Vladimir Skok believes in the importance of networking and knowledge transfer in advancing the cultural agenda. Having focused his public sector career on cultural information and policy in Canada and abroad, Vladimir helped establish and chair the Culturemondo portal network; He was founding Director of the Canadian Cultural Observatory and its collaborative portal www.culturescope.ca as well as the portal of the Canadian Culture Online Strategy www.culture.ca. He previously served as Director, International Relations at Canadian Heritage and helped increase focus on cultural policy cooperation and collaboration within the American hemispheres.
In Canada he established an international comparative cultural policy research service and contributed to the Council of Europe national cultural policy review program. In Paris, he served the UN-UNESCO World Commission on Cultural Development, which produced the landmark report, Our Creative Diversity. After, Vladimir facilitated ministers of culture in forming the International Network on Cultural Policy (INCP) as well as the establishment of other networks such as the International Network on Cultural Diversity (INCD). He was Chair of the INCP Working Group on Cultural Diversity, which was charged in developing what is now the UNESCO cultural diversity convention.
Mr. Skok received his undergraduate training at Carleton University in political science and public administration and professional arts management at the Banff Centre in Alberta. He pursued advanced studies in Cultural Planning at De Montfort University, UK. Mr. Skok has been associated with a range of fora including the Canadian Commission for UNESCO Executive Board, CIRCLE, where he edited Cultural Participation in Europe, the Canadian Cultural Research Network (CCRN), City of Ottawa Heritage Advisory Committee, the International Association of Cultural Economics and was a founding board member of the European Research Institute for Comparative Cultural Policy and the Arts (ERICArts). For balance, Vladimir makes use of his interest in culinary arts to raise funds, embraces Canadian winters and retreats to his dacha outside of Ottawa with family and friends.