Creative Collingwood Symposium

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Simcoe Street Theatre



The Parks Recreation and Culture department and the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre invite you to the fourth annual Creative Collingwood Symposium on Wednesday November, 8 at the Simcoe Street Theatre.  Join ‘creatives’ from across the South Georgian Bay area for a keynote presentation given by Angie Aranda  and Parul Pandya from Toronto Arts Foundation and Naty Tremblay from Sketch. Two themed breakout sessions follow the Keynote presentation and the evening caps off with a reception for networking with delicious appetizers and refreshments.  The Creative Collingwood Symposium will leave you inspired and is not to be missed if you are an artist, creative professional, arts administrator, creator, emerging talent or cultural enthusiast!

The event is FREE and seating is limited so reserve your spot today!

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Keynote Address

Angie Aranda, Toronto Arts Foundation

Angie has an extensive background in partnership development, event management, and communications, with numerous years of arts administration experience, previously working for Entertainment One Television, Cookie Jar Entertainment and York University.

Angie is an active member of the arts community, particularly through her photography practice. She holds a Double Honours BA from York University with a focus on Film & Video and Communication Studies. Angie is also a member on the advisory board for East End Arts and AVNU.

Angie is inspired by discovering unusual beauty in unexpected places.

Parul Pandya, Toronto Arts Foundation

Parul is an enthusiastic community builder, collaborator, advocate and appreciator of community, art and diversity. She is born in the UK and moved to the Toronto area at the age of six. From an early age, it became abundantly clear what the two things she was passionate about were: words and art. This led her to study Renaissance Studies (with a special interest in the Italian Renaissance), History and Sexual Diversity at the University of Toronto.

Parul has been skillfully working in non-profit in various roles through the past decade, including as a programmer, producer, manager and consultant. After finishing managing in community granting for the largest government funder in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, she recently transferred these skills into producing, writing and programming with the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. Her exposure to hundreds of non-profits has allowed her to seamlessly transfer her knowledge, skills and enjoyment of engaging diverse organizations and open her own consulting practice. Community Impact Non-Profit Consulting engages Greater Toronto Area based social services and arts-based non-profits to build, grow and sustain their practices.

Parul is inspired by all types of diversity that lead to the creation of colourful artistic expressions.

Naty Tremblay, Sketch Working Arts

Naty Tremblay grew up in the fields of southwestern Ontario on a small organic family farm. Naty’s combined experiences of being an inquisitive identical twin, a working class francophone from an assimilating metis community, and a gender-queer feminist has led Naty to their creative social change practice. 
Naty believes deeply in the radical & transformative power of the arts leveraged for radical education, community organizing & political discourse. 
Naty ran away to Tkaronto in 2000 to seek out radical queer activism and pursue interdisciplinary studies at OCAD. Naty was active in the OCADSU and helped found the Xpace student gallery in 2004. They graduated from the Integrated Media (INTM) program with a focus on art for social change in 2006. They were the proud recipient of the Meloche Monnex award for community involvement & the INTM award for Achievement in Film & Video. 
Naty has developed a broad body of interactive multi-media performance & community engaged works showcased across the Americas aimed at provoking dialogue about identity, power, symbiosis and decoloniality amidst global predatory capitalism. They create using wearable technologies, story, video projection, installation, street art, movement and puppetry and have collaborated with international artists such as Candice Breitz, Jess Dobkin, Pocha Nostra, Violeta Luna, My Barbarian, Orlan and Naty’s identical twin Joce Tremblay!
In 2009 Naty co-founded The People Project and began building a body of arts based curriculum, programs & events for making anti-oppression principles accessible and unpacking the harmful effects of internalized oppression. They received a Top Cultural Change Makers award from the City of Toronto in 2011. Naty has since worked on liberatory arts & education based projects with almost every major arts & educational institution, youth serving agency and LGBTQ organization in the city. Naty has also published a series of artful anti-oppression resources available online. 
Naty currently coordinates the media arts, community arts & transformative justice programs at Sketch Working Arts, building creative leadership capacity with street involved and poverty impacted youth. 

Breakout Sessions (Participants to select one)

Innovative Approaches to Community Engagement - Expert Panel Discussion

Community engagement can inspire meaningful dialogue, bridge divisions and promote collaboration. It can encourage new solutions and help build a collective vision. Hear from a local panel of creative thinkers as they discuss what is community engagement and why they believe it’s important to their work and to the community. This session is moderated by Lisa Farano.

Erin McAndrew is an independent choreographer, dancer, producer and arts advocate. Originally from Collingwood, she studied kinesiology at The University of Western Ontario and graduated from the Commercial Dance Studies program at George Brown College. A versatile performer, Erin is an innovator, educator and entrepreneur and has developed unique collaborations across art forms and communities. Her company EM Creative Productions aims to be a catalyst for communities to create, engage and entertain. Erin is an ambassador for the National Ballet School’s cross Canada Sharing Dance program and a volunteer for CASLE where she adapts movement to ensure that every student can participate.
Rochelle Reynolds is an actor, director, writer and most recently a teacher and has been a theatre creator for over twenty years. Her ambition and determination to master her craft led her to an enriched education at Etobicoke School of the Arts, invitations to two prominent youth theatre training programs in Toronto, Memorial University of Newfoundland for Acting and finally the University of York (UK) for her MA in Writing, Directing and Performance. Rochelle opened Quarter Century Theatre and produces bold, edgy, contemporary professional work locally. Beginning next year, Rochelle plans to create original performances alongside other exceptional artists in the community in what she describes as a collaboration series. 
Ralph Wolf Thistle is a Senator for The Great Lakes Metis and a citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario and has traveled the province speaking to First Nations on inter-generational trauma and the missing and murdered indigenous women. He was a Steering Committee member for the Indigenous 150+, a film & discussion series aimed at helping non-indigenous people gain a better understanding of their indigenous neighbours. Ralph is a 30 year veteran of the Toronto Police Service and a survivor of PTSD. He is a published author, lecturer and peer counsellor with years of research and experience into the effects of PTSD on individuals and families and has appeared on CBC’s The Current. Ralph lives in a 160 year old cabin in Varney, Ontario and credits Rejoin his Nation with helping him find his way in the world.
Brandon Houston is an entrepreneur and owner of Switch Video, a 10 year old internationally recognized video production company based in Collingwood. He founded his first business, a web and mobile app development company in 2007 and successfully sold it in 2015 before moving to Collingwood and acquiring Switch Video later that year. Brandon is a Canadian delegate representing youth entrepreneurship at G20 Youth Summit, has helped establish two coworking spaces, sat on Junior Achievement and Economic Development Advisory boards, and helped organize TEDx events in Chatham-Kent and Collingwood.
Lisa Farano, Moderator for Panel Discussion
As co-creator of the children’s education charity, Elephant Thoughts, Lisa’s focus is on indigenous education not only here in Canada but around the globe. Lisa believes that education is the key to freedom and prosperity and continues to work with Elephant Thoughts enabling education solutions in Indigenous communities across Canada. She is passionate about creating awareness and understanding surrounding the history of indigenous peoples and conditions in Canada. Current projects include producing The Indigenous Life Festival at Blue Mountain, a 3 day summer festival to share information and awareness in an engaging and interactive event. Lisa is a Paul Harris Fellow and Past President of the Rotary Club of Collingwood SGB. She is also on the board of Rotary HIP which spans 4 districts and is a charter member of the Rotary Global E Club of Social Enterprise.  A mother of 3, she feels fortunate to reside in the Blue Mountains with dogs, cats, family and friends.

Marketing Strategies with Limited Resources 

An effective marketing plan is required for all business owners, creatives included, but many find they have limited resources to devote to marketing. This session will offer 10 practical marketing action steps creatives can implement to increase their success, drive sales and generate revenue. Participants will leave with a combination of both digital and non-digital marketing strategies to put in place immediately, even with limited resources.
Kirsty Stevenson has been an entrepreneur throughout her entire business career: she started her first company while in university and has founded and operated different businesses and not-for-profits since then. She has recently published her first book, The Un-Corporate Marketing Manual, delivering a small business marketing system that’s easy to use and produces measureable results. The Manual is available as an e-book from Amazon and print copies are available from her website,