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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.

Alix Voz

Alix Voz

Chair | Executive Board

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.

James Miles

James Miles

Vice-Chair | Executive Board

James migrated to the North Bay region in 2017. He has been connected to the music industry for the past 20 years operating through recording studios, live sound, touring, performing, instrument & equipment sales. A key passion of James’ is the sharing of knowledge, educating and supporting artists and creatives on their individual pathways.

Anita Brisson

Anita Brisson

Treasurer | Executive Board

Anita moved to North Bay in 2008 for the love of the city and has been a community contributor ever since. Anita is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She has over 20 years’ experience in project management, continuous quality improvements, financial analysis, managing new business projects, executing contracts and team development across both the public sector and private corporations. She has a unique talent for breaking problems down into small manageable tasks, identifying goals and measuring performance. Her strong leadership skills bring cohesiveness, clarity, and a mutual sense of purpose to any multi-discipline team, which is imperative for project success.

Jennifer Allison

Jennifer Allison

Director

Jennifer is a fashion and footwear designer, maker, artist and educator. Upon graduating from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Design, Jennifer has had the opportunity to live and work throughout Canada, United States, South America, Europe and Asia fine tuning her craft while gaining industry experience designing for various companies such as Aldo, Abercrombie and Fitch, Awamaki, Pour La Victoire in addition to various private labels. Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, In Style, Elle and Flare Magazine to name a few and have been worn by reputable icons such as Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively and Rihanna. In 2014, Jennifer launched her own business called the Art and Sole Academy as a way to share her love for art, design, traditional craft and the "slow fashion" movement. After operating Art and Sole out of Toronto for 5 successful years, she made the decision in March 2020 to relocate her life and business back to her hometown. Jennifer is very pleased to be back in North Bay and is motivated to help connect, support and promote our creative sector. [email protected]

Emily Couchie

Emily Couchie

Director

Emily joined the Creative Industries board as a community member dedicated to supporting the arts in the north. Raised on her traditional territory of Nipissing First Nation and growing up in North Bay, she has always found herself returning home, no matter how far she travels. As a professionally trained Art Therapist, graduate of the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, she truly believes in the healing potential of the creative process. Her work centers on creating and being a part of community projects & initiatives that promote open access to art and art-making for everyone. Emily is also involved with Art Fix Nipissing as an Artist Facilitator, facilitating spaces for folks from all walks of life to come together, learn some art techniques and make art together. The art scene that has taken shape in the North Bay & Nipissing area over time has inspired her to find her role within the sector. She enjoys working with others with similar interests and passions

Brannyn Hale

Brannyn Hale

Director

Brannyn was raised in the City of North Bay and attended Dalhousie University where he successfully completed the Bachelor of Commerce Co-op program while representing DAL national as a member of the varsity swim team. His elected academic focus was architectural and urban planning as he remained driven to develop real estate upon graduation. Over the past decade, Brannyn has built numerous companies and formed various parterhsnis in General Contracting, Property Management and Real Estate Development. From humble beginnings with a small single family detached home to multi-unit commercial and residential buildings, the focus has always been and will be, urban renewal and sustainability. Using his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for building sustainability, Brannyn has been able to assemble an extensive network of highly accredited professionals that share in his vision of building better, smarter, and for the future.

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.

Patrick Gilbert

Patrick Gilbert

Director

Quiet, shy, maybe even a little bit socially awkward… and pretty creative. Patrick has spent the past 20+ years making a living in the arts, and promoting North Bay every step of the way. Starting with a background in graphic design, Patrick's work has continued to evolve, to include web development, illustration, animation, photography, music, and video production. With a history of projects across the country ranging from book illustrations, to filming for networks like TSN and Discovery, the next step for Patrick is finding new challenges, new ways to grow creatively, and always promoting this area and the creative people that keep it alive.

Chelsea Reid

Chelsea Reid

Director at Large

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.