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In addition to our Board of Directors, we have committees, advisories and working groups that serve the priorities of the membership and the mission of PACT.

Each committee is chaired by a member of the PACT Board of Directors and meets at different times throughout the year. Committees are comprised of:

  • member of the Board of Directors
  • staff at PACT member companies
  • PACT Staff
  • theatre professionals who work at companies who are not members of PACT
  • independent artists

Each committee addresses major issues facing the PACT membership as well as Canadian theatre as a whole and strives to create a better environment in which theatre can be created. Committee chairs are listed on our Board of Directors.

Committees

Advocacy

Portfolio Director: Nick Tracey, Senior Director of Administrator, Young People’s Theatre (Toronto, ON)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Mirette A. Shoeir, Membership & Communications Manager, mirettes@pact.ca

This committee directs the association’s ongoing advocacy activities, which aim to inform and engage stakeholder groups as well as the general public, not only in political advocacy but also in connection with matters including EDI, sustainability and sectoral engagement. We believe that theatre makes an essential contribution to Canadian life and well-being, and that the experience of theatre should be readily accessible to all Canadians.  Our goal is to influence government and sector policy to advance these beliefs.

Environmental Stewardship

Portfolio Director: Natasha MacLellan, Artistic Director, Theatre New Brunswick (Fredericton, NB)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Zachary Moull, Program Manager, zacharym@pact.ca

The Environmental Stewardship Committee researches, identifies and promotes the adoption of best practices around Environmental Stewardship for PACT’s operations and the theatre sector at large, to facilitate activation of the sector’s unique responsibility to respond artistically to the urgency of the climate crisis, and to promote the sector’s profound ability to inspire societal change.

Executive

Portfolio Director: Nina Lee Aquino, Artistic Director, Factory Theatre (Toronto, ON)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Boomer Stacey, Executive Director, boomers@pact.ca

The Executive Committee responds to immediate issues facing the organization and its membership and supports the Executive Director. The committee ensures that the management of PACT adheres to the current strategic and operating plans and provides advice and support to the Executive Director.

Finance

Portfolio Director: Evan Klassen, Managing Director, Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, BC)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Boomer Stacey, Executive Director, boomers@pact.ca

The Finance Committee oversees financial issues relating to PACT. The committee keeps the Board of Directors informed on the organization’s financial status, reviews annual forecasts, budgets and audits, ensures that the organization’s finances are prudent and in keeping with the board’s plans, and acts as a resource to the Executive Director.

Governance

Portfolio Director: Jay Dodge, Artistic Producer, Boca del Lupo (Vancouver, BC)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Mirette A. Shoeir, Membership & Communications Manager, mirettes@pact.ca

The Governance Committee addresses issues relating to succession planning, board recruitment and policy and acts as the nominating committee for the Board of Directors. The committee maintains the PACT Bylaws, ensures compliance with legal requirements and helps new Board members settle into their role.

Health & Safety

Portfolio Director: Currently Vacant
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: TBD

The Health & Safety Committee aims to increase PACT and member understanding of Health & Safety and the sharing of best practices in different regions.

Human Resources

Portfolio Director: Kathryn Westoll, Executive Director, Geordie Productions (Montreal, QC)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: TBD

The Human Resources Committee aims to increase PACT and member understanding of Human Resources and promote best practices for the Theatre sector. The Committee will provide information and/or recommendations to the Board of Directors, staff, and committees as necessary and will research and will stay informed on changing policies and laws across in the various provinces and territories.

International Relations

Portfolio Director: Sage Wright, Associate Producer, National Arts Centre – Indigenous Theatre (Ottawa, ON)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Boomer Stacey, Executive Director, boomers@pact.ca

The International Relations Committee’s goal is to increase PACT and Canadian theatres’ engagement and exchange within the international theatre community, by establishing connections, relationships, and opportunities with international artists, festivals, organizations and ASO’s. In addition, to share international opportunities with PACT members while encouraging international partners to participate in PACT programming.

Labour Relations

Portfolio Director: Lisa Li, Managing Director, Prairie Theatre Exchange (Manitoba, MB)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Eleanor Antoncic, Labour Relations Manager, eleanor@pact.ca

The Labour Relations Committee provides support, leadership and input on labour relations issues in Canadian Theatre. The committee discusses, strategizes and interprets labour agreements and issues as necessary, assists staff in recruiting negotiating teams and recommends policies to the Board and membership.

Membership & Engagement

Portfolio Director: Andrew Lamb, Artistic Director, Roseneath Theatre (Toronto, ON)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Mirette A. Shoeir, Membership & Communications Manager, mirettes@pact.ca

The Membership & Engagement Committee addresses issues such as recruitment, assessment of applications, dues increases, member retention activities, volunteer recognition, and from time to time to recommend Honorary Life Membership designation and serve as an advisory for the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award.

 

Advisories

Caucus Advisory

Portfolio Director: Pablo Felices-Luna, Artistic Director, Manitoba Theatre for Young People (Winnipeg, MB)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Zachary Moull, Program Manager, zacharym@pact.ca

The Caucus Advisory is comprised of eight caucuses that have specific mandates relating to the membership. They are:

  • Category ‘A’ Theatres
  • Indigenous
  • Regional Theatres
  • Rural Theatres
  • Summer Theatres
  • Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA)

The Advisory exists to ensure each caucus’ concerns are represented at the board level and to make recommendations on issues that might benefit the membership. The Caucus representatives ensure their caucus meets regularly and acts as a conduit of information both from the caucus to the Board and vice versa.

Regional Advisory

Portfolio Director: Mieko Ouchi, TD Artistic Associate, Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, AB)
PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Zachary Moull, Program Manager, zacharym@pact.ca

The Regional Advisory ensures regional issues are communicated to and addressed through the work of PACT. They are:

  • Region 1 – British Columbia
  • Region 2 – Alberta & the Territories
  • Region 3 – Saskatchewan & Manitoba
  • Region 4 – Ontario (outside Toronto)
  • Region 5 – Toronto
  • Region 6 – Quebec
  • Region 7 – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island
  • Region 8 – Newfoundland & Labrador

The Regional Advisory exists to ensure each region’s concerns are represented at the board level and to make recommendations on issues that might benefit the membership. The Region representatives ensure their region meets regularly and acts as a conduit of information both from the regions to the Board and vice versa.

Working Groups

In addition to each committee PACT creates ad-hoc groups from time to time that deal with relevant issues. These groups tend to have specific focuses and defined timelines and usually dissolve once the work of the group is complete. Past working groups have centred on issues of advocacy, labour, diversity and PACT’s international presence.

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