Sophie Edwards

Sophie Edwards is the founder of 4elements Living Arts, a non-profit community arts organization. Since 2002 4e has been creating and delivering innovative creation, education and research projects with a focus on land, art and community. Sophie has a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies and a PhD (ABD) in Cultural Geography. An artist, curator, and writer, her creative work engages questions of belonging, land, and identity within settler/indigenous ‘contact zones’.

Mark King

Mark King was born and raised in North Bay and is owner of H. Freeman & Co. since 1998. Prior to business ownership Mark enjoyed a 23 year career in rail traffic control with CN rail. A study of rail traffic system throughout Canada were the building blocks for his supervision of work programs in the Great Lakes Region and eventual responsibility for rail traffic in North Eastern and Northwestern Ontario and GTA, including GO Transit.

As a principal of Markwood Estates, Mark gained extensive municipal planning and land use experience with the successful development and construction of a 32 lot subdivision in North Bay.

As an executive of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce he served as a director as President and Past president. He chaired both the Tourism and Government Affairs Committees of the Chamber providing valuable insight into both the assets and challenges of North Bay and area.

Mark brings a wealth of relevant experience from his participation in the North Bay Planning Advisory Committee, the Blue Sky Economic Growth Corporation, North Bay Hydro Board, Laurentian Ski Hill Board, ANTA and Discovery Routes. Mark is proud of his work as President of the North Bay Taxpayers Association sharing values for accountable, transparent and financially responsible municipal government.

Mark has also served on City Council since January of 2014 after the departure of the Deputy Mayor to Western Canada. This has provided a great learning curve and he has enjoyed the experience as a committee member of Community Services. This experience will now provide the background for his new position as Chair of Community Services.

Mentorship and New Generations

Our current strengths as an art sector rely heavily on skill transference as each generation interacts with the next to fill job positions, find board members and establishing the next group of contemporary artists. Although each generation has its own set of ideas and methods of engagement, there is value in interacting with your peers cross-generationally to avoid unnecessary duplication of activity and organizational development whether through established mentorship or social networking. And as our population continues to age the need for skill transference increases. This panel will focus on the vital role mentorship plays in the transference of skills from one generation to the next and where the next generation of artists and arts administrators are heading as a result.
Panelists: Michael CywinkMarjorie (Moonfire) MeisterAlex Maeve Campbell Moderated by Nadia Kurd

Michael Cywink

Michael Cywink is a band member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. He is presently the Art Coordinataor with the newly established Wiikwemkoong Art Gallery. He is also an alumnus of the Museum Studies Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Michael is an independent curator. Previously he was the curator for the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M’Chigeeng, Manitoulin Island, as well as a First Nation’s ccultural consultant with Walt Disney Imagineering / Disney’s America theme park project in Glendale, California. He has interned at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, The Museum of American Indian, Smithsonian, Washington DC, the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico and at Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, CA. Throughout the 80′he was a counselor / contract street worker in Toronto working with agencies such as Central Toronto Youth Services, Under 21 Covenant House, The Toronto Boy’s Home, Native Men’s Residence and Kinark Homes – Peterbourgh. In addition he is also contracted with the school boards in Ontario under the Aboriginal Artist in the Schools Program, Ontario Arts Council implementing “Cultural Appreciation From a First Nation Perspective”. He is a curator, artist, author, muralist and a 1 of a kind guy. He will be speaking on ‘Achieving Artistic Endeavors, Encountering the Crown 1764, and Certificates of Authenticity”.

Stephanie van Doleweerd

Stephanie van Doleweerd is an active member of the North Bay arts community, through her own artistic practice as a painter,  via her past work with the Co-Ordinating Body of Arts, Culture and Heritage (CBACH),  and through a current position as chair of the White Water Gallery.  Through her website development business, Steph enjoys serving local artist in a professional capacity.  Outside of working hours, she takes great pleasure in participating in the cultural life of the city through martial arts and middle eastern dance.

Tanya Lukin Linklater

Tanya Lukin Linklater‘s practice spans experimental choreography, performance, video, and text. Her work has been performed/exhibited nationally and internationally. She is compelled by the interstices of visual art and poetry, pedagogy (learning), indigenous languages, portrayals of women and children in film, and the body. Tanya’s works have been exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago (Chilé), SBC Gallery (Montreal), Western Front (Vancouver), Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Images Festival + Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), grunt gallery (Vancouver), Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, Museum of Contemporary Native Art (Santa Fe), Culver Center for the Arts (California), People of Good Will (Guelph), and elsewhere. Her publications (poetry and essays) include Yellow Medicine Review, Taos International Journal of Poetry and Art, Drunken Boat, Ice Floe, Western Front Gallery, McLaren Art Centre, and fifty3 magazine. Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours) where she received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Louis Sudler Prize for Creative and Performing Arts. She was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant in 2010 and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature in 2013. She is Alutiiq with family from the Native Villages of Port Lions and Afognak in southern Alaska and makes her home in northern Ontario, Canada.

Jürgen Mohr

Jürgen Mohr was born and raised in Theisenort, Germany, as Jürgen Klaus Mohr. He and his family cam to Ontario in 1956. He was raised in Germany until 1956, and in southern Ontario thereafter, when his family moved to Canada. He studied fine arts at York University and then at Guelph University studying fine arts, history, sculpture and printmaking with John Fillion and Walter Bachinski. He worked as administrator of the Grey Bruce Art and Craft Centre from 1972 to 74. He then moved to Chatham, Ontario, where he worked as a teacher of sculpture and art history and finally moving in 1976 to North Bay, Ontario. Here he taught art and graphic communications at Canadore College until 1980. From 1991 until 1995 he worked as a graphic designer for various companies and as a freelancer. Since then he has been working full-time as a professional artist. Jurgen has had many solo exhibitions, frequently at Joan Ferneyhough Gallery, White Water Gallery and W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery in North Bay, and Thames Arts Centre in Chatham. His work is in numerous private, public and corporate collections including North Bay City Hall, the Ontario Trapper’s Association, Redpath Collection and the W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery. “My paintings are concerned with the hidden meanings and riddles of the unconscious that is both secretive and familiar to us all. By using iconic language, I create a poetic response to the lure of the dream. Text is gleaned from my dream journals, in which I write religiously every day, as a motif in the paintings. I paint as a modern day shaman, revealing the hidden meaning of our lives to us through my own magical investigation.” – J. Mohr

Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon

Jazzy-alterna-folk mix that is often described as haunting and unconventional. Onomatopoeically crafted lyrics backed up with vocals that fill fields. Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon has performed at numerous music festivals accross ontario but has yet to overcome stage’fright… Come see if she ate enough banannas (natural beta blockers) to get through her set!

Ruth Howard

Ruth Howard is the founding Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre. With Jumblies, she has created and lead a series of multi-year residencies resulting in large-scale performances and other participatory projects that combine visual imagery, performance, music, movement, oral history and community arts practice. Ruth is a graduate of Eastbourne College of Art and Design, the National Theatre School of Canada and the University of Toronto, has several decades of professional experience as a set and costume designer, is one of the pioneers of the Community Play form in Canada, and has teaching credentials at many universities, colleges and schools. She has won several awards and distinctions for her work, including a 2005 Toronto Community Foundation “Vital People” Award, a 2007 Dora Nomination for costume design, and, in 2012, an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Fellowship, the Canadian Urban Institute’s “City Soul” Award and the Dora George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in Theatre. In 2013, as well as leading Jumblies Toronto-based and national initiatives, she is collaborating on projects with Aanmitaagzi Storymakers,(Nipissing First Nations) the Whitewater Gallery (North Bay), Thinking Rock Community Arts (Sault Ste. Marie) and Vancouver Moving Theatre.

Bruce Pitkin

Bruce Pitkin
Executive Director, Theatre Ontario

Bruce Pitkin is a trained theatre artist who has performed, directed, produced, and taught in Japan, Germany, the United States, and Canada. Since earning an MFA in Performance from York University, he has worked with the Tadashi Suzuki Company (Japan) and Shakespeare & Company (Boston). He was the Artistic Director at both the Acting Academy (Munich) and the International Michael Chekhov School of Acting (Munich), and has taught Shakespeare and Scene Study at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto since 2007. In 2013, he was named in NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Artists to Watch for his directing work.

In addition to his extensive theatre background, his business experience in marketing and digital media has included working with such organizations as TeleFilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, Capital C Communications, Adeo Communications, Digital Media Studios, alleswirdgut—Agency for Creative Direction (Munich), Schaeffler und Partner Multimedia (Munich), BioID AG (Berlin) and Dialog Communication Systems (Taiwan).