From ‘The Value of Presenting’ to ‘Values-Based’ Presenting - Plenary followed by Lunch (ticketed)



Time: 11:00 - 14:00

Location: The Ballroom B, The Intercontinental Toronto Centre Hotel

Moderator: Inga Petri, Strategic Moves


Robert Aucoin, Festivals et évènement Québec

David Lemon, Health Arts Society

Margo Kane, Full Circle Nations Performance

David Visenten, Sistema Toronto

Frédéric Julien, CAPACOA


This session will explore the concept of 'values-based' presenting, both from an individual and a community perspective. Using findings from value and benefits studies as a basis for discussion, panelists will explore how shared values may generate impactful synergies within the sector and with other parts of society. How may values or specific individual or community benefits drive our vision and programming? How does this change the role of the presenter, artist, agent and manager? Is our value proposition bound to evolve as we deepen our knowledge of the value of presenting? Our panelists will identify different benefits and experiences we find through the arts – creating an environment for curiosity and growth beyond our usual expectations.

Access to the room is open to all registered delegates. Lunch is ticketed. Additional tickets for the lunch can be purchased at registration.

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Inga Petri

Inga is a seasoned researcher, strategist and marketer with more than 20 years’ experience in arts and culture and diverse sectors from high tech to municipalities. She led the Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada and regularly presents at conferences and gives workshops across Canada.

David Lemon

David Lemon is the founder of Health Arts Societies and the Executive Director of Health Arts Society in BC and Health Arts Society of Ontario. The seven societies, including Société pour les Arts en Milieux de Santé in Quebec, provide first class professional music under the banner Concerts in Care to elders in residential care across Canada.

Margo Kane

Internationally acclaimed Cree-Saulteaux performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For 40 years she has been recognized as a storyteller, dancer, singer, animator, choreographer, video and installation artist, director, producer, writer, community development worker and mentor. Moonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Aboriginal Canadian classic, toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. The Sydney Press (AU) during The Festival of the Dreaming praised it as being ‘in the top echelon of solo performance.’ She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver where she lives.

David Visenten

David Visentin is widely known as a performer, pedagogue and administrator whose leadership and creative experience in the performing arts has successfully advanced classical music from coast to coast in Canada. He is the founding Executive and Artistic Director of Sistema Toronto ( - a free and developmentally transformative after-school social program through the pursuit of musical excellence designed for children and based on the remarkable Venezuelan model known around the world as El Sistema. David has worked with orchestras across Canada and in Japan, and for six years he was the dean of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Young Artist Performance Academy and associate dean of The Glenn Gould School. A highly acclaimed chamber musician on both violin and viola, David Visentin founded the Boreas String Quartet, Mondetta Ensemble, Atlantic String Quartet and is currently the Artistic Director of the Salt Spring Chamber Music Festival. He plays a 1783 Gabrielli violin and a 1870 Fagnola viola. When he has time, he rides a 2002 Battaglin Italian racing bike and, last year, took part in the L'Etape de Tour Alpe d'Huez stage of the Tour de France. This year he will be riding the tour again in support of Sistema Toronto.

Frédéric Julien

Frédéric Julien has been active in the performing arts for several years as an artist, a cultural manager and a consultant. Frédéric has worked at the department of Canadian Heritage, at Réseau Ontario and at CAPACOA, where he currently manages research and arts promotion activities. As a volunteer, he also chairs the Canadian Arts Coalition’s Research and policy committee and he represents the sector at the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st century.


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