Melrose Cornwall, Board Chair
Garry Neil, Treasurer
Patty Jarvis, Secretary
Astrid Ho, Member-at-Large
Joan Pierre, Member-at-Large
Nicole Inica Hamilton, Member-at-Large
Ilene Sova, Member-at-Large
Pamela Edmonds, Member-at-Large
Sara Kelly, Member-at-Large
Melrose Cornwall is a Toronto-based Financial Services Professional with nearly ten years of experience in the financial sector. While Melrose ended his studies in Aviation in 2011, he soon discovered his passion for helping the children in his community, particularly in regards to financial literacy. Melrose volunteers as the Chairperson of an Employee Resource Group at his company that aims to promote diversity and inclusiveness of the Black and Hispanic minority groups. His goal is to arm the group members with financial literacy education, by connecting them to both finance-based events and culturally relevant courses, classes and networking events throughout the city. He does so with the hopes that the learnings are passed down to members’ children and the overall community.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Garry Neil has worked for 40 years in arts and cultural policy, in Canada and internationally, as a consultant to governments, firms and associations. He has extensive experience in policies for film, television, new media and the Internet, publishing, performing arts, visual arts and music, as well organizational management. He has been associated with many cultural organizations in his career, including ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), CSARN (Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network), the Association of Canadian Publishers and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.
Mr. Neil is a global expert on culture and trade, and status of the artist issues. As Executive Director of the International Network for Cultural Diversity, Mr. Neil was at the forefront of the global campaign which led to the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. He is a member of the Convention’s Panel of Experts. In 2010 and 2015, he completed reports for UNESCO on the current state of implementation of the Recommendation concerning the status of the artist globally.
A leader in program development, implementation and advocacy for arts education and audience enhancement opportunities for more than 30 years. Collaborating to support and improve access to and engagement in the arts for all.
Astrid Ho is a Toronto-based, Hong Kong-born, visual artist focusing on printmaking, and print installations. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University and studied in Florence, Italy under the OCAD Study-Abroad Program. In her professional career, Astrid co-founded the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (1996), and was affiliated with AWOL Gallery and Studios (2000); taught at Centre3, the McMichael, Latcham Gallery and Open Studio; received an Ontario Arts Council Access and Career Development Project Grant (2009). The Ontario Association of Art Galleries selected Astrid as a mentee for the Leadership and Cultural Pluralism Project (2014-15), was mentored at Harbourfront Centre, and organized the exhibition’s Artist Talks at Open Studio.
Astrid is currently the Event/Program Coordinator of Elegoa Cultural Productions. Astrid is an artist member and was a staff member (2004-18) of Open Studio, having organized and curated over 100 in-gallery and 18 off-site art exhibitions and events including their booths at The Interior Design Show (2007-2012), Art Toronto (2011-2015), and /edition Toronto Art Book Fair (2016, 2017); exhibitions including the Toronto Pearson International Airport (2007, 2012), Toronto Design Offsite Festival (2016-17), and Canadian Decorators’ Association (2016-17). As a professional artist, Astrid has had various exhibitions including Birch Contemporary (ON), Harbourfront Centre (ON), Olive Branch Press (NY) and Open Studio (ON). Her work is represented in various corporate and private collections including the Bank of Montreal, The Canada Council Art Bank, Global Affairs Canada, National Bank of Canada, and The Law Society of Upper Canada.
(Photo credit: Hannah Davison)
Throughout Ms. Pierre’s multi-faceted career, her common thread has always been her commitment to client satisfaction. Joan has 30+ years of experience in event planning, project management, marketing, arts and administration, sponsorship, public relations and production management. Joan’s career has enabled her to work throughout Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Joan has developed a keen understanding of the needs and goals of her clients, which complements her professional and personal one on one style.
Nicole Inica Hamilton
Nicole Inica Hamilton is the Founder and Artistic Director of Inica Dance Industries. An award-winning choreographer and a Dance Educator, Nicole serves as a certified Teaching member of Dance Masters of Canada and Dance Masters of America. She has operated as a Guest Teacher, Mentor and Speaker at institutes across Canada including but not limited to; George Brown College, University of Toronto and York University.
As a touring Educator and Speaker, she has presented in national, and international conventions, and championships including; En Avant – RAD world convention, Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, Creation Dance Championships, the Performing Arts Medicine Association and more.
Hamilton serves as an On-Air Radio Host on The Career Buzz Show and is a Producer/ Host with Turn Out Radio broadcasting on CIUT 89.5 FM. Hamilton reports on the current news affairs of our time with special focus on arts & entertainment, health, career and business news on CIUT 89.5 FM.
In her work in health, Hamilton serves as a Counsellor and actively works with organizations, schools and on nationwide platforms to advocate for and promote healthy practices for Dance Artists.
Learn more about Nicole: www.inicadance.com/nicole-hamilton
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Ilene Sova holds the position of Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Drawing and Painting in the Faculty of Art at Ontario College of Art and Design University. She identifies as Mixed Race, with a white settler, Afro-Caribbean, and Black Seminole ancestry. She is also an artist who lives with the disability of Epilepsy. As such, she passionately identifies with the tenets of intersectional feminism and has dedicated her creative career to art and activism. Ilene Sova is also the founder of the Feminist Art Collective and Blank Canvases, an in-school creative arts programme for elementary school students. She holds an Honours BFA from the University of Ottawa in Painting and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Windsor. With extensive solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, Sova’s work has most notably been shown at Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Mutuo Centro de Arte in Barcelona. Sova’s artwork has been featured internationally in the Journal of Psychology and Counselling, the Nigerian Arts Journal, Tabula and the Italian feminist journal, Woman’O’Clock. In her academic career, Sova has been invited to speak on diversity and equity in arts curriculum at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Pratt University and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design conference in Los Angeles. A passionate public speaker, Sova was chosen to speak at the first TEDx Women event in Toronto, and Southern University New York where she gave an all University Lecture on Art and Social Change. Additionally, Sova was invited to deliver the Arthur C. Danto Memorial Keynote Lecture at the 76th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics (ASA). Sova’s exhibitions and advocacy in education have been featured on Global Television, CBC Radio, the Toronto Star, Canada AM, The Metro, National Post, Canadian Art, and MSN News.
With just over 20 years of curatorial, administrative and educational experience in various arts institutions across the country, Pamela Edmonds has been an advocate for inclusive curatorial practices and cultural equity in the visual arts throughout her career. This is evidenced by her work with numerous collectives and grassroots organizations including Third Space Art Projects, a curatorial collective focused on program development from an intercultural perspective, and most recently with the We Curate, We Critique Collective, a mentorship and networking initiative for Black Canadian writers and curators. Originally from Montreal, she holds a BFA in Studio Art/Art History and an MA in Art History from Concordia University. She began her curatorial career in Halifax beginning in the late 1990’s, holding programming positions at the Anna Leonowens Gallery (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University), the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University and the Centre for Arts Tapes to name a few. She has also held curatorial positions at A Space Gallery, (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Thames Art Gallery (Chatham) and is currently the Senior Curator at the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, Ontario. More information on her projects can be found at pe-curates.space.
Sara Kelly is a Toronto-based arts administrator. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Guelph and an MFA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (Dundee, Scotland). Sara participated in the inaugural Creative Youth Envoy, a cultural internship program initiated and administered by the City of Toronto and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which gave young Canadians opportunities to launch a career in the arts and culture sector in an international setting. During the program, Sara served as Information Officer at Cultural Enterprise Service in Cardiff, Wales, providing business support and mentoring for cultural practitioners and businesses. Subsequently, Sara has worked in gallery administration and education at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery; at CARFAC Ontario as Membership Coordinator and later Associate Director, where she implemented the organization’s first ever distance learning program and conceived of and spearheaded the Artist’s Dayplanner; and as the Associate Director at Open Studio, where she played a leading role in increasing revenues through grants, individual giving, events and creative revenue generation. She is currently the Communications & Development Manager at Workman Arts, a multidisciplinary arts organization that supports artists living with mental health and addiction issues. Sara has exhibited her artwork in Canada and the UK, works as a freelance copy editor, and has volunteered with a variety of community arts projects, including those working with refugee claimant children, and adults with lived experience of mental health issues.