Congratulations to our Executive Director, Robert Sauvey, who has been selected to participate in the Toronto Arts Council’s Leaders’ Lab.  This exciting program has been created by the TAC and The Banff Centre to enhance leadership capacity in Toronto’s arts and culture sectors. The program is designed for mid to senior level arts professionals who have demonstrated the potential to lead change in their organizations, communities or arts sectors.

Before he became the Executive Director of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Sauvey successfully performed an impressive series of  leadership positions across the arts and cultural sector.

He was the Executive Director of Dancemakers, the second oldest contemporary dance company in Ontario. While he was there, Sauvey developed and implemented a new curator-led operating model in response to community needs and to position the organization for the future.

His dance experience also includes over five years as the Director of Touring and Artistic Administration for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Sauvey had previously assumed diverse management roles with Groundswell, Manitoba’s longest running new music series, The National Screen Institute, where he was the Manager of Creative Film and Television training initiatives and Video Pool Media Arts Centre, a non-profit, artist-run centre dedicated to the creation, exhibition and promotion of independent media art where he was Head of Distribution. He has curated exhibitions for galleries, sat on national arts juries and been a board member for numerous arts organizations.

Sauvey also has considerable experience in film and television. He was the Manager of Development for a well-established film and television company, and ran his own independent company where he developed and produced projects, and won a Canadian Screen Award for best-produced documentary.

The Leaders’ Lab includes an intensive one-week retreat at Banff Centre, followed by bi-monthly events in Toronto in collaboration with local partners over a one-year period.

“By crafting solutions to complex issues, we aim to inspire arts and cultural leaders and contribute to stronger communities and a more resilient creative and cultural sector,” says Dan Buchner, vice president, Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute.

Congratulations, Robert!