Principal, Vayali Health, Vancouver
Thara Vayali is a health educator. For a decade, she practiced as a naturopathic doctor focused on gastrointestinal and hormonal health. She has since focused her skillset on health education, research, and patient centered health technology. She speaks internationally and writes about wellness, stress, resilience, empathy, and mindfulness. Her creative practices are essential to her wellbeing. She is passionate about ensuring that arts-based processes are an integral part of education.
Talent and Organizational Development Manager, Fortinet Technologies
Gary currently works as a Talent and Organizational Development Manager at Fortinet Technologies. He partners with leaders to fuel the potential of teams and then align the company's culture and people practices to drive organizational success. Gary is passionate about holistic and integrative approaches to education, and believes that meaningful learning happens as a result of building deep relationships and innovating change through those relationships.
Senior Manager, Risk Advisory, Vancouver
Edwin is a senior manager in the Risk Advisory practice at Deloitte LLP. Over the past 13 years at Deloitte, he has advised and provided assurance to businesses and public sector organizations on matters related to financial reporting and technology risks, with a view to improving their management and governance practices. Edwin is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Apart from his professional work, Edwin delivers financial literacy courses at schools in his belief that education should encompass important life skills. At the same time, recognizing that the skills required tomorrow will be different from those required today given the pace of technological change, he believes that arts and creativity in education provide an essential foundation for both personal and professional fulfillment.
Arts and Culture Consultant, Victoria
Mary Blais is an accomplished senior executive well known for cultivating and nurturing productive relationships with strategic partners and for empowering others through her energetic and passionate leadership style. Her 25 plus year career as an administrator and consultant has spanned the arts, post-secondary education and healthcare sectors and taken her across Canada.
Mary continues her work as an independent arts and culture consultant, focusing primarily on audience engagement, executive coaching and the identification and development of strategies to enhance organizational capacity. She is passionate about arts integration in the classroom and the power of the arts to nourish critical thinking and innovation in children and youth.
Executive Director, Strathcona Business Improvement Association, Vancouver
Theo is Executive Director of the Strathcona Business Improvement Association where she works to support over 900 businesses and social enterprises. She upholds and promotes the SBIA vision in which its members are operating and thriving in a mixed-use, inclusive, resilient and prosperous local economy. Theo, in her capacity as a Strathcona community leader, also serves on the Spaces Committee for the Eastside Culture Crawl where she advocates for artists in East Vancouver. She is a Board Director with Vancity, BC’s largest credit union and Canada’s 10th largest financial institution. A post secondary education in fine arts paired with a life-time passion for arts is what brought Theo to ArtStarts where, through governance, she works to support efforts to inspire children across the province through their own, innate artistic ability and vision.
Chief Experience Officer, Co-Founder at Pragilis Solutions, Vancouver
Mumtaz Chaudhary is the Chief Experience Officer and Co-Founder at Pragilis Solutions—a boutique consultancy that partners with CEOs and executives to anticipate change before it arrives in their organizations. After spending over a decade consulting to companies in the higher education, energy, machinery, mining, financial services, retail and technology sectors, Mumtaz knows what it takes to build change-resilient organizations and change-ready leaders—and it’s not managing change as a one-off event. It’s building change management skills for the future. Mumtaz has an active interest in helping organizations lead people-centred change and looks for opportunities to incorporate agile, design-thinking and lean principles into her distinctive approach.
Recruitment and Admissions Manager, UBC Sauder School of Business, Vancouver
Kevin is a Recruitment and Admissions Manager at the UBC Sauder School of Business, where he works with prospective graduate students looking to become business leaders. He has also previously acted as a marketing and communications consultant, and has also spent time in the marketing world, where creativity was integral to strategy and success. Growing up in East Vancouver, Kevin saw the impact arts and creativity could have on a young person's education, and his desire to see that same journey in today's youth led him to serve on the ArtStarts Board of Directors.
Anti-Oppression Consultant and Principal, Cambium Arts & Education
Amal Rana is the Principal of Cambium Arts & Education. They are a deeply experienced Anti-Oppression Consultant, Racial Equity Strategist and Arts Educator. Their work is informed by Muslim, feminist, queer and other communities they are a part of and many years of grassroots organizing. Before founding Cambium, Amal worked for over a decade as a Senior Labour Educator for public sector unions. She regularly provides public commentary and expertise on various anti-oppression modalities, meaningful organizational change rooted in transformation, visioning decolonial futures through the arts and other topics. Amal is also a community embedded artist and Pushcart Prize nominated poet. Their writing has been widely anthologized and published in numerous literary journals.