THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN

 

Staff

Karim Rahemtulla
Managing Director 

Carmen Douville
Manager, Resource Development & Industry Partnerships
Leila Fatemi
Administrative Assistant

Program Facilitators

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Steven Karpenko

Steven Karpenko is an educator, coach, and advisor to businesses of all sizes in the areas of management performance and leadership. Steven was a Coach and business mentor for six years at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), working with hundreds of companies across Canada. In his ten years as a Senior Instructor at Bishop’s University, Steven was a national award-winning lecturer in entrepreneurship and management. He is the author of the eBook, “From Gloom to Zoom, Regaining Control of Your Business and Building a Winning Life.” (published 2015). Steven's latest business venture is Athlete Next, a life coaching program to support elite athletes and performers in transition.

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Caleigh Le Grande, photograph by Mark Matechuk

Caleigh Le Grand is a freelance writer, actor, producer, and photographer. She prefaced her decade of Arts & Entertainment work by earning her Honours & Specialization in Media Information & Technoculture as well as her Level II Writer's Certificate, alongside her studies in Psychology. While working as a flight attendant with Air Canada post-academics, she broadened her professional development in Toronto's PR & Communications domains and expanded her writing career from journalism and copywriting to screen- and stage-writing. Her current entrepreneurial endeavours position her both in front of and behind the camera for television and film productions; in Toronto's live performance realms; and behind the scenes of multiple start-ups in the arts & entertainment, health & medicine, and technology sectors.

Guest Speakers

Participants in our programs also hear from established professionals working in or with the creative sector who share tips, stories, successes and challenges. These are some of our recent speakers.

Denise Pinto, Writer, Urbanist & Creative Strategist

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Denise Pinto, Writer, Urbanist & Creative Strategist

Sean Buckley, Founder & CEO, Buck Productions

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Sean Buckley, Founder & CEO, Buck Productions

Hamza Khan, Founder, Splash Effect

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Hamza Khan, Founder, Splash Effect

Emily Rho, Co-Director of Pocket Concerts

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Emily Rho, Co-Director of Pocket Concerts

Heather Keachie, Associate with A. Beth Moore Professional Corporation

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Heather Keachie, Associate with A. Beth Moore Professional Corporation

Kristen McCrea, Artist, Publisher & Founder of Papirmass Art Subscription

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Kristen McCrea, Artist, Publisher & Founder of Papirmass Art Subscription

Aria Umezawa, Artistic Director, Opera 5

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Aria Umezawa, Artistic Director, Opera 5

Franca Miraglia, Founder of By The Word Consulting

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Franca Miraglia, Founder of By The Word Consulting

Robert Wakulat, Business Lawyer & Mentor at OCADU’s Imagination Catalyst

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Robert Wakulat, Business Lawyer & Mentor at OCADU’s Imagination Catalyst

Ilene Sova, Conceptual Portrait Painter & Instructor at OCAD University

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Ilene Sova, Conceptual Portrait Painter & Instructor at OCAD University

Rory McLeod, Founder and Artistic Director of Pocket Concerts

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Rory McLeod, Founder and Artistic Director of Pocket Concerts

Jacqueline Sava, founder and Director of Possibilities at Soakwash Inc.

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Jacqueline Sava, founder and Director of Possibilities at Soakwash Inc.

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Steering Committee

This volunteer committee has provided insight and guidance to Artscape in the development of Launchpad:

  • Maureen Loweth, Dean, Centre for Business, George Brown College (CHAIR)
  • Erin Creasey, Manager, Industry Initiatives, OMDC
  • Diane Davy, Executive Director, WorkInCulture
  • Sarah Dougall, Owner, Made You Look Jewellery
  • Michel Lozier, Sales Representative, Royal LePage
  • Emma Quin, Executive Director, Textile Museum of Canada
  • Raju Rangaswami
  • Jeffrey Remedios, President & CEO, Universal Music Canada
  • Randy Sabourin, Co-President, Pratica Learning
  • Erica Segal, Owner, Julie M. Gallery
  • Heather Tay, Principal, Solve Consulting
  • Christina Zeidler, Chief Alchemist, Gladstone Hotel

Project Champions

  • David Crombie, Former Mayor, City of Toronto
  • Diane Davy, Executive Director, WorkInCulture
  • Dr. Sara Diamond, President, OCAD University
  • Richard Florida, Director, Cities, Martin Prosperity Institute
  • Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto
  • John Honderich, Chair, Board of Directors, Torstar
  • Ross McGregor, Founder and former Chair and CEO, Ketchum Canada Inc.
  • Emma Quin, Executive Director, Textile Museum of Canada
  • Jeffrey Remedios, President & CEO, Universal Music Canada
  • Anne Sado, President, George Brown College
  • Karen Thorne-Stone, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Media Development Corporation
  • Michael Williams, General Manager, Economic Development & Culture, City of Toronto
  • Bill Young, President and Founder, Social Capital Partners