Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Board of Trustees

Harriet E. Walker
Paul R. Baay
Jean-François Béland
Allan D. Benoit
Guy Bourgeois
Linda Hutchison
Nezhat Khosrowshahi
G. Howard Kroon
Marsha Sobey

Key Functions of the Board of Trustees:

Strategic Planning

The Board of Trustees sets the Gallery’s direction through its Corporate Plan, the centrepiece of the accountability regime adopted by Parliament for Crown corporations. The Plan keeps Parliament and the public informed of the Gallery’s priorities, objectives, strategies, and performance indicators. It commits the Gallery to a planned strategic direction over a five-year period.

Monitoring and Reporting the Gallery’s Performance

The Board’s oversight role requires regular monitoring of corporate performance, annual assessment of the performance of the Director, and annual reporting to Parliament. Regular monitoring of corporate performance alerts the Board to new developments within the Gallery and in its external environment, and assists the Board in decision-making.

Risk Management

The Board ensures that the Gallery’s principal business risks have been identified and that appropriate systems to monitor and manage these risks are implemented. All major decisions involving Gallery assets and their financing are reviewed and approved by the Board.

Audit Regime

For reassurance about the integrity of the information it receives, as well as the Gallery’s internal control system, the Board relies heavily on the Gallery’s audit system. The internal and external audit regime is set out in Part X of the Financial Administration Act. An external Gallery audit consists of an annual audit and, at least once every ten years, a Special Examination conducted by the Office of the Auditor General.

Corporate Policies

The Board establishes a set of corporate policies that clarify its expectations and management’s authority and responsibilities. These policies govern areas such as acquisitions, research, conservation, exhibitions, human resources and contracting. The Board of Trustees reviews and updates all corporate policies according to a five-year cycle, ensuring that the policies continue to provide the necessary direction.

Succession Planning/Board Self-Assessment

The Board plays a key role in the effective succession of Trustees and critical Gallery management positions. Notwithstanding the Government’s prerogative to appoint Trustees, the Board is expected to play an active role in making recommendations to the Government. The Board is also expected to plan for the succession of its Chairperson by establishing appointment criteria and providing nominations to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. As well, the Board appoints the Director of the Gallery with approval of the Governor-in-Council.

Board of Trustees:


Harriet E. Walker, Toronto, Ontario

Interim Chairperson. Vice-Chairperson.

Interim Chairperson as of April 1, 2017
Appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees on April 25, 2013.
Served as a Trustee of the Board of Trustees from September 15, 2006 to April 24, 2013.

Harriet Walker is President of the firm Harriet Walker & Affiliates.

Mrs. Walker has an extensive background in corporate governance for the not-for-profit sector.  She was a Trustee and Governor of the Royal Ontario Museum and is the current Chair of the Royal Patrons Circle, the museum’s major donors group. 

Mrs. Walker was a Public Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and Chair of the Patient Relations Committee of The College. 

A long-time corporate communications professional, Mrs. Walker was the Director of Public Relations at the London Museum of Archaeology, the Director of Marketing for The John P. Robarts Institute at the University of Western Ontario, and Vice-Chair of Arts Heritage London.  She was also Program Consultant to the Royal Visit for the Office of International Relations & Protocol.

Mrs. Walker is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with an Honours degree in Languages.  She is an Associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, in solo performance.


Paul R. Baay, Calgary, Alberta


Appointed as a Trustee of the Board of Trustees on June 27, 2006;
reappointed for a second term, effective June 27, 2009; reappointed for a third term, effective June 27, 2013.

Paul Baay is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree in administrative and commercial studies. As a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program, Mr. Baay also holds an ICD.D designation. With more than 25 years of experience leading oil and gas exploration and production companies, Mr. Baay is currently the Chairman of Touchstone Exploration Inc. and has been its Chief Executive Officer since 2009. He has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vero Energy Inc. since 2005, the Chairman of Veraz Petroleum Ltd. since 2007 and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Millennium Seismic Inc. since 2001.

Prior to Touchstone, Mr. Baay held the position of Managing Director of Abacus Energy, a division of Abacus Private Equity. Until September 2007 he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of True Energy Inc. a position he held since founding True Energy Inc. in 2000. From 1998 to 2000 he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Request Seismic Surveys Ltd. and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Remington Energy Ltd. from 1991 to 1999.

In addition to his involvement with the National Gallery of Canada, Mr. Baay has held a variety of positions within the not-for-profit sector. He is a a Director of the Rundle Mountain Charitable Foundation and a member of the British North American Committee. Mr. Baay has held past positions with the Alberta College of Art and Design (Director), the Calgary Humane Society (Director), the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (Governor), the Canadian Oil and Gas Symposium (Chairman), the Calgary Zoological Society (Director), Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta (Chairman) and the University of Western Ontario Alumni (Calgary Rep.). In 1998, he was chosen by the Financial Post Foundation as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40.


Jean-François Béland, Gatineau QC / Squamish BC


Appointed as a Trustee of the Board of Trustees on February 10, 2010;
reappointed for a second term, effective February 10, 2014.

Jean-François Béland is Vice President, Corporate Strategy at Carbon Engineering a leading Canadian cleantech corporation located in Squamish, British Columbia. In 2015-2016, he was Vice President, Corporate Affairs at General Fusion Inc. From 2007 to 2015, he worked at AREVA S.A. in Paris and AREVA Canada Inc. in Toronto, serving as Executive Vice President at AREVA Canada Inc. from 2010- to 2015. Prior to that time, Jean-François worked in the Canadian public service and in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, where he served as Policy Advisor on Treasury Board and Governance issues.


Jean-François is a graduate of the Université de Montréal (B.Sc.), l’École nationale d’administration publique (MPA and graduate diploma in public administration), l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (graduate diploma in management), Bordeaux Business School (MBA), l’Université Paris IX Dauphine (M.Sc. Strategic Management) and l’Université Laval (ASC). He completed courses towards a Ph.D in Management at l’Université Paris IX Dauphine. In 2014, he completed the Senior Nuclear Plant Manager course (SNPM).

Jean-François is a member of the Investment Committee of the Fondation Santé Gatineau. He serves on the advisory board of EarthCube S.A., a nanosatellite corporation located in Toulouse, France. He is also on the Board of AREVA NP Canada Ltd. since 2008.

In parallel, Jean-François owns and operates Bilboquet Outaouais Inc. in downtown Gatineau, Québec.

In December 2013, Jean-Francois was appointed Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.


Allan D. Benoit, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Appointed as a Trustee of the Board of Trustees on March 5, 2009; reappointed for a second term, effective June 6, 2013.

Allan Benoit holds Masters’ Degrees in Natural Resources Management and Architecture from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Benoit is the owner and Principal of Ahtikaki Consulting Inc., a community development consulting firm for cultural and economic initiatives in Manitoba. Mr. Benoit served as the Coordinator for the Red River Cart Journey (North American Indigenous Games). He also served as Senior Architectural Designer in Toronto, Chairperson for the St. Norbert Parish Métis Council, and as a member of the Métis National Museum Steering Committee in Winnipeg.


Guy Bourgeois, Saint-Bruno, Quebec


Appointed as a Trustee of the Board of Trustees on August 4, 2009: reappointed for a second term on October 4, 2012.

Guy Bourgeois is a graduate of the Université de Moncton with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) specializing in marketing. He has completed additional studies in advertising at the Université de Montréal.

Mr. Bourgeois is currently the Brand Management Director at Transat, an international, vertically integrated tour operator headquartered in Montreal. Prior to Transat, he has held various senior positions in branding and advertising with Rogers Communications, most recently National Director - Marketing Communications, overseeing go-to-market strategies for the Fido brand.

Guy is also himself an artist, both as an amateur photographer and a digital artist. Over the past 11 years, some of his work has been exhibited at various locations in Montréal, including at O Patro Vys, Quartier électro, the Wilder & Davis Gallery, and at the Université de Montréal.


Linda Hutchison, Kentville, Nova Scotia


Appointed as a Trustee of the Board of Trustees on January 29, 2008; reappointed for a second term on March 1, 2012.

Linda Hutchison is a committed supporter of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University, and currently serves as Associate Vice-President, University Relations. She previously served as its interim President and as Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors. She is a long-serving alumni representative on the Board of Governors and the NSCAD Alumni Association.

Ms. Hutchison has a business background that includes design work in the corporate and non-profit sectors and the operation of support services for family physicians. She was also the first foreign artist to hold an exhibition in the province of Ciego de Ávila, Cuba, in the post-revolutionary period. She was invited to speak with the Cuban Union of Artists in the province, lectured and toured art schools in Cuba and was interviewed by Cuban media.

Linda Hutchison is a longstanding volunteer engaged with Visual Arts Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. She has works of art held in the permanent collection of the Nova Scotia Art Bank and Acadia University.


Nezhat Khosrowshahi, Vancouver, British Columbia


Appointed as a Trustee of the Board of Trustees on May 16, 2013.
Nezhat Khosrowshahi was born in Iran and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia with her family in 1981.

As an entrepreneur and a business woman, Mrs. Khosrowshahi founded City Trading Company, an importer and distributor of safety equipment in Iran, in addition to serving on the boards of Melli Industrial Group, Alvand Investment Company and Minoo Industrial Group.

After relocating to Canada, Mrs. Khosrowshahi co-founded the Inwest Group, a holding company with interests in real estate and retailing.  She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Persis Ltd., a holding company with interests in healthcare, entertainment and real estate.

In addition to her business endeavors, Mrs. Khosrowshahi is a devoted volunteer, fundraiser and community builder. She was a founding Board member of the B.C. Women’s Foundation and the Vancouver Symphony Foundation. She has also served on:  the Board of Directors of the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation at Columbia University; the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University; the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Museum; the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada; and the Board of Trustees of Pearson College - a United World College. Mrs. Khosrowshahi is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO). Following her chairmanship, she was elected as an Honorary Life Vice President of the VSO in 2001. Most recently, Mrs. Khosrowshahi has established the Learning Initiative For Tomorrow (LIFT) scholarship program at Coquitlam Alternative Basic Education (CABE). In addition, she has actively contributed her resources to SHARE Family & Community Services Society in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.


G. Howard Kroon, Calgary, Alberta


Appointed as a Trustee of the Board of Trustees on March 26, 2009; reappointed for a second term on April 25, 2013.

G. Howard Kroon is a chartered accountant and a graduate from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and a Master of Arts degree.

Mr. Kroon is the President of The Bodtker Group of Companies. Until the fall of 2011, he was the long-time President and CEO of Palliser Lumber Sales Ltd., a secondary manufacturer and distributer of wood products. 

Mr. Kroon is the Executive Advisor to Fitmetabolism Inc., a premier exercise physiology / weight management clinic, and is an active instructor in Western Canada.  He is also the owner of a management consultancy firm specializing in executive coaching for CEOs and operational consulting.   As a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program, Mr. Kroon also holds an ICD.D designation.

Mr. Kroon serves on various boards, and is currently the Chair of Epic Roofing.  He is the past president of the Cochrane Minor Hockey Association.  Mr. Kroon continues to be very active in numerous not-for-profit endeavours, both nationally and internationally.

Marsha Sobey

Marsha Sobey, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia


Appointed as a Trustee of the Board of Trustees on November 1, 2012.

Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick and resident in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia since 1965, Marsha Sobey is a committed volunteer, fundraiser and philanthropist.  A teacher by vocation, she spent 22 years in the teaching profession, including several years with Landmark East School in Wolfville, Nova Scotia – a school dedicated to students with learning disabilities.

Ms. Sobey holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from Acadia University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Saint Mary’s University and a Master of Education degree from St. Francis Xavier University. 

Her extensive volunteer work includes service on numerous boards and committees.  Ms. Sobey is presently a Governor on the Board of Governors of Saint Mary’s University and a Director of the Children’s Wish Foundation in Nova Scotia.  She is also the Chair of Pace and Leadership Gifts for the Canadian Cancer Society’s $17 million dollar Daffodil Place Capital Campaign, a fundraising drive to expand Daffodil Place: The Lodge that Gives, a residence for cancer patients and families who travel for treatment.  She previously served as a Director on The Sobey Foundation Board of Directors.

In her spare time, Ms. Sobey is an award-winning, national level competitive curler.