Staff Directory

Meet the Craft Ontario Staff!

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Craft Ontario Administration/Gallery Staff

Emma Quin

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

T 416 925 4222 Ext.223
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With 20 years at Craft Ontario, Emma Quin has developed valuable and healthy relationships with the cultural sector. She has an important grasp of Craft Ontario's history as an organization, and understands issues and concerns faced by craftspeople. Emma's leadership and dedication to the organization have instituted major changes. Specifically, in terms of the organization's overall financial health, she is recognized for accurate budgeting practices in both creating and managing a $1.7 million operating budget. She has also initiated a revitalized engagement between the organization, makers, and the public. Emma has helped Craft Ontario redefine its goals and business practice, as well as what it delivers and how it functions - effectively making Craft Ontario a valuable cultural institution that gives back to the community.

Janna Hiemstra

Curator & Director of Programs

T 416 925 4222 Ext.225
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Janna has been with Craft Ontario since 2007, and in 2009 graduated with a degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She has held the position of Curator and Director of Programming since 2014. With a background in philosophy and cultural theory, as well as two years of working as a ceramic studio assistant, she helps guide Craft Ontario’s programming to engage with contemporary craft practice by strengthening a critical approach to exhibitions. Balancing member professional development needs with public engagement, she currently has the lead role in administrating the Craft Ontario Gallery, in addition to coordinating the annual Craft Awards program, producing web and print design, as well as working with  student intern positions. Janna taught craft history courses for Sheridan College's Craft & Design Program 2011 - 2013, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts.

Meranda MacKenzie

Finance & Membership Controller

T 416 925 4222 Ext.227
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Meranda joined Craft Ontario in the Spring of 2013. She moved to Toronto from Barrie where she was the Financial Administrator for the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. During her time with the YMCA she was responsible for a number of different areas in the finance department such as; daily banking, accounts payable, payroll, preparing for yearly audits, and many other duties in the accounting department. At Craft Ontario Meranda holds the dual role of Finance & Membership Controller. As Finance Controller she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Accounting Department including the coordination with Shop vendors. In her Membership role she is primarily responsible for membership and the management of member information, including processing of membership renewals or purchases, communicating with members on current issues and answering member inquires.

Ellen Hlozan

Head of Membership

T 416 925 4222 Ext.222
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Ellen joined Craft Ontario as Head of Membership in early 2017. She has a Bachelors degree in Art History from York University and a Masters degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Previously the Event and Exhibitions Coordinator at a private gallery, Ellen brings a strong background in contemporary craft and collaboration with makers to the role, in addition to past experience with professional development for artists. Ellen also has previous experience in curation, conference planning, research, and collections management, and has been a grant writing volunteer with Craft Ontario since 2015.

CRAFT ONTARIO SHOP STAFF

Yusun Ha

Retail Manager

T 416 921 1721
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Yusun has a Bachelor of Design in Communications from the OCAD University. What started as aspirations to make jewellery brought her to Craft Ontario and the wonderful community it represents. She started as a volunteer in November of 2007. She is passionate about beautifully designed and crafted objects, and even more so about the people who makes those objects and the people who appreciate them.

Caitlin Lawrence

Sales Representative

Maurie Todd

Sales Representative

After a 30-year career in disability management, Maurie started at the Craft Ontario Shop in 2005 on a part time basis. She is an active volunteer at the Textile Museum of Canada and brings her textile knowledge to the Shop. Maurie also teaches rug hooking, knitting and needlepoint at The Knit Café in Toronto, ON.

STUDIO MAGAZINE STAFF

Leo Kowolik

Editor-in-Chief, Studio Magazine

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When not working with his fantastic colleagues at Studio Magazine, Leopold is an instructor of writing and the histories of art and craft at Sheridan College. Leopold has written for The Journal of Modern Craft, Craft Research, The Journal of William Morris Studies and Ornamentum; he is working on a chapter for the forthcoming book Craft on Demand to be published by IB Tauris. He is a British-American writer and editor with degrees in history and art history from the University of Chicago and the University of Edinburgh.

Dale Barrett

Designer, Studio Magazine

Dale's practice focuses on the development and design of identity programs, marketing materials and publications for art galleries, museums, arts organizations and cultural institutions. He uses the language of design to shape client messages in fresh and compelling ways without sacrificing the proprietary nature of the message. Following undergraduate studies (B.A. Fine Art, Asbury University), he worked in various positions in the art gallery sector, and has been the Director of the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto since 1998.

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.