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!
Directors | Bios »
Candice Turner Smith
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Thoughts from our Board Members
Just like our Executive Director, Emily Oriold, I was first introduced to Norm Foster’s work 30 years ago through a production of The Melville Boys. I was hooked! Humour with Heart indeed! That’s what I was missing! I decided to read and see everything by Norm Foster and have been a fan ever since. My respect and admiration for his work has grown with every new play he writes. I am still a huge fan and I think his body of work deserved a festival like ours. I am ecstatic that he is being honored in this way, and so proud that I get to be a part of it.
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 (Tymbrel.com). 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.