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
Adam Bornstein
Renata Difilippo
Rod Hollick
David Hulley
Paddy Parr
Bill Ralph


Finance Committee

Glen McCann
Lisa Matheson
Tom Arkell
Emily Oriold

Nominating Committee

Renata Difilippo
Deborah Slade
Emily Oriold
Patricia Vanstone

Events Committee

Deborah Slade
Renata Difilippo
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

  • 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.
    - Costin Manu, Board Director

Board Officers | 2018 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.

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

  • 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