Cat MacKeigan, PhD

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Cat MacKeigan is active behind the scenes in the arts and cultural sector and the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Nova Scotia. With over 15 years of experience working within and reporting on cultural policy, government-cultural relations, and innovations in economic development through the arts, Cat brings a novel perspective and queer voice to conversations around arts management, public policy, and institutional relations. Their cultural research and management practice bridges the gap between artistic practice and public policy interest. 

Cat regularly leads and collaborates on various research projects under the umbrellas of cultural, economic, and community development. These projects include strategic planning, program evaluation, governance reorganization, grants preparation, human resources management, communication plans, organizational review, change management, and economic impact analysis. Cat also works as an arts manager, teaches courses in technical theatre, cultural policy, and government policy towards business, and keeps active in their artistic practice through production management, technical theatre, live-streaming, and producing within the performing arts. Their practical experience in the arts is directly linked to their drive for capacity building in the cultural sector and across the Queer community through values-sharing, mutual understanding, and a shared experience base with other individuals.

Cat has multiple degrees including a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Theatre (Bishop’s University, 2005), a Master of Public Administration (Dalhousie University, 2008), and an Interdisciplinary PhD with a focus on cultural policy (Dalhousie University, 2020). They have presented their research at regional, national, and international conferences. Select notable conference invitations include the BIA Conference in Campus Künzelsau, Germany (2019), the Creative City Conference in Halifax, NS (2017), TILT City in Vancouver, BC (2015), and Metropolis (2011) in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.

In their interdisciplinary doctoral study at Dalhousie University, Cat opened the field of public administration to investigate the institutional and organizational structures of arts support provided by the Nova Scotia Government and associated cross-sector relationships. They introduced a critical analysis of public policy administration and the consequences of this organization for how professional artists know and do their work. Through this institutional ethnographic research, Cat uncovered and examined policy consequences that contribute to an administrative skills deficit within the professional arts sector, high levels of burnout across arts administrators, and challenges experienced by artists, cultural organizations, and governing agencies when reporting on policy outcomes. Cat also identified policy and programming recommendations to effectively address these challenges that meet both the sector and the department’s interest.

David Oyler

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David Oyler has been working in the charitable and non-profit sector since 2001. His most recent work has been with the Antigonish Culture Alive Association, FEED NOVA SCOTIA, the Colchester Residential Services Society, the Second Story Women’s Centre, the Support Services Group Co-operative, and in the continued delivery of sector presentations and workshops to over 400 organizations around the Maritimes. Other organizations he has worked with include the AC Group of Independent Accounting Firms, the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre, Adsum House, the Artists’ Legal Information Society, the Association of Nova Scotia Museums, the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Athletics Nova Scotia, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Halifax Partnership, the Independent Living Nova Scotia Association, Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces, the Mennonite Central Committee Canada, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. He also worked with the Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador on their Compliant Fundraising Practices project (funded by Canada Revenue Agency’s Charity Partnership and Outreach Program).  

David is an active volunteer in the sector and the community. He was a presenter for the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia’s webinar series on dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, he launched the Atlantic Charities Initiative in 2016 to support and strengthen the charitable sector in Atlantic Canada, was a witness in the Senate of Canada’s Special Committee on the Charitable Sector (click here for submission), has been a presenter for the Canadian Charity Law Association webinar series and for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Nova Scotia chapter’s education sessions, and contributes periodic articles and perspectives on issues facing the sector. He served as a volunteer on Imagine Canada’s National Engagement Strategy including membership on the Narrative Steering Committee, and served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Nova Scotia Chapter as Secretary/Treasurer, Chair, Government Relations, and Chair, 2013 Maritime Fundraising Conference.  He is a Big Brother, a minor league basketball coach, and an active volunteer in the curling community. Other organizations David has volunteered with include FEED NOVA SCOTIA, Homebridge Youth Society, the Red Cross, CBCF – Run for the Cure, Nova Scotia Special Olympics, and various community and civic special events

Mhiran Faraday

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Mhiran has lived, worked, studied, and explored various regions across Canada. Though she started as a Statistics major in university, Mhiran quickly realized that her passion was to work in the arts – not as a performer or maker, but as someone that leads and supports others in their success: first in theatre production as an Equity Stage Manager, and eventually in music administration primarily with the Banff Centre, Symphony Nova Scotia, and as Executive Director of Debut Atlantic – a pan-Atlantic classical music touring network on the east coast of Canada as well as contracts with Gros Morne Summer Music, Gryphon Trio, grant writing, and organizational strategic planning & operations. Currently, she splits her time between the mountains and the ocean, having recently returned to work remotely for the Banff Centre to manage and produce the triennial Banff International String Quartet Competition and Laureate Career Development as well as the String Quartet Festival, which in 2020, pivoted to an online event with concerts organized across North America for streaming. A Canada Council Fellow with the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA), Mhiran is part of a working group promoting and developing environmental sustainability practices for ISPA in a global context, but with a particular interest in the Canadian sector. She has been active as a peer assessor with Canada Council, juror with ECMA, on selection committees and led conversations for CAPACOA and the APA, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Arts Nova Scotia as Vice-Chair of the Board and as a member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council.

Barbara Richman

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Barbara Richman has worked for more than 30 years in the arts and heritage, assisting individuals, small and mid-sized companies, large organizations, and funding agencies.  During that time she has held executive management positions with Halifax Dance, Jest In Time Theatre, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Strategic Arts Management. She is known for her skills in crisis management, financial rebuilding, Board development, and Strategic Planning.  She has particular interest in organizational health, leadership development, and the building of infrastructure to support sustainability.  

Currently, Barbara works with clients across the country as free-lance consultant. An experienced educator, Barbara taught Arts Management at Dalhousie University for many years and continues to include training, mentoring and facilitation in her work with clients.  

 

Sally Wolchyn-Raab

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Sally Wolchyn-Raab is an interdisciplinary artist, Artist-Run Centre nerd and critical writer working with intersectional feminist and community-based approaches to science, body and space. She merges a range of mediums from drawing, printmaking, craft, performance and electronics to produce works that examine our historic and societal relationships to the natural world using the human body as context and foreground. As an emerging critical writer she examines fellow artists, exhibitions and institutions through the lens of feminism and demystification – occasionally favoring poetic and conversational vocabularies over a cerebral conceptual art lexicon.

Sally was raised in the ancestral Lenapehoking territory in Manayunk (Philadelphia) and holds Jewish-American and settler heritage. Sally received a BFA in drawing from ACAD in 2010, and lives in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) where she works as the Artistic Director of Eyelevel Artist-Run Centre & Bookstore, sits on the Editorial Committee of Visual Arts News and is the President of Atlantis: the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic.

Her work with Artist-Run Centres started as a founding board member of Calgary’s Pith Gallery and Studios in 2011, and she has since worked with Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, Untitled Art Society in Calgary, M:ST Performative Art Festival in southern Alberta and the Alberta Association of Artist Run Centres. Her work has been published and exhibited in Canada and the United States including Visual Arts News (Atlantic Canada), HOAX Magazine (San Francisco), LUMA quarterly (Southern Alberta), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), Nocturne Art At Night (Halifax), Nuit Blanche Edmonton, and the 2012 Calgary Biennial.

Gay Hauser

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Gay Hauser has worked as an actor, director, designer and general manager administrator in non-profit arts sector for 35 years. Currently a consultant for Strategic Arts Management, Gay has worked as the general manager of Live Art Dance Productions and as a founding member of Eastern Front Theatre and Mulgrave Road Theatre Co. Gay continues to perform annually in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker and currently serves as the managing producer of the annual event.

Gay has experience in theatre and dance presenting general management including audience development, board development, strategic planning, production budgeting, global budgeting, and multi-year budgeting, financial reporting, audit preparation, bookkeeping, grant writing, CTA contracting, payroll, including T4 and T4A preparation, charitable tax returns, sponsorship relations, special event coordination, donor relations, volunteer relations, customer relations and box office management.

Nancy Morgan

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Nancy Morgan has been working as an administrator in non-profit arts sector for 20 years. Currently the Executive Director of Theatre Nova Scotia, Nancy has worked as Managing Director of Strategic Arts Management, the General Manager at Eastern Front Theatre, and as Administrator at Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. She has been the Outreach Coordinator at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and the US Tour Coordinator for Off The Leash Creative. As an independent consultant Nancy has worked with 10 Nova Scotian organizations of various disciplines.

Nancy has experience in theatre general management including production budgeting, global budgeting, multi-year budgeting, financial reporting, audit preparation, bookkeeping, grant writing, CTA contracting, payroll, including T4 and T4A preparation, charitable tax returns, HST returns, sponsorship relations, fundraising, special event coordination, donor relations, volunteer relations, customer relations, and box office management. In outreach coordination, she has experience creating a communications plan, building contact lists, and community engagement and audience development initiatives. Nancy has extensive experience in organizing and running fundraising events including logistics, public relations and marketing. Nancy has also covered the immigration, tax and carnet requirements for a Nova Scotia theatre company tour to the United States.

Bruce Klinger

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Bruce Klinger has been working in Atlantic Canada’s arts community for over 30 years.

During his 10-year tenure as the General Manager of Neptune Theatre, Bruce saw the organization through the building of the new $13.5 million facility from the first planning stages through to completion.

In 1998, Bruce opened his own business as an arts management consultant, through which he has assisted organizations with the creation of business and strategic plans, and governance policies. Bruce has also served as a management and capital project consultant, and assisted in the creation and development of Theatre Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Theatre Sector Strategy.

In 2009, Bruce started Valley Summer Theatre, a professional theatre company based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia that produces classic works of theatre.

Bruce was one of the three founding consultants of Strategic Arts Management.

He was honoured with the 2016 Theatre Nova Scotia Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to professional theatre in Nova Scotia.

Michael Sutherland, CPA, CA

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Mike has been in public practice for over thirty years. As part of his practice he works with a variety of artistic clients ranging from individual artists to not- for-profit and charitable organizations. Mike has provided these clients with assurance services ( audits, review engagements, compilation engagements ), taxation services and business advisory services. Mike is very interested in growing his business in the artistic community.