Our Team

Expressing Vibrancy is a project of CoBALT Connects, which has developed a strong internal team to meet the project's goals. 

CoBALT Staff


For more than ten years, CoBALT Connects has brought a forward-thinking approach to advancing the cultural sector. Its staff brings a combination of experience in cultural planning research and consultation, public art management, marketing and communications, event programming and project management to meet CoBALT’s mandate of providing connecting elements in creative community development. The core CoBALT team consists of Jeremy Freiburger, Karen Reiner, Kim Selman, and Jenny Gladish. 


CoBALT Interns


Over the years, CoBALT Connects has developed mutually beneficial relationships with McMaster University’s Communications and Multimedia and Cultural Studies and Critical Theory programs, and Western University’s postgraduate Arts Management program, taking on interns each semester, and striving to provide them with valuable, real-world arts management experiences. Students have consistently contributed new ways of thinking, and brought solid knowledge and enthusiasm to the CoBALT Connects team. 


Research Assistant

Phd researcher

Darren Cyr is a PhD candidate in Sociology at McMaster University. Through the Mitacs grant program, CoBALT Connects was able to bring him onto the Expressing Vibrancy team, where his work studying statistical neighbourhood data and qualitative methods, as well as developing neighbourhood rating tools, will be utilized. Darren also brings hands-on experience working with Dr. Jim Dunn and the CRUNCH Lab, and has assisted with capturing each neighbourhood through unique audio-visual recording technology. 



Without the valuable and unique contributions of citizen volunteers, the Expressing Vibrancy project wouldn’t be possible. More than 200 volunteers encompassing a wide range of ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds provided a necessary layer of qualitative data as they traversed and provided subjective responses in each of the eight Expressing Vibrancy neighbourhoods during the project’s Active Exploration phase.