LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Webinar Recordings

In this webinar series, we shared examples and strategies on the topics of Building Creative Spaces, Maintaining Creative Spaces, Alternative Financing for Capital Projects, and Engaging Community in Capital Projects with presenting partners from The Dalton Company, WalterFedy, Conestoga College, the Community Forward Fund, and Cobalt Connects! Both sessions included examples of projects within the arts sector. These webinars were originally delivered 2020-2021.

Building and Maintaining Creative Spaces Package

Pricing

The Building and Maintaining Creative Spaces Webinar Series includes four parts, available for $30 per webinar or $100 for all four:

  1. Building/Renovating Creative Spaces Part 1: Concept, Feasibility & Design
  2. Building/Renovating Creative Spaces Part 2: Construction & Beyond
  3. Managing/Maintaining Creative Spaces Part 1: Optimizing your Facility
  4. Managing/Maintaining Creative Spaces Part 2: Assets, Hazards, and Planning

Each webinar includes:

  • A Recording of the Webinar
  • A PDF Of the Presentation Slides
  • A Transcription of the recording
  • Any extra resources the presenter provided to the attendees

All webinars are intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith, and community organizations with a current or upcoming creative space project. If you are interested in purchasing recordings of the webinars using a credit or debit card, they can be purchased instantly below with the “Buy Now” button. If you are interested in purchasing the recordings by cheque or direct deposit, please contact If you are interested in purchasing the recordings by cheque or direct deposit, please contact Amy Poole, Program Manager, at amy@artsbuildontario.ca.

Buy all 4 webinars now for $100 + HST

Building Creative Space

Whether a new build or a small to medium size renovation, navigating the construction of a creative space is a complex and non-linear process. Randy Dalton and Jason Judson from The Dalton Company will use local examples to offer strategies for creative space managers to successfully execute building projects on budget and on time in their webinars and consultative sessions.

Building/Renovating Creative Spaces Part 1: Concept, Feasibility & Design
Length: 1 Hour
Cost: $30 + HST

An efficient planning process is integral to ensuring the successful development of a space. As part of the LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Webinar Series, Randy Dalton of the Dalton Company will discuss the important steps to take when developing a concept and design for your space, as well as undergoing a feasibility study as part of the planning process for your creative space.

Building/Renovating Creative Spaces Part 2: Construction & Beyond
Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cost: $30 + HST

When entering into the construction phase to build or renovate a space, it is integral to work from the pre-construction plan and be flexible for what may occur during construction. When construction has finished, it is equally important to make sure that everything is properly finalized. Building on material in the previous LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT webinar on Building/Renovating Creative Spaces, Randy Dalton of The Dalton Company will detail necessary steps and key considerations pertaining to communication, budget, scope of the work, close-out documents, warranty period and more to ensure that the construction and post-construction phases of your build or renovation are efficient and successful.

About our Presenters Randy Dalton and Jason Judson

With over 30 years of experience in the building industry, Randy Dalton is the President of The Dalton Company and is the principal in charge of delivering projects for arts organizations using the company’s Alternative Approach to Building. Randy has experience managing high profile and complex projects, which require attention to detail and a thorough understanding of the unique needs of both arts and non-profit organizations. He possesses a complete knowledge of site operations and the management expertise to ensure that performing arts projects are efficiently and effectively executed.

Randy was the Principal-in-Charge at Artscape Youngplace, Artscape Wychwood Barns and the Young Centre for the Performing Arts projects. He is currently overseeing the expansion and renovation of the Nia Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, ON. He has served as a member of the ArtsBuild Ontario’s Board of Directors and is the past Vice Chair of the Toronto Arts Council Foundation.

Jason Judson is the Director of Project Development with The Dalton Company Ltd., with over 20 years of construction project management experience. A highly effective communicator and practical problem solver, Jason manages multi-disciplinary design teams during the pre-construction and, once building commences, he leads consultants and construction trades to achieve a successfully delivered project and outcome.

Jason has a B.Sc. Honours degree in Surveying. Additionally, he is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Prince2 Practitioner, and he has studied as a Project Management Professional.

Maintaining Creative Spaces

After the completion of a building project, managing a space proactively and sustainably should be an ongoing consideration for arts leaders. Participants will learn how to identify their facility needs and explore best practices for managing the implications of long-term operations in these webinars and consultative sessions. Using pertinent examples from the sector, Bryn Jones from WalterFedy will present practical and efficient methods that art leaders are using to manage their spaces and assets.

Managing/Maintaining Creative Spaces Part 1: Optimizing your Facility
Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cost: $30 + HST

To effectively manage and maintain your creative space, there are many considerations to keep in mind. As part of the LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Webinar Series, Bryn Jones of WalterFedy will introduce key concepts to successfully quantify building risks as well as successfully manage and optimize spaces in this webinar. These concepts include building science, asset management, and addressing risks such as mould which must be considered when maintaining your creative space.

Managing/Maintaining Creative Spaces Part 2: Assets, Hazards, and Planning
Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cost: $30 + HST

When managing a creative space, it is imperative to consider your facility’s assets, potential hazards, and how you must manage them when making future plans to improve your space. Building on material in the previous LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT webinar on Managing/Maintaining Creative Spaces, Bryn Jones of WalterFedy will look at long term planning and discuss strategies to develop an asset management plan to realize the long term financial sustainability of your space. Bryn will additionally highlight the importance of accessibility and how your space can be made AODA-compliant as you plan and make improvements to your facility.

About our Presenter Bryn Jones


Bryn Jones, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., is a senior associate and team leader for the asset and facilities management group with The WalterFedy Partnership and a Professor of Building Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering & IT at Conestoga College. Bryn has over 15 years of engineering experience in building systems engineering and asset management within the arts and public sectors. Bryn has collaborated with ArtsBuild Ontario for the past 6+-years working through, and helping develop, the Asset Planner for the Arts program, as well as the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network program.

Bryn works with client organizations and strategic partners to design and execute integrated asset management strategies from the ground up, as well as evolve currently in-place programs. Bryn specializes in facility condition assessments, data management, strategy development, and financial analysis to support decision-making and infrastructure capital spending for building owners and managers while balancing cost, profit, and risk.

As a College professor, Bryn teaches courses in Thermodynamics, building science, HVAC, fire protection and materials engineering to undergraduates within the Building Systems Engineering, Building Interior Design and Architectural Project and Facility Management degree programs. Bryn’s research focuses on improving building systems performance in the areas of occupant comfort and user experience, fire protection, risk-based life cycle modelling, and building analytics through laboratory testing, field monitoring, and economic simulations.

Bryn is also an elected board member of the Rotary Club of Kitchener (established in 1922). The main project of the Rotary Club of Kitchener is the KidsAbility Centre, a Children’s Treatment Centre that services children with a range of special needs. As well, the Rotary Club of Kitchener takes part in youth development programs, grants, a car draw fundraiser, environmental protection projects, a children’s Christmas party, the Rotary African Women’s Education Fund, study exchange programs and more.

Bryn’s overall goal is to educate building owners, managers and the next generation of buildings professionals to improve the success of capital projects.

Engaging Community and Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Package

The Engaging Community and Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Webinar Series available for $30 per webinar or $100 for all four:

  1. Engaging Community in Capital Projects Part 1: Preparing Yourself for Outreach
  2. Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 1: Thinking About Your Options & How They Fit Together
  3. Engaging Community in Capital Projects Part 2: Going Public
  4. Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 2: Overcoming Fear of Loans

Each webinar includes:

  • A Recording of the Webinar
  • A PDF Of the Presentation Slides
  • A Transcription of the recording
  • Any extra resources the presenter provided to the attendees

All webinars are intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith, and community organizations with a current or upcoming creative space project. If you are interested in purchasing recordings of the webinars using a credit or debit card, they can be purchased instantly below with the “Buy Now” button. If you are interested in purchasing the recordings by cheque or direct deposit, please contact If you are interested in purchasing the recordings by cheque or direct deposit, please contact Amy Poole, Program Manager, at amy@artsbuildontario.ca.

Buy all 4 webinars now for $100 + HST

Engaging Community in Capital Projects Part 1: Preparing Yourself for Outreach

Presenter: Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connects
Length: 1 Hour
Cost: $30 + HST

Engaging your community is an essential act for organizations of all sizes, but it’s important that you prepare internally before making the leap. As part of ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT series, Jeremy Freiburger of Cobalt Connects will share a series of tools aimed at helping you prepare for engagement. Topics discussed will include: setting principles, honest impact, and measuring the success of outreach activities.

Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 1: Thinking About Your Options & How They Fit Together

Presenter: Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending, Community Forward Fund
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $30 + HST

There are several different factors to consider when securing funds to support your creative capital project! For many organizations, exploring alternative funding methods is integral to the success of a capital project. In this webinar, as part of ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT webinar series, presenter Julia Vlad of the Community Forward Fund will introduce different approaches of alternative financing to consider, such as new donor sources, bonds, equity investment and more for capital projects. This webinar will provide you with the knowledge tools you will need when considering all options to fund your project.

Engaging Community in Capital Projects Part 2: Going Public

Presenter: Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connects
Length: 1 Hour
Cost: $30 + HST

Approaching the public is an important moment and you want to ensure your method matches you, your audience, and the desired outcome of your efforts. Building on the information presented in previous LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT workshops and webinars on community engagement, Jeremy Freiburger of Cobalt Connects will discuss creative ways to reach the public, gather and measure data, and the communication tools that make going public effective in this webinar.

Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 2: Overcoming Fear of Loans

Presenter: Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending, Community Forward Fund
Length: 1 Hour
Cost: $30 + HST

When financing your project, it is important to consider the value of loans to arts-based projects. Presenter Julia Vlad of the Community Forward Fund will provide an in-depth look at what lenders are looking for when it comes to financing capital projects. This presentation will also cover how loans can be leveraged alongside other funding sources and incorporated into your organization’s business plan. Julia will use two examples from arts organizations who have successfully applied for and used loans to finance part of their capital projects.

About our Presenters Jeremy Freiburger and Julia Vlad

Jeremy Freiburger is the Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connects. Jeremy has been a leader in Hamilton’s creative community for over 15 years. His experience ranges from producing award-winning theatre and ballet with the RBC Festival of Classics and Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble, to developing more than 200,000 square feet of studio facilities, to writing policy and plans for municipalities focused on creative sector development.

Focusing primarily on regional and municipal partnership development, and organizational development, Jeremy is the founder of Cobalt Connects. Jeremy has spoken at dozens of conferences on the subject of creative community economic development, and has sat on many boards and committees including the Our Cultural Community Committee (Chair, City of Hamilton Cultural Plan), Supercrawl, CANVAS and the Bay Area Restoration Council.

Julia Vlad Julia leads the investment and portfolio management for the Community Forward Fund and the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund. She has over ten years of experience in banking, finance and the non-profit sector. Her experience includes investing and portfolio management at the World Bank’s private sector arm, IFC, in Panama, Senegal and USA; advising social entrepreneurs at an accelerator in Nicaragua and financial analysis and forecasting at Scotiabank. She holds an MBA from HEC Paris, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder