The Canadian Arts Coalition is proud to announce that Christine Pellerin and Hamal Docter have been appointed Co-Chairs of the Research and Policy Committee. This double appointment comes at a time when the Coalition is more and more frequently asked to participate in studies and consultations: in the last two months, the Coalition appeared three times before House of Commons or Senate standing committees.
The Coalition’s Research and Policy Committee serves critical functions. It is the Coalition’s in-house think tank and advisory sounding board. It has been instrumental in the development of the Coalition’s written submissions and policy papers in response to federal consultations (i.e. Canadian content in a digital world, infrastructure consultation). It produces the Coalition’s famous Arts Facts sheet. And it is responsible for writing the culture chapter of the Alternative Federal Budget.
Christine Pellerin is a fundraiser, arts administrator, and researcher with over 10 years’ experience in the performing arts industry, having worked with some of the country’s leading cultural institutions including The Theatre Centre, Soulpepper Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, TIFF, the National Ballet of Canada, and Cirque du Soleil. She is currently the Development Officer, Foundations at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra where she is responsible for the institutional giving and corporate philanthropy portfolios.
A passionate advocate for the non-profit sector, Christine’s research has focused on the power of social finance to catalyze new ways of funding arts initiatives. Her work as an Innovation Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation led to the recently released, co-authored report entitled More than Money: How social finance can build resilience in the arts sector. She is currently a participant in the Toronto Arts Council’s 2018 Cultural Leaders Lab.
A lifelong learner, Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Theatre from York University, a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration from Humber College, and is a first-cohort graduate of Carleton University’s Masters of Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership program. She is proud to serve as a board member for Cahoots Theatre and the CANVAS Foundation.
Hamal Docter is a communications consultant based in Toronto, currently on contract as Director of Communications with Ontarians for the Arts. As a Board member for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), Hamal co-chairs TAPA’s Advocacy Committee and the Friends of the Arts Network. He also sits on the Toronto Arts Council/Foundation’s Advocacy Network.
Hamal joined the Canadian Arts Coalition’s research and policy advisory committee in early 2017 and helped coordinate its contribution to the CCPA’s Alternative Federal Budget 2018. He is also facilitating a new network exploring arts policy, research and advocacy capacity with key players federally.
A fluently bilingual first generation Canadian of mixed cultural origins (Dutch and Indo-Caribbean), Hamal maintains a strong interest in our country’s evolving cultural realities.