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.
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.
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.
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.
Jane Knop is a Managing Director at First Swiss Group, a diversified firm specializing in the real estate and financial sectors. Previously, Jane worked in the CPP Investment Board’s private equity group in Toronto and in Morgan Stanley’s high yield group focusing on the consumer products, retail and food & beverage industries based in New York. She has also worked for ING Clarion in the real estate servicing and private equity groups in New York and has been actively involved in the build-out of family owned real estate development and senior care businesses. Jane is actively involved in various non-profit organizations supporting the arts and veterans. Jane holds a MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the HAAS School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
Nathalie Mercure is currently general counsel at CBGF with over 20 years’ experience as a business lawyer with extensive expertise in private equity and mergers and acquisitions.
Formerly, Nathalie was a partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP where she practiced corporate law for over 18 years. Nathalie led and completed a variety of corporate, commercial and regulated transactions, acting for buyers and sellers, issuers and dealers. She was principal senior counsel to significant private equity firms, leading many acquisitions, restructurings and divestitures. Over the last few years, Nathalie acted as Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and as Chair of the board of directors of the Toronto French School, Canada’s largest independent school.
Nathalie holds a law degree from McGill University, where she completed her BCL and LL.B and holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University and has completed her directors course with the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management.
Nathalie has dedicated time to several not-for-profit organizations as a volunteer and board member. She has served on the Foundation Board and School Board of the Toronto French School for more than 6 years and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, where she is Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Laura Mirabella, FCPA, FCA, is the Commissioner of Finance and Regional Treasurer for the Regional Municipality of York. She was previously the Chief Financial Officer and City Treasurer for the City of Vaughan, spent 11 years in progressively senior positions with the Ontario Public Service, and another 10 years in the private sector providing professional services to organizations in a variety of industries.
Laura’s 25 year career has covered organizational and program governance, integrated performance measurement and reporting, strategic and fiscal planning, and program and risk management. She has a passion for public service, for making sure that strategic and fiscal planning issues are considered together by governments, and that financial information is communicated to decision makers and the public in ways that can be easily understood and contributes to democratic discourse.
Gillian Whitebread is Morneau Shepell’s Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Executive Vice President, joining the Company in September 2018. She leads the Company’s efforts to create a world-class culture resulting in great employee and client experiences. Ms. Whitebread has well over 20 years of HR and business experience and a track record for building top teams and establishing a thriving organizational culture in the workplace. Immediately prior to joining Morneau Shepell, Ms. Whitebread was Vice President, Human Resources of CIBC’s Technology & Operations and Client Connectivity & Innovation team, helping to lead CIBC’s digital, workplace and business model transformation. In addition to her corporate experience, Ms. Whitebread graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and holds a Certified HR Leader designation from the Human Resources Professionals Association.