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April 12th 2017

CHRC Announces Second Cohort of Talent to Lead

After another difficult selection process, given the quality and number of applications from across the country and the sector, CHRC is pleased to announce the 24 successful cultural leaders in the second cohort of its Talent to Lead (T2L) programme. There are 12 in the English stream and 12 in the French stream. Our partners at La Chaire de gestion des arts Carmelle et Rémi-Marcoux at HEC in Montréal, and the well-established mentorship programme in Québec, Mentorat culturel, were especially helpful in the selection process for the francophone candidates.

The anglophone T2L participants are:

April Britski
National Executive Director
Jennifer Campbell
Executive Director
Small Halls Inc/PE
Dawn Leite
Assistant to the Executive Director
Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge/AB
Krista Patterson
Executive Director
W. Kootenay Regional Arts Council/BC
Dominga Robinson
Arts Administrator & Events
Melissa Tsang
Artistic Planning & Operations Manager
Music on Main/BC
Emiko Morita
Executive Director
Powell Street Festival Society/BC
Monica Roberts
City Museum Strategy Manager
Edmonton Heritage Council/AB
Emma Lancaster
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Coastal Jazz and Blues Society/BC
Nicole Hurtubise
Resource Development Associate
Esther Arbeid
Manager, Adult Arts and Culture
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre/ON
Shayna Goldberg
General Manager
Pi Theatre/BC

The francophone T2L participants are:

Aude Gagnon-Raymond
Directrice Soutien aux opérations de tournée
Cirque du Soleil/QC
Marie Houde
Directrice générale
Le grand costumier/QC
Benoit Roy
Directeur administratif / codirecteur général
Théâtre du Trillium/ON
Marie-Christine André
Directrice administrative
Théâtre de la Pire Espèce/QC
Dominique Poulin
Directrice Affaires publiques, Faculté de musique, Université de Montréal/QC
Marie-Claude Ravary
Coordonnatrice, développement philanthropique, et événements, Fondation Héritage Montréal/QC
Émmanuelle Pequin
Directrice de la médiation culturelle et de projets
Orchestre symphonique de Québec/QC
Martin Choquette
Directeur général
CJE Montréal Centre-Ville/QC
Jean-François Packwood
Directeur général
Conseil culturel et artistique francophone de la C.-B
Pierre-David Rodrigue
Coordonnateur Circulation de la musique et diffusion
Conseil québécois de la musique/QC
Sandrine Berger
Directrice générale
Carrousel international du film/QC
Simon Payette
VP Ventes
Édition Chouette/QC

Central to the training of these mid-career managers are mentorships with senior cultural leaders. Another important aspect of T2L is a series of 10 monthly webinars on HR related issues, from a leader's point of view. The participants “attend” learning webinar sessions based on CHRC's HR Management Toolkit and presented by professionals from the highly respected Williams HR Law firm in Toronto in English; and organized through la Chaire de gestion des arts Carmelle et Rémi-Marcoux at HEC in Montréal in French. Although they are spread out across the country, as with the first cohort, the T2L participants will grow as a “cohort of peers”, sharing their learnings through the webinars and a protected website for exchanges of questions, challenges and successes. You will find the mentorship teams listed at

The programme for the second cohort runs until January 2018.