Ian Forsyth, Director
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Mr. Forsyth has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and 15 years experience working with municipalities in the arts and culture field. His career has taken him to Fort St. John, Kelowna and most recently, the City of Burnaby as Arts Services Manager with responsibility for the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. As Director of the NVOCA, he will focus on supporting and developing arts and cultural services in the North Shore community.

Lori Phillips, Public Art Coordinator
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A true local gal, Lori was born and raised right here in North Vancouver. Following an early love for creative expression, Lori first completed a visual arts diploma at Capliano College before transferring to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she completed BFA with a minor in Art History. Armed with new found creative skills and a youthful naivety, she returned to North Vancouver where she jumped into the world of arts administration and she has never looked back. For most of the past 18 years Lori has been responsible for a myriad of cultural activities including cultural policy development, administering community granting programs, community capacity building and coordinating arts marketing vehicles for the City and District of North Vancouver. For the past five years she has focused more exclusively on the area of public art. Lori finds it a natural fit, blending her creative impulses with her administrative skills. Public art is unlike any other form of art production. It is a meeting of minds on many levels, a collaboration between artists, community groups, civic planners, developers and architects. It is this creative process that she finds both challenging and endlessly rewarding.

John Rice, Cultural Development Officer
Core Funding & Facilities
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Since graduating from UBC with an MA in 1992, John's work-life experiences have taken in: publishing (briefly), professional marketing (a source of great technical interest), arts marketing (adding personal satisfaction), sanitation (smelly), conflict resolution ("where I finally learned to listen"), sports youth development and college-level teaching (both endlessly rewarding). In 2001, after moving to the North Shore, John began work with the District of North Vancouver in a variety of arts administration and economic development roles, and - over the past seven years - he is proud to have been associated with the growth and development of the local arts scene. During his time at the District, John: helped to draft the District's first Master Plan for Public Art in 2001 and subsequently managed the growth of the program; contributed to the development and implementation of the North Vancouver Cultural Plan since 2002; and played a role in the recent establishment of a North Shore destination marketing partnership.

Barb McLean, Cultural Development Officer
Community Engagement & Marketing
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A long-time arts advocate, Barb's previous work has included grants adjudication and cultural planning for the BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver's Cultural Services division. As Manager of Arts Programs for 2010 Legacies Now, Barb was responsible for the delivery of contribution programs designed to strengthen arts, heritage and cultural organizations across British Columbia. In addition, Barb managed Arts Partners in Creative Development (APCD), a program that provided funding to BC cultural organizations to commission original new work in the performing, visual, media and literary arts. She has held senior management positions with major orchestras in Winnipeg and Vancouver, worked in media arts program at Banff Centre, and taught in the Arts Management program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay. Her work with educational institutions has included BC's Open Learning Agency and Knowledge Network where she was Manager of Marketing, Sales and Licensing.

Julie Robinson, Office Supervisor
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A member of the OCA team since February 2009, Office Supervisor Julie Robinson provides administrative support to all OCA programs and she is the primary contact for all of the 'Arts Alive' event and promotions projects. Before joining the team Julie interned at the Vancouver International Film Centre as part of her studies with the UBC Entertainment Administration for Film & Television Program and for many years has been a supporter and volunteer of film festivals. Her studies also took her to Capilano University where she completed the Festival & Event Certificate Program. Julie was born in BC, a Coquitlam native who now resides in Vancouver. She encourages everyone to support your local artists, musicians and actors.