May16th Breakfast Invite with Business Leaders in the Arts: What you need to know about becoming a board member

artsScene Toronto Breakfast - May 16

Join Business for the Arts’ young professionals committee artsScene Toronto on Wednesday, May 16 for a panel discussion on the benefits of board membership within the arts. Moderated by Tim Deacon, co-chair of artsScene’s breakfast series and Maggie Fairs, co-chair of artsScene Toronto, panelists will include:
  • Mary Hofstetter – Mary’s career has included serving as President and CEO of The Banff Centre and of Sheridan College, and General Manager of The Stratford Festival. She has been a member and chair of numerous Boards in the not for profit sector.
  • Allan Kimberley, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Canadian Real Estate Investment Banking, CIBC; Chair of the Development Committee of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (former Chair of the Board); board member, Ontario Science Centre
  • Irfhan Rawji – Director, Onex; Chair, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada; board member, Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

Speaking from personal experience, the panel will discuss how they first became involved on their respective boards and how it has helped them gain valuable skills and insight, helped strengthen the organizations where they volunteered and helped grow stronger in their careers.

 For anyone considering joining an arts board or taking on a more senior role within their current board, this seminar is a must.
Date   Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Time   7:30-9AM

Location Manulife Financial
Syd Jackson Theatre, 200 Bloor Street East
Main Entrance off St. Paul’s Square (one block east of Church, north side of Bloor)
Check in at the Rotunda security desk

Tickets  $25 each, available at

 Panel discussion will begin at 7:45am and will cover the topics below:

  • What was your journey in becoming a board member?  What or who was the inspiration and how were doors opened for you?
  • If you were to offer advice to those of us thinking about joining a board, what words of wisdom would you offer as they consider joining?  What kind of questions would you recommend they ask both of themselves and of the organization as they investigate opportunities?
  • If you were to provide three secrets of what makes an effective board leader, what would they be?  And, what would you say are the absolute no-no’s as a board member.

What are your greatest lessons in board leadership governance / interaction with management that you have been able to use in your professional career?

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artsScene Toronto is a volunteer-driven program of Business for the Arts. By bringing together arts, business, innovation, and creative energy, artsScene aims to strengthen culture, community, and comradery and make young professionals an important part of it all.