SAVIRA CULTURAL + CAPITAL PROJECTS is one of North America’s leading cultural consultancy firms for public, private and mixed-use developments. 

From Canada’s Globe and Mail Centre to Boston's Symphony Hall, Savira provides end-to-end planning services for corporations, developers, architects, cultural organizations, governments and agencies.

 

Since 1995, Savira's track record of success includes award-winning corporate headquarters, media companies, arts and education centres, mixed-use developments, and heritage sites. 

KEY SERVICE AREAS

Research

Planning

Strategy

Research + Demographics
Market Analysis
Partnership Research 
Sector Studies
Audience Research

Vision & Discovery
Community Consultation
Needs Assessment
Feasibility Studies
Concept Development
Design Briefs

Technology & AV Planning
Cultural Master Planning
Capital Project Planning
Project Delivery 

Business Planning,

Operations, & Start Up

Strategic Planning 
Stakeholder Strategy
Cultural Programming Strategy

Strategic Partnerships
Investment Strategy

 
 

Client Success

The Globe and Mail

Government of Ontario

Labatt Breweries of Canada

LoyaltyOne

Luminato Festival

Magenta Foundation

Massey Hall 

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

Ontario Arts Council

Osmington Inc.

Public Works Government Services Canada

Qaggic: Inuit Performing Arts & Cultural

Learning Hub

Qaggiavuut Society 

RBC Royal Bank of Canada

Roy Thomson Hall

Air Canada

American Express

Archdiocese of Toronto

Bell Canada

Bloor & Dufferin Ltd. Partnership

BMO

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Canadian Music Week

Capital Developments 

CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Elgin Theatre

Fashion Cares

Garfield Weston Foundation

Global Centre for Pluralism

 

Royal Conservatory of Music

Shaw Festival

St. Michael's Cathedral

Symphony Nova Scotia

Symphony of Fire

TELUS Centre for Performance & Learning

Toronto Arts Hub

Town of Oakville

Union Station

University of Toronto

VANOC

Vancouver 2010 Olympic “Cultural Olympiad”

Villa Charities - The Venetian Ball

Winter Garden Theatre

Wittington Properties Ltd. 

World Design Summit Organization 

 

 

Approach

SAVIRA CULTURAL + CAPITAL PROJECTS provides strategic leadership to ensure that significant capital and cultural projects meet every measure of success – financial, functional, aesthetic, reputational and popular. We bridge the gap between creative, technical and financial players to deliver the highest potential for our clients.

RETURN ON VISION

When a project really works, it works on all dimensions – delivering exponential returns on your financial and reputational investment.

The conditions for success frame the kind of concept that will pull it all together. They dictate what the master plan must do and the role each stakeholder needs to play.

INTEGRATED CAPITAL PLANNING PROCESS

Our Integrated Capital Planning Process (ICPP) aligns people, process, place and technology to create innovative and engaging cultural and community environments. ICPP combines thorough understanding of the pragmatic requirements of our clients and sensitivity to the complex demands of cultural programming, attracting audiences and building partnerships. Our goal is to realize cultural buildings, public spaces and partnerships that have long-term viability and fully serve broad public constituencies.

We work closely with our clients to think outside of the box, to understand current and future requirements and identify new revenue streams. Our firm takes a long-term business approach to capital and cultural projects to ensure we deliver extraordinary public spaces designed to foster creativity and innovation. We address key advances in technology and changing audience demographics. 

The Integrated Capital Planning Process is based on three key stages:

1. ENVISION

2. INTEGRATE

3. REALIZE

Team

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Wende Cartwright

President

Wende Cartwright is President of Savira Cultural + Capital Projects. In 2019, she was appointed to the Board of Directors for Waterfront Toronto. She has an extensive background in capital project planning, community development and placemaking for clients across North America. She was project director for the new Globe and Mail Centre from 2011-2017 delivering the state-of-the-art event centre, director for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and is currently at the helm of planning significant mixed-use projects in Toronto, Halifax, Nunavut and Boston. 

 

Wende has been actively involved with many community organizations and initiatives including serving as Co-Chair Royal Ontario Museum ROM Institute of Contemporary Culture; Board Director for Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA, Health Arts Society Ontario and Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Washington DC), Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Advisory Committee and Partners in Art. 

 

In 2015 Wende was named by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2019 she was recognized as an Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative Champion.  

Natalia Kozdrak

Senior Planner 

Natalia is a Registered Professional Planner and environmental designer with expertise in economic and cultural development, performing arts centres, creative placemaking, public spaces, heritage, public art, feasibility studies, and community interventions. Natalia holds a BA in Geography from McMaster University, a Master of Environmental Design from University of Calgary, and a Master of Urban Planning from Ryerson University. 

 

As a Senior Planner, Natalia has worked on a diverse range of master planning initiatives and capital projects. She has significant experience in community development, market research, stakeholder engagement, audience and partnerships and business planning. Her research is focused on the revitalization of organizations in order to provide significant benefits in four key areas: economic, society, health and wellbeing, and education. She is currently working on projects in Toronto, Halifax, and Iqaluit.

Natalia is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and was recently awarded the Downtown Yonge Award of Excellence in Place-Making.

Jack Neal

Urban Planner & Research Analyst

Jack is an Urban Planner with expertise managing a range of mixed-use and transit-oriented developments across the GTA with a focus on heritage conservation, urban design, and sustainability.

 

Jack holds a B.A. in Urban Systems from McGill University, is a LEED® Green Associate, and an associate member of the Planning Institute of Australia. Jack was a recipient of two awards from MIT in 2014 for a project that promoted carbon-neutrality in The Netherlands. Jack is currently working towards membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Royal Town Planning Institute. 

Jack is currently working on social-purpose cultural development initiatives in Downtown Toronto with a focus on a creating spaces for a variety of users with excellent access to public transit. 

Kevin Chia

Creative Director

Kevin is a multidisciplinary designer and art director who has spent most of his career working with established brands and start-ups to create cross-channel communications. 

Clients include Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), SPIN Gallery, Sobeys, Corby Distilleries,  Canadian Tire, GEICO, Aeroplan, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Alpine Review & BarChef.

Kevin graduated with a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Accounting at LaTrobe University, Australia before receiving a Bachelor of Design majoring in Industrial Design from OCAD University.

Contact

+1.416.530.0401

projects@savira.ca