Get to Know Our Biz SmARTS Presenters

Diane Davy (Business Planning: Creating Opportunity)

As the Executive Director of WorkInCulture, Diane Davy brings to the role over 25 years of senior level expertise in the arts and culture sector. In her consulting practice she specializes in the business-side of the creative community, working with both for-profit and non-profit enterprises. Her areas of focus include strategic business planning, organizational structure and management, marketing strategies, revenue generation, board governance, policy development and other related topics. She has hands-on experience in developing and delivering skills training and is a firm believer in the importance of lifelong learning for all.

Kim McBrien (CrowdFUNd: Making Crowdfunding Work For You)

Kim McBrien Evans is a lifelong textile artist and educator, fluent in dyeing, surface design, knitting, spinning, embroidery, contemporary basketry and sculptural textiles. Her current focus is on hand dyed yarn and fibre and contemporary knitwear. Offering rich and vibrant, beautifully made materials and designs are the first step to empowering others to create their own beautifully made clothing, thereby creating a wider appreciation of hand made objects and for a slower, hand made life.

Kim’s career has straddled both the creative and business management side of the arts world.  She has held a number of positions in arts and not-for-profit organizations such as Visual Arts Ontario, the Arts Network for Children and Youth, the Laidlaw Foundation, Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. She has also served on faculty at the Haliburton School of The Arts, teaching Marketing, Presentation and Portfolio courses. These roles brought her insight into ways of building strong, sustainable careers for artists, developing an audience for their work and spreading the word far and wide. Her consultancy work with artists shows them ways to maintain their creative vision with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Kim is owner and creative director of Indigodragonfly, a hand dyed yarn company known for rich, complex colour and a humorous approach to their work. Kim’s work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Knitty and Twist Collective. Indigodragonfly works with an international slate of knitwear designers and artisans in collaborative ways to promote Canadian work to an international audience.

Want to learn more? Read our Q & A with Kim McBrien.

Heather Young (Finance to the Fore!)

As the Principal of Young Associates, Heather has provided bookkeeping and consulting services to dozens of organizations, and delivered professional workshops, training and seminars on topics ranging from budgeting to sales tax, to setting prices, to reading financial statements. She has completed business and strategic planning assignments for an array of arts organizations in Toronto and across Southern Ontario, frequently in partnership with First Stage.

For 15 years, Heather has taught accounting and financial management to diploma and continuing education students in Humber College’s Arts Administration programs, and Humber’s Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program. She was a 2004 recipient of Humber College’s Continuing Education Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution. In 2010, she was appointed to teach finance for the University of Toronto’s Specialist Program in Arts Management In 2012, Heather was awarded the Sandy Tulloch award for Innovation in Arts and Culture by Theatre Ontario. Heather is also a member of Arts Consultants Canada.

Sue Edworthy (Putting the SOCIAL in Social Media)

Sue Edworthy has worked in the non-profit performing arts for over fifteen years and is a self-described city enthusiast. Her passion for the arts has led her to stints as a director, event coordinator and arts administrator in arts organizations in and around Toronto, and she is now respected and sought after as a marketing and communications specialist.

Sue is a former Board Member for TAPA and current Chair of the Freelancers & Consultants Standing Council for the Canadian Dance Assembly.  She was the Social Media Chair/Steering Committee member for Artsvote 2010, is currently co-chair of that organization, and recently finished a seven year position as Vice-President for the Toronto Fringe Festival. She is a 2010 Harold Award recipient and recipient of the CharPR Prize for best publicity, single show for 2012 and 2013 and a reipient of the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award in 2015. She runs Sue Edworthy Arts Planning, a freelance marketing, PR, producing and strategic planning company for the Toronto independent arts community, and is in demand as a social media and marketing consultant.  Sue is a member of Arts Consultants Canada, and holds a BFA Specialized Honors from York University.