Manitoba Showcase Facilitators

Previous Manitoba Showcase 2017 Facilitators

 Cathleen Enns (Manitoba Arts Council, Music and Dance)
Cathleen is the Music and Dance Consultant responsible for facilitating music and dance grant programs at the Manitoba Arts Council.  Previously she has worked at Music Services International hiring musicians for touring theatrical productions, Manitoba Theatre Centre running young audience programming and planning and managing the annual provincial tour, Tapestry Music Theatre in Toronto general managing and tour booking, and in Boston, as Tour Venue Coordinator for Chamber Repertory Theatre and School Tour Coordinator for Loon and Heron Theatre.  Along with a BA in Administrative Studies, from the University of Winnipeg, Cathleen has also studied music at the School of Music, University of Manitoba, and contemporary dance with School of Contemporary Dance Recreational Program, and ballet at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional program.

Judy Harquail (Ontario Presents, Director of Programs)
Judy has over 30 years of experience working in the performing arts including organizational development, strategic planning, financial management, arts marketing, funding, and tour management, working in collaboration with an extensive range of arts organizations and arts professionals across Canada, the United States, and throughout the world.

Judy is the Director of Programs for Ontario Presents where she manages the Ontario Dances and Theatre Connects programs, the Audience Demographic Mapping program, and the Block Booking Program. In 2011 Judy produced the ISPA Congress in Toronto and produced the 2016 Toronto IAMA Conference.  She is the 2007 recipient of the National Arts Centre award for distinguished contribution to touring in Canada and the 2011 Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture in Ontario.

Dominick Blais (MB Marketing Network)
Dominick is a 10 year veteran of using web and social media to build digital relationships for business and marketing.  He is the owner of Sphere Media, a Winnipeg-based agency working with fast growing companies who are serious about communicating their value proposition, finding new customers and increasing sales.  Former professional mixed martial artist and board game designer hobbyist, he is the co-owner owner / co-publisher of the internationally known SAY Magazine. 


Hugh Conacher (Gearshifting Performance Works, stage manager)
For over 30 years, Hugh Conacher has collaborated with choreographers, directors, visual artists, and dance and theatre companies throughout Canada and around the world.  His work has been seen nation-wide, as well as in the United States, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia and India. Canadian artists and companies include the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the National Arts Centre, Mirvish Productions, QDance, Gearshifting Perfomance Works, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Freya Björg Olafson and Wanda Koop, to name a few.

Hugh enjoys working beyond the constraints of traditional lighting design using various forms of interactive media, video and photography. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. Hugh serves on the boards of several arts organizations and has been the curator for the High Octane Gallery at the Gas Station Arts Centre in Winnipeg since 2002.


Jan Layh (Visual Artist, Organizational Consultant)
Jan lives with her husband, Don, on their farm in the Assiniboine River Valley east of Langenburg, Saskatchewan. Jan has exhibited her work in Saskatoon (Collector’s Choice and Humanum Galleries), Regina (McIntyre Street Gallery), Winnipeg (Fleet Gallery) and Calgary (Free Spirit Gallery), Eastend (Silver Willow Gallery) and Assiniboia (Shurniak Gallery).  Her work can be seen at Layh & Associates Law Offices in both Russell, Manitoba and Langenburg, Saskatchewan.  Her work is held in collections across the country.


Jan Skene (Creative Manitoba, Youth Mentorship Programs)
Jan Skene wears many hats in Manitoba’s arts and cultural community. Jan currently manages Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the ARTS Youth Mentorship Program which has been matching young arts and cultural workers with experienced professionals for the past 10 years. She is best known as an accomplished actor/singer/director and television puppeteer, having appeared on almost all of Winnipeg’s stages over the past 30 years and in numerous film and television productions. In addition, Jan is President and National Councilor for ACTRA Manitoba, sits on the Film Training Manitoba board, manages Skene Stunts Inc.


James (Jim) Robinson (Madskills Training)
Jim is a veteran of thirty-years in fund development and non-profit management in the arts, education, conservation and health sectors.  As a consultant, Jim has returned to his passion – the arts.  The question of sustainability for non-profit organizations and how to achieve it underscores his current work on subjects as varied as conflict resolution, fundraising, strategic planning and communications.


Jolene Bailie (Gearshifting Performance Works)
Gearshifting Performance Works is a not for profit organization and a registered charity, dedicated to contemporary dance. Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works has presented shows annually in Winnipeg since 2000 and toured extensively. The work has been self-presented and produced on hundreds of occasions as well as presented by nationally and internationally recognized companies, presenters, museums, festivals and art galleries. Select credits include: Today Art Museum (Beijing), Xi’an Art Museum (Xi’an), The Joyce SoHo (New York City), The National Gallery of Canada, The National Arts Centre’s Prairie Scene, International Solo Dance-Theatre Festival (Stuttgart), The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and collaborative projects with Visual Artist, Wanda Koop. For Manitoba tours, the company presents an energetic program of short works performed by an ensemble of dancers.


Jonathan Cote (Madskills Training)
Jonathan’s 30-cough-plus years in communications run the gamut from journalist, national magazine editor and senior training editor at the Department of National Defense, to a lengthy career developing the asset-based brand of a small, not-for-profit, learner-focused skills development organization that now serves over 8,000 learners annually. Naturally curious and slightly pen-obsessive, Jonathan’s donor development writing-slash-teaching focus is firmly fixed on audience, purpose and desired impact.


Katrina Craig (Visual Artist)
Katrina Craig’s work is an expression of the physical and emotional experiences that are kept under the surface, revealed only to those who are closest. The attitudes of those around us impact what we choose to openly share, and that has an impact on how we feel about these experiences. Craig uses a variety of textile methods and materials in her practice, and these processes are often slow, repetitive and tedious. This labour is an important aspect of reflecting on and understanding shared experiences. Recycled, donated, natural materials and vegetable based dyes are common in her work to soften the impact her practice has on the environment.

Lee Beaton (Visual Artist)
Lee Beaton lives in Portage la Prairie and has studied art under the guidance of several artists. Art training includes intensive drawing with pencil, pastel, charcoal & coloured pencils, watercolour & acrylic painting, portraiture and image transfer.


Lee Bolton (CAPACOA)
Lee Bolton is a veteran of gigs ranging from producing Whitehorse’s Frostbite Music Festival to founding Silk Purse Theatre in Vancouver to teaching at the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study to being Executive Director of the Imperial Theatre in Saint John. A graduate of York and Leeds Universities, she has been creating, producing, managing and touring performance for over thirty years.


Mike Spencer (NorVA Centre, visual artist)
Mike Spencer is a multidisciplinary artist who works with painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, sound and installation art. He holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba School of Art, and a MFA from NSCAD University. Mike is also the manager of the Northern Visual Arts (NorVA) Centre in Flin Flon where he runs programming, curates local exhibitions, and teaches classes in a variety of disciplines for all skill levels.


Osamede Arhunmwunde (MB Marketing Network)
Osamede Arhunmwunde is an international bestselling author, TEDx Speaker, Publisher and Marketing expert. He specializes in working with leaders in all fields of business, challenging them to break through to their next level of success, credibility and significance. Osamede is the creative director of Couronne Publishing, a boutique publishing and marketing firm that specifically addresses the needs and goals of business professionals. He is also the marketing director for Atarah Studios, a digital marketing and video production company in Winnipeg. He is also a Director for the Manitoba Marketing Network, a non-profit organization created to support other business owners grow their business by providing practical marketing assistance.


Sue Hemphill (Youth Engagement Project, Healthy Hive Consulting)
Sue Hemphill is the Founder and Principal Consultant with Healthy Hive – organizational and community development consulting. She is a certified trainer, course developer and writer as well as a practicing professional mediator.   Her background and training in the arts and cultural sector makes her a uniquely creative and engaging educator and organizational developer.  Sue’s range of skills includes financial (fundraising and budgeting and forecasting), human resource management (hiring, performance review, contract negotiation, training and development, mentoring), conflict resolution and program development.


Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan 
Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan’s is an inter-cultural planner of Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and British ancestry. Professionally and personally, Terri-Lynn’s journey of the last 25 years has been one focused in social justice for racialized communities and individuals. As an archaeologist, sociologist, historian, educator and cultural advisor, Terri-Lynn has lived and worked across Canada, the United States, the South Pacific, the UK, Europe, Egypt, and Nepal. Terri-Lynn’s work in inter-cultural planning, strategic modeling and cultural frameworks have delivered to completion progressive and effective projects that have shifted societal systems to become more inclusive toward invisible, marginalized, minority populations.


Thom Sparling (Creative Manitoba, Executive Director)
Over a twenty year span, Thom Sparling managed bands such as the Crash Test Dummies, helped launch the West End Cultural Centre, and operated his own record label.  During the past decade, Sparling has lead Creative Manitoba delivering mentorship and professional development programming to Manitoba`s creative sector. Sparling has been involved in the research and development of civic and provincial cultural policy


Tyler Kilkenny (Visual Artist, owner at TinHouse Designs)
Tyler has always had a passion for finding art in the ordinary.  He saw the beauty in his grandfather’s deserted general store ceiling and was inspired to use the tin tiles to create unique keepsakes of art.  Tyler is a self-educated artist.  He has worked closely with fellow artisans to learn new techniques, expanding his art from tin, to glass, to becoming an entrepreneur. His road to success has been hard but gratifying.