Canvas and Cave Barbados is hosting an annual Advocates 4 Arts fundraising event bringing together the international arts and film community with the local Barbados arts and film community.Coming December 2019!
Advisory BoardJosee Atkinson, Advisor Architecture, Design and DevelopmentJosee Atkinson grew up in the construction industry and spent over 20 years developing land, managing construction projects and running businesses. She was responsible for the construction of the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre complex in Holetown, Barbados. And has also done several construction projects including commercial and residential development. Mrs. Atkinson has a B. Sc. in Mathematics with a specialty in Finance, B.SC in Architecture, and a B Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Laval. Brian Crombie, Advisor Finance Mr. Crombie is the CFO for the Ottawa Senators NHL Hockey team, he operates his own merchant bank and has a twenty plus year career in business working in New York for Morgan Stanley, in LA for Walt Disney, in Toronto for Molson and Biovail and in Vancouver for the Keg and Pattison. Mr Crombie is the CEO of the Transit Alliance a not-for-profit working to educate the GTHA on the need for Transit Expansion. He graduated with an MBA from Harvard University. Jennifer MacPherson Juman, Business Development Advisor Mrs. MacPherson Juman is an international, cross-functional, business professional with significant experience in all aspects of business development, project and product management, marketing, procurement and supply chain. She began her career working with Parks Canada in Prince Edward Island, Canada. She is now based in Barbados working for Cable & Wireless Communications as Head of Mobile Devices and LTE for 15 countries. She has also worked with the Canadian High Commission, Bridgetown (International Trade) and with Altman Real Estate (Marketing). She holds an M.B.A in International Business from St Mary’s University (Canada) and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and French from the University of Toronto (Canada) and the Université de Nantes (France). During her time with Cable & Wireless she has lived and worked in Antigua, Cayman and the UK Channel Islands. She has an interest in the environment and sustainability.
Executive & Development TeamSarah Thomson, CEO: Ms. Thomson is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience. She began her career in the oil and gas industry and built a multi-million dollar company designing, constructing, and then developing stores in service stations. From there she went on to develop brand concepts for various oil companies. She went back into development by founding a business that renovated and restored historic homes. Sarah went into the media industry launching Canada’s leading online magazine for business women (WomensPost.ca) in 2002. She dabbled in politics and is an advocate for environmental building and healthy communities. Greg Thomson, CFO: Mr. Thomson is a data-driven executive with a passion for improving the world. He helped to build and is Director of Research and co-manager at Charity Intelligence, the premiere charity analyst firm in Canada. Greg is also co-owner and helped to run Women’s Post, Canada’s online magazine for businesswomen. Previously, Greg worked as a strategy consultant at Monitor Company, helping organizations analyze all aspects of their strategic direction. Greg earned his B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from Queen’s University and his MBA from Harvard University. **********, CFO: ********* has extensive experience in the hospitality industry.
Canvas and Cave Barbados is a social enterprise. Our mission is to lead creative education in the community and work with government and local organizations to establish foundations for a strong entrepreneurial environmental network.Entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation are vitally important to a strong and vibrant Barbados. Canvas and Cave will nurture and support their development Barbados has struggled under a burden of debt with the gap between rich and poor growing as the dependence on costly imports increases. Research has proven that low-income children who have art as an outlet are 3 times more likely to succeed academically. Sadly there are over 5000 children in Barbados who have no or little access to arts education. We aim to change that! It is our hope that by igniting the arts and environment industries in Barbados we will empower the community to support the development of a green creative economy. Our strategy is to work with local instructors to offer lessons in arts, entrepreneurship, environment, cooking, dance, drama & film, music, writing, and much more.
Our goal is to bring the local arts, culture and environmental innovation together with international leaders, and stimulate the local economy with stronger cultural based initiatives.
The centre will host daily instruction in the arts including:
- Drama and Performance
- Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Environment workshops
- Film production
- Fine Arts
- Master chef cooking
- Writing & Journalism
- Weekly art and craft market
- Annual Environment Conference
- Annual Art and Music Festival
Our philosophy is to create lasting relationships through unique learning experiences. The programming is complimented by an environmental mandate – solar power, solar water heating, rain-water recapture, clean sewage processing, organic farming – all are essential to respecting the natural beauty of the island.The centre will be sustained by a boutique experiential hotel and artist residence program.