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Culture Strategy Advisory Group

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The province is working with an expert advisory group as it consults with Ontarians and develops the culture strategy. The members of the Culture Strategy Advisory Group have expertise and diverse perspectives on the role of culture in Ontario. They will provide advice to the government on the culture strategy. 

Francisco Alvarez

Francisco Alvarez is the Executive Director of Heritage Toronto. A former professional dancer, he has worked at several cultural organizations, including the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. He spent 14 years at the Royal Ontario Museum, where he led the Institute for Contemporary Culture. As a volunteer, he has chaired many events including Dancers for Life, Pride Toronto and the Pan American Food Festival, and serves on the Artistic Advisory Committee of Nuit Blanche.

Carole Beaulieu

Carole Beaulieu is the Associate Vice President of University Relations at OCAD University. Formerly, she worked with Manulife Financial's Canadian Division to refocus their branding, communications and philanthropy programs, and she was the Chief of Staff to the Ministers of Culture, Francophone Affairs and Community and Social Services in Ontario. Prior to this, she led the Marketing and Development department of Canada's National Ballet School and was a key strategist and fundraiser in the successful $90 million capital campaign. Carole is a Laurentian University graduate and holds a graduate management diploma from les Hautes Études Commerciales in Montréal.

Shirley Cheechoo

Shirley Cheechoo is an award-winning actress, writer, producer, director and visual artist. She first gained national attention with her play, Path With No Moccasins. Her film directorial debut is the acclaimed short film, Silent Tears, which won Best Dramatic Short at film festivals in San Francisco, Edmonton, Sante Fe and Nebraska. It was screened at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Telefilm Canada/Television Northern Canada Award for Best Canadian Aboriginal Language Television Program. She was recently named Chancellor of Brock University.

Margaret Eaton

Margaret Eaton has many years of experience in arts management including marketing and development roles for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Factory Theatre and the Stratford Festival. Previously, she was General Manager of Magazines Canada and Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Publishers. She is currently Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council where her organization is partnering with WorkInCulture to develop learning tools to support Ontario arts organizations to be more diverse. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to literacy and culture. 

Shelley Falconer

Shelley Falconer is President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Her more than 20-year career includes national and international experience as a consultant, curator, educator and administrator. 

She has worked as a senior manager and consultant with a variety of important cultural/educational organizations including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, University of Toronto, Centennial College, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto District School Board, Department of Heritage, Government of Canada, Sotheby's London and Waddington Galleries, England.

Jim Fleck

Jim Fleck is Chair of Business for the Arts in Canada and interim Chair of the Museum of History, Ottawa. He is founding President of the Power Plant, Contemporary Art at Harbourfront and past President of the Art Gallery of Ontario and Harbourfront. He was instrumental in setting up the Canadian Arts Summit, bringing together the volunteer, artistic and administrative heads of the 50 largest visual and performing arts institutions and served as Chairman of the Second Arts Summit in 1999. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada.  

Georges Haroutiun

Raised in Lebanon and educated in graphic arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, Georges Haroutiun immigrated to Canada in 1969. After art directing several major Canadian magazines he started M.A.G. graphics, providing design consulting services to Canadian publications, and in 1986 launched Applied Arts magazine to promote Canadian talent in visual communication arts. Georges continues to remain interested in fine arts and actively paints in an expressionist style. 

Jane Hilton

Jane Hilton is the President of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and was recently appointed for a fifth term to the Whitby Public Library Board of Directors. She is currently Chair of the Governance Review Committee for OLA and previously held leadership positions as President of the Ontario Library Boards' Association, Chair of the Southern Ontario Library Service Trustee Council 5 and Chair of the Whitby Public Library. Prior to working in the Office of Research Services and Innovation at Durham College, she was a provincial planner for the government in health human resources.

Rose Jacobson

Rose Jacobson is the Executive Director of Picasso Pro. Before Picasso Pro, she was Cross Cultural Director and founder of disability-arts programs and services at the Toronto Theatre Alliance where she served twice as Interim Executive Director. In 2005, she spearheaded a Disability-Arts Summit between artists and funders and was a member of the Canada Council for the Arts Racial Equality in the Arts Advisory Committee to bring disability arts and culture perspectives to the table. Rose is a graduate of the Hebrew University with a double major in Theatre and English Literature and the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem and has an extensive practice in many artistic disciplines.

Randy Lennox

Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting at Bell Media. In this role, he oversees all of Bell Media's English independent and in-house productions for conventional, specialty and pay television, as well as all English and French radio and local television broadcasting assets. A veteran entertainment executive, Randy has more than 25 years' experience in the industry. He is a member of the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame and sits on the board of directors for Music Canada, CARAS, Canada's Walk of Fame and the board of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.

Tanya Matanda

Tanya Matanda is an urban dweller, art lover and critical thinker. An undergraduate student at York University, she is studying everything with keen interest on cultural and art-based initiatives intended to spur social and economic growth. Tanya is a long-term enthusiastic volunteer for the City of Toronto and multiple cultural institutions. She is a strong believer in leading change, which drives her engagement in the arts sector.

Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald was appointed Executive Director of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in October of 1998. In 2013, he was named Hot Docs President. A native of Montreal, Chris holds a degree in Film Studies from McGill University. Prior to Hot Docs, he was Development Director at the Canadian Film Centre. Chris has worked for two national environmental organizations and served on panels and juries at leading film festivals and markets around the world.

Mark Monahan

Mark Monahan is the Executive and Artistic Director of RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, CityFolk and the Festival of Small Halls. Mark recently coordinated the creation of Festival House, a historic church transformed into a modern, open-concept central artistic hub for many of Ottawa's smaller festivals to grow and thrive. In partnership with a local community center, Mark established the Bluesfest School of Music and Art, a creative education space. He is President of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition and current Chair of the Major International Festivals and Events Network, a collection of the 12 largest festivals in the province of Ontario.

Tory Tronrud

Thorold (Tory) Tronrud has a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He has worked at the Thunder Bay Museum since 1983 and is currently its director and curator. Since the late 1980s he has been teaching in the Department of History at Lakehead University, specializing in urban Canada, Tudor and Stuart England, and Museum and Heritage Studies - fields in which he has also published. Tory has been the general editor of the journal Ontario History since 2005.

Catherine Voyer-Léger

Catherine Voyer-Léger has a background in political science and French literature. A writer, teacher and trainer, she devoted a large portion of her management career to cultural organizations. Today, she is the coordinator of the Alliance culturelle de l'Ontario, presides over the Vieille 17 theatre company, and works with several organizations in Ontario and Quebec. She also contributes to several collective projects and is a regular collaborator on Radio-Canada.

Nancy Webster

Nancy Webster, Executive Director of Young People's Theatre, has a wide range of experience in senior arts management, most recently as the Managing Director, English Theatre at the National Arts Centre. She recently completed a 13-year volunteer term on the Executive Board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, where she served as Vice President, President and Past President. Her resume includes stints as Producer of the Toronto Fringe Festival, Managing Director of Factory Theatre, and Program Manager at the Trillium Foundation. She is currently a professional advisor for the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation.

Ron Williamson

Ronald F. Williamson is founder and managing partner of ASI: Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Services, a cultural resource management firm based in Toronto. He is also an Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Toronto (Anthropology) and at Western University (Anthropology) in London. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology at London. He holds a PhD from McGill University in anthropology and has published extensively on the pre-contact and colonial history of the Great Lakes region. 

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  • Jeff Costen

    Minister’s Office

    Jeff.Costen@ontario.ca

    (416) 314-4266

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    Communications Branch

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    (416) 326-1724

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