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Dr. James (Jim) Fleck, C.C., Chairman

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Fleck is an entrepreneur, academic and leading cultural philanthropist. In business, he founded Fleck Manufacturing Inc. and was Chairman of ATI Technologies and Alias Research. He is Professor Emeritus at The Rotman School of the University of Toronto and taught at both Harvard and York universities. In the non-profit sector, Dr. Fleck was President of the Art Gallery of Ontario and is Chairman of Business for the Arts, a national association of business leaders supporting the arts. He chairs the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Schools, the only high school affiliated with a university and located on campus. In government, he served as Deputy Minister of Industry and Secretary of Cabinet for former Ontario Premier Bill Davis. Dr. Fleck’s many honours include Companion of the Order of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Edmund C. Bovey Award for Leadership Support of the Arts, the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts and the International Society for the Performing Arts’ Angel Award.

Governance Committee Chair
Executive Committee Chair
Audit Committee member
Finance Committee member
Development Committee member
Canadian War Museum Committee member

Dean Brinton, M.S.M., M.A., Vice-Chairman

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Dean Brinton studied Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the universities of Calgary and Toronto, receiving a Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto in 1987. He has worked in the arts and culture sector for over thirty years and was appointed CEO of The Rooms Corporation in St. John’s, NL in January of 2005. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canada Council in 1997 where he served for six years. For four of these he was the Board’s appointee to the Executive Committee and Chair of the Governance Committee. He served on the sectoral committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and as the Council’s representative on the Public Lending Rights Commission. Between 2001 – 2008, he was a member of the Board of Governors of the National Theatre School of Canada and the Board of Governors of the Nova Scotia College of Art Design University, where he chaired the Development Committee. He is presently on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army and is serving as Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Centre of Hope. In the fall of 2017, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum as Vice-Chair. Mr. Brinton has received the Meritorious Service Medal as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Governance Committee member
Executive Committee member
Audit Committee member
Finance Committee member
Development Committee member
Canadian War Museum Committee member

Andrea T. Bobkowicz, Trustee

Westmount, Quebec

Andrea T. Bobkowicz is an Investment Advisor with National Bank Financial, Private Wealth Management. Ms. Bobkowicz previously worked in Global Institutional Equity Sales at RBC Dominion Securities in New York and, as a result, has business experience in South Africa, Australia and Latin America. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Her volunteer work in the community includes leadership positions with the Foundation of Catholic Community Services and the St. Patrick’s Society of Montréal. In addition, Ms. Bobkowicz has served as a member of several major professional and policy-shaping organizations, including the Canadian Council for the Americas, the Canadian Society of New York, the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, Women in Capital Markets and the Financial Women’s Association of New York.

Finance Committee Chair
Development Committee member
Executive Committee member

Jean Giguère, C.M., Trustee

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jean Giguère has a long and distinguished record of leadership and achievement within the Canadian cultural community. A founding member of Culture Days, a project committed to making culture a daily habit for Canadians; she is past Vice-Chair of the National Culture Days Board and currently chairs Culture Days Manitoba. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. In 2009, Ms. Giguère was elected a Director of Business for the Arts, a national organization dedicated to building partnerships between the arts and the business community. She was first elected to the Board of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1997, later serving as its Chair and, in 2011, was appointed Chair Emeritus. Ms. Giguère has extensive experience in board governance, fundraising and strategic planning in the cultural sector. After serving five years on the Canadian Arts Summit Steering Committee, she chaired the 2009 Summit in Montréal. At the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, she has served as Vice-President responsible for fundraising and Chair of Special Events. Ms. Giguère was the inaugural recipient of the Winnipeg Art Council’s Making a Difference Award and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her “outstanding contribution to artistic life in Canada.” In 2014, she was honoured with the Ramon Hnatyshyn Governor General award for Voluntarism in Performing Arts.

Governance Committee member
Development Committee member
Executive Committee member

Amanda Kingsley Malo, Trustee

Sudbury, Ontario

Amanda Kingsley Malo is an elementary school teacher and community organizer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Laurentian University. Having long ago discovered that she feels most like herself when giving back to others, Amanda has dedicated herself to the betterment of her community. She is the founder of PoliticsNOW, a grassroots organization that is dedicated to getting women in Northern Ontario more involved in politics in their communities. She has volunteered for several local organizations, including with newly arrived refugees, and organized Sudbury’s first Women’s March. In recognition of her efforts, Amanda was a Samara Everyday Political Citizen nominee, as well as the winner of CBC’s #WeAretheChange contest, which highlighted innovative community changemakers all across our country in honour of Canada150. Amanda lives in her hometown of Sudbury, Ontario with her husband Jeffrey and their newborn daughter.

Governance Committee member

Dr. Rodney Nelson, PhD, C.Dir, PAED, CAPA, Trustee

Ottawa, Ontario

Rodney Nelson is an advocate for economic development within Indigenous communities world wide and is passionate about retaining traditional knowledge. He is a professor at Carleton University where he teaches within the Center for Initiatives in Education within the Faculty of Social Science and co-coordinates the Indigenous Enriched Support Program. He is also the current CEO and Principal of Governance for the Global Governance Group. His interests include; board governance, economic development, education, ethics, traditional knowledge and Indigenous relations. Rodney is a corporate anthropologist with over 25 years’ experience working with both the public and private sectors including many Indigenous organizations and communities. He is the current co-chair of Carleton University’s Aboriginal Education Council and is the outgoing chair of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association.

Rodney’s PhD is in Indigenous/Canadian Studies through Carleton and Trent University with a concentration on economic development and traditional governance. He holds a Master’s degree in medical and corporate anthropology and two Bachelor degrees in psychology and anthropology. He is a certified Chartered Director from the Directors College at McMaster’s Degroote School of Business. He is also a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) and a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED).

Rodney is active in the community as a scout leader, traditional teacher, fire keeper and was a professional musician for many years. He is Anishinabe and lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.

Audit Committee member
Governance Committee member

Jennifer Pereira, Trustee

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

A partner at Robertson Stromberg LLP, Jennifer’s practice focuses on legal disputes that may ultimately end up in court. She has been recognized by Lexpert magazine as a leading Canadian Lawyer under 40 and by Best Lawyers in the area of Insurance Law.

Jennifer is an active member of the Court of Queen’s Bench Bar Judicial Committee. She is Past President of both the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association and the Saskatoon Bar Association and has sat as the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s (Sask) Professional Image Committee. She has shared her knowledge of the law as a speaker with many organizations including the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan.

Jennifer’s commitment to her profession is mirrored by her commitment to giving back to her community. She is presently the Vice Chair of the board of TCU Place and volunteer with the Children’s Discovery Museum and Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. In 2014, Jennifer was recognized by the CBC as one of Saskatchewan’s Top 40 under 40 and the University of Saskatchewan has honoured her with an Alumni Achievement award.

Development Committee member
Audit Committee member

Claude Thibault, Trustee

Mont-Royal, Quebec

Claude Thibault is Chief Financial Officer of DCM Group, an engineering and industrial construction company with activities across Canada. Mr. Thibault is a seasoned finance executive with close to 20 years’ experience as Chief Financial Officer of publicly-listed and private companies. He previously worked in investment banking and corporate finance as Vice-President at Midland Walwyn Capital and KPMG. Mr. Thibault has served on a number of boards of directors, including that of the Old Port of Montréal Corporation. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator, and holds an MBA from McGill University. Mr. Thibault recently completed the Directors’ Program of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations.

Audit Committee Chair
Finance Committee member

Robert C. Wilband, Trustee

Vancouver, British Columbia

Robert Wilband has over 40 years of experience in Canada and internationally as a business leader and board director, primarily in the technology sector. Until his retirement in 1999, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Prologic Corporation of Richmond, British Columbia, a global leader in providing banking software with 350 corporate customers in 31 countries. Mr. Wilband, who has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, is also a Certified General Accountant. His honours include the Canada Export Award and the CIBC National Job Creation Award. He is a lifetime member of the President’s Club at Simon Fraser University, where he served as an Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor. Mr. Wilband continues to act as a mentor in the technology sector, drawing on his extensive expertise in corporate governance, finance, marketing and business strategy development.

Development Committee Chair
Audit Committee member
Finance Committee member

Dr. William Young, Trustee

Ottawa, Ontario

Bill Young completed a six-year term as Parliamentary Librarian of Canada in December 2011 with responsibility for research, information, public outreach and education for the Canadian Parliament. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of British Columbia (1978) and taught at York, Simon Fraser, and McGill universities. He assisted the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, former Minister of External Affairs and Canadian High Commissioner to the UK, in preparing his autobiography. Bill authored or co-authored four books, conference papers, academic and popular articles.

After joining the Library of Parliament in 1987, Bill conducted/directed research, and prepared reports for parliamentary committees dealing with social issues. He served as Director of the Library’s Political and Social Affairs Division and in 2004 was seconded to the public service as the senior policy adviser to the Minister of Social Development and Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Audit Committee member