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205 Main Street East
North Bay, Ontario P1B 1B2
Executive Director | [email protected]
Holly is a local arts community organizer and musician who was formerly the Executive Director of the Near North Mobile Media Lab. She is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Media Arts program and holds a BA in Fine Arts from Nipissing University. Her professional work has focused on bridging gaps for artists in northern Ontario, specifically through her work on the Digital Creator North program, North Bay Film Festival and as a long time board member of Creative Industries. Other professional work includes the Independent Media Arts Alliance of Canada (IMAA), Cultural Industries Ontario North, Ice Follies Biennial and the Media Arts Network of Ontario. Holly is a former member of award winning ensemble Hidden Roots Collective and currently the drummer of local femme-fun punk band Peach Pact.
Marketing & Communication Coordinator | [email protected]
Colleen was born and raised in Parry Sound, Ontario but moved to Toronto to pursue a degree in Anthropology with a minor in Advocacy and Public Engagement from York University. After spending the last few years living down south, she decided to move to North Bay in January of 2022. Colleen enjoys writing short stories, reading non-fiction books, and scrolling endlessly through TikTok. She is enjoying the opportunity to learn about North Bay, Nipissing’s creative sector and engage with it directly via her role as Marketing & Communication Coordinator.
Johanna Sanchez is manager of operations at Enbridge Gas Inc. In this role, she is accountable for the safe, reliable and efficient operations of the system that delivers energy to customers within the northern region. Johanna is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds her Professional Engineer license. She also obtained her Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute. Johanna was born in Mexico City and moved to Canada with her parents when she was 15 years old and has called North Bay her home since 2019. Johanna enjoys being off the grid in Northern Ontario, exploring old growth forests and is pursuing her Private Pilot License. Johanna has a passion for supporting and enabling our communities to be sustainable, vibrant and safe.
City Rep. Ex-Officio | Director
Bryan is the Community Development Facilitator for the City of North Bay. He grew up in South River before settling into the North Bay area in 2007. Bryan attended post-secondary school at Canadore College and Laurentian University studying Recreation and Leisure Services and History. Bryan spent 7 years as Manager of Health and Fitness at the YMCA of North Bay before moving to the City of North Bay as a Community Development Coordinator in 2015. Along with his 15 years of community development and program development experience, Bryan has a passion for the arts and is an avid guitar player and music lover. [email protected]
North Bay City Council Rep. | Director
Justine Mallah (she/her) has over eight years of experience in community outreach, political engagement, and health promotion. Justine works in public health and is the chair of the Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee of Nipissing, co-chair of the Gambling Harm Reduction Partnership of Nipissing and Parry Sound. Justine is a dedicated supporter of the arts and has facilitated workshops for Art Fix and re-developed the Gateway Theatre Guild’s website. Justine was elected to City Council in the fall of 2022 and has taken on the role of Chair of Community Services at the City of North Bay. In addition to her role with Creative Industries, Justine participates as a Director on the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board and the North Bay Public Library Board, as well as a member of North Bay’s Public Art Advisory Committee.
David was born in Sudbury and grew up in Niagara Falls, Loring, Sundridge, and North Bay. He started playing bass and singing in Punk and Metal bands as a teenager and has sung Irish traditional songs since childhood. He began studying the Irish language seriously at age 16 and since then has travelled to Ireland and Scotland numerous times both to visit family and to perform. He moved to BC in his twenties and spent 20 years in Vancouver performing Hip Hop and Gaelic traditional music. In 2014 he was invited to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as part of the Struileag project, in which he recorded and performed Hip Hop in Scottish Gaelic. In 2021 he and his wife Melanie moved back to North bay, where he now works as the Music Lessons Coordinator at Long and Mcquade, writes and performs original acoustic music and traditional Irish and Gaelic songs, and plays live regularly with his Punk Rock band Tall Pork.
Lieann Koivukoski has been involved in new media, film and television production for the last 17 years starting with Production Coordinating and Management. In 2015 she co-created a company based in North Bay with Dan Peel to help service the growing need for post-production in Northern Ontario. Post Production North Inc. has now serviced over 100 films and television productions that have shot in Northern Ontario with Dailies, DMT/DIT and ADR needs. She now works with productions in the role Associate producer/Fixer and helps each new project find their crew and locations. Prior to this she has worked to develop two not-for-profit organizations (Near North Mobile Media Lab (N2M2L) and Nipissing University Peace Research Initiative (NUPRI) and has assisted many organizations in North Bay with grant writing and other needs to meet their goals.
Mitchell is an Intern Architect with Mitchell Jensen Architects. He was born and raised in North Bay and has recently moved back to his hometown after receiving his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Mitchell has worked at a variety of architecture firms in New York City and Toronto, and had the opportunity to study for a term in Rome. While completing his masters, Mitchell worked with the non-profit organization Buoyant Foundation Project where he assisted with research development for the National Research Council as well as organizing and speaking at the International Conference for Amphibious Architecture Design and Engineering in Warsaw, Poland. His thesis focused on the revitalization of rural downtown areas, and he is passionate about the city and giving back to his community. Outside of the office, Mitchell enjoys spending time outdoors going camping, hiking, and golfing. When he is not outside, he can be found restoring furniture, playing bass, or cooking.
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