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Rita Davies was appointed Chair of the Ontario Arts Council’s board of directors on July 22, 2015. Rita is well-known in Toronto’s arts community in her former role as Director of Culture for the City of Toronto from 1999 to 2012. Among many initiatives during her tenure at the city, she oversaw the development of a first-ever culture plan, establishment of the wildly successful Nuit Blanche annual festival, and the first major increase in the city’s support of the arts in more than a decade.
From 1984 to 1999, Rita was Executive Director of the Toronto Arts Council, during which significant reports were commissioned, including the Cultural Capital report, the Cultural Diversity report and No Vacancy, the affordable live-work space report, which also led to the creation of Toronto Artscape.
Most recently, Rita established Culture Capital, which provides consulting services on cultural planning, cultural policy development, and governance and board development. She has sat on a number of not-for-profit arts boards, including the Art of Time Ensemble, Fall for Dance and Theatre Passe Muraille.
Judith Gelber was appointed to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) board of directors in February 2013 and named vice-chair in March 2015. She chairs the board’s Human Resources Committee, and is a board member for the Ontario Arts Foundation.
Judith Gelber is an experienced consultant, specializing in relationship and stakeholder management. Previously she was chair of the Board of Referees, Canada Employment Insurance Commission, and a vice-president and managing consultant, DBM Canada. Her earlier working life includes careers in labour relations, corporate marketing and philanthropy, and executive search.
She has served as vice-president of Toronto Jewish Family and Child Services. She is past chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize Board and remains involved with the Canadian International Council, the International Women’s Forum, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, and as a volunteer at Market Lane Public School.
Judith Gelber graduated with an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and a BA from the University of Toronto.
Geneviève Painchaud of Ottawa, is a bilingual communications and real estate professional who was appointed to the Ontario Arts Council board of directors at the end of May 2020.
Over her career, she has had several senior marketing and communications roles, notably in the entertainment industry with Bell Express Vu (Bell Canada) and in the investment world with Trimark Mutual Funds (Invesco Canada). Geneviève has also taught marketing at Collège La Cité in Ottawa.
She is an active community volunteer and sits on the boards of Ontario 211 and the Law Society of Ontario among others. She also serves as an adjudicator with the appeals division of the Law Society of Ontario Tribunal.
Geneviève holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Marketing from the University of Windsor, a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics) from the University of Ottawa and is pursuing the Public Leadership Credential course at the Harvard Kennedy School in the U.S.
Growing up in Québec City, Geneviève’s parents owned an art gallery. As a result, arts and culture have played a formative part of her life.