This year's conference lanyard features a collection of painted imagery by world-renowned Ottawa-based artist Bhat Boy ( The “Envisionist” painter is known for his cityscapes that exhibit the diverse elements of a community – its infrastructure, people, public figures, complex ideas and scenarios, and how they interact – with the purpose of invoking spectator imaginations.

The 2017 Conference theme of “Our Past. Our Future.” is well reflected in his whimsical representations of community by and large, acknowledging how we appreciate but also learn from our past, and work together on solutions for the future. The CACUSS 2017 Host Committee is thrilled to send delegates home with a meaningful takeaway, original artwork from Ottawa that can be appreciated long after the conference ends and be a reminder of our community spirit!


Geese over Central Park in the Glebe

Acrylic on board

48” H by 36” W


The Spirit of OC Transpo by Bhat Boy, detail

Caption: Belonging to the City of Ottawa Art Collection, “The Spirit of OC Transpo” is a painting that features vehicles used in Ottawa over the last 125 years.”  (

Born in London, England, Bhat Boy grew up in Ottawa. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design and spent time in Florence, Italy learning the techniques of the renaissance masters. Having had exhibits in Florence, Toronto, San Francisco, London, New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Ottawa, his pieces can be found on all continents but Antarctica. He is a community activist, instructor and organizer, a longtime member of the International Society of Art of the Imagination, an executor of numerous public commissions, and the founder of “Art in the Park” (an annual arts festival) in Ottawa.

On the lanyard, this year’s host committee decided to feature some of Bhat Boy’s most iconic trademarks including: a flying nun, a dragon, and a goldfish.

“I paint nuns because people have so many preconceived ideas about who they are and what they should be doing, as a result they make an excellent counterpoint in my paintings to contrast other elements. Dragons usually represent the darker side of the male psyche in my paintings, while goldfish represent our relationship to the environment in the scenes that unfold on my canvases.”

Your conference lanyard also features:

  • A self-portrait of the artist with a tie, pink button-down, and umbrella from “Just Like Me;”
  • An Algonquin woman, from “Spirit of the Algonquin Treaty;”
  • A Mounty from “Diefenbaker’s Surprise;”
  • The Peace Tower from “Autumn Exodus: A Canadian Export;”
  • A goose from “Descent into the Glebe;”
  • A moose from “Unexpected Nunshower;” and
  • A pride flag from “Mayor Watson on Pride Day.”