Arts Council Wood Buffalo is excited to offer our 2017 Business of the Arts workshop series, focusing on helping artists and arts organizations in various stages of their development reach their next step! Artists are unique and ACWB is working with specialists in the creative industry to share relevant and impactful information in these workshops.

The first of four 2017 BOA workshops  focuses on Business Literacy for Artists. This all day workshop is full of insightful information to help artists and arts organizations understand some of the basic financial and legal topics they deal with in their everyday business practice.

ACWB invites artists, arts based businesses and community arts organizations on
March 25th, from 9:30am – 4pm, at the Redpoll Centre Boardroom in Shell Place,
as we dive into the world of business for artists!

Registration is $35 for ACWB members and $40 for non-members, and is available through Eventbrite at:

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided throughout the day. Please bring your own lunch.

Speaker & Topics Include:

Cherlyne Knox

Accounting Literacy for Artists: Accounting Basics

Cherlyne Knox is a seasoned tax preparation professional, specializing in artists and self-employed individuals at Artbooks, a Toronto based income tax agency. She currently works in financial management for film and television. She also owns a thriving bookkeeping practice that supports clients of many varied industries. Before starting her company, Knox held the title of Head of Finance at a television production company for six years.

Cherlyne is an Alberta native and is no stranger to the arts. She holds a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College and a Diploma in Photographic Technology from NAIT.  She spent many years as a professional photographer who specialized in people. In her spare time she enjoys improv as well as continuing with her passion for photography.

With a deep understanding of both left and right brain faculties, one of the greatest joys Cherlyne takes from her work is helping those that are number challenged feel more secure and on top of their finances.


Martin Kratz, Q.C.

Legal Literacy for Artists: Intellectual Property Law & Contractual Terms

Martin Kratz, Q.C. leads the Intellectual Property Practice Group and the e-Commerce practice for Bennett Jones LLP.  Martin’s practice focuses primarily on the protection and commercialization of intellectual property.

Among numerous recognitions, Martin is identified as one of Canada’s most creative lawyers by LEXPERT-Thomson in the US Guide to Canada’s 100 Most Creative Lawyers; as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in The LEXPERT/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in intellectual property law; as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in Canada for intellectual property law, technology law and information technology law; as highly recommended in technology law by the Practicing Law Institute; ranked by Chambers and Partners for information technology law and for intellectual property law; and as a leading lawyer in intellectual property and in information technology by Lawday.

Martin is the co-director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intellectual Property LLM program and teaches courses in that program as well as Osgoode Hall’s E-Business LLM program.

Martin is a Governor of the Alberta College of Art + Design and gives guest lectures on intellectual property issues for artists.

Martin has written over 450 publications on various topics involving intellectual property, technology law or on related topics including the following books as sole or co-author: the Business of Innovation, 2016; Canadian Anti-Spam Law, 2014, Canadian Internet Law, 2013; Canadian Intellectual Property Law, 2nd Ed., 2010; IP&IT Handbook Volume 2: Data Protection – Canada; PLC Outsourcing (Canada) 2011; Licensing 2012; Internet Law: A Business and Professional Guide, 1998; Information Systems Security: A Practitioner’s Guide, 1994 2nd Ed. 2003; The Computer Virus Crisis, 1992, 2nd Ed.; and Control and Security of Computer Information Systems, 1988.


Staci Millard

Organizational Types for Arts-Based Business: For Profit and Non Profit Structures

Staci Millard is a Chartered Professional Accountant who operates an office locally in Fort McMurray. She has been working in public practice helping businesses and non-profit organizations for over ten years. Staci and her staff assist businesses of all shapes and size sizes from their office- from $10 in sales to $10 million.

Staci currently assists with the Ask an Expert Program through the RMWB Economic Development Department to help existing businesses get back on their feet and help new businesses ensure they are set up properly. She has also been working actively with the social profit sector to increase financial literacy and accuracy of financial reporting.

The most successful organizations are those with the proper information and a knowledgeable team to support them.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Business Literacy for Artists session on March 25, 2017! We look forward to seeing you at the next Business of the Arts sessions.

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