Michele Emslie is currently the Community Programming Director at Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon. Ms Emslie is passionate about serving the needs of the Northern arts community and is currently working on developing a Northern Presenting Network. Over the past 20 years she has worked with a variety of performing and visual arts events and organizations including the Yukon International Storytelling Festival; Whitehorse Concerts and was a key organizer of the Pan-Northern contingent at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. She has also been involved with many ground-breaking initiatives for Northern artists and cultural workers alike including Co-Chair of the 2007 Canada Winter Games Cultural Festival, Chair of the 2011 BreakOut West Host and co-founded and is President of ArtsNet, Yukon’s arts alliance organization.
Chris Dearlove is the General Manager of the Scenes at Canada’s National Arts Centre, where he oversees the music programming and operations for one of the country’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festivals. Before taking on his current role in 2007, he was Orchestra Manager of the NAC Orchestra for a number of years and gained considerable experience in domestic and international touring, recording and distance learning. During his time at the NAC, he has worked on a range of initiatives, including new support for artistic creation and innovation, market development for festival artists, and audience engagement. Before embarking on a career in arts administration, Chris completed performance degrees in percussion at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto.
Robert has a long and successful history leading arts organizations, programming and producing extraordinary festivals and events emphasizing partnership, collaboration and community engagement. Career highlights include positions as Program Director for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, founding Executive Director of Coastal Jazz & Blues Society / Vancouver International Jazz Festival, founding President of the NASO Jazz Festivals Canada, and Producing Artistic Director of Major Civic Events for Vancouver 125. Robert is currently Supervisor Special Events for the City of Toronto at Fort York National Historic Site.
Since October, 2012 Kurt has been the director at the Canmore Folk Music Festival - Alberta’s longest running folk festival - where he oversees the programming, marketing, administration, fundraising and production for the festival. Prior to this, Kurt was manager of presentations at The Banff Centre where he worked for over 30 years. He was responsible for planning, organizing and presenting a performing arts series that was a virtual smorgasbord of dance, music, theatre, family and multi-cultural events. The series featured artists of regional, national, and international prominence as well as new, emerging artists and original works, with a high priority on Canadian programming. Kurt was also responsible for marketing and promotion of these presentations, staff and facility management, and sponsorship/fundraising for the series. Over the years, Kurt has worked with many presenters and presenting networks, festivals and arts service organizations across Canada, the U.S., and abroad. He has been actively involved as a board member and jury member for numerous organizations and has attended a myriad of showcases, conferences, festivals, and performances - most of which he remembers.
Michele is a multiple award-winning producer, presenter, playwright, director, designer and arts administrator with 30 years’ experience in the arts and in grass-roots community organization. Michele is the founder and artistic director of Stage Left, which focuses on her innovative blend of professional arts production, bottom-up change processes and radical social justice. Her artistic vision is to disrupt dominant social paradigms that render difference invisible and/or undesirable in society. Michele graduated with distinction from Mount Royal College’s Theatre Arts Diploma Program. She has a BFA in Secondary Drama Education from the University of Calgary, and professional broadcast, film and video production training at SAIT. Michele has served on a range of many different Boards, from the Southern Alberta Cooperative Housing Association to Downstage Productions to the Board of Governors of Mount Royal College.
Since 2013, Josh has been the Theatre Supervisor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan’s Shell Theatre. His 20 year career in the arts has provided opportunity to serve as project manager, production designer, and organizer throughout Canada, United States and Europe. From Cruise Ships (RCI) to international conferences and large-scale awards shows (NASCAR) his varied operational experience is highly sought after. Developing relationships with presenting organizations and committees as a board and jury member Josh now enjoys the thriving arts community in Alberta. A fervent musician his balance of creativity and technical experience gives a unique perspective to finding success through innovation, process development and technology.
Laurie is one of Atlantic Canada's leading arts administrators with a passion for developing the industry in her native Atlantic Canada. Laurie has played a pivotal role in the creation and development of a variety of regional performing arts events and has helped bring Atlantic Canadian arts to international acclaim. In the past 20 years, she has worked with organizations such as, the East Coast Music Association, the Culture & Ceremonies Division at the 2011 Canada Games, Debut Atlantic and her current role is as the Executive Director of the Atlantic Presenters Association.
She has received various awards, nominations and recognition for her performances for TV, film and stage. Her work with young people was recognized with the Canadian Achievement Award in 1991 from The Capitol Commission. Her return to the screen with principal roles in Dreamkeepers and Unnatural and Accidental, resulted in a BC Film LEO Award for Best Supporting Actress in the screenplay adaptation of Marie Clements play, The Unnatural and Accidental Women’. She received the Inaugural Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction from UBCP – Union of BC Performers as well as a Jesse Theatre Award in Vancouver for Best Supporting Actress in Where the Blood Mixes, Kevin Loring’s 2009 Governor-General’s Award-winning play.
Kevin Korchinski is the Executive Director for The Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC). Kevin started with OSAC in August 2004 as the Performing Arts Coordinator and held that position until February 2010 at which point he was named Executive Director. Korchinski has spent his career in the music business, beginning with managing record stores in Saskatchewan and Alberta. In 1988, he returned to Saskatchewan to be the Sales and Promotion Representative for Warner Music Canada and spent thirteen years working with local, national and international artists. Since entering the Non Profit Arts and Culture sector in 2004, Kevin has enjoyed the chance to not only work again with artists from across the country, but to also work with the many OSAC volunteers who give of their time to help make their communities a better place and who make OSAC’s “Bringing the Arts to You” brand possible.
Danielle Lefebvre is the founder and general manager of an agency for musical artists. She won the 2014 Agent of the Year award from the British Columbia Touring Council and was nominated for CAPACOA’s Agent of the Year award in 2011. With a background that includes French horn studies in Quebec’s conservatories, piano and teaching certificates as well as various ear training and dictation awards, Danielle Lefebvre brings a unique expertise and synergy to her organization. Boasting an outstanding roster of artists and a solid team of tour agents, Danielle Lefebvre’s agency enjoys a strong presence in Canada, Mexico and South America. It has also started to focus its market development efforts in Europe and the United States. Over its 15 years of existence, the agency has built an excellent reputation in the industry.
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall (ON)
Stefania Paterak is a Programming Manager at The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall where she works as part of a team to present a wide variety of programming. She is excited by innovative ways to develop artists and audiences, cultivating those relationships and building communities. Stefania has worked closely with the CAPACOA team and has been a part of The Succession Plan program since 2010. Her career ex
Shahin Sayadi is the founder and artistic director of Halifax-based Onelight Theatre and the Prismatic Arts Festival. He studied technical scenography at Dalhousie University and has worked for more than 15 years in performing arts. His original theatre productions have toured nationally and internationally. Prismatic is Canada's leading inter-disciplinary arts festival that showcases the work of Indigenous and culturally diverse artists. Shahin has served on the board of directors for several organizations, including PACT.