jerry yoshitomi, chief summit facilitator 

Jerry Yoshitomi is chief knowledge officer of MeaningMatters, LLC. MeaningMatters is engaged by foundations, public arts agencies, organizations, and artists to research and provoke innovative new practices including increasing the personal benefits and public value of the arts; growing adaptability, creativity, and leadership in changing environments; and increasing earned and contributed income. Methods from Jerry’s writings and workshops have been successfully implemented to increase attendance and earned or contributed income by thousands of artists and organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Research Committee for The Association of American Cultures and lead facilitator for the Traditional Arts Sustainability Initiative of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. He was previously executive director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, chair of the Multi-Cultural Working Group for the LA 2000 Partnership that published Our Many Voices: A New Composition, and a frequent speaker and writer on issues of cultural diversity.


France Trépanier

France Trépanier is a visual artist, curator and researcher of Kanien’kéha:ka and French ancestry. Her practice is informed by strategies of collaboration. France was selected, by the Canada Council for the Arts, to be part of the International Indigenous Curators Exchange in Australia, New Zealand and the 2017 Venice Biennale. She is currently guest curator at the Legacy Gallery in Victoria for ‘The Time of Things’, an exhibition exploring the continuum of Indigenous customary practices into contemporary art. France co-authored with Chris Creighton-Kelly 'Understanding Aboriginal Art in Canada Today: a Knowledge and Literature Review' for the Canada Council for the Arts. Her essays and articles have been published in numerous journals and magazines. For six years, France was the co-chair of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. She is currently co-chair of the Indigenous Program Council at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. France worked at the Canada Council for the Arts before becoming a Senior Arts Policy Advisor for the Department of Canadian Heritage. She held a diplomatic post as First Secretary, Cultural Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Paris. She directed the Centre for New Media at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris. France was also the co-founder and Director of the artist-run center Axe Néo-7 in Gatineau, Quebec.

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duncan m. webb

Duncan M. Webb, President of Webb Management Services, Inc., has been a management consultant for the development and operation of performing arts facilities and districts for 30 years.  Mr. Webb entered the theatre profession as a lovesick maiden in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience in 1969.  Since then, he has completed degrees in economics and business administration, worked in international banking, produced commercial, industrial & experimental theatre and was on the faculty for New York University’s graduate program in performing arts administration for 25 years.  He worked for Theatre Projects Consultants from 1989 to 1995 and founded Webb Management Services in 1997. That practice has now completed over 400 feasibility studies, business plans and strategic plans for facilities, organizations and districts. Mr. Webb is also the author of Running Theaters: Best Practices for Managers and Leaders, published by Allworth Press in 2005. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.


inga petri, strategic moves

Inga has undertaken research and strategy assignments in arts and cultural organizations from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island, from Ottawa to the Yukon. 

Her work is nationally recognized for the landmark 2013 study on The Value of Presenting:  A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada commissioned by the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and for providing strategic insight, championing contemporary marketing practices, and delivering practical training in the arts sector. The 2017 report, Digitizing the Performing Arts: An Assessment of  Opportunities, Issues and Challenges situates the presenting space in the digital sphere. Inga also co-chairs the Digital Innovation Council for the Performing Arts founded in 2016 under the auspices of CAPACOA. In January 2018, she was a speaker at the Yukon Arts Digital Day presented by the Yukon Government and Canada Council for the Arts.

Since the first Yukon Arts Presenters Summit in 2014, Inga has made her home in Whitehorse while maintaining a Canada-wide consulting practice.


sharon shorty

Sharon Shorty has been voted one of the TOP 10 YUKONERS to meet (Up Here Magazine, 1999) and is from the Tlingit, Northern Tutchone and Norwegian People. Sharon is from the Raven Clan and was raised with the storytelling tradition of her southern Yukon community. As a result, she lkes nothing more than to share stories in various genres. Her popular character "Grandma Susie" tells the old stories as well as her adventures with Colonel Sanders and trips to New York City.

She performs with Duane Ghastant' Aucoin (Tlingit, Yanyedi Clan) to make the unforgettable duo "Gramma Susie and Cash Creek Charlie". In television, she is a story producer: telling stories on arts and culture. As a playwright, her stories reflect her people. In Trickster Visits the Old Folks Home, an elder is moved to a nursing home, against her will. She has appeared on APTN, CBC, and CTV.  In 2012, on Canada Day, Sharon and Duane were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their significant public service to the Yukon and Canada alike.

Sharon is also an award winning actor (Aurora Award, 1997) and Storyteller (Aurora Award, 1998). She has received the Ross Charles Award (1999), the CTV Fellowship (1999) and The Yukon Filmmaker's Fund Award (1999). And more importantly, Sharon is an award-winning Bannock-Maker! (New Yukon Indian Days, 2003)  She was also recently named "Best Comedian" and "Best way to dress as an Elder", and Gramma Susie's clothing can now be seen at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Sharon recently completed her residency at Vancouver Public Library as the Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence for 2015. Sharon has also been awarded an Advanced Artist Award from the Yukon in 2011 for a self-directed residency at Banff Centre. Sharon worked as Regina's first Aboriginal Storyteller-in-Residence for their 2004 Centennial Storytelling Project, based out of the Regina Public Library.

Returning to the Yukon, she was the founding Artistic Director for SYANA Performing Arts (The Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry). She also tells traditional stories and teaches about her culture. Sharon now lives in her home territory with her family.

Sharon was reappointed Speaker of Teslin Tlingit Council in 2010.


Shena Shaw

Shena Shaw is a trained and experienced facilitator with over 13 years of practice. Shena has facilitated public engagement sessions, team building corporate retreats, and First Nations and community consultation events on behalf of a wide variety of clients. Shena has advanced training in facilitation techniques as well as several certificates in conflict resolution programming from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Shena’s facilitation experience extends from small focus groups with three or four people, to workshops involving over three hundred individuals. She has facilitated brief half day workshop as well as multi-day forums with plenary, breakouts, panels, presentations and with a variety of facilitation methodologies employed. She has worked independently as well as part of a team of trained facilitators, each situation providing a unique and interesting experience to form her collective knowledge and approach to facilitation.


Sandy Legge

A true Sourdough – Sandy has been living in the Yukon for 29 years!

Sandy has spent the majority of her career specializing in tourism; working with and developing close relationships with a variety of tourism industry stakeholders, at the local, national and international level, she is very well-respected in the industry and known for her approachable style and willingness to collaborate. Throughout her career, Sandy has developed a breadth of knowledge across all sectors represented in the tourism industry and has had the opportunity to engage stakeholders through consultation and research-based projects in a number of Yukon communities with clients such as: Tourism Yukon, Klondike Visitor’s Association, Yukon Wild, Yukon Wildlife Preserve, Parks Canada, Klondike Kate’s, Nahanni River Adventures, and Nature Tours of Yukon to name a few.

Over the past 16 years, Sandy has worked for Yukon Government’s Department of Tourism and Culture, the Yukon Convention Bureau, as the executive director of the Tourism Industry Association of Yukon, and as the managing director for Outside the Cube, Tourism Yukon's marketing agency of record from 2010 - 2016. Sandy now continues her work in the tourism industry, providing consultation services, specializing in marketing, communications, facilitation and event management. She is active in her volunteer capacity, sitting as a board member at large on the Yukon Arts Centre Corporation board of directors and acting as chair for their Communications Committee.

Sandy graduated in 2001 from the School of Tourism at Thompson Rivers University with a specialty in Event and Conventions Management and Project Management.


Suzanne de la Barre

Suzanne de la Barre is a ‘placemaking facilitator’ and has called Whitehorse home-base since 1991. With a focus on culture, the arts, and tourism, she has worked as a community and economic development practitioner and educator in the peripheral regions of Canada and internationally for over 25 years. Suzanne also teaches in Vancouver Island University’s Bachelor of Tourism Management program, and its Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management. She is a founding international team member responsible for the design and delivery of a pan-polar University of the Arctic certified Master’s in Northern Tourism, and lead organizer for the 6th International Polar Tourism conference to be held in Yukon June 22-28, 2018. For more information about Suzanne or her work, please go to her website: http://wordpress.viu.ca/sdelabarre/