As Executive Director of St. John’s Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, Suzanna Brytan has taken this former university students’ residence from relative obscurity on Alberta’s cultural landscape, to the brink of a provincial best practices model that combines affordable housing with access to art and culture. Under her guidance, St. John’s Institute is now recognized as a cultural and community hub that values, creates, and promotes a myriad of opportunities for those who work in, and benefit from, Alberta’s cultural industry.
Creating opportunity, growth and sustainability where seemingly none exists, is Suzanna’s forte. The foundation of her modus operandi is a drive to discover new, unusual, and under-explored ways of doing business in the cultural industry. With more than two decades of community development work to her credit, Suzanna’s arrival in Edmonton (from Toronto) has been marked by efforts that elevate and acknowledge the value of arts and culture to Alberta’s prosperity.
Recognized as one of AVENUE Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 (2010), Suzanna’s professional career of more than two decades spans the arts, culture, education and community development. Grant MacEwan University, Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, St. John’s Institute, and numerous arts and cultural non-profits have benefitted from her management style, leadership abilities, and adventurous pursuit of business prospects. Suzanna is sought after as a keynote speaker on many topics. She walks the walk, generating, and then sharing, the wealth of St. John’s Institute’s resources – connections, event facilities, intellectual stock, and business know-how – with all who seek mutually beneficial partnerships.