Large Institutions Committee

Anthony Sargent, CBE (Chair)

Anthony Sargent is CEO of Toronto’s Luminato Festival. For the previous 15 years he was founding general director of Sage Gateshead, an international cultural centre for music performance and education in England, recognized internationally for its outstandingly versatile orchestra, wide-ranging performance program and commitment to inclusivity, accessibility and social engagement. Earlier in his career Anthony spent 16 years with the BBC in a range of television and radio management, production and presentation roles in the arts and in current affairs; 10 years as Head of Arts for Birmingham City Council (responsible for the city’s cultural strategy and the leadership of most of its large-scale arts projects and venues), and 5 years as Artistic Projects Director at London’s Southbank Centre leading many of the centre’s largest scale festivals and projects.

At other points in his life Anthony has been a professional musician, a recording producer, a Board director of UK and European cultural institutions, and the elected chair of the New York-based International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), the leading international network for performing arts for whom he has hosted fourteen editions of ISPA's artistic commissioning pitch session in North and South America, Europe and Asia. An awardee of the CBE, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Hon Doctor of Music (and two other university fellowships) and recipient of the Freedom of the Borough of Gateshead, in 2008 (jointly with UK football legend Sir Bobby Robson) Anthony was awarded the Hotspur Award, given for outstanding contribution to the development (”with bold endeavor”) of North East England.

Kelvin Browne is the Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. The Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national museum of ceramics, and one of the great specialty museums in the world. Prior to joining the Gardiner Museum in November 2013, Kelvin held several positions at the Royal Ontario Museum – Canada’s largest museum of both culture and nature – beginning in 2004 when he became the Managing Director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture. Here he produced exhibitions and other programs connecting the museum’s collections with contemporary themes. Kelvin subsequently became the Vice-President of Marketing, and then the Vice-President of Marketing and Major Exhibitions, where his portfolio included marketing, sales, public relations, membership, major exhibitions, and all aspects of design at the museum.

Mervon Mehta  A student of the late Sanford Meisner, Mehta has performed as an actor in over 100 theatrical productions, including residencies at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, and two seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He was a founding member of the Neighborhood Group Theatre in New York City, and has appeared on the stages of the Court, Steppenwolf, and Apple Tree theatres in Chicago. In 1994, Mehta put his theatrical career on ‘temporary’ hold and joined the Ravinia Festival in Chicago as programmer for their pop concert series. In 1998, he became Director of Programming and added the title of Director of Production in 2001. In 2002, Mehta was named the first Vice President of Programming and Education at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Under his leadership, the Kimmel Center brought an array of talent across many genres of music to Philadelphia. Since 2009, Mehta has been the Executive Director of Performing Arts for The Royal Conservatory. He oversaw the launch of Koerner Hall and is responsible for programming Koerner Hall’s successful series of classical, jazz, world music and pop concerts, as well as overseeing all of the other performances and events throughout The Conservatory’s home at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning. He has served the arts community in various capacities, including acting as co-chair of the International Society of Performing Arts Congress in Toronto; as a juror for the Juno Awards and the OSM Concours; and as a grant adjudicator for the City of Toronto, Toronto Arts Council, and Ontario Arts Council. He also serves on the board of Intercultural Journeys in Philadelphia and is a member of the Toronto Music Advisory Committee. Mehta still appears on stage frequently as a narrator of orchestral works. He has performed with top orchestras in Munich, Monte Carlo, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Chicago, Houston, Budapest, and Lisbon; and at the Festival de Radio France and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, under the batons of Christoph Eschenbach, Lawrence Foster, and Zubin Mehta.

Heidi Reitmaier is Deputy Director and chief of public programming and learning at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the former Executive Director and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA).  Reitmaier returned to Toronto in 2017 from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) where she was the Dr. Robert N. Mayer Director of Learning and Public Programs. Reitmaier’s work in arts and culture spans over 20 years, having held academic, curatorial and leadership roles with the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Tate, London, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, BBC, Central St Martins and as an editor for Make, magazine of women’s art and Versus Magazine.  She has contributed catalogue essays on Sarah Lucas, Superflex, Margaret Harrison, and Anish Kapoor amongst others. She is an alumni of the Getty Leadership Institute Program 2016.

Kerry Swanson is a seasoned arts consultant, project manager and facilitator dedicated to creating opportunities for Indigenous artists.  She is Chair of the Board of Directors for the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and founding member of the Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto Collective.  As Associate Director of Granting at Ontario Arts Council, she led the design and launch of the Indigenous Culture Fund, a $5 million annual funding program supporting Indigenous communities and ways of life.  At Toronto Arts Council, Kerry managed the launch of six new funding programs, partnering with large institutions including the Toronto District School Board, Banff Centre, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto Public Library, and the City of Toronto Historic Sites. She designed TAC’s first Indigenous Arts Projects program and the innovative Open Door Fund.  Kerry is the former Executive Director of imagineNATIVE, where she also was co-curator of the exhibition Shapeshifters, Time Travelers and Storytellers at the ROM, co-editor of the book Code Territories: Tracing Indigenous Pathways in New Media Art and co-author of the report Indigenous Feature Film Production in Canada: A National and International Perspective.  She also worked as Producer on the award-winning film The Underground.  Kerry has a Masters in Communication and Culture from Ryerson and York Universities, where her thesis paper on the artist Kent Monkman was nominated for a Governor General’s Silver Medal.   Kerry was born and raised in Chapleau, northern Ontario, in a family of Cree/Ojibwe, Irish and French heritage.  She is a member of the Michipicoten First Nation, with familial ties to the Chapleau Cree First Nation.