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Honorary Members of the Board

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays.  Her novels include Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin, The Robber Bride, The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Cat’s Eye and The Handmaid’s Tale. Her numerous awards and citations include the Governor Generals Award, Companion of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best Science Fiction, the Dashiell Hammett Award for crime writing, and The Giller Prize. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

Bonnie Brooks

Bonnie Brooks is a department store executive who is former vice-chair, Hudson Bay Company. As its first female CEO, Bonnie led HBC through sweeping changes that revitalized one of the planet’s oldest brands. She is a member of the Order of Canada and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for philanthropy, and in October 2014 she became the first woman to receive the Ivey Business Leader of the Year Award. Bonnie is a member of the Board of Directors for Chico’s FAS, Inc., Rogers Communications and RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and was Chair of the Royal Ontario Museum Board of Trustees and a Board member at Abercrombie & Fitch.

Helen Burstyn

Helen Burstyn lived in Orillia as a child and has had a long and distinguished career in civil society and public service.  She has served as chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and special advisor to the Government of Ontario on social enterprise.  Her volunteer portfolios have included service as Chair of Waterfront Toronto, Chair of Evergreen Canada and serving as a director of TIFF, the Canadian Opera Company, the Walrus Foundation and the Learning Partnership.  She is also a co-founder of the Pecault Centre for Social Impact and currently serves as the Distinguished Visiting Professor for Social Enterprise at Ryerson University.

Maureen Kempston Darkes

Maureen Kempston Darkes, O.C., O. Ont., D. Comm., LLD., was General Motors Corporation Group Vice President and President GM Latin America, Africa and the Middle East from 2002 to her retirement in 2009. Prior to this she was President and General Manager of GM Canada. Maureen currently serves on many boards and committees and served as former chair for major gifts for Women’s College Hospital fund-raising campaigns and co-chaired BC Cancer Foundation’s Millennium Campaign. She is a former Director of Bridgepoint Health Foundation. Maureen holds a BA in history and political science from Victoria College, University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the U of T Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1975.

Anne Golden

Anne Golden, Ph.D., C.M., was appointed as Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor at Ryerson University, as well as serving as Director-External of the Ryerson City Building Institute. Dr. Golden was the President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada and President of the United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years. Dr. Golden was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in 2003 and as a member of the Order of Ontario in 2013.

Marcia McClung

Marcia McClung is a communications consultant whose career has included positions in major cultural organizations, including the National Ballet of Canada, the National Arts Centre and the Ontario Arts Council, as well as positions in federal and provincial government departments. Before opening her own company Applause Communications Inc., she was the Director of Communications of Harbourfront in Toronto. Marcia is a community activist as well as a businesswoman and has been involved with the legacy of her grandmother, Nellie McClung.

Charles Pachter

One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer. His iconic pop images of the queen, moose, and maple leaf flag celebrate Canada’s cultural heritage with wit and whimsy. Charles’ contributions to Canadian culture have been recognized with honorary doctorates from Brock University, OCAD University, the University of Toronto, and Lakehead University. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. Charles studied at the University of Toronto, the Sorbonne, and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the USA. His work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the McMichael Gallery. He has held solo exhibitions in France, Germany, Japan, the UK, India, and Bangladesh. He is represented in public and private collections around the world. 

Travis Shilling

Travis Shilling’s paintings tell a story. A filmmaker and playwright, Travis' works reflect a rich imagination and exceptional skill. Travis' recent paintings juxtapose civilization and the animal world in a narrative dreamscape. Travis was born in Rama, Ontario: the second of two artist sons of acclaimed Aboriginal artist Arthur Shilling. Travis has exhibited since age 21 in Canada, Europe, and the US. He is a cofounder of Orillia’s Otter Art Club, an arts studio space for children and youth. He is represented in Toronto by Ingram Gallery.

Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott is CEO of the Tapscott Group, one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society, and author of over 15 books, including the best-sellers Paradigm Shift and The Digital Economy. In 2015, Don became a member of the Order of Canada and was ranked the fourth most influential management thinker in the world by Thinkers50. He is Adjunct Professor at the Rotman School of Management, a Fellow of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, and Chancellor of Trent University in Ontario.

Photo credit: Board photography courtesy of Ennis Coleman

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