Barbara is a communications consultant with
over 25 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors.
She has extensive background as a senior program manager and policy
advisor, with particular expertise in the area of strategic communications,
board governance, policy and program design, public and media relations,
and public engagement. Fully bilingual, she is an articulate and
experienced public speaker, a passionate arts advocate, a strong
writer and a trained editor.
Barbara's recent experience
includes the conception and development of one-day workshops on
board governance for non-profit boards in Ontario, Manitoba and
Saskatchewan. She has also undertaken projects such as the following:
Barbara has a broad understanding of the
issues and challenges affecting the non-profit and voluntary sectors
from the point of view of different stakeholder groups, including
professional staff, board members, funding agencies, media and sponsors.
She is frequently called upon to write articles, profiles and training
materials. Three current examples include "Governance
Works! A guidebook of governance essentials," written for
Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba and SaskCulture
Inc. 2006; "From
Jeans to Jackets: Navigating the Transition to More Systematic
Governance," co-authored with Tim Plumptre, Institute on Governance,
Ottawa, 2003; and "Darkness
and Light: the Creative Journey of Paul-André Fortier," written
for the National Arts Centre's ArtsAlive website.
Firmly committed to community service, Barbara
believes in the power and potential of the non-profit and voluntary
sectors to significantly improve the lives of citizens. She has
contributed to the work of numerous national and community-based
boards. She is past chair of the Canada Dance Festival and current
chair of 10 Gates Dancing, a company directed by choreographer Tedd
Robinson. A former bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, she
now serves as a member of Ontario's Consent and Capacity Board.