Artpreneur 2014

2014 Artpreneur Line-up


Born in Kingston, Ontario, Andrew moved to Ottawa in 1991 to study Industrial Design at Carleton University. During this time, he contributed to the Ottawa Citizen’s comics page with a weekly strip entitled “Off The Wall” which was published from 1993 to 1997. A number of his comics were printed in newspapers across North America through King Features Syndicate. Andrew followed his love of cartooning and was accepted into the Television Animation program at Algonquin College where he graduated with Honours in 1997.

After graduating, Andrew began working in television with a number of local animation studios and continued his freelance design and animation work with studios in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. Currently Andrew resides in Ottawa, Ontario, where he continues to work as a freelance designer for animated television shows as well as doing conceptual design work for both live action and video game productions. During 2003 while on hiatus between projects, Andrew began to paint and exhibited his first show. Utilizing his design skills, animation background and unique brand of humour, his works vary from contemporary landscapes to almost graphic cartoon style images. Influenced and inspired by where he grew up, his travels and Prince Edward County where his parents live, his work evokes both humour and emotion through minimalism, lighting and colour.

His work has been featured in a number of art exhibitions in Ottawa, Toronto, Guelph and the Muskokas, as well as in galleries across Ontario. His work appeals to a wide range of audiences and continues to evolve as he progresses his art form.

AdrianSalanumovicA – GETTING ONLINE AND PROMOTING Adrian Salamunovic,
Co-Founder, WorkshopX

Adrian Salamunovic is co-founder of WorkshopX Inc.,a company that invests in, builds and launches great technology businesses. Companies include PopKey, CanvasPop, Crated and DNA 11. Adrian is a 15-year business technology veteran with extensive experience in marketing, social media, public relations and product design. He founded his first web development company in 1995, and has since helped to shape and define e-business strategies for many high profile companies including which was recently acquired by j2 Global for over $250 million. Adrian is focused on overseeing and creating campaigns and programs that deliver revenue and measurable returns.

Session Description: Creating an online store is easy but creating one that boosts sales is exponentially more difficult. In this session we will explore what it takes to make an online store successful. Best practices, key considerations and common mistakes will be explored, arming business owners with the invaluable knowledge required to take their online sales to the next level. Be prepared for an information packed session that will help you paint your own masterpiece to success.

Brent Mondoux is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned investor, social media celebrity, and accomplished business leader. As CEO of N-VisionIT Interactive ( throughout its 14 year history, Brent has built a wealth of knowledge and experience in business and finance.

Through his energetic and passionate “straight shooter” approach, Brent leads a team of experts and works directly with clients to push them (often beyond their comfort zones) towards business success, with a particular focus on online success through the design, development and marketing expertise of N-VisionIT Interactive. Brent extends this success further into the community through his involvement with charitable organizations such as SKIP-AID ( and Valerie’s Flutter Foundation (

Brent has amassed a following of fans on various social networks that follow his online activities which include useful and entertaining blog posts that have been featured on high profile websites such as Through webinars, training & consulting, Brent’s expertise fuels the social media efforts of organizations across Canada & the United States.

Under Brent’s leadership, N-VisionIT Interactive was named one of the “Top 25 Up and Comers” in the Canadian Technology Sector by Ottawa-based eBusiness Consulting firm The Branham Group in 2002 and 2004. In 2003, N-VisionIT was named one of Profit magazine’s fourth annual “HOT 50″ companies, a ranking of Canada’s fastest growing companies. In 2013, N-VisionIT earned a finalist position for the “Ottawa Business Achievement Awards – 2012 Professional Services of the Year”. Brent’s business success has earned him an “Ottawa Business Journal & Ottawa Chamber of Commerce – 2013 Forty Under 40 Award”.

Brent is always happy to make new connections so make sure to look him up on your favorite social network – he’s bound to be there! Your business will be better for it!


Session Description: Learn the basics and brush up on your submission skills. Don Monet will cover: how to submit your art to galleries; the dos and don’ts between artists and their galleries; pricing and selling your art in a commercial gallery; presenting and promoting your work.

Over the last thirty years Don Monet has organized and curated dozens of thematic group exhibitions In Vancouver, Hazelton, Toronto and for the past twenty years in Ottawa, Ont. Monet is an advocate of the multi-disciplinary approach to art, curating shows that feature visual artists, musicians, actors and dancers. He has mounted shows for nationally-acclaimed artists such as Russell Yuristy, Karina Kraenzle, Eric Walker, Kristy Gordon and Joe Fafard. He has also hosted musical acts with a range of performers including Peter Katz, experimental jazz by Grid Mesh from Berlin, and cutting-edge theatre such as Peter Froehlich’s “Merz” and John Koensgen’s “Dracula”. Monet’s academic career has seen him teaching culture, communications, ethics, and audience research courses as a sessional professor at the University of Ottawa. In 2005, Monet and his partner, writer Becky Rynor, founded Cube Gallery. This was also the beginning of Monet’s ongoing full-time curatorial presence on the art scene. Since then, Monet has organized and curated six political exhibitions and 124 solo and themed shows at Cube, and at artist- run centres including SAW Gallery, 101 and Mayworks Art Festival. Monet also founded and curates the Fritzi Gallery now in its fourth year at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Fritzi presents a visual dialogue between visual artists and the plays mounted at GCTC. He now mentors the new curator in residence programme at the Fritzi.

Session Description: Your artistic practice can bring up a lot of legal questions, including copyright, tax law, contract negotiation, and estate planning. Because artists often have questions about different areas of arts law and face challenges in finding accessible and affordable answers, it is important to be aware of lawyers and clincis that offer legal advice specifically for artists. In 2012, Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa (ALSO) was created and is now the sixth such legal advice service in Canada. ALSO is a hub where local artists connect with volunteer lawyers who are supporters of the local arts community. This presentation will focus on a general overview of some of the issues you may face as a professional artist, and what resources are available to you in Ottawa.

Can I copy and change that riff? Can someone reuse my website photos? How do I get paid when my songs get played on the radio? Is my work protected by copyright or trademark?

Your artistic practice can bring up a lot of legal questions, including copyright, tax law, contract negotiation, and even estate planning. Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa (“ALSO”) was founded in order to bring artists together with lawyers and professionals who can answer questions about these important and varied topics.

This presentation will focus on a general overview of some of the most common issues you may face in your daily life as a professional artist, and what resources are available to you in Ottawa.

Tanya Woods is the Vice-President, Policy and Legal Affairs for the Entertainment and Software Association of Canada based in Ottawa. She has many years of experience as a copyright lawyer, in particular, as former legal counsel (Regulatory and Copyright Law) for BCE Inc., and in positions at the Copyright Board of Canada, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, the Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective, Industry Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Tanya holds an LL.B. from the London School of Economics (London, England) and the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada) and holds an LL.M. from the University of Ottawa and American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. She is a founding member of Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa.


Session Description: Learn about how to balance artistic and commercial photography through the following topics: – The need to change and adapt to the actual photographic industry – Staying current – Professional associations (PPOC, PPA, WPPI…) – Finding a niche and specializing. – Studio or Not? – Getting the word out (portfolio, website, blog etc…)

Claude Brazeau MPA is an award-winning accredited (in 17 categories and counting) portrait photographer based in the National Capital / Outaouais region.

His interest in this field started many years ago with an introduction to photography class in high school and photography was a much-loved (serious) hobby until the mid 90s. He had a small darkroom at home and never left the house without his camera. He developed a keen eye as both a portrait and nature photographer. In 1994, Claude found he needed a career change and turned to photography. He studied commercial photography for two years and added part-time free-lance photographer to his resume. In 2000, this became full time. Claude loves meeting people making portrait photography and event coverage a natural fit for him. Claude is also an amateur musician and singer and he loves to work with artists to create the perfect look for their website or CD cover. Wedding photography (combining portrait and event photography) make up the bulk of his business and he loves this work; he considers it a privilege to play a part in such a special day in people’s lives. He also teaches on a regular basis, offering one-on-one training as well as workshops and master classes.

He is the proud recipient of many awards including: – Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Best in Class Portrait (2014) – Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Best in Class Photojournalistic Wedding (2011); – PPOC-Ontario Portrait Photographer of the Year (2010, 2011 & 2013); – PPOC-Ontario Best in Class Fine Art (2011), Photojournalistic Wedding (2011), Portrait (2013).

Robin_Moir2F – THE MUSICAL ARTPRENEUR: Robin Moir, Secretary-Treasurer Musicians’ Association of Ottawa-Gatineau

The mission of the Musicians’ Association of Ottawa-Gatineau, Local 180, AFM is to defend and promote the economic, social, and professional interests of its members who are free-lance musicians, as well as musicians who are working under a collective bargaining agreement. Membership in the Musicians Association of Ottawa-Gatineau confirms status as a professional musician. The Association offers services, resources and a directory of its members.

RyanSaxbyHill_PhotoRYAN SAXBY HILL – MC

Ryan Saxby Hill is an expert in communications and digital marketing. He currently runs media relations and online engagement efforts at the Canada Foundation for Innovation and is a founding editor of the local blog Aptapartment613. Ryan’s previous work with the Canadian Federation for the Social Sciences and Humanities, Nortel Networks, and Adobe Systems have given him a breadth of experience leading communication programs in both the public and private sector.

Ryan specializes in leveraging media relations, digital marketing and social media to bolster organizations’ strategic communication priorities.

He has worked to increase the visibility of Ottawa’s arts and cultural community through creative and engaging projects and is committed to community development through media. Ryan is the host of a weekly radio show covering local news, culture and politics on CHUO 89.1 FM and he runs Apartment613 Live, a seasonal lecture series bringing together bringing together business leaders, artists and activists in Ottawa.

Along with his professional work, Ryan maintains a number of charitable activities. He is a member of the board of directors for the Centertown Citizens Ottawa Corporation – a leading provider of not-for-profit housing in Ottawa.

Ryan is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators and he holds a Master’s degree in political science from Queen’s University and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Ottawa.


Sharif Virani is an environmentalist scientist with a rebellious right-brain. With a background in media and technology he has had experience working on creative and engaging advocacy campaigns at the government, industry and non-profit levels (currently Nature Canada).

More recently he has taken on the role of co-organizer of Ottawa’s chapter of the monthly breakfast lecture series CreativeMornings – with the aim of bringing creative people from different fields together for meaningful and inspirational discussion. Almost a year old, the series has been a huge success welcoming speakers from such varied occupations as chefs, artisanal sign painters and brew mastersCreativeMorningshas given the Ottawa arts community a brand new platform with which to showcase people doing creative and inspiring things, as well as a consistent and energetic opportunity to cross-pollinate and building the city’s creative community.

Sharif can also be found in various other capacities throughout Ottawa such as, active member of the HUB Ottawa, VP Development for the Young Environmental Professionals , Community Engagement Advisory forEco-Equitable and more recently spearheading the launch of the upcoming Ottawa Food Truck Rally this summer.

You follow him on Twitter or on his blog.