Chief Financial Officer/Partner, Origin Merchant Partners
MBA (Accounting & Finance), 1993
B.Comm (Economics), 1990
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.
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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-Jonathan Gould
Chair of Business, Arts and Design, George Brown College
Jonathan is the Chair of Business, Arts and Design at George Brown College’s School of Continuing Education. He developed the successful certificate program in Social Media Marketing and the forthcoming programs in Nonprofit Management, Digital Analytics, and Comedy.
He completed his MBA at the Schulich School of Business, where he specialized in Arts and Media Management and Marketing, and his BA at the University of Toronto where he majored in Anthropology and Linguistics. In between, Jonathan studied acting, clown and improv, and performed in local independent theatre productions.
Jonathan has been involved in fundraising for many years, currently serving on the Steering Committee of George Brown College’s employee giving campaign and volunteering in various capacities on the college’s annual United Way campaigns. He has also been a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto for almost ten years.
Member at Large – Jessica Dargo Caplan
Director of Public Programs and Engagement, Koffler Centre of the Arts
As the Director of Public Programs and Engagement with the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Jessica develops cross-disciplinary projects and events – artist talks, panel discussions, screenings, performances, workshops, artist residencies, school and youth programs, focused on exploring the arts through a variety of disciplines and cultures, encouraging an appreciation of difference, dialogue and creativity.
Jessica’s volunteer work, serving on the Board of Directors at CultureLink for the past four years, and most recently with Theatre Direct, in addition to consulting on advisory committees for the Regent Park Film Festival and WeeFestival, has added dynamic dimension to her perspective and vision for community engagement with diverse communities, through meaningful, participatory arts experiences.
Jessica earned her M.Ed at the University of Toronto/OISE, and her B.A. in Art History at McGill University.
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
Principal, Origin Merchant Partners
Director, Business Development-Exhibit Design/Fabrication, Astound