CCNC July Member News: Keynote Speaker Announcement, P2P Announcement and more!

In this issue:
Call for 2018-19 CCNC Board Nominations
Keynote Speaker Announcement
Announcing Peer-to-Peer Presenters
Early Bird Registration
Summit Sponsorship
Summit Hotel
Summit Flight Discounts
News from the Membership

Call for 2018-19 CCNC Board Nominations

CCNC is seeking expressions of interest for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors at the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Mississauga, ON.

Voting Members (Class A) are eligible to nominate one person from their non-elected full-time staff to represent their community on the CCNC Board of Directors. Voting Members (Class A) include municipal governments, regional governments, and Band Councils. At the May 31, 2013 AGM, CCNC expanded its membership to include a Non-Voting Category (Class B) for individuals and organizations. Non-Voting Members are not eligible to serve on the Board.

Submission Details:
Please submit an expression of interest by email and include: a 250-word bio(Word doc) that outlines your education and experience, why you would like to be on the Board, committee preference, and a high-resolution photo (> 300 dpi jpeg) of yourself to:

Anna Whelan, General Manager, Creative City Network of Canada

Please ensure your nomination is received at the CCNC office no later than5:00pm PT, Friday, August 17, 2018.

For complete details about eligibility and time commitment, download the 2018 Board Call for Nominations, or visit

Keynote Speaker Announcement

Jesse Wente

Broadcaster, advocate & pop culture philosopher

Jesse Wente has appeared on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years. He previously served as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where he oversaw theatrical, Cinematheque and Film Circuit programming.

Previous Presentations Pop Culture in Living Colour 
Wente synthesizes the trends he sees happening across the country and shares a vision for what is possible.

Reconciling Representation: Indigenous People in Popular Culture
Jesse offers up a look at the history of Indigenous representation in popular culture, from movies, television and video games to sports mascots.

Inclusion for Success
Looking at the hurdles towards inclusion, this talk looks to break down those barriers and encourage inclusion on all levels.


Jesse is Ojibwe, and his family comes from Chicago and the Serpent River First Nation in Ontario. He is an advocate for Aboriginal Arts, most notably on screen. He encourages audiences to consider diversity and inclusion into the future view of their organization, industry, and country.

In 2014, Jesse co-organized the Canadian premiere of the immensely popular traveling exhibition Stanley Kubrick. Prior to his appointment as Director of Film Programmes, Jesse served as one of the Canadian features programmers for the Toronto International Film Festival, and also programmed for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival. Jesse has been featured in documentaries such as Reel Injun, Nightmare Factory, and Why Horror? Jesse served as president of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest Indigenous Performing Arts Company for a decade.

In 2017 Jesse was appointed to the Canada Council for the Arts.

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