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Paul Gravett


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Paul Gravett Consulting and Interim Management (BC)

Paul Gravett studied piano in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, receiving a degree in piano performance from the University of Manitoba, and later worked as a free-lance accompanist and vocal coach in Toronto. The desire for a stable income eventually took over and Paul shifted career to artists’ management and representation. After another move and shift in career, Paul became a facility manager and concert presenter first at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island and then later at Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. Before setting out as an independent consultant and interim manager, Paul was Executive Director for the Vancouver Recital Society. Paul was honoured to receive two awards in 2008: the Business Citizen of the Year Award by the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and the Unity in Diversity award from the West Vancouver Bahá'í community. In addition to President for CAPACOA, Paul is also chair for the Alliance for Arts and Culture.



Melanie Fernandez


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Director & Artistic Director

Director of Community and Education Programmes at Harbourfront Centre and Artistic Director of the summer festival season. She is responsible for community cultural development initiatives, the multidisciplinary festival activities, lifelong learning programmes and volunteer services. During her tenure many new programme initiatives such as the city-wide Planet IndigenUs (an international exploration of contemporary aboriginal arts), Culture Shock: Voices of an Emerging Generation Youth Arts Festival, Learning for Living, Carnivalissima, Masters of World Music, Luminat’eau, What Is Classical?, and many other programmes have been launched. Melanie has served on numerous Boards and advisory committees including: Cultural Pluralism in the Arts (University of Toronto), Community Arts Ontario, A Space Gallery, Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre, the Canadian Commission of UNESCO, and Canada Council for the Arts Racial Equity Committee, Toronto Arts Council, etc.



Margot Holmes


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Owner and Proprietor
Caline Artists International (BC)

Margot has owned and operated Caline Artists International for the past 20 years. She has worked with solo artists to large ensembles in a variety of genres touring across north America, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has worked with arts organizations in a capacity of senior staff. Margot is currently the Executive Director of both the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo and the British Columbia Boys Choir. Margot holds a unique position in the arts management field acting as an agent and presenter and sees the challenges of both, with the ultimate goal of presenting Canadian artists in communities large and small. Caline Artists International was awarded BC Agent of the Year in 2008 and Margot was awarded the Arts & Culture Advocate Award by the Centre for the Arts Nanaimo in 2007. Margot has sat on the BC Touring Council Board of Directors for the past six years as an Agent representative.



Phyllis Stenson

Past President

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Phyllis has been the Artistic Director of the Harrison Festival in BC for the last 28 years. The ten day event has focused on culturally diverse music and dance since its inception.  Strong partnerships have also been established with the local aboriginal community. In addition to the festival, the organization presents ten concerts during the year. Phyllis is a co-founder of WRAD, the Western Artistic Directors of Roots Music Festivals and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2006.



Board Members

Lynne Bailey
Executive Director
Prairie Debut (MB)

Lynne Bailey has been Executive Director of Prairie Debut since its inception in 1997. Based in Manitoba and incorporated in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, this non-profit organization regional touring network has thus far presented over 400 full length performances to communities of all sizes throughout the Prairie Provinces and in the Yukon. The goal of Prairie Debut has been twofold: to present professional Canadian world and classical music artists; and work collaboratively with existing provincial networks / organizations in the presentation of artistic excellence. Lynne previously held the position as Administrator of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and has been active as a Board member for numerous arts organizations and Community Foundations in Manitoba.



Laurie Gillis
Executive Director
Atlantic Presenters Association (PE)

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.




Margo Kane This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Founder and Artistic Director
Full Circle: First Nations Performance (BC)

Internationally acclaimed Cree-Saulteaux performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For 40 years she has been recognized as a storyteller, dancer, singer, animator, choreographer, video and installation artist, director, producer, writer, community development worker and mentor. Moonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Aboriginal Canadian classic, toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. The Sydney Press (AU) during The Festival of the Dreaming praised it as being ‘in the top echelon of solo performance.’ She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver where she lives.

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.



Robert KerrRobert L. Kerr
Executive Director
Fort York National Historic Site (ON)

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.



Julien Paquin This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Paquin Entertainment Group (ON)

Raised in an environment suffused with music and creativity, he displayed a natural aptitude for the industry from an early age and in 1993, joined his father, Gilles, as an agent at Paquin Entertainment. In a short time, Julien fortified the value of his role at the company and developed a vision to push the Agency to new levels. In 1999, propelled by continued dedication and success within the Agency, Julien spearheaded the opening of Paquin Entertainment's Toronto office. Under Julien's direction, the Agency roster has steadily grown to over 150 acts, representing a broad spectrum of musical styles. Julien's commitment and contribution to both Paquin Entertainment and the industry-at-large continues to be recognized; he recently won his sixth Canadian Country Music Award for Agent of the Year.



Stefania Paterak

Programming Manager

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 experience also includes Volunteer Management and Special Events Coordination.



David Pay

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Artistic Director
David Pay is the founder and Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Music on Main where he has earned an international reputation as one of today’s leading-edge classical and contemporary music programmers. Dave has served on faculty at Capilano University and frequently guest lectures at the Banff Centre, the Royal Conservatory, and conferences across North America and Europe. As an independent arts consultant, he specialises in strategy, artistic planning, and producing and has worked with leading arts organizations, musicians, and video artists.





Debbie Peters This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Owner and CEO of MOM
Magnum Opus Management (YT)

Ably equipped with a degree in music and her talents as a musician, Magnum Opus Management (MOM) founder Debbie Peters launched a successful teaching career out of her own music studio. Ongoing training in management and marketing, and an increased involvement in the Canadian music industry caused a shift of focus towards artist management. For the past eleven years, Debbie has operated MOM, guiding artists through every aspect of their career development, from the creation of a unified vision for both performance and recording through to the nitty gritty of making that vision a reality. With thirty years experience working in the arts as a performer, producer, consultant, agent and manager, Debbie now focuses much of her energy on developing new audiences for some of Canada's finest musicians.



Dominique Soutif This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Coordonnateur à la programmation
Société du Palais Montcalm (QC)

Dominique Soutif has been a producer at Radio-Canada in Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal & Ottawa for over 20 years.  In adition to creating & directing a variety of programs, he has also produced hundreds of recording sessions specializing in jazz & world music winning along the way a Juno award & five West Coast Music Awards for his disc recordings. He has also programmed a number of world music channels, taught audio & radio production at St-Paul University in Ottawa and collaborated with the Canada Council for the Arts as a music program officer. In 2006-2007 he programmed all non-classical performances at the Quebec Scene of the National Arts Centre of Canada. For the past 5 years he has been the programming coordinator at La Société du Palais Montcalm in Québec city.



Josée Vaillancourt This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Executive Director
Réseau Ontario (ON)

Josée Vaillancourt is the Executive Director of Réseau Ontario, a provincial arts service organization based in Ottawa. Josée has a passion for the arts and culture. She is very much involved in her community and province. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française and is also on the board of the Festival franco-ontarien. Josée lived in Manitoba for six years where she was the Executive Director of Festival du Voyageur. In 2007, she was awarded the Aspiring Youth Award by Travel Manitoba. She was also awarded the Horizon Award by Meeting Professionals International for her initiative and creativity in event management.