Introducing our new CEO: Julian Sleath

15 March

We’re delighted to announce that Julian Sleath has been appointed CEO of The Bentway. His first day will be March 27th, 2017. Bringing more than 35 years of leadership and experience in the performing arts, Sleath will focus on developing this new public space and bringing it to life with a dynamic year-round program of events that will embrace the unique aspiration and vision of The Bentway Conservancy.

Judy and Wil Matthews, The Bentway Conservancy board members, declared, “We are simply thrilled that Julian will bring his extensive experience and passion for artistic and community engaged events, and his love for the City of Toronto to the Bentway experience."

Previously, Sleath was Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Banff Centre, Program Manager of Cultural Events for the City of Toronto, and served on the Arts and Programming Advisory Committees for the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, and for Artscape on the launch of Daniels Spectrum. Sleath has also worked on the realization of numerous cultural spaces including the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for the Canadian Opera Company, theatres in the UK, concert halls in Russia, an outdoor stage in Dallas, and Koerner Hall here in Toronto.

“It is a delight to return to Toronto and lead such a thrilling project for the city”, said Sleath, “Since hearing of the concept, The Bentway has captured my imagination as to what a modern and developing city like Toronto can offer to its communities. The project asks us all to reconsider how we view the Gardiner Expressway and our ongoing relationship with city infrastructure. As construction of the design by Ken Greenberg and PUBLIC WORK moves ahead, our task is to deliver an equally compelling program of events and activities. I wish to take this opportunity to not only to thank Judy and Wilmot Matthews, The City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto for their leadership in this project but also the many organizations and individuals who have shown their initiative, vision and commitment to making this project happen.”

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