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

Massey Hall 

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

Ontario Arts Council

Osmington Inc.

Public Works Government Services Canada 

RBC Royal Bank of Canada

Roy Thomson Hall

Royal Conservatory of Music

Shaw Festival

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

 

St. Michael's Cathedral

Symphony of Fire

TELUS

TELUS Centre for Performance & Learning

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 the one of North America’s foremost cultural entrepreneurs. She has an extensive background in capital project planning, community development and placemaking for clients across the globe. She was project director for the Globe and Mail Centre from 2011-2017 delivering the state-of-the-art media and event centre, led the Cultural Olympiad for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and is currently at the helm of planning mixed-use development projects in Boston, Toronto, Halifax and Nunavut. 

 

Wende was recently appointed by the City of Toronto to serve as a Board Director for Waterfront Toronto. She holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.NFP certificate from the Rotman School of Management. In 2015 Wende was named by the Women’s Executive Network 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

Urban Planner & Research Analyst

Natalia is an urban planner and environmental designer with expertise in economic and cultural development, performing arts centres, creative placemaking, public spaces, heritage, public art, 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. Her work has been presented at conferences across Canada and the USA. 

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

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.

Harry Cornelius 

Senior Brand Strategist

Harry is one of the pioneers in enterprise branding in Canada. He enables organizations to make their value visible to stakeholders in way that drives sustainable prosperity.

For Savira, Harry identifies the brand potential in capital and creative projects and enables strategic partners to align their brand and audience objectives with each project’s experience delivery.

Tim Forbes

Creative Director

Tim Forbes is acclaimed for the efficacy of his creative designs in translating the needs of clients from Royal Commissions and Provincial Government organizations to Canada’s leading law firms, corporations and arts organizations.​​​​​

Contact

+1.416.530.0401

projects@savira.ca