Cultural agency Ontario Creates has appointed Aaron Campbell as its new chair, succeeding Mark Sakamoto, who served in the post since February 2016.
Campbell is currently the chief of staff at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), where he provides counsel to the CEO and executive team on strategic business objectives and stakeholder engagement.
He brings more than 16 years of experience in leading strategic intersections of stakeholder engagement, operations, communication and policy, and has held senior roles with the federal government, including with the prime minister of Canada and the minister of Canadian heritage.
“I am pleased to welcome Aaron Campbell to his new role as Chair of Ontario Creates,” said Michael Tibollo, minister of tourism, culture and sport. “His experience and leadership in the film industry, the halls of government and at the LCBO will play a vital role in overseeing the strategic business directions of Ontario Creates and the important industry sectors that it supports.”
Prior to Campbell’s role at LCBO, he worked with the Toronto International Film Festival where he oversaw events, production, visitor experience and the alignment of operational planning with TIFF’s artistic vision and business objectives.
“We are delighted that Aaron Campbell has been appointed as Ontario Creates new Chair,” said Karen Thorne-Stone, president and CEO of Ontario Creates. “His experience in the creative industries, stakeholder engagement, communication and policy will be invaluable in setting high impact strategic goals for the Agency and in delivering real results for the government, the sectors we support and for Ontarians.”
Campbell also currently serves as a director of Danceworks Toronto, and is also a board member of Cota Health.
“I am humbled and honoured to have been appointed Chair of Ontario Creates,” said Campbell. “I look forward to working with its dynamic Board and staff team to secure Ontario’s position as a leader in the creative industries throughout the province, across the country, and on the world stage, through investment, collaboration and export.”
Outgoing chair Sakamoto was appointed to the board of Ontario Creates in its previous incarnation as the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) in 2008. Under his leadership, the agency helped grow Ontario’s creative industries to record levels. In addition to establishing and implementing strategic directions for the body, Sakamoto spearheaded OMDC’s re-branding to Ontario Creates.