The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation brings ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT|BUILD IT|MANAGE IT workshop to Waterloo Region

Release Date: January 28, 2015

Kitchener, ON – Waterloo region nonprofit organizations can strengthen their knowledge about developing and operating sustainable facilities at ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT workshop on February 10 and 11, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm each day, at the Waterloo Region Museum.

Hosted by The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is the first province-wide workshop designed to help nonprofit organizations gain knowledge and skills around building, managing and financing their facilities, and 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.

“We know the importance of supporting the arts, and what impact a thriving arts and culture sector can have on a community,” shares Rosemary Smith, CEO of The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. “By investing in capacity building opportunities like the LEARN IT|BUILD IT|MANAGE IT, our community’s artists and cultural leaders will gain additional skills, and have a greater opportunity for success here in Waterloo Region.”

The workshop includes four focused half-day modules, led by recognized topic experts Rick Gosine, Derek Ballantyne, Bryn Jones and Jeremy Freiburger.

Rick Gosine, Vice President of Project Development and Marketing at The Dalton Company,  has been with the firm since 1992, when he began his career as a project coordinator/estimator.  Gosine’s hands-on experience has given him a special expertise and understanding of the construction industry.

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., has over 13 years of engineering experience in industrial, commercial, residential and public sectors.  He holds a master’s of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Waterloo, and earned his 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.

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

Registration Information

Through the support of the Region of Waterloo, City of Kitchener, City of Cambridge and City of Waterloo, the $130 cost of this workshop has been significantly subsidized.

Kitchener-Waterloo attendees pay only $30+HST per person, covering

  • 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 Contacts

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

Bethan Llewellyn
Director, Executive Services          
The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation
Phone: 519-725-1806 ext. 205
Cell: 519-807-4260

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 The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation: The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Kitchener-Waterloo and the surrounding area, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on key ccommunity issues.