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Our Team

With over 15 years of combined experience working closely with artists, urban planners, municipalities, educators, developers, and community members like you, we have a unique blend of expertise in: artist curation and engagement, production management, creative engagement strategies, urban and cultural planning, public consultation, capacity building program design, resource development, photo and video documentation, evaluation and reporting.
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Staff

Alexis Kane Speer

Alexis Kane Speer

Executive Director

Alexis is responsible for STEPS’ strategic planning, partnership development and fundraising activities. Inspired by the city and the people who bring it to life, Alexis has 15+ years experience leading community-based public art, space and capacity building initiatives. She has received numerous awards recognizing her work as a city builder.

Anjuli Solanki

Anjuli Solanki

Program Director

Anjuli oversees STEPS’ community and agency programs, including developing the partnerships that make them possible. She is a painter and public artist with 15+ years in community engagement, public programming and urban research.

Bebhinn Jennings

Bebhinn Jennings

Program Manager

Bebhinn is responsible for managing STEPS’ community programming, including our artist capacity building programming. In the last decade of her creative practice, Bebhinn focused 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.

 

Renee Castonguay

Renee Castonguay

Program Coordinator

Renee facilitates STEPS’ community engagement and program delivery activities. She is a visual artist and arts administrator passionate about community-building, creative expression, and improving access in the arts.

Wandy Cheng

Wandy Cheng

Engagement Coordinator

Wandy supports STEPS’ community engagement and program delivery. She is an illustrator with a passion for cultural initiatives that bring positive impact to cities and strives to deepen her understanding of public art and community engagement.

Josh Francis

Josh Francis

Communications Assistant

Josh supports STEPS’ communications and administrative activities. He is passionate about promoting community programs that both engage local residents and make creative initiatives more accessible for all. He is also a wordsmith with a zeal for poetry and prose.

Alexandra Lambropoulos

Alexandra Lambropoulos

Placemaking Assistant

Alexandra is passionate about the arts, the environment, urban planning, and the creative ways that they intersect to enhance our cities. Alexandra is in her final year at the University of Toronto pursuing her BA in Human Geography and Urban Studies and Geographic Information Systems, and is working towards obtaining a certificate from OCAD University in Web Design and Development Skills.

JACKIE ZHANG

JACKIE ZHANG

Program Assistant

Jackie assists STEPS’ outreach initiatives and administration. He is a photographer interested in urban landscapes, and how communities engage and value public spaces. Jackie is entering his final year at Ryerson University pursuing his BA in Creative Industries.

Board of Directors

Rich Appiah

Rich Appiah

Appiah Law
Board Chair
Alexander Apostolopoulos

Alexander Apostolopoulos

Hubba
Member at Large
Craig Hudson

Craig Hudson

Knixwear
Treasurer
Jo Flatt

Jo Flatt

Allied REIT
Member at Large
Adam Molson

Adam Molson

The Daniels Corporation
Secretary

Robyn SMall

TD Securities
Member at Large

Mojan Jianfar

Mojan Jianfar

City of Mississauga
Member at Large

ARTIST ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Adrian Forrow

Artist, Illustrator & OCAD University Instructor

Chloë Catán

Public Art Program Manager at Waterfront Toronto

Emily May Rose

Artist & Northern Contemporary Gallery Owner

Layne Hinton

Co-Curator of Art Spin

Umbereen Inayet

Artistic Producer & Curator of Nuit Blanche

Benjamin Freedman

Artist & Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Coordinator

Chris Mitchell

Curator of The Gladstone Hotel

Joshua Heuman

Owner & Curator of Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Lisa Rochon

Founder of Citylab