ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT|BUILD IT|MANAGE IT workshop is coming to Toronto

Release Date: February 13, 2015

Kitchener, ON – Toronto nonprofit organizations can strengthen their knowledge about developing and operating sustainable facilities at ArtsBuild Ontario’s upcoming LEARN IT|BUILD IT|MANAGE IT workshop on March 24 and 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day, at Children’s Peace Theatre.

ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is the first province-wide workshop series designed to help nonprofit organizations gain knowledge and skills around building, managing, and financing winning community support for their building projects. The workshop responds to the needs expressed at ArtsBuild’s Sustainable Creative Spaces sessions held in 2013 in eight Ontario Communities.

The workshop includes four focused half-day modules led by these recognized topic experts:

Rick Gosine, VP of Project Development and Marketing at The Dalton Company, has been  with the firm since 1982, gaining special expertise and an understanding of the construction industry through extensive hands-on experience

Derek Ballantyne, CEO of the Community Forward Fund, is a founding director of a $430 million mutual fund and participates in the investment committees for two nonprofit organizations. He sits on the board of the Laidlaw Foundation.

Bryn Jones, Director, Building Science and Sustainability Group at Pinchin Ltd., is experienced in the industrial, commercial, residential and public sectors.  He holds advanced degrees from the University of Waterloo, and Professional Engineers designation in Ontario and Alberta.

Chief Connector at CoBALT CONNECTS, Jeremy Freiburger has been a leader in the Hamilton creative community for almost 15 years. He focuses on regional and municipal partnership development and creative sector development.

Toronto Hydro is collaborating with ArtsBuild Ontario to bring this valuable workshop to Toronto’s creative nonprofit sector. “We understand the importance of elevating the city’s vibrant arts community,” shares Ammar Al-Taher, Toronto Hydro’s Key Account Consultant for this sector. “We’re very pleased to provide opportunities for nonprofits to gain knowledge and skills to improve their building’s overall energy efficiency.”  Al-Taher is helping participants learn about Toronto Hydro’s energy saving and funding incentives.

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is generously supported by the Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council and TD Bank Financial Group.

Registration Information

Registration of $130+HST per person, includes:

  • Participation in all four modules over two days
  • Catered lunch each day
  • Access to online materials and a learning network post-workshop

Register online at or contact Gina Duque, ArtsBuild Project Coordinator, at or call 519.880.3670 x101.


Media Contact
Alex Glass
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
ArtsBuild Ontario
Phone: 519-880-3670 x103
Cell: 226-780-4849

About ArtsBuild Ontario: ArtsBuild Ontario is the only Ontario organization dedicated to providing long-term solutions to building, managing and financing the sustainable facilities needed for vibrant cultural activity to flourish in Ontario’s communities.

ArtsBuild Ontario is committed to working with leading nonprofit and private sector partner organizations to jointly and cost-effectively develop and deliver innovative tools, services and resources for the arts sector.

About Toronto Hydro: Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 736,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 18% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.

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