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Women to the fore in new Executive of The Power Plant

TORONTO, July 18, 2006 – The Power Plant is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has elected a new President for the 2006/2007 year. The new President is Leontine (Lonti) Ebers. Ms Ebers holds a Masters degree in the History of Art from the University of Toronto and has worked for close to 20 years as an art advisor based in Toronto and New York. She has served on many Boards and their committees, including on The Power Plant Board since 2002.

Lonti Ebers’ appointment follows the adoption of a new strategic plan at The Power Plant and a subsequent review of the Executive and Committee structure of the Board.

“The Power Plant is Canada’s leading centre for contemporary art and I am honoured to be taking up the role of President at this time,” said Ms Ebers. “The Director and Board have established a compelling set of development priorities for the gallery. This will be an exciting time as The Power Plant heads into its 20th anniversary year in 2007. ”

Three new Vice-Presidents will support Lonti Ebers as President. They Are:

• Christine Davis a senior artist based in Toronto and a founding editor of the interdisciplinary journal PUBLIC. She has been a member of the Board of The Power Plant since 2002. Ms Davis will bring a strong artist perspective to the Executive as well as an in depth knowledge of international contemporary art.
• Shabin Mohamed is a Chartered Accountant based in Toronto. She is currently on the Board of Sheena's Place and has been a Board member for The Power Plant since 2004. Ms Mohamed will play a leadership role on the Board in the area of Development and Marketing.
• Margaret McNee is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Partners of McMillan Binch Mendelsohn LLP, Barristers and Solicitors, has a Masters degree in the History of Art from Cambridge University and is the Co-Chair of the Board of the Canadian Art Foundation. She has extensive experience in corporate finance, including investment funds. Ms McNee was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Board and will play a leadership role in the area of Finance and Investment.

The Executive is completed with the addition of:

• Evan Siddall the immediate past President of The Power Plant’s Board of Directors. He is a partner of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC, a global financial advisory firm, and Resident Managing Director of Lazard Canada Corporation in Toronto. Mr Siddall will play a leadership role on the Board in the area of Governance and Nominations.

“This is a particularly dynamic Executive, who together with an equally strong group of Board members will work with the Director and staff to continue developing The Power Plant as a leading international public contemporary art gallery,” said Ms Ebers.

Director of The Power Plant Gregory Burke is thrilled with the new Executive.

“This Executive is a go ahead grouping of people with both an edge and a strong mix of experience in contemporary art, business and public service,” said Mr Burke.

“They are committed to increasing the social and cultural relevance of The Power Plant within a wide range of communities via a rigorous and internationally significant programme.”

The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, is located at 231 Queens Quay West and opened to the public on May 1, 1987.


Media Contacts:
Bruce Hutchinson, Director, Marketing & Media Relations at Harbourfront Centre
Gregory Burke, Director, The Power Plant
Lonti Ebers, President, The Power Plant Board of Directors

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