Canada-Albania Business Council
Robert Baines is Executive Director of the Canada-Albania Business Council and Corporate Development Officer of the NATO Council of Canada, a non-governmental organization supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He has spent the past 5 years involved with issues surrounding international affairs, business and trade. He also serves as a reserve infantry soldier in the Canadian Forces. Robert has been active in the Toronto arts community as an ambassador for Business for the Arts and as a committee member for AGO Next and the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Circle. Lately he has been assisting with the creation of a young patrons’ program for Massey Hall. Robert is also a Vice President of the St. George’s Society of Toronto, Toronto’s oldest charity which has contributed to Toronto’s arts philanthropy for 180 years.
2014 Toronto Mayoral Candidate
Morgan ran for Mayor of Toronto in 2014, succeeding in making youth a key election issue. She made youth around the world feel they have a voice in politics. Morgan does many speaking engagements in a range of settings including at schools and a TEDx talk. She is committed to improving the community through activism, engagement and rallying causes needing attention. She is also 19.
Co-Chair artsScene Edmonton
Ken Bautista is Co-Founder/CEO of Startup Edmonton, activating and investing in growing Edmonton's startup community. Ken has been in the creative/tech industry for over 10 years, co-founding several interactive companies, most recently Rocketfuel Games, an educational games studio, and co-founded TEDxEdmonton. He has been recognized in Avenue Magazine's inaugural "Top 40 Under 40" issue, earned a Horizon Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, and was named one of "Alberta's 50 Most Influential People" by Alberta Venture Magazine in 2011.
Alex Bettencourt is a management consultant in the electric utility industry. Recently, he has been advising his clients on how to evolve the grid so they can integrate more renewable energy, energy storage and electric vehicles into the electricity system. Alex has been pioneer and leader in this evolution of the grid, known in the industry as Smart Grid. In addition to his consulting work, Alex has been asked to run Canada's leading smart grid industry association and hosts the premiere smart grid conference in Canada. He works to evolve grids international through the International Energy Agency's smart grid task force and is an officer of the Global Smart Grid Federation. With his expertise, he has been invited to speak at leading Smart Grid events in Asia, Europe and North America.
Executive in Charge of Programming
CBC Factual Entertainment
Lesley Birchard is an Executive in Charge of Programming in the Factual Entertainment department at CBC Television. There she oversees the development and production of a number of series and specials, with a focus on arts programming.
Recent CBC projects include: the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards hosted by Martin Short, the series Four Rooms, Over the Rainbow featuring Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, performing arts specials Balletlujah, Romeos & Juliets and the Gemini-award-winning Love Lies Bleeding, as well as the Gemini-award-winning Season of Song: The Canadian Tenors and Friends.
Prior to arriving at CBC, Lesley was a freelancer in the Canadian television industry, where she worked as a Producer, Director, Story Editor and Writer on many of Canada`s most successful factual series including Project Runway Canada, Canada`s Next Top Model and Canadian Idol. As a Production Executive for Food Network Canada she had the opportunity to indulge her love of food and oversee production on several series including Glutton for Punishment, Chef Abroad and Dolce Vita.
Currently, Lesley is overseeing the series Of All Places (featuring comedian Jonny Harris), which will hit the CBC primetime schedule in February 2015.
Sponsorship & Event Specialist
Award Winning & Nominated Producer, Marketer, Lifestyle Architect, City Builder, Performer & Host
Wish is to find projects with positive, creative, open minded, flexible, cool hunter, team players that have national / international relevance and influence in the culture/entertainment/lifestyle/culinary/agency/venue/festival sectors focusing within the production/marketing/brand building/event/development space. Make the impossible reality.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Nia Centre for the Arts
Mark is a scholar, dj and arts advocate. As Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Regina, Mark researches Afrodiasporic theory and culture, Canadian hip-hop cultures, dj cultures and youth arts projects. In 2010 Mark founded the online archive www.northsidehiphop.ca and co-founded a multidisciplinary arts organization, Nia Centre for the Arts in 2008. Currently, Mark is leading Nia Centre's retrofit of a 7,000 sqft. former city space into a multidisciplinary arts centre.
Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Brent Chamberlain is the head of diversity for Bell, the largest communications company in Canada. In this role, he leads the enterprise-wide corporate strategy focused on creating competitive business advantage through workplace inclusion and diverse marketplace growth.
Brent joined Bell in 2014 after four years as the Executive Director of Pride at Work Canada where he was regularly called upon by employers and the media to share his professional insight on topics relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.
A passionate supporter of inclusive city-building, Brent currently serves as the Chair of the Pan Am Path, a legacy project of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and has been appointed to the Toronto region grant review team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the largest granting foundation in Canada.
Brent is a graduate of McGill University and the London School of Economics.
Creative Director and Partner
KITESTRING Creative Branding Studio
Since 2007, Chris Farias has been an engaged part of the arts community in Hamilton and throughout Southern Ontario, and has worked with many arts organizations to brand, market and develop campaigns to achieve awareness and increased sales, including Hamilton Arts Awards, Culture for Kids in the Arts, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, CoBALT Connects, Double Barrel Studios, Black Box Fire Theatre Company, Hammer Entertainment, and visual artist Stephanie Seagram. In addition to his work with KITESTRING, Chris donates his support, time and expertise to a range of arts-based causes, charitable ventures, and not-for-profit organizations. He is a board member and current vice chair of Culture for Kids in the Arts; a long-time supporter of Art Crawl; a patron of art galleries, live theatre, music venues and film festivals; and a champion of local talent. As a columnist for Hamilton Business in The Hamilton Spectator, Chris is able to inspire others to experience, support and explore arts with the goal of enriching the individual as well as the collective community.
Toronto Arts Foundation
Jennifer Green is the Associate Director of the Toronto Arts Foundation. She specializes in development of not-for-profits, strategic planning and connecting communities to the arts. She serves on the Board of Directors of Actors Repertory Theatre Company and as a volunteer to the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. In 2013 Jennifer collaborated with Tod Machover and MIT Media Lab to develop 'A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City' with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, now being produced by orchestras around the world. In her previous roles Jennifer was the Executive Director of Soundstreams and General Manager of Kaeja d’Dance.
Ricardo works for Greenlane Biogas, a multinational cleantech company that specializes in Renewable Natural Gas. Ricardo is originally from Mexico but lived in South Carolina for 10 years where he received a degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina. Ricardo’s passion for connecting his fellow young professionals to the arts began In South Carolina, where he was a member of several boards and arts organizations including the Contemporaries at the Columbia Museum of Art and Trustus Theatre. This experience gave Ricardo a deep insight into just how much arts organizations need strong community advocates, particularly in times of financial and political turmoil.
Theatre Artist, Arts Administrator, Community Builder and Political Hobbyist
Co-Chair artsScene Calgary
Mark Hopkins is a Calgary-based theatre artist and community-builder. He spends his days in the offices of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, working as the Associate Producer of the High Performance Rodeo, and his nights in the creative trenches with Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre. He’s also thrilled to be associated with artsScene Calgary, ArtsVote Calgary, Calgary Young People’s Theatre and imagiNation 150, and is the host of regular ‘We Should Know Each Other’ parties.
Some recent honours and awards include:
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2012
The Calgary’s Herald’s 20 Compelling Calgarians for 2011
3rd Hardest-Working Calgarian in FFWD’s 2011 Best of Calgary survey
Mark experienced his professional playwriting debut with Lunchbox Theatre’s 2012 production of Super 8, a play that he co-wrote with Charles Netto and that won the Discovery Prize in the 2011 Alberta Playwriting Competition.
Senior Manager, Business Development and Corporate Partnerships
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Sarah Jarvis currently works at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Senior Manager of Business Development & Corporate Partnerships. She has worked with such leading arts organizations as the Stratford Festival of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company. At the TSO, Sarah works with sponsors, board members and the media to find creative ways in which to garner attention and raise funds for the Orchestra. Throughout her career, Sarah has been committed to finding ways to bring the arts into our communities and developing new ways to engage with a rapidly changing audience.
Sarah was born and raised in Vancouver and also spent time living in Japan and England. As the daughter of mezzo-soprano Delia Wallis and violinist Gerald Jarvis, she comes by her love of music honestly. She continues her studies in classical voice and performs around Toronto where she now lives.
Trade Policy and Negotiations Specialist / Spécialiste de la politique et des négociations commerciales
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada / Affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada
artsScene National Co-Chair
As a volunteer co-chair of the National Capital Region Young Professionals’ Network until 2012, Gabriel is passionate about bringing people together by breaking down silos in his work environment, between economic sectors as well as in the Ottawa-Gatineau region in general. He thinks that arts and culture are among the best tools to accomplish this. Gabriel is an Action Canada Fellow since 2003 and has been involved with artsScene Ottawa-Gatineau since 2011.
Gabriel Jean-Simon est un fier résident d’Ottawa. Fonctionnaire depuis 2005, il travaille maintenant à Affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada. Coprésident bénévole du Réseau des jeunes professionnels de la région de la capitale nationale jusqu’en 2012, Gabriel s’engage activement dans la création de passerelles entre les gens en faisant tomber les silos dans son milieu de travail, entre les secteurs d’activité économique ainsi que dans la région d’Ottawa-Gatineau en general. Il pense que les arts et la culture sont parmi les meilleurs outils pour y parvenir. Gabriel est un fellow d’Action Canada depuis 2003 et s’implique avec artsScène Ottawa-Gatineau depuis 2011.
Independent Contemporary Dance Artist, Writer, Director, Arts Advocate and Consultant
Shannon Litzenberger is Toronto-based contemporary dancer, choreographer, producer, arts advocate and cultural policy buff. Through the creative umbrella of her company Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, she creates innovative multi-disciplinary productions that explore timely social issues using contemporary dance in concert with other mediums like storytelling, film, visual art and poetry. An imaginative creator, she often develops unique collaborations across art forms and communities, connecting people with artistic experiences through engagement in creative process.
As an advocate, researcher, strategist and cultural policy buff, Shannon also works with many cultural organizations including Business for the Arts, the Canadian Arts Summit, ArtsVote Toronto, the Laidlaw Foundation, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, the Canadian Arts Coalition, and the Metcalf Foundation, among others. A thought leader in her field, she has published over 100 articles on arts policy through contributions to local, national and international publications. Shannon was the 2012 recipient of the Jack McAllister Award for accomplishment in dance. www.shannonlitzenberger.com
Mountain Equipment Co-op
artsScene National Co-Chair
Melody Ma is the former artsScene Vancouver Co-Chair and has helped breathe new life into the chapter and bring together a strong team to connect the next generation of leaders to the arts sector. By day, Melody is a technology marketer and software developer. In her spare time, she is dedicated to the growth of the arts including launching the first young patrons group for the performing arts in Vancouver.
Co-Chair artsScene Ottawa-Gatineau
In a nutshell, Tomas Margaitis has been working with various non- profit organizations for over a decade in Europe and Canada. While living in Lithuania, Tomas was actively involved with many youth organizations advocating for drug prevention and promoting youth leadership programs. In 2005, Tomas was posted in Canada to work at the Lithuanian Embassy. During his posting here, Tomas has organized many bilateral visits which included the participation of high level officials, coordinated large projects and successfully led large working groups involving multilateral parties. He also worked on numerous cultural projects, coordinating and organizing art exhibitions and concerts. Tomas holds a law degree and almost 10 years of experience working in the public sector. He is actively involved on Ottawa’s social scene and enjoys advocating and promoting arts and culture in the National Capital Region.
Sponsorship and Events
Co-Chair artsScene Toronto
Lis has over ten years of experience in Talent – both in consulting and in local and global HR/Talent roles. Some of her specialty areas include employee engagement, change and facilitation. She has experience in a range of contexts, including business transformations, new strategy and program implementations, and a major sponsorship initiative.
Two years ago, Lis started Rushlight Consulting to focus on helping organizations be more successful by involving employees in shaping the business, and by delivering experiences that reach employees and move them at work.
Lis got involved with artsScene Toronto, first as a committee member and now as a co-chair. She’s keen on helping connect young professionals with the arts in Toronto as an avenue for them to grow, give, learn and lead.
Aine is the Managing Director of Framework, a Toronto-based non-profit organization founded in 2003. Framework's flagship program is Timeraiser, an event that rolls a silent art auction and a volunteer fair into a fun night out on the town. In 17 communities across Canada, people come to Timeraisers to bid their volunteer time, not their money, on artwork that Framework purchases from local emerging artists.
Framework's new programming, Timeraiser+, helps non-profits develop the digital competencies they need to engage donors, volunteers and staff. Aine has worked on Digital and Volunteer Engagement strategies with dozens of Nonprofits.
In a former life, Aine was a lecturer at the University of Toronto where she completed her PhD in 2010. She is the co-editor of Transnationalism Activism Art published in 2012 by U of T Press which explores the relationship between global communities (both economic and cultural), activist energies and cultural products
Chief Artistic Officer
Ricardo is the Co-Founder of Wedge15 and Executive Director of the WhosWhoinBlackCanada.com. With a background in fine arts and, with over a decade of corporate sales and project management experience, Ricardo is an original Business Artist, a passionate and creative professional. He has a unique way of combining the best of art and business to produce remarkable results for his clients.
Manager, Corporate Donations
Cameron has global responsibility for managing the environment donations portfolio, including the RBC Blue Water Project, and has for Arts and Culture, including the RBC Emerging Artists Project- donations and strategy. She is a recent International MBA graduate from Bond University in Australia, with over a decade of managerial experience which she began to acquire throughout her baccalaureate in psychology and gender studies, at Carleton University. Her team received the first place award in the International MBA Business Case competition across Asia Pacific, and was selected among the “Bond Top 20”. Prior to this, Cameron was a multi-store manager for Rexall Pharmacy, Katz Group, managing multiple locations across Western Canada and selected for the showcase locations in Whistler and Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Since 2001, Cameron has also held senior consulting roles, board positions, and volunteered in support of the United Nations. These roles were held at UNA-Canada, UN Women Canada and UN Women Australia and include the negotiation and execution of the inaugural New Diplomacy of Natural Resources.
Aziza Mohammed is the Director of Salon West. She founded the organization to bridge the divide between government and the arts sector and to give a more diverse group access to conversations that matter. Salon West seemed like to the best way to leverage her decade of political experience that has included stints in the offices of Minister Chan, Minister Coteau, and even Premier McGuinty. When she’s not curating artists and arts administrators for the salon, Aziza consults on political campaigns throughout the province.
Prior to her return home to Toronto, Aziza was engaged in international relations and development. Her work has taken her to disaster zones in India and rural villages in Kenya. She has produced award-winning research on both torture in times of war and President Kennedy. She still occasionally publishes op-eds in the Diplomatic Courier and Hill Times.
A shy artist, the only piece Aziza has shared publicly won the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Evoke Art Competition and was included in a special art exhibition for private viewing by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburough, and Prime Minister Harper.
Co-Chair artsScene Edmonton
By day, Cat works at the Alberta Energy Regulator as a communications and administrative assistant. By night, Cat studies flamenco dance and is involved with arts events and festivals in Edmonton. She was a member of the organizing committee that hosted the first Iranian-focused visual arts exhibit in the city, has performed in the Winnipeg, Victoria, Edmonton, and Edinburgh fringe festivals, and hosts speed dating nights (!). Cat has lived overseas several times and is a keen traveler - 25 countries and counting! She holds a Tourism Management diploma, a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in entrepreneurial management, and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Communications and Technology. She was awarded the Governor General's Collegiate Bronze Academic Medal.
Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries & Casino Corporation
21inc’s 21Leaders Program, 2014-15 Cohort
Co-Chair artsScene Halifax
A creative communications leader, Stacy O’Rourke has been providing strategic communications counsel to the not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors for the past 13 years.
Since moving back to Nova Scotia, Stacy has utilized her expertise to help grow and sustain her passion for arts and culture in the region. She is an active contributor through her board positions with Fusion Halifax, 2b Theatre and as Co-Chair of artsScene Halifax where she planned events such as neighborhood art walks and Halifax’s first 48 Hour Film Competition to engage young business and creative professionals.
Curator | Advocate | Artist
Recently completed work includes Arrivals.ca (Arrivals Canada.) As the first commission of TO2015, this project saw a 100m long transparent photo of the eyes of new citizens across the front windows of city hall — allowing City Councillors to ‘look through the eyes of a newcomer’. The project also included adding an Arrivals section to the ‘Births and Deaths’ / Obits section of the Toronto Star.
Greatest hits also include the HYPE (Helping Young People Excel) series at the AGO, a mural and research project at Kingston Penitentiary, and Canada’s first major exhibition of street art (held at the ROM). His curatorial record also includes the acclaimed Streetscape programming for Luminato 2008, which simultaneously occurred at Regent Park and the former Tent City. Devon was also the art director of Ignite the Americas which saw artistic participation from over 40 Pan American nations.
As a community organizer, Devon is a co-founder and former visual arts director of Manifesto Festival. He also founded BeautifulCity.ca – an alliance of over 60 organizations that created a levy on billboards for art. This led to Toronto council to allot 17.5 million dollars in additional annual arts spending over the next four years. Devon is a member of the Toronto City Summit Alliance’s ELN and serves as president of the CARFAC Ontario board and on the Toronto Arts Council board.
Devon holds an MA in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths, and has graduated from programs in Non-profit as well as HR management from Ryerson. Devon has done talks for CARFAC, OCAD, UofT, Luminato, Artscape, Manifesto Jamaica, OpenWalls Spain, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Ontario Nonprofit Network and many more. Devon has also been asked to develop and co-lead a course on Arts Advocacy for the University of Toronto for the 2014 academic year.
Devon is the lead curator and co-founder of the Pan Am Path ( http://www.panampath.org .) This project includes connecting a 80km multi-use trail from Brampton to Pickering – uniting the region with arts, culture and active living opportunities. In July 2013 the City to invested 1.9 million dollars to complete the trail’s infrastructure improvements. Devon is now developing the cultural programming for the path with arts organizations from across the region.
Vice-Présidente Finance & Administration
Showcare Event Solutions
Co-Chair artsScene Montreal
Co-Chair artsScene Winnipeg
Manager, Ontario Culture Days
In 2010, Aubrey led the campaign for the inaugural Culture Days in Ontario, which is the largest public participation event undertaken by the arts and culture community in Canadian history (www.culturedays.ca). Since then, Ontario Culture Days has grown exponentially into an annual event with 1670+ free activities that takes place in more than 170 communities across Ontario, involving thousands of artists, arts and cultural organizations, heritage groups and volunteers. 2014 marked the 5th anniversary of Culture Days, which was celebrated across Ontario with the project Conduct Us.
In 2009, Aubrey was Artistic Producer and Project Manager of spOtlight, a pilot program of the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario’s Ministry of Culture. From 2004-2008, Aubrey was the Programming Director at Trinity Square Video, one of Canada’s oldest artist-run centres where she curated exhibitions of local, national and international artists.
Aubrey is also an artist working in film, video, installation and drawing. She has shown her artwork internationally at the Kasseler Documentary Film und VideoFest in Kassel, Germany and across Canada at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Images Festival, Harbourfront Centre, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Dunlop Art Gallery, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and Ed Video, among others. Aubrey’s work has been recognized with grants and awards from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Currently she is working on a 16mm film titled Lethe that explores the elusive power that forgetting has on our lives.
Aubrey holds a M.A. in Curatorial Studies from Bard College in New York and a B.A. in Visual Arts and Arts Management from the University of Toronto. www.aubreyreeves.com
Royal Bank of Canada
Brand & Business Strategist, Author and Speaker
Gloria Roheim McRae is known for her leadership as an author, strategist and speaker. She moved through 21 different jobs in four different sectors before starting her first business in 2010. Today she is the Co-Founder of Wedge15 Inc., a company that helps brands, – big and small – with online Business and Branding Strategy.
What you may not know about Gloria is that she is fluent in English, French and Hungarian, earned a BA from McGill University, and an MA from the University of Toronto. She writes for The Huffington Post and is invited regularly by the media to share her views on business, branding, and love. You can count on Gloria to keep it real, and to ensure that chocolate chip cookies will not last more than minutes in her presence.
Gloria penned her first book in 2013 called, BYOB: The Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss. It quickly became an Amazon.ca best-seller in Entrepreneurship and Self-Esteem, and she’s been travelling at home and abroad to share her lessons since.
Manager, Marketing Communications Planning
Co-Chair artsScene Toronto
An outgoing leader with experience in marketing and advertising. A graduate of McGill University with a Bachelors degree in Commerce demonstrating high academic achievement. Proficient with new technology and acknowledged as a results-oriented, deadline-driven team builder and self-starter with high energy.
President & Co-Founder
Looking for Ali? Like most 21st century leaders, he can usually be found at Starbucks 3-4 days a week, but not picking up his Grande Americano Misto…instead you will find him behind the counter, working as a barista. This may come across as odd for someone who has an Engineering degree from McGill, worked at McKinsey & Company, has an MBA, and most recently served as COO of one of the largest seniors housing organizations in Alberta, until you start to understand his vision.
Ali is passionate about Seniors care, particularly those living with Dementia. He is frustrated by the lack of quality options that exist today for seniors and their families when it comes to creating a meaningful quality of life both at home and within facilities as they exist today. Ali's goal to redefine the model of seniors care, from one that focus on clinical outcomes, to one that focus on customer service. Effectively, Ali would like to merge the worlds of Starbucks and Seniors Care.
Ali holds a certificate in Value Based Health Care Delivery from Harvard Business School, an MBA from INSEAD where he was selected as MBA student of the year and as one of four international MBA students of the year from the Association of MBAs. He was also named one of youngest Calgary's Top 40 under 40 recipients in 2006.
Artist/Community Liaison & Operations Coordinator
Ottawa International Children's Festival
Administration and Operations Manager
Ottawa Jazz Festival
Co-Chair artsScene Ottawa-Gatineau
Kaitlyn Stokes works for the Ottawa International Children’s Festival and Ottawa Jazz Festival as the Administration and Operations Lead. She attended St. Lawrence College for Social Service Work and Algonquin College for the graduate program in Event Management. She has worked with several non-profit organizations in various capacities and is enthusiastic about bringing her arts experience to the table. Kaitlyn is passionate about her community and knows the importance of the arts in making it vibrant and thriving. She is excited to be working with artScene Ottawa-Gatineau, and is eager to combine her love for Ottawa and for the arts to help invigorate culture in this great city.
Field Marketing Specialist
Co-Chair artsScene Winnipeg
Associate Director of Development
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Takol Real Estate Inc.
Takashi Yamashita has nearly two decades of diverse real estate, finance, development, architecture, and management experience serving private equity, institutional, and corporate investors in the commercial real estate industry. His experience includes leading portfolio valuations during the global economic crisis to being an early adopter of technology that impact commercial leasing to analyzing and executing real estate investments in major Canadian and international markets.
Takashi holds MBA and Architecture degrees and is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Manitoba Association of Architects. He is the recipient of Canadian design awards and academic distinctions. Takashi serves on the Board of various non-profit organizations in the Canadian arts. He is married and lives with his family in Toronto, Canada.
Regional Outreach and Engagement Manager
Atlantic Film Festival
Co-Chair artsScene Halifax
Rose Zack is a passionate arts administrator, with nearly 15 years experience through her various roles with cultural organizations in Alberta and Nova Scotia. Currently the Regional Outreach and Engagement Manager for the Atlantic Film Festival, overseeing the popular summer film series, Outdoor Film Experience. Rose’s love for culture and her adopted home province has her actively involved as a volunteer with a number of cultural organizations and events, as well as serving as a board member with several local and National arts organizations, including Centre for Art Tapes, Creative Cities Network and Business for the Arts - ArtScene and Nocturne: Art at Night.
Rose has received numerous accolades for her commitment to art and culture, including the Chronical Herald’s Arts & Culture Honour Role (2011), Canadian Progress Club’s Women of Excellence Awards – Arts & Culture (2012), Progress Magazine’s People We Love 2012 (Vol. 19 No. 2) and Fusion’s GO Awards – Arts & Culture (2012).
Prior to moving to Halifax in 2007, Rose worked in Public Programming for 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.