Occupation: Criminal Defence Lawyer – Sinclair Law Office
I am a life long Edmontonian and my favourite part of the city is its vibrant arts community. I grew up going to the theatre, the symphony, and opera. I loved how no matter how your day was, the arts could transport you away from it all. There is nothing like sitting together with a group of strangers and sharing the same laugh or cry. The arts can push you to grow and explore new ideas and worldviews. Catalyst Theatre is known for being innovative and pushing audiences further. I am honoured to be part of Catalyst’s board and be able to give back to the arts community which has given me so much.
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer Built Green Canada
The arts, to me, are the soul of our society and Catalyst Theatre brings this and more: they offer the ultimate theatre experience. There’s just nothing like their productions – anywhere. I currently run a national organization focused on sustainability. With this, I bring over 25 years of business and marketing experience with a focus on strategic planning, marketing and communications, branding and reputation management, stakeholder relations, and advocacy. I have been recognized with over 35 individual and team awards including the International Association of Business Communicators’ Gold Quill Awards, the International Economic Development Council’ Summit Awards, Meeting Planners International Innovation Award, the Canadian Cities Online Marketing Index Awards, and Travel Alberta’s ALTO Awards. I was named one of the Top 100 Edmonton Women in Business, and was one of three Canadians invited to participate in a delegation to Ukraine presenting on Branding and Marketing. I also have a Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication and am excited to draw upon my qualifications and experience in support of this great theatre company.
Member At Large
Occupation – EPSB Principal
Occupation: Business Owner
I have always been a huge fan of live theatre. From a young age, my sisters and I would act out short skits in our spare time. As I grew older I participated in multiple plays during my junior and senior high school years. I am privileged to be able to share and pass down this love of the theatre to my two children who from a very young age accompanied me. I am excited to be a part of the Catalyst board as the productions are unique and innovative ideas brought to life through fantastic writing and sound that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Occupation: Director, Water Regulatory and Shared Services, Epcor Utilities INC
I am inspired to volunteer for an arts organization because of the passion and transformative magic of the arts. Take a black box, add a stage, costumes, performers, a script and you are instantly somewhere else. I can’t sing, act or dance but I have been enthralled by the process of it that I have vowed to use the skills I do have to make sure the beauty, and inspiration of it can be shared by others. I love the experience of seeing something live, sharing the space and experience with others. I love watching it, then not having it exist as soon as it is over. It’s your moment based on your thoughts, mood, and experiences but influenced by actors, words, music and the audience. It is a moment that is only left to exist in your memory. It is fleeting but permanent or you can forget it and throw it away.
Member At Large
Occupation: Director, Sales & Marketing – Everest Development Group, Edmonton
Occupation: Artistic Director
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Lana Michelle Hughes
Occupation: Managing Director
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