Consulting for the Arts and Culture Sector – June 2018 – present
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (Ottawa, ON) (February 2019-present) Strategic communications support for the policy team developing collaterals in advance of coming into force for Bill C-69.
Artificial Intelligence Impact Alliance (Montreal, QC)/ UKAI Projects (Toronto, ON)/ myself (Ottawa, ON) – Partnership on “Art Impact / Impact Art”; a workshop series to engage artists across Canada in contributing to the ethical frameworks for Artificial Intelligence with a view to informing public policy development. Funded by Canada Council for the Arts (FY2019-2020).
AI on a Social Mission Conference (Montreal, QC) panel moderator (March 2019)
Canadian Dance Assembly (Toronto, ON) – Consultation services on digital maturity assessment, digital needs assessment, and elaborating a digital strategy plan (FY2019-2020).
AXArtsCentre (Sussex, NB) – Consultation services on governance, stabilization, and resource mapping within a rural context (2018).
Chief Executive Officer• Manitoba Arts Council / Conseil des arts du Manitoba •July 2016-MaY 2018 (Winnipeg, MB)
Partnership and collaboration; strategic planning; strategic digital communications; systems transformation; change management; Performance indicator framework implementation for ROI and SROI; financial planning and reporting; community engagement; network development; team building.
CONFERENCES / CONVENTIONS
June 2018 Takeover Innovation Conference, Tribal Scale (Toronto)
May 2018 IFACCA Americas Cultural Summit (Ottawa)
Apr 2018 Modeshift 2018: A Festival of Human-Scale Cities
Jun 2017 CPAF meeting on Equity and Diversity (Ottawa)
Jun 2017 CIC Community Indicators Symposium (Winnipeg)
Mar 2017 The Arts in a Digital World Summit (Montreal)
Nov 2016 Canadian Conference Board: Economic Forecast for Manitoba
Oct 2016 CPAF AGM: Strategic Arts Leadership for the Future (Victoria)
Oct 2016 CCCA 20th Anniversary Symposium: The Winnipeg Effect (Winnipeg Art Gallery)
Oct 2016 MAN Showcase (Morden)
June 2016 CPAF: Strategic Development Meeting on Indigenous Arts and Reconciliation (Ottawa)
Mar 2016 CPAF: Research and Impact (Toronto)
2017-2018 Riding Mountain National Park Advisory Board
2017-2018 CPAF Working group on CPAF Mandate, Structure, etc.
2016-present CADAC Steering Committee (National)
2016-2017 CPAF Working group on Research (National)
2016-2017 CPAF Steering Committee (National)
2016 Prairie Partnership on Arts Research (30+ partners in AB/SK/MB: Univ., Govt., Agencies)
STRATEGIC PLANNING / CHANGE MANAGEMENT
2016 Strategic Planning session with Manitoba Arts Council (2017-2022)
2016-2018 Program Restructuring and implementation
ADVOCACY / OUTREACH
Oct. 2016 Arts Day at Legislature, led by Manitobans for the Arts (advocate/participant)
Jan-Feb 2017 Stakeholder consultations on implementation of the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan and new program structure.
Executive Director• New Brunswick Arts Board / Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick (artsnb) •April 2011-June 2016 (Fredericton, NB)
Collaboration with the NB Arts Board to lead artsnb in its mandate. Strategic planning, policy development, stakeholder relations, development of new programming, delivery of an online granting system, development of a social media communications strategy, HR development.
Atlantic Public Art Funders (APAF – ArtsNL, PEIAC, ArtsNS, artsnb)
Maine Arts Commission / artsnb
CONFERENCES / CONVENTIONS
Sept. 2015 – Growing Together towards a Vision of Multiculturalism in NB (Fredericton)
Nov. 2015 – Ideas Festival d’idées (Charlottetown)
Mar. 2014 – Walter Gordon Symposium (Toronto)
Jan. 2014 – 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture IFACCA
Nov. 2013 – panelist, INNOV8 – A Forum on Accelerating Innovation (Saint John)
Nov. 2013 – CPAF – Leadership for Change Workshop (Banff Centre)
Nov. 2013 – CPAF – A New Value Proposition for Public Funding to the Arts (Banff Centre)
Oct. 2013 – Engage 2013 (Saint John)
Oct. 2013 – Arts Ed: Leading the Way (U of Maine)
Oct. 2013 – Maine International Conference on the Arts (U of Maine)
Sept. 2013 – CPAF PD Meeting on Visual Arts and Craft (Fredericton)
May 2013 – CPAF Strat Development: Rethinking the “Public” In Public Arts Funding
Mar. 2013 – Artists in Context: Connected and Consequential
Jun. 2012: CPAF Strat Development: On Leadership and Vision (Ottawa)
Nov. 2011 – CPAF AGM: Future Directions in Public Arts Funding: What Shifts are Required?
Mar. 2012 – CPAF PD Meeting on Literary Arts (Saskatoon)
Jun. 2011 – CPAF Strategic Development Meeting for EDs: On Equity (Edmonton)
2015/16 – CPAF Steering Committee / working group on Research
2014/16 – Premier’s Task Force on Status of the Artist & 2 subcommittees
2013/14 – NB Cultural HR Roundtable & Nominations committee CulturePLUS
2013 – Cultural Policy Renewal Roundtable & Editorial Committee
2011/13 CPAF Steering Committee / working group Visual Arts & Fine Craft
Post-secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL), Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts (NBFA), Ignite Fredericton, Atlantic Aging Institute (AIA), Provincial Aboriginal Education Committee.
Managing Editor• Goose Lane Editions •October 2007-April 2011 (Fredericton, NB)
Project Management of 10-12 books and associated marketing collaterals for Spring and Fall releases respectively. Evaluation submissions of poetry, ﬁction, and non-ﬁction; distribution of manuscripts to Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction editors. Hired and coordinated editorial, translation, and design staff. Prepared manuscripts for publication and developed marketing content for catalogues, samplers, and tip sheets. Quality control and consultation with writers and editors at every step in the book development process for paper and digital publications.
Partner• Vivace Communications •January 2002-August 2007 (Montreal, QC)
Ran a communications ﬁrm with partner Siham Barakat. We catered to small and medium enterprise, rebranding and repositioning clients using a central metaphor and storytelling for their digital presence. Client development, financial management, partnerships.
Senior Communications Advisor•Statistics Canada•2006-2007 (Montreal, QC)
Managed the planning, implementation and evaluation of communication services, strategies, operational plans and special corporate initiatives. Also provided consultative services to internal clients on strategic communications approaches and planning, and liaison with internal and external media. Conducted environmental or market research on the broad public environment and any implications for departmental communications products and services. Provided writing and editing services to managers in the areas of departmental publications, communications training and advisory programs and managed multiple communications teams.
Communications Advisor•Census – Statistics Canada •2005-2006 (Montreal, QC)
Developed and implemented communications plans for the 2006 Census (specialized approaches for culturally diverse communities, the elderly, Deaf and disability, literacy groups, women, and the Agricultural Census), and developed a new communications tool (DVD) to assist the Deaf. Provided research, writing and editing services for technical and promotional communications materials, for both internal and external clients. Advised on government policies within the communications arena, standards and guidelines, strategic approaches and implications. Facilitated effective writing and communications training sessions for media, public relations, respondent relations, marketing services and client-orientation. Actively involved in research and analysis, and liaison with multidisciplinary project teams.
English Text Editor• Service Canada •2005-2005 (Montreal, QC)
Edited economic reports from each of Quebec’s economic regions for publication on the Internet and Intranet. Translation verification.
English Text Editor• Georgia Ludgate and Associates; consulting for Transportation Development Centre (Transport Canada) •2004-2005 (Montreal, QC)
Editorial services for complex technical reports for specialist and non-specialist readers in the areas of Advanced Technology, Safety and Security, Technology Applications, Special Programs, and Transportation Systems Technology. Prepared communications materials for the Rail conference and developed internal communications as well as web content.
Calendar Production Assistant, Communications Support• McGill University •2003-2004 (Montreal, QC)
Editing content development and production process for seven academic calendars for McGill University. Re-branded and overhauled the 2004/05 Applications for Undergraduate Admission. Coordinated the advertising campaign for Open House.
Chief Editor and Team Leader• JED New Media •2001-2002 (Montreal, QC)
Project management for the production process for 120 online courses, capitalizing on a range of experience in editing, tech, marketing, pedagogy, journalism, medical, and visual media. Coordinated clients for focus groups. Ensured quality control of written and graphic content, and project managed workﬂow for a team of graphic artists, story-boarders, and programming staff. Also managed production of the company newsletter.
Technical Writer • SystemCorp ALG (purchased by IBM) • 2000-2001 (Montreal, QC)
Aided in the organization, construction and writing of the Installation Guide and Online Help for PMOfﬁce™ 4.0., edited, maintained, and composed site and system architecture documents and internal technical documentation in conjunction with the development team. Updated and maintained the User Guide, and Installation Guide for PMOfﬁce™ 3.5. Wrote web page content, product tours, demos, Requests for Information (RFIs), and Requests for Proposal (RFPs). Researched, reviewed and selected articles suitable for Systemcorp’s online article library, and edited and formatted documents before production.
- MA in English Literature • 2000 • McGill University
- YR1, BAA Interior Design • 1993 • Ryerson University
- BA (Hons) English Literature • 1992 • St. Francis Xavier University
- NFP Governance Essentials Program • April 2018 • Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto / Institute of Corporate Directors
- Book Editing Certificate • August 2008 • Simon Fraser University
Volunteer Experience or Leadership
Institute of Corporate Directors – member, 2018-2019
Women of Winnipeg – member, 2017-2018
Canadian Arts Data (CADAC) – steering committee 2016-2018
Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF / OPSAC) – steering committee member 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011
Canadian Society of Association Executives / Societé Canadienne des Directeurs d’Association – 2017-2018
International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) – 2016-2018 / 2011-2015
English / French – fluently bilingual