Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce CADA/West’s 2017-18 Board of Directors. We thank this group of returning and new representatives from our communities for their generous contribution to CADA/West and its members.

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Olivia C. Davies

chair, cada/west board of directors

Contemporary Aboriginal Artist

Olivia creates across choreography, installation and community-engaged projects, exploring the emotional and political relationships between people and places, often investigating the body’s dynamic ability to transmit narrative. Davies’ work traverses boundaries and challenges social prejudice, conveying concepts and narratives with creations and conceptual platforms that open different ways to see and experience the world. She also leads dance and storytelling circles to create safe spaces where folks are empowered through movement. Program Coordinator at Skwachàys, contract arts administrator and executive assistant, wife, sister, daughter, and ancestor, Davies lives with gratitude and respect as an uninvited guest on unceeded Coast Salish territory. She honours her mixed Métis-Anishnawbe heritage in her practice:


Alexandre Vigneault

treasurer, cada/west board of directors

Alexandre has an engineering background and spent many hours social dancing while completing his studies. Alexandre is passionate about working on solutions to solve climate change and works on several renewable energy initiatives, from research & development work on biodiesel production to helping First Nation communities developing solar, wind and hydro projects.



Lexi Vajda

secretary, cada/west board of directors

independent artist

Lexi trained at the Goh Ballet, Danzmode Productions and Pacific DanceArts and has further pursued her training with the Modus Operandi contemporary training program. She has had the pleasure of working with OutInnerspace Dance Theatre, Amber Funk Barton, Alison Denham, Karissa Barry, Jennifer Mascall and MOVE: the company.


Gemma Brave

director, cada/west board of directors

independent artist

Dancing has developed an expressive platform upon which Gemma has built an artistic career. With a degree in contemporary dance and a background in film, Brave pursues both the physical, and visual, aspects of movement as fodder for her art. The value of Dance as art remains of paramount importance to Brave as she pursues the study of movement as a practice, as an art form and through the medium of film.


Julianne Chapple

director, cada/west board of directors

independent artist

Julianne is a Vancouver based independent artist working in dance, performance, video and photography. Her work has been presented extensively in Canada as well as in Germany, Italy and Ireland. Julie is also producer and sometimes curator of a small experimental series titled Shooting Gallery Performance: