Board Engagement Panel
We are excited to announce the participants of the Board Engagement Panel. Moderated by Jini Stolk, panelists include Michelle Yeung, John Dalrymple, and Raji Aujla. Each panelist will offer their unique perspective on the subject of governance, finding the right fit and understanding staff and artist relationships.
Jini Stolk, Toronto Arts Foundation Research Fellow, is the co-founder and director of Creative Champions, the TAF’s strong and growing network for Toronto’s arts board members. Her passion for this work is rooted in personal experience of the joys and challenges of collaborating to provide arts and nonprofit organizations with the support they need to realize their visions.
She has led producing and membership organizations including Creative Trust, Toronto Dance Theatre and the Toronto Theatre Alliance; and has advised Boards of Directors across Toronto and Ontario. She’s served on many boards including the Centre for Social Innovation and Toronto Arts Council; was founding chair of the Ontario Nonprofit Network; and has chaired the Artscape, Hum dansoundart and Six Stages Theatre Festival boards.
Her contributions as a leader and advocate in the arts have been recognized by the William Kilbourn Award for the Celebration of Toronto's Cultural Life, and other awards.
With over a decade of not-for-profit and management experience in the arts, Michelle Yeung has a successful track record in arts administration and is the Managing Director of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Prior to joining the School, Michelle held positions with the Canadian Stage Company, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Factory Theatre, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and most recently, the Toronto Arts Foundation.
Michelle also has extensive experience working with and on arts boards and currently is the Board Secretary of Prologue to the Performing Arts and Network Group Conduit of Mass Culture. Michelle was also formerly the Board Chair of Cahoots Theatre Company, committee member of The Theatre Centre’s Bounce Gala, and volunteer member at Girls Inc.
John Dalrymple is the Chief of External Affairs at Canada’s National Ballet School, overseeing all fundraising, marketing and community-outreach programs. Previously, John held a variety of senior positions at the School in Development and Strategic Initiatives, as well as an appointment as Professor at Centennial College in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture. From 2001 – 2010 John was on the management team of the Textile Museum of Canada, holding a number of positions including Director of Development and Acting Executive Director. John currently volunteers on the Board of Adelheid Dance Projects. He holds degrees from York University and the University of Toronto.
Raji is an entrepreneur beginning her career in the arts after over 15 years in journalism. She works with arts organizations, including Business / Arts where she works as Creative Director, to help strategize and build millennial audiences. She serves on the North Okanagan Arts Council, Marketing Working Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Board Director of Jamii Esplanade, First Positions Steering Committee at the Canada's National Ballet School, and is a part of the inaugural cohort of Toronto Millennials and Get X philanthropists who collectively pledged more than $500,000 of their own wealth to build the city's urban resilience as a part of Toronto Foundation's Vision2020 program.
Amongst all, she is a doting Godmother to her sister's twins and a budding art collector.