Staff / Contact

General information:
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613-233-1085 ext 114

All media inquires:
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Lee Dunbar (he/him)
Interim Executive Director, Director Research and Communications
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Carolyn Courtney (she/her)
Human Resources Manager
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Ext. 117

Carolyn has worked with OFN for more than a dozen years in an HR and Finance capacity and has had the privilege of meeting several thousands of Ontario’s job seekers through the Job Creation Partnership employment program.  As a proud Nova Scotian, Carolyn strongly encourages everyone to have this area of the country on their travel bucket list!  Carolyn holds a Paralegal Diploma and a Bachelor of Commerce degree and previously held employment in the telecommunication, energy, and employment support sectors.  Outside the office, Carolyn’s passions include travel, sailing, cross country skiing, and of course hanging with her husband, two young adult kids, and the cutest biewer terrier named Skipper.  If you cannot reach Carolyn, she’s probably where she usually is every day, at the Movati gym taking in a yoga, zumba, or step class!


Janine Kivell (she/her)
Membership Services Coordinator
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Janine has worked for OFN for over 5 years in Membership and Business development roles. She was born, raised and educated in Ottawa and holds a diploma in Business Administration. She has travelled and lived in many parts of the world. Her 3 boys were born in Calgary and shortly thereafter the whole fam was transferred to Boston, Massachusetts with a high-tech company. She was there until the kiddos reached middle school and then returned to Ottawa where she took up publishing as an entrepreneur and then segued into membership development roles. Janine has strengths in building and managing business relationships and has a natural compassion and empathy for people. These strengths lie in her ability to bring people together to achieve a greater good.


Robyn Winklareth
Human Resources Assistant
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Ext. 114


#GetFestive Team

Emma Cole
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Emma Poole
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Emma is a recent graduate from Carleton University where she earned a degree in Communications and Media Studies. In search for jobs that align with her passions of uniting community and art, Emma joined the OFN in spring 2023 and has since fell in love with Ottawa’s lively festival-scene. With a background in producing published creative writing and audio-visual projects, Emma brings a very creative energy to the OFN. As an avid believer that Ottawa is NOT boring, Emma works to produce content that help’s to attract the public to all the incredible festivals that Ottawa has to offer. Having developed this deep passion for community, art, and connection, Emma’s main trajectory is ensuring that the Ottawa Festival scene continues to flourish.


Ottawa Festival Network
450 Churchill Avenue N
Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2
T. 613.233.1085
F. 613.233.3134