Our Team

With over 15 years of combined experience working closely with municipalities, developers, educators, artists, designers, social serving agencies and community members like you, our team brings the expertise needed for any public realm initiative.

Staff

Alexis Kane Speer

Alexis Kane Speer

Executive Director

Inspired daily by the city and the people who bring it to life, Alexis has a wealth of experience leading community-based public art, space and capacity building initiatives and has received numerous awards recognizing her work as a city builder. She has an MA in Geography & Planning from the University of Toronto.

Anjuli Solanki

Anjuli Solanki

Director of Community Programs

A painter and public artist, coming from a background in community engagement, public programming and urban research. Anjuli holds an MSc in Urban Planning from Oxford Brookes University and a BA in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia.

Bebhinn Jennings

Bebhinn Jennings

Program Manager

With a belief that access to the arts can and does change lives, Bebhinn has focused the last decade of her creative practice on developing interdisciplinary and intergenerational arts programs that build a sense of community, develop new skills and expose participants to opportunities within the arts sector. Bebhinn holds a BFA in Jewellery and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University.

Philippa French

Philippa French

Social Enterprise Manager

With a background in arts and culture policy, Philippa is passionate about improving public spaces, promoting public art, and supporting social enterprises. Philippa holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Toronto.

Renee Castonguay

Renee Castonguay

Program Coordinator

Renee is a visual artist and arts administrator passionate about community-building, creative expression and improving access in the arts through collaboration, public art, and art education. Renee holds a BFA in Printmaking with Honors from Maine College of Art and MFA in Studio Arts, Print Media from Concordia University.

Wandy Cheng

Wandy Cheng

Program Assistant

With a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Wandy is an illustrator with a passion for cultural initiatives that bring positive impact to cities. She strives to deepen her understanding within different aspects of public arts through community engagement. When she is not running around the city with a sketchbook in hand, you can often find her petting her friends’ dogs. 

Josh Francis

Josh Francis

Arts Administrator

Josh is passionate about wordsmithing and has a zeal for poetry and prose alike. He holds a graduate certificate in Writing & Communications from Humber College and an HBA in English & Political Science from the University of Toronto. If you are ever at an authentic tea shop in Chinatown, you might find Josh sipping Pu’er tea and brushing up on his Mandarin.

Board of Directors

Rich Appiah

Rich Appiah

Appiah Law
Board Chair
Alexander Apostolopoulos

Alexander Apostolopoulos

Hubba
Member at Large
Adam Molson

Adam Molson

The Daniels Corporation
Vice Chair
Mojan Jianfar

Mojan Jianfar

City of Mississauga
Member at Large
Caroline Birks

Caroline Birks

Freelance Bookkeeper
Treasurer

ARTIST ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Adrian Forrow

Artist, Illustrator & OCAD University Instructor

Chloë Catán

Acting Curator of Public Art for the City of Mississauga

Emily May Rose

Artist & Northern Contemporary Gallery Owner

Joshua Heuman

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Curator

Benjamin Freedman

Artist & Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Coordinator

Devan Patel

Art Dealer & Project Gallery Owner

Michael Kim

Artist & Ryerson University Instructor

Rebecca Carbin

Waterfront Toronto Public Art Program Manager