Posted on 29 May 2013.
Today, Wednesday, May 29, Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada held its Annual General Meeting for the 2012-13 year. The event took place in the Music Room at Hart House, University of Toronto.
Mme Thérèse Boutin, directrice générale of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, made her valedictory address as OC’s chair after an active and engaged two year term. Reporting on the year that was, she highlighted OC’s numerous services to the orchestral community, particularly its advocacy work. She noted the role that OC had played in planning and organizing the Canadian Arts Coalition’s Arts Day on Parliament Hill, and reflected on the challenges and rewards of serving on OC’s board through her six year tenure. She thanked many people, most particularly two outgoing board members: Vicki Young of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (stepping down after two 3-year terms) and Ann Lewis-Luppino, who is leaving the board after 2 terms, including a 2-year stint as chair and two years as ex officio past chair.
Members voted in favour of a slate of directors that included three new members for the Board: Angela Birdsell (arts consultant, New Brunswick), Gilles Choquet (Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil), and Annemarie Petrov (Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Winspear Centre). They joined continuing members Maxim Antoshin (Regina Symphony), Erika Beatty, Leanne Davis (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Marie-Josée Desrochers (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal), Lisa Hamel (Toronto Symphony Orchestra), Matthew Jones (Timmins Symphony Orchestra), Mitchell Krieger (Victoria Symphony Orchestra), Trudy Schroeder (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), and Genevieve Twomey (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra). Four ex-officio members also sit on the Board: Thérèse Boutin (Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Past Chair), lawyer Bernard Tremblay, Mark Tetreault (Canadian Federation of Musicians) and Matt Heller (Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians).
Finally, treasurer Lisa Hamel updated members on OC’s financial position at the end of 2012-13. OC received a clean opinion from auditors Cowperthwaite Mehta, and showed a healthy excess of revenues over expenses on operations for the year. In addition, OC expended over $22,000 from its strategic reserve fund (comprised of accumulated operational surpluses since 2005) on two board-approved projects in 2011-12, the better to serve its members.
We’ve posted OC’s annual report and audited financial statement for 2012-13 on-line here.