Manager, Culture & Events at the City of Nanaimo
Based on Vancouver Island, on the lands of the Snuneymuxw, Julie is a passionate leader who builds community around artists' projects and big ideas. In March 2020, Julie took on the newly created role of Manager, Culture & Events at the City of Nanaimo to champion, provide support for, and amplify the impact of arts and culture locally.
Between 2012 and 2020, Julie held the position of Executive Director at Nanaimo Art Gallery and lead that organization through a radical and successful transformation of its artistic program, capacity, spaces, roles in its communities and identity. She has worked at Canadian museums and galleries in various capacities including Glenbow Museum (Calgary), Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver), and National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).
Since choosing Nanaimo, Julie served on the City of Nanaimo’s Cultural Committee, participated on the technical team that developed Nanaimo’s Cultural Plan, and as a member of the City’s Cultural Managers Working Group. Julie contributes to networks provincially, nationally and internationally; she has served on juries and peer advisory committees for the British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Canadian Museums Association. In 2017, Julie participated as a fellow at the Getty Leadership Institute, an opportunity that was supported by a BC Arts Council Professional Development award. Recently, Julie served as a mentor in the BC Museums Association’s Mentorship Program, and as Treasurer and Vice-President on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO-ODMAC).
Julie is an arranger and includer who is deeply committed to learning and contributing to a diverse, vibrant arts and culture sector.