Core Team

Meet the Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence team.

Core Team
Artists in residence
Professionals in residence

Helen Yung, Chief Artistic Officer

Helen leads the Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence. An inter/transdisciplinary artist-researcher, Helen makes installations, interactions, and interventions. She creates and curates exhibitions, and designs environments and performances (theatre, dance, digital, live art). More on her art, research and consulting available at

For over a decade, Helen has contributed to civic actions and cultural policy thinking at the municipal, provincial, national, and international levels. She is a published researcher, and consults on projects for public and private funders, community organizations, and others. Much of this is institution-adjacent work, which is good or bad depending on how you feel about neighbours.

In her work with newcomers to Canada, Helen plays with and corrupts conventional approaches to settlement, by leading with what art knows, or looking at what art has to offer immigration. Blending performance, conceptual art, and social R&D, she has successfully helped newcomers who have experienced difficulties getting a job in Canada become employed fulltime in their field of interest. Funders love it, but say they don’t know how to fund this work.

These days, Helen is preoccupied with the question of What Art Knows, which is the title of a book she is writing about the role of artists and artistic intelligence in contemporary society. She created The Imagination Audit to help government, social organizations, and other leaders in civil society to approach innovation and social change with more imagination and creative wisdom.

Helen is affiliated with the Culture of Cities Centre, a Salzburg Global Fellow, and a board member with the Centre for Social Innovation.

Khush Parekh, Research Analyst

Khush Parekh is a market research professional, currently engaged as Operations Coordinator at Tellwut Corp where he supports the deployment of market research studies. Previously, he worked as a Market Research Analyst for NeuroTechX, where he helped them develop the world’s first database of neuroscientific research labs from all across Canada. His academic research on “Post-secondary mental health services” was displayed at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s student-led conference, Pushing The Paradigm: Broadening our Understanding of Mental Health (2019).

Khush received a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from York University and a post-graduate certificate in Research Analysis from Humber College. He was previously Vice-President of the Hindi Students Association, a volunteer with Friends of Syria, and Tutorial Facilitator at York University. Presently, Khush volunteers with SEWA Canada, helping international students in Canada with basic needs during the COVID19 pandemic. He believes his superpower is to connect the right people to the right resources.

Anita Agrawal, Newcomers Mentorship and Coaching

Anita Agrawal, MA (Social Anthropology), PgDip. (E-Commerce) is a professor at the School of Business at Centennial College, and the CEO of the multi-award-winning Canadian jewellery manufacturing company, Best Bargains. Anita’s company has been in business for nearly 30 years, with products shipping year-round globally to 20 countries.

As a highly-recognized industry expert, Anita has been interviewed for leading Canadian and international magazines, newspapers and TV, including the Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, the Toronto Star, Canadian Jeweller, BNN and many, many more. 

Anita has served as the President and Vice-President of 8 nonprofit organizations, including serving as the President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), Toronto Chapter for 4 years. She has also served as a key business advocate for the $15 and Fairness campaign. 

Anita was awarded the Ontario Woman Exporter of the Year award by OWIT in 2012, and chosen in 2013-2014 to be one of twelve Canadian mentees for the Accenture Supplier Diversity Development program.

Shuhe Wang, Project Associate

Shuhe Wang is a cultural professional educated in China and the UK, specializing in cultural re-interpretation of international cultural artifacts and artistic expressions for Chinese audiences. In China, Shuhe was the founder and curator of TEDxBUPT Beijing, and worked as Associate Project Manager for the Tianyu Culture Group in Beijing. At Tianyu, her responsibilities included: working with the Naples National Archaeology Museum to borrow objects of Pompeii for touring exhibitions through five cities in China; attending the International Council of Museums General Conference in Milan; participating in course design for an education project for the Beijing Palace Museum; and developing the website. As an independent cultural professional, she has co-curated the “Silk Road” exhibition from Guanfu Museum to tour through Russia, and re-interpreted the American Indian Art Exhibition for the Denver Art Museum. Currently, she is a Project Associate with the Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence, and working with a Canadian gallery on the re-interpretation and tour of Maude Lewis’ artwork through China.

Alex Thalheim-Martin, Design King

Alex made our logo and makes sure things line up. If something doesn’t look great it’s because Helen made it in a hurry and didn’t give it to Alex to perfect. You can sort of find him here.

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