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Board Diversity & Adaptive Leadership
Practical new tools & resources for volunteer board development across Ontario

Monday, March 31, 2014
CSI Regent Park, 585 Dundas Street East, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON
Presented by OAAG in conjunction with Maytree and CPAMO


Maytree invests in leaders to build a Canada that can benefit from the skills, experience and energy of all people. Our policy insights promote equity and prosperity. Our programs and grants create diversity in the workplace, in the boardroom, the media and in public office, changing the face of leadership in our country. Maytree Foundation



Workshop Leaders

Charles Smith, Project Lead, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO)
Cathy Winter, Manager, DiverseCity OnBoard, Maytree
Veronica Quach, Assistant Director, Ontario Association of Art Galleries


The Conference Board of Canada has pointed out that there is a significant diversity gap at levels of executive leadership and Board levels across many sectors in Ontario. This gap is also evident in Ontario’s public art galleries. Join us for this important and timely opportunity to talk about Board governance, leadership and change management in Ontario's public art galleries!


This workshop is part of OAAG’s Diversity and Leadership Project, funded in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Your fee includes a hard copy of the CPAMO Toolkit: Evidence-based Strategies to Promote Pluralism in the Arts and Maytree Foundation's toolkit Diversity in Governance: A Toolkit for Nonprofit Boards.


  • Examine Ontario-based artists, arts organizations, presenters, associations and other members who committed to advancing cultural pluralism in the arts.

  • How to successfully integrate culturally diverse values and principles in operations, planning, audience development, marketing, programming and decision-making processes.

  • Look into the CPAMO Toolkit: Evidence-based Strategies to Promote Pluralism in the Arts and how it can be applied in the public art gallery sector in Ontario.



  • Provide comprehensive tools and good ideas for executive directors, board chairs, and board directors, particularly in the nonprofit sector, for increasing diversity on their organizations' boards of governance.

  • Share the ideas and success of DiverseCity onBoard, a project of the Maytree Foundation, which aims to transform the leadership landscape by connecting qualified candidates from minority and under-represented immigrant communities to agencies, boards and commissions in the public and nonprofit sectors.

  • Give participants the opportunity to reflect on the current composition of their own board and strategize on ways to make it more representative of the community it serves.

  • Demonstrate the use of Maytree Foundation's toolkit Diversity in Governance: A Toolkit for Nonprofit Boards.



  • OAAG is creating opportunities for six culturally diverse arts professionals to design their own mentoring relationships with senior arts managers to help them accelerate their transition into leadership positions in public art galleries across Ontario. Veronica Quach will review the timeline for calls for participation from potential mentors and mentorees.

Learning Objectives

  • Improve decision-making by engaging diverse perspectives.

  • Legitimize the mandate of the organization for the whole community.

  • Build social capital and cohesion among diverse populations.

  • Become more responsive to the community and clients.

  • Support fundraising, marketing and reaching out to your markets more effectively.




OAAG gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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