Colleen Smith, Arts executive

Toronto’s entertainment district is familiar territory for Colleen Smith who has held senior roles in some of the country’s most cherished arts institutions. Originally from Prince Edward Island, 

Colleen started out her work life as a teacher, sharing her passion for the arts with middle and high school students in Halifax.Colleen is passionate about getting youth involved in the arts, and says that giving young people the opportunity to perform and be on stage helps build strong and confident individuals.

Hear Colleen’s philosophy on the lack of women and people of colour in arts executive roles and why you shouldn’t be afraid to fail.

Episode release date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018