Rob Bril, Associate
Rob joined Young Associates in the fall of 2015. He holds a B.A. Honours degree in Dramatic Arts from Queen’s University, and a Graduate Degree in Arts Administration & Cultural Management from Humber College. Rob has also completed continuing education credits in Accounting from the University of Toronto. Before Young Associates, Rob enjoyed being a part of the thriving theatre and music community in Toronto.
A bit more about Rob…
Least Relevant work experience: Rob was once King Waldorf, a giant walrus mascot at Marineland for a summer. (Or…flipping pizzas. Rob can make a great pizza pie.)
Pets: A cat named Tig.
Favourite restaurant: Wvrst.
T. Anne Frost, Senior Consultant
Anne joined Young Associates in 2013. She began her arts management career in the 1980s at Keyano Theatre, Fort McMurray, Alberta. Moving to Toronto, she worked at the Toronto Theatre Alliance on the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and at Jeunesses musicales as Ontario Executive Director.
After earning her Master’s degree in Arts Policy and Management from the City University, London, UK (1987-88) Anne returned to Canada and worked at Harbourfront as Co-ordinator for the Festival of Authors; then as General Manager at Theatre Direct Canada and Mixed Company Theatre. She also taught in the Humber College post-graduate Arts Administration – Cultural Management program, starting in 2000.
In 2002 Anne moved to Owen Sound and worked on revenue development at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery then at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, a major facility on the Lake Huron shore. In 2003 Anne began to teach in the undergraduate arts management program at University of Toronto, Scarborough (UTSC). In 2008-9, Anne co-ordinated the Humber program. In 2011, Anne began teaching post-graduates in the Culture and Heritage Site Management program at Centennial College.
Now back in Toronto, Anne continues to teach at UTSC, consults with Young Associates, and is acting as Program Consultant to bring the suspended Humber arts management post-graduate program back for a September 2014 intake.
A bit more about Anne…
Favourite coffee shop in the city: “The closest one to where I am whenever I need a cup of joe, dark roast – I’m a slut with no brand loyalty.”
Least relevant work experience: Anne’s very first job was planting potatoes, at 25 shillings for the day. Backbreaking, but not at all puzzling.
Pets: “A couple of geriatric cats who quite like me.”
Favourite travel destinations: She loves the Prairies, her first Canadian experience.
Julia Gaunt-Rannala, Associate
Julia joined Young Associates in 2012. She has a diploma in Theatre Production from Sheridan College and a BA in History from the University of Guelph. Before joining Young Associates, she worked as a stage manager in theatre and opera, for companies such as The Grand Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Opera Hamilton, the Young Centre and the Luminato Festival. She is very pleased to have the opportunity to continue working in the arts, in a capacity that keeps her a little closer to home.
A bit more about Julia…
Least relevant work experience: Shoveling horse manure.
Pets: A red-footed tortoise.
Favourite thing to cook/bake: “We have a great chick pea curry that we never get tired of.”
Recommendations for what to do in Toronto: Julia recommends walking along the beach. “It’s easy to forget that Toronto even has one!”
Venessa Harris, Associate
Venessa joined Young Associates in 2015, the same year she graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management, Theatre & Performance Studies, and Media Studies. She has held many arts administration roles, such as marketing/social media, volunteer management, front of house, sponsorship coordination, bookkeeping, development/fundraising, and sales. Venessa has worked with multiple not-for-profit arts organizations in Toronto, including CARFAC Ontario, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Studio 180 Theatre, Angelwalk Theatre, The Canadian Stage Company, Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, MusiCounts, ARTSIDEOUT, Doris McCarthy Gallery, and Arts & Events Programming at UTSC.
In addition to her role at Young Associates, Venessa is also pursuing a certificate in Accounting at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, writing a research book about rape culture in North America, and producing a podcast which debuts in early 2017.
A bit more about Venessa...
Favourite travel destination: NYC! I'm there at least once a month to try the latest gimmicky food craze AND to enter and subsequently lose the lottery for "Hamilton"
Favourite thing to cook/bake: Although I'm not a great baker, I'm a pretty skilled cake decorator
Tip for staying organized: I have an app for everything #millennials
Sunny Kim, Administrator
Sunny joined Young Associates in 2017, bringing organization skills, efficiency, and a fantastic sense of humour to the role of administrator. She is a recent graduate from University of Toronto, majoring in Visual Arts and Cinema Studies. Sunny has worked closely with Images Festival, especially on its administrative side. In addition to her work with Young Associates, Sunny is an emerging painter and a professional pastry chef.
A bit more about Sunny…
Tip for getting around the city: “To handle Toronto's fickle weather? Layers”.
Pets: “I have a formerly morbidly obese white cat. Diet has been going well.”
Favourite travel destination: Sunny is dreaming about Berlin these days.
Recommendation for what to do in the city: “Marathon of the Toronto Restaurant's food-eating challenges.”
Anna Mathew, Senior Associate, Knowledge Management
Anna joined Young Associates in 2011. She is a librarian who also has over a decade’s worth of experience in the not-for-profit and cultural sectors. She completed her Master of Information (MI) from the University of Toronto’s iSchool, focusing on special libraries and the organization of corporate information. For Young Associates, Anna is responsible for building a library of online resources, providing client support, training and seminar delivery and undertaking consulting projects in data management, research activities, and assisting with the second edition of Finance for the Arts in Canada. Concurrent with pursuing her graduate degree, she provided support for online reference and citation management, and evaluation and assessment activities at Scholars Portal (Ontario Council of University Libraries), and executed a cataloguing project at Duff and Phelps Canada. Prior to joining Young Associates she worked in various roles for Tapestry New Opera, Theatre North West, Dance Ontario, and Framework, also undertaking a variety of editing and grant writing contracts. Anna holds a BA Honours in History from Queen’s University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration/Cultural Management from Humber College. She is a past Board Director for DreamNorth Theatre Company and past Secretary for the Special Libraries Association – Toronto Student Group Executive. Anna is a member of Arts Consultants Canada and the Special Libraries Association.
A bit more about Anna…
Pets: A big, curly, white goldendoodle named Dolly Parton.
Favourite travel destination: Family cottage in the beautiful north channel of Georgian Bay.
Recommendations for what to do in Toronto: Urban hikes! There are so many trails in this city – take advantage of them.
Tip for keeping work activities organized: Anna is all about Google Calendar – scheduling, sharing events, and daily task lists keep her as on track as she’ll ever be.
Kees Mathi, Associate
Kees joined Young Associates in 2017. He graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management in 2016 with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree concentrating in Finance. During his undergraduate, Kees held an internship at SportsCan Corporation as a Finance Intern, followed by a second internship with the Canadian Mental Health Association, both of which are not-for-profit organizations.
Upon graduation, Kees joined Toronto Hydro as an Accounts Receivable Clerk in the Trade/Miscellaneous Accounts Receivable department. During his time at Toronto Hydro, he was responsible for processing receivables for projects undertaken by Toronto Hydro, including work orders for numerous film and theatre productions across the city.
Kees then moved to the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO), a not-for-profit delegated administrative authority (DAA) within arm’s length of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. As a Licensing and Education Assistant at the BAO, Kees gained valuable insight into consumer protection, legislation and its regulations within the industry.
A bit more about Kees…
Pets: Kees has a 10 year old Pomeranian named Ricky.
Favourite coffee shop in the city: “I prefer tea from home instead as I am from the World's largest tea exporting country (Sri Lanka).”
How to de-stress after a long day: “Go to the gym or for a walk down by waterfront with my partner.”
Favourite blog: “BlogTO because it lists all the hidden gems around Toronto.”
Tip for staying organized: “Take advantage of technology, it can save you a lot of time, money and stress.”
Alicia McGuire, Payroll Specialist
Alicia joined Young Associates in 2017 as a part time Payroll Specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Guelph. She brings with her 10 years of experience working in payroll and accounting in both large and small companies and various industries including retail and transportation. Alicia has a love of learning and enjoys new experiences and challenges. She looks forward to the challenges ahead at Young Associates and working with a great team.
A bit more about Alicia…
How she de-stresses after a long day: “Running has saved me over the past while. It takes me away from all the stresses of life and I am looking forward to training for triathlon soon.”
Pets: Alicia has a small dog that loves to 'chew to destroy' like a rottweiler
Favourite thing to cook/bake: Alicia loves to cook and is currently obsessed with baked donuts.
Tip for staying organized: “Organization is everything in payroll. I love to do lists. I could not live without a to do list for work.”
Anika McLean, Associate
Anika joined Young Associates in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University (major Accounting). A great investigator and problem solver, Anika has been working in the field for ten plus years, with both for profit and non-profit experience. She previously worked with Special Olympics Canada and continues to volunteer her time with Motionball, which raises money for Special Olympics' athletes. Anika is currently studying fashion design at Ryerson, pursuing a Bachelor of Design degree. She is enjoying developing and presenting her design work, exploring her untapped creative side.
A bit more about Anika…
Pets: “No, but I want a whoodle.”
Favourite travel destination: “Anywhere really, but I visit Trinidad & Tobago frequently as my mom lives there.”
Artistic endeavours: In addition to pursuing fashion design, Anika is also a singer-songwriter and guitar player.
Favourite thing to cook/bake: Sweet Bread & Coconut bake (Trini tings).
Chris Mustard, Senior Associate
Chris Mustard’s career in arts management spans more than two decades, and has focused on charitable organizations’ financial systems and reporting needs. Currently working with Young Associates, a leading Toronto arts consulting firm, Chris specializes in working with managements to develop effective accounting systems, from software implementation through development of internal and external reports, and financial information management.
Chris is also an accomplished one-on-one trainer, helping individuals with limited technical backgrounds become proficient at maintaining their accounting records, preparing and interpreting accurate financial statements, and making sound financial decisions for their companies.
Her work includes consulting assignments as well as ongoing financial management support to a roster of Toronto arts and cultural companies, and some organizations in the broader charitable sector. In this capacity, she oversees accounting systems, prepares account reconciliations, assists with preparation for annual audits, and works with general managers on planning issues, including budgeting for annual operations and projects, cashflow forecasting and grant financials.
Adriana Rosselli LondoÑo, Associate
Adriana joined Young Associates in 2014. She is a Colombian-born, Toronto-based arts administrator and holds a BA in Cultural Studies from Trent University and an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College. Before coming to Young Associates, Adriana worked with organizations such as Aluna Theatre, aluCine Toronto Latin Film + Media Arts Festival and the MT Space. She continues to work on a contract basis with organizations in Colombia and Canada, including the Media Arts Network of Ontario, the Hispanic Canadian Arts and Cultural Association and 10000pasos.com.
A bit more about Adriana…
Reason for joining Young Associates: After years of working with many small arts organizations where she had to do everything, Adriana always seemed to most enjoy the financial side of things, finding bookkeeping a relaxing and fulfilling activity.
Least relevant work experience: “One summer I worked at a car junk yard in Winnipeg, cutting old bumpers in half… don’t ask…”.
Volunteer activities: Adriana likes helping the Latin American arts community in the city get organized and gain more knowledge about how the Canadian arts and cultural sector operates. Newcomer artists and young organizations face great challenges and lack resources to hire
expertise, so its very rewarding to lend a hand.
Artistic endeavours: Adriana is a painter and gardener.
Jeanette Schepp, HR Consultant
Jeanette joined Young Associates in 2016. She specializes in being able to see the big picture for organizational change and how human behaviours can affect the success of an organization. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with over 20 years’ senior Human Resources Management experience within the manufacturing/distribution, retail, consumer goods and charity sectors. She came to Young Associates because of the opportunity to work with small businesses in the commercial and not-for-profit sector. Jeanette leads a thriving Human Resources practice that offers expertise in organizational design, talent management, employee relations, training and development, and human resources administration. She holds a post-graduate certificate from Humber College, Fundraising & Volunteer Management program along with certification in Alternate Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. An active and committed community leader, Jeanette has served as Board Member with a variety of charitable/not for profit organizations including the Alzheimer Society, Peel, Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel and the Human Resources Professionals Association. Jeanette has incorporated her HR expertise in her volunteer activities by leading organizational change initiatives, including the consolidation of operational activities, selecting senior leadership teams and managing succession activities. Jeanette currently serves as past president of the Human Resources Professionals Association, Peel Chapter and is a member of the City of Brampton Diversity and Inclusion committee, tasked with developing a Diversity and Inclusion plan for the municipality. Jeanette enjoys traveling, and making a difference through her community volunteer activities.
A bit more about Jeanette…
Recommendations for what to do in Toronto: Taking in any of the cultural festivals but a favourite of Jeanette’s is checking out the various landmarks at Open Doors events!
Favourite travel destinations: "Venice Italy - love history, gondolas and the fact that it is one step closer to George Clooney!"
Artistic disciplines: “Well that's a question of interpretation - discipline not so much! Have created some lopsided pottery and blurred photos - blaming the wine in both cases.”
Jerry (Gerald S.) Smith, Senior Associate & Business Development
Jerry Smith has worked with Young Associates for over a decade, collaborating with Heather Young on a wide range of contracts and projects, and he officially joined the company as an associate in 2010. Together, he and Heather have carried out strategic planning work for Municipal Cultural Planning Inc., the Imperial Theatre in Sarnia, the Regent Theatre in Picton, and the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. Over the last few years, they have partnered on original organizational development work for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, CARFAC Ontario and ARCCO (Artist Run Centres and Collectives Ontario), as well as a Marketing audit for The Red Barn Theatre. Jerry contributed development work to the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI).As a free lance consultant, Jerry has carried out feasibility studies and program reviews, facilitated numerous community and public consultations, as well as delivered a series of workshops in the areas of Board Development and Leadership, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Fundraising and Sponsorship. In the private sector, Jerry has planned and executed market research and focus groups in the retail and service sectors.
Jerry’s experience includes a wide range of work on boards of directors on the local, provincial and national stage, and was selected as a Volunteer of the Year for the City of Toronto. Recently, Jerry was selected as a Cultural Champion for the City of Toronto. Currently, Jerry is the Chairman of the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of the Steering Committee for Contact Ontario, and a member of the ArtsVote Report Card Committee. He is also a member of Arts Consultants Canada.
For thirty years, Jerry was active inside Humber College and beyond, as an educator and trainer. In addition to his faculty position as Professor, Jerry established programs at all levels in the education system, including the professional theatre training program at Humber College, as well as the college’s post-graduate diploma certificate programs (full time and part time) in Arts Administration/Cultural Management.
A bit more about Jerry…
Favourite coffee shop in the city: Birds and Beans Café at Lake Shore Blvd. West in Mimico. Jerry spent 6 months there as a barista and baker.
Tips and tricks for getting around the city from client to client: “My GPS.”
How to de-stress after a long day: Jerry enjoys a single malt, on ice, plus a good book.
Recommendations for what to do in Toronto: Visit The Toronto Islands.
Catherine Strathy, Senior Associate
Catherine joined Young Associates in June of 2017. She has a B. Comm from the University of Guelph in Hotel and Food Administration.
She initially worked in restaurant management before deciding to go into accounting. She has experience working with a couple of accounting/auditing firms and then worked with the Alzheimer Society of London/Middlesex. Before starting with Young and Associates she spent several years as the CFO of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. While there she managed all the accounting and reporting needs of the organization, facilities, IT and administrative staff.
A bit more about Catherine…
Special skill: “Calm under pressure.”
Least relevant work experience: “Wading pool supervisor.”
Pets: “Lola our labrador and George the cat.”
Artistic discipline: “Not really a discipline but I have been doing a lot of furniture painting and refinishing.”
Recommendations for what to do in the city: “Walk in the parks - we have such a great park system sometimes it feels like you are up north instead of in the middle of the city.”
Amanda Whitney, Associate
Amanda Whitney joined Young Associates in 2015. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in theatre. After moving to Toronto, she gained over eight years experience as an administrator and bookkeeper while also keeping up with her creative projects. She is very excited to be a part of Young Associates and to get the opportunity to support the arts through her work. When she is not bookkeeping and crunching numbers, she is writing plays or playing far too many video games.
A bit more about Amanda...
Least relevant work experience...
"That would probably be when I worked as a dishwasher at a bakery for a summer in Guelph. It gave me a steady supply of cookies that I still miss."
De-stressing after a long day...
Amanda plays quite a lot of video games, especially adventure games: "In case it wasn't obvious, I am a huge nerd."
Amanda volunteers as an actor often with Sanctuary, a drop-in centre for the street involved community who have a theatre and arts program. The program is designed to get the community engaged with the theatre arts.
"A good memory has always served me well, but that doesn't stop me from writing everything I can down. Detailed notes can save you a lot of time when you're looking for an answer."
Heather Clara Young, Principal
Heather Clara Young has worked in the field of arts management for over twenty-five years. Her experience includes leadership roles with a variety of arts and heritage service organizations, theatre and dance producing companies, galleries and museums, facilities, festivals and community organizations, in both professional and volunteer capacities. Before founding Young Associates in 1993, Heather had served as General Manager for both Nightwood Theatre and the Fringe of Toronto Festival.
As the Principal of Young Associates, Heather has provided bookkeeping and consulting services to dozens of organizations, and delivered professional workshops, training and seminars on topics ranging from budgeting to sales tax, to setting prices, to reading financial statements. She has completed business and strategic planning assignments for an array of arts organizations in Toronto and across Southern Ontario, frequently in partnership with First Stage.
For 15 years, Heather has taught accounting and financial management to diploma and continuing education students in Humber College’s Arts Administration programs, and Humber’s Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program. She was a 2004 recipient of Humber College’s Continuing Education Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution. In 2010, she was appointed to teach finance for the University of Toronto’s Specialist Program in Arts Management In 2012, Heather was awarded the Sandy Tulloch award for Innovation in Arts and Culture by Theatre Ontario. Heather is also a member of Arts Consultants Canada.
Finance for the Arts in Canada, published by Heather in 2005, is a unique self-study guide, reference source and textbook for the accounting and finance functions in cultural organizations. Used by numerous arts managers and various post-secondary institutions across Canada, it has been praised for its clear and straightforward approach to building excellence in financial skills.
Heather holds an honours BA in English and French from the University of Western Ontario, and a certificate in Finance and Accounting from Ryerson University.
A bit more about Heather…
Artistic endeavours: For fun, Heather sings in a community choir, the Upper Canada Choristers, and might just take her Grade 9 exam in voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She performs the odd solo recital at a seniors residence and is also currently pretty regular at the Corktown Uke (Ukelele) jam.
De-stressing after a long day: Heather has studied tai chi for many years, including mainly the empty handed, but also the sword and quarterstaff forms, making her perhaps the best-armed bookkeeper in Toronto.
Samantha Zimmerman, Practice Manager & Senior Associate
Samantha joined the Young Associates team in 2008. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies with a Fine and Performing Arts Option from the University of Waterloo, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration/Cultural Management from Humber College. Samantha is a Senior Associate and Data Management Consultant at Young Associates, and has played a leadership role in the development of Data Management services offered by Young Associates since 2009. She is also responsible for the practice management of the organization. Samantha continues to expand her knowledge of finance and the not for profit sector through workshops and seminars, including those offered by the Canadian Payroll Association, Revenue Canada, and Canada Helps. Sam currently sits on the board of CARFO (Canadian Arts Resources Foundation of Ontario). She is a member of Arts Consultants Canada.
A bit more about Sam…
Favourite coffee shop in the city: It depends on which client she is visiting, but Dark Horse is Sam’s favourite spot for a great Americano. Balzac’s is her go-to for drip coffee and their citro booster is a great pick-me-up.
Least relevant work experience: Sam danced at a resort in Mexico one summer during university. “We had a weekly rotation of family entertainment and I spent every Thrusday night lip syncing to Liza in a musical review.”
Favourite thing to cook/bake: Cookies and pies are Sam’s specialties. She makes a pretty good pumpkin pie from scratch.
Tip for staying organized in work activities: Sam always has a notebook and her iPhone on her at all times. “I live in Google Calendar!”