ACCA Consultant

Candice Turner-Smith

Arts Management Consultant

Company Name

Arts Management





Business Phone


Biographical Info

Candice Turner-Smith is an Arts Management Consultant living in the Niagara Region. She is presently working with the TD Niagara Jazz Festival to design and support a new operating model and re-built the Board of Directors. Prior work includes The Norm Foster Theatre Festival also thru a time of transition. Candice retired from the Niagara Symphony Orchestra in 2019, supporting the orchestra as its Executive Director since 2012. Following 12 seasons at the Shaw Festival, Candice is experienced in working with Boards and Committees and has strong planning, fiscal management, and is adept at integrated marketing/fundraising strategies. A native of Montreal, she is also a journalist by trade. One of her most memorable projects, she served as Chair, Artistic Festivals for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games. Ten years earlier she worked on the 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada project for the Niagara Region, designed to celebrate the arts and highlight their value in each of our 12 municipalities. Niagara's rich cultural landscape is one of the region’s most vital assets. Other projects include: Marketing the Arts of St Catharines/Niagara; Riverbrink Art Museum, Carousel Players, Chorus Niagara; Theatre Beyond Words, Lost & Found Theatre, the National Tap Dance Company of Canada, The School of Restoration Arts at Willowbank; the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock University, Music Niagara, Bravo Niagara, Orchestra’s Mississauga, and the Ontario Arts Council Regeneration Conference. In the early 90s Candice was Administrative Director of Kawartha Summer Theatre followed by 5 years as stage manager for the USO of Metropolitan New York. Since 2004 she has undertaken many cultural management projects. For the Niagara Symphony Orchestra in 2007-8 she guided the Board, staff and stakeholders through a cash flow crisis, stabilization, and a Music Director & ED search. Candice is also a contributing writer for several Ontario magazines.

Year consulting practice established


Primary Clients

Cultural Not-For-Profit, Cultural For-Profit, Festivals / presenters

Consulting Specialization

Arts education, Audience development / engagement, Data / information management, Festivals and events management, Fundraising (operations), Governance, Grant and proposal writing, Marketing / social media / communications, Organizational change, Presenting and producing, Project management, Public relations, Research, Strategic planning, Venue management

Frequent Disciplines

Performing arts