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Whitney Lewis-Smith

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January 25, 8:30am • Ottawa Art Gallery • part of a series on Surreal

January is the time to make resolutions!

Inspired by the St. Pete’s chapter and Ottawa’s first zero waste store NU Grocery, we embarked on a zero waste journey.

Did you know that our morning coffee habit creates enormous amounts of waste? The coffee cups alone produce a staggering 16 billion tons of waste every year!

That’s why over the past few months, together with friends at NU we reduced our waste, eliminated single-use plastics from our catering, started composting and expanded our mug library! And we ask you to bring your own reusable mug to help us create a waste-free morning every month.

Our 2019 resolution is to make our CreativeMornings events waste-free! What’s yours?


We’re so excited to be back for another amazing year! A few new things are happening this year and a some will remain the same:

✔️ All 2019 events will be held at the beautiful Ottawa Art Gallery
✔️ Breakfast and coffee will be provided by Jackson Cafe
✔️ We will continue to work towards waste-free events with NU Grocery
✔️ We will continue to have a diverse range of creative speakers
✔️ Will will continue to celebrate how #OttawaIsCreative and welcome all!

Our first speaker of 2019 is photo-based artist Whitney Lewis-Smith to speak on the global theme Surreal. Her work uses a combination of historic and modern photographic processes as a means to speak on contemporary topics, most recently discussing consumerism, commodity accessibility, and globalization’s impact on the environment.

By referencing dutch golden era floral tableaus, Whitney highlights the evolution of humanity’s relationship with the planet. Her seemingly living moving scenes are made predominantly using insects, animals, and plants that have died, but this only becomes apparent upon close inspection. The result is a subtle tension, engaging the viewer’s fascinations and fears. 

Tickets to #CMsurreal will go live on Friday, January 18 on our website and the event will be held at 8:30 am on Friday, January 25!


It’s the last CreativeMornings Ottawa of 2018! Join us at the Ottawa Art Gallery on December 21 for our talk on the global theme, Tradition.

This month we’re inviting Jaime Morse (formerly Koebel), Nehiyaw/Michif (Cree/Métis) from Lac La Biche, AB, to the stage.

Jaime helps connect others to history and culture, inspiring and empowering people through art, dance, education and traditional practices. 

An artist, educator, dancer, and curator, Jaime will be speaking on traditional practices passed down to her, how she applies those traditions to her art, and how the connection to tradition through research and sharing keeps it relevant, not only for the present but for future generations.

Tickets will go live Friday, December 14 at 11 a.m.! 

Join us on Friday, November 23 as we welcome Robert Smith, founder and creative director of Greenmelon, an Ottawa based branding agency to the CreativeMornings Ottawa stage for this month’s talk on the global theme restart

The core of the talk will centre around adapting existing skills and processes into new careers and endeavours. The setbacks that can come with embarking on new challenges, the excuses we make to ourselves and how to overcome them to do something fulfilling. Rob will be speaking on his experience and role within the design community and how he took his design process and applied it to becoming an author later in life.

Tickets will be released on Friday, November 16 at 11 a.m. on the CreativeMornings Ottawa website, stay tuned! 


Amen Jafri spent a decade working the 9 to 5 as a public servant, masking her creative ambitions by day and unleashing them by night. It was only after she became honest with herself that she decided to quit her day job and launch a new creative path, on her own terms.

Today, Amen Jafri is a successful documentary filmmaker and branding consultant for artists and creatives. Her first film, The City That Fun Forgot?, was made without any prior experience and it had a sold-out premiere in 2014, garnering local and national media coverage. 

Join us on October 26 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at Arts Court where Amen will share why self-honesty is needed to bolster creative expression, and how it can be incorporated into how you promote and brand yourself as a creative.

Learn more about Amen and her work on her website!

Free tickets will be released here on October 19 at 11 am. 


You won’t want to miss this month’s talk with the amazingly inspirational Komal Minhas, angel investor, speaker and media-maker based in Ottawa. Komal will be speaking on building strong pillars of wellness, community and purpose to hold onto through our own chaotic times, to take pride in the resiliency that chaos builds in us, and to embrace whatever season of life you’re in right now.

We are in control of the story we tell ourselves about the events that unfold before us. We can view chaos as a freight train hitting our soul or we can see it as a catalyst for clarity.

Join us on Friday, September 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa as we explore this month’s theme ‘CHAOS’. 

Tickets for this month’s talk will be released on Friday, September 21 at 11 a.m. on the CreativeMornings Ottawa website.


For this month’s talk we’re welcoming six Ottawa community builders and shakers to take the stage for five minutes each to speak to their own interpretation of the theme “community”.

Join us on Friday, August 17 at Ottawa’s City Hall as we explore our city through these various lenses and experiences as told by different walks of life.

Get to know our speakers!

Tickets are FREE (but please RSVP) and will be available at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, August 10!


Make plans to join us on Friday, July 27 for this month’s talk on intention when Kathryn Anne Flynn takes the stage as this month speaker. 

Kathryn was in brand marketing for some of the world’s biggest brands, until a twist of business-fate led her to being a full time yoga teacher. This totally unintentional shift in career gave rise to heightened self-awareness, kindness, and greater calm – and not just because of the stretchy wardrobe.

Living with intention is about balancing the skills for being personally powerful, and a powerful force for good in the world. This talk introduces you to the ideas exploring how the journey inward is critical to being intentional in your outward actions. No yoga pants required.

Tickets are FREE (but please RSVP) and will be available at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, July 20! Mark your calendar and set your alarm!

Join us on Friday, June 29 for this month’s CreativeMornings Ottawa talk with CBC Ottawa News at 6 co-host Lucy van Oldenbarneveld! Lucy will share some of the twists and turns she has taken throughout her life and career. 

Spoiler alert… there is no foolproof way to be ready for all of life’s eventualities. So having a life where you say ‘yes’ more than ‘no’ – and being open to whatever gets thrown in your career or life path – is the best way to prepare for the now. You’ll be more resilient and maybe even more grateful. We get one chance at life, so make sure you are prepared for all the adventures.

Tickets are FREE (but please RSVP) and will be available at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, June 22! Mark your calendar and set your alarm!

Join us on Friday, May 25 for our big BIRTHDAY BONANZA at the beautiful TwentyTwo (22nd floor of the Westin Hotel) for this month’s talk on commitment! We’re excited to welcome friend of CreativeMornings Ottawa, Tania Carrière to the stage as this month’s speaker!

A creative life is built on the commitments you make to projects and people. It can feel like a leap of faith. But is that not the very essence of leading a creative life?

Tickets are FREE and will be available HERE at 11 a.m. sharp on Friday, May 18! Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and don’t sleep in too late!