Arts | innovation - 2017

Arts innovation

ARTS INNOVATION seeks to encourage and inspire Faculty of Arts students to think like entrepreneurs. They will learn innovative ways to leverage the skills and knowledge they have gained in their degree programs so they can nimbly adapt to a changing job market. Our students will be inspired to forge their own career paths and make a difference in our rapidly changing world.

November 15th, 2017 at 9:30 AM

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Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Arts: Adapting to a Changing World

Speaker bio(s):

Stuart Hoegner

Stuart Hoegner

General Counsel for Bitfinex. He has represented bitcoin and other digital token exchanges, securities issuers and brokers, token arbitrageurs, leading cryptocurrency entrepreneurs and investors, and blockchain 2.0 initiatives. Stu has worked with securities commissions and regulators, legislative bodies, and law enforcement agencies worldwide to increase their knowledge and understanding of digital tokens. He is the editor and co-author of ‘The Law of Bitcoin,’ a collection of essays on international private and public law affecting cryptocurrency.


Janice McDonald

Janice McDonald

Award-winning serial entrepreneur, trusted advisor & strategist with expertise in the music industry, apparel/accessories and start-ups. She has Leadership training from Harvard & INSEAD & was appointed to Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School. She has many career achievements including driving the financial turnaround & re-branding of Women in Communications & Technology as Board chair 2013-2015. She is Chair of International Women's Forum Canada Ottawa Chapter, Board director - Futurpreneur, Ottawa Senators Foundation, Ashbury College and Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurs for Startup Canada. A sought after speaker on Leadership and Entrepreneurship, her TEDx talk has been viewed over 14,000 times & counting. Janice is president of The Beacon Agency which focuses on entrepreneurship, leadership and research.


Caitlin Kealy

Caitlin Kealey

Managing Director and Partner of MediaStyle, an Ottawa digital communications firm that specializes in progressive public affairs. During her time at MediaStyle, Caitlin has worked with organizations like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, helping to craft messages to achieve the greatest impact. Caitlin is passionate about social change and digital communications. She uses her expertise in these areas to work for social good. She has a Masters Degree from the University of Ottawa, where her thesis focused on the future of journalism. In 2017, Caitlin was selected as one of 260 participants in Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She was also named to Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal.


Geneviève Cimon

Geneviève Cimon

Director of music education at the National Arts Centre, she leads and oversees 40 national and international programs in young artist training, teacher enrichment, youth and family programming, adult learning, community engagement and music education advocacy. Geneviève and her team have spearheaded national and international programs on music education, leadership and community engagement over the past 16 years. Her accomplishments include developing a novel community-based music and engagement program in Nunavut, an innovative team-teaching model that pairs Indigenous artists with orchestral musicians in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and innovative teaching resources such as “composer kits,” which are freely available online and have been downloaded over a million times. Recently, she was part of the Arctic Inspiration Prize-winning Qaggiq project to launch an Inuit-led performing arts training program in the north.

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