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2017

National Arts Services
Organizations
Annual Meeting

December 7 & 8, 2017

Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin Steet, Ottawa, ON K1P 5V8
NASO Meeting Agenda
The theme for this gathering is Emerging Trends in Canadian Arts: Addressing the Challenges
of Demographic Shifts, Digital Technology and Funding Changes. This will be explored over the
length of the gathering, i.e., 1.5 days, and begin with a conversation with Canada Council’s CEO
and Director, Simon Brault to discuss the changes to the Council’s granting programs, their
criteria, timelines, adjudication processes, assessment, evaluation and any developments
following the initial implementation of Council’s New Funding Model, and, to explore the
developing relationship between NASOs and Council.

Following Mr. Brault’s presentation, there will be a distinguished panel involving three Senators
and representatives of National Arts Services Organizations who will address the themes in the
context of what is needed to build on and enhance a healthy arts ecology and what NASOs and
Council can contribute to this.

This session will also provide NASO representatives with opportunities to share and learn from
each other and, thereby, in a peer-to-peer format enhance representatives’ professional and
organizational development on the following issues:

• Impact measurements in terms of criteria, methodologies and relationship to the provision of
arts services, e.g., equity and diversity, uses of new technologies for production, dissemination
and engagement of artists

• The potential of digital technology to support artistic development, collaborative projects, the
development of learning and sharing network
s amongst NASO members; and

• The implications of Indigenous sovereignty and changing demographics in the arts, particularly
the growth, issues and concerns of historically-marginalized artists and communities, i.e.,
racialized peoples; Deaf, Mad and Disabled peoples; women; Official Language Minorities; and
LGBQT peoples; related issues include the advantages and drawbacks of self-identification

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The agendas for Thursday December 7 and Friday December 8 are below.

Thursday, December 7:
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Registration

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Welcoming, Opening Remarks and Review of Agenda – charles c. smith
(Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario on behalf of the NASO/
Canada Council for the Arts Annual Meeting Organizing Committee)

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Introduction of Simon Brault, CEO and Director Canada Council for the Arts

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Panel Session with Senators Lankin, Cormier and Bovey, and, NASO
representatives Kate Cornell (Canadian Dance Assembly), Clayton Windatt
and Raven Davis (Aboriginal Curatorial Collective)

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Health Break

4:45 pm – 6:15 pm Panel Session on Impact Assessment with Margo Charlton (Toronto Arts
Foundation), Christina Loewen (Opera.ca), Kristian Clarke and Gabriel
Zamfir (Canada Council for the Arts)

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Reception at the Lord Elgin with Greetings by Sean Casey (Global Public)

Friday, December 8:

8:15 am – 9:00 am Registration

9:00 am – 10:30 am Panel Session on Digital Technology with Frederic Julien (CAPACOA),
Meriol Lehmann (Artist) and Sylvie Gilbert (Canada Council for the Arts)

10:30 am – 10:45 am Health Break

10:45 am – 12:30 pm Panel Session on Equity with Maggy Razafimbahiny (La Fédération
Culturelle Canadienne-Française), Phyllis Novak (SKETCH), Steven Loft
and Aimé Dontigny (Canada Council for the Arts)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Developing Common NASO Actions for 2018

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Speakers’ Bios:
Simon Brault, CEO and Director Canada Council for the Arts

Simon Brault began his five-year term as Director and CEO of the Canada
Council for the Arts on June 26, 2014. He comes to the position with a
full understanding of his role, having served as Vice-Chair of the Council’s
Board of Directors from 2004 to 2014.

Mr. Brault has been active in the cultural sector for over 30 years and
has been a driving force behind a number of major projects. Notably,
as Administrative Director and Director General of the National Theatre
School of Canada, he coordinated the ambitious project of restoring Photo: Tony Fouhse
Montréal’s historic Monument-National.

He has held key positions in national organizations and has participated actively in initiatives
such as the Forum d’action des milieux culturels de la Métropole, the steering committee of
the Chantier de l’économie sociale, the Montréal Summit, the Rendez-vous novembre 2007
Montréal Métropole culturelle and Agenda 21C de la culture au Québec. An initiator of Journées
de la culture, he was also a founding member and Chair of Culture Montréal from 2002 to 2014.
In October 2016, he was also appointed to the board of directors of the International Federation
of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA).

A much sought-after speaker, Mr. Brault has given many speeches at national and international
venues addressing the economic and social contributions of the arts and culture.

His first non-fiction book, Le facteur C : l’avenir passe par la culture (La Presse / Éditions Voix
parallèles, 2009), explained the dramatic rise of cultural concerns in the public agenda. This lively,
highly-acclaimed work was published in English as No Culture, No Future (Cormorant Books,
2010).

Simon Brault has received numerous distinctions for his commitment to the social recognition
of the arts and culture. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officier de l’Ordre national du
Québec, a Fellow of the CGA Order and the CPA Order, and is a recipient of the 2009 Keith Kelly
Award for Cultural Leadership. In 2015, he received the Quebec CPA Order’s prestigious Outstanding
Achievement Award for bringing together “two worlds that were once disparate – the arts and
business – an alliance that significantly benefits society at large.”

Honourable Senator Frances Lankin P.C., C.M.

Senator Lankin spent more than 10 years as the CEO of United Way
Toronto. She also served as an Ontario provincial Minister of Government
Services and Chair of Management Board, Minister of Health and Long
Term Care, Minister of Economic Development and Trade and Legislator
for 11 years (1990-2001).

She has contributed to a number of diverse government
bodies and initiatives, including as a Member of the Security P. 3
Intelligence Review Committee, Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon
Committee on Federal Grants and Contributions, Co-Commissioner of the Commission for the
Reform of Social Assistance in Ontario and Member of the Premier’s Advisory Council on
Government Business Assets.

She currently serves as a Board Director for Hydro One, and Board Director and Chair of the
Social Responsibility Committee for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission. Ms. Lankin was
the inaugural Chair of the National NewsMedia Council, former Chair of the Ontario Press Council,
former Board Director of Metrolinx and has extensive previous experience as a volunteer on a
number of Not-for-Profit boards.

She is a Member of Privy Council and a Member of the Order of Canada. Ms. Lankin has received
Honorary Doctorates from Queen’s University, Ryerson University, University of Windsor and
Nipissing University and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee Medals. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her work in
community and politics including the Equal Voice “eVe” award.

Honourable Senator René Cormier

The Honourable René Cormier joined the Senate of Canada on November
15, 2016, as an independent, non-partisan senator from New Brunswick.
Senator Cormier is a man of action committed to a citizen-driven
approach to the development of Acadia, New Brunswick, and La
francophonie. He has extensive professional experience in arts and culture.

Educated in music at l’Université du Québec à Montréal and in theatre
at l’École internationale Jacques LeCoq, in Paris, this multidisciplinary
artist has held a number of positions within Canada’s cultural ecosystem, including that of artistic
director, director, actor, musician, composer, cultural manager, and announcer.

A renowned leader and accomplished artist, Senator Cormier has been working for nearly 40
years to ensure that arts and culture are better integrated in every aspect of Acadian and Canadian
society. He has led countless cultural organizations and events, including providing direction for and
presenting a number of variety shows on Radio-Canada television, providing artistic and general
direction at the Théâtre populaire d’Acadie, artistic direction for the National Arts Centre biennial
Zones Théâtrales, artistic direction for the 2009 Congrès mondial acadien, and management of the
États généraux des arts et de la culture dans la société acadienne au Nouveau-Brunswick within
the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB). In that
role, Senator Cormier worked tirelessly with his colleagues on bringing together various linguistic
and cultural communities in his native province.

Honourable René Cormier is very involved in his community and has also chaired a number of
national and international organizations, including the Commission internationale du théâtre
francophone (CITF), the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF), the Association des
théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC), and the New Brunswick Arts Board. He has also sat on
a number of boards of directors, including that of TV5 Québec-Canada, the Canadian Conference
of the Arts, and the Atlantic Visual Arts Festival.

A lifelong Acadian activist, from 2015 until his appointment to the Upper
Chamber, Senator Cormier presided over the Société Nationale de l’Acadie (SNA), P. 4
the representative organization for the Acadian people in Atlantic Canada, nationally, and
internationally.

Mr. Cormier is recognized for his integrity, his professionalism, his ability to bring people together,
and his motivational skills. He has earned many recognitions throughout his career including
the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France (2003), the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique
(2008), the Éloize award for theatre artist of the year (2000), the Jean-Claude Marcus award for
his contribution to francophone theatre in Canada, and the Economic Council of New Brunswick
manager of the year award in 2000.

Senator René Cormier lives in Caraquet, New Brunswick, a vibrant Acadian municipality known as
the cultural capital of Acadia.

Patricia Bovey, FRSA, FCMA: Honourable Manitoba Senator

Patricia Bovey, appointed to the Senate of Canada in November 2016
representing Manitoba, is a Winnipeg-based gallery director and curator,
art historian, writer, professor and, for many years, a management
consultant in the arts and not-for-profit sector.

Formerly Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1999-2004) and the Art
Gallery of Greater Victoria (1980-1999), she was appointed Director Emerita
of the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2014. She was a founder of the Buhler
Gallery at St Boniface Hospital; the University of Winnipeg’s Manitoba Arts and Culture Manage-
ment Program, and MA in Curatorial Practice; the British Columbia Government House Foundation
and the National Fundraising Society (NSFRE) Vancouver Island Chapter. Director/Curator of the
Buhler Gallery from its 2007 inception to Dec 2016, she is Adjunct Professor of Art History at
the University of Winnipeg, and from 1995-1997 was Adjunct Professor in the School of Public
Administration at the University of Victoria. She writes and lectures widely on Western Canadian art.

Former Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba, she has served on the
Boards of the National Gallery of Canada (2005 – 2009) and the Canada Council for the Arts (1990-
1993); the 1986 Withrow/Richard Federal Task Force on National and Regional Museums; the
National Board for the Canadian Center for Cultural Management at the University of Waterloo
(2002-2010); is a past Chair of the Board of Governors of Emily Carr University and of the Canadian
Art Museum Directors Organization. She was a member of the Public Art Committee of the City of
Winnipeg (2003-2007), and of the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Art to develop Winnipeg’s Public Art
Policy (2002-2003). Former member of the Board of the University of Manitoba Press, she presently
serves on the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation. She served as Board Chair of the Centre for Contempo-
rary Canadian Art, and was a member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation; the Manitoba Rhodes
Scholarship and Loran Scholarship Selection committees; the board of Manitoba Artists in Healthcare
and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

The recipient of the 2015 Winnipeg Arts Council Investors Making a Difference Award, Bovey’s
honours include her appointment as Fellow of the UK’s Royal Society for the Arts, and as Fellow of
the Canadian Museums Association; the Canada 125 Medal; the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal;
Winnipeg’s 2002 Woman of Distinction for the Arts; the Canadian Museums Association Distinguished
Service Award; the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal; and the 2013 Association
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Kate Cornell, Canadian Dance Assembly

Kate Cornell is an arts advocate, and writer based in Toronto. Kate ad-
vocates nationally on behalf of the arts sector as the Co-Chair of the
Canadian Arts Coalition/la Coalition canadienne des arts. As English-language
spokesperson for the Coalition, she has been interviewed by the Globe
and Mail, Canadian Press, and CBC’s The National. With a PhD in
Communication and Culture, her graduate research focused on Canadian
cultural policies for dance at the federal level. Her research has been
published extensively in anthologies, journals, magazines, and online.
Kate has worked in arts management for two decades at a range of organizations including: the
Canada Dance Festival, Toronto Dance Theatre, the CanAsian International Dance Festival, the
National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Society for Dance Studies/La sociétécanadienned’études
en danse, and most recently as the Canadian Dance Assembly’s Executive Director. Over the
years, Kate has taught at several university performing arts and education programs; she now
acts as a mentor in arts management internship programs. Kate sits on Advocacy Committees at
the municipal and provincial levels; notably, she is a founding member of the Mass Culture/
Mobilisation Culturelle research lab initiative. Kate Cornell is the proud recipient of the John
Hobday Award in Arts Management (2016) from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Clayton Windatt

Born in St. Catharines, Clayton Windatt has lived in the Northeastern
region of Ontario for most of his life and is a Métis Multi-artist. After
working as Director of the White Water Gallery Artist-Run Centre for
seven years, he now works as Executive Director of the Aboriginal
Curatorial Collective and as an independent curator. Clayton holds a BA
in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received his Graphic Design
certification from Canadore College. He works actively with several arts
organizations locally, provincially and nationally on committees and
boards of directors, including working with the National Arts Service Organization planning
committee, Visual Arts Alliance, and CARFAC Ontario. Clayton maintains contract positions with
various theatre programs and works as a critical writer and columnist for various newspapers
and magazines. He works with the ON THE EDGE fringe festival, the Future In Safe Hands
Collective, the Blood Teeth Bones Collective, and currently works with Business for the Arts as a
Mentor in their ArtsVest program. Clayton works as a community artist, an events coordinator,
a writer, designer, curator, performer, theatre technician, and consultant, and is an active visual
and media artist.

Raven Davis
Raven Davis is an Indigenous, mixed race, 2-Spirit multidisciplinary artist, curator, community
organizer and speaker from the Anishinaabek (Ojibwa) Nation in Manitoba Born and raised in
Tkaronto (Toronto) and currently splitting time working between K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and Tkaronto.
Raven blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, their 2-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabe-
mowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms. Raven is also a proud parent
to 3 sons.
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Margo Charlton, Research and Impact Manager
Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation

Margo has worked in the arts as a producer, artistic director and
administrator for over three decades and held the position of Theatre
Officer at Toronto Arts Council from 2002 to 2013. As a consultant, she
has developed art-based research methods and conducted program
evaluations and strategic planning for a wide variety of arts and community
organizations.

She was the lead researcher for Transforming Communities Through the Arts, a SSHRC-funded
study of three Toronto neighbourhoods. Starting in 2014, she has worked on the development of
Art Stats, an annual public survey about arts engagement in Toronto that acts as an information
and advocacy tool for the arts and culture sector.

In 2016, she was appointed Research and Impact Manager for Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts
Foundation. In her new position she is focusing on capturing the impact of strategic partnerships.

Christina Loewen, Opera.ca

Christina Loewen joined Opera.ca in July 2008 as Director of Operations.
For over 14 years, Christina has worked in the performing arts sector in
opera, music and dance in roles ranging from marketing and touring to
general management. Christina spent five years with Opera Ontario, the
partnership of Opera Hamilton into Kitchener-Waterloo Opera, served as
Director of Touring for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and most recently
as Managing Director for Danny Grossman Dance Company. She holds a
degree in Theatre and Dramatic Literature from Brock University, in St.
Catharines, Ontario and an Arts Administration diploma from Confederation College, Thunder
Bay, Ontario.

In 2016, Opera.ca began a new strategic plan called “Charting Our Civic Impact”. Since then, the
ASO has clarified a Theory of Change, established a starting point through simple research, and
applied a constant and sustained focus on themes of Inclusion, Equity, Diversity and Accessibility
in all its programming.

Kristian Clarke

Kristian Clarke has over 15 years of experience working in the arts
sector and sees himself as a Creative Visionary with particular interests
in artist-run advocacy, proposal development, dispute resolution and
policy development at municipal, provincial and federal levels. Kristian
also serves on the Board for the Canadian Arts Resources Foundation
of Ontario [(CARFO) recently rebranded as CANVAS], WorkInCulture,
which supports the people who work in the cultural sector
through life-long career development and business
skills training and Arts Build Ontario which is the only organization in Ontario
dedicated to realizing long-term solutions for building, managing and P. 7
financing the sustainable arts facilities needed in Ontario communities. In his spare time,
Kristian can be found swimming with his 11 year-old daughter named Phoibe on Georgian
Bay. Kristian is a current Phd Candidate in the Cultural Studies Department at Queen’s
University. Research Interests: Artist-centred advocacy, cultural policy, Massey Commission.

Gabriel Zamfir, B.Fin., MBA
Manager, Research and Performance Measurement.
Canada Council for the Arts

Gabriel Zamfir has been Manager, Research and Performance Measure-
ment for the Canada Council for the Arts since November 2016 (Senior
Research Officer since July 2014 and Acting Director from July 2016 to July
2017). Previously, he worked as a Senior Financial Data Analyst for CADAC
and the Administration and Finance Director of The Biennial of Montreal.

Gabriel has more than 19 years’ experience as a management analyst with extensive
focus on corporate and project management, business strategy, budgeting, research and reporting,
strategic data analysis and performance measurement. With a strong commitment to the arts
milieu during the last ten years, Gabriel is interested in professional research and analysis related
to Economic and social added value of the arts, Measuring intrinsic value of the cultural capital
of Canadian communities, and the New perspective of the sense of accountability in the arts
organizations’ milieu.

He holds an executive MBA, a Diploma in International Commercial Law and a Bachelor
in Finance. Gabriel is a Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education alumnus. He completed
the Online Leadership Series: Nonprofit Financial Stewardship (2012), Strategic Frameworks for
Nonprofit Organizations (2013); and Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board (2014).

Sean Casey, Vice President - Cultural Industries
Global Public Affairs

Sean Casey, Vice President – Cultural Industries, is a leading practitioner
working in Ottawa on behalf of the arts and culture sector. He has
an extensive background in dealing with intellectual property and copy-
right issues.

Sean is actively engaged in the development and implementation of
short- and long-term advocacy strategies, involving engaging key political
and bureaucratic stakeholders and like-minded interests on issues such as copyright reform and
royalty applications.

Sean works with a variety of organizations representing the film, TV, music, publishing and
performing arts sectors to both examine and access funding programs available to them.

He works with clients on their key messages and positioning on complex issues within the Heritage,
Industry and International Trade portfolios. Sean’s insight and experience allow clients
to have a significant impact on the public policy discussion in the arts and culture sector.
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Sean joined Global Public Affairs after eight years as a partner with another leading public affairs
firm. Prior to that he served in various positions for three Members of Parliament, the Opposi-
tion House Leader and in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

A graduate of the Carleton University School of Journalism, Sean is active in coaching and coor-
dinating various youth sports teams in the Ottawa area.

Frédéric Julien, CAPACOA

Frédéric Julien conducts policy analysis, investigates trends, and coordinates
research activities at CAPACOA. Julien is a leader in the sector with a
passion for research and advocacy. Julien manages projects including
pan-canadian action research, development of new websites, development
of professional development programs. As Co-Chair of the Canadian
Arts Coalition, Julien leads advocacy efforts and coordinate communi-
cations. In 2016, he initiated the Digital Innovation Council at CAPAOCA.

Meriol Lehmann

Born in Switzerland but living in Quebec for many years, I’m
an artist working with photography and sound art, researching
on a systems-thinking approach to territory. Whether performances or
installations, my works have been presented at numerous artists-run
centres, festivals and other venues, both in Canada, Europe and Japan.
I’m also a teacher, a sound designer, as well as a digital art/culture con-
sultant. After several years as Avatar’s director, an artists-run centre
dedicated to audio & electronic art, I just finished my MFA at Université
Laval. Involved in the media arts community, I’ve been part of IMAA’s board and I’m currently
Secretary of the Board of Quebec’s Media Arts organization, Conseil q ébécois des arts médiatiques.

Sylvie Gilbert, Canada Council for the Arts

Sylvie Gilbert is the Director of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital
Strategy Fund. Her active involvement in the visual arts community for
more than 25 years has included the organization of numerous exhibitions,
publications and conferences. She previously served as a director or
curator in several leading arts institutions: the Walter Phillips Gallery
and the Banff International Curatorial at the Banff Centre in Alberta, and
the former Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts Gallery (now the SBC
Gallery of Contemporary Art) in Montreal. Prior to joining the Canada
Council in 2013, she was the director of Artexte documentation centre in Montreal where she
lead both the development of its e-Artexte digital repository and its property development project
in the 2-22 cultural complex.

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Maggy Razafimbahiny, Executive Director,
Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF)

After being exposed to the arts from a young age by her musician father,
Maggy Razafimbahiny rediscovered this early childhood passion by
becoming Executive Director of FCCF in September 2014. The arts and
culture sector is, for her, a fundamental pillar in the sustainable devel-
opment of minority language communities.

Maggy Razafimbahiny is no stranger in French-speaking Canada. Over
the past ten years, she has worked in the public sector as Manager of Immigration Projects
for the Consortium national de formation en santé, Program Coordinator for Status of Women
Canada, Executive Director of the Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne, and as a
board member for the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action. Ms. Razafimbahiny
has demonstrated versatility and broad experience in strategic planning, program management,
human resources, financial management, communications, and partnership development.

On a personal level, her life began in Majunga, a coastal city in Northwestern Madagascar, where
she enjoyed a calm childhood cradled by and surrounded with music, a “family affair” led by
her singer-songwriter father and a musically inclined family who started the band RR Majunga.
Family values are of great importance in this tight family, in which solidarity, interdependence,
respect, and acceptance are omnipresent, both within the family microcosm and in the community.

Her family’s tragic story reinforced these values and inspired her personal and professional
decisions. She left Madagascar very early on to pursue studies in Côte d’Ivoire, and later in
France. Upon her return, she became a journalist amidst a challenging political climate before
being forced to give up this difficult work. This led her to her career at UNICEF, a key fork in her
career path which cemented her commitment to women and community development.

After leaving Madagascar for good, music played an important role in helping her to integrate in
Canada. Alongside her partner, Dean Pallen, she founded RAIVO and produced two albums of
her father’s music as adapted to a modern jazz idiom. Her love of her father, combined with music,
inspired her to compose her own works, also included on these albums. Her innate passion for
the arts and her broad-based understanding of the French-speaking world organically contributed
to her social and professional involvement in the development of minority French-language
communities across Canada.

Canada’s French-language communities are among her greatest passions. The opportunities she
has had to participate in the development of these communities have given her access to all the
major sectors that bring her motivation, relevance, and strength: women, immigration, health,
and, since 2014, arts and culture.

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Phyllis Novak, Artistic Director, SKETCH Working Arts

Phyllis Novak is the Founding Artistic Director of SKETCH Working Arts,
a 21-year community-engaged arts enterprise based in Toronto, Ontario,
engaging young people living on the margins that come from across
Canada. Working professionally as an actor, director and artist educator
prior to developing SKETCH, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours
degree from York University in Theatre Performance. SKETCH has won
numerous awards, most recently the Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award
for Poverty Reduction and Ms. Novak was made a Fellow of the Toronto
Arts Council’s Inaugural Cultural Leaders Lab in 2015.

Steven Loft, Canada Council for the Arts

Steven Loft is a Mohawk of the Six Nations with Jewish heritage. He is
currently the Director of the Creating Knowing and Sharing: The Arts
and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples program with the
Canada Council for the Arts. A curator, scholar, writer and media artist,
in 2010 he was named Trudeau National Visiting Fellow at Ryerson
University in Toronto. Loft has also held positions as Curator-In-Residence,
Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Director/Curator of
the Urban Shaman Gallery (Winnipeg); Aboriginal Curator at the Art
Gallery of Hamilton and Producer and Artistic Director of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’
Association (Hamilton). He has curated group and solo exhibitions across Canada and interna-
tionally; written extensively for magazines, catalogues and arts publications and lectured widely
in Canada and internationally. Loft co-edited the books Transference, Technology, Tradition:
Aboriginal Media and New Media Art (Banff Centre Press, 2005) and Coded Territories: Indigenous
Pathways in New Media (University of Calgary Press, 2014).

Aimé Dontigny, Canada Council for the Arts

Aimé Dontigny is an audio artist, and has been working at the Canada
Council for the Arts for over a decade. Now the Director of the Engage
and Sustain program, he was previously Director of Music.

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We would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their support.

We would like to thank the Global Public Affairs for sponsring the reception.

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