Our Team

SELECTION COMMITTEE

Paola

PAOLA POLETTO

Paola Poletto’s work shifts between DIY (do it yourself) and institutional-based practices. With both, she’s interested in the representations of collaborative productions where visual constructions are rigorous narratives, exercising multiple points of view. She is Manager of Adult Learning and Residency Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario where, for the past four years, she has led the Gallery School adult studio programs, public programs ranging from discursive to performance, as well as the artist-in-residence program. Paola has also held positions at the City of Mississauga’s Culture Division as Supervisor of Events (2008-12); and at Design Exchange (DX), as Senior Director of Programs (2000-8), focusing on sustainability, social responsibility and innovation.

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DR. GAIL KRANTZBERG

Dr. Krantzberg is Professor leading the Engineering and Public Policy Program at McMaster University. Gail completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in environmental science. She worked for the Ontario Ministry of Environment as Senior Policy Advisor on Great Lakes and was the Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the International Joint Commission. She has authored 6 books and over 190 scientific and policy articles on ecosystem quality and sustainability. She is an avid photographer and gardener when not at work.

Cree

CREE STEVENS

Cree is an Ahnishinaabeqwe (Ojibwe woman) artist who is also of Cree and European descent. She feels closest to her Northwestern Ontario roots which is reflected in some of the materials she uses in her multi-disciplinary work such as birch bark, copper, beads, bone, quills, and leather. Her primary focus is to convey Indigenous issues and culture by creating artwork that features the political, social, global, cultural, traditional, environmental, and personal aspects of her people. In this way, she pays respect to and honours her ancestors. Her work can be seen at creestevens.com

Chris

CHRISTOPHER MCLEOD

Christopher is the Project Lead for Great Art for Great Lakes. His artistic practice focuses on water issues utilizing socially engaged, dialogical, and interactive strategies. Self described as a Performance Sculpture Artist; his interactive apparatuses have been featured at Nuit Blanche, McMaster Museum of Art, Earls Court Gallery, as well as in Water Canada Magazine. He received his Ba in studio art from McMaster University and his Masters of Applied Art from Emily Carr University. His ongoing projects can be seen at christophermcleod.ca

THE GREAT ART FOR GREAT LAKES TEAM

Chris

CHRISTOPHER MCLEOD

Project Lead for Great Art for Great Lakes

Christopher is the Project Lead for Great Art for Great Lakes. His artistic practice focuses on water issues utilizing socially engaged, dialogical, and interactive strategies. Self described as a Performance Sculpture Artist; his interactive apparatuses have been featured at Nuit Blanche, McMaster Museum of Art, Earls Court Gallery, as well as in Water Canada Magazine. He received his Ba in studio art from McMaster University and his Masters of Applied Art from Emily Carr University. His ongoing projects can be seen at christophermcleod.ca

Laura Palumbo

LAURA PALUMBO

Project Manager & Content Writer

Laura is a writer, producer and communications specialist focused on creating and collaborating on projects across artistic platforms using storytelling, social discourse and creativity at the centre of her work. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, and her pursuit of literature, theatre and film has taken her across North America and Europe. Her work includes credits from the CBC, NBC Universal and BravoTV. Laura’s work has awarded her the OAC Writer’s Grant for Non-Fiction, one of Shaw Media’s Fearless Female Director, and shortlisted her work for the A&E Short Filmmakers Award and NSI Short Film Festival. Laura joined Waterlution in 2017 with a focus on content writing, communications and project management for the Great Art for Great Lakes project.

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