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Board Members

Pierre Lassonde

Pierre Lassonde, C.M., O.Q.

Chair
Toronto, Ontario

In 1982, Mr. Lassonde co-founded the Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation, the first publicly traded gold company. In 2002, the company merged with Newmont Mining Corp to become the world’s largest mining company. Mr. Lassonde was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002 and Officer of the Quebec Order in 2008.

Mr. Lassonde is an active and engaged philanthropist in both Canada and the United States. He sat on the Board of Directors of Opera Colorado from 2003 to 2008 and was, until December 2016, Chairman of the Board of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. He has donated to institutions such as the University of Toronto, College Marie-Clarac, the University of Utah, Ecole Polytechnique, the University of Western Ontario, Ryerson and York University as well as the MNBAQ.

Pierre Lassonde has been appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts for a five-year term effective July 28, 2015 to July 27, 2020.

Photo : Laura Arsie Photography

Nathalie Bondil

Nathalie Bondil, C.M., C.Q.

Vice-Chair
Montréal, Quebec

Art historian Nathalie Bondil, a dual citizen of France and Canada, has been the Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and its Chief Curator since 2007, during which time, the Museum has doubled attendance rates to over a million visitors a year. Thanks to her leadership, the Museum has built an enviable reputation for its design, production and exportation of dynamic exhibitions on the international scene, as well as expanding to include ambitious several new pavilions.

In 2008, Nathalie Bondil received the insignia of the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic for her work as chief curator of the internationally acclaimed exhibition ¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today. In 2015, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

Nathalie Bondil has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts for a four-year term effective March 31, 2014 to March 30, 2018.

Photo : © Studio SPG Le Pigeon

Beverley K. Foy

Beverley K. Foy

Calgary, Alberta

Beverley Foy, FCA, is a retired client service partner of Collins Barrow Calgary LLP where she provided audit, accounting and taxation services to private companies and their shareholders, and audit services to not-for-profit organizations. Major industries among her commercial clients were real estate, oilfield service and professional services.

She has a long history of volunteer participation in the community and within her profession. It has included past board and committee roles with Calgary Opera, YWCA of Calgary, YMCA of Calgary, International Women’s Forum Calgary chapter and Soroptimist International of Calgary. At Calgary Opera, she was Chair for three years. She is currently on the board of The Calgary Foundation.

In 2010, she was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.

Beverley Foy was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts for a four-year term effective June 6, 2013 to June 5, 2017.

Photo : Trudie Lee Photography

Isabelle Hudon

Isabelle Hudon

Montreal, Quebec

Isabelle Hudon has been Sun Life Financial's Quebec president since August 2010. She is well known on the Quebec business scene for her outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

Ms. Hudon was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (2004-08) and President of Marketel, a major advertising agency in Montreal (2008-10). Ms. Hudon was named “Business Woman of the Year” by Consumer Choice Award and Francophone Business Woman of the Year by the Réseau des femmes d'affaires francophones du Canada.

Ms. Hudon serves on the boards of Hydro-Québec, Aéroports de Montréal, Holt Renfrew Canada and Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX: TRQ).

Isabelle Hudon was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts for a four-year term effective October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2017.

Photo : Martin Girard (Shoot Studio)

Linked In Isabelle Hudon Twitter @HudonIsabelle
Cheryl Sharfe

Cheryl Sharfe

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cheryl Sharfe has been actively engaged in Winnipeg’s arts community for more than 30 years. After working in nursing for over 10 years, she earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba (1981), and became a visual artist working in sculpture (wood and metal) and mixed media on paper. She served on the Board of Governors of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1993-95) and was President of Sterling Art Sales (1984-99), a company that imported and sold original art glass and ceramics.

Passionate about music, she has also served as a member of the Board of two major Winnipeg-based non-profit organizations: GroundSwell (1993-95), which presents new music from Winnipeg and around the world, and the Suzuki Talent Education Institute of Manitoba Inc.

Cheryl Sharfe was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts for a four-year term effective October 30, 2014 to October 29, 2018.

Photo : Lisa Brezinski / L.K.B. Photography

Twitter @csharfe

There are currently 6 vacancies, please consult the Privy Council Office website for information on the Board appointments process.