Staff – Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Artistic Director – Santee Smith
For Santee’s biography and detailed information, please go to Santee Smith.
General Manager – Cynthia Lickers-Sage
Tour and Booking Manager – Leslie McCue
Event Coordinator – Gyeho Thomas
Board of Directors – Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
President – Steven Bolduc
Steven Bolduc is President of Aboriginal Printing Corp., the largest 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned printer in Canada. Steven originally hails from the Fort William First nation near Thunder Bay, Ontario. A full-service printer, Aboriginal Printing Corporation has rooted itself in a long tradition of high-quality print services by owning a facility that has been in operation for over 25 years. As part of the Print three network, it has more than 300 strategic distribution points around the globe so it can service national accounts locally, same day, across Canada and abroad. Facilities include 310 digitally equipped locations, and a large central print production facility in Greater Toronto Area. Clients include Fortune 500 businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and small enterprise.
Vice President – TBC
Treasurer – Lee Ahenakew
Lee Ahenakew is President of 4Sight, a boutique management consulting firm specializing in linking First Nation communities and Canadian corporations to build business relationships and improve Aboriginal economies. 4Sight works with corporate clients to build capacity and strategies to do business with Aboriginal communities, and with Aboriginal communities to build infrastructure and relationships with the Aboriginal community including business development, partnerships, and corporate citizenship are developed. Lee holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatoon in marketing and is a member of the Cree Nation.
Secretary – Janis Monture
Janis Monture is from Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Nation Turtle Clan. From 2003 up until December 2013, Janis was the Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre, one of the largest First Nations-run cultural centres/museums/galleries in the country. While at the Woodland Cultural Centre, she made large impacts in the organization’s development by leading the Centre’s $450,000 capital renovation project for its museum building in 2012; leveraging more funding to hire 2 more full-time permanent staff one of which was the organization’s hiring of its first ever Artistic Director; and completing a 3-Year strategic plan which included a fully implemented marketing initiative which has now boosted visitor attendance and media coverage of the Centre’s exhibits and events. From 2010-2012 Janis Monture held the position of Executive Director/Artistic Director for which she oversaw the Visual and Performing Arts programming as it pertained to the Centre’s artistic mission.
Ms. Monture for a brief 18 month period was on secondment to Harbourfront Centre in Toronto as the Guest Artistic Director of Planet IndigenUS in 2009, the largest international Indigenous contemporary arts festival in the world with over 350 artists programmed in various disciplines such as: music, dance, theatre, literary, circus, and visual arts. In 2012, Janis was the co-Artistic Director of Planet IndigenUS primarily responsible for the programming at Woodland Cultural Centre which saw new programming added in the area of comedy, pow wow drumming, and an outdoor sculptural exhibition. Janis Monture has been appointed Artistic Director of Planet IndigenUS for its 2015 festival and continues to expand and diversify the programming with a new partnership with the Pan Am Games.
Janis Monture attended the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received her diploma in Museum Studies from Algonquin College. Janis continues to volunteer in her community at Six Nations and in Brantford and is a board member of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.
Jim Compton has over 30 years in the film and television business. He is a storyteller extraordinaire thoroughly versed in the traditions of his people…the Anishinabe. It carries with it a life long vision to see the hopes and aspirations of his people reflected on screens everywhere they exist.
Today that quest opens a door to the world of film training, production and distribution. It is guided by a teaching taught by his late father, “ Share your gift with the people.”