Laura Adlers earned a BA in French and German language, literature and translation from the University of Toronto in 1992. In 2015, she completed her Master of Management in International Arts Management (M.M.) through studies at HEC Montréal, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotà, and SDA Bocconi in Milan. She conducted thesis research in Riga, Latvia and presented her thesis in Milan, Italy.
Laura has over 20 years’ experience in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors in Canada, the United States and internationally, with specialization working in the cultural sector. Recognized for her leadership skills, she has worked primarily with performing artists and arts organizations, both in Canada and abroad, and is known in particular for her work with Canadian and international choirs. Her wide range of experience has focused on small to mid-sized not-for-profit arts organizations, and has included program development, marketing and public relations, project management, fundraising, and stakeholder and community engagement.
More recently, she has been focused on international projects and is actively researching and advocating for issues concerning the training and retention of culture managers both in Canada and abroad. In addition, she is developing seminars and learning tools for artists and arts organizations to teach them about all aspects of culture management and help them reach their full professional and organizational potential.
When she is not managing the business of the arts, Laura works as a Latvian – English translator and is a member of the Latvian Literature Association in Riga. She lives and works in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.