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Nicholas Beach is the General Manager of the Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta. He has been at the Lougheed Centre since mid-way through construction of the building, which opened in October of 2014. Nick has worked at several performing arts centres over the last 19 years including the National Arts Centre, E. A Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, and Keyano College before moving to Camrose. He also spent the last season working with Manitoba Arts Network to coach 3 presenters under the Arts Management Stream.

Shawna Dempsey is a performance artist and curator, as well as Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art’s Co-Executive Director. She has mentored for Winnipeg art organizations including MAWA, Video Pool and Crossing Communities Community Art Project, and has provided mentoring workshops for Visual Arts Ontario, the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba, and Visual Arts Nova Scotia among others. Her artwork is exhibited internationally, and includes pieces such as We’re Talking Vulva, Lesbian National Parks and Services, and The Dress Series. Earlier in her career, she was a self-supporting artist for 16 years, a feat she counts as her greatest accomplishment.. [/GDC_column]

Josh Gennings Since 2013, Josh has been the Theatre Supervisor for the city of Fort Saskatchewan’s Shell Theatre. His 20-year career in the arts has provided the opportunity to serve as project manager, production designer, and organizer throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. From Cruise Ships, (RCI) to international conferences and large-scale awards shows (NASCAR), his varied operational experience is highly sought after. Developing relationships with presenting organizations and committees as a board and jury member, Josh now enjoys the thriving arts community in Alberta. A fervent musician, his balance of creativity and technical experience gives a unique perspective to finding success through innovation, process development, and technology.

Bev Pike has raised millions of dollars in art funding as a grant writer for artists and organizations since 1984. Pike is known for her large-scale land-form paintings, her videos and her artist-books that have been shown across Canada in solo and group exhibitions. Her works are held in the Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England as well as in public and private collections across North America.

Areas of expertise:

Grant writing
Funding agencies (WAC, MAC, CCA, etc.)
Artists statements, Bios, CVs

Eric Plamondon is a valued arts administrator, having worked at Artspace for the past three years. He is equally respected as an active artist; regularly seen on stage or in front of a camera lens, mounting art installations of his creation or of other artists, as well as writing and directing. Eric is driven to participate in new art experiences and see how cross contamination can elevate and define Manitoba’s artistic offerings. As a triple minority, (francophone, métis and queer), Eric also knows the importance of art as a tool of empowerment. Which is also why he spends much time empowering other artists and communities through art. 

Eric Plamondon has won a mayors award for his project Nuit de_ART, his short film You And Me in a City won audience choice at the Reel Pride Film festival, and he was a leadership fellow for the Canadian Art Summit.

Daniel Thau-Eleff is a Winnipeg-based playwright, performer, director, workshop leader and artistic producer of the Moving Target Theatre Company.

In his theatre work and for the arts and community organizations Daniel has worked for, he has written over 40 successful grant applications. Funders include the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba and several other foundations. Daniel has also participated in juries or panels for the Canada Council and the Manitoba Arts Council, which has been a great opportunity to learn about grant-writing from the other side of the table. Daniel brings a wealth of experience and an eye for detail to his work as a grant-writing coach and editor.