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Our Team

President and CEO

In October 2020, Aubrey joined Business / Arts as CEO, a role that continues her mission to see the arts and culture industry move sustainably into the future. Previously, Aubrey held leadership roles at Culture Days since its inception in 2010. Aubrey was recruited to help launch the inaugural Culture Days Weekend in Ontario that year. She eventually became National Executive Director (2017-2020) and in that capacity, she provided leadership and spearheaded collaborations with provincial partners across the country, brokered key corporate, industry and media sponsorships and partnerships, and championed organizational goals and strategies to increase the reach, accessibility and impact of Culture Days.

Aubrey has also worked with the Ontario Arts Council, Trinity Square Video, Dance Current Magazine and has served on the Boards of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and Dreamwalker Dance Company.

A multi-disciplinary artist, Aubrey possesses a unique set of sensibilities that allow her to champion initiatives encompassing the perspectives of artists, audiences, cultural organizations and partners alike. Her artworks have been exhibited across Canada and internationally.

Candace Elder

National Program Director, artsvest
National Program Director, artsvest

With over fifteen years of professional experience, I am dedicated to making space for creative, critical, visionary thinking in support of the arts and their fundamental contribution to our society. Born in Calgary, raised in southern Ontario, rebounded west to Banff, Calgary, Edmonton and now landed in Toronto, I have an affection for both east and west. When I am not building capacity in the arts & cultural sectors through our artsvest program, I can be found at arts events around the city or curled in a chair listening to records, reading a book, or hiking the Bruce Trail. I chose this line of work because as one of my hero’s Patti Smith said “Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional” and I believe the arts can do that better than anything.

Erin Borch

Communications and Engagement Associate
Communications and Engagement Associate

Erin is a multimedia storyteller and arts administrator, with a passion for audience development. Currently living in Calgary, Erin has produced bilingual marketing strategies for artists and organizations across Canada. She brings a history of curating digital content and amplifying programming initiatives for non-profit organizations including, ArtsBuild Ontario, Capital Heritage Connexion and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

Erin holds an honours degree in Communication Studies and Political Science from Carleton University as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Management from Centennial College.

When she is not exploring local art and culture, she can be found sipping an extra hot cup of coffee, trying to keep her tropical plant collection alive or getting lost in the Rocky Mountains. 

Ana Ramirez

Creative Lead: Graphics & Motion
Creative Lead: Graphics & Motion

Ana is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and graphic designer with ten years of experience in design, communication, branding and digital marketing, with a background in arts and sustainability. Growing up in a home full of books and with a family so enthusiastic about arts, culture and history, she fell in love with all kinds of artistic expression, being drawing and dancing her first approaches to the art world.

She is also passionate about fitness and wellness, and as a yoga and dance teacher, she enjoys hosting workshops focused on learning and integrating mindfulness practices with art therapy.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Honours in graphic design, a post-degree in business and corporate communications, and multiple courses in sustainability, art, innovation and design.

She recently created a social project – The Fit Girl Movement to support and empower women and raise awareness about gender equality in the fitness and wellness industry.

She loves coffee, tacos and spending quality time with her family.

Tate Peacock

Program Coordinator
Program Coordinator

Tate is an arts professional with experience and training from OCAD University and Centennial College. She is an innovative, adaptable problem-solver with strong communication skills. Tate is skilled at conceptualizing and visualizing creative projects/events and meeting tight deadlines.

Currently living in Toronto, she spends her free time enjoying movies, books, and searching for the best restaurants in the city.

Comptable junior

Although I’m an accountant, my heart lies in the arts. I didn’t have any access to the arts growing up until I got a part-time job in high school and finally took music lessons- I decided to learn to play the violin. This is why I’m particularly excited about getting to work for a non-profit that helps contribute to art programs.