Board of Directors
Jason Murray, Chair of the Board
Jason is a Partner at Odgers Berndtson Inc., an executive search firm with 62 offices globally. As a search consultant specializing in recruitment for the academic sector (University Presidents, Provosts, Deans, etc.), Jason has completed over 300 senior-level assignments over the course of his 14-year search 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.
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.
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.
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.