Provincial Task Forces

Each provincial initiative is supported by a volunteer group known as the Provincial Task Force which helps develop connections and partnerships with other initiatives, networks and sectors. As part of the role they play in helping to promote and develop provincial events, representatives from each Provincial Task Force are also encouraged to connect with their counterparts in other provinces to encourage continuity, collaborative learning, and to exchange ideas and strategies.



Sarah Iley
Chair, Alberta Task Force
Manager of Culture, the City of Calgary

Claire-Simone Becq
Ceramic Artist
Alberta College of Art + Design Student

Sarah Blue
Market and Community Outreach
Cambrian House

Rick Curtis
Executive Director
Alberta Recreation & Parks Association

Robert Davis
Executive Director
Rosebud Theatre

Colin Jackson
Imagination 150

John Mahon
Executive Director
Edmonton Arts Council

Erica Mattson
Director of Marketing & Communications
Calgary Arts Development Agency

Tom McCabe
CEO, Theatre Calgary
Chair, Premier's Council on Arts & Culture

Alexander Middleton

Penny Ritco 
Executive Director
Citadel Theatre

Terry Rock
President & CEO
Calgary Arts Development Agency

Tom Thackeray
Ex officio Task Force member
Assistant Deputy Minister
Government and Program Support Services Division, Services Alberta
Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Culture & Community Spirit, Culture Division

Alison Turner
Communications Director
Edmonton Arts Council

Contact the Alberta Task Force via email

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British Columbia

Paula Amos

Marketing Manager

Aboriginal Tourism

Beth Carter


Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre

Douglas Durand

Cultural Planner, Cultural Services

City of Vancouver

Janice Fairley

Public Art Program & Website Director

Canada Line

Tamaka Fisher
Arts and Heritage Coordinator

City of Abbotsford

Rob Gloor
Co-Chair, BC Task Force

Executive Director

Alliance for Arts and Culture

Caroline Ivey

Cultural Services Coordinator

City of Kelowna

Howard Jang

Executive Director
Arts Club Theatre Company

Liesl Jauk

Manager, Community Cultural Development

City of Richmond

Sarah Marty
Executive Director

Francophone Cultural & Artistic Council of BC

Sheila McKinnon

Manager, Arts Services

City of Surrey

Barb McLean

Cultural Development Officer

The Arts Office, North Vancouver

Lucille Pacey
Co-Chair, BC Task Force

President & CEO

Arts Umbrella

Judy Robertson

Communications Specialist

Metro Vancouver

Kirsten Schrader

Manager, Arts and Culture Division

Cowichan Valley Regional District

Paul Sontz

Manager, Cultural Tourism and Tickets Tonight

Tourism Vancouver

Contact the British Columbia Task Force via email

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Jean Giguère
Co-Chair, Manitoba Task Force
Chair Emeritus
Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Sylvianne Lanthier
Co-Chair, Manitoba Task Force
Executive Director
Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre

Sam Baardman
Arts Management Consultant
Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe
Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art

Gerry Couture
Past Chair
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Dorothy Dobbie
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Communications and Marketing
The Winnipeg Art Gallery

Gary Hannaford
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Jeff Herd
Executive Director
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Cherry Karpyshin
General Manager
Prairie Theatre Exchange

Crystal Kolt
Cultural Coordinator
Flin Flon Arts Council

Dominic Lloyd
Project Manager
Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada
Winnipeg Arts Council

Shandra MacNeill
Chair (Acting Executive Director)
Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival

Carol Phillips
Executive Director
Winnipeg Arts Council

Pat Sanders
Program Consultant
Manitoba Arts Council

Trudy Schroeder
Executive Director
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Javier Schwersensky
Director of Marketing, Sales and Programs
The Manitoba Museum

Thomas Sparling
Executive Director
Arts and Cultural Industries Association

Barbara Warrack
Music Division Team Teacher Leader
Seven Oaks School Division

Contact the Manitoba Task Force via email

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Amy House
Chair, Newfoundland & Labrador Task Force
Association of Cultural Industries of Newfoundland & Labrador

Gaylene Buckle
General Manager
Theatre Newfoundland Labrador

Gillian Davidge
Manager, Education and Public Programming Unit
The Rooms

Eleanor Dawson
Director of Arts, Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
Newfoundland and Labrador Government

Dr. Smita Joshi
NL Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism

Patricia Parsons
Manager – Central Division
Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries

Donna Roberts

Labrador Cultural Outreach Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

Mona Rossiter
Commercial Coordinator
Suncor Energy

Reg Winsor
Executive Director
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council 

Contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Task Force via email

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New Brunswick

Jeanne-Mance Cormier
Co-chair, New Brunswick Task Force
Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton

Nadia Khoury
Co-chair, New Brunswick Task Force
New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts

Julie Basque
Société culturelle des Tracadilles

Tim Borlase

Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada

Akoulina Connell
Executive Director

Brendan Doyle
Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts

Nathalie Dubois
Director, Arts Development
Dept. Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Jennifer Duguay
Tourism Manager
Town of Hampton

Jane Fullerton
NB Museum

Luc Gaudet
General Director
Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe

Francesca Holyoke
Department Head, Librarian
Archives and Special Collections, University of New Brunswick

Marie-Thérèse Landry
Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles

Natalie Landry
Executive Director
NB Crafts Council

Nathalie Landry
Coordinator, New Brunswick Task Force
Communications Consultant
Écho Actions Communications

Cat LeBlanc
Member Services Director
NB Film Coop

Don Matheson
Executive Director
NB Youth Orchestra

Karen Matheson
Director of Education
Science East Science Centre

Melissa McCarthy
Archives Advisor
Council of Archives New Brunswick

Adda Mihailescu
Art Educator, Manager of Public Programs
Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Bill Mitchell
Assistant Regional Director
York Library Region

Ruth Murtgatroyd
Executive Director
Fredericton Regional Museum

Ingrid Pataki
Gallery 78

Rosemary Polegato
Professor, Department of Commerce
Mount Allison University

Robert Powell
Mayor of Oromocto
Town of Oromocto

Krista Rae
Marketing & Public Relations Officer
Kings Landing Historical Settlement

Roxanne Richard
Cultural Development Officer
City of Moncton

Murielle Savoie
Cultural officer
Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne

Kate Thompson
Public Services Development Librarian
New Brunswick Public Library Service

Kate Wallace
Executive Director
ArtsLink NB

Amani Wassef
Director of Education/Community Engagement
Fredericton Playhouse

Angela Watson
Cultural Development Officer
City of Fredericton

Dawn Waye
Tourism Administrator
City of Miramichi

Caroline Young Walker
Program Consultant
Dept. Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Contact the New Brunswick Task Force via email

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Nova Scotia

Nancy Morgan
Chair, Culture Days Nova Scotia Task Force
Independent Arts Management Consultant
Outreach Coordinator, Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre
Interim Administrator, Performing Arts Lodge Halifax
Dartmouth, NOVA SCOTIA

Greg Guy
Senior Communications Officer
CBC Nova Scotia

Susan Jeffries
Community Development Officer
Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage

Jennie King
Sales and Marketing Manager
Neptune Theatre

Charlie Rhindress
Associate Artist
Neptune Theatre

Contact the Nova Scotia Task Force via email

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Warren Garrett
Chair, Ontario Task Force
Executive Director
CCI - Ontario Presenting Network

Nichole Anderson
Executive Director, Business for the Arts

Beth Angle
City of Niagara Falls

Angie Aranda
Outreach and Events Coordinator, Neighbourhood Arts Network

Zoe Ashby
Smiths Falls and District Arts & Culture Council

Leah Bayly
Supervisor Cultural Services, City of Thunder Bay

Nancy Bodi
Executive Director, York Regional Arts Council

Pierre Bois
Ontario Museum Association

Peter Boyle
President, Arts and Heritage Association

Antoni Cimolino
General Director, Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Kristian Clark

Lori Coletta
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre Hub

Ella Cooper
Senior Coordinator, Neighbourhood Arts Network

Bruce Davis
Cultural Coordinator, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry

Peter Caldwell
Director & CEO, Ontario Arts Council

Adele Dobkowsky
Executive Director, Arts Build

Kalsang Dolma

Karina Douglas
Reference Librarian/Vice-President, Timmins Public Library/Porcupine Art Club

Nicole Drake
City of Brantford

Jessica Duliban
Arts & Culture Coordinator, City of Welland

Stephanie Earp
City of Kingston

Carol Feeney
Executive Director, Quite Arts Council

Anita Gaffney
Executive Director, Straford Shakespeare Festival

Dhira Ghosh
Event Coordinator, London Arts Council

Robert Giarda
City of Kingston

Donna Goodwin
Director of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives, SUMAC - Simcoe County

Onalee Groves
City of Barrie

Kirsten Gunter
Director of Communications, Ontario Arts Council

Andrea Halwa
Executive Director, London Arts Council

Claire Hopkinson
Executive Director, Toronto Arts Council

Astero Kalogeropoulos
City of Guelph

Lila Karim
Managing Director, North York Arts

Kerri King
Durham Tourism

Sharon Kitlar
Manager of Recreation and Leisure Services, City of North Bay

Elizabeth Kmiec
President, Arts Milton

Jacoba Knaapen
Executive Director, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts

Marie Lalonde
Executive Director, Ontario Museum Association

Michelle Le Chien
Executive Director, Arts Council Windsor and Region

John Lindsay
Chair, Sudbury Arts Council

Sylvie Lizotte
Cornwall Art gallery

Andrew Lockhead
Labour Arts Coordinator, Workers Arts and Heritage, Hamilton

Brian MacKinnon
Community Development and communications manager, Sioux Lookout

Dewi Minden
Toronto Arts Council

Susan Nagy
Executive Director, Lakeshore Arts

Stephen Near
Program Director, Hamilton Arts Council

Shelagh Paterson
Executive Director, Ontario Library Association

Sonya Poweska
Executive Director, Guelph Arts Council

Janice Price
President and CEO, Luminato

Duane Schermerhorn
Northumberland County Arts Council

Charles Smith
Project Lead, Cultural Pluralism in the Performing Arts in Ontario (CPPAMO)

Eileen Smith
Perth Arts Connect

Gwen Stott
Facilities Director City of Cambridge, City of Cambridge

Dean Tedesco
Community Artists Niagara (CAn)

Mirella Tersigni
City of Vaughan

Greg Tillson
Program Coordinator, Kingston Arts Council

Emily Trottier
Business Development Officer, Greater Sudbury Development Corporation

Cheryl Try-Smith
Wilderness Arts Council

Genevieve C. Twomey
Executive Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Erin Vaughan
City of North Bay

Stephanie Vegh
Executive Director, Hamilton Arts Council

Megan Whittington
Oakville Art Council

Stephanie Williams

Helen Yung

Elizabeth Bender
Municipal Cultural Planning Coordinator, Township of Centre Wellington

Lobna Thakib
Program Promotions Coordinator, Culture Division, Community Services, City of Mississauga

Robin Read Griffin
Board Member, Arts Milton

Shane Sargant
Community, Culture, Recreation Programmer, Township of Clearview

Contact the Ontario Task Force via email

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Prince Edward Island

Henk van Leeuwen
Chair, Prince Edward Island Task Force
Executive Director
Culture PEI

Darrin White
Executive Director
PEI Council of the Arts

Peggy Reddin
Director of Arts Education
Confederation Centre of the Arts

Ghislaine Cormier
Executive Director
Fédération culturelle de l'IPÉ

Contact the Prince Edward Island Task Force via email

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Rose Gilks
Chair, Saskatchewan Task Force
General Manager
SaskCulture Inc.

Diane Ell
Communications Manager
SaskCulture Inc.

Susan Hetu
Executive Director
Culture and Heritage
Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport

David Kyle
Executive Director
Saskatchewan Arts Board

Stéphane Rémillard
Executive Director
Conseil culturel fransaskois

Shelly Sundholm-Vonau
Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships
Saskatchewan Arts Board

Contact the Saskatchewan Task Force via email