Friends of SECPA

Friends of the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts (FoSECPA) is a non-profit organization established to provide affordable and accessible programming at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts. They are an oversight board that works closely with the General Manager of SECPA to ensure programs meet the needs of the Wood Buffalo Community.


The FoSECPA strives to establish and maintain accessible arts and culture programming at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts in order to meet the diverse needs of the Wood Buffalo Region.


The work of the FoSECPA is founded upon three primary driving forces:

  1. Programming should address a gap that is currently present in the region.
  2. Programming should strive to employ local artists such that they can earn a living wage.
  3. Programming should be accessible to all residents of the region.


FoSECPA members will assist in the development and evaluation of annual arts and culture programs presented at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts (SECPA). Board members serve an advisory capacity in order to ensure that programming supported by FoSECPA funding is relevant and responsive to the needs of the community.  The FoSECPA meets quarterly to provide advice to the Manager of the SECPA on how to best utilize the board’s funding streams in order to address arts and culture gaps identified in the region. 


Board Matrix

The FoSECPA strives to include between 8 and 10 like-minded arts and culture champions from the Wood Buffalo region.  Because the mission of the FoSECPA is to identify arts and culture programming needs in the community, ideally board members will bring diverse perspectives and will be engaged in various facets of the region. Board members should have experience in arts and culture advocacy, community engagement, and program evaluation, 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Attend quarterly meetings
  • Provide advice on arts and culture needs in the community
  • Assist in the development of program proposals
  • Review and provide feedback on funding applications and reports
  • Evaluate and revise (if necessary) program offerings on a regular basis
  • Attend FoSECPA supported events