Management & Directors

Staff


Paul Ryan, general manager

Paul Ryan has been a music industry professional for more than 30 years. His experience in arts management spans from Canada to Europe, and from Japan to Australia.

He represents the renowned Canadian a cappella group The Nylons, and has also managed global children's entertainer Raffi.

Originally from Toronto, Paul is co-founder and board member of SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, which celebrates the best in a cappella music from around the world.

He is also president of Limelight Management Inc., where he consults for recording artists and songwriters, as well as provides his expertise for charitable organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Siri Olesen, artistic manager

Siri began as Artistic Manager in March 2017 after working as a vocalist (soprano) with the organization for nearly 20 years. Siri is a vocal instructor at Capilano University, Music Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church, and Project Coordinator and teacher/researcher for the Creative Music Practice Program, a research project which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

In her role as Artistic Manager, Siri collaborates with the ensemble, the Board of Directors and the General Manager in managing and facilitating musica intima's artistic vision and goals. She works closely with the ensemble to plan, develop and and execute performances, and community outreach initiatives.

Siri holds a degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta, a Diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, and is pursuing a Master in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University.

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors

 



Don Brooks, President

Don has been at UBC for 47 of its 100 years as a student, professor and administrator. He's served 10 years as Associate Vice-President, Research and International. While Don is not a musician, he harbours a love for music, especially jazz and choral music — and he is an unabashed fan of musica intima in particular.

Don has deep experience in local, national and international boards, and brings learned skills in governance, diplomacy and jocular effectiveness to these enterprises.

 

 


 

Zaena Campbell, Vice-President

Zaena Campbell is an arts administrator, specializing in professional development, arts education, outreach and resource support programs for artists and youth. She manages The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (BC Office), helping dancers transition into, within, and from professional performing careers.

An artist herself, Zaena has performed as a singer with the Vancouver Bach Choir, the VSO, Vancouver Opera Chorus, as well as, local jazz/folk musicians and studio recordings. As a classical soloist, she's performed at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts, the VAG Mozart Festival and VCC Music, as well as, weddings and private events.

With a full appreciation for their impeccable ensemble work, Zaena became a supporter of musica intima and was recruited by staff for the role of Director in the summer of 2016. Zaena brings to the board a wealth of experience in administration for the public service, creative and non-profit sectors, including event production, grant research, policy analysis, communications and marketing.

 


Henriette Koning, Secretary

Henriette joined the Board in the spring of 2016. She is currently Senior Manager of Project Delivery at Best Buy Canada. Henriette brings a background in program and project management, and she has strong technical skills and knowledge in software development and infrastructure that will benefit the Board and the organization. A passionate choral music fan, Henriette discovered musica intima a few years ago and has been a loyal audience member ever since. She is an avid supporter of the local arts and culture communities in Metro Vancouver.



 



Cathy Wong, Treasurer

Cathy graduated from SFU with a major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry along with a couple of certificates in Kinesiology. After completing her co-op terms, she realized laboratory work wasn't what she wanted to do. Soon after graduation, she switched moved into the field of accounting and obtained experience in industry and public practice. Cathy has completed her CPA, CGA designation and is currently enrolled in the three year in-depth tax program.

Cathy has always been passionate about choral music. She sang with Coastal Sound Music Academy Children's choir and Youth choir throughout her school years, which gave her the opportunity to attend one of the workshops held by musica intima. Prior to her board role with musica intima, Cathy sang with Pacifica Singers and has served on the board as Secretary Treasurer for the Gastrointestinal Society and Canadian Society of Intestinal Research.


 



Janet Lowcock, Director

Jan joined the Board of musica intima in May 2013. She confesses to having been a fan of choral music since childhood, later discovering the choirs of Kingston, Winnipeg, Chicago and Vancouver. Professionally she has undergraduate and graduate degrees in physiotherapy and has practised as a clinician, educator and business owner.

She has served on and chaired several professional committees and organizations, gaining a feel for governance, negotiation and media relations. She believes that organizations can thrive when they articulate their reason for being and their vision of the future. She specifically hopes to support the fundraising activities of musica intima, ensuring the ensemble's continued place in the soundscape of Vancouver and beyond.



 



Irma Hoogendoorn, Director

Irma first attended a musica intima concert in 2010 and has been enjoying the ensemble ever since! She joined the Board of Directors in 2013.

Irma has completed several degrees including graduate degrees in Business and in Chemistry and Education. While she has recently experienced a career change and is currently working in the environmental consulting industry, Irma’s previous employment has been predominately in the field of education. She loves to teach and watch others learn about new ideas and concepts. Irma hopes to incorporate this passion into her role as a member of the Board.








 



Mark Chartrand, Director

Mark P. Chartrand, retired in 2015, was a partner at the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in its Vancouver office. Mr. Chartrand practised primarily as a tax and estate planning advisor to owners of private companies and their shareholders and directors, and to professionals. He has 34 years' experience in advising on tax-driven corporate reorganizations, "family" and other trusts, shareholders' agreements and partnerships. He also developed considerable experience in the tax features of "flow-through" share financing for oil and gas, mining, and green energy companies and limited partnerships.

Currently, he is authoring a novel, short stories and poems, and enjoys music, movies and extensive travel.