Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sandra Dyck

Art historian, curator, gallery director

“[…) I’d love for the gallery to serve as a “third space” – neither home nor work – that functions as a forum for dialogue between diverse communities […]”. - Sandra Dyck

Born in Chilliwack, B.C.; lives in Ottawa.

Obtained a Masters in Canadian art history at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Worked at many cultural institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Art Gallery, and Library and Archives Canada.

Has been employed by the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) for the last 17 years where, over the course of her career, she has curated 50 and coordinated over 150 exhibitions. She has been named gallery director in July 2012.

As director, her focus will be on strengthening CUAG’s engagement in communities both on and off campus, as well as expand the scope and ambition of educational programming as a means of reaching new audiences both regionally and nationally.

Has contributed essays to books published by the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Montreal Museum of Fine.

Her recent accomplishments include her 2012 catalogue Shuvinai Ashoona Drawings (recommended as essential reading in the summer 2012 issue of Canadian Art magazine). She has also won two Curatorial Writing Awards from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She was general editor of Sanattiaqsimajut: Inuit Art from the Carleton University Art Gallery Collection, which won first prize for exhibition catalogue design in the 2009 American Association of Museum Publications Design Competition.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Nicole V. Champeau

Poet, essayist, speaker

Born in Cornwall, Ontario; lives in Ottawa.

Studied literature and music at the University of Ottawa.

Collaborated on a TV series on the Historia channel, called L'Odyssée d'un fleuve. She was also the subject of several television reports, particularly on the St. Lawrence Seaway, broadcast on TV Ontario and Radio-Canada's RDI news network.

During her career as a writer, has also worked as a teacher, learning advisor and researcher.

Has six poetry collections, including Dans les pas de la louve (awarded the 2001 Prix du livre d'Ottawa), and the non-fiction work, Mémoire des villages engloutis.

Was a finalist for the Prix Trillium, and won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2009 for her work Pointe maligne : l’infiniment oubliée of which the Jury said:

"Like a requiem, this book sings of the destruction of the territories of the Upper Saint Lawrence, drowned by dams and depopulated by expropriation. These places have even disappeared from the memories of maps. Around Cornwall, originally called Pointe Maligne, the memory of the founding peoples, Amerindian and French, has been obliterated."


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Claire Faubert

Actress, artistic director, teacher, volunteer

Born in Orléans, Ontario in 1946.

Has a BA in Lettres françaises from the University of Ottawa and an MA from the Institut d’études théâtrales, Paris III (Sorbonne).

Joined the ranks of Ottawa's professional artistic community in the late sixties, having appeared and worked for all of the principal French language companies on both sides of the Ottawa River. She regularly performed on all the National Art Centre stages and at the Théâtre de l'Île in Gatineau.

Left for Paris in 1981 to study with Alain Knapp and at the Institut d'études théâtrales and then accepted a position as professor at the Department of Theatre.

Became artistic director of the Théâtre du Trillium in 1990 where she performed in Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf (In French) and Mademoiselle Marguerite. At the Théâtre de l'Île, she performed in Duo pour une soliste and at National Arts Centre in Mademoiselle Eléna.

Began directing in 1978 and has directed productions for the Théâtre de l'Île and the Théâtre du Trillium.

Winner of the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award in 1998; this award recognizes the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in the city of Ottawa.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Carol Anne Chenard

Soccer referee, microbiologist

Born in Prince Edward Island; grew up in Ottawa; lives in Orleans.

Has a wide-ranging athletic career with a background in speed skating, basketball, volleyball and soccer.

Attended Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa and was senior athlete-of-the-year in her graduating year; played for the Gloucester Hornets soccer team.

Attended the Canadian short-track national team’s training centre, as well as completed a PhD in microbiology and immunology at McGill University.

Is the owner of six World Cup short-track speedskating medals and a one-time world record holder in the 3,000-metre relay.

Combines a career as head of Regional Compliance Program of Controlled Substances at Health Canada with coaching at her home Gloucester Concordes Speed Skating Club and soccer refereeing.

Became a FIFA referee in 2006, operating on a national level. In 2008, she began officiating international matches, including the U20 Women’s World Cup tournament in Chile and the Women’s World Cup final in Germany.

Will be the only Canadian soccer referee at the London Olympic Games in 2012.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tanya Heath

Inventor of the convertible shoe

“Above all I want the notion of having to suffer to be beautiful to disappear and I hope my shoe will be as liberating as when women left the corset behind.” – Tanya Heath

Born in Ottawa; moved to Paris in 1998 where she worked for a strategy firm.

As an entrepreneur, she designed a shoe with interchangeable heel heights that combine mobility, comfort and glamour in one shoe. The goal was to create shoes that women could wear at the office, for evenings out and for the commute home by simply changing the heel height.

She worked with a team of 14 engineers and shoe technicians to invent a mechanism that requires a simple secure click of a button to change the heel height. The result is one of the best technically executed examples of convertible footwear.