2004 – Present

Kicking Horse Culture/Golden District Arts Council, Golden, B.C.

As volunteer Chair and now Executive & Artistic Director, worked strategically with the Board, local government, and community partners to transform and develop the organizational capacity, programming, and reputation of this 48 year old community arts council.

2002 – Present - Golden, BC

  • Weekend coaching and planning retreat with Board and Member Groups, Osoyoos District Arts Council, February 2019
  • Weekend coaching and planning retreat with Board & Staff, Hornby Island Arts Council, January 2019
  • Weekend coaching and planning retreat with Board & Staff, Key City Theatre, Cranbrook, September 2018
  • Weekend coaching and planning retreat with Board & Staff, Dream Café, Penticton, July 2018
  • "Create Value. Become Indispensable." presentation at Pacific Contact, Vancouver, 2018
  • "Create Value. Become Indispensable." presentation at ArtsBC annual conference, Uclulet, 2017
  • Appointed “Artistic Director for Creative Thinking” and Team Leader of ArtsBC’s Insight Team 2016
  • Appointed to Social Advisory Committee for the Columbia Basin Trust 2015
  • Awarded Presenter of the Year by BC Touring Council at Pacific Contact 2014
  • Keynote speaker on Culture as a Social and Economic Catalyst at the Mid-Size Communities Forum, Union Of BC Municipalities, Sept. 2013
  • Awarded the 2012 Peter Bowle-Evans Award for Community Development by Golden Area Initiatives
  • BC Arts Council – two term Board Member appointed to Council by Lieutenant Governor; member of Strategic Planning Committee; member of the Dance Advisory Panel and Program Committee; 2007-2011
  • Castlegar SculptureWalk – Adjudicator; Castlegar, BC, August 2012
  • Keynote presenter at the Sooke Region Cultural Plan summit planning conference; Sooke, BC, October, 2011
  • Keynote presenter and Host at 2010 Legacies Arts Now professional development Summits in Nanaimo, Nelson, Prince George and Fort St. John – 2009 and 2010
  • BC Touring Council, showcase jury adjudicator, Oct. 2009; Pacific Contact showcase Host/MC 2010 - 2018 inclusive
  • “Rural, Small Town Creative City Success Story” Keynote presenter at Creative City Network of Canada annual conference in Fredericton N.B., Sept, 2009
  • Creator and author of Adventurers & Settlers art exhibit in the Art Gallery of Golden (AGOG), 2007
  • Creator, art director GOLDEN. We Call This Home exhibit at AGOG
  • Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance Steering Committee – Vice Chair 2005 - 2010 inclusive
  • Alberta Showcase, Banff – workshop presenter, 2007
  • ArtStarts in Schools, Vancouver – Board Member - 2006/2010
  • HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector, Ottawa – Board Member, 2008/2009
  • 2010 Legacies Now, Arts Now, Vancouver – Grant Adjudicator, Consultant
  • Golden Cultural Scan and Consultation, 2010 Legacies Now Creative Communities Program – consultant, facilitator - 2005/2006
  • Prime mover and member of the Golden Civic Centre Redevelopment Select Committee for the Town of Golden 2008-2012; collaborating with the Town of Golden. Researched, wrote, and submitted grants to fundraise $960,000 of the $3m construction costs.
  • Member of the HomeSeekers Campaign committee with the Mayor and Regional Director. Responsible for visioning and authoring a community economic development campaign. 2010/2011
  • Writer/Producer of 52 short video profiles entitled Golden Minutes for Golden Area Initiatives showcasing the personal stories of lives lived in Golden.2010/2011 
  • Producer of video “Why Does Golden Invest in the Arts?” commissioned by 2010 Legacies Now, 2010
  • Still occasionally active as a writer, producer, arts in education and touring performing artist 

02/2000 - 10/2002 - Toronto, ON

Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture & Recreation (MCzCR)

Served as Ministry consultant to 9 southern Ontario communities, developing and implementing community initiatives celebrating International Year of the Volunteer

Toronto Arts Council, Toronto

Proposed, designed and implemented a business strategy for the development of a branded cultural tourism, arts advocacy campaign for the City of Toronto. Funded by MCzCR and the Toronto Arts Council Foundation. 

Centre in the Square (Kitchener Waterloo), River Run Centre (Guelph)

Devised the business model, created the name and brand for a multi-partnered student ticket discount program entitled eyeGO To The Arts. Instrumental in start-up resourcing of private and public sector revenue streams. The brand is now utilized by dozens of theatres across Canada. www.eyeGO.org

CCI Ontario Presenters Network

Consulted to strategically plan and write a transformational strategy for this provincial arts service organization.

02/1997 – 01/2000 

Ontario Arts Council, Toronto - Market Developer Officer

Inaugurated this entrepreneurial position with the mandate to expand the dissemination of the work of Ontario artists and cultural industries, both at home and around the world. Pro-actively developed connections with public and private sector colleagues to identify gaps/needs and developed appropriate resources, strategies and opportunities to fill these needs. Duties also included tactically revamping and producing OAC’s Ontario Contact annual performing arts conference. Granting and professional development officer for Ontario's performing arts community presenters. Seconded as an arts consultant to the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership (Ministry of Tourism) to help develop and support a variety of cultural tourism initiatives.

1981 – 2002 

Bam Boom Productions, Toronto  Founder, Managing Partner 

Production company for personal creative projects and freelance contracts in record production, film & television, and theatre. 

Responsibilities include:

  • creative concepts, writing and performing/touring across Canada
  • scoring and producing film music for 10 x 30-minute documentaries
  • producing, raising capital and project management 
  • devising branding, marketing and distribution strategies
  • creating and implementing promotional campaigns 

1981 – 1990 

The Best For Kids Inc., Toronto  Founder, CEO

(Kids’ Records / Kids’ Entertainment)

Established and guided the company to becoming the leading independent children’s recording and artist management company in North America. Founded as a Limited Partnership with 4 records, the company grew to a staff of 12 that produced and distributed a catalogue of 44 masters and booked and toured some of North America’s leading young audience artists. The assets were sold in 1990 to the multi-national Golden Books. Spearheaded all matters of business development and day-to-day management including artistic direction, new ventures, branding, contract negotiations, HR, promotional writing, distribution, and sales. Kids’ Entertainment was the first agency of its kind to represent and book touring artists for young audiences and will soon celebrate its 30th anniversary. 

1980 – 1983 

Troupers Entertainment Inc., Toronto    Co-Founder, Artistic Director

Conceived the family television variety show called Troupers. Formed a partnership with Oscar-winning Atlantis Films (Alliance Atlantis) to co-produce, write and direct 26 half-hour TV episodes of performances by Canadian touring artists.

1977 – 1980 

Elephant Records Inc., Toronto Co-Founder, Managing Partner 

Formed a Limited Partnership with Sharon, Lois & Bram to finance and produce the record One Elephant Deux Eléfants. Over the next four years, developed a company and artistic product that has become the foundation of a 40-year career for the trio. Worked collectively on all matters of day-to-day business including strategic planning, artistic direction, touring, contracts, promotional writing, marketing, licensing and distribution, staff administration. Arranger, performer, and producer of the first four SL&B albums.


CBC Radio, Canada, USA, UK     Freelance Producer, Radio Host

Created, researched, produced and hosted more than 60 radio documentaries, ranging in length from 15 minutes to 2 hours for a variety of CBC shows including Peter Gzowski on FM, The Entertainers, Sylvia Tyson’s Touch the Earth, On Tour with Bruce Cockburn and the public affairs program Concern


Mariposa Folk Festival, Toronto     Performer, Producer, Editor

Volunteer activities evolved into contracts to create two compilation record albums (1975; 1976) and the book For What Time I Am In This World published by Peter Martin & Associates (1977)

1965 - Present 

Freelance Musician, Actor and Record Producer  -- Toronto/Golden

  • Performed on stage and recorded with a who’s who of Canadian and US performers including Willie P. Bennett, The Boss Brass, John Allen Cameron, Bruce Cockburn, Phil Ramone, Shirley Eikhard, Jim Galloway, Ronnie Hawkins, Marc Jordan, Colin Linden, Nexus, Phil Nimmons, Robert Paquette, Pied Pumpkin, Raffi, Zachary Richard, Stan Rogers, Irish Rovers, The Sattalites, Sunnyland Slim, Valdy, Phil Dwyer, Chris and Ken Whiteley  
  • Produced over 60 record albums for artists as diverse as Sharon, Lois & Bram, Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch, Veronica Tennant, Mary Lou Fallis & James Campbell, Martha Henry, Gordon Pinsent, and the Nexus Percussion Ensemble
  • Founded and led The Space Heaters (featuring Don Francks and Kevin Breit), and played at Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival and Festival Rythme Du Monde
  • Writer of dozens of songs, some of which are recorded on the albums Drums!, Tuning In To Different Waves, Hand Dance, Baby Boomers Go Boom and Slowdancing in the Ballroom of Life
  • Writer/producer of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life theme song Tonight I Walk For You
  • Writer/performer of the theatrical stage productions Drums!, Son of a Drum and Lover. Father. Husband. Son. Baby Boomer with a Drum! in hundreds of performances in theatres and community halls across Canada
  • Performer of concert shows that include songs from Slowdancing in the Ballroom of Life and stories from personal repertoire of plays

  • Award-winning creative work in music, theatre, publishing, visual arts, radio & television

  • Trail-blazing entrepreneur and manager in the for-profit and social profit cultural industries

  • Years of practice at business development, branding, marketing, fundraising, and management in both non-profit arts organizations & for-profit cultural industries

  • Consultant to support  artists and community development practitioners to crystallize and realize goals

  • Intuitive and experienced capability to identify opportunities and solve complex challenges through collaborative, empowering, innovative approaches

  • Inspiring team process management that moves an organization from confusion through the design process of identifying and reaching goals

  • Contemporary knowledge of digital technologies with a practical understanding of their current and potential impact on marketing, building networks and sharing of information