Board

ELAN’s board consists of representatives from the various artistic disciplines that ELAN serves, representatives of the regions outside Greater Montreal, and representatives from sister organizations – the Quebec Drama Federation (QDF), the Quebec Writers Federation (QWF) and the Association of English Language Publishers (AELAQ).

Executive
Directors
Committees

Executive

Li Li

President

Li Li (Theatre) is a first generation Canadian. She spent her childhood living in different continents, finally settling in Quebec. She has a BFA major in Digital Image & Sound; with a Minor in Theater from Concordia university. Li Li has worked in theater, TV/film and video games. Behind the camera, Li Li has worked a range of jobs including being a fixer, translator, casting director, co-producer as well as selling finished projects to broadcasters. Currently Li Li is serving as ACTRA National Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s co-chair and part of the ACTRA Montreal branch council. She is part of the following unions: ACTRA, CAEA and UDA. Li Li is a mother and has a strong interest in gender equity, diversity and inclusion.

Louise Campbell

Vice President

Louise Campbell is a Montreal-based musician whose professional hats range from clarinettist to conductor, participatory arts facilitator to cultural mediator. As a composer-performer and improviser, Louise seeks to interrogate and renew the ways in which we make music by creating new works with everyone, regardless of age, ability, level of prior experience, or training. Her specializations include improvisation and creation with untrained (aka ‘amateur’) musicians, improvised conducting, cross-disciplinary creation, collaborative processes, and public engagement. In addition to being the Vice President for ELAN, Louise is the Project Leader for the Canadian New Music Network‘s Participatory Creative Music Hub. She has toured as a performer, guest artist, and lecturer of improvised and composed musics across Canada, the US, France, Germany, and Brazil.

Kakim Goh

Treasurer

Kakim Goh (Visual Arts) is a Singaporean-born Montreal-based visual artist, curator and cultural worker. As a visual artist who creates interdisciplinary painting, performance and video installations, Kakim has been exhibiting in Mexico and Quebec since 1993, most notably at OBORO, MAI and la Maison de la Culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal. His artworks can be found in private collections in Canada, the United States, Singapore, Mexico, and Chile. He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University.

Kakim has a long history of community engagement helping to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the education, arts and culture sectors. Kakim is an appointed Member of the Evaluation Committee for New Artistic Practices and Multidisciplinary Sector at the Conseil des arts de Montréal. He served as Curator of the Visual Arts Program at Festival Accès Asie from 2014 to 2016 and currently occupies the role of Vice-President on the festival’s Board of Directors.

Karen Cho

Secretary

Karen Cho (Film/Television) is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker known for her socially-engaged documentaries. Karen’s filmography includes In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (2004) a documentary about the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act and the Gemini-nominated Seeking Refuge (Terre d’asile) (2009) a film on refugees in Canada. Status Quo? (2012), Karen’s documentary on women’s rights, won Best Documentary at the Whistler Film Festival. Karen also works as a Writer/Director, Story Editor and Content Producer for TV and Web series. Some of her credits include Extraordinary Canadians (CBC), The Beat (City), Licence to Drill (Discovery), Yukon Gold (History), We are Canada (CBC), Vice Guide to Film (Viceland), Art is my Country (CBC arts web) and The Detectives (CBC).In 2018, Karen was nominated for a Best Direction Canadian Screen Award for her work on the documentary series Interrupt This Program (CBC).

Directors

Purna Bhattacharya (Corporate) is an Indo-Canadian producer/composer/mixer, songwriter, musician, artist (pop, synth, rock, acoustic, folk, country), and artist developer based in Montreal, Canada. She uses music to create awareness, open public dialogue and provide work opportunities for various communities who deserve equal rights. This includes women and girls, LGBT, and the deaf/mute using ASL/QSL to communicate. She encourages ethnic diversity, representing her own background using India’s national animal, the peacock, in her logo.

With 11 years of experience in music and business, Purna has taught at Concordia University and Carleton University and has been a sound engineer for the music video “I Shot the Monkey” by Mackenzie First which received rotation on MuchMusic and MusiquePlus. She is actively involved with Rock Camp for Girls and Non-Gender Conforming Youth Montreal, and gives various music workshops, both independently and in collaboration with organizations such as FACTOR Canada and Le Mama Festival & Conference (in Paris, France). She has a Bachelor Degree in Specialization in Communication, a Masters Degree in Musicology, and certificates in Teaching Assistance, as well as Music and Creativity.

Paul Bracegirdle (Writing/Publishing) is an award-winning author of children’s and young adult literature. Working as PJ Bracegirdle and under his pseudonym Paul Blackwell, he has written four novels and two picture books that have been translated into a number of languages. A Montreal native, Paul has toured across Canada, appearing at schools and literary festivals. He has also mentored emerging authors and sat as jurist for various literary programs and prizes.

Patrick Lloyd Brennan (Theatre – QDF) Patrick Lloyd holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and has been an active member of the performing arts community for over ten years. As a cultural worker, he has an extensive profile including Just For Laughs, Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Parts+Labour_Danse, Centaur Theatre Company, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, and the Quebec Drama Federation where he is currently Managing Director. Patrick Lloyd has lent his policy, board and committee experience to organizations including Le Conseil québécois du théâtre, Canadian Arts Coalition, MainLine Theatre & the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival, and AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM). He has represented his community at numerous conferences as an invited speaker and guest, including the Department of Canadian Heritage’s 2016 Cross Canada Official Languages Consultation, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres Conferences, Pride Canada’s National Conference on LGBTTIQA2S issues, and Business for the Arts’ Arts & Business Exchange (abx).

Angie Cheng (Performance). Originally from Ottawa, Angie Cheng is a Montreal-based dance artist. Collaborative creation processes ground her ongoing research in performance; investigating the liminal space between creative process and performance event, between spectator and performer. The embodied and specific understandings that arise from these investigations shape her current questions and engagements both in her own work and with others. What other platforms are available for presenting work and examining how we present the different states of work and the influence it plays with what we create. She has also been actively engaged in the dance community in the conversations of inclusivity, diversity and accessibility. She was a member of the now defunct inclusivity vivre ensemble committee of the RQD.

Isak Goldschneider (Music). Musician/producer Isak Goldschneider has worked extensively in diverse genres including classical, jazz, actuelle, and traditional musics. As Artistic and Executive director of Montreal’s cutting-edge concert series Innovations en concert, he has produced and presented work by leading Canadian and international artists including Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards), Nicole Lizée, and Gavin Bryars.

Keith Henderson (Publishing – AELAQ) has published five novels, (The Restoration, 1994, The Beekeeper, 1990, The Roof Walkers, 2013, Acqua Sacra, 2016, and Sasquatch and the Green Sash, 2018), as well as a collection of political essays from when he was a Quebec columnist for the Financial Post (Staying Canadian, DC Books, 1997), and a prize-winning book of short stories (The Pagan Nuptials of Julia, DC Books, 2006). He led a small provincial political party in Quebec during the separatist referendum of 1995 and championed English-language rights and the territorial divisibility of Quebec should ever Quebec partition Canada. He sits on the Board of the AELAQ where he served as past-President.

Blair Mackay (Music). Blair’s career over the last 40 years has been in the performance, direction, management, outreach/education and production of music. Since 1976, Blair has performed and recorded on percussion and drum-set in a variety of musical contexts – from contemporary chamber music with the ARRAYMUSIC ensemble, Ensemble Contemporaine de Montreal (ECM), and Societe de Musique Contemporaine du Quebec (SMCQ), to orchestral music with the Toronto Symphony and the Esprit Orchestra, through to free jazz with Barry Romberg’s Random Access, world music with The Ritual Party, pop jazz with Kim Richardson, and blues/rock recordings with artists such as Serena Ryder and Myles Goodwyn, and many diverse avenues in between. I have been a featured soloist with ensembles and as a solo artist, at festivals in London, Paris, New York, Kyoto, Jakarta, Mexico City, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, and on CBC national radio.

Tim Piper (Music). Timothy Piper has a Bachelor of Music degree from Carleton University and an ARCT in Organ Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 2001, he became Associate Organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. There he founded and directed the Cathedral Girls’ Choir. Under his tenure, the choir grew into a first-rate performing ensemble, singing at weekly Cathedral liturgies and regular events involving dignitaries and parliamentarians, most notably the Induction Ceremonies for Governor General David Johnston, and in a private performance for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. During his 11 years as Director, the Girls’ Choir toured to Kingston, Montreal, Quebec City, Washington DC, England and Belgium. In Europe, they sang services in Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral and at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

Deirdre Potash. Deirdre is a Working Artist with a diverse practice including a specialty in cultural mediation. Introducing and establishing art programs, working with a diverse clientele, from children to seniors in public and private institutions from elementary to university, community groups, business environments and health and mental health institutions. Acting as curator, organizer and manager Deirdre lives her dreams.

Lori Schubert (Literature/Publishing) is the executive director of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. From 1998 to 2017 she was also a member and general manager of VivaVoce, a professional chamber choir. Prior to her work in arts management, Lori was a singer and corporate communications trainer in the New York metropolitan area, then taught written and oral communication at McGill and Concordia Universities. She was instrumental in the founding of ELAN, having coordinated the Quebec Arts Summit, and served on its board as a music representative for its first two years. Lori currently serves in an advisory capacity for YES Montreal, the Blue Metropolis Foundation and the Atwater Writers’ Exhibit.

Quinten Sheriff. Growing up in Zimbabwe gave Quinten the experience as a citizen in a democracy that since deteriorated into the chaos that stains the country as of this moment. Throughout his youth he was thrown into the strife that tore the country apart and went through much violence surrounding the farm invasions. It is these marks and scars of his past that have moulded him and given him a place to ground himself, and project into the future.

Roger Sinha (Dance) was born in England to an Armenian mother and an Indian father and later moved at the age of eight to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After graduating from Toronto Dance Theatre, he settled in Montreal and quickly became involved in several collaborations within the blossoming local artistic community. In 1991, he formed his company Sinha Danse and began developing his distinct choreographic language based on an intermingling of his Indian background and Canadian culture. More than 30 shows were on tour across Canada and overseas. His creations unite Bharata Natyam, a dance originating in Southern India, martial arts and contemporary dance. This unique fusion of influences has given birth to hybrid choreographies that are unquestionably distinctive.

Past President

Bettina Forget (Visual Arts) is a visual artist, gallery owner, art educator, and researcher living and working in Montreal. Bettina owns and runs Visual Voice Gallery. Located in downtown Montreal, Visual Voice Gallery presents contemporary art exhibitions, which create a dialogue between art and science. In 2018 she joined the Convergence – Perceptions in Neuroscience Initiative as Director of Fine Art, where she aims to foster interdisciplinary thought and push the boundaries of what is considered science and art. Since 2016 Bettina is the art/science researcher for the SETI Institute’s Artist-in-Residence program. In this capacity, she investigates idea translation between collaborating artists and scientists, and investigates different models of knowing. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Art Education at Concordia University, Canada. Her research project examines the re-contextualization of art and science, and how women and girls may connect to STEM subjects through MakerEducation. Bettina’s creative work focuses on space sciences, inspired by her avid engagement with amateur astronomy. She has exhibited her artwork in the USA, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Singapore, and Nicaragua.

Committees

Inclusion

  • Kakim Goh (Chair)
  • Karen Cho (Co-Chair)
  • Purna Bhattacharya
  • Farah Fancy (Non-Board Member)
  • Kristelle Holliday
  • Li Li

Arts, Culture, Heritage (ACH) Working Group

  • Fortner Anderson
  • Louise Campbell
  • Chuck Childs
  • Karen Cho
  • Farah Fancy
  • Deborah Forde
  • Bettina Forget
  • Kristelle Holliday
  • Rob Lutes
  • Dan Webster

Membership

  • Roger Sinha (Chair)
  • Kalina Skulska
  • Quinten Sheriff (non-board member)

Communications

  • Paul Bracegirdle (Chair)
  • David Phu
  • Corey Gulkin

15th Anniversary

  • Roger Sinha
  • Li Li
  • Kalina Skulska
  • Angie Cheng
  • Isak Goldschneider
  • Corey Gulkin

Governance

  • Fortner Anderson
  • Louise Campbell
  • Li Li
  • Patrick Lloyd Brennan