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.
Danbi Cho is a Mi’kmaq citizen, member of the Miawpukek First Nation. Danbi is recognized as a strong contributor who is passionate about Indigenous community development and economic reconciliation. One who works hard to advance progressive sustainable relationships between Indigenous peoples and business Canada; providing resources and strategies to develop and achieve desired, measurable outcomes. He embodies a unique set of skills gained through a diverse employment background, with several years of experience in Indigenous relations channeled through various sectors – including non-profits, international sporting organizations and government (Indigenous, federal, provincial and municipal). Danbi is currently enrolled in the Indigenous Governance Program at Ryerson University and is ambitiously dedicated to strengthening Indigenous relationships across Turtle Island.
With an acute understanding of Indigenous business practices and public affairs, he has been recognized as an effective communicator and talented in identifying and procuring Aboriginal-specific economic opportunities. Danbi has achieved practical results by working collaboratively with people in diverse settings and is highly-skilled in developing and maintaining working relationships across the country. In 2015 he delivered on the objectives set out by the Aboriginal Leadership Partners and the Aboriginal Relations portfolio within the TORONTO 2015 Pan American / Parapan Am Games. Fast forward to 2017 and Mr. Cho now holds the title of Research Associate at The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). In this role, Danbi conducts research to build a detailed understanding of the Indigenous economy, identifying community needs and the aspirations of Indigenous entrepreneurs.
In addition to serving on the board of KDT, Danbi volunteers his time with the City of Toronto and the Prince’s Charities of Canada; working on the development and implementation of various economic strategies.