Anthony Sargent. Photo by Mark Savage. 

Anthony Sargent, CEO
Photo by Mark Savage.

After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University Anthony worked for 13 years in BBC radio and TV in presentation, production and management, before moving to London’s Southbank Centre as Artistic Projects Director. 

In 1990 he was appointed Birmingham City Council’s Head of Arts, creating Birmingham’s first Arts Strategy and leading all the Council’s major arts projects and festivals, co-leading with Sir Simon Rattle Birmingham’s acclaimed 10-year festival of the 20th Century, Towards the Millennium. 

After rejoining the BBC in the management team for the nationwide radio and TV Millennium Music Live festival, he became founding General Director for 15 years of Sage Gateshead (Norman Foster’s award-winning international centre for music performance and education), achieving what was then the UK’s highest ever sponsorship of the arts outside London.  In 2015 he moved to Canada to lead Toronto’s international Luminato Festival, re-thinking the festival’s vision and positioning for its second decade.


Naomi Campbell. Photo by Taku Kumabe. 

Naomi Campbell,
Artistic Director

Photo by Taku Kumabe.

Born in Toronto, Naomi grew up in Sackville, New Brunswick and Ottawa, and has called Toronto home for the last 35 years. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto and over 30 years of programming, touring and producing experience both nationally and internationally. She has worked with a range of performing arts companies including Nightswimming, Mammalian Diving Reflex, DVxT Theatre, the late Paul Bettis' Civilized Theatre, VideoCabaret and numerous independent artists. She’s also worked at festivals throughout her career including Bread and Butter (Guelph, 1989), World Stage (1994 -2000), and as curator for Buddies in Bad Times’ Rhubarb! (2003) and Magnetic North Theatre Festival’s Industry Series (2008-10).

Naomi joined Luminato as Company Manager in 2011 and subsequently produced large-scale productions for the festival including The Life and Death of Marina Abramović and Apocalypsis. In 2013 she was appointed Luminato’s first-ever Director of Artistic Development, commissioning, developing and producing works for the festival. She was appointed Deputy Artistic Director in 2017 and Artistic Director in 2018.



David Pecaut, Co-Founder

An accomplished civic leader and humanitarian, David Pecaut worked tirelessly on initiatives designed to make our city and country a better place. David was a Senior Partner in The Boston Consulting Group and advised companies and governments on public policy issues around the globe. A well-known speaker and writer, David was a frequent commentator on CTV, CNN, CBC, CNBC, and CBS, and in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Maclean’s.

David was also the voluntary Chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance (now CivicAction), a diverse cross-sectoral coalition of civic leaders whose mission is to accelerate social and economic development in the Toronto region. The founder of dozens of initiatives aimed at new comers, youth, neighbourhoods and lower-income workers, David Pecaut was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in November 2009.

Tony Gagliano, Co-Founder

Tony Gagliano presently serves as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Communications which was founded by his parents in the basement of their home shortly after emigrating from Italy. Under Mr. Gagliano’s leadership, St. Joseph Communications has evolved from a small family business with a handful of associates to a national, fully integrated communications/media corporation with more than 2,100 associates from coast to coast.

Tony Gagliano is actively involved in a number of organizations.  He is a Board member of the St. Michael’s Hospital Board, Salt + Light Foundation, Villa Charities and Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.  In addition, he is a cabinet member of Ryerson University in Toronto, a council member of the Royal Conservatory of Music, an honorary board member of Scouts Canada, and a Board Member and President of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Tony Gagliano is also co-founder and chair of Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts & Creativity.

Most recently Tony Gagliano was the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Volunteer award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter and Graphic Monthly Magazine’s 2010 Printer of the Year.

Lucille Joseph, Vice Chair

Lucille was the founding Executive Director of Luminato and currently serves as Vice Chair of Luminato’s Board of Directors.

Prior to launching Luminato, Lucille was CEO of Career Edge, Canada’s national internship organization. Lucille was instrumental in the establishment of the program in the mid-1990′s and was a founding member of the Board of Directors. Lucille began her career with The Boston Consulting Group in Toronto after graduating with an MBA from York University. Lucille is Chair of the Board of Directors of The National Ballet of Canada, and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Arts Summit.


Board of Directors


Peter Herrndorf (Chair), C.C., Ont., Former President & CEO, National Arts Centre
Tony Gagliano (Co-Founder, Chair Emeritus), Executive Chairman & CEO, St. Joseph Communications
Lucille Joseph (Vice-Chair), Principal, Lucille Joseph Strategy Consulting and Communications
Rupert Duchesne (Vice-Chair), Retired Group Chief Executive, Aimia

Mohammad Al Zaibak, President & CEO, CDM Information Inc.
John Bayliss, Senior V.P. Logistics, Walmart Canada
Helen Burstyn, C.M., Chair, Waterfront Toronto and Principal, Public Projects
Michael Foulkes, Retired Executive Vice President, TD Bank Group
Anthony Graham, President, Wittington Investments Ltd.
Roberto Dante Martella, Owner, Grano Restaurant
Mark Mulroney, Managing Director, Senior Strategic Relationship Manager, Investment Banking, Scotiabank
Gretchen Ross
Greg Sorbara, Advisory Board Chair, The Sorbara Group 
William Thorsell, Former Director & CEO, Royal Ontario Museum
Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA, President & CEO, CPA Ontario
Peter Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Manulife Financial

Luminato Laureates

Salah Bachir
Avie Bennett*
Julia Deans
Jim Fleck
Robert Foster
Chetan Mathur
Susan McArthur
Rob McEwen
Jonas Prince
Javier San Juan
Gary Slaight