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Board List

Sarah Farrell – President

Sarah Farrell is General Counsel and Director of HR at Soulpepper Theatre Company, and Counsel at Pinewood Toronto Studios. Prior to these roles, Sarah worked as a sole practitioner providing advice and advocacy to arts and media organizations. Her clients ranged from not-for-profit theatre companies, to major film studios, to national news media organizations. Prior to starting her own practice, Sarah was General Counsel to Dancap Productions, one of Canada’s largest commercial theatre companies. Before embarking on her law career she co-founded The Toronto Festival of Clowns, and worked for over 15 years with some of Canada’s most influential entertainment organizations, including Mirvish Productions, Canadian Stage, The Second City, CBC Television, and Sun TV. Sarah earned her J.D. from Queen’s University and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Spencer Saunders – Vice President

Spence has a reputation for asking the right questions in order to uncover the hidden truths. His analytic, problem-solving approach combined with his strong intuitive understanding of the human experience has proven to be a powerful combination when conceptualizing innovative campaigns, user experiences and brands.

In 2012 Spence earned his Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University. This “creative business persons degree” is the first programme of its kind designed to mix aspects of an MBA alongside human-centred design and academic foresight methodologies, and is targeted specifically at the mid-career professional looking to make a positive impact on business, society and culture, and has greatly influenced his approach to business and value generation.

Spence is married to Stacey May Fowles, a prominent Canadian feminist, writer, author, and the Marketing Director of The Walrus Magazine. They live in downtown Toronto with their dog and two cats.

Efrim Boritz – Treasurer

Efrim Boritz is the Ontario CPAs’ Chair in Accounting and Head of the Assurance area in the School of Accounting & Finance at the University of Waterloo, Canada.  He is also the founding Director of the University of Waterloo Centre for Information Integrity and Information Systems Assurance and is a member of the CPA Canada Information Management and Technology Advisory Council (IMTAC) and the AICPA task force on Trust Services Information Integrity.

Dr. Boritz is the author or co-author of numerous books, monographs, book chapters and articles in academic and professional journals. Dr. Boritz has served on numerous editorial boards, task forces and committees of the AAA, CAAA, AICPA, CPA Canada, ICPAO, IIA and ISACA, including as president of the CAAA, member of both the Accounting and Auditing Standards Boards of the CICA and the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario from which he received its highest award, the Award of Outstanding Merit in 1999. He is a former member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council of Canada. In 2010 he received the CICA’s Bill Swirsky Innovation Leadership Award and in 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Katie McMillan – Secretary

Katie is a Senior Development Officer with the Royal Ontario Museum Governors and has worked in the philanthropic sector for more than 10 years.  Prior to joining the ROM Katie was a Senior Development Officer with the YMCA of Greater Toronto and Canada’s National Arts Centre.  Katie’s experience has taken her across the country to connect philanthropists and corporations with important community initiatives, predominantly in the arts and culture sector.

Alison Beer – Director

Alison Beer is an associate at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP.  As a member of the financial services group and the insolvency restructuring group, Alison’s practice involves representing both borrowers and lenders in various banking matters and commercial transactions and also representing clients in insolvency, restructuring and related commercial litigation. She is a graduate of the University of Windsor Law School.

Frazer Hadwin – Director

A life long fan of the theatre, Frazer is proud to be an alumni both as an actor and a producer.  He has also been a supporter, audience member and Fringe Club fan over the past 15 years. His career to date has included stints as an experiential marketing manger with two of Ontario’s finest craft breweries, event and venue management at 4 Olympics Games and stints as a sponsorship consultant. The Fringe Festival is one of Toronto’s Cultural crown jewels, and I am very excited to join the board. I look forward to the many exciting moments in the years to come. I am looking forward to bringing the national spotlight back to the vibrancy of Toronto’s Arts and Culture.

Paula Grgurich Shewchuk – Director

Paula is a Cultural Consultant with the Department of Canadian Heritage and is a practicing fine art photographer with a 30 year exhibition history. Prior to returning to Toronto in 2002, she was founder and co-director of the Photography Gallery of Western Australia (now the PCP) and holds a Bachelor of Communications in Photomedia from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Paula has worked freelance in the arts management sector for more than 20 years and has been a hard-core Fringer for the past 8.

Jason Murray – Director

Jason is an Engagement Manager with Odgers Berndtson Inc., an executive search firm with 50 offices around the world. As a search consultant specializing in recruitment for the academic sector (University Presidents, Provosts, Deans, etc.), Jason has completed over 200 senior-level assignments over the course of his career. Before joining Odgers Berndtson, Jason worked in the Consulting Division of Deloitte & Touche (Toronto) as the Human Capital and Strategy & Operations Supervisor. Jason intersects with the arts scene from various angles. Among other examples, he performed in Mamma Mia for Mirvish Productions, has written and/or produced more than a dozen live performances (five of which were in the Fringe), and is a former board member of the Lab Cab Arts Festival. Jason holds an Hon. B.A. from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Management from Boston University.

Neala Barton – Director

Bio coming soon!

Barry Peters – Director

Alligator wrestler. Ping pong champion. Tequila aficionado. None of these things are true about Barry Peters, but what is true is that he is passionate about the arts, a die-hard Blue Jays fan, and a life-long volunteer.

Barry currently works as a Manager for RBC Royal Bank where he has been for the last 3 years. Before joining RBC, he worked for 11 years in politics spending 8 years at Toronto City Hall and 3 years at Queen’s Park where he worked in policy and communications. Barry spends a great deal of time volunteering with different organizations and mentoring colleagues to help them achieve success in their careers. In addition to the Fringe Festival, Barry is currently the Chair of Sponsorship and Fundraising for the Jays Care Foundation – Young Professionals Committee, the Chair of RBC’s Young Professionals Committee – NextGen Toronto and he is a Board Member for the Kiwanis Music and Dance Festival.

Sara Peel – Past President

Sara is currently the Managing Director at NXNE. Previous experience includes: Manager of Events at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto; Manager of Traffic & Transport of Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games  and Production Manager of the Melbourne Fringe Festival . Sara has extensive experience in coordinating events from very large to small scale for a wide range of clients including festivals, corporate, government, city and charitable/non-profit sectors.