Meet our Team
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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.
Aubrey lives and works from the traditional territories of the Wendat, Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee and the Mississaugas of the Credit. As a settler, she is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to live and work on these beautiful lands, and she embraces her responsibility to learn, preserve, and protect these lands each and every day.
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Jennifer has over 20 years of leadership and executive experience in the arts and culture sector. Previously, she worked with Toronto Arts Foundation, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Soundstreams, Kaeja d’Dance, and as an independent Consultant.
She has guest lectured at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Performance, and Schulich School of Business’ MBA Program in Arts and Media Administration.
Jennifer is the volunteer President of St. George’s Society of Toronto, a charitable organization established in 1834 to assist immigrants, which now supports culture, education, social services, and health care charities across Toronto. In 2012 she was appointed as a volunteer to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and has served the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and her predecessor the Honourable David Onley.
Jennifer holds a Masters in Theatre from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Theatre and English Writing from St. Lawrence University in New York.
Jennifer lives and works from Leeds and Grenville – on the traditional territory of the Anishnabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Oneida, and Haundenosaunee (St. Lawrence Iroquois) peoples, on land that is part of the Upper Canada Treaties. As a settler, and a descendant of immigrants, she is grateful to live and work here. She is committed to learn about, preserve, and protect our many cultures.
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Reema (she/her) is a leader and community builder. She has over 20 years’ experience in non-profit management and philanthropy across the charitable sector including education, healthcare, international development, politics, and arts & culture. Most recently, she worked as Managing Director for Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre, where she led the organization through an expansion of partnerships and audience outreach, growth in sponsorships and fundraising, and navigating the COVID crisis while ensuring a strong financial footing.
Reema is passionate about the power of arts in building community and effecting social change, and she is proud to work with a team of like-minded, talented, and dedicated colleagues and artists towards this goal. Having previously lived and worked in Ontario, she currently resides in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, with her husband and their eleven-year old twins. Reema is fluent in three languages – English, Hindi, and Punjabi. In 2019, she was recognized by Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) as one of twenty second-generation immigrants making an impact on the social and cultural fabric of the province.
Reema lives and works from Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. As a settler, and a descendant of immigrants, she is grateful for the opportunity to live and work on these beautiful lands, and she embraces a renewed commitment each day to learn, preserve, and protect.
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 Galeries Ontario / Ontario 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.
Erin lives and works from Moh-kíns-tsis, the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), As a settler, she is grateful for the opportunity to live and work on these beautiful lands.
Parul Pandya (she/her) has been skillfully working in non-profit in various roles through the past two decades, including as a community builder, consultant, programmer and producer. After managing community grants for the largest government funder in Canada, she received much interest for continued collective impact by being asked to serve organizations in a variety of capacities. She runs her own consulting company, Community Impact Consulting, specializing in anti-oppression and equity based practices. Her attraction to advocacy emerged with her work as a Queer South Asian freelance writer/poet, over two decades ago. She has a deep passion for social justice and its intersectionality with the arts, which she teaches about at both Centennial College and Humber College.
Parul is an enthusiastic equity fairy, who finds deep groundedness in social justice intersecting with the arts. She believes in inspiring change through motivation. When not working, Parul is watching sports, caring for her 80+ plants, or playing with her cat, Kali. She is obsessed with true crime, but remains a very gentle human.
Parul lives and works from Tkaronto, the ancestral territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. As a settler, and a descendant of immigrants, she is grateful for the opportunity to live and work on these beautiful lands, and she is committed to actively learning and unlearning in order to make progress towards true reconciliation.
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 – Power Flow 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.
Ana lives and works from the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe Peoples and of the Haudenosaunee Peoples. As an immigrant, she is grateful for the opportunity to live and work on these beautiful lands; and she embraces the responsibility to remember and acknowledge our history as well as to protect our lands in a spirit of peace and friendship.
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Interested in the intersection between music, movement and storytelling, Christine ML Lee (she/her) is a composer, sound designer, playwright and poet led by her vast sense of curiosity and by questions of any size. Her work explores the resilience of the human connection and the power of vulnerability. As a sound designer, she was nominated for a META award for her work on Psycho 6(Teesri Duniya Theatre). Alumna of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Unit & Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Young Creators Unit, Christine is currently working on a musical, Just a Note, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. She subsequently won a Frankie award for the staged reading of her musical at the Festival St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe 2022.
Graduate of the HEC Montréal Arts Management DESS program, Christine is an arts administrator and leader who firmly believes in the power of community building and collective voices. Having accumulated over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector in various roles including membership manager and program coordinator, Christine is excited to be a part of the artsvest team at Business / Arts!
Christine lives and works from Tiohtià:ke, also known as Mooniyang in Anishinaabemowin, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. This land is part of the Haundenosaunee Confederacy and has long ties with the Anishinaabeg peoples. As a settler, and a descendant of immigrants, she is grateful for the opportunity to live, work and share on these lands. She is committed to learn about the past, the truth, and other cultures and to work towards reconcilitation.
Jasper Sloan Yip
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Jasper (he/him) is a musician, podcaster, radio producer and community arts builder from Vancouver. A self-taught artist, Jasper brings a DIY spirit to everything he does. He played his first show in the late aughts on a stage he built in his own backyard, and has since released four albums and toured in three continents. When he is not on stage, in a studio or working with artsvest, you can find him at CiTR 101.9 FM in Vancouver, working with the radio-curious to develop their audio storytelling ambitions. He loves to cook, collect musical instruments, and is certified to scuba dive to a depth of 30 meters.
Jasper lives and works from the traditional, ancestral and unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. As a settler, and a descendant of immigrants, he is grateful for the opportunity to live and work on these lands, and he embraces his responsibility to learn, preserve, and protect these lands each and every day.
Tate is an artist and arts administrator. She is excited to be joining the artsvest team and is a strong believer in the arts as a catalyst for deeper connections with one another.
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.
Tate lives and works from the traditional territories of the Wendat, Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee and the Mississaugas of the Credit. As a settler, she is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to live and work on these beautiful lands, and she embraces her responsibility to learn, preserve, and protect these lands each and every day.
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.
Robert J. Foster
Robert J. Foster, B.A, M.A. (Economics), CFA, is Founder, President and CEO of Capital Canada Ltd., an independent investment banking firm. Mr. Foster has provided years of successful support to Canadian companies and entrepreneurs in the aviation, sports and entertainment industries. As rewarding as his professional career has been in helping to finance Toronto’s Sky Dome, a Rolling Stones tour, or a small Canadian east coast helicopter company which grew into the largest helicopter company in the world, Mr. Foster’s passionate avocation has always been his volunteer work in Toronto’s arts and cultural community. Mr. Foster is currently Chair of Artscape, which in 2012 opened the extraordinary Daniels Spectrum, a 60,000 square foot cultural centre in Regent Park. He serves on the boards of the Harbourfront Foundation, Luminato, The Mayor’s Task Force – Arts & Theatre, The National Arts Centre – Ontario Scene and The Toronto Theatres Working Group. In 2011, Mr. Foster was the lead Co-Chair for a year-long examination of Toronto’s cultural capacity and priorities, which resulted in the Creative Capital Report for the City of Toronto. This has been embraced by City Council and is a guiding document for the city’s cultural funding and growth moving forward. Robert Foster was named co-recipient of the Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leader Award at the Mayor’s Lunch on June 27, 2013. This award is presented biennially to an individual who has demonstrated 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. He is proud of his wife Julia Foster and four grown children, who all also contribute to the enrichment of our community.
Dr. James D. Fleck, C.C.
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 for Leadership Support of the Arts 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.