Mission Statement My Mission Statement is to protect your creativity & innovations in the creative, arts, entertainment and digital media space. Namely, to support and help you build and commercialize entrepreneurial endeavors in the arts, entertainment, creative, design-led, digital media, internet of things, and cultural industry space
Legal Background & Education Vandana Taxali (B.A.Sc., J.D., LL.B) is a lawyer licensed in the Province of Ontario and has both her Canadian and American law degrees.
She practises in the area of copyright, trademarks, intellectual property, trade secrets and protection, starts up, digital media, licensing, software, technology, apps, publishing, music, film and television. She previously worked at a copyright collective (the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (now Access Copyright)) and a television station (CHUM Limited (now owned by BELL Media)).
She is a founder of Entcounsel. She has worked as production counsel for various films and television shows.
Incubators/Accelerators/Start Ups She is involved with several incubators and accelerators. She is a mentor for social justice and creative start ups at OCAD University's incubator, The Imagination Catalyst and has mentored at George Brown's digiFest Empowered Youth Startup Hub and Toronto Startup Weekend (2014, 2015 and 2016) and The Community Innovation Lab, Oshawa (September 29, 2016 talk on Contracts 101). Vandana is also a mentor at Ladies Learning Code and mentors students on front end web development. She is a graduate of Brainstation's front end web development course in summer 2014. She coded this website herself
Volunteer Work/Boards/Committees She was Vice-President of the Board for Artist Legal Advice Services (ALAS) from 1997 until 2015. She was on the Power Plant Gala Committee (2013), the Toronto Art Fair Committee (2014 and 2015), Chair of the Competition Committee for Philanthropitch, Co-Chair of the Canadian Art Foundation Gala Committee (2015) and Chair of the Canadian Art Foundation Gala (2016). She is also a food advocate and is against GMOs. She sits on the Board of the Canadian Council for Food Sovereignty and Health with the famous former Health Canada scientist Dr. Shiv Chopra and others
Art Agent/Curation She is a long time supporter and advocate for artists. She is also an art agent for her brother, Gary Taxali and has worked on many art projects, installations and exhibitions. These include: • Curating art at NXNE 2013 (at the Drake, Valdez and Portland Street on King West) • The Artist Project 2014 • Project Managed art installation at DOM Interiors & Bulthaup as part of King East Design District (KEDD) 2014 • Book launch for "This Is Silly" by artist Gary Taxali (www.garytaxali.com) published by Scholastic at the AGO 2010 • Toy Launch of the Gary Taxali Wooden Toy Line at Chapters Indigo and the after party at the Minto in October 2010 • Book Launch for "Mono Taxali" and "I Love You, Ok?" by Gary Taxali at the AGO 2011 • Royal Canadian Mint launch of Six Gift Coin set by artist Gary Taxali at the Spoke and the AGO (Jan 2012 and Feb 2012) • Art Exhibition at Onsite at OCAD University, July 2012; Gary Taxali art installation at Soho House 2012 • Solo Exhibition entitled "Shanti Town" by Gary Taxali at Waddington's • Harry Rosen/Gary Taxali first series of pocket square launch Nov 2014, and the second series pocket square launch at Harry Rosen 2015 • the StART (Street Art Toronto) traffic box project where 50 of artist Gary Taxali's traffic boxes are around the city. • Design at Riverside (Cambridge) Summer 2015 • Nuite Blanche Joe Fresh 2013 window installation and others • City of Toronto's StART jury selection committee which selected artists, Troy Lovegates and Labrona, to do the art at the Underpass project (summer 2015)
Art Related Speaking Engagements She has spoken at various organizations and panels promoting artists rights such as: • Enterprise Toronto, April 24, 2012, Small Business ARTS Forum, Contractual Terms in Artist Agreements • Soho House Toronto panel, June 26, 2013, Art Buying Panel (Natalie Ribkon, Shari Orenstein, Isa Spalding, Stephen Ranger, Powell MacDougall moderated by Vandana Taxali). • Mural Routes Annual Conference, October 26, 2013 on “Business Practices in Mural Making” • Soho House Toronto, Dec 8 2015, “In Conversation: Her Hustle on December 8th. The panel is to explore the changing roles of women in business and art, at the intersection of social media, art fairs, and Toronto's growing art community. The focus was on the challenges and opportunities women face selling work.” • The Artist Project, Panel, Feb 21 2014, “Art Collecting Panel (Sara Diamond, Sky Gooden, Isa Spalding, Powell MacDougall and Natalie Ribkon). • CARFAC (Canadian Artist Representation Ontario), AGM, September 25, 2016, Draw More Income Panel (with Vandana Taxali and Meera Sethi)