Welcome to P.M.Arts 2018 Conference

Dates for the 2018 Toronto P.M.Arts Conference are Thursday, March 22 – Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Ryerson School of Performance (formerly Ryerson Theatre School)

Welcome to the 11th Toronto P.M.Arts Conference!

In order to stay current and fresh, we kick off our second decade of training by mixing things up a bit – 2
new sessions and at least one new face.

To offer a bit of variety for previous attendees, and to encourage return visits, we will start offering one or
two rotating courses each year. With a 3-day conference, it is hard to honour our basic building blocks of
People, Time and Money and still change things up on a wholesale basis: there are so many, varied
topics that are of interest to PMs. Of course all of our presenters have great loyalty to our audience and
mission, so as much as we will miss them for a year, we welcome the chance to add more opportunities
for other professionals to share their experiences with us.

We begin our grand experiment with Contracts. The presenter-swapping duo this year are long-time
P.M.Arts supporter, Ian Arnold, of Catalyst TCM, and Gail Packwood, Executive Director of the
Associated Designers of Canada. Gail will lead a new session on understanding, using, and navigating
ADC contracts.

This year we continue to offer our full weekend of programming and look forward to reuniting our team of
seasoned and returning presenters. It is with much anticipation we welcome back Ray Salverda to take
over our Budgeting session from Matt Farrell, who will create a new course on Labour Relations and
Contract Negotiating. Janet Sellery also returns with fresh look at Heath and Safety.

Our final change this year is to shine a light on harassment in the workplace, with our Human Resources
session tackling this and discrimination.

We continue to value our 10+ year relationship with the Ryerson School of Performance, formerly the
Ryerson Theatre School, as they once again host us. Our conference will take place in their Boardroom
on the 9th floor of 20 Dundas St. West, across from the Eaton Centre.

As always, our courses have an appeal for managers and production staff alike, as they offer skills
development, the opportunity to share experiences, and the chance to network.

Peter Fleming and Bonnie Thomson


For more information and to register, check out our course calendar