Support from our sector leaders.
Arts BC’s Insight Team
Are you looking for a consultant that knows the arts? Need help with Social Media Marketing, HR policies, or Strategic Planning? Seeking Equity training for your Board and Staff?
Access the professional advisory and skills-building services of our Insight Team! This assembled group of regional knowledge experts, consultants and advisors are available online or face-to-face* for half-day and full-day tailored sessions with your group, one-on-one coaching, resource and tool supports, and consultations at a reduced rate exclusively for Arts BC Members.
*fees, travel and accommodations costs may be applicable.
Meet the Insight Team
Carla Stephenson | Systems Change, Rural Arts & Festivals
Carla Stephenson is the project lead for the Rural Arts Inclusion Lab (RAIL) a systems change project funded by the Vancouver Foundation. Carla has been working in small rural communities for over two decades, she is the co-founder of the Tiny Lights Festival and the Executive Director of Renascence Arts and Sustainability Society and a member of the ArtsBC Insight team She has presented at the Canadian Arts Summit and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference about the innovations that her organizations have made in equity and sustainability.
Through her work with RAIL, she has been facilitating many conversations to address colonial systems that perpetuate inequality by design. Over 200 arts administrators, artists and funders attended these conversations in the past year. Her facilitation work is grounded in creating conditions where emergence can happen through listening and collective story harvesting.
She believes art plays a vital role in disrupting and getting to the truth of issues in subversive and overt ways. Carla brings to her work the lived experience of being a mixed-race woman of colour and mother who is grateful to live and work on the unceded territories of the Sinixt and Ktunaxa Peoples.
Chad Rickaby | Digital Strategist
Chad is a consultant at Nordicity with a breadth of experience in leading digital assessments and strategies in the arts and cultural sector. Through his work, he has also developed a broad set of robust research and writing skills and strong experience in survey design and enumeration, strategic planning facilitation methods and communication.
Chad was the research lead on ArtsBC’s DigistARTS, including designing a province-wide online survey, giving him unique insights into the needs and opportunities for digital transformation in BC. As part of this work he also developed a ‘digital toolkit’ for that provides a one-stop shop for existing tools that may be useful for arts organizations. Additionally, Chad has worked on digital strategies for arts organizations as well as at the municipal and provincial level across Canada.
Chad holds a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPP) and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Evie Lavers | Arts Marketing
Evie Lavers is the owner of Rhythm Club, a full-service creative agency that specializes in training workshops and solutions for musicians, artists, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Born on the traditional land of the Nyoongar First Nations People (Perth, Western Australia) her passions are educating community-driven communications, facilitating arts administration & event coordination in support of rural communities and promoting inclusivity and systemic changes in the areas of music, arts & culture in Canada and Australia.
Evie is the co-producer of Tiny Lights Festival, works on Special Projects for Arts BC and Trainer for BC Touring Council. Recent achievements include the addition to her role as an Industry Expert to the Arts BC Insight Team; being selected as the only representative from BC to be accepted into the Canada Music Incubator Artist Manager Program in Toronto and sitting as Juror for Creative BC’s Advisory Panel. Her Colourful client partnerships in 2020 include training modules created and facilitated for Manitoba Arts Network, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, and Arts BC.
Through her practice, both in-person and online, Evie holds space to create inclusive exchanges of opportunity and accessible educational engagements for her clients and their communities alike. Learn more about Evie’s work at rhythmclub.ca
Jai Djwa | Digital Transformation Coach & Creative Technologist
Jai Djwa, MFA, is an artist, facilitator and digital strategist that works in the cross-section of arts, games, technology and people. He incorporates his understanding of the world as a person of color to his life and artistic practice. He cares deeply about community, creativity and convening. Djwa is appointed to the BC Arts Council, the Vancouver Fringe, and is a business mentor for new immigrants at MOSAIC. Learn more about Jai’s work at www.djwa.ca.
Jamie Saunders | Insurance Advisory
Jamie is a graduate of UBC with a commerce degree and spent several years as Account Executive with Axis Insurance Group. He developed a deep understanding of the claims process, advocating for clients interests and working closely by their side from start to finish. This experience provided a great foundation of industry and technical insurance knowledge, before moving on to his next role, managing several provincial non-profit insurance programs. Jamie has been managing Arts BC’s insurance program since 2014 with a continued focus on making insurance as easy, informative, and affordable as possible for its members.
Julie Fowler | Community Arts Organizing
Currently working as Executive Director of the Island Mountain Arts Society in Wells, BC, Julie has been studying, working and organizing in the arts for the last eighteen years. Passionate about finding ways to celebrate and promote artists, she has helped to create two award-winning festivals, both featuring a range of artistic mediums from performance to visual arts: the Art Matters Festival at Concordia University in Montreal (where she also received her BFA in Art History in 2001), which won the province-wide Forces Avenir Award for best university project in the arts for its first season and is now going into its 15th season; and the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art, which began in 2004 and is now the largest arts event in the Cariboo with over 2000 people converging in Wells on the August Long Weekend each year.
Along with the ArtsWells Festival, Island Mountain Arts runs a Public Gallery, School of the Arts,which includes the Toni Onley Artists’ Project and the International Harp School, and the a new Artist-In- Residence program. Julie graduated with an Interdisciplinary MFA from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan in 2013 and her thesis project, a creative non-fiction novel called the Grande Dames of the Cariboo, was published by Caitlin Press that same year. Julie is proud to sit on the board of directors for ArtsBC and Folk Music Canada.
Jeanne Lesage | Arts Human Resource
Jeanne LeSage, LeSage Arts Management, CHRL, MBA. Jeanne has a 25+ year career in arts management, starting as a stage manager working across Canada; 10 years at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) first in Theatre Operations followed by starting TIFF’s first Human Resources department; 6 years in international arts projects including the Arts Management Fellowship at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Managing Producer of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Deputy CEO of the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman; and then acting as Executive Director of the Kay Meek Centre for Performing Arts, a multi-disciplinary presenting centre in West Vancouver. Jeanne is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), holds an MBA in Management Consulting, and has launched the LeSage Arts Management consultancy in Toronto with a focus on Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategy, and Facilitation. She is pleased to serve as a board member for Volcano Theatre, Department of Imaginary Affairs, and S.M.Arts Stage Managing the Arts.
Jules André-Brown | Governance & Leadership Specialist
Jules André-Brown (He/Him/His) is a leadership consultant and artist. Jules is involved in local music and visual arts and serves as a board member for the New Form Festival and CiTR/Discorder. Jules recently completed a thesis for a Master’s in Arts in Leadership degree at Royal Roads University. His graduate work looks at how young people see the future of leadership in arts organizations.
Ken Blackburn | Community Outreach
Ken Blackburn, BFA, MFA | Director, Campbell River Arts Council, www.crarts.ca Campbell River, BC: Ken is a visual artist and works across a wide range of mediums, including drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance. Through his work, Ken explores the relationship of contemporary art to current social issues. As the Director of the Campbell River Arts Council, he is currently leading an effort to see local art become an integrated part of the new Campbell River Hospital.
Meenakshi Das | Data Collection & Analysis Specialist
Meenakshi (Meena) Das (she/her/hers) is a nonprofit analytics consultant with her practice, NamasteData. She specializes in designing survey-based research tools and analyzing engagement. With more than a decade of experience, she supports nonprofits and their fundraising teams in 3 areas: engaging with their donors for increased giving and meaningful connection, intentional reflection and action towards data collection and analysis processes with equity and inclusion, and supporting in-house researchers with customized analytics training and future-focused roadmap planning.
Meena appreciates spending her time outside work as a mentor to immigrants and as a pro bono research advisor to small shops.
Her three recent non-consulting projects include building a space for IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) in data through her newsletter “Data
Uncollected”, designing the second season of her podcast “Being and Unbeing an Immigrant” where she wants to bring together the families of immigrants left behind in the home country, and, publishing her first e-book “Some Data Posts” – a collection of essays on intersection of inclusive research, analytics, and personal identity.
Connect with Meena on LinkedIn
Merideth Bisiker (she/her) | Executive Coach & Operations Consultant
Merideth Bisiker, BA, ACC, partners with leaders who are ready to explore new and creative ways to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. She provides safe, virtual coaching spaces in which she supports her clients as they explore their goals, and design and implement plans that are aligned with their values and their organizational needs. Merideth develops a customized approach for each of her clients, depending on their own goals and stakeholder interests. Clients can book a range of packages, from a one-time coaching session to multi-month coaching and/or consulting packages.
Merideth’s areas of specialization include boundary-setting and leadership in the workplace, creating new financial and operational systems, budgeting, and personal development. Through her role as Financial and Data Administrator with Arts BC, Merideth has an intimate understanding of the challenges that arts administrators face, and leans on this expertise to support arts administrators and artist entrepreneurs.
With reverence, Merideth lives on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically Qualicum First Nation.
Patricia Huntsman | Strategic Planning & Organizational Assessment
Patricia Huntsman is a Cultural Development and Communications consultant. Prior to making Vancouver Island her home, Patricia worked nationally and internationally in senior roles in the creative industry. As a member of a growing field of cultural management professionals in North America, Patricia Huntsman is a sought-after and respected voice at the forefront of culture-led economic and community development in Canada. Patricia is recognized for her intuitive, engaging, and dedicated client-centered approach. She holds an M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of New Brunswick, and a diploma in French Studies from the Sorbonne. Her British Columbia-based consultancy offers a full roster of management, planning and communication services tailored to building communities through culture. An avid supporter of visual and performing arts, she has served as a director on notable boards across Canada, including Opera Lyra Ottawa and the University of New Brunswick. She is a member of the professional association Arts Consultants Canada, the Creative City Network and the Canadian Museums Association. Learn more about Patricia’s work at www.patriciahuntsman.com.
Shae Code | Communications Specialist
Shae Code is a Communications Specialist with over ten years of experience in the digital marketing industry. She has a background in digital and traditional art which brings a creative eye to every project. Shae prides herself on being able to adapt her strategies to suit any industry. She has successfully re-branded businesses and professionally mentored or consulted for theatres, non-profit organizations, retail stores, real estate agents and entertainers. In addition to being a member of the ArtsBC Insight team, Shae co-owns a t-shirt company, manages a boutique, and is employed at the Tidemark Theatre on Vancouver Island. Shae is a proud member of the LGBTQ2+ community and served on the North Island Pride Society Board as Vice President.
She humbly acknowledges she lives and works on the traditional unceded territory of the Ligwiłda’xw people: the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum, and Kwiakah First Nations.
Accessing the Service
Access to our Insight Team is an exclusive service offered for Arts BC Members.
Once you’ve become an Arts BC Member, simply complete the Insight Team Intake Form, which can be found in our Member Resource Portal. When we’ve recieved your submission, we will contact you to further discuss your needs and match you with the right Insight Team member.
Insight Team Bursary Program
We are pleased to offer financial subsidies towards Insight Team hours to support organizational development for members facing financial strain and systemic barriers.
To apply, please fill out the Bursary section of the Insight Team Intake Form.
*Please note that availability for our Insight Team Bursary Program varies heavily on our access to funding. We strongly encourage folks to pay for the Insight Team’s standard reduced pricing if you or your organization can.