Facilitators

The innovators and change-seekers here to shake up the system, bridge worlds, and debunk industry misconceptions. They are your teachers, your ultimate external resource that help us to highlight the roles artists and designers play in the weaving of our society. Our facilitators shape our programs and lead our programs. Our facilitators serve as a resource to our program participants. Our facilitators are subject matter experts, who are aware of the intricacies of what it’s like to be a creative entrepreneur . Our facilitators not only foster relationships within our classrooms but also are the bridge between program participants and industry experts.

Launchpad facilitators collaborate with the Launchpad team to provide enriching learning experiences for members and program participants.

Neha Kohli

Improviser / Stand-up Comedian / CPA

Neha is a comedian, actress and writer as well as a Chartered Professional Accountant. Neha is a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory Program as well as recipient of the 2018 Diversity Fellowship which is awarded by The Second City to the 15 brightest new, diverse voices in comedy. She has appeared on The Second City Toronto’s Mainstage in the student shows “It’s Funny Because it’s Trudeau” and “Wack Mirror.” Neha co-wrote and starred in the Luminari ad I Am A CPA (Rant) and has appeared in ads for The Real Canadian Superstore. Neha currently teaches for the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants and is a Professor in The Business School at Centennial College. She has founded her own tax consulting practice, which specializes in tax consulting for entertainers. Neha is passionate about entrepreneurship, the arts, community building and cilantro.

Kerry Swanson

Arts administrator, innovator

Kerry Swanson is a seasoned arts professional who has been leading change in Indigenous arts for fifteen years. She is a founding member of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, the Board Chair for imagineNative, and the past associate Director of Granting at the Ontario Arts Council where she designed and launched a $5 million annual Indigenous Culture fund in consultation with communities across the province.

Mark Pollard

Strategist

Mark writes about strategy, account planning, the changing nature of advertising, creativity, and ideas. As well as manhood and fatherhood. Mark’s written for over 60 magazines, hosted a radio, crowd-sourced and sub-edited books. I’ve worked in places like Big Spaceship, Saatchi & Saatchi New York, TribalDDB, MassMedia, Ogilvy, Leo Burnett, and McCann. He also founded the first full color hip hop magazine with global distribution in the Southern Hemisphere – Stealth Magazine.

Jacom Niedzwiecki

Choreographer, Filmmaker

Jacob Niedzwiecki is a choreographer, filmmaker, and creative technologist whose work fuses movement, media, and code into inventive new forms. He won the 2014 Vanguard Prize for Risk and Innovation at Summerworks and toured internationally with a US premiere in South Beach. He directed National Ballet’s four-hour segments for the 2014 and 2015 World Ballet Day live streams. And had short films shown at festivals around the world.