Staff Directory

Heidi McKenzie
FEATURED MEMBER

A key element of Heidi’s work is “static motion.” She integrates both wheelwork and slip casting in abstract portraiture and representation, often incorporating coloured clays to capture the complexity of subject and idea.

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Meet the Craft Ontario Staff

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Craft Ontario Administration

Janna Hiemstra

Executive Director

T 416 925 4222 Ext.225
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Janna has been with Craft Ontario since 2007, and in 2009 graduated with a degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She has held the position of Curator and Director of Programming since 2014. With a background in philosophy and cultural theory, as well as two years of working as a ceramic studio assistant, she works to guide Craft Ontario’s four core areas of focus to address member needs, educate the public regarding contemporary craft practice, and advocate for the craft community. Balancing member professional development with public engagement, she currently has the lead role in directing organization growth and programming. Janna taught craft history courses for Sheridan College's Craft & Design Program 2011 - 2013, and served on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts 2013 - 2017.

Gilles Latour

Development Officer

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For over 15 years Gilles Latour has contributed to the growth of the Canadian education sector as Chief Operating Officer of the EdCan Network - Canadian Education Association. As COO Gilles’s role included the management of budgets, oversight of all areas of membership, events management, sponsorship and patron development, circulation and publishing areas of the association. For his professional volunteering background Gilles is Past President of the Canadian Society of Association Executive Trillium Chapter – a non-profit professional association providing knowledge and resources to the association sector. Gilles has contributed greatly towards arts related organizations such as the Past President of Craft Ontario (formerly the OCC) and Past President of the Canadian Crafts Federation. Gilles currently sits and Chairs on a number of committees at the professional and arts volunteer sectors.

Meranda MacKenzie

Finance Controller

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Meranda joined Craft Ontario in the Spring of 2013. She moved to Toronto from Barrie where she was the Financial Administrator for the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. During her time with the YMCA she was responsible for a number of different areas in the finance department such as; daily banking, accounts payable, payroll, preparing for yearly audits, and many other duties in the accounting department. At Craft Ontario Meranda holds the dual role of Finance & Membership Controller. As Finance Controller she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Accounting Department including the coordination with Shop vendors. In her Membership role she is primarily responsible for membership and the management of member information, including processing of membership renewals or purchases, communicating with members on current issues and answering member inquires.

Kate Jackson

Programs Manager

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Kate Jackson has been immersed in the Craft scene in Ontario and Canada for over 10 years as an educator, administrator and artist.  She has held administrative and teaching positions at Sheridan College in the Craft & Design Studios, The Banff Centre Library, and the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op.  She was an Artist-in-Residence in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre for 3 years and graduated from the Material Art & Design program at OCADU.  She continues to build her studio practice and exhibits her textile work regularly in galleries.  Kate has received incredible assistance from Craft Ontario for her work over the years, and is looking forward to supporting Craft Ontario and its members by bringing her administrative skills and drive to the Programs Manager position.

Sally McCubbin

Digital & Design Solutions Manager

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Sally joined Craft Ontario as Communications Coordinator in the summer of 2017. She is a glassblower, designer and educator, working as an independent creative since 2005. Her passion for problem solving and new technology inspired her interest in User Experience design. Today she leverages this approach to design thinking in all her professional activities. For excellence in glass, Sally has received national recognition in the way of grants and awards. She teaches hot-glass and business practice at Sheridan College.

Olivia Spence

Administrative Coordinator

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Olivia began her relationship with Craft Ontario in 2013 when she became a member and volunteer. Since then, she has graduated from OCAD University's Material Art and Design program specializing in jewellery design and silversmithing. Olivia has been an active member of the contemporary jewellery community in Toronto and abroad. She was a summer resident at Harbourfront Centre in the metal studio and participated in an academic exchange at the Glasgow School of Art. She continues to develop her own studio practice and teaches jewellery classes at The Devils Workshop in Toronto. Olivia is excited to engage with members and offer support and guidance to Craft Ontario's community in her new role as Administrative Coordinator.

CRAFT ONTARIO SHOP STAFF

Caitlin Lawrence

Sales & Accounts Manager

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Caitlin has been with Craft Ontario for 25 years. Her knowledge of the craft community and the work represented in the Shop is phenomenal!

Maurie Todd

Senior Sales Associate

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After a 30-year career in disability management, Maurie started at the Craft Ontario Shop in 2005 on a part time basis. She is an active volunteer at the Textile Museum of Canada and brings her textile knowledge to the Shop. Maurie also teaches rug hooking, knitting and needlepoint at The Knit Café in Toronto, ON.

STUDIO MAGAZINE STAFF

Leo Kowolik

Editor-in-Chief

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Leopold has written for The Journal of Modern Craft, Craft Research, The Journal of William Morris Studies, Ornamentum and Adbusters and he has contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book Craft on Demand. Leopold is also an instructor in the Craft and Design and Interior Design programs at Sheridan College in Ontario. He has degrees in history and art history from the University of Chicago and the University of Edinburgh.

Dale Barrett

Artistic Director

Dale's practice focuses on the development and design of identity programs, marketing materials and publications for art galleries, museums, arts organizations and cultural institutions. He uses the language of design to shape client messages in fresh and compelling ways without sacrificing the proprietary nature of the message. Following undergraduate studies (B.A. Fine Art, Asbury University), he worked in various positions in the art gallery sector, and has been the Director of the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto since 1998.

Lera Kotsyuba

Managing Editor

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Lera Kotsyuba is an editor, curator, and art historian based in Toronto. She completed her MA in Art History with a Curatorial Studies diploma at York University in 2015. Working across disciplines in architectural history and craft, she has recently worked on the Inuit Artist Database for the Inuit Art Foundation, worked as editor for the publication “A Thousand Colours” by glass artist Sarah Hall, and convened a session at the 2017 Canadian Craft Biennale on Craft and Public Art. She currently serves as a board member of the William Morris Society.

Julie Nicholson

Advertising Representative

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Julie Nicholson is a creative place-maker, curator and advocate, exploring the intersection of contemporary craft and design in Canada for over 10 years. From 2006-2014, Julie was co-founder/owner of MADE, a design studio and showroom dedicated to emerging Canadian designer/makers. In 2009 she co-founded ToDO, The Toronto Design Offsite Festival.  Julie has taught in the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College and worked on design projects with numerous clients and collaborators. She continues to develop curatorial and place-making activities through evolving platforms such as Do Design. As Publications Representative for Studio since 2014, Julie enjoys developing and managing relationships with individuals and organisations in support of the magazine.

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.