The Foster Festival Board of Directors

The Foster Festival is honoured to be supported by highly engaged Board of Directors – and we thank each of them for their commitment to bringing humour to the heart of Niagara!

Annual Report 2016 »

Directors | Bios »

Tom Arkell
Renata Difilippo
Rosemary Hale | Past Chair
David Hulley
Costin Manu
Linda Smith


Finance Committee

Candice Turner Smith
Lisa Matheson
Emily Oriold

Nominating Committee

Janis Barlow
Deborah Slade
Emily Oriold

Fundraising Committee

Deborah Slade
Renata Difilippo
Patricia Vanstone
Monica Simmie
Grant Simmie

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Thoughts from our Board Members

  • Having grown up in St. Catharines I've always felt that we struggled to establish a footprint in the arts that was in keeping with the size of our community. I'm proud of the strides that our city has made in the last few years to enliven the downtown core, most particularly with infrastructure for the arts. To me, The Foster Festival is a natural thing for us: professional theatre that's close to home and celebrates the work of a particularly Canadian success. Why not St. Catharines?
    - Glen McCann, Board Chair

Board Executive | 2017 Season | Bios »

Chair | Glen McCann

Glen McCann is a Lawyer and Partner at Sullivan Mahoney LLP. Glen’s practice specialties are corporate and commercial law and taxation. In his private life, Glen is a frequent actor in local stage productions.

Co-Vice-Chair | Candice Turner-Smith

Candice Turner-Smith turned to consulting in 2004 following 12 seasons at the Shaw Festival in production management, marketing and fundraising. Today, she specializes in cultural communications, administration, production, project and event management, financial planning and marketing, most recently as Managing Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.

Co-Vice-Chair | Janis Barlow

Established in 1981, Janis A. Barlow & Associates is one of North America’s most respected arts consulting firms.  Janis Barlow was one of the first arts consultants in Canada to adapt successful corporate strategic planning workshop methods to the distinctive needs of non-profit art organizations.

Treasurer | Lisa Matheson

Lisa Matheson is a partner in CMSIntelligence Inc., a digital marketing consulting agency with a game-changing website management software ( Lisa brings over 25 years of organizational consulting expertise to the Foster Festival, layered with experience on multiple not-for-profit boards, including as past president of the Niagara Artists Centre, and neXt Company Theatre.

Secretary | Deborah Slade

Deborah is the former director of the Brock University Centre for the Arts. Deborah joined the Centre for the Arts in 1984 and became its director in 1987, transforming it into an internationally respected cultural institution. Over the years, Deborah programmed more than 1,400 shows for an estimated one million patrons. 

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Thank You To Our Generous Foster Festival Sponsors

  • Meridian Credit Union | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • NewsTalk 610 CKTB | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Vineland Estate Winery | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

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  • Ferguson Neudorf | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Sullivan Mahoney Lawyers | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Cogeco TV | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • ez ROCK 105.7 | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Alexanian Carpet & Flooring | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Howick Apartments | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Government of Ontario, Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Government Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • City of St Catharines, Government Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • Smithcom, Season Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival