Shaping the future of the Creative Communities

Past Conference




Creative Works 2017 was a showcase for leaders and visionaries from Canada’s creative community, highlighting three exciting areas central to the future of arts & culture: Money + Models, Innovating Work/Space and Leading for the Future.

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#CANADA 150 MACRO - Arts and Culture in the 21st Century
Presented by Futurist, Sanjay Khanna

In the year of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Canadians had an opportunity to celebrate a confluence of factors that allow 35 million people to live in peace and stability.  As our society transitions to one with more social and economic uncertainty, Futurist Sanjay Khanna discussed how arts, culture, and community may need to evolve in the face of economic, environmental, psychological, and technological change.  He asked, how might cultural creatives make a living, improve Canadians’ quality of life, and reimagine responsible citizenship?


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Money + Models

New Money - Robin and Kristian explored new and alternative organizational, business, and government driven revenue-generation models including the Beautiful City Billboard Tax, Tourism taxes, spectrum auctions and other innovative ways that our community can re-imagine culture revenues.

Robin Sokoloski, Executive Director, Playwrights Guild of Canada
Kristian Clarke, Senior Projects Manager, Canadian Actors Equity Association

Sponsorship 2.0 - This panel provided an overview of new methods of developing private sector relationships, and the future of corporate arts funding.

Jason Maghanoy, Director of Sales Strategy & Partnerships, NOW Magazine
Franca Miraglia, Facilitator, By The Word Training & Facilitation
Sarah Jarvis, Director of Partnerships, Tourism Toronto
Denny Young, Professor & Program Coordinator Fundraising Management Program, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Future of Fundraising - This panel of fundraisers discussed their successes with new trends in fundraising, including crowdsourcing, patronage, micro-lending, and more.

Christine PellerinDirector of Development & Partnerships, Theatre Centre
John Dalrymple, Chief of External Affairs, Canada’s National Ballet School
Alicia Rose, Manager of Community of Investment Program, Toronto Pearson International Airport
Kelly Straughan, Executive Director, Fringe Festival
Mark TraskVice President, Marketing and Sales, Artsmarketing

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Innovating Work/Space

Culture Connected: Techonology & Content -  Content innovators talked about how technology is changing the way we present, access, connect, archive, and produce.

Courtney Wolfson, Co-Executive Producer, T.O.Webfest
Olivier Berger, Co-founder, Wondereur
Sophie Perceval, Co-founder, Wondereur
Steve Bellamy, Dean, School of Creative & Performing Arts, Humber College

New Frontiers in Space - This panel explored how new approaches to spaces and facilities are changing where and how art, culture, and heritage are being housed, experienced and engaged in.

Humboldt Magnussen, Co-Founder, Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery
Marjan Verstappen, Co-Founder, Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery
Rory McLeod, Founder, Pocket Concerts
Emily Rho, Pianist & Co-artistic director, Pocket Concerts
Ben Blais, Artistic Director, Storefront Theatre
Lindsay Golds, Executive Director, ArtsBuild Ontario

Future of the Creative Workplace - Adil helped answer the question: what current trends in HR practices, including new management methods, a focus on diversity, and a prioritization of staff engagement, mean for the future of creative workplaces?

Adil Dhalla, Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation

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Leading for the Future

Access Visual Art  -  Kim Fullerton helped answer the following questions. What would an inclusive, barrier-free visual art world look like?  How would it be experienced and what would the outcomes be for people with physical disabilities? When the issue is not that people have disabilities, but that our environment and spaces can be disabling, how do we then address those barriers?

Kim Fullerton, Director, Akimbo Art Promotions

Lean Performing Arts: Learnings from Bringing Start-Up thinking to the Arts

Christina Loewen, Executive Director,

The New Faces of Mentorship - Mentorship is hardly a new idea, but new programs, models, and methods have reinvigorated mentorship and made it more relevant than ever – especially in sectors with limited resources. This panel, shared their experience with offering mentorship programs in their respective communities. 

Lindsay Golds, Executive Director, ArtsBuild Ontario
Peter Kingstone, Program Officer, Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab
Daniel Tal, Director, Manifesto Community Projects
Diane Davy, Executive Director, WorkInCulture

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Presented by Bad Dog Theatre led by Kerry Griffin, Co-Founder

What do the new trends in leadership development mean for cultural leaders?
Bad Dog Theatre led participants through an improv session designed to enhance skills, build spontaneity and creativity and rethink what “innovation” means when it comes to managing employees and/or projects, individual career development, and leading in the cultural sector.

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Presented by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman of Choir! Choir! Choir!