Creating Truly Decent Work - In Times of Crisis and Beyond

Tuesday September 29, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Explore how the best boards have been responding, both before and during COVID, to the increasing urgency of ensuring that their organizations are supportive and equitable workplaces. What is the board’s role and responsibility in creating truly decent workplaces that meet today’s expectations and values? Explore how the definition and challenges of decent work have changed in the past six months, and how arts organizations are adjusting their human resources policies and practices in light of the transition to delayed openings and working from home. Join presenters Lucy White, Nadia Bello and Lisa Marie DiLiberto as they imagine new ways to balance the financial needs of our organizations with the need to sustain the livelihoods of our most important resources: artists and arts-workers. 

Zoom Webinar 


4:00 pm Webinar housekeeping by Jaclyn Rodrigues, Community Engagement Manager, Toronto Arts Foundation
4:05 pm Welcome and Introduction by Jini Stolk, Toronto Arts Foundation Research Fellow
4:10 pm Overview of Decent Work and the Board's Role by Lucy White, Principal, The Osborne Group
4:18 pm Discussion featuring Nadia Bello, Organization Development Consultant, Lisa Marie DiLiberto, Artistic Director, Theatre Direct and Lucy White
4:50 pm Q & A
5:00 pm Closing Remarks/Announcements


Do you have question you would like answered during our webinar? Please email Alexandra at alexandra[at]torontoarts[dot]org and we will do our best to include it in our Q&A portion. 

Toronto Arts Foundation is committed to ensuring as accessible an environment as possible for all our programming/events. If you require accessibility services for this webinar, please let Alexandra know via email at alexandra[at]torontoarts[dot]org by Monday September 21, 2020. A recording and transcription of the webinar will also be made available at a later date.

This workshop is free and funded through Toronto Arts Foundation’s general donations. Please make a donation today to help us continue offering these workshops for free to more champions like yourself.

About the speakers and panelists: 

Lucy White is a skilled non-profit executive with over thirty years’ experience primarily in the cultural sector. As a Principal with The Osborne Group, Lucy provides consulting services, leadership coaching, and interim management for non-profit organizations. Her cultural sector clients have included, REEL Canada, Royal Manitoba Theatre Company, Esprit Orchestra, Western Canada Theatre Company, ARCCO, and TAC/TAF. Lucy has served as executive director of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and as Associate Director of ACCESS Copyright. As a voluntary leader, she is currently on the boards of the Friends of the Osborne Collection at Toronto Public Library and Mindfulness Everyday, and in the past has served on the boards of Arts Consultants Canada, Theatre Smith Gilmour, Art of Time Ensemble, Culture Days, Cultural Human Resources Council, and the Canadian Copyright Institute. Lucy helped to found both the Canadian Arts Coalition and the Performing Arts Alliance.

Nadia Bello is an organization development consultant who works with non-profit and public sector organizations. She specializes in facilitation, training, investigations, non-profit human resources and governance, and equity and diversity. Nadia has twenty plus years of non-profit experience, and is a former elected official on the Toronto District School Board. Nadia is a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP), a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), and holds a Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD).

Lisa Marie DiLiberto is the Artistic Director of Theatre Direct, a company dedicated to creating and producing work for young audiences, now in its 44th season. She is the Founder of FIXT POINT Arts and Media, the co-creator of The Tale of a Town - Canada, a multi-year theatre and media project that has toured to every province and territory, and the co-creator of Main Street Ontario an animated series now airing its second season on TVO. Lisa Marie is a guest instructor at Queen’s University and on faculty at Centennial College where she teaches Clown and Acting. Lisa Marie holds a Masters of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies from York University and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an Artistic Advisor for the National Arts Centre of Canada, a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and École Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. Lisa Marie is an advocate for artist caregivers, a Dora-nominated director, and the proud mom of two wild children.

Jini Stolk, Toronto Arts Foundation Research Fellow, and co-founder and Creative Champions Lead, is a current member of the board of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and has served on many boards including the Centre for Social Innovation and Toronto Arts Council. She was founding chair of the Ontario Nonprofit Network; and has chaired the Artscape, Hum dansoundart and Six Stages Theatre Festival boards. She has led producing and arts service organizations including Creative Trust, Toronto Dance Theatre and the Toronto Theatre Alliance; and has advised boards of directors across Toronto and Ontario. Her contributions as a leader and advocate in the arts have been recognized by the William Kilbourn Award for the Celebration of Toronto's Cultural Life, among other awards.

Creative Champions: a Toronto Arts Board Network
John McKellar, C.M., Q.C.
Honourary Chair, Creative Champions Network

About Creative Champions
Toronto Arts Foundation is working to find creative solutions to key challenges facing the arts community in Toronto. Volunteer leadership is a powerful force in promoting the value of the arts in society, in advancing policy, in encouraging philanthropy, and in guiding sustainable arts organizations. There is tremendous untapped potential for cohesiveness, collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst the estimated 1200 arts champions volunteering on arts boards in Toronto.