Request for Qualifications Issued for Phase I Building

Posted on June 23, 2015

The EDACC Foundation issued a Request For Qualifications (RFQs) today seeking experienced, Alberta registered architects for the concept design of the Edmonton Galleria Project’s Phase 1 University of Alberta building. The building, adjacent to EPCOR Tower, will house the University’s Department of Music & Department of Art and Design, a 200-seat recital hall and a 650-seat proscenium theatre/concert hall. There are two other RFQs issued regarding the site. The commercial component (retail, office, residential) has been issued to a limited group of selected architectural firms. The other will address design of the 1,600-seat performance hall and 200-seat black box theatre.

In order to qualify for the Phase I building RFQ, respondents must be registered with the Alberta Association of Architects at the time of closing to respond to this business opportunity. Firms that operate as a single legal entity and are incorporated in the Province of Alberta are preferred. However, they may choose to engage another firm to be part of its architectural team as a sub-prime consultant and/or in another architectural role as a sub-contractor. Responses from joint ventures, partnerships or associations of entities will be considered. Detailed documents can be found and downloaded from the Alberta Purchasing Connection.

Cultural Trust Offers Predictable Funding

Posted on May 7, 2015

The Edmonton Cultural Trust Foundation is now officially announced. It exists.

It will eventually bring more, much welcomed, funding to the arts in Edmonton. This money will be coming from annual operating surpluses on the Galleria project once it is built and becomes an exciting downtown home for the University of Alberta music and art & design departments, as well as some of Edmonton’s professional arts organizations.

I agreed to be the founding Executive Director because I like the whole concept. Although there is a good model in Pittsburgh and some other American cities, it has never been done in Canada. So what could be a better place than Edmonton where we instinctively make and create new and innovative ways of doing things we think important.

This funding will be predictable and not subject to sudden changes of available funds or mandates. It will give arts organizations and artists even more financial stability giving them a stronger base to create and produce music, dance, visual arts, opera, theatre and to take creative and production risks. It will become a partner with all that is already happening downtown.

Now the immediate task will be to recruit another four Trustees and ensure the final Board of the Trust as best as possible reflects the range of diversity in the arts in our city. There are important questions about the focus of this new funding. How will it fit with existing funding be that government or established private sponsorships and donations?

I can’t answer those questions yet as the Board needs to be fully formed and then the discussion begins. At that point I expect a vigorous and open consultation with artists and arts organizations. I believe I was asked to assume the role of the first Executive Director to be certain that this Trust works effectively with everyone who supports arts and artists in Edmonton.

John Mahon, Executive Director, Edmonton Cultural Trust Foundation


Edmonton Cultural Trust Board bios

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David Mowat pic

Dave Mowat, Founding Trustee (Chair)
ATB President and CEO

Dave Mowat’s contributions as a community and business leader are extensive. He has chaired the boards of several charitable organizations including the Capital Region United Way and the STARS Foundation, and has been a board member of many others including the TELUS Community Board, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, the Alberta Emerald Foundation and Devonian Botanic Gardens. He is currently vice-president of the Citadel Theatre and sits on the University of Alberta’s Business Advisory Council.


Jim Carter, Founding Trustee
Former President and COO, Syncrude Canada Ltd.

During his career and in retirement, Jim Carter has been actively involved in the community. He is past-chair of both the Francis Winspear Centre for Music and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Boards, and a former board member of Keyano College and Northern Lights Regional Hospital Foundation. He is a former chair of the Mining Association of Canada, a former director of the Alberta Chamber of Resources and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of several companies. In 2014, Mr. Carter was awarded the Order of Canada for his business achievements and community contributions.


Barry ZalmanowitzBarry Zalmanowitz, Founding Trustee
Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

Barry Zalmanowitz is one of the foremost competition lawyers in Canada, providing counsel for many major companies and organizations on significant matters and issues. He has lectured at the University of Alberta, is past editor of the Canadian Competition Record and was involved in the Alberta Law Society’s annual Media and the Law Seminars. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 in recognition of his expertise and contribution to the profession. Mr. Zalmanowitz is a major supporter of the Art Gallery of Alberta and is currently the past-chair of that organization’s Board of Directors.


Richard CookRichard Cook, Founding Trustee
Former Dean of University Advancement, Grant MacEwan University

Richard Cook spent much of his professional career at Grant MacEwan University. First and foremost a fundraiser in that position, he was also responsible for the overall financial management of the department, policy development in fundraising, university endowment management, and advising on charitable receipting and valuations of gifts. In addition, he has been a professional clarinetist in Edmonton and Toronto, as well as being associated with a number of fine arts associations in Edmonton, Canada and internationally. Mr. Cook is currently Chair of the Edmonton Opera.



Dianne Kipnes picDianne Kipnes, Founding Trustee
Clinical Psychologist

Dianne Kipnes has been a long-time supporter of community endeavours that improve Edmontonians’ quality of life. She has been a board member or chairperson of many charitable organizations including the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the TELUS Community Foundation, Edmonton Opera Association, and the National Arts Centre. In 2011, she co-chaired the Mayor’s Arts Visioning Committee, which confirmed the need to build more suitable, affordable and accessible performing arts space in Edmonton. This led to the creation of the Edmonton Downtown Academic and Cultural Centre Foundation, of which she is the chair. Dr. Kipnes’ many recognition honours include the Alberta Centennial and Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Diamond medals.


John MahonJohn Mahon, Executive Director

John Mahon is a classical musician and the former Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council. He retired from that position in 2013. Mr. Mahon’s career path has involved him in almost every aspect of Edmonton’s arts community. In addition to his new role as the Edmonton Cultural Trust Foundation’s Executive Director, Mr. Mahon has been an active performer on the clarinet, a local record producer, and is currently a part-time instructor within Grant MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management program. He has Bachelor of Music and MBA degrees from the University of Alberta and has studied at the Royal College of Music in London, England.

Dr. Troy Patenaude

Posted on February 12, 2015

Dr. Troy Patenaude, Winner of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ Emerging Curator Fellowship, supports the Edmonton Galleria Project:

“Canada is in desperate need of more cross-cultural approaches to the arts. The Edmonton Galleria Project could enable Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and academics to enrich each other’s innovations by making space for the crossing of many barriers. It’s exciting that university students and professionals will have the opportunity to work alongside each other. And as a teacher, it’s amazing to know that my students could bridge classroom learning with working practices of art and community participation as soon as they walk out my door. If done correctly, it will be a unique space that will be difficult to keep quiet—the Galleria Project could send ripples through Western Canada.”