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Johanna Salloum

Chair, MacKenzie Art Gallery
Committee Chair
Committee Chair
Chair, MacKenzie Art Gallery
Johanna Salloum is a Partner and Director of Investments at PFM Capital Inc., a Saskatchewan-based Private Equity Fund Manager. As a Director of Investments, Ms. Salloum is responsible for managing a portion of the firm’s diversified portfolio and assisting with the overall management of the entire portfolio and of the Funds.

Johanna has served as a Trustee on the Board of the MacKenzie Art Gallery for the past four years, most recently as the President. She is also the President of the Board of the CFA Society of Saskatchewan and is a Board Member of CFA Societies Canada. Johanna holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Great Distinction) from the University of Regina and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Brendan Healy

Artistic Director, Canadian Stage
Committee Member
Committee Member
Artistic Director, Canadian Stage
Originally from Montréal, Brendan has been a Toronto-based theatre director for more than 15 years. His productions have been presented across Canada and have garnered multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards. He is also a recipient of the Ken McDougall and the Pauline McGibbon awards for directing. Between 2009-2015, he was the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the world’s largest and longest-running professional theatre devoted to the lives and stories of LGBT people. Brendan is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (where he is also a regular instructor) and he recently completed a Masters in International Arts Management, in a program jointly offered by the Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas), l’École des hautes études commerciales (Montréal, Québec), and the SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan, Italy). He is currently the Artistic Director for Performing Arts at the City of Brampton.

Paul Laroque

President & CEO, Arts Umbrella
Committee Member
Committee Member
President & CEO, Arts Umbrella
In 2016 Paul Larocque returned to Arts Umbrella to assume the role of President & CEO where he previously held senior management positions in the late nineties and early 2000s. Paul is thrilled to be leading the 40-year-old organization during a period of significant growth, which includes plans to repurpose the former Emily Carr University of Art + Design South Building to serve as Arts Umbrella’s new core facility (scheduled to open in fall 2020).

Prior to his return to Arts Umbrella, Paul held the position of Associate Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery for more than a decade where his portfolio included administration, fundraising, government relations, strategic planning, education, and the Gallery’s relocation efforts.

With over three decades of involvement in the cultural sector, Paul is committed to promoting the importance of arts education and the arts in our communities. He is an active member of Vancouver’s cultural community and is a member of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, as well as the City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and Granville Island Council. For several years, Paul has served as a Mentor and a Selection Committee Chair with the Loran Scholars Foundation.

David Lavoie

Co-Executive and Administrative Director, Festival TransAmériques (FTA)
Committee Member
Committee Member
Co-Executive and Administrative Director, Festival TransAmériques (FTA)
Renowned for his sense of community and commitment, David Lavoie has been actively involved in the cultural milieu for the past fifteen years. A tenacious entrepreneur, he helped create the Théâtre Aux Écuries, a veritable incubator of theatre, and served as its general manager from 2005 to 2012. The following year, the Conseil québécois du théâtre acknowledged his exceptional contributions and awarded him its Prix Sentinelle. Co-founder of the Festival du Jamais Lu, David Lavoie was its administrative director until 2012. He also assisted Théâtre de la Pire Espèce with its local and international activities as administrative director and has also worked with Théâtre du Grand Jour and the Festival du nouveau cinéma.

SHAPING THE FUTURE

Concerned about the professional and institutional issues facing the arts, David Lavoie shares his expertise with several cultural organizations as a member of the board of directors for the Association des compagnies de théâtre, the Association des diffuseurs spécialisés en théâtre, the magazine Liberté and RUBBERBAND. He was co-president of the Conseil québécois du théâtre from 2016 to 2018, working in conjunction with Brigitte Haentjens. Always ready to help improve conditions for artists, he plays an active role in mobilizing forces and resources.

His unfailing and structured commitment to supporting emerging artists continues, and he acts as a mentor and consultant for many young artists. With a degree in business administration from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal, the co-executive and administrative director of the FTA also has a black belt in kung fu. Keenly interested in collective intelligence and projects with liberating power, David Lavoie directs the FTA with an acute awareness of the future of its imperatives.

Jarret Leaman

Director of Business Development and Philanthropy, Troon Technologies & Founder of the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology
Committee Member
Committee Member
Director of Business Development and Philanthropy, Troon Technologies & Founder of the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology
Jarret Leaman is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) from Magnetawan First Nation. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Human Resource Management with a minor degree in Native Studies from Trent University, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations through the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University.

Jarret was awarded The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers for his work in the Indigenous and LGBT2S communities. As official Canadian honour, Jarret was awarded this by the Governor General of Canada on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Jarret is currently is the Director of Business Development and Philanthropy for Troon Technologies and the Founder of the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology. Jarret is also a successful entrepreneur with his business Ayaabe Management, where he works with Indigenous talent in the entertainment industry.

Previously, Jarret was the Senior Administrative Officer at the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium (AIC), a non-profit membership organization that comprises nine Aboriginal controlled postsecondary education and training institutes in Ontario, Canada. AIC plays an instrumental role in driving and setting the Aboriginal Institutes' agenda at the regional, national and international levels through the development of strategic relationships and advocacy.

Prior to that, Jarret was the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, a membership-based, leadership-focused organization that connects, supports and promotes outstanding leadership within the First Nations, Métis and Inuit community of professionals. Prior to APAC, Jarret was the Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). In this role, Jarret managed development, operations, and evaluations of CCAB`s national programs. Prior to CCAB, Jarret was a Sr. Project Coordinator at the Council of Ontario Universities, where he has managed a range of provincial projects within the postsecondary sector from Aboriginal self-identification to strategic communications.

Jarret specializes in diversity and inclusion, labour market readiness, entrepreneurship, non-profit management, Aboriginal engagement and policy development, and has worked with several large organizations in the energy, resources, and educational sectors.

Jarret is highly involved within the Aboriginal community in Toronto as previous Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Postsecondary Information Program, and through his active volunteer work with the following organizations.

1. Board of Governor, OCAD University
2. Community Council Program, Aboriginal Legal Services
3. Board Member, Ontario Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Alisa Palmer

Artistic Director (English Section) and Director of the Acting, Directing and Artistic Residency Programs, National Theatre School of Canada
Committee Member
Committee Member
Artistic Director (English Section) and Director of the Acting, Directing and Artistic Residency Programs, National Theatre School of Canada
Internationally trained, award-winning theatre director, playwright, and theatre producer, Alisa works crosses genres, including the classics, contemporary plays, creation projects, musicals and operas. Yet across all, her mandate remains the same: "to provide leadership that will create a vessel steady enough to hold the vagaries of personal and artistic growth, with teachers and guides who put the goals of the students first; where each artist is, above all, a person, unlimited by gender, physical ability, race or class. "

Alisa is the recipient of numerous awards both in Canada and internationally, and has premiered and toured original and provocative theatre creations for over twenty years. Her roles include Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre where she commissioned and produced landmark productions including Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears, and Smudge by Alex Bulmer, Canada’s first professional play by a visually impaired playwright; Resident Director for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings; Director for eight seasons at the Shaw Festival and is now in her second season at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Alisa is an active member of Vita Brevis as well as the Comité d'évaluation de théâtre for the Conseil des Arts de Montréal. She has served on the Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, and was a board member with Theatre Centre in Toronto. She is the recipient of the Award of Excellence in the Arts from her home province of New Brunswick and is a three-time finalist for the Siminovitch Prize for Directing

Dr. Sasha Suda

Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada
Committee Members
Committee Members
Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada
The youngest person to assume this post in more than a century, Sasha was appointed in February 2019 and is passionate about revitalizing the Gallery’s relevance to audiences across Canada and beyond. Her ambitions for the Gallery reflect both the times in which we live and art’s importance to them: to bridge cultures, to engender diversity and perspective, and to unleash the power that civic institutions hold.

To this end, Sasha has demonstrated immediate leadership by establishing three core institutional values that will help the workforce move in a bold new direction: the Gallery is centered on art; it offers a warm and generous welcome, and it embraces the unfamiliar and the future.

Born in Toronto to Czech parents, Sasha studied at Princeton University before completing her Master’s degree in art history at Williams College and her PhD at New York University. Her professional career began at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she worked in various roles in the Medieval Department between 2003 and 2011. Following this, Sasha returned to her native Toronto to work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, first as an assistant curator, and eventually as Curator of European Art and the Elliott Chair of Prints & Drawings. In these roles, she led major international exhibition projects and spearheaded innovative digital initiatives that presented historical art to audiences in a new light.

In addition to her work in major art institutions, Sasha sat on the Association of Art Museum Curators’ Committee for Career Advancement and represented Ontario at the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

She lives in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood of Ottawa with her two children, Frances and Felix, her husband Albert, and their trusty dog Phil.

Lynne Skromeda

Executive Director, Winnipeg Folk Festival
Committee Member
Committee Member
Executive Director, Winnipeg Folk Festival
Lynne Skromeda is the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival where she oversees both the four-day summer festival and its year-round initiatives. A graduate of the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, Lynne also spent 13 years in senior executive roles in the Canadian film and television industry, largely working for the independent production company, Frantic Films.

A passionate supporter of her community, she is also a volunteer board member of Imagine Canada, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Music Canada Live and Green Action Centre as well as a number of advisory committees and councils including the Canadian Arts Summit. She previously served on the boards of Manitobans for the Arts, the West End Cultural Centre, On Screen Manitoba, Plug In ICA, TEDxWinnipeg and the Manitoba Premier’s Economic Advisory Council.

Peter Cathie White

Executive Director, The Arts Club Theatre Company
Committee Member
Committee Member
Executive Director, The Arts Club Theatre Company
Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Originally the Director of Sales and Marketing with the Arts Club, Peter became the Executive Director in 2014 and has since overseen the opening of the BMO Theatre Centre (in collaboration with the Bard on the Beach), the construction of the Arts Club’s new third theatre, the Goldcorp Stage, and has instituted Education and Community Outreach as integral roles within the company. He is still waiting to be cast in a production but believes that is just a matter of time.

Nichole Anderson Bergeron

President & CEO, Business / Arts
Ex Officio
Ex Officio
President & CEO, Business / Arts
Nichole Anderson, President and CEO of Business for the Arts, holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Toronto. She joined Business for the Arts in 2006 and has worked with an ever-growing team of volunteers, Board Members and colleagues to develop programs and events of national scale that stimulate business volunteerism and investment in the arts.

Prior to her role at Business for the Arts, Nichole managed the corporate art collection at Hbc, which included Ken Thomson’s beautiful Canadian Art collection, and helped develop museum programming and exhibits for the company’s new museum sites and community events across Canada.

Nichole holds a number of volunteer positions, including Board Member of the Arts Access Fund, which gives full-year scholarships for children and youth from underserved communities to take lessons in the arts discipline of their choice. She is a Member of the Canada 150 Advisory Committee for the City of Toronto, and an active volunteer in the community.

She is a past member of the Toronto TELUS Community Board (4 years); Board Member of the Art of Time Ensemble (6 years); Member of the Steering Committee for the City of Toronto’s Creative Capital initiative (3 years); and Vice President of the Health Arts Society Ontario (5 years). She studied music seriously from the age of three, with a focus on the violin, and plays informally now with family and friends.

Jim Fleck, C.C.

Past Chair, Business / Arts
Ex Officio
Ex Officio
Past Chair, Business / Arts
Dr. James D. Fleck, C.C., earned a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and a D.B.A. from Harvard, before returning to Canada to help found the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University. He has had a distinguished career in the private and government sectors as well as academia, serving as Secretary of Cabinet for Premier William Davis in the Government of Ontario. He is the founder and former CEO of Fleck Manufacturing Co. and has served on many corporate boards.

An emeritus professor and recipient of an Honorary Degree from the University of Toronto, he was the President of the Art Gallery of Ontario and is Vice-Chair of the Museum of Civilization, founder of the Toronto Music Garden and the Power Plant, and Chairman of the Harbourfront Foundation. Dr. Fleck received the Edmund C. Bovey Award in 2003 and was honoured with the Angel Award for Philanthropy in the Arts by the International Society of Performing Arts in 2009. Jim also received the Governor General’s Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts in 2009.

Robert J. Foster

Board Chair, Business / Arts
Ex Officio
Ex Officio
Board Chair, Business / Arts
Robert J. Foster, B.A, M.A. (Economics), CFA, is Founder, President and CEO of Capital Canada Limited, an independent investment banking firm in Toronto.

Mr. Foster is currently Chair, Business / Arts, an organization which connects arts professionals to business patrons and volunteers across the country as well as TO Live, which is responsible for overseeing the business affairs and operation management of the Civic Theatres Toronto. He also serves on the board of the Harbourfront Foundation and previously served as the Co-chair of The Mayor’s Task Force- Arts & Theatre, Chair; Toronto Artscape, Co-Chair; The National Arts Centre – Ontario Scene, Board; Luminato. In 2011, Robert was Co-Chair for a year-long examination of Toronto’s cultural capacity and priorities, which resulted in the Creative Capital Gains Report, a report embraced by City Council and used as a guiding document for the city’s cultural funding and growth. In 2013, Robert was co-recipient of the Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leader Award, presented biennially to an individual demonstrating cultural leadership in the development of arts and culture in Toronto. Over his lifetime, Robert Foster has generously donated his time, expertise and financial support to more than 30 city and country building initiatives and organizations.

Howard Jang

Vice President, Arts and Leadership, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Ex Officio
Ex Officio
Vice President, Arts and Leadership, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Howard moved to Banff, Alberta from Vancouver where he joined Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as Vice President Arts and Leadership in 2018, responsible for Banff Centre’s Arts, Leadership and Presenting Programs

Most recently, Howard was with Simon Fraser University as Professor of Professional Practice in the School for the Contemporary Arts and was the Director of the SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit. At Simon Fraser University Howard developed a new Creative Entrepreneurship Program in the School for the Contemporary Arts and was also responsible for the public Cultural and Community Programs at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodard’s.

Howard Jang has been an active member of several volunteer boards and committees, most notably for the Canadian Arts Summit, Orchestras Canada, Manitoba Arts Stabilization, and the Canada Council, BC Arts Council Music, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture, and Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, and the Vancouver Foundation’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee.

Howard is a member of the Board for the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Vancouver Chinatown Storytelling Centre. Howard was a member of the Board of the Canada Council for the Arts from 2012-2016 and a member of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board from 2008-2016 and is a founding member of the Board for Artscape BC and served 10 years as a member of the Board of Tourism Vancouver and was Chair of Tourism Vancouver in 2011/2012.

Howard has consulted in areas of Strategic Planning, Board Development, Succession Planning, Marketplace Development, Fundraising and overall Organizational Development throughout Canada and the US.

Trained as a musician, Howard has served as the Executive Director for the Arts Club Theatre Company in Vancouver (2000-2014), Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (1997-2000), and Ballet British Columbia (1993-1997) and was the Orchestra Manager for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (1989-1993) and Orchestra of St. Luke’s NYC (1985-1989).

In 2004, Howard completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business/National Arts Strategies Executive Program for Non-profit Leaders in the Arts. In 2006, Howard completed the Leadership with the Shannon Institute in Minneapolis, MN and was honoured to be appointed to the Executive Committee of the Canadian Commission to UNESCO.

His background as both an artist and an arts administrator provides Howard with a unique perspective. Appreciating the need for artistic vision and what is required to support it, Howard is able to balance these requirements with strong fiscal and strategic planning.

Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski

CEO, 4U2C
Past Committee Chair
Past Committee Chair
CEO, 4U2C
Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski is the CEO of 4U2C. As a member of the Cirque du Soleil’s executive team, Jan-Fryderyk leads the efforts of the studio specializing in the creation and production of video content, stage design and multimedia experiences for the live entertainment industry. Prior to holding this position, Jan-Fryderyk invested himself for a decade in the transformation of a Montreal-based 3D animation studio into a leader in the film, TV and interactive entertainment industry. He also practised corporate law for a number of years at one of the top Canadian law firms. Deeply involved in his community, he is currently chairing the Conseil des arts de Montréal, sitting on the board of directors of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and is a council member of the Order of Montreal.

Janice Price

President and CEO, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Ex Officio
Ex Officio
President and CEO, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Janice Price became President of The Banff Centre on March 16th, 2015. She most recently served as CEO of the Luminato Festival, Toronto’s Festival of Art and Creativity, an organization she led since its inception in 2006. As the Festival’s Founding CEO, Janice helped Luminato become one of the world’s largest and most respected annual multi-arts festivals. The Festival reaches over 800,000 audience members annually, and in its first eight seasons commissioned 75 new works. Previous to Luminato, Janice was the President and CEO of The Kimmel Centre for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia from 2002-2006, and prior to that position, she was Vice President of Marketing and Communications and then Interim Executive Director at New York’s Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts. Prior to her professional engagements in the United States, Janice held senior positions at a number of Toronto arts organizations, including the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and The Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. From 1992 – 1996, Janice was the Director of Marketing and Special Projects for the Stratford Festival. Ms. Price has served on numerous arts-related Boards and currently serves on Business / Arts, Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Council, and the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta.

Maggie Fairs

Senior Communications Advisor, Business / Arts
Program Director, Canadian Arts Summit
Program Director, Canadian Arts Summit
Senior Communications Advisor, Business / Arts
Maggie is the program director for the Canadian Arts Summit and a senior strategic adviser for Business/Arts. Having worked in the U.K, the U.S. and Canada, most recently as an SVP, client leader with global communications firm Weber Shandwick, (in New York, Minneapolis and Toronto), Maggie brings extensive global communications and project management experience. Her greatest strength is her ability to build strong relationships and to problem solve, a skill she has honed through her agency work as well as in-house experience in the not-for-profit sector, where being resourceful was a necessary asset. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Maggie worked at Kraft Foods in the U.K as well as a UK government-run charity and at National PR in Toronto.

During her tenure in communications, Maggie has led awarding-winning campaigns for public awareness and reputation management that have garnered awards from the industry establishments including IABC, SABRES and the Holmes Report.

A theatre geek and lifelong supporter of the arts, Maggie has volunteered on a number of arts boards including, Crow’s Theatre and the Art of Time in Toronto, and the Alliance of Resident Theatre Companies in New York.