Interim Executive Director | 519.880.3670 x 103 | Pronouns: she, her, hers
Diana comes to ABO after several years with Arts Council Wood Buffalo in Fort McMurray, Alberta, where she held a variety of posts including Programs Manager and Interim Executive Director. She helped establish the Arts Council as a trusted arts support organization for the region through educational program initiatives, focused advocacy campaigns, and recovery leadership after the 2016 wildfire disaster. Her past experience in her former community also includes Facility Manager of the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Company Manager for Theatre; Just Because, and board member of the Wood Buffalo 2018 Alberta Winter Games. Diana was named one of the Wood Buffalo region’s 2017 Top 50 Under 50 by Your McMurray Magazine (Balsom Communications), and one of 12 nominees in the 2017-18 Women of Inspiration Series presented by Girls Inc of Northern Alberta and Syncrude. Diana holds a BA and an MA in History from McMaster University, as well as a Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) from the University of Toronto.
Executive Director | On Maternity Leave | Pronouns: she, her, hers
Alex has been with ArtsBuild since January 2015 and is responsible for the development, advocacy, and overall programs, partnerships, and communications at ArtsBuild Ontario. At ABO, Alex has executed grants from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Province of Ontario. She managed the development of the Accessibility Toolkit for Creative Spaces in Ontario and a corresponding six-part webinar series. She 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. Alex was previously the Program & Assistant Executive Director, 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 a graduate certificate in Public Relations from Mohawk College.
Program Manager | 519.880.3670 x 102 | Pronouns: she, her, hers
Amy Poole joined ABO in December 2019 and is responsible for developing, managing, and executing all ABO programs – including ABO’s core programs: SpaceFinder, Creative Spaces Mentoring Network and Asset Planner for the Arts. She also manages partnerships, supports advocacy, and development.
Amy has program support and communications experience in the non-profit, arts, and heritage sectors, previously applying her skills to her work and volunteerism with the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario, the Erland Lee (Museum) Home, and the Dundas Museum and Archives. Amy holds two honours degrees which include a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Labour Studies from Brock University, and a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Guelph.
Program & Communications Coordinator | 519.880.3670 x 101 | she, her, hers