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Meet the Team

DANIEL WNUKOWSKI

Founder & Artistic Director

Daniel Wnukowski (pronounced “Vnoo-koff-skee”) is a versatile pianist whose performing activities span a wide range of repertoire and venues – from Baroque to Contemporary music; from small, intimate gatherings to large-scale outdoor events with audiences over 10,000 people. Although he left Canada in 1997 to pursue an international concert career, he is dedicated to giving back to the country that nurtured him as an artist, founding both “Piano Six – Next Generation” and the “Collingwood Summer Music Festival”.

GENEVIEVE DEMERCHANT

Booking Agent

Genny’s experience ranges from developing and implemented marketing strategies that work for independent artists up to large scale theatres, from doing pretty much everything at a brand new producing theatre company to leading a marketing and development team at a municipally owned, 780 seat presenting theatre. She’s been the Chief Marketing Officer for one of Canada’s largest theatres, sat on not-for-profit boards, worked for a symphony orchestra and played in a pop band.

ROBERT MISSEN

Booking Agent (Gala Concerts)

A true veteran in the Canadian music industry as a performer, artist manager, artistic director, producer and promoter. He performed with the Festival Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the Canadian Opera Company. He’s also a founding member of Tapestry Singers, which is now Tapestry Opera. After a twenty-year singing career, Missen moved into artist management, promotion, marketing, and impresario work, producing his own shows. He has worked with many great Canadian artists and organizations, including Maureen Forrester, Veronica Tennant, Stuart McLean, Michael Burgess, Sylvia Tyson, Joe Sealy, the Elmer Iseler Singers and Men of the Deeps.

KAREN LORENOWICZ

Communications Director

Karen Lorenowicz is a communications specialist with more than 20 years professional experience in the not-for-profit sector. In 2000, she launched KL Strategic Communications, serving clients in the performing arts, government and social services sectors across Canada. She is skilled in the development and implementation of integrated communications strategies that leverage marketing plans and ultimately achieve corporate branding objectives. She has managed more than 100 media campaigns covering a wide spectrum of events including performing arts productions, competitions, product launches, galas and fundraising events, national and international tours, and award presentations.

CONRAD WILLEMSE

LEGAL COUNSEL

Conrad was a DUCA Director for nine years in the 1990s and 2000s, rejoining the Board in April 2017. For 42 years, he has been an independent business lawyer. Conrad was DUCA’s legal counsel on the development and construction of DUCA’s Head Office and has been legal counsel for the past eight years to the Niagara Region Wind Farm, a 230 megawatt wind farm with 77 turbines. (A $1.5 billion project which became operational in November, 2016.)