Our Board of Directors consists of professionals dedicated to our artistic mandate.
President of the Board
Ashley Stacey is a lawyer with Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. Ashley’s practice is focused on advising First Nations and First Nation-owned businesses on corporate and commercial transactions, including advising on tax efficient structures and strategies, and negotiating the purchase and sale of a business, including share and asset purchase agreements, business due diligence, and regulatory compliance. She is a member of the Mohawk Nation in Kahnawà:ke. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ashley worked at the Royal Bank of Canada, taught English in Tanzania, worked at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, and studied the Italian language and art history in Florence.
Vice-President of the Board
Georgia Quartaro’s career has centred on creating more inclusive and meaningful programs for people facing barriers to education and training: women facing domestic violence, women with disabilities and addiction and mental health histories, Indigenous women and new Canadians. Georgia worked in Brazil connecting impoverished women to jobs and education and advancing a more inclusive national educational strategy. In the 35 years she spent working at George Brown College, Georgia helped develop the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor/Advocate Program (AWCCA) and most recently held the role of Dean of the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies. Georgia and a Confederation College colleague created a northern certificate program based on AWCCA, bringing expertise and training to women in northern Ontario doing frontline anti-violence work in First Nations communities. Georgia also participates in the Indigenous Peoples Education Circle which supports Indigenous learners in Ontario’s community colleges.
MIGIZIW (BOB) CRAWFORD
Migiziw (Bob) Crawford is from the Algonquin Nation and is Turtle Clan. He is currently the Indigenous Professor/Counsellor at George Brown College. He has over 30 years of experience in leadership positions in various mental health, child welfare and addiction settings. His past work includes consultation and training on Indigenous multi-generational trauma issues for numerous child welfare agencies. Bob has developed curriculum and training manuals for Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal agencies and communities in regards to health care, child welfare and historical trauma. Additionally, Bob is the former Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and has sat on numerous boards of directors including Anishnawbe Health as president, Algonquin Nation Land Claim Negotiations Directorate executive board member and Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto.
Kaitlin Ritchie is a descendant of Chapleau Cree First Nation. She is an associate at Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP (OKT) in Toronto, Ontario – a law firm that works towards justice for Indigenous peoples, protection of the environment, and advancement of human rights. At OKT, Kaitlin’s work consists of assisting in negotiations involving First Nations and various levels of government, primarily in the legal context of Treaty 9, as well as policy development matters. Kaitlin also advises First Nations within specific claims processes, matters involving the duty to consult and accommodate, and internal Band Council governance matters. While studying law at Osgoode Hall, Kaitlin was active as an Executive Committee member of Osgoode’s Indigenous Law Student’s Association (OISA) and volunteered with Osgoode’s Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP). As an individual concerned with FN youth, Kaitlin volunteers as a mentor for “Outside Looking In”, an organization that focuses on dance as a way of guiding youth on a journey to academic achievement and overall well-being.