About Us

PEI Cultural Human Resources Sector Council Inc. was founded in 2006 to foster the growth of the culture sector in PEI through the development of the cultural workforce. In 2011, the organization rebranded as Culture PEI to reflect the fact that it had become the de facto leader and voice for the culture sector in the province. In November 2017, the organization rebranded again to establish a new role as Prince Edward Island’s creative sector catalyst. The new name: Creative PEI.

OUR FOCUS

Creative PEI works on behalf of professionals in twelve creative industries:

Visual Art
  Craft
  Design
  Theatre
  Dance
  Writing & Publishing
  Libraries
  Music
  Museums & Heritage
  Libraries
  Film
  Videogames

OUR MISSION

Creative PEI’s mission is to empower PEI’s creative industry professionals to improve their outcomes and incomes through information, training, networking and collective action.

OUR OBJECTIVES

1. Generate actionable sector intelligence

2. Deliver sector-specific business training

3. Provide online and physical platforms for fostering community within the sector

4. Partner to address barriers to success for creative industry professionals

OUR STAFF

Mark Sandiford
Executive Director

Marissa Ladéroute
Program Coordinator

Becca Griffin
Program Assistant

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steve Love
Chair | Office and Program Manager, Music PEI

Max Knechtel
Vice-chair | Chair, this town is small

Peggy Reddin
Treasurer | Director of arts education, Confederation Centre

Lois MacNeill
Secretary | Videogame studio supervisor, Sculpin QA

Rory Starkman
Independent theatre professional

Johanne Vignault
Executive Director, PEI Community Museums Association

Jason Rogerson
Owner, Periscope Pictures

Beth Clinton
Regional Librarian, PEI Public Library Service

Christian Gallant
Owner, Triquetra Entertainment

Orysia Dawydiak
Independent writer

Lenny Gallant
Owner, Birdmouse

Amy Kern Day
Owner, DownStreetDance

OUR VISION

We envision a sector that is creator centric. PEI’s creative sector emanates from the initiative of its creative professionals. The sector thrives when the conditions are created for its creators to do their best work.

We envision a sector that is engaged with the community. PEI’s creative sector is embedded in everyday life and engages with everyone not only as audiences but as fellow creators.

We envision a sector that is impactful economically. PEI’s creative sector is a significant driver of economic growth in the province, directly and indirectly.

We envision a sector that is impactful socially. PEI’s creative sector is a significant contributor to learning, public discourse, health, wellbeing and general quality of life.

OUR MANDATE

To achieve its vision, Creative PEI will demonstrate leadership and expertise in program delivery, policy development and the administration of financial resources to improve the outcomes and incomes of Prince Edward Island’s creative industry professionals.

To provide the programs, services and expertise needed to expand and diversify Prince Edward Island’s creative industries, stimulate investment and employment in the creative industries and promote PEI’s creative products and services both at home and in the global marketplace.

OUR OBJECTS & PURPOSES

A. To improve the capacity of the creative sector in Prince Edward Island to meet the challenges of current and future needs.

B. To give the Prince Edward Island creative sector a collective, effective and responsive voice with local, provincial and federal governments, and the public and private education and skills development institutions.

C. To contribute directly to to improving the competitiveness of the creative sector through the development and implementation of effective and relevant strategies.

D. To negotiate partnering arrangements and contracts with agencies to provide services that address the purpose and objectives of the corporation, and the needs of the creative sector in Prince Edward Island.

E. To consult with creative sector employers and employees in Prince Edward Island and work with organizations to develop and/or update education and skills development standards while improving access to education, skills development and employment.

F. To develop effective communications and co-operative working relationships with local, provincial, national and international organizations and agencies.

G. To conduct research, consultations and planning and policy development activities regarding issues in the creative sector in Prince Edward Island as directed by the sector.

OUR VALUES

Collaborative
We are committed to achieving collaborative relationships with clients and stakeholders. We work across departments and business lines to achieve common understanding and we believe diverse thinking styles, opinions and experiences contribute to better decisions and results.

Innovative
We continually try new and better ways to solve problems and create value. We have the courage to challenge the status-quo, embrace and enable change and lead the way in technology and business processes.

Responsive
We are dedicated to providing high-quality client service and believe this to be at the core of our mandate. We are open, honest and direct in our dealings and work closely with our clients and industry partners.

Respectful
We treat each other, our clients and our stakeholders with honesty and respect. We keep our promises and commitments and we provide a safe and welcoming work environment.

Artists and cultural workers have the right to workspaces free from personal harassment, sexual harassment and violence. Creative PEI will not tolerate nor condone behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of an individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. We all must speak out against harassment and stand together in addressing problems when they arise.

Inspired
We strive for excellence in all we do; each person’s contribution is critical to our success and we are passionately committed to the advancement of PEI’s creative industries.

Expert
We pride ourselves on building and sharing expertise in order to create success for our clients and stakeholders. Our passion for continuously expanding our knowledge base enables us to take a fresh and imaginative approach to everything we do.

Sustainable
We are committed to operating a sustainable organization and encourage our industry partners to support sustainable business practices across all sectors of the creative industries.

Engaged
We are serious about our work but do not take ourselves too seriously. We value an optimistic, energetic and dynamic work environment that emphasizes social as well as business interaction. We are successful because we enjoy what we do.

OUR OPERATING PRINCIPLES

Program based
All our activities exist within programs with clear and transparent objectives, processes, criteria and measures of success.

Peer review
Any program that requires a judgment call to determine benefits will use a peer review system of adjudication.

Leveraging
Every attempt will be made to ensure that program funding is leveraged to create the maximum impact for the money.

Equity
Program design and delivery will give all potential participants equitable access.

Strategic
We subscribe to the idea that the best way to predict the future is to create it.

Creative Process
We use the same creative process as our members, iterative cycles of continuous improvement involving observation, exploration, reflection, experimentation, production and evaluation.

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Creative PEI is funded in whole or in part by the Canada/Prince Edward Island Labour Market Agreements.

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