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Owen Johnson

Owen was born and grew up in the southeastern coastal area of Melbourne, Australia. His earliest training was as a designer and draftsperson. He recently been made the act head of the Glass studio at Sheridan College.




DEADLINE: Friday, March 15, 2019

Craft Ontario invites nominations from the membership for five (5) vacant positions on the Board of Directors.

Craft Ontario is currently seeking candidates who are passionate about its mandate, history, and future vision. Candidates, if selected, will be required to serve as ambassadors for the organization, and offer leadership, insight and financial support as members of the Board of Directors.

Craft Ontario is currently seeking candidates that have experience and background in the craft sector, and/or can bring skills, expertise and resources to the areas of Accounting, Marketing, Retail and Publishing.

To nominate someone, or yourself, please complete the nomination form below, along with supplying a brief letter stating their/your willingness and eligibility to serve, as well as a copy of their/your current CV, in confidence to: Kim McBrien Evans, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than Friday, March 15, 2019.

Directors will be elected at the 2019 Annual General Meeting, taking place on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, at Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen St. W., Toronto M6J 1H9. Positions are for a two-year terms and commence following the AGM.


The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership and ensures effective governance of the organization by developing and overseeing the vision, mission, strategic direction, and values of Craft Ontario; ensuring the development of, and adherence to, policies that guide staff in organizational operations; fundraising and exercising fiduciary responsibility to ensure financial viability and sustainability.

Director Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as charitable trustees
  • Serve in a voluntary capacity with no remuneration or profit
  • Be knowledgeable about the values, mission, programs and performance of the organization and act as ambassadors, promoting the work of the organization
  • Evaluate strategic and business plan development, progress and effectiveness
  • Attend board meetings, one strategic planning session and the Annual General Meeting per-year, as active participants
  • Sit on at least one working committees. Time commitment to said committees may fluctuate between approximately 5 – 15 hours/month. Committees currently include Executive, Finance, Nominations, Development and Programs, with the anticipated additions of Retail, Publishing and Membership. 
  • Oversee and participate in fund development activities: work with staff to identify and recruit new funders, be aware of and acknowledge the organization’s key donors, participate in donor recognition and stewardship activities
  • Donate to the organization in accordance to one’s means

To be nominated you must hold a current Craft Ontario membership in good standing up to and including Friday, March 15, 2019.




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