Board of Directors

Joe Borowiec

Board Chair

Meet Joe

Joe is an arts enthusiast who supports and promotes the arts and artists in Toronto. Beginning his career as a city planner, Joe was later a budget analyst and then a corporate policy consultant working with City agencies and corporations and oversaw the recruitment of City corporate and agency boards.

What does art mean to you? 
Expression, ideas, meaning, beauty, fulfillment.

David Di Giovanni

Board Member

Meet David

David is a playwright, theatre director, and North York resident.  He is the Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Action, the resident professional theatre organization at the new Artscape Weston Common.  He also co-founded madonnanera with Amanda Cordner, a theatre company invested in creating new outrageous and intersectional work for the stage.

What does art mean to you?
Communities gathering and selves reflected.

Jason Ho

Governance and Nominating Committee Chair

Meet Jason

Jason is a finance professional with over 10 years of experience working in the financial services industry. He currently serves as Associate Vice President, Anti-Money Laundering with TD Bank, is a Canadian CPA, CA. Jason obtained his CA designation while at PwC, and has held various audit and governance leadership roles within the financial services sector.

What does art mean to you?
The ultimate expression of culture

Umair Jaffar

Board Member

Meet Umair

Umair is the Executive Director of Small World Music, one of Toronto’s pioneering and most significant presenters of culturally-diverse music. He brings 15 years of experience working in the arts, culture and heritage sector. He has an MBA from University of Adelaide and a MSc Cultural Anthropology from University of Oxford.

What does art mean to you?
Art is empowerment  

Susan Karnay

Board Secretary

Meet Susan

Susan is an entertainment lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the Canadian cultural industry. A long-time Leaside resident and arts enthusiast, she currently sits on the Board of Directors of Women in Film & Television and is the Head of Legal Affairs at Tangent Animation.

What does art mean to you? 
Art disrupts and inspires magically.

Millean Kung

Program & Event Committee Chair

Meet Millean

Born and raised in Toronto, Millean has always been an advocate for the arts. As an educator, she was able to share her love of art with staff and students. Following retirement, she discovered Pottery and Fused Glass Art and is the sole proprietor of her business “1 in a Millean”.

What does art mean to you?
Art brings us all together!

Mira Lax

Board Member

Meet Mira

Mira is a creator, curator, and collector of high-quality content who is passionate about the power of storytelling. Mira is currently the Director of Marketing Strategy at UJA, and has experience with corporate communications, editorial direction, branding and re-branding on a global scale, and digital marketing.

What does art mean to you? 
Passion, expression, and community.

Diana Panagiotopoulos

Board Member

Meet Diana

Coming Soon!

Jessica Singh

Board Member

Meet Jessica

An artist at heart and aesthete at being. She is an Oxford graduate specializing in research, arts, and gender studies. Jessica is an interdisciplinary artist and in that, she embodies the essence of fluidity in art forms like poetry, photography and painting.

What does art mean to you? 
ikigai, soulsong, dawn, entire, beyond

Kathleen Sloan

Marketing & Fundraising Committee Chair

Meet Kathleen

Kathleen Sloan is a seasoned marketing and communications executive, contributing to the success of organizations in both the non-profit and commercial sectors. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for Villa Charities Inc. Kathleen holds a Chartered Marketer designation.

What does art mean to you? 
Creative and emotional expression

Bill Stephenson

Board Treasurer

Meet Bill

Bill is a CPA, CMA and holds a business degree from the University of Toronto. He has worked as a finance professional in many industry sectors and organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Bill has always enjoyed and supported the arts and has been an active member in many community musical groups.

What does art mean to you?
Enjoyment, creativity, and connection.

Jonathan Stewart

Board Member

Meet Jonathan

Jonathan is a Canadian CPA, CA with 5 years of experience in the accounting and advisory field. He currently serves as a Manager in the Anti-Money Laundering department of TD bank. He previously served as an auditor with a focus in the non-profit niche with MNP LLP.

What does art mean to you? 
Bringing the community together

Elka Weinstein

Board Member

Meet Elka

Elka has worked and volunteered as a curator, grants officer, and Board member. As a Museum Advisor, she gives advice to community museums across Ontario. As a Board member of ICOM Canada, and former Board member of the John B. Aird Gallery, she champions museums and galleries locally and internationally.

What does art mean to you?
Without art we would be poor.

Nina Zaslavsky

Board Member

Meet Nina

Nina is an experienced project organizer and fundraiser with a specialization in cultural events. She holds an MA in Journalism and Communication from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Nina has organized a multitude of events including: Earl Bales Art and Music Festival, Russian Arts Night (with Nuit Blanche), and the Toronto Russian Film Festival.

What does art mean to you?
Hope for a better world.

Committee Members

Sandra Huh
Chhavi Malik
Aitak Sorahitalab
Cindy Wan 

Susan Wright


About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

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5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

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