artsScene Edmonton Team
Ken Bautista is Co-Founder/CEO of Startup Edmonton, activating and investing in growing Edmonton's startup community. Ken has been in the creative/tech industry for over 10 years, co-founding several interactive companies, most recently Rocketfuel Games, an educational games studio, and co-founded TEDxEdmonton. He has been recognized in Avenue Magazine's inaugural "Top 40 Under 40" issue, earned a Horizon Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, and was named one of "Alberta's 50 Most Influential People" by Alberta Venture Magazine in 2011.
By day, Cat works at the Alberta Energy Regulator as a communications and administrative assistant. By night, Cat studies flamenco dance and is involved with arts events and festivals in Edmonton. She was a member of the organizing committee that hosted the first Iranian-focused visual arts exhibit in the city, has performed in the Winnipeg, Victoria, Edmonton, and Edinburgh fringe festivals, and hosts speed dating nights (!). Cat has lived overseas several times and is a keen traveler - 25 countries and counting! She holds a Tourism Management diploma, a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in entrepreneurial management, and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Communications and Technology. She was awarded the Governor General's Collegiate Bronze Academic Medal.
Maggie Baird moved to Edmonton in 2008 to pursue a BFA in Stage Management at the University of Alberta. After graduating and falling head over heels with the city, she decided to stay and pursue a career in theatre. She has worked in variety of roles but is now focused on producing and fund development. Currently she is the Associate Producer for Theatre Network, Festival Manager for The Nextfest Arts Company, who produces Nextfest annually, and the Owner & Lead Planner for MB&COMPANY. In addition to artsScene Edmonton, Maggie volunteers with the Theatre Edmonton Project and Edmonton Timeraiser. In early 2015 Maggie was named one of the "People to Watch in 2015" by Liz Nicholls in the Edmonton Journal. Maggie is thrilled to be on the Edmonton artsScene team with such an wonderful group of people; she is excited to connect business and arts in Edmonton.
An active member in Edmonton’s business community, Desmond’s love of art and culture was born out of his travels through Europe, and he hasn’t stopped travelling since. His practice with ATB Investor Services supports a number of local initiatives, and it was an easy union for him to support BFTA.
Emma Wynters has been involved with the arts from the very beginning. Growing up watching several theatre productions develop, numerous band tour schedules routed and the vision for the Canada Winter Games Arts and Culture program unfold on her kitchen table Emma holds a great appreciation for the arts as it has built her foundation. She currently works for Starbucks Canada as a Licensed District Manager and helps to further her companies mission statement of acting as a force for positive action, particularly within the arts by linking business with artistic scope. Emma attended the University of Alberta in the faculty of Political Science and International Studies. She is actively involved in the Edmonton social scene and numerous charitable organizations like Latitude 53, Edmonton Folk Festival and the Edmonton Fringe Festival advocating community involvement in the Edmonton region.