Our Team




Patti Broughton

Patti Broughton, Executive Director 

Patti is a cultural manager and public relations specialist born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario. She holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, with a specialization in Arts Administration, and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Niagara College. In her 20-year career, Patti has held positions with Centre for the Arts - Brock University, Shaw Festival and St. Catharines & Area Arts Council. Most recently, she managed the Colony of Avalon Foundation, a cultural tourism site in Ferryland, Newfoundland. Her professional interests include not-for-profit governance, finance, programming, public relations and fund development. Passionate about arts and culture, Patti is excited to join the arts community in the culturally vibrant city of Guelph.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Fan-Ling Suen, Co-Manager of Programs and Operations

Fan-Ling Suen is an arts administrator, rural community organizer, and a multi-disciplinary visual artist. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and has over 10 years of experience studying and working within arts and culture.  Among the many hats that she wears, Fan-Ling takes pleasure in weaving together all of her passions to foster healthy communities through civic engagement and enriching arts programming.  

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Preetam Sengupta, Co-Manager of Programs and Operations

Preetam Sengupta is a storytelling singer-songwriter from Sarnia, but has called Guelph home for over ten years. His 2017 album “Patience” earned him a Folk Music Ontario Award that included a certificate which he gave to his parents. Often compared to Paul Simon, Preetam’s live show is built around simple performance, playful stage banter, very little pyro, and a genuine desire to connect with his audience.

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Michael Crha, Digital Strategies Assistant
(Co-op Placement)

Michael Crha is a third year Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Guelph, who has joined Guelph Arts Council for a co-op placement. His artistic background includes filmmaking, video production, and graphic design. He is a citizen of the Czech Republic and enjoys traveling as well as language-learning.

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Elly Grant, Communications & Outreach Assistant (Practicum Placement)

Elly Grant is pursuing her Master’s in Art Education through NSCAD University. Elly’s strong interests in arts administration, curation and arts programming have developed over the years through a variety of incredible experiences and opportunities. Elly joins GAC through yet another opportunity to continue her learning in these areas and discover more about the behind-the-scenes functions of arts and culture organizations. Elly hopes to expand upon and integrate her resourceful, organized and enthusiastic skill-set in her role as GAC’s Communications and Outreach Assistant this semester. Most importantly, Elly hopes to further connect and collaborate with her hometown arts community and contribute her endless amount of ideas to GAC’s program offerings.

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Aisling O'Flanagan

Aisling is a practicing artist, who currently works out of her Guelph-based studio. Her work as a painter has led her to both study and practice in cities all across Canada. She holds an Honours BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Aisling has worked in the arts industry for the last eight years, in both the public and private sector, where she saw the direct benefits of community-based arts organizations, and their importance in supporting both artists and local culture. She is an active member of the Guelph Arts Council's Fund Development Committee.

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Laurel McKellar

Laurel is the Senior Director, Curation, Exhibitions & Program Development at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener. Much of her experience in the arts and culture sector has been in Waterloo Region, however, she has lived in Guelph since 2000 and holds a B.A. Honours in Art History and Studio Arts from the University of Guelph. She has volunteered for Art on the Street and as a member of the Cultural Advisory Committee for the City of Guelph. She has always wanted to be more involved in her community's art scene and support local artists and arts organizations.

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Erik Grosz

Erik is a manager at RLB LLP in Guelph. He has worked in public accounting for the past five years serving
Guelph and the surrounding area and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. He
has always been aware of Guelph’s strong arts culture and looks forward to supporting the efforts of the
Guelph Arts Council.

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Michelle Dwyer

Michelle Dwyer practices in the areas of family law, criminal law and provincial offences, civil litigation and estate litigation. She is a certified practitioner of collaborative family law and assists clients with negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Michelle obtained both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1995 and a Masters of Arts in Political Science in 2000 from the University of British Columbia. She completed a Juris Doctorate degree in 2001 from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Michelle has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Criminal Justice and Public Policy Program at the University of Guelph.




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Tamarie Dobias

Tamarie was born and raised in Guelph and maintains deep roots within the community. She was with RBC Global Wealth Management for over 17 years and held executive roles in marketing communications, sponsorship and corporate philanthropy. In 2015 Tamarie shifted her career toward the non-profit sector, bridging the transition with international aid work and post-graduate study in cultural development. She currently works as an independent consultant on projects in the non-profit sector and remains driven by the power of arts and culture to impact social change – both locally and globally.

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Danna Evans

As General Manager of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Danna and her team manage the Sleeman Centre, Guelph Museums, River Run Centre, Farmers’ Market, Tourism, Culture, Local Immigration Partnership and Community Investment (Grants, subsidies) for the City of Guelph. Danna has worked for the City of Guelph for almost 10 years; starting her career at the River Run Centre.  Danna is proud to have worked as Front of House Supervisor, as well as the Facility Manager. Danna’s passion for Culture stems from performing arts and special event management. An alumnus of The University of Waterloo, Danna got her start in theatre as an Equity Stage Manager. In 2003, Danna moved from theatre production to theatre administration with the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, assisting event planning, technical relief and front of house. Danna is actively involved with Girl Guides of Canada as a Volunteer Leader with the Guide program.

Jane Litchfield

Jane is a writer and editor who started her career in journalism before transitioning to marketing and then digital marketing. She studied anthropology at Laurier and journalism at Carleton. She moved to Guelph to raise a family in 1994 and found it an ideal place to do so. She has been active in amateur theatre as an actor and board member. Jane served on the GAC Communications & Membership committee, which she now chairs, before joining the board. She enjoys writing many of GAC’s social media posts to help spread the word about Guelph’s vibrant arts scene.

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Barbara Salsberg Mathews

Barbara is a practicing artist, retired Visual Arts secondary school teacher, and published author/illustrator who has recently returned to Guelph. She enjoys both art-making and engaging the community with the arts. She looks forward to bringing her experience as an artist and arts educator to the work of GAC.

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Braden Phelan

Braden is a professional singer-songwriter and artist manager. Although often on the road as half of singer-songwriter duo Tragedy Ann or with The Lifers, Braden calls Guelph home. He’s active in our local music scene and looks forward to championing the arts in Guelph as a GAC Board member.

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Lise Anne Janis

Lise Anne Janis is a long-time advocate and supporter of the arts in Guelph. She has a strong desire to help further the objectives of GAC, and believes in the importance of the arts as a driver and connector in our community. She has actively volunteered for several Guelph arts organizations, currently holding the position of Board Chair for the Guelph Community Singers. Lise Anne also works as a full time realtor.

Elected by GAC’s membership, the Board of Directors guides and supports Guelph Arts Council’s work to champion and grow opportunities for Guelph’s creative community. GAC's Board members bring together a variety of skills from the artistic and business communities, along with their enthusiasm and passion for the arts in Guelph.


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