Mandate and Responsibilities

Under the City of Toronto Act, 2006, the Board of Management of the St. Lawrence Centre is a city board and City Council determines its mandate and structure.

At its meeting of July 7, 8 and 9, 2015, City Council considered and adopted with amendments EX7.15: Report on the Future of the Civic Theatres, and thereby approved consolidation of the governance and operations of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Toronto Centre for the Arts into one new organization under the direction of a single City board called Civic Theatres Toronto. This transition will take place over the next 1 to 2 years.

Note: The mandate and responsibilities of the City’s three current Theatre Boards remain unchanged. The Board of Directors for each civic theatre is amended so that the other elements of the board governance structure mirror that of the Board of Directors for the Civic Theatres Toronto, as set out below.

The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts houses two theatres and provides state-of-the-art performance facilities and services for Toronto’s not-for-profit performing arts organizations at an affordable cost.  The Centre is also home to several resident performing arts companies.

The Board of Management is responsible for supervising the business and affairs of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, ensuring that the Centre is operated in a fiscally responsible manner and meets its service obligations to the performing arts community which uses the facility.

Board Size and Composition

Effective July 9, 2015:

The Board of Directors of Civic Theatres Toronto consists of 5 members and is composed of:

  • the Mayor or a Council Member appointed by the Mayor as the Mayor’s designate;
  • the Council Member for Ward 23;
  • the Council Member for Ward 28; and
  • 2 Council Members;

with at least one of the Council Members appointed also being a member of the Economic Development Committee.

Effective November 6, 2015: 

The Board of Directors of Civic Theatres Toronto consists of 13 members and is composed of:

  • the Mayor or a Council Member appointed by the Mayor as the Mayor’s designate;
  • the Council Member for Ward 23;
  • the Council Member for Ward 28;
  • 2 Council Members; and
  • 8 citizen members;

with at least one of the Council Members appointed also being a member of the Economic Development Committee.

Chair and Vice-Chair

The Chair of the Board of Directors is appointed by City Council.  The Vice-Chair of the Board is appointed by the Board from among its members.

Effective July 9, 2015: The Chair of the Board will be a Council Member.

Effective November 6, 2015: The Chair of the Board will be a citizen member.

Eligibility Criteria

Citizens are eligible for appointment, and may continue to serve as a member of the Board, if they satisfy the general eligibility requirements for appointment as set out in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.

Citizens are ineligible for appointment, and may not continue to serve as a member of the Board, if any of the following conditions apply to them or their immediate family members:

  • the person is a supplier of goods or services to the performing arts sector;
  • the person has an employment relationship with another performing arts theatre;
  • the person has an employment, directorship, ownership or controllership interest in an organization that has an interest in performing or producing live performing arts at the City’s theatre facilities.

Immediate family members include a child, parent and spouse as defined in the Code of Conduct for Members of Council.

Qualifications

Citizen members of the Board should collectively have significant experience in one or more of the following qualifications:

  • current or past leadership role in the performing arts sector or another cultural sector;
  • community leadership and partnerships;
  • marketing and sponsorship;
  • financial management and business strategy;
  • labour relations.

In addition, a youthful perspective, defined as an individual in the 18-30 age range, is a desirable qualification for at least one citizen member.

Appointments Process – Citizen Members

Citizen members of the Board are recruited through an advertised recruitment process.  The appointments process is conducted according to the policies and procedures in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.

Meetings

The Board meets approximately 8-10 times a year or at the call of the Chair. Board meetings are open to the public, except for meetings or parts of meetings where the subject matter being considered is a matter set out in section 190 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

Remuneration

No remuneration is paid to Board members.