Board of Directors
Kristopher Dell | Chair
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.
Joe Borowiec | President
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.
Jason Ho | Treasurer
Diana Panagiotopoulos | Secretary
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.
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.
Susan Karnay is an entertainment lawyer with over 20 years of experience. She is the co-founder of Bob Lake Productions, involved in the development and executive producing of film and television projects. Susan has worked as in-house counsel at Canadian media companies, and started her career in the entertainment group at Goodmans LLP. In addition to her Honours B.A. and LL.B. degrees, Susan has a M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business. She teaches business and entertainment law at Ryerson University and Centennial College, and currently sits on the Board of Directors and Programming Committee of Women in Film & Television. A long-time Leaside resident who is passionate about the arts and community involvement, Susan is delighted to bring her legal expertise to NYA.
Kirsten Kamper is a dedicated fundraising and operations professional, passionate about the social and financial impact of arts and culture. She has had the privilege to work for over 18 years in the non-profit sector, currently as Vice President, Operations and Campaign with the Royal Ontario Museum Governors. Kirsten has worked in progressive fundraising positions for 13 years at the ROM, most recently as Vice President, Annual Giving. Prior, she worked in membership and communications with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. Kirsten has an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Toronto, and a graduate diploma in Non-Profit Administration from Concordia University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Umair has been involved in the Arts sector since 2000 and has extensive experience in curating, art administration and management. He has an MSc in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford, UK and an MBA from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Umair migrated to Canada in 2014 (from Pakistan) and since then has worked in senior roles at major cultural organizations such as the Aga Khan Museum and Harbourfront Centre. In 2017 recognizing his contributions to the Toronto Art sector he received the prestigious ‘Leaders Lab’ fellowship by the Toronto Arts Council and Banff Centre. Prior to arriving in Canada, he founded the Institute for Preservation of Arts & Culture (also known as IPAC), the first non-profit organization in Pakistan that focused on developing sustainable solutions for promoting traditional performing arts and livelihood / welfare services to marginalized artist communities.
Born and raised in Toronto, Millean has always been an advocate for the arts. After graduating from university with a B. Mus. and a B. Ed., she became an educator in the Toronto school system.
Millean discovered Pottery and Glass Fusing a number of years ago. She was able to share her enthusiasm for the arts with other educators and a variety of special-needs students. Since retiring, Millean has devoted much of her time to her passion: Pottery and Glass. She is the sole proprietor of her business “1 in a Millean”.
To keep her schedule filled, Millean is President of the North York Visual Artists and she volunteers at the Toronto Botanical Garden. As well, she enjoys cooking and baking.
Afarin Mansouri | Programming & Events Committee Chair
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 | Governance & Nominations Committee Chair
David Oliver has extensive senior executive experience in the investment and wealth management industry. He is currently President of Oliver Advisory, an independent consulting firm, and recently served as National Lead and Vice President at MD Financial Management, heading MD Private Investment Counsel and MD Management. Prior to joining MD Financial Management, Mr. Oliver was Chief Portfolio Manager, Vice President and Executive Director at CIBC, as well as Vice President and Portfolio Manager at TD Bank. Mr. Oliver started his career as an economist at the Ontario Ministry of Finance.
David Oliver currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LawPRO), where he sits on the Risk Committee and Investment Committee. Mr. Oliver also serves on the Board of Directors at the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority, where he sits on the Finance, Audit and Human Resources Committee. Previously, Mr. Oliver served as a member of the Canadian Medical Association Pension Plan Investment Committee, as well as the Investment Dealers Association Regulation 1300 Review Committee.
David Oliver graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Master of Arts in Economics. Mr. Oliver holds the Chartered Director, Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Investment Manager, and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute designations.
Kathleen Sloan | Marketing & Fundraising Committee Chair
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.
Bill Stephenson is a senior finance professional who assists clients who are undergoing transition to solve problems, improve processes and systems, implement internal controls, execute and transfer knowledge.Bill believes that a finance professional should not only measure value but serve as a business partner who helps create value and drive strategy. Bill is a CPA, CMA and holds a business degree from the University of Toronto. He has worked in many industry sectors and has worked with organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Bill has always enjoyed and supported the arts. He has been an active member in many community musical organizations over the last two decades and feels that arts organizations not only enrich the lives of artists and residents in the community but offers them the opportunity to connect with others. He is thrilled to be able to serve on the board of North York Arts and put his financial knowledge and experience in community- based arts organizations to use.
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.
North York Arts (NYA) collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities
North York Arts
(Toronto Centre for the Arts)
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8
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