"I love this program. I feel really lucky to be a part of it. It's a great thing to be developing contacts with our peers across the disciplines and the country. I love getting to see each other once or twice a year and build relationships that will only strengthen with time."

Ann-Marie Williams, CanDance Network, participant



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The Succession Plan (TSP) is a mentorship and peer network development program for emerging and mid-career presenters, artistic directors, administrators, agents, managers and other arts professionals. The program seeks to provide leadership, foster innovative thinking and equip participants with the tools and resources necessary to be active participants in the development of arts and culture in their community.

The TSP provides training at three levels and is comprised of five components embedded into the 2015 CAPACOA conference:

  1. One-on-one mentorship with a mentor from the national community during the conference.
  1. Opportunities to network with peers in small and in large groups to discuss the new realities of working in the arts and other relevant issues related to their work.
  1. The Continuous Professional Development workshop in which first-time and returning TSP participants can refine their professional and personal goals within a peer coaching context. The CPD workshop, developed in collaboration with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and arts consultant Ottie Lockey, provides a facilitated peer coaching setting to build a robust and creative 3-5 year strategic plan for their career development. Participants gain a comprehensive understanding of their strengths, challenges and objectives, while also learning about active listening and coaching.
  1. Mentor Training resources provided to TSP mentors and other mentors seeking to work in the arts and culture sector.
  1. Experience of the CAPACOA conference programming, showcases, performances and special meetings within the TSP framework.

This program is an excellent opportunity for emerging arts professionals to spend time working through questions that they have about their work, meet individuals at the same level in their career and begin to create a vision for their next steps. It is also a way to experience the CAPACOA conference a safe, supportive and informative peer group. Relationships built during the TSP can last a lifetime. 

The TSP can be integrated into different partner events, such as conferences, festivals and presenters programs. Please contact our TSP Program Manager, Tanya Gallant, to discuss how to include this valuable mentorship and peer network program at your event.




What participants are saying about the TSP

“I feel so grateful to have participated in The Succession Plan from the time I was an emerging arts presenter. At that time, one of my critical needs was to build a network of domestic peers – both experienced arts professionals and emerging leaders in the field. This program gave me the fantastic opportunity to cultivate this network and continually grow my understanding of the presenting industry in this country. As I became more established in the industry I was honoured to have been selected as a mentor in The Succession Plan at the January 2015 CAPACOA conference. I gained such great insight from this side of the process as well and was thrilled to give back to a program that gave me so much. The Succession Plan is an inspiring program and a rare opportunity to be creative, innovative, and reflective. Stefania Paterak, Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, participant and mentor

“I love this program. I feel really lucky to be a part of it.  It's a great thing to be developing contacts with our peers across the disciplines and the country.  I love getting to see each other once or twice a year and build relationships that will only strengthen with time.” Ann-Marie Williams, CanDance Network, participant

“Learning through others' experiences is invaluable - no matter where you are in your career - but it is especially important for younger professionals. Much of our work is learning on the job and trial and error. Also, many of us work in isolation. Contact and communication, where we share ideas and experiences, cannot be underestimated. It can be our inspiration to do more and our aspiration to do better.” Paul Gravett, Vancouver Recital Society, mentor