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THE YPS

MISSION

Yellow Pad Sessions is a curatorial non-profit organization that brings forth human issues through the arts in ways that are unique and unexpected. We are a collective of professionals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are passionate about transforming events into experiences.

 

Yellow Pad Sessions exists because there is a need to elevate awareness and create opportunities for exchange of human issues and doing so through the arts makes this more accessible.

ARTS + CULTURE

YPS is an arts and culture nonprofit that hosts meaningful events that create opportunities

for societal discourse and reflection. Through festivals, exhibitions, performances and conferences, YPS will bridge the gap between provocative artists and the public at large.

OUR

GOALS

SOCIAL ACTIVISM

In creating events of social and humanitarian meaningfulness, we aim to contribute to the well-being and enrichment of our society. Providing a voice and empowerment are our

key motivators.

MENTORSHIP

Through the development of arts and culture events, we provide learning opportunities and guidance to young professionals who join our team. This is crucial to the next generation of social activists and artists who want a platform

for their voice. 

GRACE SEBEH BYRNE

Born in Egypt, and raised in Montreal, Grace is possessed with wonder and wanderlust. Lover of all arts and culture, Grace is especially drawn to connecting threads that make up our rich global tapestry of the human spirit and aims to do so as Yellow Pad Sessions' founder and executive director.

OUR

TEAM

PATRICK BYRNE

With over 25 years of film, television and international business experience, Patrick has worked at several global companies and now owns a consulting business that focuses on mergers & acquisitions. A life long learner, Patrick is also a competitive sailor and competitive swimmer. He loves travel, art and photography.

JACQUES DAVIAULT

Jacques has 15 years experience as an English copywriter and senior art director at some of Canada's largest ad agencies. He has a deep

love of humanitarian causes and hopes that he

can contribute to making a difference in the

world through his work.

MONICA PAPINI

Monica is a graphic designer and digital marketing specialist. She uses her background to develop ideas to increase the visibility and influence of non-profits and philanthropic institutions. Monica actively volunteers in her community and has a passion for arts, travel, and design.

Bianca has a specialization in screenwriting. She is a storyteller with a mind for advertising and is proud to employ her narrative-focused approach to push the boundaries of conventional marketing strategies. She has recently sold her first feature-length screenplay.

BIANCA MARROCCO

RUSSELL GOULET

With his experience in Urban Planning, Russell builds spaces that encourage human interaction. His time spent studying in Munich, Germany, taught him to appreciate Bavarian beer and exploring the beautiful countryside. He brews his own beer, has a lovely dog named Lucy, and likes to garden.

SIMONA ROSENFIELD

Simona is a passionate and versatile writer, with a proclivity to big words and ideas. She is a journalist and creative writer. Simona has recently discovered a passion for rock climbing, which has inspired various trips across Quebec and is sure to prompt many more.

DANAI THOMPSON

Born in Thailand, Danai specializes in documentary editing, film production, and print media. His latest project is a film about love and hydroelectricity, where he works in post-production. Danai is happiest when binge-watching films at Montreal festivals and sailing across the Atlantic onboard a 72ft boat.

ANNA IAROVAIA

Born in Moscow, Anna has a passion for experimental video production, radio, electronic music, and documentary filmmaking. With a diverse production background, she has worked with MUTEK, RIDM, Fantasia Film Festival and recently directed her first documentary COMA.

ISABELLA BYRNE

Isabella is tender, open, intellectual, curious

and daring. Just having completed two degrees

in Anthropology and Religions & Cultures, she is well aware that there is more we share in common than sets us apart. She is an academic, writer, and

a storyteller.