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R. D. Spencer Sutherland, Co-Chair, Toronto Music Advisory Council, & Board Member, Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (Toronto, Canada)

R. D. Spencer Sutherland is Co-Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council (TMAC), and Board Member of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA). He is also a music venue owner/operator in Queen West for over a decade, and is well known for being the first to legalize street art with the creation of Graffiti Alley, for which he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award from Tourism Toronto in 2017. He is Toronto’s leading proponent of music and nightlife, having successfully advocated for major reforms to City policies, including recognition of music venues as cultural assets in the official City Plan, implementing a robust Agent of Change principle, and overhauling the Noise Bylaws. He is currently leading Toronto’s Night-Time Economy Project in association with the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) and select international cities, as well as co-authoring a book on the Night-Time Economy being published in 2019.

Allison Harnden, Manager, Office of Nighttime Economy, City of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA)

In her role as Nighttime Economy Manager, Allison Harnden strives to improve “life at night” in the City’s 90 neighborhoods and implements the Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan, a strategic plan that nurtures night commerce, addresses nightlife-related impacts and assists government to adapt to a City that operates at night.
Harnden was tapped by Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto as the City’s representative to spearhead the Pittsburgh Music Ecosystem Study, an audit and study of Pittsburgh’s music community, audience and the role of the City in creating a supportive framework for music to thrive.
Formerly a VP at RHI, Harnden assisted 50 U.S. and Canadian cities in 23 states and provinces to plan, manage and police their nighttime economies. She co-authored Planning, Managing and Policing Hospitality Zones: A Practical Guide and has contributed the chapter on Designing Nightlife for Women in David Feehan’s forthcoming book, Design Downtowns for Women; Men will Follow.

JIM PETERS, Founder and President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute (USA)

Jim Peters is Founder and President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute and oversees development of programs, events and publications. He is a global thought leader who offers comprehensive insights on trends and effective strategies on managing nighttime economies gathered from assisting cities throughout the world to create safe and vibrant places for people to socialize.

Paulette Long, co-chair, UK Music Diversity Task Force & BPI Diversity Committee (UK)

Paulette Long has worked within the music industry for just over 31 years, beginning her career at Alan Edwards’ Modern Publicity agency, where she specialised in regional press for artistes as diverse as Smiley Culture, Luther Vandross, Ozzy Osbourne and Mick Jagger. Paulette set up her own company, Long Term Management in 1993. 

In July 2004 Paulette was elected to the board of directors at the Music Publishers Association (MPA) and became the first black person on the board in its then 123 year history. 2008 saw Paulette elected to the board of directors for the Performing Right Society (PRS for Music), becoming the first black person to be elected to the board. 
Paulette is also a Board Trustee of the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund and a founding member of ADMM (The Alliance for Diversity in Music and Media) that has successfully created the UK music industry’s first Diversity Charter which was formally adopted and embraced by ‘UK Music’. 

Shira Gans, Senior Executive Director, Policy + Programs, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (New york, USA)

Shira Gans is the Senior Executive Director of Policy and Programs at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Shira directs all workforce and education programming, music industry initiatives, and was responsible for setting-up New York City’s first-ever new Office of Nightlife. Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Shira was the Senior Policy Director at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, the City’s consumer protection agency. Previously, Shira has held positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer; the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and a San Francisco based legal firm monitoring mental health care in California prisons.



Stefanie Jones, Director of Audience Development, Drug Policy Alliance (New York, USA)

Stefanie Jones is director of audience development at the Drug Policy Alliance, a United States national advocacy nonprofit working to end the drug war and create drug policies and practices centered in health principles. In this role she oversees development of communications, outreach and programs for communities with explicit connections to drug use that have not historically been engaged in drug policy reform efforts. She founded and runs DPA’s Safer Partying campaign, which introduces harm reduction principles and drug policy alternatives to partygoers, event producers, public health officials and city nightlife regulators. She also oversees DPA’s work developing Safety First, a harm reduction-based drug education curriculum for teens. 

Raimond Põldmaa, music programme manager, Tallinn Music Week (Estonia)

Raimond Põldmaa works with music programming and production for the Estonian company Shiftworks. His main task is being the music programme manager for the new music showcase festival and industry conference Tallinn Music Week (TMW). Taking place in the capital of Estonia, Tallinn every spring, TMW is the meeting point for Eastern, Western and Central European music and creative communities, attended by around 35,000 people and 1,000 music industry executives yearly. In 2018, Tallinn Music Week celebrated its 10th year anniversary. Before managing the showcase programme for TMW, Raimond coordinated the festival's daytime City Stage concerts, worked as a production assistant for Live Nation Estonia and a promoter and production manager for various venues and festivals in Estonia.


Toronto musician and independent intellectual Alanna Stuart is one-half of Bonjay, a raw and emotive dancehall-bred, old soul-orchestrated duo. Bonjay’s Polaris Prize-nominated Lush Life LP has established them with praise from Pitchfork, The New York Times and NPR's World Café.
Stuart is also a proud member of the Queer Songbook Orchestra, a chamber pop ensemble performing orchestral interpretations of pop classics and jazz standards rooted in queer history.
Outside of the studio, Stuart is a Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab Fellow, Music Gallery board member, and an independent researcher exploring the relationship between diversity and innovation in music scenes around the world.

Andy Jones, Co-Founder, Focus wales (Wales, UK)

Andy has worked within the music industry for over 15 years; as an artist, label MD, and promoter. He's delivered work for a variety of labels, including dedicated releases in the UK, Germany, Italy and Canada. Through these projects and his other works, Andy has gained extensive experience in the various sectors, providing his team with a depth of expertise which underpins the delivery of the FOCUS Wales festival. FOCUS Wales is the annual showcase festival for the Welsh music industry and takes place in Wrexham each May, placing the industry spotlight firmly on the talent that Wales has to offer the world. 2019 marks the festival’s 9th edition and will welcome over 10,000 festival goers, with over 200+ bands from around the world performing across 20 stages. 

Stacey Forrester, Co-Founder, Good Night OUt (Canada)

Stacey Forrester worked as a community health nurse for 10 years before her interest in safe public spaces lead her to transition into the field of community and social planning. She is currently back at school at UBC, focusing her studies on the intersection of identity and determinants of health within the urban environment.
She was nominated for a Government of BC Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award in 2015 for her work in the area of women’s safety in the public spaces of Vancouver. Stacey leads the education program of Good Night Out, creating curriculum and leading training sessions for the community.


Hendrik Meier, Night Mayor, City of Mannheim (Germany)

As a long-time promoter, booker, artist manager and newly elected first night mayor of Germany, Hendrik is an eager observer of and active participant in Germany's nighttime economy. Besides holding degrees in event management, business administration and music & creative industries, he gathered practical expertise while initializing and organizing placemaking projects, events, tours and concerts. As night mayor of Mannheim, Hendrik is involved with several projects and initiatives concerning mobility, safety, integration and innovation. Meier considers the nighttime economy a hard location factor.


Ana Rose Carrico , Director, Red Gate Arts Society (canada)

Ana Rose Carrico has spent the last twelve years pursuing her passion for community building and grassroots art and culture in Vancouver. A Director at Red Gate Arts Society, which is committed to providing an affordable, inclusive working space for creative individuals of all kinds, in a supportive and creative environment. Their two venues provide studio space to over 60 creatives, as well as provide use of a gallery, darkroom and woodshop facilities, and a large multi purpose room and theatre for events, workshops, and other short term projects to the community at large.She has recently taken the role of Station Manager and Publisher for CiTR/Discorder, the broadcasting voice of the University of British Columbia, with a mandate to provide local, community-based programming, and train students, community members and underrepresented populations to participate in broadcasting and media production. Discorder Magazine mirrors the mandate of CiTR in amplifying independent and underrepresented voices, and providing invaluable publishing experience.

Barb Ursuliak, Owner, Nightworks (Canada)

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Barb lived through the various changes in the growth of Edmonton’s late night economy.
Her formal education in community development from the University of Alberta set the foundation in building social spaces with residents, businesses and policy makers.
Edmonton’s last renaissance pulled Barb into the late night economy for over a decade. Working as City of Edmonton’s Downtown Community Recreation Coordinator and then as Street As A Venue Coordinator Barb became immersed in community policing, quality of life, patron responsibility, venue and public safety, late-night transportation and vibrancy.
The result is used to explain Edmonton’s late night economy through quantified measurements providing policy makers, community and industry to build late night economy together.
Barb is continuing to grow and be part of the late night economy, this time from an industry perspective with Responsible Hospitality Industry Association, RHIA.

Alistair Turnham, Founder, MAKE Associates (England, UK)

Alistair is a researcher, planner, urbanist and leading specialist on the evening and night-time economy (ENTE).
He created the first ENTE strategy (for Leeds) in 1995 and has completed over 100 projects to improve town centres ‘after dark’.
Alistair founded MAKE to advise cities, mayors and governments on how to create safer, more successful and inclusive urban centres at night. He also works for firms such as Shaftesbury, Grosvenor and Ministry of Sound, helping them take advantage of ENTE trends.
In 2011 he brought street food and the Asian night market experience to London, creating the popular StockMKT pop-up after dark market – a project which activated public spaces and launched numerous restaurants, food and craft brands.
Recently Alistair completed the first evaluation of ‘safe spaces’ in the NTE. He is currently creating Brixton’s new ENTE strategy and is working with Westminster on a study to reduce ‘vulnerability’ in London’s NTE.

Danny Keir, Head of Business Development, Sound Diplomacy (England, UK)

With over 10 years music industry experience in artist management, Danny now heads up business development for Sound Diplomacy. Sound Diplomacy is trusted worldwide to create and deliver strategies that increase the value of music ecosystems.
As global experts, Sound Diplomacy help governments and the private sector understand the value of music, and how to unlock its full potential. Using cutting edge research and data-driven methodology we develop strategies that deliver economic growth and social development by creating vibrant and sustainable music ecosystems.
Sound Diplomacy is the strategic force behind the Mayor of London’s Night Time Commission initiative and music policy work. We advise governments in Cuba (on behalf of the UN), Brisbane, Vancouver, Armenia, Costa Rica and St Lucia; contributed to Katowice’s successful UNESCO City of Music bid; and have helped over 500 artists and companies break into new markets.

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Angela Winnike, Nighttime Mayor, Iowa City (USA)

In her role as Nighttime Mayor, Angela has worked to improve the safety of downtown Iowa City as well as improve the relationship between the nighttime businesses, the city, University and other community organizations.
Angela was born in South Korea and moved to Iowa City in the early 90's. A graduate of West High, a local high school and the University of Iowa, she was familiar with several issues facing downtown and the nightlife when taking this role. As a board member of the Iowa City Downtown District and an active community member, she advocated for increased inclusivity, a focus on safety & cleanliness and improving the nightlife in the heart of the community.
During the day, Angela is the Chief of Retail Operations for a locally owned coffee company. She works to improve the experience young people have in the community while attending the U of I, helping them find their voices in the community, in both positions. Angela was recently nominated and selected as on of the Corridor Area's Forty Under 40, an award for those working to improve the community for all.


Robert Catherall, Urban Planner and Researcher, University of Toronto (canada)

Robert is a current researcher and PhD student at the University of Toronto focusing on urban planning and management strategies for cities at night. With a multi-disciplinary background spanning nearly a decade of experience with music, nightlife, and publishing before turning to urban planning, he brings a holistic approach to developing strategies and policies for life at night. He enjoys using creative forms of urban governance to foster inclusive, resilient, and prosperous communities.
His most recent project was policy research and stakeholder engagement for the Vancouver Music Ecosystem Study.



Laura Simpson is the CEO and co-founder (along with artist, Dan Mangan) of Side Door, a new Canadian startup with the mission to create greater value and opportunities for performing artists by facilitating shows in houses and other alternative venues. The online platform matches artists and hosts based on preferences, then books and tickets shows. Side Door’s mission is to give audiences instant access to intimate and unique events happening in their own neighborhoods, hosted by passionate community curators. Laura has hosted for seven years at her own home, The Syrup Factory, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She believes experiencing amazing live art in intimate community settings leads to stronger human connection, greater empathy and improved mental health.