Toronto resident Karim Karsan was appointed to the Ontario Arts Council Board of Directors in August 2016.
Karim has served as a member of the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema Capital Campaign Cabinet and as a member of the board of directors for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. In addition, he has served as vice-chair of Casey House Capital Campaign, and chair of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).
He has more than 15 years of experience working in the public sector having previously held leadership roles for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and the Ontario Energy Board. He currently heads up the compliance area at Interac. As the founder of Karsan Strategy and Design, Karim provides advice on building art collections and facilitates conversations between emerging visual artists in Canada and new audiences.
Karim graduated with a Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba and a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for service to the community.