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News Release: Artscape Announces Leadership Appointments to Better Serve Toronto’s Creative Communities

TORONTO, ON— Artscape is pleased to announce several changes to its senior leadership team as part of its organizational growth and goal of better serving Toronto’s creative communities. These planned organizational shifts will help Artscape drive forward its ambitious Strategic Plan for 2018-2020: Artscape 5.0, focused on three major goals: cultivating thriving communities, serving more people and communities, and building organizational resilience.

LoriAnn Girvan will be transitioning from her role as Chief Operating Officer to become Senior Advisor of Social Purpose Real Estate on October 1, 2019. LoriAnn Girvan joined Artscape in 2016, bringing over 25 years of experience in urban revitalization, affordable housing, property management, community planning and non-profit management in Canada, the United States and Africa. Mike Gouzopolous is also being promoted from Senior Manager Portfolio Development to a newly created role of Director of Social Purpose Real Estate to hand in hand Girvan.

“As one of North America’s foremost experts in social purpose real estate development, LoriAnn has ably guided Artscape’s HR, Finance, Hub Services and Portfolio Development teams over the last three plus years and we’re thrilled to now offer her the opportunity to focus in more on her primary area of expertise supporting Artscape to advance this area of our work,” said Tim Jones, CEO, Artscape.

Both Girvan and Gouzopolous will further serve the Artscape 5.0 strategic goals to address the urban affordability crisis for Toronto artists and creatives helping to ensure quality cultural opportunities for creatives in high priority neighbourhoods, both inside and outside of the downtown core.

Moving into the role of Chief Operating Officer is Nidhi Khanna, formerly Vice President of Artists and Client Relations at Artscape. She brings eighteen years of experience working in cultural production, creative programming, and social enterprise management, for various arts and culture organizations throughout greater Toronto, including Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.

In addition to leading the Creative Placemaking team, Assaf Weisz will take on a new role as Chief Strategy Officer, where he will lead Artscape’s strategic development, innovation and special projects through the Creative Placemaking Lab. Prior to joining Artscape, Weisz co-founded and served as Managing Director of Purpose Capital, was National Director of Canada for Nexus Global, and was a Fellow of the Brookfield Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

In July, Artscape was also pleased to welcome Chalo Hancock as Managing Director of Artscape Daniels Launchpad. Previous to this role, Hancock co-founded U for Change, an award-winning charity in Toronto and was also involved in the launch and growth of Christopher Paunil Designs—a celebrated bridal and eveningwear brand with global markets.

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Artscape Communications Manager
Lindsay Kwan
lkwan@artscape.calkwan@artscape.calkwan@artscape.ca | 416-392-1038 x 45

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About Artscape
Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization based in Toronto that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Since its beginning in 1986, Artscape has become recognized as an international leader in creative placemaking, a practice that leverages the power of art, culture and creativity to catalyze change, growth and transformation of place.

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