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.


Josephine Ridge. Photo by Katherine Holland. 

Josephine Ridge,
Artistic Director

Photo by Katherine Holland.

Josephine Ridge was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia. 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). In 2016, she was appointed Artistic Director of Luminato Festival in Toronto where she currently works.

Furthermore, Josephine is a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program (1993). Josephine 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 she was a member of the Board of TarraWarra Museum of Art (2009-2016). 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
Peter Herrndorf (Chair Designate), C.C., Ont., President & CEO, National Arts Centre
Lucille Joseph (Vice-Chair), Principal, Lucille Joseph Strategy Consulting and Communications

Mohammad Al Zaibak, President & CEO, Canadian Development and Marketing Corporation (CDMC)
John Bayliss, Senior V.P. Logistics, Walmart Canada
Helen Burstyn, C.M., Chair, Waterfront Toronto and Principal, Burstyn Inc.
Rupert Duchesne, Retired Group Chief Executive, Aimia
Michael Foulkes, Retired Executive Vice President, TD Bank Group
Anthony Graham, President, Wittington Investments Ltd.
Ronnen Harary, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Spin Master Corp.
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, 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