The Word on the Street Toronto Welcomes New Festival Director

Via the Word on the Street

The Word On The Street Toronto is pleased to announce that Heather Kanabe is the new Festival Director for The Word On The Street Toronto, effective immediately. Heather brings to her role a keen understanding of cultural event management and a great appreciation for the written word. She looks forward to building upon the success of Canada’s largest book and magazine festival.

“The Board is pleased to welcome Heather Kanabe as our new Festival Director. Her MBA in marketing and finance, her arts management background, and her enthusiasm for both The Word On The Street Toronto and the literary world it celebrates, make Heather a valuable addition to our team,” said The Word On The Street Toronto President Christopher Johnson.

Kanabe is a skilled arts manager, with over ten years’ experience working with cultural and corporate partners. She was recently a project manager with SALT & PEPPER Events in Dubai, producing large-scale marketing activations for clients including Lexus, GM, and Nokia. Prior to obtaining an international MBA, Heather was the Programming & Business Affairs manager at Women in Film & Television – Toronto, where she developed an annual program schedule of over 600 hours of professional development training. In 2007, Heather developed 53 panels and workshops on international business development for the WIFT International Summit in Toronto. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto Honours BA, Specialist Designation in Arts Management and an MBA from the HULT International Business School in Dubai.

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