Get to know the arstvest team
Earlier this fall, we announced a continued investment from Canadian Heritage to support the next phase of artsvest, Business / Arts’ national mentorship and training program for small and medium arts, culture and heritage organizations across Canada.
The upcoming phase of artsvest will build on the work done in previous years to support growth in Canada’s cultural sector. In addition to expanding artsvest’s training curriculum to include priority topics such as organizational development, pandemic recovery, adaptive changemaking and equity, diversity and inclusion, artsvest training and mentorship will be made available nationwide for not-for-profit arts, culture and heritage organizations in Canada.
With the launch of the next phase of artsvest planned for early 2023, we are delighted to introduce the newest members of the Business / Arts team!
Meet the artsvest team:
Senior Director, artsvest
Reema is a leader and community builder. She has over 20 years’ experience in non-profit management and philanthropy across the charitable sector including education, healthcare, international development, politics, and arts & culture. Most recently, she worked as Managing Director for Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre, where she led the organization through an expansion of partnerships and audience outreach, growth in sponsorships and fundraising, and navigating the COVID crisis while ensuring a strong financial footing.
Reema is passionate about the power of arts in building community and effecting social change, and she is proud to work with a team of like-minded, talented, and dedicated colleagues and artists towards this goal. Having previously lived and worked in Ontario, she currently resides in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, with her husband and their eleven-year old twins. Reema is fluent in three languages – English, Hindi, and Punjabi. In 2019, she was recognized by Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) as one of twenty second-generation immigrants making an impact on the social and cultural fabric of the province.
Program Director, artsvest
Parul Pandya has been skillfully working in non-profit in various roles through the past two decades, including as a community builder, consultant, programmer and producer. After managing community grants for the largest government funder in Canada, she received much interest for continued collective impact by being asked to serve organizations in a variety of capacities. She runs her own consulting company, Community Impact Consulting, specializing in anti-oppression and equity based practices. Her attraction to advocacy emerged with her work as a Queer South Asian freelance writer/poet, over two decades ago. She has a deep passion for social justice and its intersectionality with the arts, which she teaches about at both Centennial College and Humber College.
Parul is an enthusiastic equity fairy, who finds deep groundedness in social justice intersecting with the arts. She believes in inspiring change through motivation. When not working, Parul is watching sports, caring for her 80+ plants, or playing with her cat, Kali. She is obsessed with true crime, but remains a very gentle human.
Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Interested in the intersection between music, movement and storytelling, Christine ML Lee is a composer, sound designer, playwright and poet led by her vast sense of curiosity and by questions of any size. Her work explores the resilience of the human connection and the power of vulnerability. As a sound designer, she was nominated for a META award for her work on Psycho 6(Teesri Duniya Theatre). Alumna of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Unit & Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Young Creators Unit, Christine is currently working on a musical, Just a Note, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. She subsequently won a Frankie award for the staged reading of her musical at the Festival St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe 2022.
Graduate of the HEC Montréal Arts Management DESS program, Christine is an arts administrator and leader who firmly believes in the power of community building and collective voices. Having accumulated over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector in various roles including membership manager and program coordinator, Christine is excited to be a part of the artsvest team at Business / Arts!
Jasper Sloan Yip
Grant Administrator and Partner Stewardship Coordinator
Jasper is a musician, podcaster, radio producer and community arts builder from Vancouver. A self-taught artist, Jasper brings a DIY spirit to everything he does. He played his first show in the late aughts on a stage he built in his own backyard, and has since released four albums and toured in three continents. When he is not on stage, in a studio or working with artsvest, you can find him at CiTR 101.9 FM in Vancouver, working with the radio-curious to develop their audio storytelling ambitions. He loves to cook, collect musical instruments, and is certified to scuba dive to a depth of 30 meters.
Tate is an artist and arts administrator. She is excited to be joining the artsvest team and is a strong believer in the arts as a catalyst for deeper connections with one another.
Tate is an arts professional with experience and training from OCAD University and Centennial College. She is an innovative, adaptable problem-solver with strong communication skills. Tate is skilled at conceptualizing and visualizing creative projects/events and meeting tight deadlines. Currently living in Toronto, she spends her free time enjoying movies, books and searching for the best restaurants in the city.
artsvest has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada