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

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.

Kendra Ainsworth

Kendra Ainsworth

Art Agency Manager

Kendra manages STEPS Public Art Agency, connecting clients, artists and communities through art in the public realm. She is committed to making art accessible, engaging, and an important part of the day to day life of our city. Kendra has over a decade of experience curating and programming contemporary art projects in both the public and private sector and is passionate about supporting emerging artists.

 

Wandy Cheng

Wandy Cheng

Program Assistant

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

Arts Administrator

Josh supports STEPS’ outreach 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

Community Planning Intern

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.

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