CAROLYN PHILLIPS CUSSON
Carolyn is a management consultant, educator, and event presenter specialized in the strategy, leadership, and sustainability of cultural tourism organizations and events.
As Principal of CUE Consulting and Celtic Performing Arts Inc., she and her specialist team help ensure the show does go on by providing services spanning from interim hands-on management and event rescues through to implementing methods to sustain and grow cultural organizations.
Following her recent, leading-edge, graduate research at Royal Roads University on Leadership Characteristics and the Sustainability of Music and Cultural Festivals, in which over 70 international music festivals participated, from North America to Europe, she is a frequently invited speaker on leadership, organizational success, and cultural sustainability.
In her “spare time”, Carolyn is a Sessional Instructor at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo and at Camosun College in Victoria, teaching experiential, cultural, and indigenous tourism management. She has also, since her teens, been a dance teacher and judge of Highland dancing and continues to perform as a folk singer.
Her affinity for the performing arts and the Celtic culture, in particular, led her, with her husband-piper-composer René Cusson, to create CeltFest Vancouver Island, a summer school and concert series that became a major cultural tourism event, attracting participants from more than a dozen countries and that continues to present international and Canadian Celtic and folk artists throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland in the Province of British Columbia.