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Candice Turner-Smith

Arts Management


St Catharines



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Biographical Info

Candice Turner-Smith recently retired as the Executive Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, serving the organization since 2012. Following 12 seasons at the Shaw Festival in production management, marketing and fundraising, today, Candice specializes in cultural communications, administration, production, project and event management, financial planning and marketing. A native of Montreal, she is also a journalist by trade. 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, most recently as ED of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. For the NSO in 2007-8 she guided the Board, staff and stakeholders through a cash flow crisis, stabilization and, a Music Director & ED search. She is experienced in working with Boards and Committees and has strong planning, fiscal management, and is adept at integrated marketing/fundraising strategies. Candice is also a contributing writer for several Ontario magazines. Consulting projects include: The 2012 Cultural Capital Project for the Region; Marketing the Arts of St Catharines/Niagara; Riverbrink Art Museum, Carousel Players, Chorus Niagara; 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, Orchestra’s Mississauga; the Ontario Arts Council Regeneration Conference. Candice has served on the board of the St Catharines & Area Arts Council, Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects, and Garden City Productions (a community based Theatre Company). She was a member of (CUAG) the Community User Advisory Group formed to identify the needs of the performing arts community, now the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. In the Spring of 2019, Candice is retiring from the Niagara Symphony, and will return to her consulting career, as an Arts Management Consultant.

Year consulting practice established


Primary Clients

Cultural Not-For-Profit, Cultural For-Profit, Individuals, 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



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