Kristian Clarke

Senior Projects Manager, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

Kristian worked at Canadian Artists Representation/le front des artistes Canadiens (CARFAC Ontario) for 14 years and is now the Senior Projects Manager at Canadian Actors’ Equity Association ( He was the project lead for developing the Not in OUR Space! campaign which was undertaken in partnership with Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). In his spare time, Kristian can be found swimming with his 12 year-old daughter named Phoibe on Georgian Bay or listening to his wife, Krisztina Szabo, perform one of her many operatic roles.

Samantha Slattery

Capital Presents, Women in Music Canada

Samantha has been working in the music industry throughout North America and the UK for almost two decades. Her career has focused primarily on concert promoting, working for some of the largest promoters and festivals including; Mean Fiddler (Reading & Leeds Festivals), AEG Live (Coachella Music Festival, Stagecoach Music Festival and Virgin Music Festival), House of Blues (Edgefest) and Republic Live (WayHome and Boots & Hearts) to name just a few. She brings a wide range of concert production knowledge and experience, most notably her specialized knowledge of festival legal and risk management. In addition, Sam also spent a number of years as an assistant manager at Nettwerk Management’s UK office, working for major-label and multi-platinum artists.

Tiffany Ferguson

Executive director, Women in Music Canada

For over a decade Tiffany was the Program Manager of MuchFACT (a division of Bell Media Inc.) before her role at Women in Music Canada. Prior to that she was at Canada’s oldest independent label, True North Records, working for the legendary Bernie Finkelstein of Finkelstein Management. Tiffany is involved in the community as a juror with the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) International Talent Committee and MusiCounts, as well as a former co-organizer of the Toronto Women in Music (TWIM) and Board of Director for Women in Music Canada (WIM-C).

Viktoria Belle

Founder, The Dandelion Initiative

Viktoria started her career in education and activism in the early years sector, with a focus on public policy and government relations. Throughout her career she has developed a deep devotion to community organizing and working with survivors of sexual assault and violence. Viktoria is the founder of The Dandelion Initiative, a grassroots collective led by survivors for survivors. The organizations focus is education, community action and accessible survivor centered services. Viktoria believes that transformation begins with education, empowerment and accountability, her safer bars training and education program is already creating change In the bar and service community here in Toronto.

Viktoria has built a foundation of community activism and education on the principles of equity, anti-oppression and trauma informed practices.

Born in Hungary, Viktoria immigrated to Canada when she was 7 years old. Viktoria is a Roma person, LGBTQ2S+ community member and lives in Toronto with her partner and pup, Buffy.

Victoria Shen


Victoria Shen is a lawyer practicing in labour and human right law.  She joined ACTRA Toronto at the end of October to work on issues related to sexual harassment, harassment, human rights. She was formerly at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and co-chair of the Section 21 Film and Television Health and Safety Advisory Committee (the health and safety committee for the film and television industry in Ontario). She is currently a representative of ACTRA Toronto on Section 21 and other industry health and safety committees. Previously, she was counsel and manager at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, where she represented applicants before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO).  This included litigating cases in sexual harassment. Her litigation experience includes labour arbitrations, applications before the HRTO, and appeals on WSIB, EI, and CPPD. She is active in the Asian community and is former board member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, and President of the Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter.

Crafting Respectful Live Event Workplaces

To thrive and do our best work, we all need respectful and civil environments that are free of harassment, bullying and discrimination. While occupational health and safety legislation gives a framework for compliance, some workplaces become poisoned despite their policies. This panel will bring together perspectives from the festival, music, performing arts, film and television industries to discuss how we can move forward to create healthy and productive workplaces.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018