David Tsubouchi of Baltimore, Ontario, was appointed to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) board of directors in mid-December 2018.
David is a former Ontario cabinet minister and MPP for Markham. Notably, he served as Ontario’s Minister of Culture under Premier Ernie Eves in 2003, having previously held several other cabinet posts. Prior to his work in the legislature, David served as a councillor for the Town of Markham, and was the first Japanese Canadian person elected to any public office in Ontario.
“On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I want to congratulate David Tsubouchi on his appointment to the Ontario Arts Council board of directors,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Arts and culture play a vital role in fostering dynamic local communities in Ontario, and I am confident David Tsubouchi will represent the OAC with pride and integrity.”
“As a former Minister, David brings significant knowledge and experience to OAC. I know him to be a tremendous supporter of the arts. His personal background as an active board member of arts organizations – not to mention his legal expertise – make him a wonderful addition to our board,” said Rita Davies OAC Chair.
David has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and many honours for his work as an advocate for diversity and inclusion. His memoir Gambatte: Generations of Perseverance and Politics was published by ECW Press and was nominated for a Speaker’s Book Award. He also lectures on leadership and diversity at the Directors College (McMaster University) and at York University.
David currently sits on the board of directors for the OMERS Pension Fund and Women’s College Hospital. He has served on boards for a variety of arts, culture and heritage organizations – such as the Markham Museum, the Varley Art Gallery, and the National Ballet of Canada – along with organizations in the fields of health, business and education.
David holds a B.A. from York University, a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree (LL.D.) from Assumption University in Windsor, an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters (D.S.Litt.) from Huntington (Laurentian) University in Sudbury and a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) from the Directors College, McMaster University.