Staff Directory

Meet the Craft Ontario Staff!

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Craft Ontario Administration/Gallery Staff

Janna Hiemstra

Interim-CEO

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 works to guide Craft Ontario’s four core areas of focus to address member needs, educate the public regarding contemporary craft practice, and advocate for the craft community. Balancing member professional development with public engagement, she currently has the lead role in directing organization growth and programming. Janna taught craft history courses for Sheridan College's Craft & Design Program 2011 - 2013, and served on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts 2013 - 2017.

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.

Lianne Holland

Head of Membership & Programs

T 416 925 4222 Ext.222
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Lianne joined Craft Ontario as Head of Membership and Programs in the summer of 2017. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and Communication Studies from McMaster University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Small Business Development from George Brown College. Her background stems from community engagement and cultural programming at a variety of arts and culture organizations including the Walrus Foundation, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the McMaster Museum of Art, and most recently SOUVENIR Studios and the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. Lianne’s work is driven by generating creative and professional opportunities that empower artists and makers to do what they do best: imagine, play, and create.

Kate Jackson

Administrative Coordinator

T 416 925 4222 Ext.223
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Kate Jackson has been immersed in the Craft scene in Ontario and Canada for over 10 years as an educator, administrator and artist.  She has held administrative and teaching positions at Sheridan College in the Craft & Design Studios, The Banff Centre Library, and the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op.  She was an Artist-in-Residence in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre for 3 years and graduated from the Material Art & Design program at OCADU.  She continues to build her studio practice and exhibits her textile work regularly in galleries.  Kate has received incredible assistance from Craft Ontario for her work over the years, and is looking forward to supporting Craft Ontario and its members by bringing her administrative skills and drive to the Administrative Coordinator position.

Sally McCubbin

Communications Coordinator

T 416 925 4222 Ext.226
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Sally joined Craft Ontario as Communications Coordinator in the summer of 2017. She is a glassblower, designer and educator, working as an independent creative since 2005. Her passion for problem solving and new technology inspired her interest in User Experience design. Today she leverages this approach to design thinking in all her professional activities. For excellence in glass, Sally has received national recognition in the way of grants and awards. She teaches hot-glass and business practice at Sheridan College.

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.