Chair of the Board
Diane Blake, founder and lead sponsor of Myseum of Toronto, has been a proud Torontonian since 1986. Prior to becoming an archivist, she worked in information technology, and studied at University College in London and the University of Toronto. Diane’s interests include volunteering at a local school, supporting the apprentices at the National Ballet and serving on the Board at the Walrus foundation.
Ian Bandeen, a Founding Director of Myseum of Toronto, is one of Canada’s leading capital markets experts. He co-founded the Canadian Securitization markets as well as the Canadian Securities Exchange, where he served as CEO until 2011. Ian currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO), as a Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Art of Time Ensemble, and as a member of the Finance Committee of the board of HotDocs. He is a long-standing trustee of the S.M. Blair Family Foundation and a proud member of Canada Company. A member of the Ontario Bar, Ian holds two law degrees from McGill University in addition to an Honours BA in economics from Queen’s University.
Janet Chow is legal counsel with the Ontario government, where she currently advises the learning ministries. Born and raised in Toronto, Janet is committed to initiatives which embrace the diverse voices and histories of the city and the broader region. She has participated in Passages Canada, a story-telling initiative of Historica Canada, and currently serves on the board of Community Builders Youth Leadership which trains young people to build more inclusive communities. Janet can also be found riding her bike around the city, frequenting its galleries, museums and libraries, and volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto.
THE HONOURABLE DAVID CROMBIE P.C., O.C., O.Ont.
David Crombie has served as mayor of Toronto, a member of parliament and a federal cabinet minister. He is the former president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, former chair of Ontario Place Corporation and founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. He is president of David Crombie and Associates Inc., and Chair of the Greenbelt Council, which provides oversight advice on land-use planning policies in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. He is also a Founding Director of Myseum of Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Toronto.
Mr. Crombie is Chancellor Emeritus of Ryerson University and an honorary fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Seneca College. He has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and is an officer to the Order of Canada.
Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over four decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management, and new community planning. Cities as diverse as Toronto, Hartford, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Montréal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, St. Louis, Washington DC, Paris, Detroit, Saint Paul and San Juan Puerto Rico have benefited from his advocacy and passion for restoring the vitality, relevance and sustainability of the public realm in urban life. In each city, with each project, his strategic, consensus-building approach has led to coordinated planning and a renewed focus on urban design. He is the recipient of the 2010 American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Design Excellence and the 2014 Sustainable Buildings Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. He was selected as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2020.
Originally from New York City, Paula has over 10 years of experience in strategic planning, coalition building and management, delivering enhanced productivity, streamlined operations and increased efficiency. Since moving to Toronto she has been actively involved with Evergreen to improve access and pathways, restore native ecosystems and add dynamic arts programming. In New York City she was a Site Manager for TechSpace Inc., an incubator office space that caters to high-tech start-ups in over 23,000 square-feet. Prior to that she was a Director at the NYC Department for the Aging responsible for energy efficient heating and cooling solutions. She has a B.Sc in Economics and Business Administration and a Masters in Urban Policy Analysis.
Adam Kahan is a consultant in the non-profit sector focused on strategic planning, branding, marketing and communications, resource development and board and staff training and development. He retired in 2015 after 13 years as Vice President, Advancement of Ryerson University where he led the university rebranding, marketing and communications, alumni relations and fundraising realizing over $300 million. He is also the Chief Strategist of the Divon Academy and is a Fellow at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As Vice President of the Canadian Club, Toronto, he Chaired both the Marketing and Programming Committees. In his career as a leader in the nonprofit sector, he has led organizations in Canada, The United Kingdom, South Africa, the United States, and Israel, responsible for all aspects and with a fund-raising total of over $4 billion. Proudest of his wife and daughter and son and their spouses and 5 grandsons.
Maureen Marshall, Founding Director of the Myseum of Toronto, currently works as an independent consultant to the cultural sector, including museums, galleries and historic attractions. Maureen has had an extensive career as an entrepreneur and marketer, including roles at American Express and Citibank, as well as founding an online environmental products and services company. She also held a number of leadership positions in not-for-profit and community organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Family Services Association of Toronto. Maureen holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and an MBA from York University.
RUTH A. MORA, B.Arch; M. Arch, MFA
Ruth is an architect-artist, co-founder of Sumo Project. In addition to her Master in Architecture degree, Ruth is an MFA graduate from Pratt Institute in ‘New Forms’ concentration (non-traditional forms of art) and was distinguished with the MFA’s Outstanding Achievement Award. She commutes between Toronto and New York and continues to be active in both the architectural and artistic realms, working in erasing the line between the two. Her work deals with space and the boundaries related to human sensibility and psyche. She has been a guest critic at the University of Toronto and Pratt Institute’s Faculty of Architecture.
Richard Mozer is an Emmy-Award winning filmmaker focused on dramatic content with a unique voice who has produced acclaimed film and television projects that have won over 110 International awards including 5 Emmy awards and 6 Gemini Awards. Richard was also recently a principal in The Madcap Learning Adventure, an ambitious digital educational platform funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Pearson Education. Richard’s experience encompasses decades financing international treaty co-productions and building relationships with international production, financing and distribution partners. As CFO, he was responsible for public company reporting and managing Devine Entertainment’s multi-million dollar production slate. Richard lives in Toronto and also serves on the board and is president of the non-profit Toronto Writers Collective.
With 25 years of experience working across the disciplines of branding, communications and marketing, Carolyn has cultivated a reputation as a mentor, an activator and unconventional thinker, blending unbridled creativity and insight with action. In 2017, Carolyn left Interbrand as the head of its Canadian business to start AUTHENTICA, an unconventional brand strategy firm which helps organizations lead with authenticity to create trusting, purposeful organizations and drive measurable business outcomes. In 2019, Carolyn deepened her commitment as an advocate for women with the acquisition of Journeywoman, a beloved global women’s travel magazine founded that empowers women through travel. Trained as a CTI Co-active Coach, she actively mentors emerging leaders and supports female entrepreneurs as a SheEO Activator. In 2013, she was ranked as one of Canada’s top 100 female entrepreneurs on the PROFIT/ Chatelaine W100 list.
Parna is a partner at the law firm of Gowling WLG where she specializes in technology law, outsourcing and e-commerce. Parna immigrated to Toronto as a young teenager. She is passionate about Toronto and the vision of Myseum. She joined the Board of Myseum in October 2016. Parna is currently overseeing the governance of Myseum.