Executive Director Mike Dawson to depart SaskMusic

Executive Director Mike Dawson to depart SaskMusic

Lorena Kelly will act as Interim ED

by SaskMusic Board

October 7, 2022 in SaskMusic News

After eight years of exceptional leadership, SaskMusic will say goodbye to current Executive Director, Mike Dawson, on October 15th, 2022. Mike has accepted the position of Executive Director at the Western Canadian Music Alliance/BreakOut West and, while we are sad to see him go, we are also thrilled to congratulate Mike on this wonderful new opportunity.

Mike has long been a staunch supporter of the Saskatchewan music industry and has been a leader in innovation and advocacy throughout his time at SaskMusic. We especially thank him for his leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, which helped to ensure the ongoing health of our organization.

The SaskMusic Board of Directors will begin the search for a new Executive Director within the next few weeks. In the meantime, we are happy to announce that Lorena Kelly has accepted the role of Interim Executive Director. Lorena is currently SaskMusic’s Communications & Operations Manager. She has an extensive knowledge of the organization and a wide breadth of industry experience including programming, event management, economic studies, and marketing initiatives. We are excited to welcome Lorena to this new role and thank her for her help during this transition period.

"Having the opportunity to work with SaskMusic over the last seven and a half years has been such an incredible experience. It’s such an inspiring team to be a part of and I think that together we accomplished some great things," noted Mike Dawson. "Lorena is a proven leader. She has profound organization and industry knowledge, and I’m continually amazed by her work ethic. As I move on to Breakout West I look forward to following along with the continued growth and success of the organization under her direction as Interim Executive Director."