LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT began as a two-part workshop and webinar series. Offered in the communities of:

  • Cambridge
  • Guelph
  • Kitchener
  • Orangeville
  • Waterloo

The series covers 4 key areas that support creative space capital projects:

  • Alternative Financing
  • Community Engagement
  • Building/Renovating
  • Maintaining/Managing Creative Spaces

Part 1 began with workshops in several of these communities. However, as the health and safety of our participants is of the utmost importance, and in light of concerns regarding workshop attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic, ABO has decided to change these workshops into one-on-one virtual sessions to complement the webinars.

Part 2: Virtual Consultations

Part 2, covering the topics of Building/Renovating and Managing/Maintaining Creative Spaces and Creative Space Projects, will offer free Virtual Consultations in the areas of Kitchener, and Waterloo. These consultations are intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations looking tor guidance to build, renovate, manage and/or maintain manage creative space for a creative space project. Each community will offer two days of consultations.


  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021: Kitchener
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021: Kitchener
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021: Waterloo
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021: Waterloo
  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021: Orangeville
  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021: Orangeville
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021: Guelph
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021: Guelph
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021: Cambridge
  • Tuesday, July 6, 2021: Cambridge

In these sessions, participants in and near each of these areas will have the opportunity to sign up for one-hour timeslots for one of the two days with a creative space or creative space project in mind and consult with either one or both of our consultants, Randy Dalton (The Dalton Company) and Bryn Jones (formerly WalterFedy). They will offer guidance and perspective based on their expertise and pertaining to their session topics.


We welcome registrations from organizations in or around each of the catchment areas, as well as outside of these catchment areas. While city-based organizations will have priority, we will open consultations to those outside of each community if time slots are available.


Kitchener Virtual Consultations:

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, & Tuesday April 20, 2021

Registrations closed.


Waterloo Virtual Consultations:

Tuesday, May 4, 2021, & Tuesday May 11, 2021

Registration closed.


Orangeville Virtual Consultations:

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, & Tuesday June 1, 2021

Register for a session HERE.

Registration closes Wednesday, May 12, 2021


Guelph Virtual Consultations:

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, & Tuesday June 22, 2021

Register for a session HERE.

Registration closes Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Cambridge Virtual Consultations:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021, & Tuesday July 6, 2021

Register for a session HERE.

Registration closes Tuesday, June 8, 2021


Registration Note: You will be asked for a brief summary of your project, and 3-5 questions that you would like to ask the presenters so we can inform them ahead of time.


Part 2: Building/Renovating Creative Spaces

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 of The Dalton Company will offer virtual consultations on the topic of building/renovating creative spaces. Using local examples to offer strategies on the concept, feasibility, design and construction phases of your project, these consultations are designed to support creative space managers in successfully executing building projects on budget and on time.

About Randy Dalton

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.

About the Dalton Company

Led by CEO Andrew Dalton and President Randy Dalton, The Dalton Company is a building service firm based in the GTA that is committed to exceeding expectations and maintaining long-term relationships with its clients. Originally founded by Peter D. Dalton in 1940, The Dalton Company began and remains as a family-owned business that continues to successfully manage building projects. The Dalton Company strives to adapt and evolve in the constantly-changing landscape of the building industry. As such, they have developed an Alternative Approach to Building, based on the core values that the company was established on. These core values are Integrity, Commitment, Accountability, Responsibility and Experience. This Alternative Approach to Building caters to the Canadian building service market by building trust through collaboration in the early stages of building projects. The Dalton Company particularly specializes in planning, building, and renovating for the residential high-end and commercial sectors. From concept and pre-construction to final occupancy and closeout documentation, The Dalton Company offers a vast array of services.

Managing/Maintaining Creative Spaces

After the completion of a building project, managing a space proactively and sustainably should be an ongoing consideration for arts leaders. In these virtual consultations with Bryn Jones of WalterFedy, participants will learn how to identify their facility needs and explore best practices for managing the implications of long-term operations in their consultations. Using pertinent examples from the sector, Bryn Jones will provide consultations on practical and efficient methods that art leaders are using to manage their spaces and assets, addressing questions around topics such as energy efficiency, managing hazards and more.

About Bryn Jones

Bryn Jones, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., is a Professor and Program Coordinator of the Building Systems Engineering (BSE) in the School of Engineering & IT at Conestoga College. Bryn has 20 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 10+-years working
through, and helping develop, the Asset Planner for the Arts program, as well as the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network program.

Bryn has worked 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 while
leveraging opportunities around energy performance, durability and barrier free access.

Bryn’s overall goal is to educate building owners, managers and the next generation of building
professionals to improve the success of capital projects and move towards financial stability of
their vertical assets.

Bryn Jones was previously with WalterFedy, and is now with Conestoga College.


About WalterFedy

WalterFedy is an award-winning architecture and engineering firm with strong roots in the Waterloo Region as well as Southwestern Ontario. Since its establishment in 1951, WalterFedy continues to adapt and evolve to serve their clients in the best way possible. WalterFedy specializes in energy management, architectural engineering, asset and files management, project management and more. They are proud volunteers and sponsors in the regions of Waterloo, Hamilton-Niagara and beyond, for supporting communities is at the forefront of their minds. Their recent projects include warehouse renovations at McMaster Innovation Park, condo development at Batavia Place, and providing architectural, structural, and engineering services for the residential development of Lexington Park Real Estate Capital Inc., and the building of a galvanizing plant for Corbec Inc.


For LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT webinars, please refer to ABO’s Webinars webpage.

This program is presented in partnership with the Community Forward Fund, Cobalt Connects, the Dalton Company and WalterFedy

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation


Sustainable Creative Spaces

In 2013, ArtsBuild gathered and shared insights from eight communities in Ontario. At each stop, Sustainable Creative Sessions were opportunities to engage local leaders, arts organizations, municipalities, funders and other decision makers in a conversation about the successes and challenges of building, managing and financing sustainable creative spaces.

ArtsBuild has completed all eight sessions. See below for each of the cities and to read the reports from each community. Participants and readers are able to share experiences within each community as well as learn about ArtsBuild’s innovative new programs that can be applied to the facility needs in communities like yours. We thank everyone who took the time to participate in each of these community engagement sessions!