Get on Board: Workshop & Speaker Series

‘Get on Board’ with the arts sector with our series of sessions and networking events.

Our Get on Board Leadership Sessions & Speaker Series provides opportunities for volunteer arts board leaders, and those who wish to join arts boards, to enhance their knowledge of the sector and the art of good governance. Arts board members are among our community’s most important volunteers: ensuring through their guidance and support that Toronto maintains an unsurpassed variety of creative organizations and opportunities, available to all.

Toronto Arts Foundation Creative Trust Research Fellow, Jini Stolk, leads the Creative Champions Network and programs and facilitates its sessions and events. She has led producing and arts service organizations, has chaired and served on many arts and non-profit boards, and has advised boards of directors across Toronto and Ontario. 

A note regarding COVID-19 and Creative Champions Network

As you have no doubt guessed, public health regulations, along with our need to protect all of you, our members, and our staff and speakers, mean that we cannot proceed with our April and June sessions as originally planned. We are well aware of the many questions and difficult decisions you’re all facing, so we are moving to a webinar/online format aimed at helping board members cope with the shifting realities and immediate concerns of the arts community. We will be sending out a communication soon with more detailed information and updates as they become available.

During these unprecedented times, Toronto Arts Council will be sending regular bulletins to its mailing list about COVID-19 updates, the steps they're taking to help the Toronto arts community, what you can do to help, and more. Please forward these regular bulletins on to friends and colleagues. For those who are not on the mailing list, SIGN UP to receive regular COVID-19 bulletins from Toronto Arts Council.  

Save the date! Our sessions usually run in the evenings. We look forward to hosting you at one of our upcoming events:

Save-the-date for one of our other exciting sessions coming up:

Making Space - June 2 - POSTPONED
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this CCN session has been postponed.
In Toronto it often feels like space really is “the last frontier”. Creative and practical ideas on finding space that works, and planning and implementing new partnerships, upgrades, renovations, energy saving and capital projects in our high-cost city. 

Board Policies: Which, How, When? - September 15

Developing board and governance policies in a way that promotes discussion, understanding and commitment to clear, collaborative working practices and organizational excellence. 
Arts Education: A New View - October 20

Is arts education the most effective arts awareness, audience development, and social impact strategy we have? If so, why aren’t we sharing best practices and advocating harder for our work and its essential impact on young people and society?
Ideas Exchange - December 1

What worked? What didn’t? What are your most burning questions? What would you like to share? An open exchange of creative ideas and practical lessons – bridging the gap (is there a gap?) between experienced and emerging board leaders. Followed by a festive seasonal celebration of you, our Creative Champions!

Sign up to receive your invitations to attend more Creative Champions Network events.

Please visit the SIGN UP page or contact: Alexandra Loewen, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at or 416.392.6800 x215

Thank you very much to our many partners and supporters.