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Fall for Dance North is a year-round village, strengthened and supported by a bright constellation of accomplished seasonal additions. The expertise, creativity, passion and hard work of our permanent and seasonal staff, partners, collaborators, dedicated board and volunteers combine to nurture and realize festivals of astounding beauty, annually.

Year-Round Staff

Ilter Ibrahimof

Artistic Director

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Aviva Fleising

General Manager

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Melissa Forstner

Director of Advancement and Philanthropy

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Lily Sutherland

Executive Producer

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Milana Glumicic

Producer, Digital Programming

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Melina Osorio

Finance and Advancement Officer

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Faith Buchanan

Education & Outreach Coordinator

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Simon Rossiter

Director of Design

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Felicia Myronyk

Advancement Officer

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In 2022 I had the opportunity to work on the Fall For Dance North seasonal team as a Community Arts Coordinator. Creating accessible opportunities for anyone to experience the arts is something I am deeply passionate about. It was incredibly fulfilling to work alongside like-minded individuals, working toward one common goal. Following the 2022 festival, I desired to work with FFDN in a greater capacity and given my passion for arts education, the Education and Residency Coordinator felt more than right. It is a privilege to be working with such an incredible organization that is dedicated to serving and being leaders in the community.

- Faith Buchanan
Education & Residency Coordinator


2023 Seasonal Staff

Leah Totten

Festival Coordinator

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Emma Haynes

Festival Intern

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Julia Mak

Administrative Assistant

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Alexis Eunick

Community Engagement Coordinator

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Bradley Langham

Box Office Manager

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Barney Bayliss

Director of Production

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Zita Nyarady

Company Manager

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Haleigh Eady

Company Manager

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My experience with FFDN over the course of the last few years has been incredibly enriching. My relationship with the organization began through an internship that turned into an official role as Festival Coordinator. The team welcomed me with open arms, and being surrounded by such dedicated and inspiring individuals makes the experience so much more meaningful. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to facilitate impactful and accessible artistic experiences through dance, and to be part of an organization that aligns with my personal values and passions.

- Leah Totten
Festival Coordinator

Year Round Collaborators

Web Development and Graphic Design Team Mouth Media

Additional Graphic Design and Animation Eric Rochon (Brood Studios)

Publicity & Communications Murray Patterson Marketing Group

Financial Services Robert Gore and Associates


Board of Directors

Chair Valerie Wilder

Past Chair Joan Lozinski, O.C.

Treasurer Gerry Hannochko
Advising Representative (Portfolio Manager), Dealing Representative - Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd.

Aleksandar Antonijevic
Fine Art Photographer, Teacher, Coach and Stager of Ballets

Peggy Baker, C.M., O.Ont, L.L.D, D.Litt
Dancer, Choreographer, Educator, Artist-in-Residence, Canada's National Ballet School

Erin Eizenman
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, MaRS Discovery District

Tanya Howard
Former First Soloist, The National Ballet of Canada

Jim Hwang
Chief Operating Officer, Firinne Capital

Emma Sako
Senior Associate, Torys LLP

Karen Sparks
Director, Philanthropic Advisory Services BMO Private Wealth

Zdenko Teply
Director, Strategic Transactions & Review, Scotiabank