Shifting demographics, cross-generational workplaces, and increased economic pressures have led to changes in our workplaces and sector that require new strategies and approaches. The day's presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions will focus on the issue of emerging leadership and developing new approaches for the future throughout all cultural disciplines and sectors. Join us for some dynamic conversations across the spectrum of career stages, from founder/pioneer through mid-career and just beginning, as we discover what each has to teach and learn from one another. 

Learn about all of our Presenters + Panelists, Dialogue Leaders, and Facilitators here.


Addressing these themes will be our guest keynote speaker Emiko Ono, a program officer with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program. Ms. Ono is the author of a recently released study, “Moving Arts Leadership Forward: A Changing Landscape”, which tackles head-on many of the issues we will discussing at re:generation. You can find her report here.

Among the key findings the report examines are: 

  • Higher educational attainment among emerging arts leaders, coupled with higher debt levels, are creating greater demand earlier in individuals’ careers for sustainable compensation;
  • Degree programs and certifications in arts administration and nonprofit management now produce more formally trained early-career arts leaders;
  • Economic pressures have contributed to long-term leaders’ decisions to defer retirement;
  • With late-career leaders staying in their positions longer and greater numbers of early-career leaders entering the workforce, there are more cross-generational workplaces and distinct work styles;
  • Rapid demographic change has created unprecedented diversity, but this diversity is not yet represented in the executive and board leadership of the nonprofit arts sector.

See Emiko Ono's bio on the Presenters + Panelists page. 

What We Have Learned

The Alliance’s annual conference traditionally opens with a session titled “What We Have Learned” where we hear report-backs from other recent programs, projects, and initiatives. 

This year at re:generation we will begin with four brief presentations:

Panel Discussion:
Engagement + Support / Transition + Legacy

Setting the stage for a day of deep thinking and lively conversations will be a morning panel discussion focusing on the twin themes of "Engagement & Support" and "Transition & Legacy."

Taking part in this conversation, moderated by BC arts and culture opposition critic Spencer Chandra Herbert, will be:

South Asian Arts and Diwali Fest Artistic Producer Rohit Chokhani; Creative BC CEO Prem Gill; SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit Director Howard R. JangVancouver WritersFest founder Alma Lee; joined by Mitchell Saddleback and Roxanne Duncan.

Afternoon Session

Following the morning presentations and panel discussions we will enjoy a catered lunch in the Anvil Centre ballroom and hear two lunchtime presentations. Stephen O'Shea and Leanne Ewen of the Arts Council of New Westminster will update us on the effectiveness of the BC Cultural Roundtable Network initiative in bringing diverse community voices to conversations around arts, culture, and heritage in New Westminster. The Arts Council of New Westminster has led the way in holding several Cultural Roundtables on a number of topics, and future Roundtables are being planned for other communities. We'll also hear an information presentation on the Alliance, followed by the Alliance and Bridge Society AGM. 

After lunch we'll be led by graphic facilitator Sam Bradd into roundtable / breakout group conversations as we explore more deeply the issues raised during the morning.

See the list of Dialogue Leaders who will facilitate those breakout sessions on our Presenters + Panelists page. 

Post-Conference Reception

The conference will be followed by a 5:30 p.m. reception at the nearby el Santo restaurant (snacks on us, cash bar) where we'll say "Thank You Rob Gloor" and bid farewell to our departing Executive Director.

Dinner Discount! el Santo has offered a 15% discount to anyone who decides to stay after the reception and join the Alliance staff for dinner. Call in advance 604 553 1849 and make a reservation - just let them know you're with the Alliance conference!


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.         Check-in / registration opens (Theatre level of the Anvil Centre)
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.          Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.          What We Have Learned Presentations and Q&A
10:15 - 10:30 a.m.        Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.         Keynote Address by Emiko Ono
11:15 - 12:30 p.m.         Panel Discussion and Q&A
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.        Catered Lunch, Lunchtime Presentations, followed by Alliance AGM and Bridge Society AGM
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.          Breakout Sessions and Discussions
3:30 - 3:45 p.m.           Refreshment Break
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.          Closing Remarks and Reading by New Westminster Poet Laureate Candice James
5:15 p.m.                     "Thank You Rob Gloor" Networking Reception at the nearby el Santo restauran (free appetizers, cash bar)
Delegates who wish to stay on with us for dinner can receive 15% off their meal by booking in advance - just let them know you're with the Alliance conference.