What Comes Next? The Impact of 2020–2022 on Cultural Service Portfolios
Founder and President, Hill Strategies Research
Special Projects Manager, City of Calgary
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.
Managing Partner, MassivArt
Adapting to Changing Expectations: Indigenous Protocol, Reconciliation, and Making Mistakes
Programme Officer for Culture, CCUNESCO
Programs Director, CARFAC National
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.
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.
Creating Healthy Ecologies for Culture
Executive Director, Culture Days National
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.
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.
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.
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.