Canadian contemporary artist and social catalyst with big visions for her
small town.

While Charlottetown’s Becka Viau is a founding member and program director of this town is small inc, her vision and determination are larger than life.

As Prince Edward Island’s only artist run centre, this town is small is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growth and sustainability of the contemporary arts on Prince Edward Island. Thanks to Ms. Viau’s inspiration and curation, islanders and visitors alike are treated to Art in the Open, the centre’s signature outdoor event showcasing a wide variety of visual artists.

Through both her art and community service, Becka tackles issues of place and identity and how relationships with each are formed. In particular, she has devoted a great deal of energy breaking down gender barriers and stereotypes, resulting in exhibitions such as “Queerly Yours” and “What would the Community Think.” She takes critical and educated approaches and has the courage to stand up for her community, speak up, and most importantly, take action.

Becka is so much more than an artist, though. She is deeply dedicated to the development of a sustainable, creative and socially minded community and, ultimately, a stronger Canada.

Becka’s leadership success has come largely from acknowledging and even embracing the beauty and possibility found in failure. At the conference, she will share her innovative approaches to leadership and how to overcome challenges along the way while providing tips on networking, self-marketing, and reducing stress to increase accomplishment.

There comes a point when every leader must be fearless and willing to take risks to achieve goals and move forward. Join panelists Independent MP, the Hon. Maria Mourani and contemporary artist, Becka Viau for a powerful session on overcoming the fear of risk and learn how they were able to develop the confidence to be groundbreaking risk takers.