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!


Tom Arkell
Adam Bornstein
Alison Buchanan
Renata Difilippo
David Hulley
Lisa Matheson
Annalisa Medina
Paddy Parr
Bill Ralph


Finance Committee

Glen McCann
Robin McPherson
Tom Arkell
Emily Oriold

Nominating Committee

Renata Difilippo
Deborah Slade
Emily Oriold
Patricia Vanstone

Events Committee

Deborah Slade
Renata Difilippo
Annalisa Medina
Paddy Parr
Patricia Vanstone
Monica Simmie
Grant Simmie

Bylaw & Policy Committee

Glen McCann
Tom Arkell
Rod Hollick
Bill Ralph

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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 Officers | 2019 Season

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.

Vice-Chair | 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. 

Treasurer | Robin McPherson

Secretary | Rod Hollick

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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

  • Smarter Websites | The Foster Festival Sponsor

  • Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund 2019
  • The Farm Wines | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Your 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

  • Smithcom, Season Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • Burtnik Printing, Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
  • Niagara Casinos, Season Sponsor, Norm Foster Theatre Festival
  • Bridgman & Durksen Accounants, Foster Festival Sponsor
  • Form & Affect, Norm Foster Theatre Festival sponsor