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Robert J. Harding

Robert J. Harding, C.M. – President of the AGO Board of Trustees

Robert Harding, a corporate director and philanthropist, is the President of the AGO Board of Trustees.

A member since 2006, Robert has had a longstanding relationship with the AGO in many capacities. At the board level, he’s served as a vice president from 2011 – 2017, chair of the Resource Management Committee from 2013 – 2017 and has been a member of a variety of key AGO committees. Outside of board activities, he launched the innovative fundraising campaign, “Art Opens Minds” in 2011 in support of art education, and has been a major donor to annual operations, special campaigns and the AGO collection.

Robert has ample experience on numerous corporate boards. He currently serves as a director of the Rideau Hall Foundation and is the past chairman of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Brookfield Global Infrastructure Advisory board.

Robert has also been very active in the not-for-profit sector as a chairman of the board of trustees and a past member of the foundation board of SickKids Hospital, chairman of the board of governors for the University of Waterloo and Campaign Waterloo, and past chairman of the United Way of Toronto.

Robert is a Chartered Accountant. He holds a BA in Mathematics and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Waterloo.


  • Robert J. Harding, President
  • Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, Honourary Chair
  • Rupert J. Duchesne, Vice President
  • Andrew Federer, Vice President
  • Rosamond Ivey, Vice President
  • Jay Smith, Vice President
  • Hussain Amarshi
  • A. Charles Baillie (TE)
  • Shelagh Barrington, Volunteer President
  • David Binet
  • Shary Boyle
  • David Campbell (TE)
  • Camillo di Prata
  • Ivan Fecan (TE)
  • James D. Fleck (TE)
  • Tony Gagliano (TE)
  • Emmanuelle Gattuso
  • Allan Gotlieb (TE)
  • Anthony R. Graham (TE)
  • Michael Hasley (TE)
  • Ydessa Hendeles (TE)
  • Councillor Michelle Holland
  • Beth Horowitz
  • Michael M. Koerner (TE)
  • Jennifer Lee Koss
  • Phil Lind
  • Liza Mauer
  • Shabin Mohamed
  • Kenneth Montague
  • Mazyar Mortazavi
  • Rebecca Murray
  • Gordon Nixon
  • Gilles Ouellette (TE)
  • Jonas Prince
  • Carol Rapp (TE)
  • Jeffrey Remedios
  • Councillor Jaye Robinson
  • Richard Rooney, President of The AGO Foundation Board of Trustees (Ex-Officio)
  • Samuel Sarick (TE)
  • Judy Schulich
  • Eleanor Shen
  • Hilary Weston (TE)
  • Robin Young (TE)

AGO Staff

  • Stephan Jost, Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO
  • Erin Prendergast, Chief of Staff & Corporate Secretary
  • Amanda Dench, Assistant Manager, Board Relations & Deputy Corporate Secretary

(TE) Trustee Emeritus, a lifetime appointment to the AGO Board of Trustees in recognition of distinguished service to the AGO. A Trustee Emeritus shall not be counted in determining quorum, and shall not be entitled to vote at meetings of the AGO Board of Trustees.

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