CreativeBoost: Countdown to Business Panel Session


Saturday, August 29 | 2 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Opportunity to meet and ask questions. This panel is geared towards artists, creatives, and cultural workers who are thinking about starting a creative business during or post COVID-19 and want to learn from experienced creative entrepreneurs and ask questions. Panelists are invited to share their personal stories on business planning, how they managed challenges like the COVID-19 crisis, and tips on how to prepare a business for the future.


Angela DeMontigny is an internationally-renowned, Indigenous Canadian designer. Her custom made and ready-to-wear, all leather clothing collections, bold accessories and statement jewelry collections have been sold in specialty boutiques and galleries throughout North America and Europe since 1995. 

Ashley Mckenzie-Barnes is a Creative Director, Design Lead, Curator and part-time Academic Professor with over 15 years of experience in the advertising, media/publishing, retail, editorial, financial, entertainment and charity, non-profit sectors. As a Creative Director and Art Director, she has conceptualized and lead award-winning global campaigns for Scotiabank and executed large-scale projects for Indigo’s digital platforms, TEDxToronto, Bell Media, WE Charity and several small to mid-sized creative agencies. 

Dion Walcott is a business executive with over 20 years of working in senior roles with educational/cultural institutions and Fortune 500 Companies to generate revenue by implementing strategic vision, planning, and partnerships. Some of Dion's notable projects are driving $2M in revenue to the "Out of the Box, "Rise of the Sneaker Culture" exhibition in parnership with Bata Show Museum, spearheading an educational partnership with the National Basketball Association and his prized creation MARTK'D which has collectively generated over $20M in revenue with various clients and exposure for thousands of creatives.

Melissa So has been passionate about dance since the young age of 4. Throughout her years, Melissa has been lucky to train in some of North Americas top dance facilities with internationally known instructors. As a performer and choreographer Melissa has worked with the Hamilton Tigercats, Ontario Raiders, Toronto FC, Canadian Music Week, International Dance Day, Dance Ontario Week, with features on Breakfast Television, OMNI, Daybreak TV, Much Music, Chin Radio, CIRV Radio, EVI Dance Radio and NOW Magazine. 

CreativeBoost: Countdown to Business online workshops

COMPLETED - Capacity is limited to the first 15 registrants

Tue, August 25 | 4 PM - 6 PM EDT

Wed, August 26 | 4 PM - 6 PM EDT

Friday, August 28 | 4 PM - 6 PM EDT

CreativeBoost: Countdown to Business is a free online workshop that is broken up into three 2 hour sessions. It is geared towards artists, creatives, and cultural workers who are thinking about starting a creative business during or post the COVID-19 pandemic.These online workshops are designed to help emerging entrepreneurs and or freelancers plan for success - by understanding the strengths of their business, defining their target market and begin building a brand so that they can start or grow their business.

Experienced creative entrepreneurs will be invited as panelists on Saturday, August 29 to answer any questions and share their personal stories on business planning, managing challenges like the COVID-19 crisis, and tips to prepare a business for the future. It is recommended that you attend each day of the program in order to get the full benefit. Please be considerate and register if you are fully committed.

These online workshops involve interactive, reflective, and writing activities that correlate with a workbook, participants get to step into the business mind frame and leave with the key components of their business more clearly defined. So please be ready to participate and meet like-minded creatives! WorkInCulture CreativeBoost Certificates will be awarded to those who complete all seven hours.

CreativeBoost: Branching Out!


Monday, August 24| 12 PM - 1 PM EDT

This motivational workshop will guide those working in the arts (artists or art administrators), looking to transition to becoming self-employed, and are feeling professionally stuck because of the pandemic.  Insightful tips, tools and ideas on how to successfully branch out and reinvent yourself and your business will be shared by a former banker turned comedian. Registrants will receive practical tips on how to network, market yourself and position your art effectively to your target market - especially during COVID times.

Presenter: Stephan Dyer is a former banker turned comedian, TEDx Speaker and speaking coach with +300 shows in 8 countries, 18 cities. He is the proud cofounder of MalPensando, a school that helps people become funny, confident speakers. In 2017, a few months after quitting his corporate job, he was awarded the Latin Comedian of the Year Prize by Latin Awards Canada after years of successful bilingual shows in Toronto, sold out comedy workshops, and numerous awards in public speaking by Toastmasters International . In 2018, he received the Second City's Diversity Fellowship (full scholarship) and was invited to Malaysia to deliver a TEDx Talk. In 2019, he performed at Comedy Central Fest in Mexico City and months later filmed his first 1-hour comedy special in Toronto, Canada. For more info, follow @stephandyer everywhere! 



Closed Captioning: please note that all our online workshops/webinars are recorded and closed captioned, with pdf transcriptions for accessibility purposes. By registering you are agreeing to be recorded.