News Centre

A selection of news, press releases and events posted regularly:

  • CHRC releases Reporting and Investigating Mechanisms for Workplace Harassment in the Arts!


    When harassment happens, who can the victim turn to? And how does an employer, engager or Board of Directors respond when harassment occurs in their workplace?

    These pressing questions are explored in detail in Reporting and Investigating Mechanisms for Workplace Harassment in the Arts, now available for reference and download at

    Under the banner Respectful Workplaces in the Arts, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) engaged consultant Jeanne LeSage to take an in-depth look at these questions. Her research included identification of existing resources; review of comments from consultations with equity-seeking groups across the country; and over 40 one-on-one interviews with sector leaders including employers and cultural workers. Read More


    Vers qui la victime peut-elle se tourner en cas de harcèlement ? Comment un employeur ou un conseil d'administration réagit-il en cas de harcèlement en milieu de travail ?

    Ces questions urgentes sont examinées en détail dans le rapport Mécanismes de dénonciation et d’enquête sur le harcèlement en milieu de travail, maintenant disponible pour consultation et téléchargement à

    Sous la bannière Milieux de travail respectueux dans les arts, le Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel (CRHSC) a engagé la consultante Jeanne LeSage pour approfondir ces questions. Ses recherches comprenaient l'identification des ressources existantes ; un examen des commentaires issus des consultations à travers le pays avec des groupes en quête d'équité ; et plus de 40 entrevues individuelles avec des leaders du secteur, y compris des employeurs et des travailleurs culturels. Lire la suite

  • Canada's RWB Appoints New School Director / Nomination d'un nouveau directeur d'école au RWB du Canada


    WINNIPEG- February 28, 2019. Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) has appointed Stéphane Léonard as the new School Director effective immediately. As Director, Léonard will oversee the Professional and Recreational Divisions of the world-renowned RWB School and lead the artistic faculty in the education and training of the next generation of dancers and dance teachers.

    The RWB conducted an international search for its new School Director, attracting candidates from across the globe. Léonard’s impressive qualifications and experience, together with his deep roots in the Winnipeg community, made him the clear choice to lead the RWB School and set its course for the future.

    “I am honoured to have been given this extraordinary opportunity,” said Léonard. “ When André Lewis hired me to dance in the RWB Company back in 1998, I thought I’d spend one, maybe two seasons here. It’s 20 years later and I’m still here. I chose to stay each year because the RWB has become my home. I was humbled as an artist in this Company and developed as a teacher in this School. I look forward to building on the great work of my predecessors David Moroni and Arlene Minkhorst and am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this incredible organization.” Read More


    WINNIPEG – Le 28 février 2019. Le Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) du Canada a nommé Stéphane Léonard au poste de directeur de son école, nomination qui entre en vigueur à compter d’aujourd’hui. À ce titre, M. Léonard supervisera les divisions récréative et professionnelle de l’école du RWB de renommée internationale et dirigera le corps professoral artistique en ce qui a trait à l’éducation et à la formation des danseurs et professeurs de danse de la relève.

    Le RWB a mené une recherche d’envergure internationale attirant des candidats de partout dans le monde pour trouver son nouveau directeur d’école. Les compétences et l'expérience impressionnantes de M. Léonard, combinées à ses racines profondes dans la communauté de Winnipeg, ont fait de lui le choix évident pour diriger l’école du RWB et en tracer la voie de l’avenir.

    « Je suis honoré de cette occasion extraordinaire qui m’est offerte, a déclaré M. Léonard. Quand André Lewis m'a embauché pour danser avec la compagnie du RWB en 1998, j'ai pensé passer une ou deux saisons ici. Nous voici 20 ans plus tard et je suis toujours là. Chaque année, j'ai choisi de rester, car le RWB est devenu mon chez‑moi. J'ai évolué humblement en tant qu'artiste dans cette compagnie, puis en tant qu'enseignant dans cette école. Je suis impatient de poursuivre l'excellent travail de mes prédécesseurs David Moroni et Arlene Minkhorst, et je suis reconnaissant de cette occasion d’apporter ma contribution à cet organisme incroyable. » Lire la suite

    Stéphane Léonard; Photo : Kristen Sawatzky

  • Cultural Diplomacy and Trade: Making Connections


    This event launches “Cultural Diplomacy and Trade: Making Connections”, a report prepared for the Department of Canadian Heritage. The report states that by cultivating all relevant constituencies to build networks of shared purpose between state and non-state actors, governments can unlock the full potential of cultural diplomacy to achieve specific policy objectives, including those related to trade.

    Event Details:
    March 7, 4-6 pm
    Seeley Hall,
    Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave

    Report introduction will be presented by North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative co-founders Lynda Jessup, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Global Engagement), Queen’s University, and Sarah E. K. Smith, Assistant Professor, Carleton University.

    Report discussion will take place with: César Villanueva Rivas, Professor of International Relations and Public/Cultural Diplomacy, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City; Christine Nakamura, Vice-President, Toronto Office, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Ben Schnitzer, Cultural Studies, Queen’s University; Salvador Alanis, Executive Director, Institute for Cultural Exchange-Americas (ICE).

    NACDI Report:

    Light refreshments served

  • Call for Applications: National Ballet's Residency Program, Open Space


    In support of Canadian choreographers and the dance community, through the National Ballet of Canada's CreativAction new initiative, Open Space Residency Programme provides 1,200 hours of free studio space each season to independent choreographers free of charge at The Walter Carsen Centre for one to two-week periods. 

    The Open Space programme is currently looking for applications now until March 1st
    For more information and to apply, click HERE.

  • McMaster names Indigenous artist Santee Smith its next chancellor


    McMaster University has become the second Canadian institution in as many weeks to announce that its next chancellor will be an Indigenous person.

    The school says Santee Smith, an artist, dancer and choreographer from the nearby Six Nations of the Grand River, will take over as the honorary head of the university in November.

    Smith hold two degrees at McMaster, one in physical education and another in psychology in addition to a master's degree in dance from Toronto's York University.

    "To be in these positions that are perceived to be of power and prestige, I think it's important." - Santee Smith

    "Recovering from two broken legs, she completed six years of training at Canada's National Ballet School, undertook theatre training and earned her McMaster degrees. She returned to dance in 1996 as a choreographer and dedicated six years to create and produce her first dance work, Kaha:wi, a family creation story," said a press release from McMaster. Read more. 


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