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.
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 currently serves as chair of the Advisory Council for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), a director of Mount Pleasant Cemeteries Group and chair of the Toronto Lands Corporation. David 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. (Photo courtesy of Toronto Star)
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.
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.
Jeff Biggar is an academic and consultant with a multidisciplinary background in the arts and urban planning. He is currently research associate in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. His focus is on how to make equitable and sustainable cities through smart policy choices, advocacy, and public engagement. A committed city builder, he advises United Way Toronto and other grassroots organizations on economic development and affordable housing. He writes regularly on urban issues and has authored several reports on urban development, infrastructure, and sustainability.
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.
Carolyn Ray is one of Canada’s foremost experts in branding, marketing and communications. She is the founder of AUTHENTICA, which specializes in CEO branding and thought leadership. Most recently she was Managing Director of Interbrand Canada, and was ranked as one of Canada’s top 100 female entrepreneurs on the 2013 PROFIT/ Chatelaine W100 list in her previous role as a Partner at a communications firm. As a six-generation Torontonian, she is passionate about the city’s past, present and future and has served with several non-profit organizations including The Toronto Region Board of Trade, Big Brothers Big Sisters and ABC Life Literacy. She actively contributes to business, marketing and travel publications and is writing a leadership book that will be published in 2018.
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.