Current term – June 2020 to June 2023
Recently retired from faculty at Brock University's Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (St. Catharines, Ontario), Sharilyn J. Ingram came to academia from a career in cultural management.
A native of Alberta, she began her career at the Royal Alberta Museum, and subsequently held such senior positions as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Western Development Museums, Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and President and CEO of Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada).
During her time as Director of Planning and Management Services at the National Museums of Canada, she directed the preparation of legislative proposals for the establishment of independent national museum corporations. As a consultant, she has directed studies in governance, strategic planning, operational effectiveness, collections development, foundation establishment, and public art for such clients as the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, the Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts, the National Museum of Science and Industry (U.K.), and the City of Vancouver Cultural Services.
Current and past Board and committee service includes ICOM Canada, the Region of Niagara's Culture Committee, the Cultural Human Resources Council, the St. Catharines and Area Arts Council, the American Public Gardens Association, the Rodman Hall Art Centre, and the Niagara Symphony.
Named a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association in 2005, Ms Ingram chaired the Fellows Committee from 2014-2017. She lectures internationally on the intersection of gardens and art, and lives in Grimsby, Ontario, where her garden is a Trillium Award winner.
Retired partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Current term – March 2020 to March 2023
Glen Bloom is a retired partner of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Ottawa where he practiced intellectual property law for over 36 years. He was recognized among his peers for his expertise in copyright law. He has litigated patent, copyright and trade-mark causes before the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada and Copyright Board of Canada. Mr. Bloom has taught Intellectual Property law as Adjunct Professor, York University Law School and from 1990-1997, taught Intellectual Property Protection of Computer Technology and Copyright Law at the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Bloom is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hnatyshyn Foundation, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa. He has also been a past Member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Ottawa School of Art, as well as Vice-President of the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation. In 2009, Carleton University Art Gallery featured an exhibition, The Collector: Glen Bloom, curated by Diana Nemiroff.
Director/Curator, Acadia University Art Gallery.
Adjunct Professor, Department of History and Classics, Acadia University
Current term - January 2018 to January 2021
Dr. Laurie Dalton is director/curator of the Acadia University Art Gallery and adjunct professor, Department of History and Classics, Acadia University. She brings over 15 years of multifaceted museum and gallery experience, which includes a successful track record in curating, public programming, collections stewardship, and fiscal planning. This has been further supplemented by over a decade of academic research and teaching in art history, museums, and cultural studies.
She holds a Master of Arts in art history from Queen's University and a PhD in Canadian studies from Carleton University. Her research is cross-disciplinary, with a focus on Canadian visual culture, museums, and display within transnational frameworks. She is a champion of cross-disciplinary initiatives and the central role that the arts can play in this process.
Dr. Dalton is active in promoting the importance of the arts through service to the community. She is currently president of the Atlantic Provinces Art Gallery Association. In addition, she currently sits on the Art in Public Spaces committee for the town of Wolfville, is a board member for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, and is a council member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, which works to provide advice and leadership to Nova Scotia government through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
Director, The Archive of the Jesuits in Canada
Current term – February 2018 to February 2021
Based in Montreal, Theresa Rowat has been the Director of The Archive of the Jesuits in Canada since 2013. She was previously Director and University Archivist at McGill University. Over the course of her career, she has held archival, curatorial, policy analysis and planning positions with the National Archives of Canada (now Library and Archives Canada), federal government departments, the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Recently completing her mandate as President of the Réseau des Services d’archives du Québec, she has also served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Archives and the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, and continues to serve on the Executive Council of the James McGill Society and on the Board of Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ).
Indigenous Art and Gallery Executive
Current term – June 2018 to June 2021
Based in Saskatoon, Dana Soonias has served in pivotal leadership roles on a wide range of national and provincial boards across Canada, including the First Nations Financial Management Board; St. Paul’s Hospital Board of Directors; as Chair, Governance Committee, Tourism Saskatchewan, and as Past Chair of the National Board of AFOA Canada.
As Director, Aboriginal Initiatives, for Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan, Mr. Soonias successfully spearheaded the revision and implementation of the Aboriginal Business Development Strategy for the province of Saskatchewan. In addition to his AFOA certification as Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM), he has most recently been awarded the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.d) diploma through the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
For nearly ten years, Mr. Soonias served as CEO of the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Project, dedicated to developing an international centre for the preservation of indigenous art and culture. This unique vision includes the planning of world class art gallery spaces exhibiting the work of North Plains artists, with the eventual aim of elevating Wanuskewin Heritage Park to Saskatchewan’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mr. Soonias is credited with shepherding the Park Project through a time of transition and with creating many positive changes.
Mr. Soonias remains a director on the boards of several organizations, including the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, and the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association. His commitment to creating curated spaces with a view to raising awareness of indigenous art extends into his community involvement with indigenous youth art programmes.
Library and policy consultant, writer, book and art collector
Current term – January 2018 to January 2021
Paul Whitney is the award winning former head of the Vancouver and Burnaby Public Libraries. He is a consultant and volunteer on library and public policy issues. Paul has worked on copyright and public-lending-rights issues as both a member of the Canadian Public Lending Right Commission and as the author of two research studies for the Commission. He co-authored a book on trade eBooks in libraries. Since 1983 he has taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses on publishing, library collection management and copyright at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Alberta.
He has served on several cultural sector governance boards. As well as being a book and art collector, he wrote a regular column on books and book collecting for Amphora, the journal of the Alcuin Society.
Owner/Director, Monte Clark Gallery
Current term – February 2018 to February 2021
Monte Clark is Owner/Director of the Monte Clark Gallery, a large industrial space devoted to showcasing the work of over 20 Canadian and international artists who are recognized for their ongoing contribution to contemporary art. Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and is recognized as a leading collaborator and industry expert whose projects and events extend to museums throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including the National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, the Louvre and the Centre Georges Pompidou. Established in Vancouver in 1992 with a second gallery space in Toronto between 2001 and 2013, the Monte Clark Gallery organizes 10 to 12 curated public exhibitions annually and is an active participant in art fairs and biennales. Mr. Clark has been a Board member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. He has been involved with multiple fundraising committees for the visual arts and is recognized for his continuing contribution towards the practices of young artists through an ongoing dialogue and his involvement in juries.
Director, Feheley Fine Arts
Current term – May 2018 to May 2021
Patricia Feheley is the Director of the Feheley Fine Arts Gallery located in downtown Toronto. This Toronto gallery specializes in early and contemporary Inuit art. Over the last decade Feheley has spearheaded the gallery's ongoing program of catalogued exhibitions and has championed both senior Inuit artists such as Shuvinai Ashoona and Michael Massie as well as emerging artists such as Ooloosie Saila and Johnny Pootoogook.
Feheley holds a Master's Degree in Museology and Art History from the University of Toronto. She has an extensive administrative background in the visual arts, coupled with a lifetime of experience with Inuit and the Canadian Arctic. She has also published widely on the subject of Inuit art. Feheley is Past President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) and currently serves on the ADAC Foundation Board. She is also a member of the Inuit Art Foundation Board.
Director, Graff Gallery
Current term – May 2018 to May 2021
Since the early 1980s, Madeleine Forcier has actively promoted contemporary art through exhibitions at Galerie Graff, which she co-founded in 1980. She also organizes and participates in events outside the gallery. In 1984, she began presenting Canadian artists at international fairs (Art Basel, FIAC, ARCO), and she has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions, including Art actuel présence québécoise (Château de Biron, France), IMPRIMATUR (UQAM gallery, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Graff), Objet VS Objet (Pointe à Callière Museum), and the retrospective Pierre Ayot hors cadre(s) (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts). She was also an advisor for Pierre Ayot – Regard critique in 2016-2017, held in Montréal under curator Nicolas Mavrikakis (Grande Bibliothèque, Joyce Yahouda Gallery, B-312, Fondation Molinari, Galerie Graff). Madeleine Forcier has a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and a master’s degree in art history from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and in 2007 she received the UQAM faculty of arts recognition award.
For more than 30 years, she has been called on as a consultant, owing to her vast expertise in the Canadian and international art markets. Madeleine Forcier completed a core course at the International Society of Appraisers and a related course at the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, and she appraises fine art for Canadian institutions and collectors. She regularly sits on juries and committees, including for the Prix Borduas (1996), the Conseil des arts et des lettres (2003), Art Public, the City of Montréal (2009) and the City of Longueuil (2013). In addition to sitting on the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, Madeleine Forcier is also a specialist with the public art committee as part of the 1% policy of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.
Director, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
Current term – January 2018 to January 2021
Pierre-François Ouellette established in 2001 a contemporary art gallery in Montreal recognized today for the innovative proposals of the artists he represents. Mr. Ouellette was the recipient of the 2011 Dealer of the Year at the first Gala of Visual Arts of Quebec. His gallery was named by Blouin-ArtInfo / Modern Painters as one of the "500 Best Worldwide Galleries" in their 2013, 2015 and 2016 guides. Mr. Ouellette holds a BA (history) and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. He was the executive assistant to the Director of the National Gallery of Canada, Dr. Shirley Thomson, from 1988 until 1993, when he started doctoral studies in strategic management at HEC Montreal.
Mr. Ouellette subsequently led the Association des galeries d'art contemporain before being appointed director of administration of Optica art centre. In 2012 he opened a branch of the gallery in Toronto and in 2016 he settled his Montreal venue in the Graff Building in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal. The gallery has presented to date more than a hundred exhibitions and participated in more than sixty fairs. Mr. Ouellette has served on several boards, including the Art Dealers Association of Canada, the art information centre Artexte, and the art centre Axe Neo-7. He has also been a member of the acquisition committee of the Musée d'art de Joliette, the Public Art Committee of the City of Montreal, the Visual Arts Committee of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Art and Archives committee of the RBC Art & Heritage Centre at the McGill University Health Centre, and the Commission permanente d'art public de Culture Montréal.