Board of Directors
Christine Harris | Chair
Christine Harris is a social change driven creative who lives at the intersection of art, communication and health. A multidisciplinary art creator, she trained in ballet and classical piano and practiced as a theatre artist. Prior to serving on the Board of Directors for North York Arts, she was Board Vice-Chair of Scarborough Arts. As a marketing and communications strategist with over 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Christine has worked for arts and community development organizations, and is currently Marketing Manager for national health and fitness charity, YMCA Canada. Through her arts and health practice at Articulate Health, Christine aims to influence conversations in the health sector. A resident of North York, Christine is passionate about contributing to North York Arts’ vision to engage communities through the arts.
Kristopher Dell | President
Kristopher Dell has been working professionally in the Arts since 1994. He is presently the Director of Production and Facility Services at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Attending York University in 1991, Kristopher graduated with a BFA in Theatre specializing in Production. Working as a freelance designer, technician and production manager, Kristopher has worked at theatres and festivals such as Buddies in Bad Times, the Tarragon, Factory Theatre and the Luminato Festival. Kristopher joined the Toronto Centre for the Arts as a Production Manager in 2002, and has immensely enjoyed working with all the different acts, artists and organizations that have appeared upon the TCA’s stages. His duties have gradually expanded to include facility services, but it always comes back to the shows.
Yonni Fushman | Secretary
Yonni Fushman is a member of and secretary to the Advisory Committee of North York Arts. A lawyer since 2001, for the last ten years Yonni has been with Aecon Group Inc., Canada’s largely publicly traded construction company, where he is currently Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. Yonni also has operational management experience, having successfully led a 150-employee business from 2010 to 2015. A long time resident of North York and an enthusiast of Toronto’s vibrant arts scene, Yonni is excited to leverage his legal and business experience to help NYA achieve its vision to bring art and the community together.
Joe Borowiec is an arts enthusiast who is seeking to support and promote the arts and artists in Toronto. Joe was a corporate policy and management consultant at the City of Toronto where he facilitated problem solving and policy implementation with City agencies and corporations. He also managed the recruitment of the boards of City corporations and was the policy lead in the public appointments process for the boards of City agencies. Prior to that, he was a budget analyst where he analysed and processed operating and capital budgets.
A native Torontonian, Fallon is a graduate-educated fundraising professional with over a decade of progressive leadership experience in the nonprofit arts sector. Currently the Director of Development for the Miles Nadal JCC, she recently completed her MA in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University, the first program of its kind in Canada, and is also a graduate of the Income Managers Program for arts marketing and fundraising professionals. Fallon has had the privilege of working on some of the city’s most significant cultural projects, including the Royal Ontario Museum and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra capital campaigns, as well as most recently as part of the team to open the new Aga Khan Museum.
Afarin Mansouri is an award-winning composer whose works have been performed in Canada, the United States, England, Iran, and South America. She received Music Creation Grants from the Toronto Arts Council for her children’s operetta To whom shall I give my heart?, based on a Persian story by Nader Ebrahimi in 2014, and her multidisciplinary work Doors, in 2015. Afarin has also appeared as solo soprano, singing new music in Farsi language at Toronto Culture Days 2014, Tirgan Festival 2015 and ICOT’s The Thirtieth Act in 2016.
Afarin is very active in her community as musician and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT), and has curated many seasonal concerts with them since 2011. She is also founder and director of MUSIC NEST, an organization dedicated to educating and inspiring families through musical programs. She is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and council member of Canadian League of Composers.
Currently Afarin is a PhD candidate at York University finishing her research on Canadian children’s opera while teaching undergrad courses in music. She has presented her research internationally at the Institute of Musical Research, London, UK (2013), and the 25th annual conference Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, Baltimore (2014).
David Oliver has extensive senior executive experience in the investment and wealth management industry. He is President of Oliver Advisory, an independent consulting firm, and recently was Chief Operating Officer and Portfolio Manager at TriDelta Financial. Prior to joining TriDelta Financial, Mr. Oliver served as National Lead and Vice President at MD Financial Management, heading MD Private Investment Counsel and MD Management, with $36 billion in assets and over 500 employees. Previously, Mr. Oliver was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at TD, as well as Chief Portfolio Manager, Vice President and Executive Director at CIBC. Mr. Oliver started his career as an economist at the Ontario Ministry of Finance.
David Oliver graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Arts in Economics. Mr. Oliver is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Investment Manager charterholder, as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.
Diana Panagiotopoulos has been a principal in the TDSB for nearly 10 years. Currently, she is the principal of Don Mills Collegiate Institute, which is known for its CyberArts program. She completed her B.A. Honours and Bachelor of Education at Glendon College, York University and her M.Ed. in Administration and Policy Studies at McGill University. Ms. Panagiotopoulos is on the board of Expect Theatre, an award-winning, Toronto-based company who create original multi-disciplinary productions that explore modern urban life.
Francesca manages the Toronto Arts Foundation’s corporate and media partnerships portfolio, marketing schedule and special events, including the Mayor’s Arts Lunch. Prior to joining the Foundation, Francesca was the Development Associate, Corporate Partnerships at the Luminato Festival. Francesca arrived in Toronto in 2012 after completing an M.A. in Performing Arts Administration at New York University, during which time she gained valuable experience as an intern at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and PS 122. A lifelong contributor to the arts, Francesca is also General Manager for the Liederwölfe Productions Inc., an experimental opera group founded in her hometown of Montreal.
Kathleen Sloan is a seasoned marketing and communications executive, contributing to the success of organizations in both the non-profit and commercial sectors. Her significant experience in the arts and culture industry began with marketing roles at Roy Thomson Hall/Massey Hall and then at Livent, where she developed and managed advertising initiatives across North America for award-winning theatrical productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Fosse and Barrymore. Kathleen was Director of Marketing for CAPA/Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut, before returning to Toronto and joining Luminato as Director of Marketing, building the brand of the premier annual arts festival. From 2011 – 2016 she led the marketing and communications for Canada’s Walk of Fame, and is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for Villa Charities Inc. Kathleen is excited to be a member of the inaugural Board of Directors for North York Arts.
Nina Zaslavsky has a MA in Journalism and Communication (Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel). Nina began her career in Canada as a constituency liaison for local councilor in Ward 10, York Centre. In her position, she organized a multitude of events: the Earl Bales Art and Music Festival, Russian Arts Night (in cooperation with Nuit Blanche), the Antibes Multicultural Festival, the Toronto Russian Film Festival, Youth Media Club and many other national and international events.
Nina is an experienced special project organizer and fundraiser with a specialization in cultural events and she has proven ability in working with diverse stakeholders to achieve objectives. Demonstrated success in building relationships with stakeholders in the arts and culture community. Nina is owner of her PR company and she is sill working as a the freelance journalist writing in English, Russian and Hebrew.