With her intimate knowledge of the Indigenous cultural sphere, Artistic Director Sandra Laronde is passionate about sharing her artistry and experiences with others in motivational speeches, workshops, and dialogues. Driven by her vision and guided by her artistry, Sandra combines her unique talents to deliver powerful, richly layered speeches on Indigenous art, culture and leadership in Canada and around the world.
Sandra has created some of the most innovative programs, projects and productions that reflect world Indigenous cultures. She has cultivated formative links and relationships with First Peoples, culturally diverse, world Indigenous peoples, and mainstream communities, which help inform and are reflected in her speeches and workshops. Sandra has spoken as: a lecturer at Ryerson University, University of Toronto, York University, and University of New Mexico; an invited speaker at Carleton University; a workshop leader at the National Theatre School; and a speaker at the 2015 Canadian Arts Summit, panelist at the 11th Annual Canadian Arts Summit, Luminato Festival series event, and Illuminations
Sandra also participated in a national forum entitled Art Matters with 30 other Canadian artists, hosted at The Banff Centre, and in forums with Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Australian Council for the Arts, and the Arts Council of Mongolia.
Sandra's speaking engagements have been wide and varied. She served as a spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee For Toronto's Olympic Bid, and delivered the keynote address at the Blackfoot Arts Awards in Lethbridge, and to the graduating class at the Temiskaming District Secondary School in New Liskeard in Ontario. She was also a guest presenter on Perspectives on Innovative Management Practices to the board, officers and staff at the Canada Council for the Arts. She enjoyed her time being a panel member for the Portfolio Committee on Aboriginal Affairs for Canadian Heritage, and moderating a panel at the National Gathering of Aboriginal Artistic Expression for Canadian Heritage. Currently, she sits on the Aboriginal Advisory for the Ontario College of Art And Design in Toronto, and on the Advisory for the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa.
Sandra is from the Teme-Augama-Anishnaabe (People of the Deep Water) in Temagami, northern Ontario, and currently divides her time between Toronto, Ontario and Banff, Alberta.