Anthony Sargent. Photo by Mark Savage. 

Anthony Sargent, CEO
Photo by Mark Savage.

For the past 3 years Anthony has been the elected chair of the New York-based International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), the leading international network for performing arts. He has presented the last seven editions of ISPA’s celebrated artistic commissioning pitch session, New Works Now, in New York, São Paulo, Bogotá, Seoul, Wrocław, Toronto and Malmö.

For the past 15 years, he was founding general director at Sage Gateshead, an uncompromisingly ambitious arts centre for music performance and education in England, recognized internationally for its world-class performance and its inclusiveness, accessibility, and social engagement.

Other highlighted past UK experiences include 16 years with the BBC radio & TV in a range of roles in Arts and Current Affairs, Artistic Projects Director as part of the relaunch of London's South Bank Centre as an independent organization, Head of Arts for Birmingham City Council, and much more.


Josephine Ridge. Photo by Katherine Holland. 

Josephine Ridge,
Artistic Director

Photo by Katherine Holland.

Josephine Ridge was born and educated in Melbourne and holds a BA from Monash University (1981). Since 1986 she has worked in the performing arts across a variety of sectors including theatre, dance and music working in marketing, communications, sponsorship, philanthropy and general management. She has worked for Playbox Theatre Company, The Malthouse Theatre, Opera Australia, Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Australian Ballet. In 2003 she was appointed as General Manager, later Executive Director, of Sydney Festival where she worked for nearly ten years before her appointment as Artistic Director of Melbourne Festival (2013-2015).

Josephine is a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program (1993). She has held Board positions with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (1999-2004), Critical Path (NSW) (2004-2011) where she was Chair from 2006 and has been a member of the Board of TarraWarra Museum of Art since 2009. She has recently been appointed to the panel of Artistic Peers for The Australian Ballet and was a judge on the inaugural Keir Choreographic Awards. Read the press release announcing her appointment (PDF) >



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 and Chair

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


Tony Gagliano (Chair), Executive Chairman & CEO, St. Joseph Communications
Lucille Joseph (Vice-Chair)

Mohammad Al Zaibak, President & CEO, Canadian Development and Marketing Corporation (CDMC)
John Bayliss, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Helen Burstyn, Principal, Counsel Public Affairs
Rupert Duchesne, Group Chief Executive, Aimia
Anthony Graham, President, Wittington Investments Ltd.
Peter Herrndorf, President & CEO, National Arts Centre
Roberto Dante Martella, Owner, Grano Restaurant
Mark Mulroney, Head and Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets, National Bank
Greg Sorbara, Advisory Board Chair, The Sorbara Group 
William Thorsell, Former Director & CEO, Royal Ontario Museum
Carol Wilding, President & CEO, The Chartered Professional Accountants of 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