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! Contact                          

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. She 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. 

Parul Pandya, Toronto Arts Foundation

Parul is an enthusiastic community builder, collaborator, advocate and appreciator of community, art and diversity. 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/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.


Naty Tremblay, Sketch

Photo & bio coming!

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.

Photo coming! 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. 
  More panel info coming!

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,