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Committees & Regions and Caucuses

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:

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. 
 
If you are interested in joining a committee and want to learn more please contact PACT’s Membership & Communications Associate, Josh Marchesini, joshm@pact.ca 

Advocacy

Portfolio Director: Nick Tracey, Senior Director of Administrator, Young People’s Theatre (Toronto, ON)

PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Zachary Moull, Program Manager, zacharym@pact.ca

The Advocacy Committee addresses issues such as government relations and public awareness of the value of the performing arts. The committee discusses advocacy issues relating to PACT’s strategic and operating plans, shares information with the membership and empowers the membership regarding advocacy issues.

Environmental Stewardship

Portfolio Director: Laura Caswell, Director of Education, Neptune Theatre (Halifax, NS)

PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Panthea Vatandoost, Program Associate, pantheav@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: Kathryn Westoll, Executive Director, Geordie Theatre (Montreal, QC)

PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Brad Lepp, Executive Director, bradl@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, Executive Director, Grand Theatre (London, ON)

PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Brad Lepp, Executive Director, bradl@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: Nina Lee Quino, Artistic Director, National Arts Centre - English Theatre (Ottawa, ON) & Mike Payette, Artistic Director, Tarragon Theatre (Toronto, ON)

PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Brad Lepp, Executive Director, bradl@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: Pragna Desai, Director, Community Engagement & Outreach, Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON)

PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Alison Peddie, Labour Relations Manager, alisonp@pact.ca

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: Vacant

PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Alison Peddie, Labour Relations Manager, alisonp@pact.ca 

The Human Resources Committee aims to increase PACT and member understanding of Human Resources and the sharing of best practices in different regions.

International Relations

Portfolio Director: Kevin Matthew Wong, Director of Produing and Artistic Associate, Why Not Theatre (Toronto, ON)

PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Brad Lepp, Executive Director, bradl@pact.ca

The International Relations Committee aims to increase PACT and Canadian theatres’ engagement and exchange within the international theatre community.

Labour Relations

Portfolio Director: Lisa Li, Executive Director, Tarragon Theatre (Toronto, ON)

PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Alison Peddie, Labour Relations Manager, alisonp@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: Kathy MacKenzie, Managing Director, Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver, BC)

PACT Staff Assigned to Portfolio: Josh Marchesini, Membership & Communications Associate, joshm@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.