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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 was 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 Ex Officio
Finance Committee Ex Officio
Development Committee Ex Officio
Canadian War Museum Committee Ex Officio

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 2005. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for six years, in which he served on the Executive Committee and as 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 and 2008, he was on the Board of Governors of the National Theatre School of Canada and 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 2017, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation and as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Museum of History Board of Trustees. Mr. Brinton has received the Meritorious Service Medal as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Governance Committee Ex Officio
Executive Committee Ex Officio
Audit Committee Ex Officio
Finance Committee Ex Officio
Development Committee Ex Officio
Canadian War Museum Committee Chair

Andrea T. Bobkowicz, Trustee

Westmount, Quebec

Andrea 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, Kinkora Activity Camp 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. Recently awarded Investment Advisor of the Year award 2016, Social Commitment Award of Excellence 2018 and Finance Monthly Wealth Management Advisor of the year 2019 – Canada.

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, she is past Vice-Chair of the National Culture Days Board as well as founder and past chair of Culture Days Manitoba. Ms. Giguère was appointed as Director of Business for the Arts in 2009. She was elected to the Board of the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where she served as the company Chair for five years after which she was appointed Chair Emeritus. 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, sponsorship and Chair of Special Events. She is currently a member of RMTC Advisory Board. Ms. Giguère is a founding member of the Winnipeg Theatre Awards and sits on its Advisory Council. She also serves on the Board of the international ballet company Q Dance, from Winnipeg.

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.” She received the Ramon Hnatyshyn Governor General award for Voluntarism in Performing Arts in 2014. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Governance Committee member
Development Committee Chair
Executive Committee member

Narmin Ismail-Teja, Trustee

Calgary, Alberta

Narmin is a Principal of impact@work inc. Consulting, training, and facilitating, since 1992, she brings a solid package of commitment, motivation and skills in creating highly effective training and consulting with a depth of experience working across the three sectors, locally & globally.

Narmin is an active member of the community. She currently serves as Board Member with Canadian Forces Liaison Council, Board Member with Theatre Calgary, Board Member with the National Social Welfare Board of the Ismaili Council, as Chair of the Board for Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, and as Senator at University of Calgary. She recently finished her term as a Board member and as Board Chair with YMCA Calgary. Her past work has included working with the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance in Switzerland, Famous 5 Foundation, Vertigo Theatre, and several other Calgary based organizations.

Governance Committee member
Canadian War Museum 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 is involved with numerous local organizations, has volunteered in 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
Canadian War Museum Committee member

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

Ottawa, Ontario

Rodney Nelson is an advocate for economic development within Indigenous communities’ worldwide and is passionate about retaining traditional knowledge. He is a professor at Carleton University where he teaches within the Centre 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 Indigenous 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 universities with a concentration on economic development and traditional governance. He holds a master’s degree in medical and corporate anthropology and two bachelor’s 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).

Audit Committee member
Governance Committee member
Canadian War Museum Committee member

Jennifer Pereira, Q.C., 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
Finance Committee member

Laurier Turgeon, Trustee

Québec, Quebec

Laurier Turgeon is a full professor of ethnology and history in the historical sciences department at Université Laval. He has been directing the Laboratoire d’enquête ethnologique et multimédia (LEEM) (Laboratory for Ethnological and Multimedia Inquiry) since 2004 and held the Canada Research Chair in Heritage from 2003 to 2017. From fall 2013 to spring 2014, he was a visiting scientist at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in Boston, where he conducted research on transmedia storytelling in the field of heritage. He was Director of the Institute of Cultural Heritage at Université Laval from 2005 to 2012 and, in 2006, he held the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair in Canadian Studies at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, where he led a seminar on the political and social issues of intangible cultural heritage. He was also a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) (Paris), at Université Paris 1-Sorbonne, at Université de Provence, and a fellow at the Newberry Library (Chicago), at Beinecke Library at Yale University, and at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. In his career, he has published about 10 books, around 40 peer-reviewed articles, and approximately 40 book chapters and articles in composite works. Throughout his career, has has received several awards and acknowledgements, including the Luc-Lacourcière Medal, awarded every two years to underline the excellence of a French-language work in the field of ethnology published in North America (Patrimoines métissés, 2003); the Summit International Awards for Creative Media—Visionary Award Category (2014); the Office québécois de la langue française award, in the “solutions mobiles” (mobile solutions) category (2014) for the Découvrir Québec (Discover Quebec) mobile application; the Marius Barbeau Medal in 2016 from the Folklore Studies Association of Canada for his remarkable contribution to folklore and ethnology; and the Excellence in Teaching Prize from Université Laval, in the Graduate Coaching category (2017). In 2018, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Governance Committee member
Audit Committee member

Dr. William Young, Trustee

Ottawa, Ontario

In December 2011, Bill Young completed a six-year term as Parliamentary Librarian of Canada where, as deputy minister, he was responsible for research, information, public outreach and education for the Canadian Parliament. He received his PhD in history from the University of British Columbia (1978) and taught at York, Simon Fraser, and McGill universities, and is a By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. Bill authored or co-authored four books, in addition to parliamentary publications, conference papers, academic and popular articles.

After joining the Library of Parliament in 1987, Bill conducted and supervised research for parliamentarians, as well as 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. When he returned to the Library as CEO in 2005, he initiated and carried out a process of organizational renewal and refocussed the Library’s services to Parliament and the public.

Audit Committee member
Finance Committee member