boardLink 2013 Live Update: Panel speakers announced

On the evening of boardLink Live on November 5, we’ll be joined by four inspirational panelists who will be sharing their experience with arts boards to boardLink’s attendees.

Nichole Anderson, President and CEO of Business for the Arts, holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Toronto. She joined the organization in 2006 and launched a number of new programs to stimulate business volunteerism and investment in the arts that have since grown in scale and impact across the country. Prior to her role at Business for the Arts, Nichole managed the corporate art collection at Hbc and helped develop museum programming and exhibits for the company’s new museum sites and community events across Canada. Nichole holds a number of volunteer positions, including Member of the Toronto TELUS Community Board; Board Member of the Arts of Time Ensemble; Member of the Steering Committee for the City of Toronto’s Creative Capital initiative; Vice President of the Health Arts Society Ontario. She is also a trained violinist and plays informally with a quartet from time to time


Jamie Pitblado is the Chair of board of the Arts Umbrella, Vancouver’s not-for-profit arts education centre for children and youth committed to delivering the highest quality visual and performing arts education to young people, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. He is a long-standing board member of Arts Umbrella currently serving his 10th year. In addition, Jamie is the GM of the 2014 Grey Cup Festival for the BC Lions. He is very active in the local community serving as a member of the Canucks for Kids Fun board, BC Sports Hall of Fame board, BC Football Hall of Fame board as well as a member of the Marketing & communications committee for Canuck Place. Jamie has also served on United Way’s Campaign Cabinet for the past 7 years and is the current past Co-Chair of the Campaign Cabinet.


Minna Schendlinger
Managing Director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society since 2005, Minna’s career in arts & culture began in 1997 as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, a position she held until 2004. In 2005, she was contracted as the temporary Operations Manager for the festival. Minna has also worked with the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, First Night 2000 and the World of Children’s Choirs 2001. Minna attended Capilano College part-time from 1995 to 1999 when she discovered there was enough work for an experienced Administrator to keep her busy all year. Minna has served as a board member for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society, the Alliance for Arts & Culture and is currently on the board of the Society to Bridge Arts & Community and a member of the professional advisory committee of the Vancouver Community College School of Music.


Mo Dhaliwal, Director of the Vancouver Opera & Vancouver International Jazz Festival Boards

Educated in Business Administration from the University of the Fraser Valley, Mo Dhaliwal has over a decade of experience in the technology sector. As a patron of the arts and producer of cultural events, Mo has worked to shatter barriers between people and encourage cross-cultural understanding, most notably through the creation of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society. As Director of Client Services for Skyrocket Digital, Mo collaborates with creative minds across the country and continues to create moving experiences for clients and community. In 2012, Mo was recognized for his contributions by Business for the Arts as the national recipient of the Arnold Edinborough Award and, most recently, with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.