As a coach, consultant and writer, I help to conceptualize, refine and communicate your ideas, consulting on a variety of arts-related projects for organizations and individual artists.

I provide a space that supports and guides a process,

provokes thought and sharpens focus.

Who is candace elder? 

Candace is a leader and advocate in the arts & culture sector with over fifteen years of professional experience. She is passionate about the arts, bringing creative and visionary thinking to community outreach and program development. Candace has long been committed to nurturing creative expression and cultivating a vibrant and healthy arts community.

Candace has an extensive background in arts & cultural strategic planning, programming and management through her work as Senior Manager of Programs at the National Music Centre and in her current role as National Program Director for Business/Arts artsvest program. Her commitment to artist development began at The Banff Centre where she facilitated and managed residencies, serving a wide-range of international artists.


Candace has worked closely with artists across all career-stages and disciplines and is committed to innovative and holistic approaches in developing and initiating ideas in support of the arts. Her values-driven, collaborative leadership style is combined with her knack for building effective partnerships and her ability to create and empower a strong and resourceful team. As a certified ontological coach with a Master of Arts in Arts Leadership, Candace provides unique and highly attuned guidance to individuals and organizations seeking to build meaningful connections with their community. 

What happens when you work with me?

​we talk

I ask questions

you tell your story

I write it down


You have a lot of ideas and experiences many of which can be difficult to articulate, contextualize, and put into words. We have a conversation. I ask questions that help to spark a deeper thought process, give movement and bring clarity to your ideas and insights. I take all that you've said and using your words, find the best way to communicate who you are, what you do, and why it matters.

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