Staff Bios

Shana Hillman
Before Creative Trust Shana was the Administrator of Artist’s Services at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario; she also worked at Arcas Direct Marketing Group as an Account Executive. She served as the Development Manager at Toronto Dance Theatre, the Programming Assistant at the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts and as Communications and Development Assistant at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Shana also does freelance arts writing, consulting, administration and producing, most notably for inDANCE.

Peter Brown
Peter has completed seven feasibility studies on the development of a series of national and community-sponsored arts and cultural stabilization projects across Canada. He served as Director and Treasurer of Toronto Artscape Inc., President of Artscape Non Profit Homes Inc., and was a finance consultant to several government departments and agencies. From 1985 to 1994 Peter was the Treasurer, Director of Finance and Administration and Senior Assistant Director of the Canada Council for the Arts. He was also the Assistant General Manager for Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. He was a member of the Board of the Shaw Festival for ten years and served as its treasurer for five of those years.

Jane Marsland
Jane Marsland has managed arts organizations since 1974, and has, for the past eleven years, been one of Canada’s most respected arts consultants. She was General Manager of the Danny Grossman Dance Company from 1983-1999. In 1995, Jane was awarded the first M. Joan Chalmers Award for Arts Administration for outstanding contribution to leadership in the arts. She has been an articulate advocate for the arts over many years. She was Co-founder of For Dance and Opera, a strategic collaboration to book and tour four companies as well as Co-Founder and Director of ARTS4CHANGE, a program designed to create positive change for and by arts professionals in Toronto.

Rose Jacobson
Rose is Picasso PRO’s Project Manager & Artistic Principal, formerly Cross Cultural Director and founder of disability-arts programming at the Toronto Theatre Alliance. She developed strong working relationships within the Deaf and disability-arts communities in Ontario and internationally. Rose designed/led a Disability-Arts Summit with support from the Canada Council Equity Office, was a member of Canada Council’s Racial Equality in the Arts Council and led a panel at the Council’s Diversity Conference. She co-authored a related paper for the Canada Council with KickstART’s Artistic Director, Geoff McMurchy. In all realms her creativity is fuelled by the pursuit of diversity, access and artistic innovation.

Heather C. Young
Heather Clara Young has worked in the field of arts management for close to twenty years. Her experience includes leadership roles with a variety of arts service organizations, theatre and dance producing companies, facilities, festivals and community organizations, in both professional and volunteer capacities. Her company, Young Associates, founded in 1992, provides consulting, financial management and bookkeeping services to both not-for-profit and commercial arts and cultural organizations. Heather teaches accounting and financial management to diploma and continuing education students in Humber College’s Arts Administration programs. Heather was a 2004 recipient of Humber College’s Continuing Education Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution.