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2008 Jurors

Maia-Mari Sutnik

Maia-Mari Sutnik is the Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), where she began developing the photography collection in 1979. She has contributed to many publications, including international editions of Contemporary Photographers and Contemporary Masterpieces, and more recently, Imaging a Shattering Earth: Contemporary Photography and the Environmental Debate. Major exhibitions curated include Gutmann, Michel Lambeth: Photographer, and Pop Photographica: Photography’s Objects in Everyday Life. Her last curatorial project, Eisenstaedt: Two Visions, was produced in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) exhibition Ansel Adams. Her recent essay, Deuil: New Work by Spring Hurlbut appears in Prefix Photo 15: Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, 2007.


Matthew Teitelbaum

Matthew Teitelbaum became the fifth Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario in September 1998. His leadership and vision was instrumental in achieving the $300 million transformation of the AGO by world-renowned, Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry in November 2008. During his tenure at the AGO, its permanent collection has experienced significant growth – the Gallery has acquired nearly 60,000 works - and its international reputation has been strengthened.

Under his leadership, the AGO has become the central repository of works by such contemporary artists as Betty Goodwin, Paterson Ewen, Kazao Nakamura, Jack Chambers, David Blackwood and Greg Curnoe, reinforcing the AGO's position as a passionate advocate for Canadian art. In 2001, Mr. Teitelbaum created the first permanent archival position in a Canadian art museum, positioning the Gallery as a leader in research and study of the lives, contributions and working methods of artists.

Mr. Teitelbaum is a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and is a member of its futures task force and sanctions task force committees. He is actively involved in Luminato: Toronto’s festival of Arts & Creativity, serving on both the Festival Advisory Committee and its Board of Directors. In 2006, Mr. Teitelbaum received the honour of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French government for his ongoing commitment and contributions to the arts. In 2008 he received the RCA medal from the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts for his outstanding contribution to the development of the visual arts in Canada. In addition, in 2009 he was awarded the MOCCA award for his leadership in the completion of Transformation AGO, as well as the Canadian Centre for Diversity’s Human Relations Award.

Born in Toronto in 1956, he holds an honours bachelor of arts in Canadian history from Carleton University, a master of philosophy in modern European painting and sculpture from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen's University. He has taught at Harvard, York University and the University of Western Ontario, and has lectured across North America. He and his wife Susan Cohen have two sons.


David Moos

David Moos is the former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he curated the exhibition The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950-2005. He holds a doctorate in art history from Columbia University, New York, and is a contributing editor to Art Papers and Art US.


Rupert Duchesne

Rupert Duchesne is Group Chief Executive of Aimia. In this role, Mr. Duchesne culminates a decade of innovative stewardship of the rapid growth of the organization from its carve-out as a division of Air Canada in 2002, the initial public offering as the Aeroplan Income Fund in 2005, conversion to corporate status as Groupe Aeroplan Inc. in 2008 and the re-branding of the Corporation as Aimia in 2011. Prior to his current position, Mr. Duchesne spent twelve years in strategy and investment consulting around the world before he joined Air Canada in 1996 as Vice President, Marketing, and in 1999 was promoted to Senior Vice President, International. During that year, he served on the Executive team which defeated the Onex take-over bid, and was appointed Chief Integration Executive, overseeing the integration of Canadian Airlines and Air Canada. Mr. Duchesne holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor Honours degree in Pharmacology from the University of Leeds, both in England. He is a Director of Dorel Industries Inc., and was previously a Director of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. He is Chair of the boards of the NeuroScience Canada Partnership and Brain Canada Foundation. He is Vice President of the Art Gallery Ontario’s Board of Trustees, where he chairs both the Finance and Photography committees, co-chairs the Grange Park Advisory Council and is a member of the Executive, Nominating and Strategic Directions Committee. He is also a member of the boards of Greenwood College School, Business for the Arts and the Luminato Festival in Toronto.