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Cindy Goldrick has over 30 years’ experience working at not for profit organizations, mostly in the arts and culture sector. Her communications, strategic planning, fundraising, event planning, marketing and PR experience were major assets in her various positions in companies such as McClelland and Stewart, Indigo Books & Music, the Directors Guild of Canada and Access Copyright.
She has held the position of Executive Director at the Canadian Magazine Publishers Association (now Magazines Canada), The Word on the Street Toronto, the Parkdale Community Development Group and the Queen West Art Crawl.
Here’s a quick review of some of the major events Cindy has successfully led over the years:
At Magazines Canada, she worked with a coalition of associations to create a very successful three-day conference, Magazines University, that attracted over 1400 industry professionals to learn from Canadian experts and international speakers. She also developed and launched a series of intensive workshop sessions that attracted attendees from across the country and featured renowned experts in the publishing field.
When it comes to awards ceremonies, Cindy has brought her signature style to some very glamourous events. The Directors Guild of Canada Awards recognize excellence in the industry, and Cindy worked with peer juries, presenters, guests and hosts to celebrate the best in Canadian film and television.
As Vice President of Events at the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), she oversaw all aspects of a yearly luncheon awards ceremony that recognized Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100. She worked to grow this event, which attracted over 1000 guests, by launching a full program of professional development sessions led by award winners. In addition, at WXN, Cindy was responsible for managing over 80 events in seven cities across Canada each year, from networking breakfasts and board development workshops to mentoring sessions, that served the needs of thousands of women in business.
Cindy has also managed several major outdoor events. She joined the Word On The Street Toronto (WOTS) and successfully piloted the event through its 20th anniversary celebration. The WOTS program guide won kudos as best event guide at the Festivals and Events Ontario Awards that year.
From there, she took over the reins of the Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) where she brought a naming sponsor on board, doubled attendance numbers and media coverage, built the signature Parkdale Night Crawl event and celebrated the event’s 10th anniversary with a well-attended, interactive Gala Opening.
Cindy believes that giving back to the community she lives in is important. She volunteers with various groups in the Niagara area, including chairing the Niagara Bead Society and sitting on the St Catharines Arts Awards Committee as well as the board of ECT: Essential Collective Theatre, where she also chairs the fundraising/events committee.
In addition, Cindy is a partner in a local business, Bench Artisans. You will find her at local craft and art shows around the Niagara Region selling her original jewellery creations. She teaches metalworking and jewellery design in Toronto, Dundas and St. Catharines. Several of her designs have been published in US magazines.
Cindy holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Western Ontario.
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