Kate Cornell interviews Dr. Amanda Coles

Ali Hassan interviews Lisa Fiorelli

Glodeane Brown interviews Diane Davy, Katherine Carleton and Susan Nagy

Christina Loewen interviews Dr. Geoffrey Crossick

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Kate Cornell Interviews Dr. Amanda Coles

Kate Cornell interviews Dr. Amanda Coles about her research into the status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries.

Dr. Amanda Coles, Arts and Cultural Management / Employment Relations, Department of Management, Deakin Business School, Deakin University

Dr. Amanda Coles holds a cross-appointment in the Arts and Cultural Management and Employment Relations graduate programs in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Amanda’s research examines the political economy of labour markets and workforce development in the cultural economy with a focus on public policy, collective representation and gender. She is a Co-Researcher with the SSHRC funded Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalisation and Work (CRIMT) in Montreal, Canada. Her academic career is informed by her professional history in the Canadian independent film and television production sector.

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Kate Cornell, Executive Director, Canadian Dance Assembly

Kate Cornell is an arts advocate, and writer based in Toronto. Kate advocates 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 société canadienne d’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.

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Ali Hassan Interviews Lisa Fiorilli

Ali Hassan interviews Lisa Fiorilli about WorkInCulture’s MakingItWork: Pathways toward sustainable cultural careers.

Lisa Fiorilli, Research and Outreach Manager, WorkInCulture

Lisa Fiorilli is a research and policy professional with several years of experience in Canada’s arts & culture sector. Her experience has spanned across the public and not-for-profit sector, and she is passionate about developing and sharing the data that tells the story of the value of arts and culture to our economy and society.

She joined WorkInCulture as the Research & Outreach Manager in 2017, and she is tasked with managing the organization’s flagship research projects, including MakingItWork, as well as with developing a broader research strategy for WorkInCulture. Her previous experience includes policy, research and funding-related roles at the Canadian Independent Music Association, Ontario Creates (formerly the Ontario Media Development Corporation), and the Bell Fund. Her educational background is in political science and economics, and she holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University.

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Ali Hassan, Stand-up Comic, Actor, Host on CBC

Ali Hassan is a stand-up comic and actor who has performed for audiences across Canada and internationally.  He is a Canadian Comedy Award nominee who has performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Toronto’s JFL42, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and now tours his solo comedy show Muslim Interrupted around Canada and internationally.

CBC fans will recognize Ali as the host of Laugh Out Loud, a frequent guest-host of q, the leading arts and culture program in Canada, and the host of Canada Reads. Ali was recently in the Netflix holiday film The Holiday Calendar, and this summer will be in the films My Spy and Mafia Inc, and in the CBS action series Blood & Treasure.  His other credits include Designated Survivor on ABC and FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, PBS Kids’ Odd Squad and CTV’s Cardinal.

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Glodeane Brown Interviews Diane Davy, Katherine Carleton and Susan Nagy

Glodeane Brown, emerging arts administrator and founder of Culture Fancier, interviews Executive Directors Diane Davy of WorkInCulture, Katherine Carleton of Orchestras Canada, and Susan Nagy of Lakeshore Arts to find out more about their experience working in the arts and cultural sector.


Diane Davy, Executive Director, WorkInCulture

Diane Davy, the Executive Director of WorkInCulture (WIC), brings to the role over 25 years’ of senior level expertise in both policy and operations. In her consulting practice she specializes in the business of the creative community, working with both for-profit and non-profit enterprises. Her areas of focus include strategic business planning, organizational structure and management, marketing strategies, revenue generation, board governance and other related topics. She has hands-on experience in developing and delivering skills training and is a firm believer in lifelong learning for all.

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Katherine Carlton, Executive Director, Orchestras Canada

Katherine Carleton has been Executive Director of Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada, the national association for Canadian orchestras, since 2005. Noted as an arts advocate and a leader in collaborative initiatives among arts service organizations, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in December 2016, “for her efforts to promote a thriving arts and culture sector in Canada as an advocate and voice for Canadian orchestras.” During her 35-year career in the not-for-profit performing arts, Katherine has worked as a clarinetist, teacher, program manager, granting officer, and orchestra manager.

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Susan Nagy, Executive Director, Lakeshore Arts 

Susan Nagy graduated from Sheridan College (1981) with a certificate in Graphic Design. She worked in the Exhibit Design department at the Royal Ontario Museum and created a successful freelance business working with clients in the private and not for profit sectors. In 2000, Susan’s passion and belief in the transformative power of the arts, led her to Lakeshore Arts, one of the six LASO’s – Local Art Service Organizations in the City of Toronto. Under her leadership as Executive Director, the organization has been instrumental in the creation of meaningful and innovative youth programming and multi-generational engagement. Her interest in exploring ways to combine community building, cross-sectorial facilitation and social justice continues to be the driving force behind her vision for organizational growth. She contributes to building the vibrancy of the City’s art sector as a resource and committee member: Toronto’s Cultural Plan, Community Arts Action Plan, Arts Day at the City and Creative Spaces outside the Downtown Core and the Advisory Committee for the Culture Days National Symposium. In 2012, Susan was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and received the Ontario Arts Education Association award for Community Arts in 2015.

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Glodeane Brown, Founder, Culture Fancier

Glodeane Brown is an emerging arts and culture administrator with a background in communications and interior design. She has studied at Sheridan College and Humber College. She is the the founder and editor of the arts and culture blog Culture Fancier, and a board Director at CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener & Area), a non-profit public art organization.

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Christina Loewen Interviews Professor Geoffrey Crossick

Christina Loewen, Executive Director of Opera.ca, interviews Professor Geoffrey Crossick about his joint report with Dr. Patrycja Kaszynska, Understanding the value of arts & culture, which was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Professor Geoffrey Crossick was Director of the AHRC Cultural Value Project, which explored the benefits of cultural engagement to individuals and society, and the methods by which those can be understood. Its report, Understanding the value of arts and culture, jointly authored with Dr Patrycja Kaszynska, was published in 2016. The report has attracted considerable international interest and he has been invited to speak about it in many countries including Brazil, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, the USA and Canada. He is author of the recent report on The social impact of cultural districts for the Global Cultural Districts Network.

He is an urban social historian and Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of London and Warden of Goldsmiths after being Chief Executive of the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Board and taking it through to its establishment as a full research council in 2005. 

He is currently Chair of the Crafts Council in the UK and a member of boards in the higher education and cultural sectors, including Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Horniman Museum and the National Film & Television School. He is a member of the Science Advisory Council of the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport. He speaks in the UK and internationally on the value of culture, the creative and cultural sectors, higher education and research strategy, and the importance of the arts and humanities.

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Christina Loewen, Executive Director, Opera.ca

With a 20 year career encompassing senior roles in ballet, dance and opera, Christina has led Opera.ca as Executive Director since 2009 with a vision focussed on helping the sector build resilience and navigate change. Recognized for her innovative thinking, collaborative leadership and cross-sectoral approach, she has launched new initiatives and programming for the opera sector in such areas as innovation, entrepreneurship and lean start up principles, and evaluating impact. 

Most recently, she has led the development of a unique Civic Impact Framework for Opera in Canada to be released this fall, a powerful new tool for evaluating, measuring and amplifying the social impact of opera in communities across Canada.

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