MEET THE WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA STAFF
Robyn Stewart is an 21-year veteran accomplished organization and event director. Previous to coming to Women in Music Canada, she was Executive director and CEO of the Western Canadian Music Alliance. Having started her career as a theatre Stage Manager, among other roles in the cultural industries she is passionate about the creative process and the role culture plays in communities. Her experience reaches all areas of event management and talent buying, with her strongest skills lying in financial management, complex logistics, government relations and fund development, and partner relationship building.
Among the projects she is most proud of; Celebration Sites Coordinator; Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2010, Entertainment Buyer; PanAmerican Games 2015, and her roles above, which has allowed her to support developing artists and engage in passion projects including working towards gender parity in the music industry on an international level. A travel enthusiast herself, Robyn is incredibly driven by her work supporting artists to showcase and develop business in international markets. Robyn holds board positions as Vice-Chair of Polaris Music Prize Canadian live Music Association and Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Advisory Board of Manitoba.
Robyn is an extreme supporter of the music industry and emerging talent in Canada and brings this passion to every project.
On a personal note Robyn is mother to two incredible humans, Jasper (12) and Ty (4).
Emma Walker is an arts and financial manager who has done work for several charities and non-profits including Toronto Dance Theatre and Tarragon Theatre. She also teaches in the arts management program at the University of Toronto, Scarborough and in the Creative Industries program at TMU. Emma completed an M.B.A. specializing in non-profit management, arts administration, and public policy at the Schulich School of Business. Before studying business, she studied fine arts, earning an MA in dance and BFAs in both dance and music.
Sarah Shandl - White Tide Entertainment
Tasha Schumann (Tasha the Amazon) is a Juno-nominated artist, media personality, and community-builder. Her music has been featured on shows like HBO’s Insecure and Genera+ion, Comedy Central's Broad City, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop and she’s been profiled in media like Billboard, New York Magazine, Afropunk, and FADER. A sought after brand ambassador, she’s collaborated with household names like Adidas, NewEra, YouTube, and Google. Her genre-bending music videos have won awards around the world at festivals like FilmQuest, Apex Awards, and the MuchMusic Video Awards where she was the first woman to win the award for best Rap Video.
A passionate community-builder, Tasha works with programs like Women in Music Canada and Artscape to mentor emerging artists. She is also the host of Floralogic, an award-winning online nature show that has clocked +27 million views and 2 million followers and she co-hosts the Consciousness Explorers Podcast, an Apple Music top-5 rated podcast, with Calm App guide, Jeff Warren.