The 110 Arts Cooperative Board of Directors is comprised of 2 representatives from each of our member organizations, one of whom is a staff member and one from that organization’s own board of directors. While sitting on the board, these individuals make consensus-based decisions that are in the best interest of the 110 Arts Cooperative, as what benefits the co-op also benefits our members.
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President – David Pay
David Pay is the founder and Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Music on Main where he has earned an international reputation as a leading-edge classical and contemporary music programmer. Dave has been on faculty at The Banff Centre and Capilano University and is a frequent curator and speaker at conferences and festivals around the world. He served as Artistic Director of ISCM World New Music Days 2017, the largest new music festival in Canada’s history.
Vice President – Sarah Bakke
Sarah Bakke is the Development and Communications Manager at The Documentary Media Society, producer of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival and Vancouver Podcast Festival. Prior to joining the DOXA team, Sarah worked in a front-of-house management position at The Cinematheque and as Festival Assistant for the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. She was also formerly a part of the editorial team at SAD Magazine, a Vancouver-based arts and culture publication. Sarah holds a degree in Art, Performance and Cinema Studies from Simon Fraser University, with a special focus in experimental and arthouse film.
Treasurer – Susan Shank
Susan is the General Manager of Touchstone Theatre. Susan Shank’s love of theatre and the arts has defined her thirty-plus year career. After securing a BA from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in Theatre, she became the founder and producer of the multidisciplinary festival, Development Arts Society (DAS). Her next challenge would be as a Fine Arts Programmer at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, a position she held for seven years before accepting her most creative and rewarding job to date: motherhood. During this sleep-deprived time, Susan honed her administrative skills before joining the Touchstone Theatre family for the first time under the artistic leadership of Katrina Dunn. After 10 years, she went on to join the teams at Theatre for Living (Administrator) and the Firehall Arts Centre (General Manager). She is thrilled to be back at Touchstone Theatre; it feels a little like coming home!
Secretary – Keltie Forsyth
Keltie is the Director of Operations at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Keltie is a arts administrator and theatre director of settler ancestry based out of the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Keltie began her career in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) as General Manager of Workshop West Theatre and co-curator of their Canoe Theatre Festival. Since completing her MFA at the University of British Columbia, Keltie has worked as a an arts manager, freelance director, instructor, grant writer, and associate artistic director of both Pi Theatre for their 2016-2017 season and Ensemble Theatre Company from 2020. She also worked with C-Space as Operations Manager at Progress Lab 1422.
Michelle Mason is an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver, and head of the Documentary Program at Capilano University. Her documentaries explore human rights, peace, justice and reconciliation efforts, inspired by her experiences in international news with CBC London and Washington during Rwanda, Somalia and the Bosnia conflicts. Her teaching and mentoring at Capilano’s School of Motion Picture Arts is inspired by a deep commitment to creating more diverse space in cinema, inspired by her belief in the power of story to heal and inspire.
Gloria has enjoyed several varied careers in the arts as a professional pianist, educator, and arts management leader in programming and resource development. As comfortable with artistic content as business realities, she thrives on contributing to initiatives that serve ever-changing, always evolving communities. In recent years, Gloria has been championing music education by lending strategic and programming guidance for an international project in Hong Kong to revitalize the historic Haw Par Mansion for the creation of a new music institution, and leading an ambitious fundraising program for the Vancouver Academy of Music that includes two major Capital Campaigns for the transformation of Koerner Recital Hall, and for the renewal and expansion of its learning spaces. In addition, delivering Career Development programs and workshops at the Vancouver Academy of Music and UBC’s School of Music continues to be a most rewarding aspect of her activities. Gloria’s portfolio mix has included leading the artistic and operational management of the Vancouver Recital Society as one of North America’s premiere concert presenting organizations, and with a focus on resource development she has been the Associate Director for Donor Relations and Events at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Among her community involvements, Gloria is a board director of Music on Main, has served as a JUNO Awards jury member, and as Vice-Chair of the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture.
Kimberly Ho 何文蔚 is a Chinese-Canadian interdisciplinary artist and arts administrator based on the unceded ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Tseil-waututh peoples, known as Vancouver. Growing up in a working class immigrant family, Kimberly’s work is nourished by collaborative processes and organically aims to be non-hiecharcial. In their artistic practice, they seek to explore their Hakka diaspora through the physical body and food culture, framing new media as a dimension of queer futurisms, and immersive art as a site of liberation.
Kimberly’s creative output spans across mediums, including theatre, photography, visual arts, new media, fashion styling and writing. Their work tou saang zhu 土生豬 was presented as part of the group exhibition (Re)Visions at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, and Massy Art Gallery. As a filmmaker, their experimental dance film Dumplings / 餃子 received a Honourable Mention for Best Short Film at Festival of Recorded Movement. Kimberly was also the recipient of Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s inaugural Richard K. Wong Film Fund and winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film for their participatory documentary To Make Ends Meat 心頭肉. Their acting credits included Theory at Rumble Theatre’s Tremors Festival, the world premiere of House and Home at Firehall Arts Centre, and No More Parties, featured in film festival platforms including Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and was one of seven films selected to represent Canada for Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program at Clermont-Ferrand.
Linda Sum is a widely-respected investigator and trainer with over 20 years’ experience in the areas of harassment prevention, respectful workplaces and diversity. Linda has extensive experience designing and delivering workshops for a wide range of audiences.
Linda conducts investigations of harassment and bullying under workplace policies and collective agreements, as an independent external investigator. Her excellent analytical and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated talent for resolving workplace issues, backed by her legal training and experience, can benefit organizations of any size in any industry.
Linda has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws degree, both from the University of British Columbia, and previously practiced law in the area of labour and employment.