Board of Directors
Jessa Agilo, MMus, President
Roland Gemayel, PhD, Treasurer
Lisa Hems, Secretary
Robert Boyd, CPA, MBA
Jose Gutierrez, MBA
Daniel Kligerman, CPA, MBA
Chris Neels, BCom
Shiny Zhang, PhD
Slade Lander, MBA, Chair Emeritus
Jessa Agilo, Founder, Executive Producer, Co-Curator
As Founder, Executive Producer & Co-Curator of DigitalASO, and Founder, President & CEO of ArtsPond, Jessa is leading the development of the next generation of Canadian arts services. With an innovative startup mentality, Jessa has led all areas of development for DigitalASO from creative, strategic and financial planning to governance, advocacy, research, outreach, marketing communications, and fundraising.
Jessa has three decades of experience collaborating with hundreds of artists and organizations as a multidisciplinary creator, educator, producer, advocate, and social entrepreneur in Canada and internationally. Her experience includes The Banff Centre, Workman Arts, Ontario Culture Days, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Business for the Arts, Kaeja d’Dance, Dreamwalker Dance, and many others. She is currently researching emerging best practices in arts management and transformation of digital arts services with two individual professional development grants from Canada Council for the Arts. Jessa received the Humberto Santos Award in Business and Administration in 2006.
Jessa studied music composition, arts management, fundraising management, new media design, and information technology management at six leading institutions across Canada.
Margaret Lam, Co-Founder, Co-Curator
Margaret Lam (MISt) is the founder of BeMused Network, a social-technical enterprise devoted to empowering independent artists and organizations with innovative digital and online services. She is a published information science researcher, a seasoned print and digital designer, and an advocate for independent and emerging artists. She has a background in ethnomusicology and almost became an academic music librarian.
Her research on Music Knowledge-Sharing Platforms and Domain Specific Systems Design has been published as journal articles, a book chapter, and presented at conferences on knowledge management, information professionals, ethnomusicology, and digital futures around the world. She currently writes on topics at the intersection of culture, technology and the arts, and serves as a consultant and advisor to strategic digital initiatives.
As a core partner of DigitalASO, Margaret is Co-Founder and Co-Curator of the Digital Arts Services Symposium and Digital Arts Services Alliance. Margaret and her team at BeMused Network provides design research, software project management, and technical expertise at both a strategic and practical level. She also seeks out technologists, designers, researchers and business professionals who are invested in the success of the arts and cultural sectors, so that its leaders and pioneers can build the teams they need in the digital age.