Dive into the world of artist-specific tax nuances with Owais Lightwala, a seasoned arts leader, Assistant Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University and co-founder and CEO of Sai. In this engaging webinar, Owais will guide freelance artists and creatives through the "10 Biggest Myths when Filing Taxes for Artists".
Drawing from his extensive experience in entrepreneurship and innovation within the creative industries, Owais will offer invaluable insights into effectively managing finances and navigating the complexities of the Canadian tax system.
This session is a must-attend for self-employed artists to demystify tax challenges and optimize their financial health. Gain practical knowledge and strategies tailored for artists in every discipline, ensuring a smoother and more informed tax filing experience.
Owais Lightwala is a professor, entrepreneur and optimist. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University, where his teaching and research focus on entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation in creative industries. He is the co-founder and CEO of Sai, a tech startup that is working to revolutionize the way that creatives manage their money. Prior to that, he spent 8 years as the first Managing Director for Why Not Theatre, co-leading the establishment of one of Canada’s most dynamic new arts organizations and producing industry-changing projects like RISER and The Mahabharata. He is sought after as a bold strategic voice in the culture sector, including from institutions like the National Arts Centre, Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. He has served on many nonprofit boards, including TO Live, Mass Culture, AMY Project and Art Ignite. He was selected for the invite-only Impact Program for Arts Leaders (Stanford Graduate School of Business), has completed the CORe program (Harvard Business School), was a 2018 DiverseCity Fellow (CivicAction), a fellow in the 2018 Leaders Lab (Toronto Arts Council/Banff Centre), is a graduate of York University’s Theatre program and did his MBA at Toronto Metropolitan University.
Sai is a financial technology start-up on a mission to help artists and creatives take charge of their money. As creatives and artists ourselves, we know the impact money management can have on your mental health, career growth and ability to focus on your craft. Sai's first offering is a revolutionary tax filing app designed specifically for the freelance creative that promises the fastest and easiest tax season you've ever had. We’re here to change the game. With decades of experience in arts leadership, business development and computer engineering, the Sai team wants to remove the stress, overwhelm and confusion artists face when it comes to all things money. Find out more and sign up for early access at www.sai.cx.