Please direct all ArtSupport MB enquiries to:

CHERYL MIKI, Program Coordinator, Artspace

425 - 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB  R3B 1H3  P: (204) 947-0984  E:


The ArtSupport Manitoba program is administrated by Artspace staff. Below is the list of contract fundraising professionals who deliver the mentorship component of the program.

Program Director


Katarina Kupca is a passionate senior fundraiser with 20 years of experience in a variety of non-profit sectors.

She has strong connections in Winnipeg and southern Manitoba. Having raised more than $50 million, her fundraising has allowed construction to start on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, revitalized Central Park, delivered capital for Manitoba Opera’s first new original work, retired the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s debt and advanced the learning environment at the University of Manitoba.

Katarina has permanently transformed not-for-profits by engaging the public and creating new revenue streams, resulting in millions of dollars and increased public profile for organizations.

Katarina focuses on building relationships with volunteers, donors and other stakeholders to create and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships that grow stronger over time. Her depth of fundraising experience is a core strength.



Margaret Amyot is a senior development professional with over 15 years experience in fund development.  Her roles have included the management of the Prospect Research team during the University of Manitoba's highly successful capital campaign and major gift fundraising. Margaret was instrumental in securing several significant gifts for the University. Strategy development, mentorship and coaching, case for support creation, data mining, donor engagement and stewardship, grant application processes and volunteer management are among the many responsibilities that were part of Margaret's portfolio in fund development.

Prior to becoming a development professional, Margaret worked in the education sector and owned her own business.

Margaret has a degree from the University of Manitoba and a diploma from Red River College. She is a past board member of both the Association for Fundraising Professionals and the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement.


A graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a BA in Anthropology and History, Louise Pujo had a successful and rewarding 18 year career as a senior federal arts administrator in the Department of Canadian Heritage, where she managed a team responsible for cultural policy and program delivery in Manitoba and Western Canada.

In 1998, Louise began a second career as a fundraising professional, first with the Prairie Theatre Exchange, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and finally with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB). As Director of Development and Sponsorship with the RWB for seven years, Louise was responsible for all fundraising activities in support of the RWB Company and School including sponsorship, individual giving, and capital and endowment campaigns.

From 2009 to 2011, Louise served as Corporate Secretary for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) where she worked with the Board of Trustees and Senior Management to fulfill the organization’s regulatory and fiduciary obligations under federal law, and led the CMHR’s corporate planning process.

Louise is currently working as an independent fundraising consultant. She has completed contracts with Folklorama Inc. to develop a sponsorship policy and best practices for the organization, and with Manitoba Opera to manage their Sponsorship Program while a full-time Director of Development was being recruited.

Ms Pujo is a long-time member of the International Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and served on the Board of Directors of the AFP Manitoba Chapter.


Jim is an executive administrator/senior level fundraiser with thirty years’ experience building organizational capacity within the non-profit sector.

While remaining sensitive to the unique nature of working within the volunteer driven, non-profit sector Jim focuses on apply finely tuned business management skills to identify desired outcomes, determine risk vs. potential benefits, ensuring effective use of available resources and completing full analysis for future strategic planning and fundraising… all within the framework of providing accountability for today’s sophisticated donor. As well, successful non-profit organizations need the ability to bring together a diverse network of individuals focused on delivering organizational goals in a timely and efficient manner.

“The great strength of the arts and cultural sector is the passion and dedication of its volunteers and staff”, says Jim. “Capturing that energy to attract donors and enhance their organization’s public profile will create a sustainable future”.

Jim is a happy husband, proud father, (and now grandfather) with a passion for all things Manitoban.


Pamela Simmons is a highly skilled development professional with a distinguished career in the non-profit sector. Her fund development expertise includes capital campaign management, major and annual giving, donor cultivation and stewardship, and strategic planning.

Ms. Simmons is an independent consultant and President of coreNICHE Consultancy. Currently, she works with KCI  (Ketchum Canada) as an acting capital campaign director for Brandon University. Previously, she held senior positions with the Winnipeg Art Gallery as Director of Development followed by Capital Campaign Director. Over the course of her tenure, she was responsible for the planning and oversight of a $50 million campaign to raise funds for a national Inuit art centre. She worked closely with a team of consultants and staff to solicit gifts for the quiet portion of the campaign, handily meeting all financial targets. She is currently a member of the Inuit Art Centre Honourary Cabinet.

Ms. Simmons previously spent 12 years living in the Middle East where she provided services in the areas of management, public relations and community engagement services to clients including the Canadian Business Council, the British Business Group, Ontario International Trade Office and with her company, coreNICHE Consultancy.

Her work experience is extensive both as an employee and consultant in the areas of fund development, public relations and volunteer management. Prior to moving the Middle East, Ms. Simmons was the President of FastTrack Consulting working with more than 35 clients from all sectors in the Province of Manitoba. In addition, she worked at Seven Oaks General Hospital for 14 years, where she was instrumental in establishing Volunteer Services at Seven Oaks General Hospital, the Community Relations Program  and Hospital Foundation, of which she was the Director for 7 years.

Ms. Simmons has been active in numerous charities, business and professional associations, often assuming a leadership role. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and has certification in fund development, public relations and volunteer management.

Program Ambassador


Patricia Bovey, art historian and arts management consultant, is Project Lead at the Buhler Gallery, St Boniface Hospital Winnipeg and Adjunct Professor of Art History at the University of Winnipeg. She teaches 20th Century Canadian Art, Curatorial Practice and Cultural Resource Management and her consulting has spanned much of Canada. She has published and lectures widely on aspects of western Canadian art. She is a former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba currently, she is a former member of the National Gallery of Canada’s Board of Trustees and the Board of the Canada Council for the Arts. A past Chair of the Board of Emily Carr University Art and Design and the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization, she is presently a member of the Board of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation, Chair of the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art and a member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Her honours include the appointment as Fellow of both the UK’s Royal Society for the Arts and the Canadian Museums Association. She was awarded the Canada125 Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the 2002 Woman of Distinction for the Arts, the Canadian Museums Association Distinguished Service Award, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal and the Association of Manitoba Museum’s inaugural Award of Merit.

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