Our Team


Founder | Executive Director


Tasneem is an award-winning contemporary visual artist and educator. She holds a BFA from OCAD University and has over 9 years of experience in arts programming. Her work stems from the belief that art has the power to overcome ethnocultural boundaries that divide us. That is why she finds it so important to use her knowledge as an artist to connect and empower people. You can visit http://www.tasneemdairywala.com to view her artwork.

Program & Outreach Manager

cimg4075-e1533412786820.jpgCecília holds a BFA in film studies and has built a diverse portfolio working in the Brazilian film industry. After arriving in Canada in 2014, she received a diploma in arts management from Western University and has since volunteered with multiple arts organizations in Toronto. Currently, Cecília works at North York Arts, and Queen Gallery. She is thrilled to be at Art Ignite to help to build communities through the arts.


Board Chair


Owais is a theatre artist, producer, and designer for Why Not Theatre. He has produced sold-out award-winning new works internationally and worked with various arts and cultural organizations as a producing consultant. Outside of his producing work, he is an active theatre maker. He is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Production and Design program and Harvard Business School’s “CORe: Credential of Readiness” certificate program.


Maggie is a Visual Artist, Writer and Educator.  Her work is in private collections throughout Canada, the US and the UK. She is on the OCAD University Board of Governors, President of OCADU Alumni Association, represented by Elaine Fleck Gallery, Muskoka Arts and Crafts member, Executive member at John B. Aird Gallery, and V.P. of Women’s Art Association.  Her paintings express passion and style, created in acrylic with brush and palette knife. The texture and movement capture the poetic spirit that is inherent in art. You can find her work at http://www.maggiebroda.com.

Board Member

Alannah is an artist and educator with a love for diasporic storytelling, community building, and engagement. Raised in Toronto’s Little Jamaica neighbourhood and a descendant of Grenadian and Jamaican ancestry, she has started an archival remapping project called Entangled, that documents erasure and resilience of black diasporic Canadian history through cloth and local narratives. She is also a Coordinator at The Regent Park Film Festival and holds a BA in Gender Studies and Politics from Queen’s University.