Lead team

Helen Yung, director

Helen is a member of the Culture of Cities Centre, serves on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Social Innovation, and has been recently named a Salzburg Global Fellow. For over a decade, Helen has contributed to public-benefit actions and cultural policy thinking at the municipal, provincial, national and international levels. Helen consistently seeks out unique ways to bring her hybrid (qualitative-interpretive, generative, arts-led, appreciative-inquiry-derived) approach to research into broader society. Her interdisciplinary work has been developed, produced, presented and supported through grants, commissions and residencies by organizations in Canada, Australia, France, USA, UK, and Argentina. Helen speaks widely at conferences in Canada and abroad, including conferences convened by Ontario Ministry of Immigration/Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport/Ismaili Council, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities, American Comparative Literature Association, Ontario Museums Association, Magnetic North Theatre Festival, among others. Helen has also been an official delegate at the inaugural international convenings of: Americas Cultural Summit (International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies, Ministry of Culture of Argentina, Canada Council for the Arts), The Arts in the Digital World Summit (Canada Council for the Arts), and Time_Place_Space: Nomad Lab (Performance Space Sydney, ArtsHouse Melbourne, Australia Arts Council). Helen has been nominated for the Ontario Premier’s Arts Award for her significant contributions to the cultural sector, and for the Toronto Dora awards in the general theatre section (Outstanding Production, Scenic Design, Lighting Design). 

Macy Siu, research manager

Macy Siu is a design researcher and consultant whose work is animated by a background in mixed-media art and law. She is a licensed lawyer in Ontario specializing in intellectual property law, particularly copyright and trademarks law for creative industries and small businesses. Macy is a recent graduate of the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University, where she was a research assistant on the OCAD U and University of Toronto collaborative project, “Redefining Public Art in Toronto” – a study that envisions the future of Toronto’s public art system with policy recommendations for potential city implementation. Macy is the 2018 OCAD U medal winner for the project, “Foresight Walks: An exploration into new forms of public engagement through experiential futures”. She has worked in arts administration for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York. As an emerging mixed-media artist, she has shown works at Trinity Square Video, Art Museum (formerly University of Toronto Art Centre), and Trinity College at U of T. Currently, she is assisting CARCC and CARFAC with a Copyright for Visual Arts tour across Ontario to offer artists an overview of copyright including information about exhibition, production, moral, and artist’s resale rights. She is also assisting with an advocacy brief to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology for the review of the Copyright Act. Macy is driven by expression and empowerment tied to the hyphen of in-between spaces, and is particularly interested in working at the intersection between art and strategy for human-centred design and speculative design to engage communities in (re)imagining possible futures.