Our Team

Aubrey Reeves

President and CEO
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.

Vice President

Brittney’s passion for the arts began at a young age and pursued a goal to become an arts administrator when it became quite apparent she could not dance, draw or sing. Her love of relationship building and community involvement led her to development, sponsorships, and events. Prior to joining Business for the Arts, Brittney held roles at Hot Docs Festival, Factory Theatre, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and Luminato.

Brittney has a Bachelor of Arts Honours from Queens University in Film and Media Studies and volunteers on the Board of Director at jayu.

Outside her love of arts, Brittney loves to travel and spend time with her husband and dog.

Maggie Fairs

Program Director, Canadian Arts Summit
Program Director, Canadian Arts Summit

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.

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.

Anchal Ahmed

Junior Accountant
Junior Accountant

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.