Steering Committee

The Steering Committee advises CHRC on the Talent to Lead T2L program including linking mentors and mentees. It is comprised of cultural leaders from across the sector and the country.

 

Professor Howard R. Jang

In August, 2014 Howard joined the Simon Fraser University faculty as Professor of Professional Practice in the School for the Contemporary Arts, and is the Director of the SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit. Howard has recently finished a fourteen-year tenure as Executive Director with Arts Club Theatre Company in Vancouver.

Howard was appointed to the Board of the Canada Council for the Arts in 2012 and currently sits on the TELUS Vancouver Community Board and the Board of Canada’s Dancer Transition Resource Centre and is a founding member of the Board for Artscape BC.

Trained first as a musician, Howard has served as the Executive Director for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Ballet British Columbia and was the Orchestra Manager for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke's (NYC). In 2004, Howard completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business/National Arts Strategies Executive Program for Non-profit Leaders in the Arts. In 2006, Howard completed the Leadership program at the Shannon Institute in Minneapolis, MN.

His background as both an artist and an arts administrator provides Howard with a unique perspective - appreciating the need for artistic vision and what is required to support it.

 

Margaret Genovese

Margaret Genovese is a Senior Partner in the consulting firm of Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates (GVA), offering services in executive search, development and fund-raising, marketing, strategic and operational planning, board development, and related income development and management areas. Headquartered in Toronto, the firm has undertaken projects on behalf of arts clients in every Canadian province, 42 American states, the District of Columbia, Yukon Territory, and the United Kingdom. GVA has had the pleasure of working with more than 300 arts institutions.

Margaret is a graduate of Brown University received both MBA and MFA degrees from Southern Methodist University. She recently received the Robert Johnston Award for Excellence in Human Resources in the Arts. She was recognized for “the significant impact she has made on the field of arts & culture management, her dedication to educating and supporting new generations of cultural works, and her commitment to mentorship within the cultural industry,” and for her significant contribution to the Canadian cultural landscape. Margaret has also been the recipient of the Association of Cultural Executives Award for her “outstanding contribution and dedication to Canadian cultural management.”

For ten years Margaret served as Director of Planning & Community Relations for the Canadian Opera Company, working for Lotfi Mansouri. With Dory Vanderhoof she was a co-director (and founder) of the Income Managers Program, federally and provincially funded initiative of the Centre for Cultural Manager, Canada Council, and Cultural Careers Council Ontario to train people in the areas of cultural marketing and development. They have trained more than 600 professionals.

 

Louise Poulin

Louise Poulin, has proven expertise in managing large projects with multiple consultants. Ms Poulin brings 25 years of arts and culture strategic planning to this project in addition to her national reputation for insightful analysis as manifested in the numerous studies she has undertaken for a range of municipalities and cultural sector clients including Canadian, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland Governments, as well as regional and municipal Government Units in Ontario and Quebec.

Over a 20-year career as a consultant, Louise Poulin the CEO of ArtExpert, has made a specialty of cultural policies, strategic planning, cultural analysis, research and feasibility studies in arts and culture. Over the past few years, she has demonstrated her expertise in managing large projects with multiple consultants and has undertaken numerous studies and projects for government departments and non-profit organizations. Ms Poulin has studied Programming Orientation from Disney University, Orlando, and as an Arts and Culture manager, she specialized in program, organizational and Performing arts venue assessment.

Ms Poulin is the president of the Montreal Cultural Mentorship and serves as a Board member of the HEC Montréal University Arts and Management Program. She is also a founding member of Arts Consultants Canada/Consultants canadiens en arts. She served as a board member for the Canadian Conference of the Arts and is a member of Culture Montréal. Louise Poulin has received the "Succeed in Balance" 2013 award. The award aims to reveal female entrepreneurs that serve as models for achieving a work-life balance. She was also nominated for the Women in Business Award 2011 in the small business category of the Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec.

 

Robert Sirman

Robert Sirman has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian cultural sector on both sides of the funding table. His public sector experience includes five years in Ontario’s first Ministry of Culture, a decade in the Ontario Arts Council, and eight years as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. In mid-career Sirman spent 15 years as co-director of Canada’s National Ballet School, spearheading a $105 million award-winning capital expansion program. In 2015 Sirman served for seven months as Acting President and CEO of The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation and accepted a three-year appointment as Senior Fellow in Arts Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough where he taught in Winter 2016.

Sirman was born in Toronto and has an MA in Sociology from the University of Toronto. He is currently on the boards of The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, the Fogo Island-based Shorefast Foundation, the Ontario Association of Architects, The Theatre Centre, and the Art of Time Ensemble. He is widely published and In 2002 served as librettist for James Kudelka’s full-length ballet The Contract.

John Hobday C.M.

John Hobday is currently Vice-Chair of the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning (CNAL/RCAA). Also an arts consultant, lecturer, and advocate for cultural management development and the arts and education. He served as Director of the Canada Council for the Arts from 2003 to 2006. His long career in the cultural sector has included : CBC Radio Drama Producer; Theatre Administrator (Confederation Centre and NeptuneTheatre); National Director of the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) from 1971 to 1982; Executive Director of the Samuel & Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation (1982 to 2002). During that time he was also Executive Director of Corporate Donations for Seagram Canada and responsible for the award-winning “Seagram Symphonia” program.

Throughout his long career he has been an active volunteer serving on numerous national boards including the CHRC. Among the many awards he has received are: The Diplome d’honneur of the CCA; Honorary Doctorates from the University of Waterloo and King’s College, Halifax. In 2001 he was appointed to the Order of Canada.

 

Cherry Karpyshin

Born in Winnipeg and with an arts career spanning 50 years beginning at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 1965, Cherry Karpyshin recently retired as General Manager of Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE) having been with them since 1981. She was appointed General Manager of PTE in 1992. Cherry’s expertise includes budgeting, human resource and conflict management, marketing, fundraising, public relations, mentoring, contract negotiations, and facility management. She was appointed, through the Government of Canada Order in Council, a Trustee of the National Film Board of Canada and chaired the Audit and Finance Committee during her six-year term. Cherry was a Director for Cambrian Credit Union for 8 years and served on the Governance and Audit Committees. She has also been a Board member for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and was part of the Canada Council’s Flying Squad program mentoring General Managers in Whitehorse, Edmonton and Antigonish (Nova Scotia).

She enjoys volunteering in the community and sits on the Boards of the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) of Winnipeg and Q Dance in the role of Secretary and also on the Board of Culture Days. She is a founding board member of the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba which facilitates and promotes artistic and economic development of the arts and cultural industries in Manitoba. She is the recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Arts, Culture and Heritage; PACT’S Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award and upon her retirement was appointed General Manager Emeritus of Prairie Theatre Exchange.

 

Cynthia Lickers Sage

Cynthia is the founder of the imaginative Aboriginal media arts festival. She was the Aboriginal Outreach Coordinator at V Tape, this country’s largest independent video distribution centre, from 1994 to 2003. While at V Tape, she became the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Media, helping Aboriginal people succeed in the media industry. Cynthia was also the Producer/Director of the weekly television show imagiNATIVE on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) for three seasons. From 2007 to 2010 she was the Executive Director of the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts until she stepped down to pursue a new position as the General Manager for Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. She is currently on leave as Executive Producer of the Aboriginal Pavilion at the PanAm Games. She has been a CHRC Board member for several years.

 

Richard Hornsby

Richard Hornsby is an active performer, educator, arts administrator and arts advocate. A specialist in clarinets and saxophones, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada the U.S. and Europe. He has also performed with major Canadian orchestras such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony. On saxophone, he was a member of the Canadian Saxophone Quintet and has been a member of New Brunswick’s new music ensemble, Motion, now Motion2 with which he has toured most of Canada and Europe and performed at major music festivals and recorded several CDs. He is also the founder and artistic director of Atlantic Sinfonia, eastern Canada’s professional chamber orchestra. In demand as a performer, conductor, teacher, clinician, adjudicator and speaker, Richard maintains an active performing career while holding the position of Director of Music at the University of New Brunswick where he teaches conducting, Canadian music history, music technology and conducts ensembles. He is also Conductor in Music Director of the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Hornsby has been active on the local, provincial and national levels. A partial list includes serving as President of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, President of the New Brunswick Arts Board, and President of the New Brunswick Arts Council. He is currently president of the Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada, President of Music New Brunswick, CulturePlus, and was a founding member of the Fredericton Arts Alliance. He is passionate about the role of the arts in our society, and works on issues of arts education, arts and cultural policy, access to the arts and training for cultural workers through a variety of organizations.

 

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