Chief Financial Officer/Partner, Origin Merchant Partners
Andrew has over 20 years of experience as a corporate executive and advisor specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions with a focus on agriculture, resources, industrials, media/telecommunications, technology and financial sponsors.
Andrew is a Principal and Co-founder of Origin Merchant Partners, an independent investment banking firm located in Toronto. He was previously Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Viterra, Canada’s largest integrated agri-business enterprise. At Viterra, he oversaw the company’s transformation from a Western Canadian-based grain handling and agri-products business to a global operation with significant businesses spanning North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Before joining Viterra, Andrew worked for over 13 years at CIBC World Markets and TD Securities investment banking in Toronto, with a focus on Mergers and Acquisitions and coverage responsibilities in the resources, industrials, media/communications and technology areas as well as financial sponsors.
Andrew holds an MBA and B.Comm from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and earned his CPA designation while working at Coopers & Lybrand.
www.originmerchant.com Twitter: @originmerchant
Mary O’Connell began working in modern dance in the 1970’s, performing in New York City with Mary Overlie and Douglas Dunn and making pieces under the auspices of the Mabou Mines Theatre Company. She also performed in theatre work with Ann Bogart. She moved to Toronto in 1982 and wrote about dance, video and books for Now Magazine and Dance in Canada Magazine. She then taught elementary school for 22 years with the Toronto District School Board. She has a B.A. from Columbia University and a B.Ed. from York University. She has her teacher’s drama specialist training.
General Manager/Producer, Smile Theatre
Tom Carson is the General Manager of Smile Theatre, Canada’s leading professional theatre that creates and presents work for older adults. Tom is a theatre administrator, producer, educator and director whose work has appeared on stages across the country for more than fifteen years. He also writes poetry for young children, which he performs in classes, gyms and festivals. He lives in Mississauga with his wife Stephanie Kalisky, and two daughters, Samantha and Isabella.
Member at Large-Fanny Martin
Born and educated in France, where she completed an MA in Interdisciplinary Art Theory and an MSc in Business Management, Fanny Martin spent 10 years in the UK (Manchester, Liverpool, London) working both as a creative producer for contemporary music festivals and ensembles and as a consultant leading on sector-building initiatives and organisational development planning.
During a first experience in Toronto from 2011 to 2014, she managed events, programs and projects for organisations of various sizes and disciplines, from art & science symposium Subtle Technologies to literature mentoring charity Diaspora Dialogues, civic engagement global movement Jane’s Walk and multidisciplinary festival Luminato.
Now permanently settled in Canada, she is currently a Producer for BoucharDanse and Managing Producer for Dusk Dance
Member at Large – Pamela Wilson
Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships, Evergreen Brick Works
Pamela is an innovative sales professional with over 20+ years of combined Sales & Marketing experience and is currently the Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships at Evergreen. She started her career in sales at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts — honing her skills in account management and customer service. She was first introduced to Theatre Direct through her work with The Little Paper as Director of Sales & Marketing and helped promote Theatre Direct and Wee Festival #1 and #2! Pamela is passionate about creating inclusive, quality children’s programming and has mobilized large groups of volunteers and fundraising efforts to support young families, education and the arts. Her inspiration comes from her two boys.
Walter Pitman (Honorary Member)
Professional Educator, Author, Artist
Communications and Partnerships Strategist, CMAJ
Program Coordinator, Goethe Institute Toronto
Partner, McCarthy Tetrault, LLP
Executive Director, Sears Ontario Drama Festival
Director, Business Development-Exhibit Design/Fabrication, Astound
Curtis te Brinke
Kevin Matthew Wong
Staff Representatives: Emma Zabloski,
Heather Fitzsimmons Frey
Jessica Dargo Caplan
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