Nominated Candidates for Board of Directors 2016

There are up to fifteen elected positions on the Theatre Ontario Board of Directors. Nine current Board members were elected in 2015 to two-year terms.

  • Lily Baird (Kingston)
  • Leah Dietrich (Toronto)
  • Ray Jacildo (Toronto)
  • Eyal Katz (Toronto)
  • Gil Katz (Toronto)
  • Helen Landry (Sudbury)
  • Deb Sholdice (Clinton)
  • Ted Sellers (Oshawa)
  • Joanne Williams (Toronto)

There are up to six positions on the Board of Directors to be elected as of the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Six nominations have been received. 


Mary Jane Boon (Newmarket)

(Standing for re-election to a second two-year term)

Boon_Mary_JaneMary Jane Boon B.Sc., CPA, CMA (Newmarket) is the Canadian CFO of Ammeraal Beltech Inc., a global manufacturing company. Mary Jane earned a B.Sc. from McMaster University and after years of working in finance departments, completed her Certified Management Accountant designation. She has built a resume of experience with privately- and publically-owned corporations as well as not-for-profit organizations. In addition to the development of her financial management career, she has been active with community theatres for over twenty years. Mary Jane is an award-winning lighting and set designer, working with a number of theatre groups throughout the Greater Toronto Area. In addition, she was involved with the administration of The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill and is a past President of that organization.


Betsy Chaly (Toronto)

(Standing for re-election to a second two-year term)

Chaly_BetsyBetsy Chaly is a bilingual marketing and communications professional with over fifteen years of experience in a variety of industries, including media, arts, telecom, government, and education.  Currently, she is the Vice President of Communications & Marketing at Indspire.  Prior to joining Indspire, Betsy provided consulting support to OCAD University, Tourism Northern Ontario, Waste Diversion Ontario, AIDWYC, and Don River.  Previously, she was the head of the marketing and communications departments at SOCAN, the Canada Media Fund, and CanWest MediaWorks, and she held various progressive roles at Bell.  Betsy is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, and she serves on the board of directors of Art Starts.  She earned her MBA in International Business from the University of New Brunswick and also holds a B.A. Honours in Geography and B.Sc. in Biology.

"I want to help Theatre Ontario strengthen its ability to serve the needs of the theatre industry in the province. A strengthened industry will impact Ontario's economy as well as its citizens."


Elley-Ray (Toronto)

(Standing for re-election to a third two-year term)


Elley-Ray  is an international, award-winning actress, writer, director and producer who has been in over 275 productions. A multiple Dora, Jesse, Gemini, and Pauline McGibbon award nominee and holding Ken McDougal and Harold awards, her recent accomplishments include the feature film Then Again, directing and voicing Z-Baw for Imagination Films, commercial spots for Zellers and TD Bank and two 3D animation feature films (Alley of Dreams, Papagiorgio the Great.) She was chosen as one of the Mille Femmes in LuminaTO for outstanding contribution to the arts including hosting the red carpet at Dora Mavor Moore awards and serving as a juror in the "Best Voice" category for the Emmys.

"I wish to serve on the Theatre Ontario Board Of Directors because theatre is intertwined into my soul. It has given me so much personally and professionally over the years. I am always looking to give back to a 'family' that gave me so much. I would use my experience of over 30 years with equity as a professional actress to serve the theatre and bring the passion, excitement, and joy to its endeavors that I bring to all of my personal and professional projects to ignite Toronto's flame of passion for theatre and see it burn brighter than ever."


Linda Lloyd-McKenzie (Brantford) 

(Standing for election to a first two-year term)

Lloyd-Mackenzie_LindaAlthough her parents would state she always had a flair for the dramatic, Linda had only acted a few times in school and had never gotten involved as an adult. It therefore came as a surprise to her that what started as minor involvement with her daughter in a children’s play awakened a passion in her that has blossomed into nearly a decade of acting, directing and producing community theatre in and around Brant County. Linda strives to promote theatre and the arts in general and holds memberships with several local cultural groups. She helped establish the Youth Theatre Program and Summer Youth Camps for Paris Performers’ Theatre in Paris, Ontario where she is the Artistic Director.  She has worked on various community theatre boards, and is currently the Secretary of Stage 88 Brantford. Linda resides in Brantford and is supported in her passions by her husband, Dan and their two children, James and Elizabeth.

"Theatre Ontario’s mission is to 'be the champion of theatre in Ontario through education and advocacy.' I admire this mission statement; it is succinct yet very concise, but foremost it is a mission in which I passionately believe. The arts, in general, are essential to create and maintain a healthy, economically thriving community. I truly believe that the arts are 'food for the soul.' Theatre, in particular, promotes the well-being of children and adults. It provides an outlet for creativity, stresses inclusion and teamwork, and aids in the building of confidence and self-worth. I am an advocate for theatre in my community: through working with many local theatre groups and participating on a community task-force for cultural advocacy. I believe the next step for furthering my passion for theatre, and the education and advocacy thereof, is to help guide efforts at a provincial level. I would be very honoured to join the Theatre Ontario Board of Directors."


George Randolph (Toronto)

(Standing for re-election to a second two-year term)

Randolph_GeorgeGeorge Curtiss Randolph, Jr. (Toronto) is a pioneer in performing arts education and former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal.  George has over 35 years of international dance performance and education experience. His expertise in developing performing arts programs has resulted in over 1,000 alumni armed with the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts’ (registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.) signature Triple Threat® (act, sing, dance) training. The legacy of this training is currently represented by award-winning TV and film actors, producers, recording artists, directors, choreographers and performers on the world’s stages and screen, including Broadway (N.Y.), West End (London) and Canada’s famed Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, and Mirvish Productions.


Neil Wiancko (Toronto)

(Appointed during the 2015-2016 year, and standing for election to a first two-year term)

Wiancko_NeilAs Factory Theatre’s Development and Partnerships Manager, Neil oversees all fundraising revenue streams including individual giving, major donor acquisition, corporate sponsorship/donations, and foundation donations.  Prior to joining Factory, Neil spent seven years working at Public Outreach, a fundraising consultancy, where he managed national long-term individual giving campaigns for Canada’s largest NGOs and small charitable organizations. His leadership of national fundraising events for Plan Canada, Red Cross, Oxfam, SickKids Hospital Foundation, CAMH and others has solidified his belief in and support of the intersection of fundraising and marketing required to attract and maintain a sustainable donor base. Outside of fundraising and donor engagement, Neil’s passion lies in music and the arts. Having spent 10 years performing acoustic folk music across Canada, he has worked tirelessly to support the arts both locally and nationally through his organization of community music groups and large-scale Canadian folk festivals.

"As a passionate advocate of Canadian theatre, music, and art in general, I am thrilled to have been appointed to the board of Theatre Ontario. The opportunities that Theatre Ontario creates for aspiring young artistic talent is very important to the performing arts community, not just in Ontario but in the whole of Canada, and it is an honour to support them in their mission and vision. With my position on the board I hope to use my eight years of fundraising experience to create stronger ties with Theatre Ontario’s supporters and to help strengthen the organizations fundraising efforts."


401 Richmond Street West, Suite 350, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8
Telephone: 416.408.4556 (Find an Extension) / Fax: 416.408.3402
Get Directions / Contact Us via E-Mail


Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
(In July and August, our hours are Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm and Friday: 9 am to 1 pm)