Racial Equity in the Workplace II

Racial Equity in the Workplace II

What is this moment asking of us?

To support and nurture diverse art and artist-led city building to foster not only a resilient and sustainable arts ecosystem, but also to achieve a truly equitable, inclusive and accessible city where everyone belongs.

Calgary Arts Development is committed to bettering our systems regarding equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA). As a public agency stewarding public dollars for the benefit of all Calgarians, we aspire to foster a resilient and sustainable arts sector that is safe and welcoming for all, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical or mental abilities.

As part of our series of Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Halls, the second of three sessions focused on racial equity in the workplace will take place on August 24, 2023. The third session is on September 28, 2023. All our town halls take place over Zoom and are free and open to everyone.

Racial Equity in the Workplace II

Hosted by Toyin Oladele with guests Sue-Shane, Executive Director of Mountain Standard Time, and Dan Cardinal McCartney, Assistant Director at Stride Gallery.

This will be a conversation with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour)-led arts organizations surrounding some of the intentional policies and practices they have created and followed, and practical ways they support team members who are from visible minority groups, BIPOC communities or who represent any form of diversity.

Date: Thursday, August 24, 2023
Time: 12 – 2pm
Online via Zoom: Register here


Toyin Oladele

Toyin Oladele is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, arts manager, creative strategist, and community builder, originally from Nigeria. She is a motivated and results-focused professional with two decades of experience, she has demonstrated excellence in organizational development, strategic planning, program development and implementation, community and arts-based event planning, production and event management, engagement, and equity & diversity.

As a consultant and in her diverse roles, Toyin has overseen the development, delivery, and evaluation of a range of programs, projects, and partnerships focused on elevating the cultural landscape and supporting arts and culture professionals from all backgrounds. Her professional strengths are firmly rooted in her passion to invigorate community spaces with arts and culture, infusing inclusivity and vibrancy into her community, through a strategic approach that is highly collaborative.

Toyin has been named as Canada’s Top 100 Black Women to watch by CIBWE in 2022, Top 25 EDIA Persons of the year by Canadian Multicultural Group in 2021 amongst other awards and nominations

In her spare time, Toyin loves to watch movies in Yoruba language, her mother tongue and engage with creative people. She also enjoys coaching, mentoring and assisting newcomers, especially women, to find their voice as professionals in the city of Calgary and across Canada and North America. Toyin is married and is a mother of three.


As a freelance writer, and the Executive Director of Mountain Standard Time, a dynamic performance art organization in Calgary, Sue-Shane is dedicated to promoting experimentation and innovation in the arts. Fuelled by the power of words, Sue-Shane is a force to be reckoned with in the literary arts scene. In 2019 Sue-Shane created a groundbreaking literary arts platform, Sue’s Stokvel, specifically designed to showcase the incredible work of BIPOC writers. Their contributions to the literary arts have been celebrated in Avenue Magazine and The Calgary Journal, shining a spotlight on their ability to captivate audiences through the written word. With a BA in International Relations, Sue-Shane is now applying her knowledge of institutions and governance to transform the field of arts administration.

Dan Cardinal McCartney

Dan Cardinal McCartney (hey/they) is an interdisciplinary artist and emerging curator who holds a degree from AUArts (2016) in Drawing. Most importantly, they are a full-time caregiver for their sister, Karri. Dan is of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations with family ties of Mikisew Cree, Metis, and mixed settler lines from Treaty 8 territory, specifically Fort Chipewyan. He is a foster
care survivor raised in the northern boreal region of Fort McMurray.

As a Two Spirit transgender artist, Dan sifts through patterns of intergenerational trauma and troubles the colonial narrative of hyper individuality. He relates his personal, ongoing reconnection with his family to his yearning for gender euphoria through storytelling.

Dan focuses on mixed media collage, painting, moving images, and performance. Currently, they are the Assistant Director at Stride Gallery in so-called Calgary, AB.

QR Code for https://cada.at/racial-equity-II Racial Equity in the Workplace IITo register for this free Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Hall, visit cada.at/racial-equity-II or use the QR code.

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