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We’re Off To Helsinki!

We’re Off To Helsinki!

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, six representatives from Canadian orchestras will be off to Helsinki, Finland next week for the annual IAMA conference, an international classical music gathering for artists, agents, music publishers, and representatives from orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Team Orchestras Canada includes:
Joanne Harada, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Carol Kehoe, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Katherine Carleton, Orchestras Canada
Kim Lajeunesse, Orchestre Metropolitain
Natalie Rousseau, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières
Christopher Wilkinson, Symphony Nova Scotia

We look forward to sharing what we learn!


Photo: Eero Venhola

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International Learning and Knowledge Exchange:  Team Orchestras Canada Prepares for Two International Conferences This Spring

International Learning and Knowledge Exchange: Team Orchestras Canada Prepares for Two International Conferences This Spring

In early January, Orchestras Canada issued an invitation to all of our member orchestras to nominate people to take part in a pair of European arts conferences in the spring of 2015, with travel funding provided through Orchestras Canada by the Canada Council for the Arts. To assess the nominations, we assembled an arms-length peer panel, the successful candidates were notified, and we’re now preparing to participate in both IAMA 25 in Helsinki, Finland in April and Classical : NEXT in Rotterdam, Holland in May. One of the participants, Mme. Therese Boutin, CEO of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, has written the first in a series of blog posts that participants will be writing, before, during and after the conferences. You can link to her blog post, here.

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Canadian orchestras at Classical : Next in Rotterdam in May

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Thérèse Boutin, CEO, Orchestre symphonique de Québec


A delegation of Canadian orchestra representatives under the direction of OC’s executive director Katherine Carleton as chef de mission, will be attending the fourth edition of Classical : Next in Rotterdam at the end of May. This exercise in cultural diplomacy is made possible with the financial help of Canada Council for the Arts.

A product of the Association for Classical Independent Labels in Germany (CLASS) and of WOMEX, an international market for professional music, Classical : Next’s first edition was held in Munich in 2012. The following year, the conference was hosted by Vienna and last year, it was held in Berlin in conjunction with the celebrations commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Classical:NEXT unites the global classical community, creating a worldwide movement to explore potential paths forward into the future (mission statement 2012). A gathering of innovators, Classical :Next is also an opportunity to promote talent, creative ideas and best practices in classical music.

Hosted by the Canadian Music Centre and Canada Council for the Arts, opening night activities will showcase Canadian talent. Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Orchestre Métropolitain, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra) will be a guest speaker and so will maestra and soprano Barbara Hannigan. David Pay, of Vancouver’s Music on Main is the designated artistic director of the opening programme which will feature among others Inuit throat singer par excellence Tanya Tagaq, and the Cecilia String Quartet of Toronto.

Members of the Canadian delegation include Jean R. Dupré, CEO of Montreal’s Orchestre Metropolitain, Kevin Lau, composer-in-residence of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Mellanby, Director of artistic operations with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Shannon Whidden, executive director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Vicki Young, Managing director of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Tania Miller, Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and yours truly, representing the Orchestre symphonique de Québec.

Thérèse Boutin, CEO
Orchestre symphonique de Québec


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Awards and Competitions

Awards and Competitions

April 1 is the application deadline for this year’s Virginia Parker Prize, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts. The $25,000 award is dedicated to classical musicians (instrumentalists or conductors) under the age of 32, and recognizes “a young artist who demonstrates outstanding talent, musician ship and artistic excellence.” For more information, please visit canadacouncil.ca.

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Major Shifts in “Program Architecture” Proposed for the Canada Council for the Arts

Major Shifts in “Program Architecture” Proposed for the Canada Council for the Arts

Last Tuesday, the Canada Council for the Arts held its Annual Public Meeting, an opportunity for the Council leadership to report to the broader community on its recent activities, and offer some thoughts on the shape of the future as well.

New Council director Simon Brault did not disappoint, as he used the opportunity to release a preliminary plan to:

• reduce the number of granting programs administered by the Canada Council from the current 142 to no more than 10;
• streamline grant application and analysis processes through the development of an on-line grant portal;
• maintain focus on artists and arts organizations, with a commitment not to reduce granting budgets for even one dollar (assuming, presumably, that Canada Council’s own parliamentary appropriation remains constant)

The Canada Council is four months into the process of reviewing and restructuring their system. Brault noted that these changes will be more concrete by summer 2015, and are on track to be implemented in 2017.

What does this potentially mean for orchestras? We don’t really know, but it’s fair to say that:

• Orchestras currently receiving multi-year funding from the Canada Council for the Arts will not see changes in the funding approach until the next multi-year deadline;
• The peer assessment process (where experts in the orchestra field – whether administrators, composers, conductors, musicians or others – review, comment on, and rate applications) will remain in place;
• The biggest observable change for applicants will likely be the on-line interface, which will offer the ability to submit materials on-line and track a request’s progress through Council’s processes.

Orchestras Canada will continue to monitor this issue, and will advise as more details emerge.

To read what’s been said to date, please visit canadacouncil.ca.

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Competitions and Awards

Competitions and Awards

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced an April 1 deadline for applications for the 2015 Musical Instrument Bank Competition – of great potential interest to Canadian professional violinists or cellists pursuing an international solo or chamber music career. The competition offers classical musicians the opportunity to borrow a rare, high-quality stringed instruments for a 3-year period, and the collection includes 20 violins and cellos dating from the late 1600s to the early 1900s, crafted by such celebrated luthiers as Stradivari, Gagliano, and del Gesù. For more information, and to apply, please visit instrumentbank.canadacouncil.ca.

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Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update

Conversations with the Canada Council for the Arts

Last week, Orchestras Canada hosted a pair of teleconferences (one English, one French) with Aime Dontigny and Daniel Swift of the Canada Council for the Arts, with the goal of providing the orchestral community with an overview of the recent Professional Orchestra Program granting cycle. The calls were recorded, and Orchestras Canada would be pleased to share the recordings with applicants to the program. If you’d like to be sent a link to the recordings, please email Katherine Carleton.

OC’s submission to the federal Standing Committee on Finance

Also last week, Orchestra Canada submitted its recommendations to the federal Standing Committee on Finance, as part of the pre-budget process. In the brief, we described the economic, social, and cultural impact of Canadian orchestras, and recommended three initiatives to leverage and increase that impact:
An increase in funding to the Canada Council for the Arts;
The launch of a pilot program for international touring and cultural diplomacy through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Development; and
The adoption of a Stretch Tax Credit, to provide an incentive for increased charitable giving by individuals.

You can read OC’s pre-budget submission here.

Temporary Foreign Workers Program Changes

We are continuing to monitor the impact of changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program on Canadian orchestras. If you are experiencing difficulties or delays in the processing of your applications, please let Katherine Carleton know.

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I Musici de Montréal has announced the appointment of Nicolas Ellis as its new resident conductor, starting in June 2015. A gifted pianist, Ellis has studied conducting with Alexis Hauser, and is working with Robert Spano at Aspen this summer.

The Regina Symphony has announced the appointment of Simon MacDonald as its new concertmaster. He succeeds Eduard Minevich in the role. A Victoria native, MacDonald has been a member of the Winnipeg Symphony’s first violin section since 2000. Speaking about his appointment, MacDonald says, ““I’m very excited about this new adventure in my life. It was an honour to be on the short list, and a huge thrill when the RSO offered me the job.”

People in the orchestral community right across the country were saddened to learn of the recent death of composer, music critic, radio producer, writer, and arts administrator Hugh Hanson Davidson at the age of 84. Hugh was an optimist with a wonderfully sophisticated musical ear, and his boundless confidence in the potential and achievements of Canadian artists was his hallmark. An insightful observer, a valued consultant and confidant, we will miss him greatly. A memorial service is taking place in Victoria on August 5, and donations in his memory can be made to the Hugh Davidson Fund of the Victoria Symphony.

Harpist and Gatineau native Antoine Malette-Chénier is the recipient of the 2014 Canada Council Michael Measures Prize. A unique collaboration between the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC), this $25,000 prize recognizes promising talent in the next generation of Canadian classical musicians. This year, it will enable Antoine Malette-Chénier to pursue advanced studies in baroque harp at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, as well as in pedal harp with various European masters.

The Okanagan Symphony has appointed Robert Barr as its new Executive Director, succeeding Scott Wilson.

Toronto’s Counterpoint Community Orchestra has announced the sad news of the passing of Paul T. Willis, a 28-year member of the orchestra, long-time concertmaster, and the orchestra’s board chair for many years as well. Talking about Paul’s many contributions, Counterpoint Board Chair Lana Chou Hoyt says, “Paul always took his roles with Counterpoint with great pride and shared his love for orchestra with as many friends, family, and greater community. Paul’s dedication and commitment with his unwavering grace will never be forgotten and his memory and special touch he had with everyone he encountered will forever live on.”

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Good News from Orchestras Canada’s Funders

Good News from Orchestras Canada’s Funders

In mid-June, Orchestras Canada received positive news from two of our major funding partners – and we’re grateful!

We thank the Ontario Arts Council for not only sustaining our multi-year funding at the level of $75,445 for 2014-15, but also awarding OC a project grant for a multi-part webinar series designed for smaller budget performing arts organizations, which we’ll be presenting in partnership with Theatre Ontario, Ontario Presents, and Choirs Ontario starting in the fall.

We salute the Canada Council for the Arts for awarding OC funds to regrant to representatives from smaller budget orchestras to help them attending our national conference in 2015. We’ll share more on this event in coming weeks.

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A Word of Thanks

A Word of Thanks

Orchestras Canada’s national meetings took place June 12 to 14 in Toronto, and the staff and board of Orchestras Canada would like to thank the many people and organizations that made the meetings possible. We learned a lot, we loved seeing delegates from across Canada, and we look forward to doing it again next year!

We’d like to acknowledge our amazing sponsors: marquee sponsor Great West Life/London Life/Canada Life; presentation sponsors TicketPro and Beatty Media Projects; coffee break sponsors Cowan Insurance Group, Dean Artists, and Long & McQuade; and KPMG for donating meeting space and technical support on June 14. We’re superlatively grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and Dr. George Freundlich for helping to underwrite the costs of our travel bursary and Next Generation Leaders programs. Thanks also to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for hosting an intermission reception for us!

Hats off to our remarkable presenters: Maggie Hartnick and Hil Moss of LaPlaca Cohen; Renaud Legoux of HEC Montréal; Paul Born of the Tamarack Institute; and Judy Harquail of Ontario Presents, Tim Yerxa of the Fredericton Playhouse, and Sam Varteniuk of the Registry Theatre.

Heartfelt thanks to our facilitators and moderators: Jane Marsland, Debra Chandler, Micheline McKay, Renaud Legoux, Randy Barnard.

And a special shout-out to our panelists: Denny Young, Elaine Calder, Robert Fraser, Kimberly Raycroft, Tim Crouch, Jennifer Bryan, Marie-Josée Desrochers, Tricia Baldwin, Rick Dunlop, Thérèse Boutin, Jeff Alexander, Brian Emmett, and Paul Wells. You generously shared what you know, and we all learned from you.

Planning is now underway for our 2015 meetings, and we look forward to sharing updates with you soon!

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Next Generation Leaders Orientation Session

Oakham House, Riel Room
63 Gould Street
8:00-9:00 am

Katherine Carleton
Andrew Mellanby

Orchestras Canada’s Next Generation Leaders program, now in its second year, is a competitive national bursary program designed to help talented future leaders with a keen interest in Canadian orchestras, and under the age of 35, to attend the National Meetings, and engage in in-depth conversations with senior leaders in the field. This year’s NGL participants include:

Emily Carr (Thunder Bay Symphony)
Jeremy David Krahn (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra)
Allison Luff (Regina Symphony)
Marie-Anne Perreault (Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil)
Faeron Pileggi (Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
Bryn Richards (Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra)
Kevin Zakresky (Prince George Symphony Orchestra)

The program is underwritten by Orchestras Canada’s Strategic Reserve Fund.

Culture Track 2014: Examining the Evolving Behaviors of Cultural Audiences (Plenary)

Oakham House, Tecumseh Auditorium
63 Gould Street
9:00-11:00 am

Maggie Hartnick, Associate Director, Strategy and Branding
Hil Moss, Associate Strategist

Elaine Calder, Executive Director, Shaw Festival
Robert Fraser, Chair, Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians
Denny Young, Vice President, Development, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Culture Track 2014 is the culmination of a decade of national research (fielded 6 times since 2001) that focused exclusively on attitudes, motivators, and barriers of culturally active audiences. LaPlaca Cohen built on existing research studies and dug deeper into what’s really driving or discouraging cultural participation. The findings include a new – broader – definition of culture, how people plan for and engage with organizations and with culture, and how people perceive an organization as worthy of participation or donation, among others.

More information about Culture Track>>>


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We are the only strategy, design, and full-service advertising firm in the US that exclusively serves the creative and cultural sector. The result is that we have become strategic partners for our clients, addressing needs that no other single resource can.

Our passion fuels our expertise. We thrive on the dynamism of the ever-changing cultural landscape and the opportunities it creates to engage, enlighten, and inspire.

Attesting to our dedication to service and our ability to deliver and sustain results, we have been privileged to work with an unrivaled roster of leading museums, performing arts organizations, architecture firms, orchestras, dance companies, corporate sponsors, foundations, and collectors.

Long & McQuade Coffee Break


Long & McQuade is the largest chain of musical instrument retailers in Canada, with 63 locations from British Columbia to Newfoundland. This means that if you’re a touring musician, you’ll have the benefit of dealing with a familiar store with consistent sales, supplies and service, no matter where your homebase is.

Balancing Act: The Financial Health of Canadian Symphony Orchestras (Plenary)

Oakham House, Tecumseh Auditorium
63 Gould Street
1:30-2:30 pm

Renaud Legoux, Associate Professor of Marketing, HEC Montreal

Perspectives on Recording and Digital Strategies (Panel Discussion)

Oakham House, Layton Room
63 Gould Street
2:30-3:30 pm

Moderator: Randy Barnard
Tricia Baldwin, Managing Director, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Marie-Josée Desrochers, Director of Strategic Planning and International Relations, Artistic Department, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Rick Dunlop, VP Sales and Marketing, NAXOS Canada

This session is generously sponsored by Beatty Media Projects.
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For the last 20 years, I produced concerts with professional orchestras across Canada. Known for strategic integration of innovative ideas and new technology, I helped create partnerships, develop audiences, and bring in new revenue. I love to connect with others who create intriguing projects and get things done. My favorite work identifies community need, creates lasting results, and engages new, young and remote audiences.

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Finding and Keeping a Younger Audience: What's working?

Oakham House, Tecumseh Auditorium
63 Gould Street
2:30-3:30 pm

Moderator: Renaud Legoux
Jennifer Bryan, Director of Sales, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Tim Crouch, Marketing Coordinator, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Kimberly Raycroft, Senior Marketing Officer, National Arts Centre Orchestra

This session is generously sponsored by TicketPro.

Finding and Keeping a Younger Audience: Sponsored by TicketPro


Ticketpro Canada Inc. is a leading provider of box office software and online ticket sales and services for entertainment events. We specialize in feature-rich solutions for venues, festivals, event organizations, producers and promoters.

Dean Artists Coffee Break 2

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“Dean Artists Management specializes in the management of classically trained singers, conductors of singers, and opera stage directors/choreographers. Founded by owner Bruce Dean as the classical music division of The Talent House (www.talenthouse.ca), Canada’s most successful classical agency has branches in Toronto and New York. After twenty years in international arts management, we remain attuned to the trends of the opera and classical music markets, and to the visions of our colleagues and clients.

Working as a team to strategically broaden the careers of established artists, Dean Artists Management is equally known for its ability to nurture and guide emerging careers. Our artists include specialists in both early and contemporary music, carefully chosen “cross-over” artists, and those directors and conductors who have a particular knowledge of, and affinity for, opera, choral and vocal orchestral repertoire.”

Deepening Community Toward Strategic Engagement (Plenary)

Oakham House, Tecumseh Auditorium
63 Gould Street
4:00-5:15 pm

Speaker: Paul Born

Paul Born, author, Ashoka Fellow, and President of Tamarack Institute will give a talk and lead a short workshop inspired by his recent book, “Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times”. In chaotic times like these we naturally reach out to each other for security, sense making and belonging. Many years of not really needing each other and over-relying on professional intervention to meet our individual and community needs have left us with diminished skills and resources for community. How can we build community in our lives, our organizations, and in the places we live? Paul’s powerful and often humorous stories provide concrete examples that inspire individuals to reach out to others and work together.

Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Kontakthof

Making its Toronto premiere and marking the 40th anniversary of choreographer Pina Bausch’s legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal, Kontakthof is the crowning achievement of her too-brief career. First staged in 1978, it has earned global praise as a masterful examination of the eternal battle of the sexes; wherein whatever harmony is achieved is ultimately scuttled because male and female forces are inevitably opposed. The setting is a drab dance hall, as separated groups of women and men slowly interact. The need, and quest, for not just intimacy but love ignites a spectrum of actions and reactions, sometimes angrily, often comically, always brilliantly.

Critical Response Workshop (Plenary)

KPMG, 333 Bay St, 46th Floor
9:00-10:30 am

Judy Harquail
Tim Yerxa
Sam Varteniuk

Our three facilitators will lead attendees through a Critical Response process, using the Tanztheater Wuppertal performance as the departure point. (A ticket to the performance is included in all meeting registrations.) Deceptively simple, the power of the process is extraordinary: it encourages reflection, connection, and inclusion in group discussions about any complex shared experience. In addition, the facilitator does not need to be an expert on the subject and only requires minimal education on the process itself.


Cowan Insurance Coffee Break 3

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As one of the preeminent insurance brokerage and consulting operations in Canada, Cowan specializes in providing the best value to businesses, organizations and individuals for their insurance and risk management needs. Cowan Insurance Group represents the leading national and international insurance companies in order to provide the best balance of coverage, risk management services and specialized expertise available to each and every client.

Canadian orchestras and Federal Government Priorities

Moderator: Micheline McKay
Jeff Alexander, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Thérèse Boutin, Orchestre symphonique de Québec
Brian Emmett, Chief Economist, Imagine Canada
Paul Wells, Political Editor, Maclean’s

What can we do today to initiate positive change for ourselves, our orchestras, our community?

Facilitator-in-chief: Jane Marsland

Orchestras Canada’s new strategic plan is predicated on collaboration – the belief that better collaboration between orchestras will further the cause of orchestral music in Canada, enhance the resiliency of the sector, and make every orchestra stronger. We think OC has a key role to play in facilitating this collaboration – but we need your input!

This conference-closing session will begin with an open forum to confirm topics that you think are the most amenable to a collaborative approach, whether led by members or led by OC (Research and analysis? Collaborative artistic/education projects? Advocacy? Digital strategy? You tell us!)

Move into facilitated breakout sessions for in-depth discussions and rapid prototyping of the ideas your group finds most compelling, and conclude with a report-back to the plenary.

We look forward to your input and your energy!



Associate Director, Strategy & Branding, LaPlaca Cohen

Maggie’s diverse experience in the fields of art, architecture, and design gives her a distinct edge for driving content direction, ideation, and strategic ideas for the cultural world. She has helped to direct messaging, marketing, and communications strategies for renowned national and international projects in the private and public sector that range from urban planning, museums, and performing arts, to education, hospitality, and interactive technology.

Maggie has been involved in the art and architecture world in a variety of ways, including journalism, teaching, curating, and advocating. Before joining LaPlaca Cohen, she was a Senior Manager of Content Strategy, Communications and New Media at the architecture and design firm, Rockwell Group.

Maggie received a MA in Art and Architectural History from The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, and a BA in English Literature and Fine Arts from Amherst College.


Associate Strategist, LaPlaca Cohen

With a background in both the performing arts and the global contemporary art world, Hil brings a diverse range of insights into the cultural landscape and the unique opportunities that organizations possess as they move into the future. Hil received a BA in Art History and a certificate in African Studies from Princeton University, where her undergraduate thesis focused on new models of collaborative art practice spearheaded by burgeoning artists in Kampala, Uganda—where she also assisted in planning for the development of the first multi-disciplinary arts center in the country. Prior to joining LaPlaca Cohen, she interned in the Deputy Director’s Office of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation & Museum.

Hil sits on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Triangle Club, the oldest touring collegiate musical-comedy troupe in the United States, in which she previously performed as an actress and served as the organization’s President


President, Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians

Robert Fraser (goes by “Bob” to all his friends) has been the bass trombonist in the Victoria Symphony since 1990. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Brandon University, a Licentiate in Trombone Performance from McGill University, and Master of Arts in Musicology/Performance from the University of Victoria.

During the 2005-06 season, Bob was acting bass trombonist of the Calgary Philharmonic, and held a similar position in the Winnipeg Symphony in the fall of 2009; in both instances replacing a musician on sabbatical leave. In addition to his work with the Victoria Symphony, he performs regularly as a trombonist in groups as diverse as the Palm Court Light Orchestra, the Festive Brass (at The Butchart Gardens), and Victoria’s own Renaissance wind band, “A Great Noyse” where he plays an array of wind instruments, including recorder, crumhorn and the ancestor of the trombone, the sackbut.

Besides the trombone, Bob is a chorister, singing with the St. Christopher’s Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, the chamber choir Vox Humana, and the eight-voice ensemble Raincoast Voices. He enjoys lecturing and teaching as well, giving pre-concert talks for the Victoria Symphony and occasional lectures on orchestral music and music history for various groups.

Bob has also worked as a long-time advocate for musicians, as Secretary-Treasurer of the Musicians’ Association of Victoria and the Islands (Local 247, CFM) from 1991-2002, and as Secretary of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) from 2003-2013. In August 2013 he was elected President of OCSM.

Bob occasionally performs music with his wife, Ann, a violinist who specializes in early music. And when he’s not chasing his Abyssinian cat, Jack, around the house, he feeds his addiction to cryptic crosswords and Facebook.


Executive Director, Shaw Festival

Elaine Calder is one of North America’s most experienced performing arts administrators. Between 1994 and 2012 Ms. Calder held executive leadership positions with the Canadian Opera Company, the National Arts Centre, Hartford Stage, the Edmonton Symphony and the Oregon Symphony, before returning to the Shaw Festival as its Executive Director in September 2012 – a position she held previously, from 1990 to 1994. She has led significant financial recoveries at most of these organizations, primarily by increasing attendance and earned and contributed income, rather than by cutting expenditures. She took the Edmonton Symphony to Ottawa for the NAC’s 2005 Alberta Scene Festival with a program of music by five contemporary Alberta composers, and produced its first recording of the music of John Estacio. Similarly, she took the Oregon Symphony to Carnegie Hall for its triumphant performance at the 2011 Spring For Music Festival, and produced its Grammy-nominated recording of that program, entitled Music for a Time of War. Despite her return to theatre she continues to love the symphonic repertoire and orchestral musicians and so far this year has attended concerts by the orchestras of Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo, Rochester, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Seattle and Portland, Oregon.


Vice President of Development, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Denny Young has held senior fundraising and communications positions in a number of sectors including health, social service, and the arts. He currently serves as a member of the senior management team of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the role of Vice-President, Development. In this position he has the privilege of working with a dedicated team of 14 staff and many passionate volunteers – all tirelessly engaged in developing support for the orchestra’s annual operations and building the TSO’s endowment.

A regular speaker and lecturer on nonprofit management, Denny is also a part-time faculty member at Ryerson University in the Nonprofit Management Program and at Humber College in the Fundraising Management program.


Associate Professor, Marketing –HCE Montreal

Renaud Legoux is Associate Professor of Marketing at HEC Montréal. He received his PhD in Management with a concentration in Marketing from McGill University. He is the director of the Master in Management of Cultural Enterprises. Before his academic career, he worked as a manager for a professional theater company. His current research interests include arts marketing, consumer satisfaction, and sponsorship.


Director of Sales, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Jennifer Bryan has dedicated over 10 years of her life to arts marketing. After graduating with an arts degree in music, she quickly realized that the glamorous life of a jazz guitarist was not for her. After being taught by the best in the biz at Humber College, Jennifer learned the marketing ropes at Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. She has since spent 7 years at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and is currently Director of Sales, where she focuses on (and delights in) growing audiences and ticket revenue in this wonderfully challenging cultural landscape.


Author, Ashoka Fellow, President of Tamarack Institute

Paul Born is the President and cofounder of the Tamarack Institute which since 2001 has provided leadership in Canada on issues of citizen engagement, collaborative leadership and community innovation. Prior to Tamarack, Paul Born was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Community Opportunities Development Association one of Canada’s leading community economic development organizations that were recognized by the United Nations as one of the top 40 projects in the world. He was elected into the world’s largest network of social innovators, as a Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2013.


Program Manager, Ontario Performance Arts Presenting Networke

Judy has over 30 years of experience working in the performing arts. Her previous accomplishments include directing and executing touring activity for some of Canada’s most highly respected dance and opera companies, developing and executing strategic marketing campaigns and working in collaboration with an extensive range of arts organizations and arts professionals across Canada, the United States, and throughout the world. Amongst the many projects she is currently working on, she is Program Manager for Ontario Presents where she is responsible for the Ontario Dances and Theatre Connects program, the Audience Demographic Mapping program and CCI’s block booking program. She also has extensive experience dealing with all levels of government funding agencies having worked on contract for the Canada Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage assisting in the launch of the Arts Presentation Canada Program in Ontario. Judy is the 2007 recipient of the National Arts Centre award for distinguished contribution to touring and the 2011 Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture in Ontario.


General Manager, The Registry Theatre

Sam Varteniuk is General Manager of The Registry Theatre, and Artistic Director of JM Drama Alumni. He has spent 15 years writing, directing, producing, and starring in stage plays, short films, and sketch comedy. Sam has worked extensively in the world of Drama Therapy/Theatre for Social Change, collaborating with mental health organizations, seniors’ communities, and newcomers to Canada to tell their stories; he recently embarked on another such collaboration with KW’s Extend-A-Family.


Program Officer, Music Section, Canada Council for the Arts

Daniel Swift, a conductor and a musicologist, was artistic director of two Canadian orchestras, and guest conducted ensembles and orchestras in Canada, Europe and the United States. He currently holds the position of Program Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. At Orchestras Canada’s 2014 National Meeting, on Friday June 13, he will lead an ideas exchange session on support to Canadian composers and conductors as it relates to the orchestra milieu.

Conductor and musicologist Daniel Swift studied oboe and composition at the Conservatory in Trois-Rivières, music history and musicology at Laval University in Québec, and conducting with Pierre Dervaux and Jean-Pierre Jacquillat in Paris. He has been music director of l’Ensemble instrumental de Trois-Rivières, the Laval University orchestra and of the Ensemble instrumental des Jeunesses musicales du Canada (Montréal). Winner of the Heinz Unger Conducting Award in 1983, he was assistant conductor for Boris Brott with the Hamilton Philharmonic and Uri Mayer with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra before becoming conductor and Music Director of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (1984-1992) and of the Niagara Symphony (1999-2008).

A frequent guest of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Radio-Canada, Mr. Swift has regularly conducted concerts both for regional and national broadcast. He has also guest conducted numerous orchestras in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Particularly interested in the French repertoire, Daniel Swift directed in Paris and New York (1989), a revival of Francis Poulenc’s musical play Le Gendarme incompris, which he rediscovered during musicological research in France. He participated in the preparation of an edition of this work for music publisher Salabert. As well, he has recorded three ballets of French composer Henri Sauguet with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra on the SM5000 label. This CD entitled Parisian Ballets was unanimously recommended by music magazines in Japan, France and the United States.

Daniel Swift has also worked as Music Officer for the Canada Council for the Arts (1992-1999) where, through the years, he managed Sound Recording, New Music, Commissioning, Residencies, Professional Orchestras and Opera/Music Theatre programs.


President and CEO, Vancouver Symphony Society

Jeff Alexander was named to the position of President & CEO of the Vancouver Symphony Society in September 2000. As such, he serves as the chief administrator for the organization, responsible for overseeing board, government and community relations, long-range planning, and day-to-day management for Western Canada’s largest performing arts organization and Canada’s third largest symphony orchestra with an annual budget of over $14 million.

Since his appointment, Alexander has worked closely with VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey, the organization’s Board of Directors, musicians, staff and volunteers to strengthen every aspect of the organization’s artistic, fiscal, community, governance and administrative activities. With the implementation of a new strategic plan in 2002, subsequent updates, and a wide variety of new programs, the organization has experienced significant growth in subscription and single ticket sales, as well as individual, corporate and government support, resulting in a surplus on annual operations for nine of the last ten years.

Alexander has also supported a number of innovations at the VSO, including the reformatting, expansion and creation of concert series; significant growth in the organization’s educational and community programs and community partnerships; the use of video screens in the concert hall; the Society’s first endowment campaign ($10.2M raised to date); the purchase and implementation of Tessitura (the first orchestra in Canada to own and operate this integrated ticketing/fundraising software package developed by the Metropolitan Opera); the planning and implementation of an Asia-Pacific tour with concerts in Korea, Macau and China in October 2008 (the first international tour for the orchestra in 17 years); a May 2009 tour to Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City (the orchestra’s first performances in these cities in 33 years); a January 2013 tour to the U.S. West Coast (the orchestra’s first U.S. tour in 35 years) and the creation of the state-of-the-art 25,000 square foot VSO School of Music directly next to the orchestra’s home, the Orpheum Theatre, now home to over 950 students and 60 faculty members. The result has been a renewed spirit of support and admiration for the orchestra locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining the VSO, Alexander spent sixteen years at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, including twelve as General Manager. As such, he was the “second in command” for the sixth oldest and eighth largest orchestra in the United States, with an annual budget of $28 million. In this position, he managed an orchestra of 99 full time musicians, and was responsible for all elements of program planning, concert production, and orchestra relations. He participated in four master agreement negotiations; planned and managed 12 domestic tours, each with concerts in Carnegie Hall, and four international tours, with concerts throughout Europe and Asia.

Alexander was responsible for the production of over sixty recordings and seven national television programs for both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He served on the Steering Committee which planned activities for the Orchestra’s 100th Anniversary Season in 1995; a 1998 Long Range Planning Task Force; and in 1999 the Music Director Search Committee.
Concurrent with the above, Alexander managed the Cincinnati May Festival, an annual choral festival founded in 1873 for which the CSO is the official orchestra.

Prior to being named General Manager, he served the CSO as Director of Regional and Educational Programs, overseeing all educational activities, and a series of orchestral and chamber music concerts in sixteen communities throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

From 1982 to 1984, Alexander served as General Manager of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra in Texas and from 1980 to 1982 as General Manager of Grapa Concerts in New York City, an artist management firm specializing in organizing Latin American tours for North American and European soloists and ensembles.

Jeff Alexander is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he majored in French Horn Performance. He has been a member of the League of American Orchestras since 1984 and Orchestras Canada since 2000. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Orchestras Canada in 2001 and during the subsequent ten years served on its Nominating, Executive Director Search and Bylaw Review Committees, was Vice-Chair of the Board from 2005 – 2007, Chair from 2007 – 2009 and in 2010 chaired its Leadership & Professional Development Task Force. He has served on adjudication panels for the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, YWCA of Greater Vancouver and the Alcan Awards, as well as a member of the City of Vancouver’s 125thAnniversary Advisory Committee, and for six years the Vancouver Foundation’s Arts & Culture Advisory Committee.


President and CEO, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

An experienced manager with a passion for culture, Thérèse Boutin (President and CEO of l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec) has worked in the arts, education and communications field for most of her 35-year career. Beginning as a journalist with CBC/Radio-Canada, she quickly leaped into the management field, working in media, public administration, education and music, in Ontario and in Québec. Additionally, Ms. Boutin has been a senior partner in a communications and strategic planning consulting company for the past 20 years.

A graduate of Laurentian University, where she obtained a BA in Political Science, Thérèse Boutin also holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from York University, a Masters in Public Administration from Queen’s and an MB from l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

A woman of action and dedication, she has been a member of various Boards from the Chamber of Commerce to the local Conservatory including schools, choirs community groups.

After leading a successful restructuring of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (2006-2013), she was named CEO of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec in May 2013.

She joined the Board of Orchestras Canada in November 2007, was its chair from 2011-2013 and is now past-chair. She has also been on the Board of the Conseil québécois de la musique.


Chief Economist, Imagine Canada (Charitable and Nonprofit Sector)

Brian Emmett is an economics graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Essex in England, and has enjoyed a long and distinguished public service career. He was Canada’s first Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in the late 1990s and worked extensively on Canada’s Green Plan. He also served as Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in the early 2000s and has been an Assistant Deputy Minister in a number of federal government departments. As the Chief Economists at Imagine Canada, Brian Emmett measures the impact of the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector and brings economic issues facing charities and nonprofits to the forefront of public policy decision makers.


Political Editor, Maclean’s

Paul Wells, political editor of Maclean’s magazine, has reinvigorated Canadian political writing for more than a decade. His career began in Montreal at The Gazette in 1989; in 1997 he became the Gazette’s national affairs columnist, and then moved to the National Post for its launch in 1998. In 2003, he joined Maclean’s, where he has won two gold National Magazine Awards for his writing on politics. A regular commentator for both English – and French – language television and radio, he is also the author of The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing and the John W. Dafoe Prize for Canadian non-fiction.


Arts Consultant, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and ARTS Action Research

Jane Marsland has been an articulate advocate for the arts for many years and has served on a wide range of boards, advisory groups and committees. Jane was co-founder and director of ARTS 4 CHANGE, a three-year program designed to create positive change for and by arts professionals in Toronto, as well as co-founder and Director of Technical Assistance of the Creative Trust: Working Capital for the Arts.

Ms. Marsland has managed arts organizations since 1970 and was General Manager of the Danny Grossman Dance Company from 1982 to 1999. Since 1999, Jane has been working as a free-lance arts consultant and has worked with more than 100 arts organizations. Currently Jane is working with the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and ARTS Action Research on a new community initiative, Theatres Leading Change Toronto involving 18 small and midsized theatre and dance organizations.

She has been the recipient of two arts community awards: a “Harold’ in 2001 and the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts in 2002. In 1995, she received the first M. Joan Chalmers Award for Arts Administration for outstanding leadership in the arts. In 2011, she was the winner of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leadership Award.

In January 2012 Jane was awarded the first Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellowship in the Arts to examine Shared Platforms and Charitable Venture Organizations and their applicability to the performing arts sector in Ontario.


Vice President Classics and Jazz – Naxos of Canada (2004 to present)

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