Business and Art may seem to occupy two opposing ends on a value spectrum. As requirements of funding and business entities increasingly require artists to prove the value, viability, and sustainability of their work, while industry requires innovation, it’s clear that overlap between the two fields is inevitable. What happens when entrepreneurship and creative practices converge? What can they learn from each other?
Join us for a panel discussion that brings together practitioners and organizers from the non-profit, commercial, and community-based art worlds, with business development and financial experts tackling these questions, exposing the challenges, tensions, and opportunities that characterize our current climate while identifying innovative paths for the future of arts-driven entrepreneurship.
Anne-Marie Croteau is dean of John Molson School of Business at Concordia University since 2017 and full professor of business technology management. She has been reappointed by the Board of Governors of Concordia University for a second five-year mandate as dean, starting July 2022.
Additionally, under Croteau’s guidance, John Molson became the first business school in Canada to receive gender parity certification by Women in Governance, the non-profit organization which supports women in their leadership development, career advancement and access to board seats across Canada.
Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts
Annie Gérin is the Dean of Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts since 2020. She holds a PhD in the History of Art and Cultural Studies from the University of Leeds, a Master of Art History from York University and a BA in art history from the Université de Montréal.
An accomplished administrator, Gérin has held many roles at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM): she served as the interim dean of the Faculté des arts (2019-2020); was the Faculty’s associate dean, research and research-creation from 2018 to 2019 and was chair of the Département d’histoire de l’art from 2013 to 2016. She was also a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina (2000-2004), and in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa from 2004 to 2006.
Fluent in English, French and Russian, Gérin has published extensively and is well known for her research in Canadian and Soviet art in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a special interest in visual satire, cultural policy, public art and community based practices. Recent publications include Devastation and Laughter: Satire, Power and Culture in the Early Soviet State, 1920s–1930s (2018), Françoise Sullivan: sa vie et son oeuvre (2018) and the collection of essays Sketches from an Unquiet Country: Canadian Graphic Satire 1840-1940 (2018, co-edited with Dominic Hardy and Lora Senechal Carney).
Her scholarly and popular publications include three monographs, six co-edited books and catalogues, two special issues of journals, 18 book chapters and 15 peer-reviewed journal articles. She was awarded the 2019 Recognition Award from the UAAC in honour of her exceptional contributions and dedicated service to the association, and unwavering commitment to its professional ideals.
Co-Owner/Director - Bradley Ertaskiran
Megan Bradley is a founding owner and director of Bradley Ertaskiran in Montreal, Canada. Bradley was the director of Parisian Laundry from 2015 to 2019, a contemporary art gallery where she first began working in 2011. In 2008 she founded Galerie Push, a commercial space in Montreal that focused on emerging artists. In 2019 she took over ownership of Parisian Laundry and merged with fellow Montreal based gallerist Antoine Ertaskiran to form Bradley Ertaskiran.
Bradley holds a master’s degree in Art History from Concordia University. She was on the board of the Contemporary Art Galleries Association from 2015 to 2020 and is currently on the board of the Darling Foundry in Montreal. She has worked as an advisor for private collections and a development and communications director in the non-for-profit arts sector in the past. Bradley focuses on a long view approach to artist representation, building relationships with institutions, curators and collections to nurture continuing support and development for artist practices.
Bradley Ertaskiran is a contemporary art gallery that occupies two spaces within a restored industrial building in Montréal, Québec. The gallery’s commitment to the dissemination of contemporary art practices provides visitors with a rigorous perspective and exciting programming. Bradley Ertaskiran represents emerging and established Canadian and International artists.
Ondine is currently the Director of Flourishing Start-Ups (FS), an organization focused on designing business model innovation-centred accelerators, incubators, and start-up programs that enable the possibility for business to be regenerative to our communities and our planet. She has started seven successful social enterprises in three countries and is a successful start-up coach. The programs that she designed have been vastly used in numerous countries.
Brigitte LeBlanc is Associate Vice-President Canada & International at Creative Industries Group, National Bank of Canada. Brigitte has extensive experience in the financial services industry, specializing in the field of film and television within Canada and abroad. Her primary goal as Associate Vice-President is to ensure the growth of this rapidly evolving sector and to oversee operations at the Creative Industries Group. She is a passionate executive combining business and creative minds. Brigitte Holds a CPA and has academic education from Université du Québec en Outaouais and HEC Montreal.
An accomplished director, dramaturge, writer and cultural animator, Diane Roberts has collaborated with innovative theatre visionaries and interdisciplinary artists for over 30 years.
Diane is the founding Artistic Director of the Arrivals Legacy Project, an inter-arts organization that centres the creative voices of African, Indigenous and Racialized artists. Diane’s transformational Arrivals Personal Legacy process, developed during her seven-year tenure as Artistic Director of Urban Ink productions, has birthed new Interdisciplinary works across Canada, throughout the Americas, in the UK, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. This work has allowed her to articulate, cultivate, and realise a vision for theatre that encourages Indigenous ways of knowing as a stepping stone to creative expression. She is also a founding member of Obsidian Theatre and backforward collective and co-founder and Artistic Director of Boldskool Productions with playwright Omari Newton.
Alongside her professional career, Diane is a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies, Fine Arts Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal; a 2019 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar; and a 2020 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship award holder.
Dr. Adriane MacDonald is a passionate researcher and educator in the areas of sustainability, cross-sector social partnerships, strategy, and corporate social responsibility.
She is a multi-disciplinary scholar who focuses on understanding why business, government, and non-profit organizations partner to address sustainability issues; how partners communicate and collaborate; and how partnerships can be structured and managed to achieve tangible sustainability and corporate social responsibility outcomes. Her work has been published in academic journals and she has given several presentations on the topics of sustainable communities and partnerships.
Dr. MacDonald holds a Ph.D. in Social and Ecological Sustainability and Master’s in Local Economic Development. Outside of academia, Dr. MacDonald has worked as a consultant in the private sector and as a business analyst for the Government of Canada.