The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Province of Ontario accountable to the Minister of Tourism, Culture, & Sport. Governed by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Act, the Trustees are appointed by the Premier to set the strategic direction for the McMichael and to provide oversight on behalf of the Province.
The Board executes its mandate through regular meetings and is currently supported by four standing committees: Finance and Audit, Governance and Nominating, Human Resources, and Arts Advisory, as well as a Property and Facilities Task Force, each comprised of Trustees other volunteers.
Andrew W. Dunn
Chair, Board of Trustees
Andrew W. Dunn is in his third year as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection having joined its board seven years ago.
He serves as Managing Partner of Canadian Shield Capital, a private equity investment and advisory firm focused on building great Canadian businesses with strong management teams.
Andrew began his career at Deloitte, where he spent 27 years, ultimately serving as Vice Chair of Deloitte Canada and Chair of its Client Cabinet, responsible for the firm’s largest client and government relationships. He played numerous roles on the firm’s Canadian and global executive teams, including Managing Partner of Tax in Canada. Andrew co-authored The Future of Productivity, research aimed at improving business productivity. His love for business and entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found Altas Partners in 2012, serving initially as Chief Operating Officer and Co-Managing Partner.
Andrew serves on the boards of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, the Upper Canada College Foundation, and a number of public and private companies, including Hatch, Canada’s largest private engineering company. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants, FCPA, FCA and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. Andrew and his wife, Christine, live in Toronto. Their two sons, Charlie and Liam, study at the University of Western Ontario.
Giuseppina (Pina) D’Agostino is a law professor, lawyer and legal scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School specializing in intellectual property, technology and innovation law and policy. Pina is regularly called by the Canadian and Provincial governments for advice, is a widely published author and a cited authority at the Supreme Court of Canada and in various media. She is the Founder and Director of IP Osgoode, the IP Intensive, and the Innovation Clinic, the first legal clinic of its kind helping start-ups. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the IPJ, and founder and Editor-in-Chief of the IPilogue. She was an Associate for a large Toronto firm and recruited into the Canadian Government by the Recruitment of Policy Leaders as a Senior Policy Analyst. She serves as Director to the Alectra Inc. Board. Pina is the recipient of various honours and awards, has a Masters and Doctorate in Law (University of Oxford), an LLB (Osgoode Hall Law School) and is a LSUC 2001 call. Her two books, Copyright, Contract, Creators: New Media, New Rules and The Common Law of Intellectual Property: Essays in Honour of Professor David Vaver are widely available.
Joan Bush is President of Jointventure Finance Inc. and is currently a Director of the Canada-Rwanda Board of Trade, promoting trade, sport, art, cultural exchange and tourism to Rwanda. As a Trustee of the Yee Hong Wellness Foundation, Ms Bush is active in the Asian community raising funds to support nearly 8000 seniors at four Yee Hong Centers which provide health services to the Chinese, South Asian and Japanese communities.
Ms. Bush is also a Director of the Kiani Foundation. The Kiani Foundation, in accordance with its goals and objectives, focuses and supports a range of philanthropic endeavors.
Ms. Bush has served two terms as a Governor for Trent University and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
John Crean is Managing Director with Teneo Strategy. John’s expertise is in all aspects of communications and public affairs strategy, including: issues and crisis management; media strategy; messaging and training; coalition building; and advocacy. Mr. Crean has extensive crisis and issues management experience in a variety of sectors, including: government, financial services, telecom, professional services, food services, health care and retail. He works closely with senior executives and boards of directors, managing internal and external communications strategies associated with sensitive issues. He has provided counsel in areas including: class action lawsuits; corporate restructuring; insider trading; human resources issues; data security; and product tampering and recalls.
Prior to joining Teneo, Mr. Crean was the National Managing Partner of Canada’s largest public relations firm and one of the top ten independent firms globally.
Mr. Crean speaks regularly to media and at industry events on issues in public relations and reputation. He is a faculty member at the Directors College, an accredited corporate director development program that leads to a university designation Chartered Director (C. Dir.), teaching issues and crisis management.
John is an Honours B.A. graduate from York University’s mass communications and political science program and has completed the Leading Professional Service Firm Program at Harvard Business School.
George F. Dark, senior managing partner at Urban Strategies Inc, is an urban designer, landscape architect and a member of The College of Fellows of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He was awarded the Pinnacle designation by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects. George’s work over the past 40 years has been focused on the quality of urban environments and he regularly coordinates large groups of diverse professionals and excels at guiding projects through complex design, approval and consultation processes. He is the recipient of over 45 national and international awards for work throughout North American and The Caribbean. George is a member of the City of Toronto Design Review Panel, Board Chair of the Social Innovation Institute Foundation at CSI Toronto, Past and Founding Chair of the Toronto Parks Foundation, Chairman Emeritus of the Evergreen Foundation of Canada/Brickworks, Chair of the Willowbank Academic Advisory Council and a member of the Honour Roll of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. He is listed in Canada’s Who’s Who.
Diana Hamilton is a Senior Architect, Project Manager and Principal at Parsons (formerly Delcan) Corporation, running the Architectural and Urban Design Team and she has acted as Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee for the Company. Diana manages the development of new facilities, retrofits, heritage buildings and the public realm. She has more than 22 years of experience working in the private and public sectors, in the areas of infrastructure development, transit, hospitals, art galleries, retail, commercial and institutional buildings, outdoor parkettes and the public realm. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Diana brings an environmentally conscious approach to her work, incorporating sustainability into universally accessible, new and heritage projects. A strong communicator, Diana has managed the facilitation of complex projects through all stages of community and stakeholder engagement. Diana has worked with Frank Gehry at the Power Plant Gallery in Toronto, on the installation of Mr Gehry’s first exhibit in Toronto and she has collaborated on the design of the flagship installation of the development of the Children’s Own Museum in Toronto. With KiiA Architecture, Diana helped develop the Dale Chihuly exhibit in the Distillery District and she managed internationally renowned Will Alsop’s first North American architectural studio. Diana volunteers with numerous community groups and participates in design charrettes with not for profit agencies across Ontario, with the goal of infusing art, sustainability and accessibility into projects to create inspirational spaces.
Anita Lapidus is vice president and principal of The MIBRO Group, a leading Canadian supplier of power tool accessories and allied hardware products and programs to large retailers in Canada, the United States and Central & South America.
Since 1993, Anita has been in health care governance positions with Baycrest Geriatric Health Sciences and has served on both the hospital and Foundation boards. She is currently the chair of both the Executive Committee and the Governance & Nominations Committee of the Foundation and serves on the broader organization’s strategic planning committee.
From 2001 to 2011 Anita was a member of the Board of Directors of Family Service Toronto, a major social service provider and advocate for equitable and sustainable social policy. From 2006 to 2008, Anita served as chair of the Board of Directors.
Anita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Dianne Lister is the Principal of The Dianne Lister Group, a consulting firm established in 2003 serving the Canadian charitable and not-for-profit sector. Her services include facilitation, strategic and operational planning, ethics training, governance and Board relations, and implementing successful philanthropic programs. In 2016, Dianne joined the Hutchinson Group as a senior associate, with a practice in executive coaching and leadership assessment.
After practicing as a social justice lawyer, Dianne held executive roles as President & CEO of Sick Kids Foundation (1991-2003), Vice-President, External Relations, Trent University (2006-2011), and President & CEO of the ROM Governors (2011-2014). Dianne is a sessional instructor with the University of Victoria, teaching a degree credit course she designed entitled “Fundraising for Cultural Organizations.” Dianne served as Chair of the international Ethics Committee for the Association of Professional Fundraisers, and is a regular speaker on the topics of ethics and public trust.
Dianne is currently a director of the Canadian Canoe Museum, and chairs its Exhibit Design Committee for the new museum project. A resident of Bobcaygeon, Dianne is the Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and previously served as a founding director of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough.
Dianne holds an Honours B.A. (Trent University 1976), LL.B. degree (Osgoode Hall Law School 1980), and completed the MIT-Harvard Executive Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Doug McDonald is a Partner in the Toronto office of Deloitte LLP. and a leader of the firm’s Merger & Acquisition business. Doug has held senior positions in Canada and the United Kingdom during his career with major investment banking and professional services firms including Credit Suisse, Ernst and Young, and CIBC. Doug graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an MBA in 1982 and received his Masters degree in Medical Physiology from the University of Manitoba in 1979.
Doug has a long standing interest in the arts and in particular, the work of Canadian contemporary artists. He is actively involved in the community and has held Board positions with leading arts organizations and business associations.
John Silverthorn is Senior Vice-President, Talent Management for CIBC. An experienced human resources professional with over 23 years of management experience, John has been with CIBC since 2006. John initially joined the Bank as Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, Retail Markets. Prior to joining CIBC, John spent over 20 years with IBM, and has worked in Canada and the United States in Senior Management positions. John’s background ranges from large scale organizational programs to overall HR responsibility for key HR processes, leadership and cultural change initiatives across multiple skill groups. John is a graduate of York University and has degrees in both Economics (BA) and a Masters in Business Administration.
Dr. Weinberg is a board certified Plastic Surgeon, and has been in practice since 1996. He is the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Trillium Health Centre and the current Division lead of Plastic Surgery at Trillium Health Partners. He is also the founder of the Mississauga Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Clinic, and the Toronto Plastic Surgery Clinic, a state of the art facility in downtown Toronto.
Dr. Weinberg earned an honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Medical Biophysics at the Princess Margaret Hospital before going on to earn his medical degree in 1990 at the University of Toronto. He interned at the Toronto General Hospital and completed his Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Toronto. Dr. Weinberg has been granted numerous prestigious awards and Scholarships while advancing his training in medicine and Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery, the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Ontario Society of Plastic Surgery. He is the former president of the Ontario Society of Plastic Surgery. In addition to being widely published internationally with articles on research, basic science and clinical theory, he is also fluent in English, French and Dutch. His opinions are routinely solicited by the media. He has been interviewed and quoted on numerous issues of interest in the field of Cosmetic Surgery, including interviews for the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star, CBC television and Global Television. Dr. Weinberg is also an avid art collector and supporter of the arts. His specific interests are in historical female Canadian artists and the Group of Seven.