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.
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.
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).
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 managing the company's online and workflow resources, training materials, and records management, as well as providing client support, training, consulting, and seminar delivery in data and information management, and research activities. She is also 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Aviss, Associate
Jason Aviss joined Young Associates in January 2019, bringing with him ten year's experience as an arts administrator in music, film, and the performing arts. Jason received his Hons. BA from the University of Toronto and an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration–Cultural Management from Humber College.
Jason was Production Manager and then Director of Operations at The Music Gallery from 2009-12. He later joined the Toronto International Film Festival as a senior event and festival producer from 2012-17, before joining Red Sky Performance as Production Coordinator. Jason served as Co-Chair for Humber College's Arts Administration-Cultural Management Program Advisory Committee from 2013-18, and as a grant-writer & bookkeeper for Queer Songbook Orchestra from 2014-15.
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.
Jerry (Gerald S.) Smith, Senior Consultant, Strategic Planning
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.