Our Board

Chaired by Krisitan Clarke, Executive Director of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, ArtsBuild’s Board of Directors provides strategic advice as well as arts sector and industry expertise.

Kristian Clarke, President

Executive Director, Dancer Transition Resource Centre 

As current Executive Director of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC),  Kristian brings many years of experience leading not-for-profit arts organizations.  He was the Executive Director of Canadian Artists Representation/le front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC Ontario) for nearly a decade, and previously was its Membership Coordinator. Most recently, he has been working with performing artists as Senior Projects Manager at Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. While there, he took a leading role in creating and developing the Not in OUR Space! anti-harassment campaign for live performance artists working under Equity contracts.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Leeds, and a post-graduate degree in Cultural Management from Humber College.

Chris Plunkett, Vice President

Vice President, Global Communications, OpenText

Chris Plunkett is the Vice-President of Global Communications at OpenText, one of Canada’s largest software companies. Prior to joining OpenText, Chris was the Vice-President of External Relations at Communitech, where he was an advocate for the more than one thousand small, mid-sized and large technology companies in Waterloo Region.

Chris was also Spokesperson at the Embassy of Canada to the United States in Washington, D.C., worked at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York, and held a variety of positions within the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Bill Ralph, Treasurer

Special Advisor, Infrastructure Ontario’s Loan Program

With over 25 years of financial and managerial experience with the Government of Ontario, Bill is a proven leader in shaping the way that infrastructure projects are financed and delivered in Ontario. He established the Ontario Strategic Infrastructure Financing Authority (OSIFA) – an innovative, affordable and efficient public infrastructure loan program and the first of its kind in Canada. Prior to OSIFA, Bill led the development of Ontario’s Infrastructure Planning, Finance and Procurement Framework as well as a number of high-profile projects for the Ministry of Finance.

Bill has an Honours BA in Economics from Queen’s University and an MBA from York University.

Zainub Verjee, Advisory Chair

Executive Director, Ontario Associations of Art Galleries (OAAG)

Nisha Dhaliwal

Strategic Business Manager, Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers

Christopher Loreto, Past President

Past President, ArtsBuild Board of Directors
Principal, StrategyCorp

Chris is a Principal with StrategyCorp specializing in providing clients with advice on public policy development, public-private partnerships (P3s), alternative service delivery (ASD), strategic and business planning, strategic procurement, capital projects development and delivery, and stakeholder engagement. Chris has more than 14 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors at the executive level. Prior to joining StrategyCorp, Chris was a Vice President with the financial advisory practice of one of Canada’s largest professional services firms.

Chris spent nine years with the Ontario government in increasingly more responsible positions. He was the Director of the Accommodation and Property Management Policy Branch with the Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal where he managed a budget of $150M, exercised oversight over the Ontario Realty Corporation, and developed strategic policy to leverage the government’s accommodation portfolio to support government priorities. Prior to that, Chris was the Manager of Affordable Housing Policy with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing where he led the development of policy to implement the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Agreement, and was also the Manager of Corporate Policy and Special Advisor to the CEO of the Ontario Strategic Infrastructure Financing Authority (now IO Loans).

While he was with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Chris led the team that drafted the Ontario government’s Building A Better Tomorrow Infrastructure Planning, Financing and Procurement Framework. In 2001, Chris served as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs where he managed sensitive files and issues critical to the advancement of the government’s agenda.

Chris has his BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and his MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.


ArtsBuild Ontario Strategic Plan