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Creative Director - Canada Council for the Arts

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 05, 2019

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Portfolio of Ira Lee Gathers

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- Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) Alberta College of Art and Design 2001- 2003 (Moved to Paris on an arts grant in 2004)

- B.A. in Broadcasting and Digital Media

- 10 years management experience in identifying gaps in community services, change strategies and cultural / community indicators

- (12) years progressively responsible professional community social systems planning experience within a mid- to large-sized community, government, charitbale and corporate environments

- Metis, African, Bilingual, (French, English and basic Deutsch) 2 Spirit, Indigenous/African/LGBTQSI2+ cultural carrier

- 12 years of harm reduction training, minority outreach and engagement, and newcomer integration and Canadian social, health and alternative educational services expertise

-Extensive and consistent portfolio with

approximately 1.2 Million in successful

applications, funding initiatives,

organizational grants, appearances, pitch

events and leadership training for

corporate donors including; The Canada

Council for the Arts,, Berne

Stadt Kulturelle, The Conseil des arts et

des lettres de Quebec, The City of

Edmonton, The Edmonton Arts Council,

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The

Saskatchewan Arts Council, The Berlin

Fonktieren Konsult, Warner Music

Canada, and CHUM affiliates.

-Expert in designing, managing and

integrating community services

-Appearances/ Hosting/ Performances on/

with CBC, APTN, MTV, BBC, Al

Jazeera,, Bravo, and HBO.

-14 years Senior level experience leading,

developing and training organizations,

employees, and volunteers groups of

between 8 - 75.

-Award winning educator, new

technologist and public speaker

Clients/Partners/Collaborators/Friends and Sponsors

• Institut für Sprachen und Wirtschaft Dr. Hirsch GmbH Halle (Saale), SA, Germany Social Work /Refugee

Claimant (Level A) January / 2017 to April / 2018 Leipzig, Germany

• Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) Alberta College of Art and Design 2001- 2003 (2 of 6 years, switched to BA in Broadcasting)

• Institut für Sprachen und Wirtschaft Dr. Hirsch Gm - Advanced (Level C) German Language and Technical

Writing Training (Full Time Student) January / 2016 to April / 2018 Leipzig, Germany

• Associates Degree (B.A./Diploma) in Broadcasting The Academy of Broadcasting, 2003 - 2006 Winnipeg,

Manitoba, Canada

• Overarching brand stewardship: driving quality, unity and consistency of creative tone, voice and design of all brand communications for major Indigenous initiatives for The YMCA, iHUMAN, and PLAINS

• Producing films and documentary's for APTN, NSI, CBC, FRANCE CULTURE, Canal+, and

• Nominated for 'Indigenous artist of the year' Western Canadian Music Awards 2007

• Creative Director of PLAINS building, designing arts prototypes for The Canada Council for the Arts Education

Awards /Associations/Honours

Career Highlights

About Me

1.2 Million in Publicly

verifiable funds raised



2016 - Allianz Kulturefund - Integration Award

2015 - Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec - Travel Scholarship (IFT Internship) 2012 - 2015 Cultural Funding for Immigrant and Minority youth engagement initiatives. 2013 - 'Experimental Album of the Year' - Runner up - GAMIQ (Montreal, Quebec) 2011 Conseils des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec Tour Grant 2009 Bern - Shumachterjorneiggen/ Bern Stadt Kultural Grant (Switzerland) 2008 National Screen Institute 'Indigenous Innovators in film' Bursary/ scholarships (TELUS) 2007 Alberta Foundation for the Arts ‘Individual‘- Music Grant Program 2007 Canada Council for the Arts ‘ Multimedia Artist' Grant 2006 Aboriginal Community Collaboration Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts 2005 Edmonton Artists Trust Fund Grant

2005 POPMontreal /PHI Centre Residency Award

2005 PHI Centre Residency Grant (City of Montreal, CALQ, POPMontreal) C: 647-***-****


Ira Lee Gathers

• 10 Years of Project/

personnel, major

artist and budget

management in not

- for - profit arena's

• Equivalent expertise

and accomplishments

to qualify for CFRE

• Proven Donor, Campaign and


management, control and


• Incredible charm

interpersonal aptitudes and

extensive network

• Strong knowledge of Adobe’s

creative suite, including

design, photo and video

editing software

10 Years of innovative

outreach, marketing and

management of multi phase,

major budget initiatives


Work Experience

Canada Council For the Arts

Portable Learning and Innovative New

Sciences NY/Toronto

Executive Director (

04/2014 - Current

Portable Learning and Innovative New Music Sciences (PLAINS) PLAINS designs, manages and facilitates youth driven campaigns for digital firms, collectives, innovative researcher initiatives and arts and culture collectives.Our focus is enterprise development, integrating youth oriented, new technology and innovative community capacity building strategy

Duties also include: Live / studio sound engineer and technician; audio/video editor; recording technician; diagnostic, maintenance and repair;

health promotion, social work, lifes kills counseling and harm reduction employability skills and training, cultural sensitivity, community health initiatives and volunteer service learning, immigrant and refugee services, housing assistance, and designing, developing and facilitating harm reduction and homeless programs specifically designed for Immigrant, First Nations, differently able, youth at risk, and marginalized communities Berlin, Germany

Director of Cultural Integration

'Welcome to Deutschlandia'

09/2010 - 02/2014

Duties included; Managing and providing corporate vision, leadership and strategic direction, Marketing and Outreach, Senior human resources /content creation, editing and quality control; overall project management, grant /proposal/ rfp writing, research and delivery, arts, language and life skills workshop creation, development and facilitation, identifying

developing and diversifying key stakeholder and partner interests, adapting revolutionary brand exposure campaigns and strategy's to unique and personalized enterprise goals, and senior budget management

YMCA Edmonton, Alberta

First Nations Program Manager

04/2005 - 06/2009

Duties included; preparing all applications for program funding to government agencies and private sector organizations, fostering the vision of the YMCA and advocating on its behalf to achieve the plans and objectives of the Enterprise Center, Managing and overseeing all administrative /educational components of the First Nations Youth Service Learning, special event planning, and ongoing procedural and curriculum development

• Word 2000-18

• Excel 2014 -17

• Power Point

• Fluent in Office and Adobe Suites.

An active technology advocate

constantly integrating/updating

knowledge and training.



IHUMAN Edmonton, Alberta

Harm Reduction Manager / Senior Studio


09/2003 - 10/2005

Crisis intervention and lifeskills development using the creative arts as a catalyst to empowe. Duties included; outreach, recruitment and marketing. Developing and nurturing relationships with First Nation, Métis and Non-Indigenous groups, individuals and communities with varied backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Providing support, assistance, guidance and advice to management in regard to relationships with stakeholders. Managing a professional community recording studio (Engineering, mixing, mastering,

production and songwriting) Lifeskills, harm reduction and curriculum development on behalf of IHUMAN, administer documentation pertaining to compensation, benefits, payroll, immigration, and records for various occupational groups including academic, management and support staff. Process appointments and reappointments, salaries and stipends, according to policies and procedure Community service, fitness and nutrition, adult education, theatre, classical music, Volunteering, Indigenous social justice, learning ASL, and community festivals

• Management portfolio:

Community Initiatives Portfolio:

• National Screen Institute: https://www.nsi-

POPmontreal/PHI Center: event/5xphi-en/

Western Economic Diversification WED

(Center for Business Development)

Regina, SK

Client Service Officer (Junior)

05/20002- 11/2003

Recruiting, resource management/ and budget planning / co-ordinating fundraiser's, recruiting and processing applicants and organizations, assisting with market research and developing trend forecast portfolios, risk assessments and financial forecasts, networking with participants and partners, administering processes pertaining to academic human resources activities including tenure and promotions, recruitment, leaves, terminations, retirement, salary awards, contracts and awards and appointment forms.


Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation


Youth Project Manager

May / 2000 - November / 2002

Duties included: Recruiting, resource management/ and budget planning / co-ordinating fundraisers, recruiting and processing applicants and organizations, networking with participants and partners, preparing monthly budget summary’s, marketing plans and activity reports, facilitating basic internet skills development, and case management for 32 charitable organizations / associations in rural Saskatchewan

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