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

Kristian Clarke and Clayton Windatt interview Garry Neil

Tara Mazurk interviews Senator Patricia Bovey

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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 Carleton, 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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Kristian Clarke and Clayton Windatt interview Garry Neil

Kristian Clarke, Executive Director of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, and multi-artist and arts administrator Clayton Windatt interview policy consultant Garry Neil on his book, Canadian Culture in a Globalized World: The impact of trade deals on Canada’s cultural life. Buy the book using the discount code in the video here: bit.ly/Canadian-Culture-Globalized

Garry Neil, Policy Consultant

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Garry Neil has worked for more than 40 years in arts and cultural policy, in Canada and internationally. He has extensive experience in policies for film, television, the Internet, publishing, performing arts, visual arts and music, as well organizational management. Since 1992, Mr. Neil has been a consultant to industry firms and associations, as well as to governments. 

During his career, Mr. Neil has been CEO/Executive Director of several important cultural organizations, including ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), CSARN (Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network) and the Association of Canadian Publishers. He has served on the Board of Directors of many others, including as Chair and Treasurer. He has been appointed by the federal and provincial governments to various public bodies, including six years on the Board and Executive of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. 

Following 10 years as a member of its Board of Directors, Mr. Neil was Executive Director of the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest social action/justice organization, from 2010-2016. 

For more than a decade as Executive Director of the International Network for Cultural Diversity, Mr. Neil was at the forefront of the global campaign which led to the adoption in 2005 of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. He spearheaded major studies for UNESCO on the current state of implementation of the Recommendation concerning the status of the artist in 2010, 2015 and 2019. Mr. Neil’s book, Canadian Culture in a Globalized World: The impact of trade deals on Canada’s cultural life was published this year by James Lorimer and Company Ltd.

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Kristian Clarke, Executive Director, Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

As a founding member, Kristian brings to Mass Culture his many years of experience leading not-for-profit arts organizations.  He recently assumed the role of ED at the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) was the Executive Director of Canadian Artists Representation/le front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC Ontario) for nearly a decade, and previously was its Membership Coordinator. More recently, he has been working with performing artists as Senior Projects Manager at Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. While there, he took a leading role in creating and developing the Not in OUR Space! anti-harassment campaign for live performance artists working under Equity contracts.  He has obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Leeds, a post-graduate degree in Cultural Management from Humber College.

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Clayton Windatt, Multi-artist and Arts Administrator

Clayton Windatt is a Métis non–binary multi-artist living and working between Sturgeon Falls and Toronto, Ontario. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. With an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts, and through their own activism, Clayton works towards healthier relationships for national and global Indigenous artists and communities. The former Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Clayton maintains contracts with several colleges and universities, arts magazines, arts councils, arts organizations, and other organizations as a critical writer, columnist and consultant in addition to pursuing their independent arts practice. Clayton is an active filmmaker and director with works featured in festivals such as ImagineNative and the Toronto International Film Festival and recent commissions by the National Film Board of Canada. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, and consulting, and is a very active writer, filmmaker and visual-media artist and was recently appointed to the National Gallery of Canada’s Board of Trustees.

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Tara Mazurk interviews Senator Patricia Bovey

Tara Mazurk, Senior Consultant at Global Public Affairs, interviews Senator Patricia Bovey about the Massey Commission, inspired by the MC Digital Conversation that analyses the relevancy of this landmark piece 70 years down the line.


Patricia Bovey, FRSA, FCMA

Patricia Bovey was appointed to the Senate of Canada in November 2016 as an Independent Senator from Manitoba. Up until the end of the parliamentary session she was serving on the Foreign Affairs & International Trade Committee, and Deputy-Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Arctic, she was a member of the Senate Advisory Sub-Committee on Art and the Sub-Committee on the Long Term Vision Plan of the Senate, and former member of the Official Languages and Deputy-Chair of Transport and Communications Committees. 

As the first art historian and gallery professional and museologist to be appointed to the Senate, Bovey has worked on all issues, from legislation to committee work, primarily through the lens of arts and culture, and from her regional perspective.  She has spoken in the Chamber about the impact of the arts, especially those on health and crime prevention. Her goal is to ensure the voice of arts and culture is heard, in the Senate and in every sector of society.

Winnipeg-based gallery director, art historian, professor and arts and culture management consultant, she was Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1999-2004) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1980-1999), and appointed the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Director Emerita in 2014. Founder of St Boniface Hospital’s Buhler Gallery, the University of Winnipeg’s Arts and Culture Management Program, and MA in Curatorial Practice, she was the Buhler Gallery Director/Curator from its 2007 inception to 2016, and University of Winnipeg Adjunct Professor of Art History, 2011-2017. 

Author and lecturer on Western Canadian art, her recent publications include the award winning Pat Martin Bates: Balancing on a Thread, 2014; Visual Celebrations: II, (with Leona Herzog), 2017 and Visual Celebrations, 2012; Mud, Hands, Fire, The Legacy Of Canadian Studio Pottery, “Intersecting Perceptions: Continuity Through Innovation”, 2015; Experiences & Insights: My Life As Art, Mary Valentine, “Mary Valentine: Rhythms from the Land”, 2014; Carole Sabiston: Everything Below All of the Above, 2014; “The Prints of David Thauberger”, 2014. Don Proch: Masking & Mapping will be launched in the spring of 2019. She is currently writing Impacts and Turning Points: The Western Voice in Canadian Art. 

University of Manitoba Chair (2013-2016), and board member ( 2007-2016), she served on the Boards of the National Gallery of Canada (2005 – 2009); Canada Council for the Arts (1990-1993); the 1986 Withrow/Richard Federal Task Force on National and Regional Museums; the National Board for the University of Waterloo’s Canadian Center for Cultural Management (2002-2010); member (1981-2004), the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization and President (1988 – 1991) and was Emily Carr University’s Chair (1987-1989) and board member (1982 -1990). She was a member of the Public Art Committee of the City of Winnipeg (2003-2007), and the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Art (2002-2003). In higher education, she was a member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the Manitoba Rhodes Scholarship Committee and Loran Scholarship Selection committee. 

Involved in international touring exhibitions, lectures, artist exchanges, and special initiatives in Finland, Iceland and Norway, she was an official guest of the Japan Foundation, the British Council and the Government of France. 

Recipient of the 2015 Winnipeg Arts Council Investors Making a Difference Award, she is Fellow of the UK’s Royal Society for the Arts and Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association; and received 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 of Manitoba Museum’s inaugural Award of Merit.

Tara Mazurk, Senior Consultant, Global Public Affairs

Tara Mazurk is a co-founder and Operations Group member of Mass Culture. She works at Global Public Affairs as a Senior Consultant and registered federal lobbyist. In this role, she helps facilitate engagement between arts organizations and government.

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