• Julian Sleath

    Julian Sleath


    Julian Sleath brings more than 35 years of leadership and experience in the performing arts to The Bentway. His focus is on developing this new public space and bringing it to life.
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    Previously, Julian was Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Banff Centre, Program Manager of Cultural Events for the City of Toronto, and served on the Arts and Programming Advisory Committees for the 2015 Pan American / Parapan American Games, and for Artscape during the launch of Daniels Spectrum. He has also worked on the realization of numerous cultural spaces including the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for the Canadian Opera Company, theatres in the UK, concert halls in Russia, an outdoor stage in Dallas, and Koerner Hall in Toronto.

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  • Ilana Altman

    Ilana Altman

    Director of Programming

    Ilana Altman is a cultural planner and designer who has a background in art and architecture. In her role as Director of Programming she works with the community to implement innovative and engaging programming, revealing new possibilities for public space.
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    Prior to joining The Bentway team, Ilana worked for a number of notable design firms including Studio Daniel Libeskind and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York and KPMB Architects in Toronto. She has led the curation and design of exhibitions and installations at the SFMOMA, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Additionally, she has worked closely with artists to realize public art installations for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. In 2014 Ilana founded the Artful City, a Toronto collective that aims to advance public art research, policies, and imaginations. Additionally, Ilana founded and served as the Executive Director of the Pavilion Project from 2015-2017.

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  • Dave Carey

    Dave Carey

    Director of Development

    Dave Carey is a park person, a film lover, and a Toronto-phile.
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    He joins The Bentway team from the Toronto International Film Festival, where he worked for nearly 11 years. Most recently he served as Director of Government Relations & Philanthropy, leading a team of storytellers, partnership-builders, and fundraisers. Dave’s portfolio included steering relationships with all levels of government—from grant writing to programme evaluation; from street closures to liquor licensing; and from arts advocacy to cultural diplomacy—and all forms of philanthropic giving. Dave has previously held volunteer positions at The 519 Church Street Community Centre, the Ontario Museums Association, and World Pride. He holds a Master of Arts in Communication & Culture from Ryerson University. You can generally find Dave on his bicycle, reading a good book, at the movies, or doing yoga (but not, generally, at the same time).

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  • Sara Peel

    Sara Peel

    Director of Operations and Facilities

    Sara Peel brings 20 years of experience in the arts and cultural sector to her position as Director of Operations and Facilities at The Bentway. With a strong professional focus and passion for public events in public spaces, she is excited to help make The Bentway a place for the people of Toronto and our visitors to share and delight in.
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    Before joining The Bentway team, Sara was the Managing Director of North by Northeast, the Manager of Events at Yonge-Dundas Square, and the Operations Strategist for the Design Exchange’s inaugural Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology. Sara’s portfolio includes creating and managing strong relationships with government and municipal partners, emergency planning and incident management, event management, change management, and creating good policy and operational structure for arts organizations. Originally hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Sara travelled the world for many years working as a large-scale event producer, production manager and stage manager, predominantly in outdoor events and festivals, before settling in Toronto ten years ago. Having started her career cueing cassettes in the Adelaide Fringe in 1995, Sara has maintained a strong relationship with Fringes around the world, and was President of the Board of the Toronto Fringe for three years. She is now Treasurer of the Canadian Improv Games. She has a giant old English sheepdog named Nigel who expresses affection by drooling a lot.

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  • Kasia Gladki

    Kasia Gladki

    Manager of Communications

    Kasia Gladki is an arts lover and communications and marketing professional.
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    She started her career in New York working in communications and marketing for social justice organizations. She came back to Toronto three years ago to pursue her passion for arts and culture and has become deeply embedded in Toronto’s vibrant arts scene. She was most recently at Artscape as Assistant Manager, Creative Placemaking Lab, where she supported Artscape’s consulting role in The Bentway project and other thought leadership, resource and knowledge sharing programs. Before this she was Manager, National Canadian Film Day and Co-Director, Communications at REEL CANADA – an organization that promotes the appreciation of Canadian film through screenings for high school students, English as a second language learners, and a nationwide one-day festival. Kasia holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York and a BA in Art History from McGill University. She is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop for radio producers and is Vice President of the Board of Dreamwalker Dance Company. Kasia loves swimming in lakes, falling for a good book, and experiencing all the amazing visual art, dance and performance Toronto has to offer.

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  • Sarah Munro

    Sarah Munro

    Manager of Programming

    Sarah Munro is a curator, archivist, and arts and cultural administrator with a passion for promoting the artworks and artifacts of diverse and often marginalized communities. She believes in the power of creativity, collaboration, and conversation to change and unite minds.
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    Sarah has a background in the fine arts and museum collections management, and has worked with a wide range of arts and cultural heritage organizations, including the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, the UK’s National Holocaust Centre and Museum, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Ontario Jewish Archives, the Koffler Centre of the Arts, the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, and Ryerson Artspace. Most recently she operated as Director of Public Programs for Myseum of Toronto, a 21st century civic museum whose programs and experiences showcase the history, spaces, cultures, architecture, and people that represent Toronto’s unique place in the world. As Manager of Programming for The Bentway, Sarah facilitates meaningful interactions between the city’s diverse communities, within a gathering space of layered historical significance.

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  • Kris Kinsey

    Kris Kinsey

    Development Coordinator

    Kris is an arts administrator and fundraiser, who is passionate about city building.
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    Originally from small-town Alberta, Kris’s interest in cities and public space can be traced back to a screening of William H. Whyte’s The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, being shown as part of an urban sociology course at the University of Toronto. Following graduation from U of T, Kris began volunteering with a number of community-based organizations in Toronto including Hassle Free Clinic and The 519 Church Street Community Centre, where he gained exposure to community outreach and fundraising respectively. Kris joins The Bentway team most recently from TIFF, where he spent over three years working within the organization’s Advancement department. While at TIFF, he played a lead role in developing education and outreach programming for seniors, coordinating outdoor film screenings at local parks, and supporting fundraising efforts for TIFF’s charitable initiatives.

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  • Lara Samuel

    Lara Samuel

    Office Coordinator

    Lara Samuel learned curiosity from comparative literature, logistics from opera, patience from hospitality and precision from pastry, and is bringing all of the above to The Bentway to keep the team organized, on track, and smiling.
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    Prior to joining the team, Lara worked for a number of arts institutions in Vienna, Paris and Marseilles before joining the Luxury Hospitality industry with roles in Geneva and Toronto. On vacation, chances are Lara can be spotted in one of her two happy places: her hometown bakery in Austria, or her favourite Italian restaurant in Aix-en-Provence, France.

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