Our Staff

  • Julian Sleath

    Julian Sleath


    Julian Sleath brings more than 35 years of leadership and experience in the performing arts to The Bentway. His focus is on developing this new public space and bringing it to life.
    Read morePreviously, Julian 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 American / Parapan American Games, and for Artscape during the launch of Daniels Spectrum. He 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 in Toronto.

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  • Ilana Altman

    Ilana Altman

    Director of Programming

    Ilana Altman is a cultural planner and designer who has a background in art and architecture. In her role as Director of Programming she works with the community to implement innovative and engaging programming, revealing new possibilities for public space.

    Read morePrior to joining The Bentway team, Ilana worked for a number of notable design firms including Studio Daniel Libeskind and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York and KPMB Architects in Toronto. She has led the curation and design of exhibitions and installations at the SFMOMA, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Additionally, she has worked closely with artists to realize public art installations for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. In 2014 Ilana founded the Artful City, a Toronto collective that aims to advance public art research, policies, and imaginations.

    Additionally, Ilana founded and served as the Executive Director of the Pavilion Project from 2015-2017.

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  • Dave Carey

    Dave Carey

    Director of Development

    Dave Carey is a park person, a film lover, and a Toronto-phile.
    Read moreHe joins The Bentway team from the Toronto International Film Festival, where he worked for nearly 11 years. Most recently he served as Director of Government Relations & Philanthropy, leading a team of storytellers, partnership-builders, and fundraisers. Dave’s portfolio included steering relationships with all levels of government—from grant writing to programme evaluation; from street closures to liquor licensing; and from arts advocacy to cultural diplomacy—and all forms of philanthropic giving. Dave has previously held volunteer positions at The 519 Church Street Community Centre, the Ontario Museums Association, and World Pride. He holds a Master of Arts in Communication & Culture from Ryerson University. You can generally find Dave on his bicycle, reading a good book, at the movies, or doing yoga (but not, generally, at the same time).

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  • Kasia Gladki

    Kasia Gladki

    Manager of Communications

    Kasia Gladki is an arts lover and communications and marketing professional. She started her career in New York working in communications and marketing for social justice organizations.

    Read moreShe came back to Toronto three years ago to pursue her passion for arts and culture and has become deeply embedded in Toronto’s vibrant arts scene. She was most recently at Artscape as Assistant Manager, Creative Placemaking Lab, where she supported Artscape’s consulting role in The Bentway project and other thought leadership, resource and knowledge sharing programs. Before this she was Manager, National Canadian Film Day and Co-Director, Communications at REEL CANADA – an organization that promotes the appreciation of Canadian film through screenings for high school students, English as a second language learners, and a nationwide one-day festival. Kasia holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York and a BA in Art History from McGill University. She is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop for radio producers and is Vice President of the Board of Dreamwalker Dance Company. Kasia loves swimming in lakes, falling for a good book, and experiencing all the amazing visual art, dance and performance Toronto has to offer.

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  • Sarah Munro

    Sarah Munro

    Manager of Programming

    Sarah Munro is a curator, archivist, and arts and cultural administrator with a passion for promoting the artworks and artifacts of diverse and often marginalized communities. She believes in the power of creativity, collaboration, and conversation to change and unite minds.
    Read moreSarah has a background in the fine arts and museum collections management, and has worked with a wide range of arts and cultural heritage organizations, including the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, the UK’s National Holocaust Centre and Museum, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Ontario Jewish Archives, the Koffler Centre of the Arts, the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, and Ryerson Artspace. Most recently she operated as Director of Public Programs for Myseum of Toronto, a 21st century civic museum whose programs and experiences showcase the history, spaces, cultures, architecture, and people that represent Toronto’s unique place in the world. As Manager of Programming for The Bentway, Sarah facilitates meaningful interactions between the city’s diverse communities, within a gathering space of layered historical significance.

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  • Kris Kinsey

    Kris Kinsey

    Development Coordinator

    Kris is an arts administrator and fundraiser, who is passionate about city building.

    Kris studied sociology at the University of Toronto, and became interested in the importance of public spaces after seeing William H. Whyte’s The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces during an urban studies course. Read moreKris joins The Bentway team most recently from TIFF, where he spent over three years working with the organization’s Advancement team. While at TIFF, he played a lead role in developing outreach programming for seniors, coordinating outdoor film screenings at local parks, and supporting fundraising efforts for TIFF’s charitable initiatives. Kris volunteers with a number of community-based organizations in Toronto including Hassle Free Clinic and The 519 Church Street Community Centre. Later this summer, you’ll find Kris taking in performances at The Bentway’s soon-to-be-opened amphitheatre spaces!

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  • Kirsten LaBonte

    Kirsten LaBonte

    Event and Operations Manager

    Kirsten LaBonte is a dog person, an outdoors enthusiast, and a lover of all things Toronto. She first studied Theatre Production and Design at York University, specializing in both the technical and managerial elements of the trade.

    Read moreShe quickly established herself in the theatre community as a Jill-of-many trades, which has served her well throughout her career.

    Kirsten’s diversified skillset allowed her to take on multiple theatre projects and events all over the world, including the Prague Quadrennial and the World Stage Design festival in Cardiff, Wales. After her return to Toronto, she worked for Harbourfront Centre on a range of live events, was the Logistics and Operations Manager for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2016, and worked for the City of Toronto on events and programs, including Nuit Blanche, Doors Open, Cavalcade of Lights, and most recently C150-Canada Days where she coordinated logistics for four event sites across the city.

    She is thrilled to be a part of the powerhouse team put together by The Bentway Conservancy. She currently lives and works out of Toronto, thriving on the vibrant Canadian art scene. 

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Our Board of Directors

  • Joe Cressy

    Joe Cressy

    Toronto City Councillor, Ward 10

    Joe Cressy was born and raised in Toronto in a family whose defining values are community building and public service—values that have driven him his whole life.

    Read moreHe has worked on tackling issues aligned with poverty while living in South Africa and Ghana, led literacy programs in fly-in Aboriginal reserves in Northern Ontario, and managed environmental campaigns to protect Canada’s freshwater. Before being elected, he served as a Director of Campaigns and Outreach at the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which supports community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Joe understands that strong infrastructure and social services are vital to the quality of life in a big city, and his passion for social justice translates to his work at City Hall. In his various appointments, including to the Board of Health, Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors, Sub-committee on Climate Change and Adaptation, and in his role as Toronto’s Youth Equity Advocate, he is committed to making life better in Toronto.

    As Councillor for Ward 10, Joe works tirelessly to build better neighbourhoods, expand and improve public green spaces, and make life in downtown Toronto more equitable.

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  • Mike Layton

    Mike Layton

    Toronto City Councillor, Ward 11

    Mike Layton is the City Councillor for Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina.

    Read moreAs Councillor, Mike has worked tirelessly to protect and improve City services that people depend on, and to preserve the diverse character of the city’s neighbourhoods. He has been a strong voice on City Council to make Toronto a world leader in the fight against climate change. He has also championed building new affordable housing, investments in arts and culture, aboriginal issues and reconciliation, and better public transit and cycling infrastructure.

    In 2012 and 2013 Mike was voted “Best City Councillor” by NOW Magazine readers.

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  • Judy Matthews

    Judy Matthews

    Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation

    Judy and Wil Matthews have a history of leadership and philanthropic giving to a wide variety of the City of Toronto’s programs, arts and cultural organizations, and city-building initiatives. Passionate Torontonians, they are deeply committed to enriching the City and the lives of its citizens.

    Read moreJudy Matthews holds a long-standing interest in urban renewal projects that emphasize creativity, beauty and greener more inviting spaces. She first became interested in civic initiatives in her early twenties while working on the anti-Spadina Expressway campaign. After her four children were settled in school, she completed an M.A. in Urban Planning from York University and began honing her professional expertise in the Planning Departments at Metro Toronto, the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto. Judy has directed her energy to realizing an impressive array of projects that improve Toronto’s livability and creativity including the award-winning St. George Street revitalization and the development of the $30-million Open Space Master Plan for the University of Toronto, as well as the creation of the Music Garden at Harbourfront. A seasoned expert in creative public and private partnership solutions and an invaluable resource, Judy strongly believes in the role not-for profit organizations organizations play in civic life. A few of the organizations that have benefitted from her guidance include Creative Trust, The National Arts Centre, Toronto Community Foundation, The United Way and more recently, Artscape, the Canadian Opera Company, Evergreen, and Park People.

    Judy has received many honours for her work including being nominated one of Toronto Life’s 50 most influential people of the year in 2016; a 2016 Canadian Urban Institute Award; and a 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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  • Wil Matthews

    Wil Matthews

    Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation

    Judy and Wil Matthews have a history of leadership and philanthropic giving to a wide variety of the City of Toronto’s education and medical programs, arts and cultural organizations and city-building initiatives. Passionate Torontonians, they are deeply committed to enriching the City and the lives of its citizens.

    Read moreWil Matthews worked as an investment banker, serving in various positions with Nesbitt Burns Inc. and its predecessor companies from 1964 until his retirement in 1996. As a prominent business leader, he has served as a director on a wide variety of corporate boards, as well as on the boards of many community and social organizations, including Renaissance Energy, Husky Energy, WestJet Airlines, SQI Diagnostics, and is presently on an advisory committee to Imperial Capital. In addition, Wil has dedicated his expertise to the boards of many community and social organizations including Dellcrest Children’s Centre, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, Trinity College, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and The Toronto Symphony Foundation. 

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  • Tom McCullough

    Tom McCullough

    Chairman and CEO, Northwood Family Office

    Tom McCullough is a longtime advisor to families of significant wealth. He has spent over 35 years in the family office/wealth management field, and is chairman and CEO of Northwood Family Office. Northwood is regularly recognized as Canada’s #1 Family Office in the Euromoney Private Banking and Wealth Management Survey.

    Read moreTom is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where he teaches the ‘Management of Private Wealth’ course in the MBA program, as well as the Rotman ‘Family Wealth Management’ educational program designed specifically for families of wealth. He is co-author of the book Family Wealth Management, published by John Wiley & Sons.

    Tom is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Western University’s Ivey School of Business, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Wealth Management, and a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute. He is also chairman of the CEO group of the Wigmore Association, a collaboration of eight independent family offices from around the world.

    He is actively involved in a wide range of philanthropic activities, most notably poverty alleviation and education in the developing world.

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  • Anthony Sargent, CBE

    Anthony Sargent, CBE

    CEO, Luminato

    After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University Anthony worked 13 years in production and presentation at BBC TV and Radio, then as Artistic Projects Director at London’s Southbank Centre.

    Read moreIn 1990 he moved to Birmingham as City Council Head of Arts, creating Birmingham’s first Arts Strategy and leading all the Council’s major arts projects and festivals, co-leading with Sir Simon Rattle Birmingham’s acclaimed 10-year festival of the 20th Century, Towards the Millennium. After rejoining the BBC in the nationwide management of the uniquely ambitious Millennium Music Live festival, he became founding General Director for 15 years of Sage Gateshead (Norman Foster’s award-winning international centre for music performance and education), achieving what was then the UK’s highest ever single charitable donation to the arts outside London. In 2015 he moved to Canada to lead Toronto’s international Luminato Festival, steering it through its admired 10th anniversary and launching Luminato’s second decade.

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  • Heather L. Kelly

    Heather L. Kelly

    Founder and CEO of HKC Marketing

    Heather L. Kelly is an award-winning marketing professional with a twenty-five year history of creating success for some of Toronto’s most significant cultural organizations.

    Read moreHeather is the founder and director of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor, Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture district, comprised of 20 arts and culture organizations working collectively in partnership. She has launched critically-acclaimed arts destinations including Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory of Music, where she continues to develop and direct all marketing and engagement strategies for Koerner Hall and The Conservatory’s 100-concert performance seasons in three venues, and the Ryerson Image Centre, for which she continues to provide marketing strategy development and implementation support. She is also a consultant and marketing professor, and the Founder and CEO of HKC Marketing, an arts and culture marketing agency established in 2002 to provide consulting and strategy development. Heather is a 2015 Fellow of the Toronto Arts Council’s Cultural Leaders Lab, and she serves the arts sector on many committees and Boards of Directors.

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  • Maxine Granovsky Gluskin

    Maxine Granovsky Gluskin

    President of Maxine Gran Investments

    Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, President of Maxine Gran Investments, a privately run family investment company and former executive of Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd., a manufacturer of recycled paper products, has spent the last 20 years focusing her time in the not for profit sector.

    Read moreMaxine is the former President of the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and is currently the gallery’s Honourary Chairperson. As well she chairs their Nominating and Governance committee and a member of the Philanthropy and Building committees. Most recently Maxine has joined the boards of The National Ballet of Canada and Sinai Health Systems Foundation.

    A passion for the arts, culture and the city has driven most of Maxine’s philanthropy and advocacy over the years and she continues to support many other organizations in Canada.

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  • Mazyar Mortazavi

    Mazyar Mortazavi

    President and CEO of TAS

    Mazyar Mortazavi, President and CEO of TAS, is a prominent Toronto city builder with a passion for community-based initiatives. As an entrepreneur for the public good, Mortazavi operates on the philosophy that connected communities lead to beautiful, resilient cities.

    Read moreWith this passion for cities, he spearheads projects and initiatives that support local economy, celebrate culture and art, prioritize sustainability, and foster positive neighbourhood relationships.

    TAS was founded TAS in 1983 by the Mortazavis, who established the company’s roots as a custom home builder. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Masters in Architecture from the University of Waterloo, Mortazavi joined the family business.
    Under his direction, TAS is on the leading edge of change, developing beautifully designed buildings in urban neighbourhoods. Aesthetics aside, Mortazavi is committed to creating communities that follow TAS’s Four Pillars of Sustainability™, which highlight the company’s commitment to social, cultural, economic and environmental impact. Mazyar’s passion for community-based initiatives and his understanding of the socio-cultural underpinnings of design and development have played a guiding role in his work. He is actively involved with a variety of different not-for-profit and community groups. Mazyar is a board member of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Waterfront Toronto & The Bentway.

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  • Gabe Gonda

    Gabe Gonda

    Managing Director, Corporate Development, The Globe and Mail

    Gabe has a proven record as a leader in Canada’s top newsrooms, with almost two decades of experience in daily journalism. He spent a dozen years at the Toronto Star, where he covered city politics and ran the Insight section.

    Read moreIn 2010, he joined The Globe and Mail where he has held a variety of management roles, such as Focus Editor, Arts Editor, Weekend Editor and most recently Head of Opinion, Features and Sports. In these roles, he helped conceive and lead a variety of editorial and commercial collaborations, including work with CAMH that influenced government policy on mental health and an innovative marketing partnership with a leading Canadian financial services firm.

    A strong supporter of the Canadian cultural sector, Gabe co-chairs the board of the Canadian Art Foundation, which publishes the award-winning Canadian Art magazine. In that volunteer role, he has helped guide the foundation to financial stability and facilitated the renewal of its senior leadership team, as well as its board and strategy.

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Our Committees

Arts Advisory Committee
Community Advisory Committee
Brandy Leary Jennifer Chan
Liza Mauer Sarah Colley
Barbara Macdonald Philip Cote
Judy Matthews Philip Evans
Rui Pimenta Sam Egan
Asad Raza Brian Green
Christine Shaw Roger Jabaly
Dori Tunstall Gracia Dyer Jalea
Robin Young Amy Myhal
Ryan Myhal
Jake Tobin Garrett
Karen Warner