The Board of Directors at Orillia Centre for Art + Culture is comprised of a group of volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds, including but not limited to the arts, education, business, and community engagement, committed to contributing to the many areas of arts and culture in Ontario. We are committed to the principles of equity and diversity and endeavour to ensure our board reflects that commitment. We honour inclusionary practices in all areas of organizational activity and uphold anti-oppression values in furtherance of a healthy and strong community.
Brian Alger is a retired musician, educator, and entrepreneur. He holds an MFA in Ethnomusicology (York University), a B.M. in Music Composition and Arranging (McMaster University), and a B.Ed. in Music Education (University of Toronto). During his graduate studies, he received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship award and was a course director in the undergraduate music department. During his B.Ed., he received a U of T award for music arranging. As a performer, Brian was a classical pianist and jazz trumpet player.
Throughout the nineties, Brian was a pioneer in the integration of digital technology into curriculum and instructional design. He was an Apple Certified Trainer lead technology coach in an Apple School of Tomorrow. Brian was a member of CIER (Composers in Electronic Residence), a recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award, and a fellow at Scotch College at Melbourne, Australia. As an international speaker, he delivered presentations throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Brian went on to become a Director with the KPMG Digital Strategies Practice and developed educational technology projects in Europe. He published The Experience Designer: Learning, Networks, and the Cybersphere in 2002.
During the final phase of his career, Brian was a Financial Management Advisor and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He owned and operated a successful investment management business under the agency of Raymond James Ltd. In 2016, he sold his business and retired. He soon became a board member of BERN (Business Education Resource Network) and the Simcoe Jazz Society. Today, Brian enjoys writing for his website, Exploring Life: On the Frontiers of Creativity (exploring-life.ca), as well as playing blues, shuffle, and boogie piano with the band Upbeat Groove.