Board of Directors
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., 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.
Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman, O.C., has a distinguished record of support and involvement with the arts and served as Chair of CBAC from 1996-1998. During his term as Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, he created and funded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the largest annual cash awards for the arts in Canada, providing $300,000 in prize money to Ontario arts organizations each year. He is the Honorary Chairman of the Empire Life Insurance Company, former Chairman of the Ontario Arts Council and has served as President of the Canadian Opera Company and the Ballet Opera House Corporation, as well as on the boards of many other arts and charitable organizations. He received the Philanthropist of the Year Award in 1995 from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (now the Association of Fundraising Professionals).
Donald K. Johnson, O.C., LL.D, is Chairman Emeritus of Business for the Arts. He is currently a Member, Advisory Board, BMO Capital Markets, after serving as Vice Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of Burns Fry. When Chairing a Capital Campaign for the National Ballet Company in the 1990’s, he began a 12-year campaign to convince the federal government to eliminate the capital gains tax on charitable gifts of listed securities. The government removed the tax in its 2006 budget and since that time, charities have received over $1 billion each year in gifts of stock. He has received a number of awards, including the 2007 Edmund C. Bovey Award for leadership support of the arts, and Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Manitoba. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004, an Office of the Order of Canada in 2009 and was named Nation Builder of the Year for 2007 by the Globe and Mail. He serves as a volunteer board member of five not-for-profit organizations and is Chairman of a public Company, easyhome Limited.
Anthony R. Graham, LL.D., is President of Wittington Investments, Limited and is also a director of several corporations including George Weston Limited, Graymont Ltd., Grupo Calidra, Loblaw Companies Limited, Power Corporation of Canada, Power Financial Corporation, Selfridges & Co., Ltd., De Bijenkorf B.V., Holt, Renfrew & Co. Limited, Brown Thomas & Co. Limited and Victoria Square Ventures Inc. Anthony is active in the art and business community as a Board Member of the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, St. Michael’s Hospital and Luminato. He is former Chairman of both Branksome Hall School and the Shaw Festival, and is presently Chairman of each of their foundations. He is also a Member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO). He is also the Honorary Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Canada. In 1995, Anthony was recognized by The Financial Post as one of “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” and in 1998 he was awarded the Government of Ontario Volunteer Service Award. In June 2007, he was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Brock University.
Robert S. Weiss, F.C.A., is Treasurer of CBAC. Until his retirement in September 2000, he was the Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen for Toronto and partner-in-charge of the Ontario practice. He was recognized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario as a Fellow in 1994. A graduate of the University of Toronto in Political Science and Economics, Robert now serves as a member of the Governing Council and the Business Board of U of T and is Past Chair of the Audit Committee. Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, he served as Chair of the Canadian Arts Summit Steering Committee in 2001-2002.
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.
Hon. Roy MacLaren, P.C., is a graduate of the Universities of British Columbia, Cambridge and Toronto. He was a Canadian diplomat from 1957 to 1970, a businessman from 1970, and a federal Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister from 1979 to 1996 when he became High Commissioner for Canada in the U.K. Upon completion of his London appointment, he joined several boards in Britain and Canada and resumed his earlier membership on the board of the Canadian Opera Company. He is also a director of the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation.
Nina Kaiden Wright has been a fundraising consultant in Canada and the United States since 1959. She founded Arts & Communications Counselors, a firm that employs a unique blend of marketing and strategic philanthropy to create meaningful private sector-public sector partnerships, primarily in the arts and cultural arena. Shet has worked with the boards of large institutions, and independently, to access many millions of dollars across North America. Lauded for her tenacity, creativity and visionary leadership in the field, Nina has established a new standard of excellence in the arena of corporate arts philanthropy in Canada.
David Aisenstat is a leading Canadian businessman and philanthropist who has spent a lifetime in the restaurant business and his passion for it shows. In addition to being the owner and CEO of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Canada’s premier casual dining brand, his restaurant collection includes KI modern Japanese + bar, Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar, The Shore Club, and Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar. David also has a passion for art and design that is evident in the look and feel of his restaurants. This keen interest was highlighted in his past role as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Vancouver Art Gallery. A key element in all of David’s endeavours is a strong focus on giving back. In 2001, he established The Keg Spirit Foundation to help charitable organizations that develop and mentor young people. The $5.5 million distributed since The Foundation’s inception is a source of great pride for all those involved. Most importantly, the Foundation has been an inspiration for thousands of Keg staff to give back to those less fortunate both in their communities and around the world.
Suzanne Anton QC has recently served as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for BC, where she led the most innovative Justice Ministry in Canada. This followed two terms as an elected member of City Council in Vancouver, and one on the Vancouver Park Board.
Suzanne entered politics with a passion for public facilities, cultural and recreational, and an interest in getting things done. Her extensive knowledge of people, places and institutions in the city, province and country has connected her to the many communities in our multicultural mosaic.
She is a board member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Frontier College, and keeps involved in politics by way of the frequent political campaigns in BC. She has served on numerous boards in the past, including Translink, Pavco (BC Pavilion Corp), Federation of Canadian municipalities, Metro Vancouver, and many not-for-profit and community boards.
Suzanne is a former crown prosecutor and mathematics teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (UBC) and Bachelor of Mathematics (UVic, with distinction). She received her Queen’s Counsel in 2013.
Julie Arsenault is a management consultant who specializes in helping companies that seek to transform their corporate culture through her own niche consulting practice, PIVOT. Julie began her career as a corporate lawyer specializing in securities law and merger and acquisitions with an international law firm based in Montreal. In 2000, after completing an MBA, she reoriented her career into international business development, in which she developed an expertise in leadership, corporate values and corporate culture. Julie is a life-long lover of the arts and an active volunteer in areas of youth mentorship and the arts. In 2002, she founded ArtCorp, a group of 25+ women from artistic and corporate backgrounds who focus on developing unique ways to foster creativity in the workplace and at home. She is the National Co-Chair of artsScene, a division of Business and Arts, a group of young business professionals dedicated to fostering the growth of the arts in Canada through volunteerism, patronage and support. She is also a member of the board of directors of Porte-Parole, a documentary theatre company. She often calls upon the arts to stimulate creativity during corporate events connected with her work, and is drawn to helping artists create art and business people bring art into their lives. Julie has a law degree (both Civil and Common law cum laude) from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the University of British Columbia and London Business School (International Exchange Program).
As Vice Chairman, RBC Wealth Management, Susan Baxter is responsible for supporting top enterprises and families nationally. Her responsibilities include providing guidance, solutions and integration to key Canadian clients across business strategy, family strategy and intergenerational wealth transition planning.
With over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry, in both London and Toronto, she brings extensive international, institutional and capital markets expertise, from having developed a deep understanding of the needs of families around the world.
Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Baxter was the European Head of the Global Family Office Group at UBS Investment Bank in London; tasked with providing investment banking products and services to institutional family office organizations and the families they support.
Ms. Baxter began her career at Lehman Brothers as an investment banker and during her time at the firm she built and managed the fixed income derivatives origination business globally. During her career, she has also managed a $3 Billion credit fund and ran the private equity arm for a large global family.
She graduated Deans Honours list with distinction from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology.
David Binet is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Woodbridge Company Limited, an investment holding company for Canada’s Thomson family. Woodbridge’s largest asset is its 55% stake in Thomson Reuters Corporation, listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges, and it has numerous other investments.
David is Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters, and also serves on the board of directors of Woodbridge, The Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper), and a number of other companies in which Woodbridge has invested. David is Chairman of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a London-based charity dedicated to journalism training and promoting the rule of law. David is also Chairman of the Board of The National Ballet of Canada and on the board of directors of Canada’s National Ballet School.
Before joining Woodbridge, David was a partner in the Canadian law firm Torys LLP, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. Prior to that, he was a news reporter. David attended Queen’s University (BA Hons), McGill University (LLB) and Northwestern University (MSJ) and he has received certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada).
Tania Carnegie is Chief Impact Officer and Leader of the Impact Ventures practice at KPMG. Having created both these roles, she is responsible for KPMG’s Impact strategy, and for advising clients on developing strategies that leverage impact as a means to drive long-term value creation. She is a founding member of KPMG’s Global Impact Investing Institute, and was appointed to the federal Steering Group tasked with developing a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada.
An active member of her community, Tania is a Director of the Art of Time Ensemble, and The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Service Fund. She is a Global Ambassador of WE Charity, and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Lee-Chin Institute at the Rotman School of Management, and the Women’s Art Council at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. For over a decade, Tania was a Member of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, serving as Lady in Waiting to HRH The Countess of Wessex. Tania is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Tim is the Global CFO for Manulife’s Global Wealth and Asset Management businesses which include retail investment products, retirement record keeping and Institutional Asset management spanning Canada, U.S., Europe, Asia and Japan, as well as the Company’s insurance General Account. Collectively these businesses manage over $1trillion of assets. Previously, Tim held senior executive roles at Manulife including Head of Enterprise Risk and Chief Accountant.? Prior to Manulife, Tim was a Director at PWC LLP in the Global Capital Markets Group based in Toronto and London UK.
Tim is an Ontario Chartered Professional Accountant and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant. In 2013, he was presented the Award of Distinction from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario for career achievements and contributions to the community. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. He was previously a Director of the Art of Time Ensemble in Toronto.
H. Roger Garland is a member of the Board of Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto and a Director of a number of public and private corporations. He was Vice-Chairman of Four Seasons Hotels until 2000, having joined the company in 1981 as Senior Vice-President, Finance. Prior to joining Four Seasons, he was a Vice-President, Corporate Banking with Citibank N.A. in Canada and Switzerland. He began his career with Pricewaterhouse and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1966.
Paul Genest was appointed Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation and Power Financial in 2016. His background includes academia, government, and business. He served in a number of portfolios as a Deputy Minister in the Ontario Government, including Intergovernmental Affairs and Francophone Affairs. Mr. Genest was also Deputy Minister responsible for oversight of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games held in Toronto in 2015. He has served in the federal government in various roles, including as Director of Policy and Research in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. He has held executive positions with the Council of Ontario Universities and Bell Canada and has served as Adjunct Professor at Glendon College, York University.
A Fellow at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University, Mr. Genest is an active volunteer with a number of organizations including the Alliance Fran?aise de Toronto, Pine River Institute which provides residential rehabilitation support for teenagers, and The Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Region. A champion of diversity, he has been honoured for his advocacy for the rights of the LGBTQ community. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mr. Genest holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours (graduating cum laude) in English and Philosophy from the University of Guelph, a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa, and a PhD in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and has completed the Rotman School of Management, Institute of Corporate Directors – Directors Education Program (ICD.D).
Robert T.E. Gillespie is President of Gilvest Inc. and former Chairman and CEO of General Electric Canada, Inc. He is a past director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. A past member of the Canadian Council for International Business, the International Chamber of Commerce, Team Canada Inc Advisory Board, and the Toronto Economic Advisory Council. He is an Honorary Trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum and a Past Chairman of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Robert was educated at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) and at Harvard Business School (Boston). He has an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Duane Green is president and CEO of Franklin Templeton Investments Canada and of Fiduciary Trust Company of Canada. Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, he oversees Franklin Templeton’s Canadian business.
Mr. Green previously served as managing director – Canada, responsible for the firm’s Canadian retail, institutional and HNW distribution business. Prior to that, he was head of Institutional, Canada. Duane joined Franklin Templeton in 2004 as vice president, Strategic Alliances. Before joining the firm, he was a vice president at an international insurer.
Mr. Green is chair of the board and director of Franklin Templeton Investments Corp, director of Fiduciary Trust Company of Canada and is chair and director of FTC Investor Services Inc. He also serves as president, CEO and director of both Templeton Growth Fund Ltd and Franklin Templeton Corporate Class Funds Ltd.
Duane is on the Board of Directors of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) and sits on the Pension Committee of Canada’s National Ballet School. He is a past board member of Canada’s National Ballet School and of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
Mr. Green has a degree in economics from the University of Ottawa and is a fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He holds the FMA, CIM, and FCSI designations.
Jean Giguère is the Past Chair of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After being elected to the RWB Board of Directors in 1997, Jean has served as co-Chair of the Development Steering Committee, Chair of Special Events and as a member of the Strategic, Organizational Review, and Board Governance Review Committees. She completed four years as Chair of the Board of the RWB, and two years as Past Chair. Jean is also a former Director of the Writers’ Trust and the Manitoba Theatre Centre, former Advisory Board member of the Winnipeg Writers Festival, former Steering Committee member of the Canadian Arts Summit, a founding member of Culture Days, and a Cabinet member for the Museum of Human Rights. Jean’s volunteerism also reaches far beyond the arts. She has sat on the Board of the United Way and the George H. Sellers Foundation, founded the Guardian Angel Breast Cancer Benefit, established the Breast Cancer Centre of Hope and the Manitoba Breast Cancer Advisory Council, and Chaired and volunteered as an instructor with Manitoba Riding for the Disabled, a therapeutic horseback riding program for children with disabilities. Jean has recently been appointed Chair Emeritus of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.