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The Board

Jaymie Lathem

Jaymie Lathem

Executive Director | [email protected]

Jaymie is an emerging artist based out of Northern Ontario. She studied drawing & painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Alberta College of Art and Design. She received her BFA from Nipissing University in 2011. Jaymie remains a practicing visual artist with a focus in drawing and has exhibited work throughout Ontario. Over the past decade Jaymie has worked in various community based and creative sector organizations across the Nipissing Region. She has a strong passion for the arts and believes North Bay and it’s surrounding community can be a thriving creative base in the North.

Majelle Legros

Majelle Legros

Marketing Research Intern | [email protected]

After graduating from Cambrian College with a diploma in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, Majelle obtained her BBA with a concentration in marketing from Bishop’s University. She is a social media marketer from North Bay, Ontario, owning the digital marketing business, Live in Bold co. Majelle has a passion for the arts, and uses that passion in content creating and marketing for Creative Industries. She’s devoted to see North Bay become a cultural hub with a strong creative sector.

Holly Cunningham

Holly Cunningham

President | Executive Board

After graduating from Sheridan College Media Arts program, Holly completed a Fine Arts degree from Nipissing University which prompted her move to Northern Ontario. Working as the Executive Director of the Near North Mobile Media Lab (N2M2L) for the past five years, Holly has worked to grow the organization and establish programs that aim to engage youth and emerging artists through the digital and media arts. Holly also sits on the board of directors of the Media Arts Network of Ontario, is chair of the local artist-run centre White Water Gallery and is currently the North Bay rep for Cultural Industries Ontario North. She is also an active artist and musician, currently touring with the Hidden Roots Collective.

Chelsea Reid

Chelsea Reid

Vice President | Executive Board

Chelsea is an artist, author, curator, and videographer from Northern Ontario. She is a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, and her work highlights the fractal geometry of nature as a blueprint for existence, photography/film history, and mass communication. Her areas of research include digital humanities, social constructivism and network theory. Currently attending the University of Guelph for a Master's of Art History and Visual Culture, her thesis focuses on the preservation of arts and culture through digital networking and Indigenous arts organizations.

Amy Steele

Amy Steele

Treasurer | Executive Board

Amy Steele is a handbag designer and manufacturer with a studio in North Bay. Prior to starting her business in 2006, she taught finance at Dalhousie University and was a partner in a financial risk management consultancy in Halifax. Since returning to North Bay she has continued to teach and prepare accounting and finance courses for Canadore College. Amy joined the board of Creative Industries as treasurer in 2015.

Diane Davies

Diane Davies

Secretary | Executive Board

Diane is an emerging artist with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, 2019. She employs a feminist voice through the languages of mixed media collages, oil paintings, and performance art. Through intimate self-portraiture and other work involving the human body, Davies’ work explores body positivity, women’s health, and female agency regarding body politics. She is originally from Shelburne, Ontario, where you may have been to a rowdy fiddling competition and then left without remembering the town’s name, but memorizing its charming allure, canola fields, and stormy skies. She now lives in North Bay, Ontario and is a practicing artist while fulfilling herBachelor in Education requirements at Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario.

Lindsay Sullivan

Lindsay Sullivan

Director

Lindsay Sullivan has been creatively exploring all things musical since she can remember, and became involved in performance arts at a young age. From theatre, dance, voice, and various instruments, Lindsay has always valued being a part of the arts scene in our community. With the arts consistently in her heart, Lindsay received her Bachelor of Social Work at York University in 2009, and has always been keen to explore opportunities to incorporate music and social justice. As one of the winners of the 2016 Canadian Songwriter Challenge, Lindsay thoroughly enjoys sharing her experiences with aspiring writers. Lindsay is a co-owner of Compass Music Academy where she teaches music and co-facilitates a local community choir. She can be found playing in various bands and at events, and is currently working on her Masters of Arts degree in Community Music through Wilfrid Laurier University. Lindsay is also the current Art Training Program Coordinator with Art Fix Nipissing and Workman Arts. Lindsay holds a firm belief that music helps build communities, and is proud to be back in North Bay advocating for the arts.

Christine Charette

Christine Charette

Director

Christine Charette is a multi-disciplinary and synesthetic French-Métis artist who works intuitively and metaphorically. Originally from North Bay, Charette has lived in Vancouver, London, Toronto and Montréal. Since 1991, Christine’s professional practice includes explorations in painting, textiles, printmaking, drawing, recycled object sculpture, installation, photography, video, poetry, and sound. She has had exhibitions in London Ontario, North Bay, South River, Powassan, and in Montréal Québec. In her work, Charette explores themes such as mothering, home, isolation, the object, and the environment. Christine has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts and English, and is a practicing Arts educator in a variety of settings. Charette interweaves her skills when teaching, bringing layers of artistic knowledge and culture into a well rounded learning process. “As humans, we are makers. When we don’t create or express our creativity, we are missing out on the full human experience.”

Alix Voz

Alix Voz

Director

Artist, curator, director, and professor, Alix Voz is WKP Kennedy Gallery’s Director-Curator. Voz worked in art galleries and museums across Canada and is thrilled to be back home in Northern Ontario. In 2018, Voz became the Gallery Director and Curator of the WKP Kennedy Gallery, she is also a sessional professor at Nipissing University where she teaches studio arts in the Fine Art department. She also teaches Architectural Art History at College Boréal (Sudbury). Alix Voz has been invited to speak at York University and Ryerson University (Toronto). She holds a BFA Honors from Nipissing University (North Bay) and is a Master of Arts candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies program at York University. Voz also has a Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies in Visual Culture from York University. A passionate believer in the collective imagination, Voz is committed to fostering a workplace culture and gallery experience where people feel accepted, represented, valued and connected.

Dave Mendicino

Dave Mendicino

Director

Dave Mendicino is an elected city council member, and has been for 11 years. He studied Marketing at Fanshawe College. After graduating, he was hired into the management training program with Toronto Dominion Bank and spent several years moving through numerous cities and up the management chain. He learned a lot about finance and working with a variety of people in those years. He returned to North Bay in 1993 to continue his banking career. Currently he is working as the Fundraising Coordinator for the Nipissing Serenity Hospice on top of being a city council member. Currently he is Chair of the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, and KidSport North Bay.

Paula McCloskey

Director

Paula McCloskey is Manager, Arts, Culture, Recreation & Leisure services with the City of North Bay.