Celia Smith is a strategic leader in the Toronto arts and culture community with proven expertise in directing significant organizational growth, social enterprise and charitable expansion, and executive management of complex, multi-stakeholder environments. She is known for her effective management style and has mentored hundreds of individuals who now work in leadership roles across diverse sectors. Her entire career has been in the arts and culture sector, leading significant non-profit organizations, or in the private sector creating social enterprises.
She is the CEO of Luminato Festival Toronto. Career highlights in the arts & culture sector include the recent co-founding of LEAN (Leadership Emergency Arts Network) in response to the COVID-19 impact on the national arts community; developing 11 arts and culture community hubs or affordable housing projects for artists as President of Artscape; directing marketing and development at Canadian Stage Company over many years leading to becoming General Manager; and offering volunteer leadership as the Board Chair for TAPA (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts) and Work in Culture, in addition to board roles with Luminato, Musical Stage Company and Creative Trust.
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.
Peter Herrndorf, Board Chair
Peter A. Herrndorf CC O.Ont, served as President and CEO of Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC) from 1999–2018. Among the many accomplishments during his tenure, he was instrumental in establishing the National Arts Centre Foundation, the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre Department and leading Canada’s largest performing arts organization through a $225.4M architectural and production renewal project that modernized the NAC’s 49-year-old building. Prior to joining the NAC, Herrndorf was Chairman and CEO of TVOntario and held various programming and executive-level roles including Head of TV Current Affairs Programming, Vice President of Corporate Planning and Vice President and General Manager at CBC’s English Language Radio and Television Networks. He also served as Publisher of Toronto Life.
In 1992, he and his colleague Brian Robertson created the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA). His other awards and distinctions include the inaugural Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award (Business for the Arts); Diplôme d’honneur (Canadian Conference of the Arts) for outstanding service to the arts in Canada; William Kilbourn Award (Toronto Arts Awards Foundation); John Drainie Award (Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television); and honorary degrees from 10 Canadian universities and colleges.
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.
Rupert Duchesne, C.M., Vice-Chair
Rupert Duchesne retired in early 2017 from Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM) where he served as founding Chief Executive and Director growing the company over fifteen years to become the world’s leading loyalty marketing and data-analytics company with businesses and clients in more than twenty countries.
From 1996, he held a number of senior officer positions at Air Canada and prior to this was a Senior Partner in a strategy consulting firm; he also has expertise in investment management.
Mr Duchesne is currently a Director of Dorel Industries Inc. and Mattamy Corporation, and advises TAS Development. He was previously a Director at Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. With a deep commitment in the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Duchesne serves on the Boards of Luminato, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Toronto International Festival of Authors. He is past-Chair of the Brain Canada Foundation and is a Member of the Order of Canada. He holds an M.B.A. degree from Manchester Business School and a B.Sc (Hons) degree from Leeds University.
David Pecaut, Co-Founder
Tony Gagliano, Co-Founder, Chair Emeritus
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 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.
Board of Directors
Peter Herrndorf, C.C., Ont.
Co-Founder, Chair Emeritus
Lucille Joseph & Rupert Duchesne, C.M.
Mohammad Al Zaibak
Jonathon Araujo Redbird
Helen Burstyn, C.M.
Douglas Knight, C.M
Tiana Koffler Boyman
Peter Mansbridge, O.C.
Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA
Javier San Juan