In Conference Workshops

April 10,11,12, 2015  – Limited Sessions

One-On One’s and Group Problem Solving Sessions  with Jerry Yoshitomi:

There will be a selection of reserved 25 to 50 minute times on April 10, 11, 12 with Jerry Yoshitomi and other conference facilitators and workshop leaders as opportunities one-on-one or in small groups to discuss some of the most intractable problems (large and small), with recommendations for solutions.

Sign up in advance by sending message to  or register at registration desk at Pacific Contact, Cyrstal Ballroom Foyer, level 3

Jerry YoshitomiGerald D. (Jerry) Yoshitomi is the Chief Knowledge Officer for MeaningMatters, LLC. In his career he has been involved in modest initiatives that resulted in nationally/internationally significant innovations and change. Most recently, Jerry facilitated the Yukon Arts Presenters Summit, an unprecedented gathering of arts organizations, artists, and government representatives from across the Yukon Territory and a strategic planning process for the Yukon Arts Centre. We are pleased that Pacific Contact aligns with his internationally significant work.

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Friday April 10, 2015 – 8:00am to 9:20am

Waking up to the Good Work We Do! – with Jerry Yoshitomi

Crystal Ballroom 1, Level 3

Join us for Coffee and continental breakfast at 8:00 AM in the registration area. At 8:30 AM four delegates will make a 6.66 minute presentation in pecha kucha format (twenty slides, each lasting no more than twenty seconds) on the topic: How has your work in the last year or two had a transformative impact on a person, a group of people or a community? Following the pecha kucha session, each participant will be asked to think about someone or a group that their work has transformed and share this with someone they’ve not met before.

Session Objectives:

  • Presenters will leave with a polished presentation from a Provincial Conference that they can give back home to increase support
  • Participants will leave valuing the work of their four colleagues
  • All participants will leave with a positive understanding of the impact of their work in their community and the field at large

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

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Friday April 10, 2015 – 9:30am to 10:30am

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – with Jerry Yoshitomi

Crystal Ballroom 1, Level 3

  • Our communities benefit greatly from our programs and deserve strong programs into the future.  What planning and revenue methods are in place to assure that future?  If they’re not in place, how can we do so?  As many groups consider succession transition and engagement of millennials in organizations, we are called to ramp up, not ramp down.
  • Session objectives:  people will return to their communities with increased motivation to continue programming at scale and a planning process to make that happen.

Friday April 10, 2015 – 9:30am to 10:30am

Tips, Tricks and Trends in Mobile Technology: Bill Love – My Event Apps

Waterford 2, Level 3

Mobile technology continues to move at a rapid pace and it’s affecting the event market. But is it a positive impact? Technologies like “beacon,” mobile payments, RFID wristbands, drones, wi-fi hotspots, temporary cellular towers, and mobile apps are showing up at events all over the world. Are you mobile ready? How can you promote your arts through this new medium? How can you use this new technology to connect with others? What is the relationship between social media and mobile technology? Learn how to apply mobile technologies to promote your events and engage your audience.

Bill_LoveBill Love is co-founder and president at FaveQuest, the company behind MyEventApps. com. Bill has over 20 years experience developing high technology products, in a wide range of areas as diverse as telecommunications, audio conferencing, speech recognition, speech generation, grid and cluster computing, high performance computing, instant messaging and social media, and video motion graphics. Father of three, Bill plays hockey in the winter, and rides his motorcycle in the summer.

Friday April 10, 2015 – 9:30am to 10:30am

Everything I Know As An Independent Artist I learned By Doing – A Panel Discussion with Helen Austin, Sarah Hagen and Julia Mackey

Lalique, Level 2

The career of  an independent artist is rarely a straight and narrow path.  Opportunity, direction, success and challenge comes in many ways and at different times.  No cookie-cutter approach or “easy” button will launch or sustain a career in the performing arts.  Join Helen, Sarah and Julia who will share their stories, insights and creative ideas as independent artists who learned by doing.

Julia_MackeyJulia Mackey is an independent theatre artist with over 20 years experience working in the Canadian Theatre scene as an actor, writer, producer and presenter. In 2007, she and her partner Dirk Van Stralen created their Theatre Company, Juno Productions. To date, they have toured their one-woman, multi-award winning play, Jake’s Gift, to over 200 communities across Canada including international stops in the US, UK and Normandy, France.

Sarah_HagenSarah Hagen – Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe. A visionary and an idealist, Sarah curates and hosts nine concert series in BC and Alberta, sharing the stage with artists from around the world. As a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, she was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. In addition to writing wine reviews for her blog, ARTIST WINES! — Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets, Sarah is an awkward but enthusiastic tapdancer. Sarah’s motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls regardless of age or knowledge.

Helen_AustinHelen Austin is an award winning singer songwriter with music placed in many TV show, movies and ads. After winning a JUNO for her children’s album, Colour It, she has partnered with her producer, Paul Otten to form the band Big Little Lions. They have also gone on to have TV placements and won songwriting awards including the John Lennon Song of the Year and the International Songwriting Contest.

Moderated by: Kevin Bruce – KBAM!

Quesnel Live Arts

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Saturday April 11, 2015 – 8:00am to 9:00am

Presenter Breakfast Discussion –  BC Arts Council Programs (CPA & CPYEP)

Waterford Room 1&2, Level 3

BC Presenters are invited to join John McLachlan, program co-ordinator and Joanna Maratta, executive director BC Touring Council  for a lively discussion of the success and challenges of the 2 funding programs that BC Touring Council  delivers on behalf of the BC Arts Council. This is an opportunity to give valuable feedback, ask questions and make suggestions.  A light continental breakfast and coffee will be served.