Board of Directors

Ludmila Jagiellicz, CMC, MBA, Management Consultant - Board President

Ludmila Jagiellicz Ludmila has been a senior member of the Western Management Consultant group for over 10 years. Serving enterprises in private, public and non-profit sectors, she offers clients her strategic and business planning expertise, as well as her wide knowledge of organizational and governance effectiveness. Before joining Western, Ludmila was market and corporate planning manager at Canfor, an international forest product company. This followed 16 years of management consulting experience with Ernst & Young and its predecessor firm, Woods Gordon, based in Toronto and Vancouver. In addition to serving clients across Canada, she has worked in the U.S. and the U.K. Ludmila is a Certified Management Consultant and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She has worked voluntarily with many non-profit groups and is past chair of the Museum of Vancouver. Ludmila's experience with non-profits has brought her into contact with numerous organizations in both the arts and health fields. Not only has she helped these societies shape their future direction and priorities, she has brought her practical knowledge of best practices from various sectors to help with operating and development issues. She enjoys her home, neighbourhood walks with her husband, the Vancouver gardening season, and a good book.

Tom Carson

Tom is a Senior Fellow at the Canada West Foundation. As President and principal consultant of T. Carson and Associates Ltd., he has over 31 years of senior management and executive experience with the Manitoba government, including 14 years serving as Deputy Minister to the Departments of Culture, Training, and Health. Tom is a consultant, specializing in personal and team development and workplace health and productivity. Tom sits on several Boards: he is chair of Manitoba Artists in HealthCare, past chair of the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba, the Finance Committee of the Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation, the executive committee and human resources committee of the Winnipeg art gallery, the executive committee, finance committee and planning priorities committee of St. Boniface hospital. He also sits on the Boards of the University of Manitoba’s Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute (HLHPRI), the Advisory Council to the President of the University of Manitoba, and is an associate to the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy.

Susan Summers, PhD, MMT (Masters of Music Therapy), AVPT, NMT, MTA (Music Therapist Accredited) 

Susan SummersSusan has over twenty-six years of experience as a music therapist working in complex care and in hospice care in BC, and as a vocal psychotherapist working with adults. Susan was the director of the Kickstart Choir for the Society for Disabilities, Arts and Culture for many years, culminating in performances at the Kickstart Festivals in 2001 and 2004. She is on faculty at Capilano University in the music therapy department, supervises practicum and internship students, and serves on three professional boards: as Past President of the Music Therapy Association of British Columbia (MTABC), treasurer of the Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in BC (FACTBC), and on the board of directors for a new charity which raises money for music therapy, Music Heals. Susan’s doctoral research with Antioch University's Leadership and Change program explored how singing is a healing influence for change and transformation. Susan taught in the Alberta education system and also has worked with adults with developmental challenges in communities in BC and Alberta.

Christian Sénéchal

Christian Sénéchal first entered the cultural field through directing actors, staging, directing, producing, and teaching. As the Principal Investigator of his projects, he developed his management skills in the field, which he later honed through  a DESS in Management of Cultural Organizations from HEC Montréal, a Specialized Executive MBA in Cooperative Enterprises from l’ESG-UQAM and an EMBA from Paris-Dauphine University.

He complements his experience in the field with university research. He was research auxiliary for the Alliance de recherche universités-communautés (ARUC) and for the Groupe de recherche sur les OBNL, communautaires ou culturels from HEC Montréal. Within the community, he was involved with various organizations, as the Association des victimes d’infections nosocomiales (ADVIN), of which he was general director. Afterwards, he collaborated as a consultant for the establishment of the National Centre for Dance Therapy (NCDT), of which he was named director in October 2012.

Frédéric Julien

 Frédéric Julien has been active in the performing arts for several years as an artist, a cultural manager and a consultant. He holds a Master's degree in music, as well as a graduate diploma in project management. Frédéric has worked in the field of performing arts presentation at the department of Canadian Heritage, at Réseau Ontario and at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association where he currently manages research and arts promotion activities. Frédéric has a keen interest in partnership development and cross-sector collaboration. He's chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition's Research and policy committee and he represents the performing arts sector at the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st century.


Jennifer J Nicol (PhD, MTA, RDPsych)

Jennifer J Nicol (PhD, MTA, RDPsych) is a music therapist and counselling psychologist who has been researching music and health for over 20 years. An Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr Nicol’s scholarship is driven by two questions: How does music enhance the actions of everyday life as negotiated across varied circumstances and populations; and secondly, how do spontaneous everyday uses of music extend understanding about coping, health and wellbeing? Qualitative inquiry has provided the best means for pursuing these interests and Dr Nicol is particularly intrigued by innovation in using the arts for knowledge dissemination. Her interdisciplinary interests are reflected in collaborative work such as Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (SSHRC funded); Creative Practices for People with Cancer (Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation), and Therapeutic Singing for Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Lung Association, Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals). Independent projects have been funded by SSHRC, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. Dr Nicol publishes in journals such as Psychology of Music; Music and Medicine; Canadian Psychology; Creativity Research Journal and International Health Promotion. She is a former editor of the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy; and former chair of the Canadian Psychology Association’s Counselling Psychology Section.