The Business of Arts

A Day Designed For Your Arts Career

Saturday March 25, 2017

10 am - 4 pm

Metro Hall - Room 302

55 John Street, Toronto ON M5V 3C6
(SE corner of King St. & John ST.)

To provide participants with useful information and guidance specific to the arts. Sessions of the day will share knowledge that will inform and inspire individuals to implement action. Lunch will be provided.


Facilitators Include:

Legality of your art - Natasha Kataryna Smith

  • Information on organization status non-profit versus incorporation
  • What legal systems and procedures should be in place to protect your art?

Financial - Dami Okunade Accountant/Auditor

  • The importance of basic bookkeeping and simple steps to take to achieve that
  • The different accounting required for non-profit versus incorporation
  • What is a financial statement and its significance?
  • What is an audit? When do I need one?

Marketing - Sue Edworthy

  • Simple tools for next level of marketing strategies

Guest speaker - Peter Scott - Social innovation, systems and design

  • What this means and how participants can apply this thinking to your artistic practices using different approaches.

Registration Required


Legal - Natasha Kataryna Smith

Natasha is a member of Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Group, with a practice dedicated to providing practical legal advice to charities and non-profits, exclusively.  In an effort to ensure that these organizations achieve their missions and mandates successfully, Natasha assists these entities with a variety of matters including corporate governance and tax compliance.  Her practice focuses on helping her clients to determine the best structure for their organization and to navigate the complex regulatory environment in which they operate. Specifically, she provides tailored advice on issues including incorporation and charitable registration, operating in foreign jurisdictions, structuring complex gift agreements, and general compliance under legislation governing the voluntary sector.  Natasha has experience structuring merger and asset-transfer transactions between non-share capital corporations, advising on social enterprise and social finance ventures, and facilitating corporate re-organizations.

Marketing - Sue Edworthy  

Sue has worked in the non-profit arts and culture sector for nearly fifteen years and is a self-described city enthusiast. Her passion for the performing arts has led her to stints as a director, stage manager, event coordinator and arts administrator including Theatre Passe Muraille, Opera Atelier and Luminato as well as other arts organizations and she is now sought after in Toronto as a marketing and communications specialist. Sue is a former Board Member for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and is now a member of their Advocacy Committee. She was the Social Media Chair for Artsvote 2010, and is co-chair for the continuation of Artsvote 2011, as well as current Treasurer for the Toronto Fringe Festival. Sue was a juror for the Independent Theatre Division for the 2010/11 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, as well as the 2003/04 Dance and Opera Division for the same organization, and was a 2010 Harold Award recipient for her outstanding contributions to the Toronto theatre community.   She runs Sue Edworthy Arts Planning, a freelance marketing, communications, producing and strategic planning company for the Toronto independent arts community, and is in demand as a social media consultant. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Social Media Week 2012. Sue holds a BFA Specialized Honors, Theatre from York University. She loves Toronto and is continually amazed at how its arts community can time and again make something out of nothing. Visit for more information.

Financial Literacy - Dami Okunade CPA, CA, CFA: 

Obtained her bachelor of commerce degree with distinctions from McGill University with a major in Accounting and concentration in Finance. She subsequently received her chartered accounting training from a Big 4 accounting firm as well as a small chartered accounting firm. Dami brings a wealth of expertise from various sector which combined together assist clients in promoting growth within their business. Every business is concerned about improving its business processes, preserving its cash flow and identifying potential areas for additional growth. Dami’s utilizes her CFA acumen by advising her clients on various investment products and policies. Dami has worked with various small business owners and non for profit organisations. Her emphasis is on establishing a strong and trusting relationship with clients and ensuring that her clients are her number one priority.

Guest Speaker: Peter Scott

Peter Scott is an accomplished professional in the areas of Social Innovation, Social Finance, Entrepreneurship Education, and Design Thinking.

He has over 15 years of business management, education-programming, experience at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (e.g. program manager for Small Business Program: for the Residents of Regent Park). Peter has a BFA degree (Hons) from York University, a Master’s Degree in Design - Strategic Foresight Innovation from OCAD University, and several executive education certificates including from: MIT Sloan School Entrepreneurship Program, Wharton School of Business (Marketing, Financial Accounting and Leadership) program, the INSEAD School of Business Social Entrepreneurship Program, and the Rotman School of Management, Executive Programs, Design/Integrative Thinking Program. 

Peter’s research and freelance instructing focuses on social finance, microfinance, systems thinking (social systems), social innovation and entrepreneurship. He has written several blog posts at and for the Toronto International Microfinance Summit,  Currently, Peter is co-founder of a social enterprise, and guest instructor at Sheridan College, OCAD University, and McMaster University.