SAVIRA CULTURAL + CAPITAL PROJECTS is one of North America’s leading consultancy firms for sustainable cultural, community, and event infrastructure development. 

Savira provides strategic leadership and end-to-end planning services for institutions, cultural organizations, developers, architects, governments and agencies.

 

Since 1995, Savira's track record of success includes award-winning arts, education & culture centres, media companies, heritage sites, and mixed-use developments - including Toronto's Globe & Mail Centre and Royal Conservatory of Music Koerner Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, and Nunavut's Qaggiq Inuit Cultural & Learning Hub.

INTEGRATED CAPITAL PROJECT PLANNING SERVICES

Research

Planning

Research + Demographics
Market Analysis
Partnership Research 
Sector Studies
Audience Research

Vision & Discovery
Community Consultation
Needs Assessment
Feasibility Studies

Business Plan

Operating Model

Design Development

Technology & AV Planning
Cultural Master Planning

Economic Impact Study
Project Delivery 

Start Up & Launch

Strategy

Strategic Planning 
Stakeholder Strategy
Annual Programming Strategy

Strategic Partnerships
Project Financing

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Projects

 

Client Success

The Globe and Mail Centre

Government of Ontario

Kindred Works

Koerner Hall

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

Qaggiq: Inuit Cultural + Learning Hub

Qaggiavuut Society, Nunavut

RBC Royal Bank of Canada

Roy Thomson Hall

Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS)

Air Canada

American Express

Archdiocese of Toronto

Awitgati Longhouse & Cultural Centre

Bell Canada

Bloor & Dufferin Ltd. Partnership

Boston Symphony Orchestra

CAMH Research Centre

Canadian Arabic Orchestra

Canadian Music Week

Capital Developments 

CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

City of Toronto

Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre

Garfield Weston Foundation

Global Centre for Pluralism Ottawa

Royal Conservatory of Music

Shaw Festival

St. Michael's Cathedral

Symphony Nova Scotia

TELUS Centre for Performance & Learning

Toronto Arts Hub

Town of Oakville

Under One Sky

Union Station Revitalization

University of Toronto

Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC)

Vancouver 2010 Olympic “Cultural Olympiad”

Wittington Properties Ltd. 

World Design Summit Organization

40 Foundation 

 

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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.

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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. She has an extensive background in capital project planning, community development and placemaking for clients across North America. In 2019 she was appointed to the Waterfront Toronto Board of Directors by the City of Toronto. Wende 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 Co-Chair Royal Ontario Museum ROM Institute of Contemporary Culture; Board Director MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Board Director Health Arts Society Ontario, Board Director Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Washington DC), and Advisory Committee for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

 

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.  

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Jack Neal

Urban Planner & Research Analyst

Jack is an urban planner at Savira Cultural + Capital Projects with expertise in planning mixed-use and cultural redevelopments in Canada and Europe. Jack has contributed to a series of culturally significant projects, with a focus on creative placemaking, community engagement, heritage rehabilitation, and financially-sustainable cultural & community infrastructure.

 

Jack has worked on numerous cultural projects - including the United Property Resource Corporation (nation-wide), Canadian Arabic Orchestra Performing Arts Centre (Mississauga ON), Toronto Arts Hub, Symphony Nova Scotia Performing Arts Centre (Halifax, NS), and Under One Sky Indigenous Cultural Centre (Fredericton, NB).

 

Jack holds a B.A. in Urban Systems from McGill University, is a LEED® Green Associate, and a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and American Planning Association. He was a recipient of two awards from the MIT Climate CoLab in 2014 for the ‘Path To Zero’ project in The Netherlands. He has in-depth knowledge of the Planning Act, Ontario Heritage Act, as well as Provincial, Regional, and Local Planning Policies.

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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. Natalia is a member of 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.

Contact

+1.416.569.1881

projects@savira.ca

 
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