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

Judy Robertson

Chair, BC Task Force
Communications Specialist

Metro Vancouver

Lucille Pacey
Past Co-Chair, BC Task Force
President & CEO

Arts Umbrella

Rob Gloor
Past Co-Chair, BC Task Force

Executive Director

Alliance for Arts and Culture

Beth Carter


Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre

Douglas Durand

Cultural Planner, Cultural Services

City of Vancouver

Michael Fera
Program & Events Coordinator
Place des Arts

Caroline Ivey

Cultural Services Coordinator

City of Kelowna

Howard Jang

Professor of Professional Practice, School for Contemporary Arts
Director of the SFU Woodward's Cultural Unit
Simon Fraser University

Liesl Jauk

Manager, Community Cultural Development

City of Richmond

Sheila McKinnon

Manager, Arts Services

City of Surrey

Barb McLean

Cultural Services Officer

North Vancouver Recretaion & Culture Commission

Jean-François Packwood
Executive Director

Francophone Cultural & Artistic Council of BC

Joan Roberts
Executive Director
Place des Arts

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, Culture Days Manitoba
Director, Culture Days National Board
Director, Business for the Arts
Chair Emeritus, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Sylviane Lanthier
Co-Chair, Manitoba Task Force
Executive Director
Centre culturel franco-manitobain

Dorothy Dobbie
Past President
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Bill Elliott
Director of Finance & Operations
The Winnipeg Art Gallery

Jeff Herd
Executive Director
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Camilla Holland
General Manager
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Cherry Karpyshin
General Manager
Prairie Theatre Exchange

Crystal Kolt
Cultural Coordinator
Flin Flon Arts Council

Dominic Lloyd
Programs and Arts Development Manager 
Winnipeg Arts Council

Virginia McKee
Planning and Program Analyst
Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection
Province of Manitoba 

Patricia Sanders
Associate Director of Policy, Planning and Partnerships
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 of Manitoba 

Barbara Warrack
Retired Music Coordinator 
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 Culture Days Task Force
Executive Director
CCI - Ontario Presenting Network

Lisa Abbott
Supervisor, Cultural Events and Promotions
City of Mississauga

Carly Anderson
Arts Milton

Nichole Anderson
Executive Director
Business for the Arts

Angie Aranda
Outreach and Events Coordinator
Neighbourhood Arts Network

Leah Bayly
Supervisor Cultural Services
City of Thunder Bay

Elizabeth Bender
Municipal Cultural Planning Coordinator
Township of Centre Wellington

Joelle Berlet
Culture Days Coordinator
Humber College
Etobicoke Lakeshore

Nancy Bodi
Executive Director
York Regional Arts Council

Kiri Butter
Cultural Services Coordinator
Recreation & Culture Division
City of Thunder Bay

Lennox Cadore
Program Manager
Urban Arts

Antoni Cimolino
General Director
Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Kristian Clark
Executive Director
CARFAC Ontario

Lori Coletta
Special Events/Scheduler/Membership Coordinator
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre Hub

Ella Cooper
Senior Coordinator
Neighbourhood Arts Network

Adele Dobkowsky
Executive Director
Arts Build Ontario

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

Nicole Drake
Arts & Culture Coordinator
City of Brantford

Gordon Duff
Treasurer/Deputy CAO
Town of Minto

Jessica Duliban
Arts & Culture Coordinator
City of Welland

Terri-Anne Eagleson
Tourism Coordinator
Regional Municipality of Durham

Carol Feeney
Executive Director
Quinte Arts Council

Anita Gaffney
Executive Director
Straford Shakespeare Festival

Dhira Ghosh
Event Coordinator
London Arts Council

Bob Giarda
Communications Officer, Cultural Services Department 
City of Kingston

Vicky Gilhula
Sudbury Arts Council

Melissa Gobeil
Creative Spaces Coordinator
Guelph Arts Council

Trevor Gordon
Marketing and Events Coordinator
Port Credit

Onalee Groves
Culture Officer
City of Barrie

Kirsten Gunter
Director of Communications, Ontario Arts Council
OAC designate for Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO, Ontario Arts Council

Andrea Halwa
Executive Director
London Arts Council

Gillian Hards
Cultural Services Coordinator
Richmond Hill

Claire Hopkinson
Executive Director
Toronto Arts Council

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts & Culture Program Officer
City of Guelph

Lila Karim
Managing Director
North York Arts

Kerri King
Tourism Manager
Planning and Economic Development Department
Regional Municipality of Durham 

Elizabeth Kmiec
Arts Milton

Jacoba Knaapen
Executive Director
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts

Marie Lalonde
Executive Director
Ontario Museum Association

Marnie Lapierre
Coordinator for Festival Events and Special Projects
City of Timmins

Michelle Le Chien
Executive Director
Arts Council Windsor and Region

John Lindsay
Sudbury Arts Council

Andrew Lockhead
Labour Arts Coordinator
Workers Arts and Heritage

Pam Mackenzie
Community Organizer
Timiskaming District

Brian MacKinnon
Community Development and Communications Manager
Sioux Lookout

Cathy Masterson
Manager of Cultural Affairs
City of Windsor

Catherine McLeod
OAC Culture Days Animator/Coordinator
Ontario Culture Days

Christopher Menard
Cultural Development Coordinator
City of Windsor

Julia Merritt
Stratford Public Library

Susan Nagy
Executive Director
Lakeshore Arts

Stephen Near
Program Director
Hamilton Arts Council

Karen Parker
Executive Director
Downtown Belleville BIA

Shelagh Paterson
Executive Director
Ontario Library Association

Gregory Peddle
Arts Development Coordinator
City of Brampton

Janice Price
President and CEO

Harmony Redsky
Kenora Arts Projecct

Aubrey Reeves
Ontario Culture Days

Samantha Rodin
Associate Director
York Region Arts Council

Duane Schermerhorn
Northumberland County Arts Council

Reilly Scott
Arts & Culture Coordinator
Sioux Lookout

Amanda Smith
Culture and Recreation
The Corporation of the Municipality of Leamington

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

Eileen Smith
Arts and Culture Marketing Coordinator 
Perth Arts Connect

Jacqueline Soczka
Manager of Culture
City of Orillia

Kelly Stahl
Senior Adviser
HACE Creative Economy
Economic Development and Tourism

Gwen Stott
Facilities Director
City of Cambridge

Jane Taylor
Program, Event & Communications Manager
Aurora Cultural Centre

Dean Tedesco
Community Artists Niagara (CAn)

Mirella Tersigni
Community Development Coordinator
City of Vaughan

Nadia Tersigni
Ats and Culture Event Programmer
City of Vaughan

Ellen Timms
General Manager
Port Credit BIA

Roxanne Toth-Rissanen
Branch and Membership Services Librarian
Sault Ste. Marie Public Library

Emily Trottier
Business Development Officer
Greater Sudbury Development Corporation

Erin Vaughan
Community Event Facilitator
City of North Bay

Stephanie Vegh
Executive Director
Hamilton Arts Council

Lisa Vezeau-Allen
Executive Director
Arts Council of Sault Ste Marie & District 

Bernadette Ward
Operations Manager
Oakville Arts Council

Robert Williams
Municipal Cultural Planning Inc.

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.

Suzanne Campagne
Executive Director
Conseil culturel fransaskois

Marian Donnelly
Culture Days Coordinator
SaskCulture Inc.

Gerry Folk
Executive Director
Cultural Planning & Development
Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport

David Kyle
Executive Director
Saskatchewan Arts Board

Contact the Saskatchewan Task Force via email