In March 2005, Dr. Terry Rock became the founding President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development Authority Ltd., Canada’s first municipally-owned arts development authority. Calgary Arts Development is designed to provide an integrated and strategic perspective to support the robust growth of the arts and culture sector in Calgary. Its vision is for Calgary to be a culturally vibrant city that inspires and engages the world.
Calgary Arts Development counts among its successes the creation of a long term strategy and capital plan for arts spaces that enabled City Council in 2008 to make a $165M commitment of support for new facility development. Results are already showing via several projects either under or nearing construction: the new Nickle Arts Museum, Folk Festival Hall, the National Music Centre, the Mount Royal Conservatory and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Other milestones include the successful hosting of the 2008 Juno Awards, the launch of CalgaryCulture.com, significant growth in granting programs that now invest in over 160 non-profit arts and culture organizations and festivals in all corners of the city, and several policy initiatives, including a Festival Friendly City policy that has moved Calgary into the forefront in Canadian cities for support of festivals.
Most recently, Dr. Rock and Calgary Arts Development worked with the Calgary Stampede, the Calgary Public Library, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Economic Development, The City of Calgary and hundreds of Calgarians to submit a bid for Calgary to be named Cultural Capital of Canada in 2012.
Dr. Rock was recruited to Calgary by the Haskayne School of Business in 1998 to be an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management. At The City of Calgary, Dr. Rock’s work resulted in the creation of a new Civic Arts Policy in 2004. He has been the President of AIESEC Canada Inc. (the Canadian branch of the world’s largest student organization) and the Chair of their Board of Directors. A member of the 2002 class of Leadership Calgary, he has a PhD in Management (Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation) from Texas Tech University, and a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) in Marketing from the University of Saskatchewan. He was in Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2005 and is exceedingly proud that Calgary Arts Development was one of Calgary’s best places to work in 2009. He is married to Rebecca, and has 3 wonderful children that keep them busy coaching hockey and soccer, attending plays, dance recitals and TaeKwonDo belt tests.
- Posted October 3rd, 2012
Cadence is a theatre junkie, music lover and ardent proponent of the arts, and was therefore thrilled to join CADA's team in October 2012 as their Community Manager. She came to CADA from the fast and furious world of fund development at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Also a part-time writer, Cadence has worked for WestJet's up! magazine as well a daily newspaper based in Chennai, India. She currently contributes regularly to Fast Forward Weekly's Arts & Lifestyle section.
A Calgary native, Cadence holds a BA English Honours from the University of Calgary and crams her spare time with West African drumming, plenty of karate and (naturally) attending arts events.
- Posted January 4th, 2011
Charis Birchall began working at Calgary Arts Development in 2007 as a practicum student through the Alberta College of Art & Design. After receiving her BFA with Distinction, majoring in Fibre Arts, she took on the role of Marketing Programs Coordinator. In 2008 she supported the Community Investment team to integrate the new volunteer program and joined the Community Investment team in 2010 after returning from maternity leave following the birth of her son. A few years and another baby later (this time a girl), you can find her back working alongside Jordan Baylon in Community Investment, managing Calgary Arts Development's granting programs.
When she’s not kid wrangling or supporting the local arts community at Calgary Arts Development, Charis is furthering her fibre art practice and is a member of Contextural: A Fibre Arts Collective. Her practice combines photographic processes with textile methods, such as printing on fabric, embellishing with machine stitching, hand embroidery and quilting.
- Posted April 14th, 2011
Emiko is a native Calgarian who received her BFA in Drama from the University of Calgary. After graduation, she accepted an internship with Alberta Theatre Projects, and subsequently joined the Resource Development team as Stewardship Coordinator and eventually Special Events Manager. In 2009, she left Canada to live and teach in Geoje, South Korea and travel Asia. She has served as a director, dramaturge, stage manager, festival organizer and actor with local theatre companies and has toured through 6 Canadian cities on the Fringe Festival circuit. She is a proud Bownessian, owner of two adorable dogs (who own a total of 7 legs), and is currently completing a second degree in Psychology, with a focus on clinical psychology and behavioural neuroscience.
- Posted October 3rd, 2012
Erin O’Toole joined Calgary Arts Development in 2012 as Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. Erin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Acadia University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver, where she studied tuba performance and musicology.
Prior to joining CADA, Erin worked for The Denver Brass, a non-profit performing arts organization in Denver, Colorado. Erin has been active as a tuba player for over 15 years and has performed orchestral, wind ensemble, chamber and solo repertoire throughout Canada and the western United States. As a new resident of the city, Erin is excited to both explore and help develop Calgary’s unique cultural spaces and events.
- Posted February 19th, 2013
Jaelyn Molyneux has a degree in Canadian Studies from the University of Calgary. The interdisciplinary degree let her dabble in a variety of faculties learning about Canada in areas including literature, politics, music history, culture and more. Wanting to learn a little about everything is what drew her to a career in journalism. She completed the print journalism program at SAIT and began working at Swerve magazine before moving over to RedPoint Media where she is currently the senior editor of Avenue Calgary magazine. She’s also been city editor of Vitamin Daily Calgary, written for Sharp, up! and Wine Access and worked with Tsuu T’ina Nation to create its magazine Gumisastay. All of that mostly means she gets to explore Calgary in a never-ending quest to learn everything about her hometown.
As Calgary Culture Editor, Jaelyn managers CalgaryCulture.com and compiles the weekly Calgary Culture e-newsletter.
Joni holds a degree in Architectural History from Queen’s University and a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto. Joni has worked in the planning, design and construction of institutional capital projects in Ontario, California, New York and Alberta. She has a particular passion for the arts and began her relationship with Calgary Arts Development Authority by volunteering for the Arts Spaces committee in 2006. Joni is involved with other arts spaces initiatives in Calgary, including Doors Open YYC and the Calgary Heritage Authority. Joni brings her experiences as a volunteer assessor in the 2008 Arts Spaces Investment Process to her role as coordinator with the Cultural Spaces Investment Process.
- Posted March 11th, 2011
Greetings, Calgary! My name is Jordan Baylon and I am the Community Investment Officer at Calgary Arts Development. I have a BA (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Calgary, where I pursued an interest in literature of the Romantic period and Postcolonialism. Prior to joining CADA, I spent two wonderful years teaching English in the picturesque little mountain village of Shirakawa, Japan, where I dabbled in sake festival marathons, woodblock printing, and rice planting (the latter being the most gratifying).
My spare time is currently divided between volunteering for the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) as a writer and as an occasional curator of its Sofa Cinema Classic Film Screenings. It was my pleasure to sit on the selection jury for this year’s $100 Film Festival and last year’s Canadian Diaries documentaries program. I am also an aspiring poet and critic, and am excited to be a member of Artical Collective, a group recently formed to reinvigorate critical writing in the city. To that end I consider it my good fortune and privilege to discover and share all of the artistic richness that is Calgary with you. Don’t be a stranger!
- Posted May 15th, 2001
As Communications Manager, Lindsay Bowman works to implement Calgary Arts Development's marketing and communications strategies. Before joining Calgary Arts Development, Lindsay worked and volunteered at CJSW 90.9FM in various capacities, including as Office/Volunteer Coordinator, Funding Drive Coordinator and as an on-air programmer. She currently hosts a weekly music program.
Lindsay has also worked as a freelance writer for several local publications, mainly writing about music, film and the arts in Calgary. She holds a BA in English from the University of Calgary.
- Posted October 3rd, 2012
Lisa Tornack holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Since graduation, she has taught a variety of community art classes and has been privileged to coordinate numerous art exhibitions, fundraisers and festivals. As a painter, Lisa has exhibited both locally and internationally. Career highlights include participation in an artist residency at the Centre D’Art I Natura in Spain, inclusion in a group exhibition at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and a solo exhibition at the Kaasa Gallery at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium.
Mike Scullen looks after Calgary Arts Development's information systems, including its website. Mike has a BA from the University of Regina in English and has studied Visual Fine Arts at the University of Calgary. Having a strong inclination towards technology and communication, Mike has been a prolific web publisher and is especially interested in the explosion of creative culture that is happening online and how this is influencing local trends.
Mike appreciates and attempts to synthesize ideas from a wide variety of sources. A self proclaimed generalist, Mike is a photographer, digital artist, and musician in addition to having experience with the technical aspects of web development and information technology. Read more »
Prior to accepting the position at CADA, Patti’s role as a principal and co-owner in consultancy Paradox Inc. aligned her experiences in providing leadership and facilitation specializing in organizational change, capacity building, strategic planning and financial management. She has held positions as Vice President, Administration for the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, Technical Assistance Director at the Alberta Performing Arts Stabilization Fund (APASF) and as General Manager and Producer for a number of theatres across Western Canada.
Patti also served as a member of the Steering Committee for imagineCalgary that resulted in a 100 year vision for the city accompanied by a plan for Long Range Urban Sustainability. This 18 month, city-led, community-owned initiative was the largest community visioning and consultation process of its kind anywhere in the world.
Patti is a native Calgarian and a Top 40 Under 40 alumni. In 2011 she was recently recognized by Deloitte (Edmonton) on International Women’s Day celebrating women who personify the art of excellence.
“I am thrilled to be a member of the Calgary Arts Development team! I have long admired the work of CADA and to now have a first hand opportunity work in arts development -- for a sector I adore in a city that I LOVE is a special privilege. I look forward to realizing the possibilities for our City and our sector.”
Tom’s 36 year career has taken him to Toronto, Ottawa, Regina, Banff, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary, his home since 1989. Most recently, Tom was the Director of Production for Calgary Opera. Previously he was the General Manager for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Director of Production for the Shaw Festival, Supervisor of Arts Production for the XV Olympic Winter Games’ Arts Festival and Production Manager for the Banff Centre Theatre Complex. He has also been a consultant, stage manager, events manager and producer. In his current role with Calgary Opera, he is responsible for the operation of the Arrata Opera Centre. At the Shaw Festival, Tom was responsible for managing the design, construction and operation of a new scene shop facility.
Throughout his career, Tom has made a point of building communities in each position. Becoming General Manager for CADA gives him the exciting opportunity to work for the development of the entire arts community in Calgary. “There is something important, unique and vital about Calgary’s arts community. It is something quite close to my heart and I look to the future with much excitement and enthusiasm.”