Culture is MORE THAN ART. It is a reflection of who we are, and how we live. A community that has a defined identity and sense of PLACE encourages new business, inspires residents and attracts tourists.
As a member of a growing field of cultural management professionals in North America, Patricia Huntsman, M.B.A., B.A., is a sought-after and respected voice at the forefront of culture-led economic and community development in Canada. With more than 20 years experience in leadership and senior management roles in the creative field, Patricia is recognized for her intuitive, engaging, and dedicated client-centered approach.
Sandy Liu, M.B.A., B.A., is an experienced marketer and business consultant who’s expertise lies in merging the fields of technology with cultural industries. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University. As an advocate for arts and culture, she believes that the key to building sustainable creative economies lies in innovative applications of new technology.Sandy’s professional experience focuses on developing customer centric and data driven business & marketing strategies, as well as tech applications for experience design.
She is an avid patron of the cultural scenes in Vancouver and in her spare time she enjoys painting, amateur acting and literature. She is also currently building a business coaching course and relevant software tailored to helping artists build a sustainable business out of selling their art.
Merideth Bisiker, B.A., is a professional coach and organizational consultant with a career focus on finance and business systems. She supports company leaders by translating their visions into practical strategies and supports team member communication while they put these strategies into practice. Merideth’s professional experience includes retail banking administration, private professional accounting, local government finance, and training professional coaches.
Heidi Cuff, M.A., B.A., is a writer, educator and arts activist who currently resides in Campbell River, B.C. She received her master’s degree in Educational Theatre with a Playwriting emphasis from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. Heidi has worked extensively in the nonprofit and commercial arts sectors in New York, Los Angeles, and more recently Campbell River.
Michele Vanderwoude, M.P.A., B.A., believes “creativity is the fuel of the 21st century”. With more than a decade working in various levels of government in B.C., Michele brings a variety of skills and knowledge in government service delivery, research, policy development and communications as well as expertise in culture-led economic and community development.
Rhiannon Herbert, M.L.I.S., M.Sc., B.A., is an interdisciplinary cultural professional who connects the dots between ideas, people, and place. With a diverse portfolio drawn from over ten years in galleries, libraries, archives, museums, education and cultural organizations, Rhiannon’s networked approach to creative capacity building is rooted in meaningful communication and information synthesis. She believes that creative culture is “a bridge to sustainable social, economic and human development.”