Board of Directors
Denise Ruzage (Young Director)
Jason Murray, Chair of the Board
Jason is the President and Managing Partner of BIPOC Executive Search. Over the course of his career, Jason has worked on 300+ executive searches as well as a range of EDI services in partnership with client companies. Prior to founding BIPOC Executive Search Inc., Jason worked at a multinational executive search firm as well as a boutique search firm before that. For part of his career, he worked in the Consulting Division of Deloitte & Touche as the Human Capital and Strategy & Operations Supervisor. In this position he provided organizational management and HR services to the 994 individuals in the division, and was a respected voice around matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion and increasing representation throughout the organization.
Jason has a community-facing orientation. In addition to serving as Chair of the Board for the Toronto Fringe Festival, he has volunteered with a number of other organizations including the Canadian Board Diversity Council, G(irls)20, and Pride at Work Canada.
Jason holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a Master's degree in Management from Boston University. He is certified in unconscious-bias decision making and iOS app development, and has completed courses on predicative data analytics and artificial intelligence in recruitment and retention.
Nancy Madonik, Vice Chair
Nancy Madonik is the Chief Operating Officer for Canada Learning Code, a charity focused on bringing digital skills to people in Canada so they can become creators - not just consumers - of technology. Her expertise is helping mission-driven organizations grow and scale by building a people-first culture that will drive innovation, efficiency, performance and business results. Nancy also volunteers as a Coach with Ryerson’s Social Venture Zone. She is mom to two grown-ish children - a daughter, Morgan and a son, Lucas. Nancy is passionate about her family, literature and having fun.
Efrim Boritz, Treasurer
Efrim Boritz is the Ontario CPAs’ Chaired Professor at the School of Accounting & Finance at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, monographs, book chapters and articles in academic and professional journals. He has served on numerous editorial boards, task forces and committees and has earned several academic and professional awards. He has been an avid theatre goer since winning his camp’s best male actor award at the age of 14.
Boyd Neil, Secretary
Boyd Neil spent nearly 20 years as a senior executive with Canada’s leading public relations firm (H+K Strategies), and a total of 40 years as consultant, arts journalist and speechwriter. Boyd began his career writing theatre and dance criticism and features on the arts for major publications in Canada and the U.K. (for which he was awarded the Nathan Cohen Award for Theatre Criticism). He holds B.A., M.A. (Drama) and M.B.A degrees from the University of Toronto, currently teaches social media, CSR and business consulting in Humber College’s Faculty of Media & Creative Arts. He has been a director on the Board of Bridgepoint Health Foundation and chaired the joint foundation/hospital communications committee.
Enza Anderson, Director
Enza Anderson joined BMO Bank of Montreal in 2008. She has worked in various senior level departments supporting teams of account managers and financial planners. She received BMO Best of the Best Honours in 2013 and has been recognized throughout for her dedication to employee and customer service. In 2019, she marked ten-years at BMO. In her current role as Executive Assistant, she supports four regional vice presidents in the retail-banking sector.
She makes Toronto’s world-renowned LGBTQ village home where she has lived for the last 30 years.
From 2004 to 2010, she wrote a social column, The Hot Ticket, for Canada’s highest circulated free daily newspaper, Metro News Toronto.
As a person who cares deeply about social issues, environment and quality of life for all, she garnered headlines in 2000 with a bid for the city’s mayoralty, and surprised many by finishing a respectable third.
Her dedication to community is self-evident thorough the many hours of volunteer work she has contributed to various organizations. She’s excited to be joining the Toronto Fringe Board and looks forward to serving with a dedicated group of community members.
Arjun Doshi, Director
Arjun works at CIBC Capital Markets and leads the Finance and Innovation functions for the Global Markets division. Prior to joining CIBC, Arjun worked in various areas at National Bank Financial, including strategy, corporate development and venture capital. He researched and evaluated on investment opportunities in other financial institutions and early stage financial technology start-ups. In addition, Arjun previously worked in the tax practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and in the assurance and advisory groups at Ernst & Young LLP. He has a broad range of experience within the financial services industry, specifically the banking and capital markets sector. Arjun graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Honours Bachelor of Business Administration and is a Chartered Accountant and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant.
Cindy Gouveia, Director
Currently serving as the President of the George Brown College Foundation, Cindy is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of management experience in private and public sector. She is a results-driven individual whose strengths are relationship development and management, formulating optimal strategies, troubleshooting complex problems and bringing together diverse clientele. She is an inspiring individual who identifies opportunities where they are least present, is a known problem-solver and an innovative solutions provider. She has travelled overseas establishing cross-cultural partnerships, delivering strategic results through sensitivity and respect towards diversity. A college graduate, Cindy holds a PhD in higher education from the University of Toronto. She also has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Guelph.
Barry Peters, Director
Alligator wrestler. Ping pong champion. Tequila aficionado. None of these things are true about Barry, but what is true is that he is a die-hard Blue Jays fan, life-long volunteer and a passionate supporter of the arts.
Currently working at RBC, Barry enjoys his days counting your money. Previously, he worked for 11 years in municipal and provincial politics trying to drain the swamp.
Outside of his professional life, Barry volunteers extensively. In addition to his role with the Fringe, Barry is the chair of AS2YP (supporting Autism), the National co-Chair of RBC’s NextGen Committee, and a Director on the Kiwanis Music Festival Board.
Barry lives in Toronto with his BFF Jennifer, her kids, a dog and a cat.
Laura Salvatori, Director
Laura Salvatori is currently General Counsel at Anson Funds, a hedge fund with offices in Toronto and Dallas. Prior to joining Anson, Laura held the role of General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Match Marketing Group, a leading North American marketing agency headquartered in Connecticut. Prior to working at Match, Laura was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Goldman Sachs in New York City, where she advised on corporate governance matters and prior to that, was on the Investment Banking Legal team. Laura also worked as a securities law attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s New York City office, and articled in Ontario at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto. She is admitted to practice in both New York State and Ontario. Laura holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.
Steven Smits, Director
Steven is an emerging Arts Manager based in Toronto, currently working as Associate Producer for Volcano and Peggy Baker Dance Projects. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Production Program and is presently studying Arts and Culture Management though MacEwan University. He currently serves on the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre’s Advocacy Committee. He has spent two seasons at the Stratford Festival, the Royal Manitoba Theatre and Centre and the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. In his hometown of North Bay, Steven worked with the Downtown Improvement Area as the Special Events Coordinator and as the Marketing Specialist.
Douglas Steiner, Director
Doug is a writer, investor and consultant based in Toronto. His academic and business efforts have focused on the design and use of business models pertaining to the value of information. In this effort, he has started, run and sold a number of businesses and advised firms in finance, media, technology and retailing. As well, he combines seed funding with advisory services to startups. Doug has extensive corporate and not-for-profit board experience and was previously Chair of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Denise Ruzage, Young Director
Denise Ruzage is a multidisciplinary artist, advocate and student. She hails from the Greater Toronto Area. Her Rwandan roots and the women in her family have inspired her passionate advocacy for gender equality internationally. She has been a member of the Speakers' Bureau with Plan International Canada for the past three years; in this role, she has worked to educate others and advocate for gender equality. Denise strives to help her community and has worked for the York Federation of Students at Wellness Centre, where she provided resources to the York community in the pillars of physical health, mental health, harm reduction and anti-sexual violence. In addition to this, Denise has worked in fundraising for Save The Children, where she raised thousands of dollars for the organization that helps children in over 120 different countries, including right here in Canada. Her passion for media and broadcast lead her to join TEDxToronto as Project Manager of the broadcast team. Currently, she is a co-host on CJRU 1280am's FemRadio, a weekly show discussing current events, pop culture and society from a feminist perspective. She uses her passion for media creation and storytelling to elevate and broadcast the stories of those marginalized, stereotyped, and underrepresented in media.