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
Alison Buchanan
Renata Difilippo
David Hulley
Annalisa Medina


Finance Committee

Glen McCann
Robin McPherson
Tom Arkell

Nominating Committee

Renata Difilippo
Deborah Slade
Patricia Vanstone

Events Committee

Deborah Slade
Renata Difilippo
Annalisa Medina
Patricia Vanstone

Bylaw & Policy Committee

Glen McCann
Tom Arkell
Rod Hollick

Board Member Login

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

Robin is a the other half of Janice and Robin Digital Communications. Many people also know her on Instagram as @uglyshirt where she shares her photos of downtown St. Catharines. You'll also often see her selling 50/50 tickets at The Foster Festival shows. 

Secretary | Rod Hollick

Rod Hollick’s career as a public servant with the City of St. Catharines and Niagara Region spanned more than thirty years.  A live theatre audience member for decades, he is a Norm Foster fan, and an ardent promoter of The Foster Festival.  “World premieres at live summer theatre in St. Catharines!  Let’s get behind this concept.

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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

  • 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

  • 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