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Board of Directors

Meet our Team

Director

Lawrence L. Herman, B.A., LL.B., is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law Faculty (1969) and a member of the Saskatchewan and Ontario bars. He was in the Canadian Foreign Service in the 1970’s in a variety of posts, including at the United Nations in Geneva. Lawrence concentrates on international trade and international business transactions in his law practice with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Toronto. He has acted for private sector clients, governments and international agencies. He sits on the Market Access Advisory Group (MAAG) of the Canadian Foreign Affairs and International Trade Department. Lawrence is currently chair of the Trade Policy Committee of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and is on the Executive Board of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute; the International Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; the C.D. Howe Institute; and several other business and government policy organizations. He is Vice-Chair of Jazz-FM.91, a publicly funded radio station in Toronto. He was Director of the Task Force on Energy Trade and Investment Rules of the World Energy Council in 2007-2010. He was an op-ed columnist on international trade and business for the Financial Post (Toronto) from 1993 to 1998. Lawrence has also written several legal text-books: Canadian Trade Remedy Law & Practice (1997); Canadian Trade Law (2008); Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (2010).

Carol R. Hill

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Carol R. Hill is a Director of the Regina-based Hill Companies. She is also the Founding Chair of the Canadian Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, an organization helping to restore art treasures held there. Most recently, Carol assisted in raising funds for “The Santa Rosa Necropolis” (dating from 50BC – 200AD, the 40 large tombs and 200 graves of this site reveal a wealth of information about both the Roman middle class and their slaves). She was also instrumental in bringing the 200-piece collection, “Angels From the Vatican,” which was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Carol is a former Board member of the Regina’s Globe Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and sat on the Advisory Board of the Banff School for Excellence.

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Michael M. Koerner, C.M., has an SB in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He is President of Canada Overseas Investments Limited and serves on a number of corporate boards. Michael is a Trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario and served as President from 1982-84. He is a Life Member of the Corporation, MIT. He is Treasurer of the Ontario Arts Council Foundation and of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. A patron of many performing and visual arts organizations, he was instrumental in the creation of the Canadian Encyclopaedia of Music. In 2006, Michael received the Edmund C. Bovey Award.

Andrew Molson

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A lawyer by training, Andrew Molson is chairman of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, a Montreal-based holding and management company for two leading professional services firms, NATIONAL Public Relations and Cohn & Wolfe | Canada.

A seventh-generation member of the Molson brewing family, he sits on the board of directors of the Molson Coors Brewing Company. He is also a member of the board of directors of Groupe Deschênes Inc., The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc., Dundee Corporation and the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club.

Andrew serves on several non-profit boards, including the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations, the Concordia University Foundation, The Banff Centre, the evenko foundation for emerging talent and the Molson Foundation.

He is also chairman of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and of Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Archeology and History Complex.

Director

James B. Pitblado, C.M., is retired Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities. He is a Director of the National Ballet of Canada Endowment Foundation and the Ontario Arts Foundation and is Past Chairman of the Board of the National Ballet of Canada and of the National Ballet Endowment Foundation. In 2000, he received the Edmund C. Bovey Award for Leadership Support of the Arts. He and his wife Sandra were the recipients of the Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year Award (1999) and the Governor General’s Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts (2003). He and Sandra continue to be generous patrons of the arts.

Janice Price

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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, Price 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, the Festival commissioned 75 new works. Previous to Luminato, Price was the President and CEO of The Kimmel Center 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 Center for the Performing Arts.

Prior to her professional engagements in the United States, Price held senior positions at a number of Toronto arts organizations, including the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts and The Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. From 1992 – 1996, Price was the Director of Marketing and Special Projects for the Stratford Festival.

Janice Price also served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Festivals and Major Events (FAME) coalition of large Canadian festivals and as a member of the board of Festivals and Events Ontario where she served on the advocacy and education committees. She is also a member of the National Board of Culture Days.

Gail O’Brien

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Gail O’Brien holds positions with a variety of non-profit organizations in Canada and abroad. She is Co-Chair of the Council for Canadian American Relations, Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary and the Birks Advisory Board for Calgary, Vice-Chair of the Glenbow Museum, Trustee of the board of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and Trustee of the Board of the Ontario Science Centre. She is also the past chair of the National Arts Centre Foundation and past board member of the YWCA of Calgary. Formerly the owner of a speciality women’s boutique and General Manager of Calgary’s Holt Renfrew, Gail was the recipient of the Women of Distinction Award for Business and Entrepreneurs in 2000. She holds a BA in English and Fine Arts from McGill University.

Greg A. Reed

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Greg A. Reed is a director of the National Arts Centre Foundation and a former director of the National Ballet of Canada. Following a 20-year career with international consulting firm McKinsey & Company in New York, London, and Toronto, he served as the CEO of both an investment firm and a private bank. Greg holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

Gillian Smith

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Gillian Smith is Vice President, Membership and Marketing at the Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBoT). In this role, she is responsible for developing, leading and delivering the strategy, services and activities necessary to retain, engage and grow the Board’s membership of more than 12,000 Toronto business leaders. Prior to joining TRBoT, Gillian served as Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a national charity that promotes inclusion and citizenship. In this role, she built a national network of more than 1,200 partners to serve the integration needs of Canada’s new citizens in all aspects of Canadian life. In addition, Gillian spent more than fifteen years in the private sector in senior corporate communications and government relations roles, notably with the Royal Bank of Canada and RBC Capital Markets, and Aeroplan (now Aimia). A graduate of Queen’s University (Honours, Arts – Sociology and French), Gillian is very active in the community. She currently serves as Chair of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, Vice Chair of Community Food Centres Canada and is a board director with Business / Arts and Culture Days.

Michael Vukets

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Janet Yale

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Janet Yale is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Arthritis Society. She is the former Executive Commissioner and CEO of Scouts Canada and Executive Vice President of Telus. Janet has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Master of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto. Janet is currently a Board member of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada, Samara Board Vice-Chair, Chair of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada. She was named by the Women’s Executive Network one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women – Top 100 for 2004, 2005 and 2006, was inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame in 2007 and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012.

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Takashi Yamashita is Associate Director, GE Commercial Finance, Real Estate. Takashi holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and Master of Architecture from the University of Manitoba. Having practised globally, he has comprehensive experience in real estate investment, development, architecture, and management. Takashi has in excess of seven years of co-chair experience in the arts. His volunteer experience includes the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the University of Manitoba, and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.