Advisory Board

Wende Cartwright CO-CHAIR
Wende Cartwright is President of Savira & Associates and was Director of the Cultural Olympiad for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Prior to the Olympics, she was Executive Director at the Royal Conservatory of Music and project director for the new Telus Centre for Performance & Learning, Executive Director/Producer at Roy Thomson Hall, Massey Hall, The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres and CBC Television. She is co-chair of the board for ROM Institute of Contemporary Culture (ICC) and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Toronto Board of Trade, Association of Performing Arts, PuSh Festival Leadership Council and Pan Am Games 2015 Cultural Advisory Committee.
Susan Cocker CO-CHAIR
Susan Crocker is Past Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Stage Theatre Company and served two terms as a ROM Trustee. She currently serves as a Governor of St. Francis Xavier University and is also a recent Past Chair and Board member of the Board of Management of St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Previously, she was CEO of Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan, and held senior executive positions at The Toronto Stock Exchange, Ernst and Young Management Consulting and CIBC.
Geoffrey Dawe Geoffrey Dawe is a magazine publishing and marketing executive. Currently the Principal of GDC, he is Publication Director of International Architecture & Design magazine. Recently, he was President and Founding Partner of Kontent Inc. He was also SVP at the National Post and EVP, Publishing at Saturday Night and Financial Post Magazines, as well as past Director at Women's College Hospital Foundation and Magazines Canada, and Governor of Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation.
Siamak Hariri Siamak Hariri is a founding partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects. His work has received numerous awards for innovation, design excellence and improving the urban landscape, including the Cadillac Fairview Corporation's Salute to the City Award, and several City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards. He is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Community Foundation’s Council of 100.
Alfredo Romano Alfredo Romano is a principal of the Castlepoint Group, a major stakeholder in the Eastern Toronto Waterfront and the redevelopment of Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts. He is a member of the Children's Circle of Care, and a founding director of Save Kids Now. A patron of the arts, he contributes to the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab, the Galleria Italia at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Steven Casey is an associate at KPMB Architects in Toronto. At KPMB his projects include the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the Star Alliance Lounge at Nagoya Airport, and the Maple Leaf Lounge at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. He was the associate-in-charge and design team leader for the Centre for International Governance Initiative Campus (CIGI) in Waterloo, as well as the project architect for a number of the studio’s recent corporate architectural interiors, including the CTV Executive Offices within the historic 299 Queen Street West, and the renewed offices for Torys LLP, which consolidates client and executive spaces and foregrounds the firm’s contemporary Canadian art collection.

Sandy Skotnicki has been practicing in the Toronto area since 1997. She is currently on staff at both Women's College Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital as a Consultant Dermatologist. A leading expert in Allergic Skin Disease, she is one of a handful of dermatologists in Canada with a sub-specialty interest in Allergic Contact Dermatitis and Patch or Allergy Skin Testing. Dr. Skotnicki started the Bay Dermatology Centre in 2006 in an effort to provide a full-service dematology centre that focuses on the patient, not procedures.

James C. Irving (Jamie) is Vice President and Publisher of Brunswick News Inc. a diversified media company that owns newspapers, websites and a distribution business in the province of New Brunswick. Jamie is currently Chair of Elementary Literacy Inc. and sits on the board of the Saint John Airport Authority, Saint Joseph's Hospital Foundation, Rothesay Netherwood School, Canadian Newspaper Association, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and Sotheby's Canadian Advisory Board.

Pamela Hughes is a senior partner in Blakes' Securities Group in Toronto. Her practice focuses on international corporate finance, capital market regulation, structured products, derivatives transactions and mergers and acquisitions. She taught International Securities Regulation in the LLM programme at Osgoode Hall Law School and the LLB programme at the University of Toronto. She is Vice-Chair of Dignitas International, a Canadian medical humanitarian charity and was formerly a member of the board of directors of Schools Without Borders.
  Rob Sandolowich is a technical designer/ director at Westbury National Show Systems Ltd where he has also been Vice President of Show Services and Principal since 1982. Westbury National is Canada's premiere entertainment technology company handling thousands of conferences, events and shows every year.
Christopher Jamroz is president and COO of Garda Cash Logistics. A strategic leader with a global perspective and widely recognized industry leading business development and tactical effectiveness record, Mr. Janroz has held a variety of senior management positions in theUS, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Involved with international mergers and acquisitions, evaluating and executing retail banking and brokerage expansion strategies, he was previously senior client executive at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. as one of the most trusted and respected advisors to the executive management teams abd board of directors of leading corporations.