Board Bios

Suzanne Weiss (Chair)
Suzanne has been an active volunteer and board member for many Canadian arts and culture organizations including the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Stratford Festival and the Stratford Theatre Express, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During her fifteen years on staff at TIFF she served as Director of Development; following a two year sabbatical, she returned to the Festival Group as Managing Director in 1994 where she guided the organization during years of major growth and development.

Mallory Gilbert (President)
Mallory came to Canada in 1967 and joined Tarragon Theatre in 1972, becoming its General Manager in 1978. She left Tarragon in 2006 and now works as an arts consultant for theatre companies. Mallory has won numerous awards for her service to the arts industry: the Brenda Donahue Award for achievement and contribution to the Toronto theatre community, the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Arts Administration, the Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership and honorary life membership in the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). In 2006, Tarragon Theatre and PACT jointly created an annual award in her honour – The Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award. She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007 and in 2010 she received the Wm. Kilbourn Award for the Celebration of Toronto’s Cultural Life from the Toronto Arts Foundation. Mallory is one of the founders of Creative Trust.

J Brett Ledger (Treasurer)
Brett is a senior partner in the Litigation Department of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A. Hons) and the University of Windsor (LLB). He has a broad-ranging corporate and commercial litigation practice, representing many of Canada’s major corporations. He has litigated in courts across Canada including the Supreme Court of Canada. Brett has volunteered for the United Way and the Toronto dance community, having chaired the Board of Directors of Desrosiers Dance Theatre. Brett is a member of a variety of professional organizations including the Advocates Society, the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association.

Joan Bosworth (Secretary)
Joan Bosworth has worked for the Canadian Stage Company as Director of Individual Giving, for Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House in Corporate Relations and Communications, and was the Executive Director of CANFAR, Canada’s pre-eminent foundation for AIDS research. Joan served as General Manager of Opera Atelier from 1992 – 2001, where she oversaw the company’s explosive growth both in size and national and international profile. She was General Manager of the Danny Grossman Dance Company before that, and continues her involvement with dance by working with the Canada Council for the Arts as Coordinator of its Anglophone Dance and Music Flying Squad program. She is one of the founders of Creative Trust.

Derek Hayes
Derek worked at the law firm of Stikeman Elliott from 1999 to 2003. Before that he was Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and headed the Corporate Governance Group. He was also Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel for Shell Canada. Mr. Hayes was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1963, holds two degrees from the University of Toronto (BA Hons and LLB) and received an LLM from the University of London. He is currently on the board of directors of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Cabinet for the Faculty of Music, the Canadian Centre for Ethics and is involved in fundraising for Trinity College and Hart House.

Caroline Holloway
A graduate of History and Sociology (specializing in Latin America), for the past 25 years Caroline has acted as stage manager, production and technical manager, project manager and education director for community and young peoples theatre companies in England, Wales, Scotland and now Canada. In Canada she was Senior Manager of the Education and Outreach Department, Canadian Opera Company; Production Manager for Constantinople, and Consulting Director of Outreach and Education, Theatre Direct. She has one simple, but passionate, aim – to introduce people, especially young people, to the live arts as creators and participants, as well as spectators.

Celia Smith
Celia is Executive Vice-President of Artscape. She came to Artscape from a long career of leadership in the arts sector. She is currently President of the Cultural Careers Council of Ontario, Past-President of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, a Board member of Creative Trust and an advisor to the Metcalf Foundation. Celia was the Executive Director of ArtsBuild Ontario and the General Manager of the Canadian Stage Company. As a consultant, she has worked with the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Playhouse, Opera Atelier and The Grand Theatre, London. She has an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University.