Our Staff

Patricia McKinna
Executive Director | 519.880.3670 x 102

Originally from Montreal, Pat has worked across Canada and in the U.S. as manager, producer and consultant.   She brings considerable experience with both new and heritage performance spaces such as Toronto’s TELUS Centre, Elgin/WinterGarden Theatre Centre, Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street, Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre, and Grand Theatres in London and Kingston.    While completing her MBA in Ottawa, she developed a practice as public sector consultant, working with clients such as the National Advisory Council on Science & Technology and Industry Canada. In all positions, her favourite challenge is ‘managing to make good things happen’!

Pat holds a BA in French with a Certificate of Bilingualism; a BSc in Math and Computer Science; an ARCT in Piano Performance; an MBA; and is completing a Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from Centennial College where she is also a part-time faculty member in Arts Management.  Selected work credits include Ross Petty Productions (Associate Producer/General Manager); RCM Performing Arts (founding General Manager); and Toronto Summer Music Festival (Interim Executive Director).

Alex Glass
Program & Assistant Executive Director | 519.880.3670 x 103

Alex has been with ArtsBuild since January 2015 and is responsible for the overall programs, partnerships and communications at ArtsBuild Ontario. She also supports advocacy and development. At ABO, Alex managed the expansion of SpaceFinder across Canada in 11 communities as well as developed and delivered The Learning Series – a collection of workshops, webinars and resources that support ABO’s core programs. She also manages the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network and Asset Planner for the Arts. She connects with arts organizations and communities across Ontario, and is always looking to provide new and relevant programs for creative spaces. Alex was previously the Program Manager and Marketing & Communications Coordinator at ABO.

She brings experience from previous roles in the arts and nonprofit sector, including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Talisker Players Chamber Music and Canterbury Hills Conference Centre and Camp. Alex holds an honours degree in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and is a graduate from Mohawk College’s Public Relations Graduate Certificate program.

Erin Borch
Program & Communications Coordinator | 519.880.3670 x 101

Erin joined ArtsBuild in June 2018. She is responsible for program support and communications for ArtsBuild Ontario initiatives, and manages 44 Gaukel rentals.

She brings a history of producing promotional strategies and supporting programming initiatives within not for profit organizations including the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Erin holds an honours degree in Communications and Political Science from Carleton University and completed a Post-Graduate certificate in Arts Management from Centennial College.

Christina Di Paola
Community Coordinator

Christina is the newest member of ArtsBuild Ontario. She supports 44 Gaukel rentals and initiatives and supports programs with a focus on SpaceFinder.

Christina is passionate about creating community engagement through inclusive public programming and events. Originally from York Region, Christina has lived, volunteered, and worked throughout Southern Ontario at a wide variety of arts organizations and festivals, and is now happy to call Kitchener home. These include the Aurora Cultural Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Christina is also primarily a mixed media artist and has a love for working in arts and culture. Christina earned a post-graduate certification in Arts Management from Centennial College, to compliment her Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Honours, from The University of Waterloo.