Rania El Mugammar, Artist, Anti Oppression + Equity Educator, Inclusion Consultant
Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese Canadian, Artist, Arts Educator, Equity, Anti-oppression, Liberation and Meaningful Inclusion Educator & Consultant, performer, speaker and published writer.
As a writer, Rania's work explores themes of identity, womanhood, Blackness, flight and exile, migration, belonging, gender, sexuality and beyond. Rania's primary mediums are poetry, spoken word and oral storytelling. She is a published poet, storyteller and playwright. Rania is deeply interested in poetic form and the auditory texture of words as well as the visual and aesthetic impact of language and form.
She is a member of the St. Jamestown Collective Impact Steering Committee and of the Leaders Panel for the Economic Development and Culture Strategic Plan at the city of Toronto. Rania is the also Equity Director of B Inc., at Bcurrent Performing Arts, she is the lead equity consultant for RECENTRE, and co-founder of the How to be an Ally Series at the Centre for Social Innovation.
Rania is an experienced anti-oppression, equity, inclusion and liberation educator and consultant who is unflinchingly committed to decolonization and freedom as the ultimate goals of her work. She has worked extensively with contemporary arts institutions, STEM based enterprises, media organization, GBV advocacy, health initiatives, educational institutions and community/ grassroots spaces. Rania has worked with hundreds of organizations, collectives and institutions including VIBE Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, Daniels Spectrum, Centre for Social Innovation, Ontario Arts Council, Trinity Square Video, Toronto Cultural Music Lab, Canadian Art Magazine, Bcurrent, Engineers Without Borders, OCASI, Toronto Arts Council, the University of Michigan, Canadian Art Magazine, TPW Gallery, Peel Dufferin Catholic District School Board, Regent Park Focus and beyond.
Jeanne LeSage, LeSage Arts Management, CHRL, MBA
Jeanne has a 25+ year career in arts management, starting as a stage manager working across Canada; 10 years at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) first in Theatre Operations followed by starting TIFF’s first Human Resources department; 6 years in internationalarts projects including the Arts Management Fellowship at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Managing Producer of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Deputy CEO of the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman; and then acting as Executive Director of the Kay Meek Centre for Performing Arts, a multi-disciplinary presenting centre in West Vancouver. Jeanne is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), holds an MBA in Management Consulting, and has launched the LeSage Arts Management consultancy in Toronto with a focus on Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategy, and Facilitation. She is pleased to serve as a board member for Volcano Theatre, Department of Imaginary Affairs, and S.M.Arts Stage Managing the Arts.
Christine Karcza, I Can Do This!
With over 30 years of experience in disability management, Christine Karcza has helped to transform organizations into banner destinations for people of all abilities. Before starting her own company, she had a varied career at RBC Financial Group, the Ontario Provincial Government and the Ontario March of Dimes.
Christine’s I can do this! attitude, shaped by managing the challenges of her own disability, has helped inspire countless individuals and organizations to find innovative, yet realistic solutions to overcoming barriers that prevent full participation by people with disabilities.
Christine has worked extensively in the cultural sector. Clients include the Stratford Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Fringe Festival, Canadian Stage, the Luminato Festival, The Gardner Museum of Ceramic Art and the Royal Ontario Museum.
She is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award, a Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Adrienne Clarkson Public Service Award, and many Volunteer Service and Leadership Awards.
Christine is a world traveller and has climbed the Great Wall of China, sat at the edge of the Grand Canyon and fallen overboard out of a zodiac in the Arctic.