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Portrait of Diane Blake

DIANE BLAKE
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.

Portrait of Ian Bandeen

IAN BANDEEN
Founding Director

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.

JESSE BARKE
Director

Originally from Niger, West Africa, Jesse was a participant in Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City, a project co-sponsored by Myseum.
Jesse currently works in Investment Management and has previously worked in the financial engineering industry, and the non-profit sector.
Passionate about education, he is a long-term volunteer with the Loran Scholars Foundation and volunteers with other national organizations in their selection process for merit scholarships.
Jesse currently serves on the board of the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto, a non-partisan, independent, grassroots campaigning organization dedicated to improving democracy in Toronto through the adoption of ranked ballots for municipal elections.

KEN GREENBERG
Director

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.

Adam Kahan portrait

ADAM KAHAN
Director

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

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
Director

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.

Portrait of Richard Mozer

RICHARD MOZER
Director

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.

Portrait of Carolyn Ray

CAROLYN RAY
Director

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.

GRAHAM ROSS
Director

Graham is Chief Client Officer of BLG LLP responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s business growth, marketing and client programs. He has been in professional services business development for over 20 years, including in the legal, accounting and technology sectors. Graham has an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and completed a number of executive leadership programs.

TASLIM SOMANI
Director

Taslim is principal of GivingStar, an independent consultancy that helps clients in the for-profit and non-profit sectors innovate and grow, while providing compelling customer experiences online. With over 20 years in digital marketing and marketing strategy, and half that time dedicated to the non-profit sector, Taslim is energized by the power of digital media to connect, educate and inspire. She is passionate about the City of Toronto, and as an also an almost-lifelong-Torontonian (she arrived as a toddler), she loves and appreciates experiencing the city’s rich and diverse cultural, artistic and natural spaces.


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