate member of the Alberta Professional Planners Institute and works as Project Planning Lead for the City of Lethbridge’s Opportunity Lethbridge Department. His work focuses on the intersections of land development, urban revitalization, economic development, placemaking and diversity, equity and inclusion, which come together in a portfolio of current and long-range urban planning projects. 

Over the past decade Perry has excelled in the fields of urban planning, Indigenous Relations and community engagement, including leading the creation of the City of Lethbridge’s Indigenous Relations Office. His work in these spaces has been recognized within and beyond the planning profession, including by the Commonwealth Association of Planners, the Alberta Professional Planners Institute, the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Historic Resources Foundation. Perry has also been recognized by Indigenous communities in Southern Alberta, and is the recipient of a Blackfoot name and honourary Metis sash.

Perry is a regular contributor to professional planning publications, conferences and undergraduate seminars on topics related to the decolonization of land use planning and placemaking as a tool for reconciliation.

Perry is also an active member of the Creative City Network of Canada’s Inclusion Diversity Equity and Access Committee.

DAY 3

Creating Healthy Ecologies for Culture

Thursday, October 6 at 9:15 AM (Eastern)
Who knows better than you that local culture work leads to strong local economies and the well-being of residents? This panel will feature municipal culture leaders from across Canada in the categories of small, mid-sized, and large population centres, all with their own approach to creating environments that allow local arts and culture to thrive. Hear about the innovative work being done to prioritize culture on a municipal level and the reasons these leaders continue to push their Culture Plans forward. 

Moderated by:

Shannon Bowler

Shannon Bowler

Executive Director, Culture Days National

Shannon Bowler (she/her) is an arts administrator and community events manager with nearly 15 years of leadership experience. Currently the Executive Director of Culture Days National, Shannonhas worked with a variety of organizations in both Toronto and Edmonton, including Ontario Culture Days, Nuit Blanche Edmonton, and The Works Art & Design Festival. Shannonholds a B.A. in History from the University of Alberta, and a Certificate in Arts & Cultural Management from Grant MacEwan University.

Panelists:

Cheryl Blackman

Cheryl Blackman

General Manager (I), Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto

Cheryl Blackman is the Interim General Manager, Economic Development and Culture with the City of Toronto. She is responsible for leading Toronto’s efforts to create arts and culture plans, roadmaps for cultural vitality, strengthening arts spending and for launching a new era of collaboration among arts and culture groups across the City. She is also playing a key role in efforts to attract international film and television productions and studio investments to Toronto. Prior to her role as Interim General Manager at the City she was Director of Museums and Heritage Services where she was responsible for the ten city-owned and operated historical museums, the City collection of historical objects, archaeological specimens, moveable fine art and an extensive portfolio of heritage buildings. Cheryl also served as the Assistant Vice-President of Audience Development at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and is a Fellow of Inclusion and Philanthropy from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She is the Chair of the Board at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Sally Kim

Sally Kim

Associate Executive Director, Edmonton Arts Council

Sally Kim has dedicated her career to building cultural capacity in Edmonton. In her longstanding role as Associate Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council, Sally has participated in and overseen the development and implementation of two separate 10-year cultural plans for Edmonton. Prior to her time at the EAC, Sally has worked to promote the Festival City brand for Edmonton Tourism; was the producer and general manager at The Works Art & Design Festival; as events coordinator for Alberta Scene at the National Arts Centre; and supported ancillary events for the Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Joanne Duguay

Joanne Duguay

Cultural Development Officer, City of Moncton

Employed with the City of Moncton as the Cultural Development Officer, Joanne Duguay holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Université de Moncton. She also received a diploma in Small Business Management from the Atlantic Business College in Moncton and a Certificate in Arts Administration Program from the Banff Centre for the Arts. Having worked for over 15 years in the film and television production industry as Production Manager and Associate Producer, Joanne has also been actively involved in Moncton’s cultural and artistic community. Since 1988, she has worked at many cultural organizations, such as Film Zone, Galerie Sans Nom, Centre culturel Aberdeen, Théâtre l’Escaouette as well as the Centre of Arts and Culture in Dieppe.

Christian Sénéchal

Christian Sénéchal

Executive Director, Les Arts et la Ville

Christian has a long track record in the arts and culture. Himself an artist and producer, he has founded and directed artistic companies and overseen the creation of numerous artistic projects. From 2011 to 2019, he was director of the National Center for Dance Therapy at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 

Mr. Sénéchal has held various important positions, including the general management and communications of the Association of Victims of Nosocomial Infections (ADVIN)|, he participated in the research conducted by HEC Montreal – ARUC : Les crises financières dans le secteur des arts : Prévenir plutôt que guérir. He is a member of various boards of directors, such as Communagir (community development organization) and Autisme Sans Limites (social inclusion organizations), where he serves as Chairman of the Board. He is also an active actor in the work of the National Committee for Art, Culture and Health, made up of representatives from the Ministry of Culture and Communications, the health sector (CIUSS), Public Health and the cultural and community sectors.

A graduate in arts from the University of Ottawa, he has a specialized graduate degree in the management of cultural organizations, an MBA for executives in collective enterprises from UQAM, an EMBA from the University of Paris-Dauphine. He is also an Action Canada Fellow, a public policy leadership program.