Shaping the future of the Creative Communities

Susan Annis

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Executive Director, Cultural Human Resources Council

Susan Annis is Executive Director of the Cultural Human Resources Council, a national not-for-profit arts organization/sector council with a mandate to address HR issues in the cultural sector. In that capacity since 2002, she has overseen many projects designed to strengthen the cultural labour force through training and HR management in cultural industries and arts disciplines across the country. Prior to that she served as Associate Director for the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) for 9 years, dealing with cultural issues such as copyright, status of the artist, arts awareness, arts funding, tax incentives, culture and foreign affairs, culture and international trade, and policy development in new media, film and broadcasting.

Under her leadership, Artsmarts, an arts education programme designed by the McConnell Foundation to support arts education projects that involve schools, community and artists, was established and supported enlightened arts education and community projects across the country. In a volunteer capacity, she has served for over 20 years on various Boards and as Chair of the Council for the Arts in Ottawa, the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation, Pierrot Ensemble, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra; and as a Board member for other organizations including the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama.

Program - Session B
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Creating Safe Working Environments in the Arts (Panel)
with Jackie Dean, Jacoba Knapeen and Amanda Hancox