Conference Team

Steering Committee

Jennifer Gordon

Director, Centre for Creative Business Innovation and Humber Galleries

Kyla Ross

Kyla Ross

Coordinator, Centre for Creative Business Innovation and Humber Galleries

Organizing Team Members

Hana Glaser

Branding Officer

Currently an Arts Administration student at Humber College seeking to enhance the future of the arts and creative industries locally and globally. Hana's pronouns are she/her.

Before Humber College, Hana successfully completed a degree in Creative Industries at Ryerson University, where she specialized in business, interior design, curatorial practices, and took an interest in sociology. As a creative industries student, she developed a passion for the entertainment industry and what it can do to increase the experience of a city, as well how it can create change.

More specifically, she has developed a passion for history, art, and social justice. She believes that art is a very important element of education and that it should play a larger part in our day to day lives. However, being Latinx she's very passionate about making the art that is present in our everyday lives more inclusive.

Ultimately she is seeking to increase representation in the arts and decolonize the arts. Some of her passions include traveling, food, event planning, art, learning, dancing, photography, learning languages, animals, and connecting with others.

Feel free to connect with her on the following platforms:
LinkedIn: in/hglaser
Instagram: @hanaglaser @hanaglazzer Email: hglaser@ryerson.ca 

Julien Rutherford

Julien Rutherford

Marketing Officer

Julien Rutherford is a bilingual theatre artist and emerging arts manager who is passionate about education and working with youth.

He is a graduate of Humber College's "Theatre Performance" program and has an additional background in communications and public relations. Julien also possesses experience in teaching and has taught ESL for the past four summers in France.

For more information about Julien's professional experience, visit his LinkedIn profile: 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/julienrutherford/

Mikita Arlou

Communications Manager

Producer, Manager, Communications specialist, Arts Festival Coordinator and Music Journalist.

Mikita likes to mention he has worked in the arts ever since he was legally allowed to. Two milestones of his career were founding a music studio and taking part in the production of the world's biggest music TV show - Eurovision Song Contest. 

Mikita attended many art conferences being there as a guest or a guest speaker, but Culture’s Compass is a debut entry for Mikita as a communications lead and moderator. Let’s wish him luck and meet up there!

Message from Mikita: “I’m always happy to chat about culture and it's hard to resist from saying yes to a worthy arts project. Do you have one? Hit me up!”
 
Find Mikita on the following platforms:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikita-arlou/
Instagram: @mikita.arlou
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikita.arlou
Email: mikita.arlou@gmail.com

Polly Summerhayes

Programming Officer

Arts administrator dedicated to equity and focused on the advancement of pluralism and representation in the Canadian arts and culture sector, currently graduating from Humber’s Arts Administration program.

Polly comes from a performance background, having graduated from Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance. Polly likes to say she is retired from performing but is developing a Cher-like reputation for unretiring whenever she feels like it.

As one of the Programming Officers for Culture’s Compass, Polly is proud to be working on a virtual conference that prioritizes accessibility. In her spare time, Polly is a certified beekeeper with a focus on sustainable urban keeping practices. 

What’s the buzz? Have a project that you’d like to collaborate on?

Give her a shout!
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pollysummerhayes/
Instagram: @polly.summerhayes
Email: pollysummerhayes@gmail.com


Rachel Newton

Reporting and Data Management

Rachel Newton is the Reporting and Data Management Lead for the Culture’s Compass Conference and is passionate about sharing the Arts digitally. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2019 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology at Queen’s University, as well as abroad in Herstmonceux, England.

She is currently finishing her Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management at Humber College. In her spare time, Rachel is an amateur painter and loves to travel. She hopes to continue in art gallery management in the future.


Find her on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-newton-501223141/
Instagram: therealrachelnewton
Email: rsnewton@bmts.com

Kristen Turner

Logistics Coordinator

Kristen is a user experience researcher and designer. She is passionate about clean, concise, ethical design practices.

Coming from a background in Cognitive Neuroscience and Linguistics from Western University, Kristen brings a strong foundation in human behavior and research practices to her work.

Through her work with the Culture's Compass team, she is excited to delve into the "behind-the-scenes" work in understanding and planning on how best to support both attendees and speakers. She also lead the creation of this website!

You can connect with Kristen on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristen-turner-88043913a/


Natalka Duncan

Logistics Coordinator

Natalka is a recent graduate of Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program. She is eager to jump into an administrative role that will allow her to contribute to inclusive arts programming. 

While an undergrad at Western University, Natalka focused on her interdisciplinary interests, encompassing literature, music, art history, theatre, and more. Outside of school, she enjoys watching and discussing films, embroidering, playing music, and exploring the city via public transit.  

Her passion for culture of all kinds has led her to the position of Logistics Coordinator for Culture’s Compass, and she is excited to contribute her skills to a conference that will bring people together in a time when isolation dominates.  

Find Natalka at the following:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalkaduncan/
Instagram: @nduncs11
Email: natalkaduncan11@hotmail.com

Amanda Singh

Programming Officer

Alonso Rodriguez

Alonso Rodriguez

Finance Coordinator

Alonso is finishing the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College, has a Bachelor of Business Administration at the Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru, art lover and a strong believer in the transformative power of music.

Coming from the corporate sector, the Culture's Compass Conference has allowed him to apply his background to the cultural industry.

For more information, feel free to contact him on the following platforms:
Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/alonsorodriguez
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alonsordc