In 2008, Canadian Heritage asked Che, Chris Kang (former Executive Director of Schools without Borders) and Gavin Sheppard (CEO of the Remix Project) to be at the helm of the largest youth arts policy forum to ever take place in the western hemisphere. Che took the role of Execute Director for the initiative, titled: Ignite the Americas Youth Arts Policy Forum, which was an initiative that brought together young artists, industry professionals, policy experts and government authorities from 30 countries across the Americas to explore and develop effective ways to amplify the power that arts and culture has in mitigate violence and poverty, build social inclusion and generate economic opportunities for communities. Making sure that all the findings of the forum didn’t just sit on a shelf and collect dust, Che went on a mission and presented the findings in Barbados at the Fourth Inter American Meeting on Culture of the Organization of American States for Cultural Ministers and Highest Appropriate Authorities, to The Inter-American Committee on Culture of the OAS in Washington, to the Ibero-American Congress on Culture in Sao Paulo Brazil and at the UN-Habitat Safer Cities forum at Harvard University as well as to artists and arts practitioners on a grassroots level in his day to day environments. Ignite lay the groundwork for meaningful relationships and partnerships which are bearing fruits today. Che continues to build his artistic networks hemispherically and globally, both learning from and sharing the abundance of knowledge that exists.

"I find it difficult to focus, except on all the possibilities."

− Anonymous

"Every one is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."

− Albert Einstein

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win"

− Mahatma Gandhi

"Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs "

− Tony Gaskins Jr.

"Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation "

− Aristotle

"Remember to count your blessings and not your problems"

− Anonymous

"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams"

− John Barrymore

"What is to be must be"

− Bob Marley

"We all die. The goal isn't to live forever. The goal is to create something that will. "

− Chuck Palahniuk

"If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence."

− Lao Tzu

"The primary function of a leader is to keep hope alive."

− John William Gardner

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."

− Lao Tzu

"If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything."

− Alexander Hamilton

"Logic will get you from A-Z. Imagination will get you everywhere."

− Albert Einstein

"Don't feel lonely - the entire world is inside you."

− Rumi

"Fortunately art is a community effort."

− Allen Ginsburg

"The best kind of magic doesn't trick you. It makes you truly believe."

− Anonymous

"The camera takes on the character and the personality of the handler."

− Walker Evens

"Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do in this world."

− John Wooden

"Study the greats and become greater."

− Michael Jackson