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Robert J. Harding

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

President of the AGO Board of Trustees, Mr. Harding has been a member of the Art Gallery of Ontario since 2006. He served as a vice president of the AGO from 2011 to 2017, chair of the Resource Management Committee from 2013 to 2017, and has been a member of the executive, development, strategic directions, and Weston Family Learning Centre building committees. In addition, Mr. Harding’s involvement at the AGO extends outside of board activities: he chaired the innovative fundraising campaign “Art Opens Minds” in support of art education which launched in 2011 and has been a major donor to annual operations, special campaigns and the AGO’s collection. Mr. Harding is a corporate director and philanthropist and currently serves as a director of the Rideau Hall Foundation. He is the past chairman of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Brookfield Global Infrastructure Advisory board and has served on numerous corporate boards. Mr. Harding has been very active in the not-for-profit sector. He is the past chairman of the board of trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and a past member of the SickKids Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Harding is also past chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo, and Campaign Waterloo and past chairman of the United Way of Toronto.


  • 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)
  • 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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