President and CEO
H. Roger Garland
Jean Giguère, C.M.
Robert T.E. Gillespie, P.Eng
Lawrence L. Herman
Carol R. Hill
John (Jake) C. Kerr, C.M.
Michael M. Koerner, C.M
Brian M. Levitt
Hon. Roy MacLaren, P.C.
James B. Pitblado, C.M.
Greg A. Reed
Nina Kaiden Wright
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.
Nichole Anderson, President and CEO of Business for the Arts (BftA), Canada’s only national association of business leaders who support the arts. The organization’s vision is to inspire Canada’s business community to partner with the arts to ensure a thriving cultural sector. Since joining BftA in 2006, Nichole has led an extensive expansion of the organization’s programming to reach communities large and small across Canada with training and investment designed to stimulate new partnerships between business and the arts. Prior to her role at Business for the Arts, she managed the corporate art collection at Hbc and worked with the Heritage team to build museum programming, exhibits and products for the company’s new museum sites and community events across Canada. Nichole holds a number of volunteer positions, including Member of the Toronto TELUS Community Board; Board Member of the Arts of Time Ensemble; Board Member of Crow’s Theatre; Member of the Steering Committee for the City of Toronto’s Creative Capital initiative; and Vice President of the Health Arts Society Ontario. She is also a trained violinist and plays informally with a quartet from time to time.
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 for the 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 completed her time at the firm having 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).
Éric Bujold is appointed President of Private Wealth 1859 at National Bank in 2008. As such, he is given the mandate to found Private Wealth 1859 while being responsible not only for its banking, investment, insurance, trust and advisory services but also for its regional management.
Mr. Bujold joined National Bank Financial in 1996 as an investment advisor and insurance broker for Eastern Quebec. In 1998, he was the founding manager of one of the Bank’s regional branches. In 2000, he was appointed Vice-President and promoted, in 2007, to Senior Vice-President and Managing Director of National Bank Financial.
Prior to joining National Bank Financial, he was an actuarial consultant for two major international firms for over 8 years. He has also been a lecturer at the Université Laval’s school of actuarial science, where he taught risk concepts and characteristics, as well as risk calculation and financing methods.
In addition to his professional activities, Éric Bujold serves on the boards of directors of the Fondation Québec-Jeunes, Fondation Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Corporation études-sports of the Université de Sherbrooke. He is also involved in several other causes.
Éric Bujold holds a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science with honours from Université Laval. He received the Optimum prize of excellence from Université Laval. He holds the title of Associate of the Society of Actuaries.
Dr. James D. Fleck, O.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.
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 is Vice-Chair of Business for the Arts, an organization which connects arts professionals to business patrons and volunteers across the country. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a Honourary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Brock University.
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.
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.
John (Jake) C. Kerr, C.M., is Chairman of Lignum Investments Ltd., a privately held investment company, and Managing Partner of Lignum Forest Products LLP, a wood products distribution and trading company. He is also Co-Owner and Principal Partner of Vancouver Professional Baseball LLP. John is Chancellor of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a Director of the Bank of Nova Scotia. He is Past Chair of the Vancouver Foundation and Past Chair of the International and BC Chapters of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He received his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby.
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.
Brian M. Levitt is Counsel to the firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and was previously its Co-Chair. He is recognized as one of the leading corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions advisors in Canada. Brian first joined Osler’s Toronto office in 1976 and became a partner in 1979. In 1991, Brian became President and, subsequently, CEO of Imasco Limited, a Canadian consumer products and services company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange which was, at the time, one of the larger public companies in Canada measured by market capitalization. Imasco’s holdings included Canada’s largest tobacco products manufacturer; one of the leading retail banks in Canada; and Canada’s largest drug store chain. Imasco was sold in 2000 and Brian returned to Osler in 2001. Brian has served as a director of various substantial public companies over the past 20 years. He is Chairman of the board of directors of the Toronto-Dominion Bank. He is also currently a director of Domtar Corporation. He served as Board Chair of Domtar until its merger with the white paper business of Weyerhauser in 2007. Brian is active in public life and community organizations. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Vice-Chair of the board of the C.D. Howe Institute. In 2007, Brian was appointed to the five-person Competition Policy Review Panel created by the Government of Canada to review key elements of Canada’s competition and foreign direct investment policies.
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.
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.
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 specialty 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.
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.
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 for the Arts and Culture Days.
Vince Timpano is President and Chief Executive Officer, Aimia Canada, and has full accountability for leading and growing the Canadian business, which includes a full suite of loyalty management services of coalition, proprietary and loyalty analytics delivered across multiple business units in Canada. Previously, Vince served as President and CEO of Aeroplan, where he established and led the strategic direction of the business, while ensuring alignment across the organization to drive performance and growth for Canada’s leading premium rewards program. Before Aeroplan, Vince was President, Coca-Cola Ltd. in Canada where he led the organization in the development and expansion of Canada’s leading non-alcoholic beverage portfolio. Prior to holding that position, Vince served as President and CEO for The Minute Maid Company Canada Inc. where he successfully oversaw all activities associated with the company’s juice and juice drinks business. Vince is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee for the United Way, Toronto. He is also a member of the boards of the Canadian Marketing Association and Business for the Arts, and is a member of the Governor Generals Performing Arts Awards Gala National Committee. Vince holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.
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.
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.
Janet Yale is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Arthritis Society and Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 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 Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Board of CARE Canada and Ottawa Art Gallery. She also sits on the National Arts Centre Gala Committee, having chaired the committee team from 2006 – 2010. She was named by the Women’s Executive Network one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women – Top 100 for 2004, 2005 and 2006 and was inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame in 2007.
Takashi Yamashita is Associate Director, GE Commercial Finance, Real Estate. Takashi holds a MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and Master of Architecture from the University of Manitoba. Having practiced 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.