2018 Conference Committee
Thank you to our 2018 Conference Committee, chaired by Jennifer MacDonald of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Bennett, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony; Janet Bwititi (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra); Leanne Davis (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra); Marie-Josée Desrochers (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal); Simon Gamache (I Musici de Montréal); Chandra Kastern (Red Deer Symphony); Letha MacLachlan (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation); Marie-Pierre Rolland (Orchestre symphonique de Laval); and Mark Turner (Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra).
A special thank you to our colleagues at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for their generous contributions of time, expertise, and resources, and to Honens for sponsoring our welcome reception.
Wednesday, May 30
12:00 p.m - 1 p.m: Welcome lunch, sponsored by Dean Artists Management
1 p.m - 1: 30 p.m: Conference opening and land acknowledgment (given by Hal Eagletail)
1:30 p.m - 3 p.m, Room 201: Plenary - La Placa Cohen Culture Track, sponsored by The Arts Firm Inc.
Maggie Hartnick and Phillip Cox, consultants from La Placa Cohen, will give a sneak peek of the first-ever Canadian edition of Culture Track, a deep dive into the habits and preferences of culturally active individuals. Canadian data will be compared and contrasted with the US data.
3 p.m - 3:30 p.m: Coffee Break, sponsored by The Arts Firm Inc.
3:30 p.m - 5:00 p.m: Breakouts by Topic
- The Minefield of Pops Programming with Rob McAlear (Edmonton Symphony) and Marc Stevens (National Arts Centre). Powerpoint deck here
- The Road To Organizational Health, with Toronto Symphony Orchestra Interim CEO Gary Hanson. Powerpoint deck here
- What are donors and sponsors looking for? Four Calgary-area philanthropists talk candidly about what they do and don’t support, and why. Moderator: Kajsa Erickson(CPO). Speakers: Lori Caltagirone (Sunesis Consulting), Jeremy Clark (Clark Hetherington Financial), Sam Hayes (Suncor Energy) and Mary Rozsa de Coquet (Rozsa Foundation). Recording here
- Beyond Subscriptions: Developing Loyalty in Current and New Audiences, with Renaud Legoux, Rachel Smith-Spencer (Stratford Shakespeare Festival) and Mike Franco (Calgary Stampeders)
5:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m: Reception, sponsored by Honens, and featuring Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker (“Jackie”) in performance.
Thursday, May 31
9:00 a.m - 10: 30 a.m, Room 201: Plenary - What orchestras need to know about workplace and sexual harassment
A round table discussion with perspectives from legal, human resources, and crisis communications experts, and reflections from musicians and managers on next steps for the field. Moderator: Luiza Campos. Speakers: Scott Crockatt, John Gilmore, Dana Kiefer, Jeanne Lesage. Recording available here.
10:30 a.m - 11 a.m: Coffee Break, sponsored by Long & McQuade
11 a.m - 12 p.m, Room 201: Plenary - Canadian orchestras' current and future work in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility
Ethnomusicologist Parmela Attariwala and equity arts consultant Soraya Peerbaye present the findings of their research, conducted on behalf of Orchestras Canada and supported by the Leadership for Change grant program, on Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility in the orchestral sector. Powerpoint deck here. Recording here
2:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m Workshops and Discussions
7:15 p.m - 8:45 p.m: NYOC Documentary, 'That Higher Level'
Private screening of ‘That Higher Level’, a National Film Board documentary on the National Youth Orchestra. The film follows a group of musicians as they experience the NYO 2017 training program and subsequent Edges of Canada tour.
Friday, June 1
9:00 a.m - 10:30 a.m: Breakout Discussions by Job Title
CEOs (Large Budget) | CEOs (Medium Budget) | CEOs (Small Budget) | Marketing | Development | Operations | Music Directors | Board Members | Finance
10:30 a.m - 11 a.m: Coffee break, sponsored by G. Schirmer, Inc. / AMP
11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m: Workshops and Discussion
● Big data and data marketing with Renaud Legoux. Powerpoint deck here. Recording here
● 10 Strategies for Millenial Leaders with Aubrey Bergauer. Powerpoint deck here
● Talk to Steve Smith about your data
● Government relations with Micheline McKay
12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m: Advocacy Panel Discussion
With guest speakers Micheline McKay, Jean-R. Dupré (Orchestre Métropolitain), Allan Northcott (Max Bell Foundation) and Patti Pon (Calgary Arts Development). Recording here
2:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m: Plenary: What is a good negotiation?
A rousing panel exchange, with speakers who will bring an array of perspectives to the room, including Gary Hanson (Toronto Symphony), Eddy Bayens (Edmonton Musicians’ Association), Donna Neumann (Windowpane Management Inc.), Bernard LeBlanc (Symphonic Services, Canadian Federation of Musicians). Recording here
3:30 p.m - 5:00 p.m: Plenary - Aubrey Bergauer, Orchestra X and Beyond, sponsored by Symmetrica - Creative Technology Solutions
California Symphony executive director Aubrey Bergauer will talk to us about learnings from Orchestra X, an ongoing exploration of orchestra leadership in a changing world. Powerpoint deck here. Recording here
8:00 p.m: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra "Firebird” Concert
Our host, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestras is kindly offering discounted tickets for conference delegates.
Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility with Soraya Peerbaye and Parmela Attariwala (25/5/2018)
Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility are perhaps not words traditionally associated with the classical music institution, but they are integral to corporate, political and Canadian culture. As part of our upcoming national conference, Orchestras Canada will be hosting Soraya Peerbaye and Parmela Attariwala who will lead two sessions on these subjects and will be sharing the research they have been doing for us. We had the pleasure of speaking with them last week, to talk about decolonization in the arts and where Canadian orchestras are in terms of conversations about inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility.
Thérèse Boutin and the Engage and Sustain Program (18/5/2018)
Thérèse Boutin has served as administrative leader of both the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and was also Chair of the Orchestras Canada Board for two years. Her impressive resume and experience have given her significant insider information into the workings of national granting organizations, and it is in this area that she is currently doing research for Orchestras Canada, specifically with regards to the Canada Council’s Engage and Sustain grant. Thérèse met with us to talk about the work that she has been doing in this field.
Speaker Spotlight: Aubrey Bergauer (20/4/2018)
Aubrey Bergauer’s reputation as an organizational leader willing to test, implement, document, and share new ideas and approaches has been growing in the past few years, and Orchestras Canada has been following her work closely since 2016. We are delighted that she will be joining us at our conference in Calgary, leading a pair of sessions on Friday, June 1. We recently caught up with Aubrey to learn more about the research that she and her organization have been doing