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Shaw Festival announces Peter Jewett as new Chair of the Board of Governors

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 3, 2017) — At the Annual General Meeting earlier today, Andrew M. Pringle fulfilled his duties as the Shaw Festival’s Chair of the Board of Governors. During his remarks, Mr. Pringle passed the torch to Chair Designate Peter Jewett and announced new Board members Ian Joseph, Kevin Patterson, and Julian Rance.

“As I complete my tenure as Board Chair after serving with The Shaw for almost a decade, I must really thank again our Board for all of the remarkable work and support they have shown over the years – dedication shared by all of our staff and patrons,” said Andrew M. Pringle, chair of the Board. “I am also enormously happy to welcome our chair designate, Peter Jewett into the role of Chair. He’ll be a terrific leader for this organization and has already shown himself a dedicated ambassador and governor. Thank you to Peter for everything he has done and will do to ensure the ongoing success of The Shaw. It is an organization worth believing in.”

“Andy has made a terrific contribution as Shaw’s Board Chair. His unwavering support, enthusiasm and forward thinking has steered us through the transition to a new executive team,  welcoming both Tim Jennings and Tim Carroll to the Festival during his tenure, and he has been instrumental in guiding us through some financial bumps. I feel that he has left us in a great position to ensure the long term financial stability of the Festival,” says Peter Jewett, newly appointed Chair of the Board. “I am honoured to accept the position of Chair and will continue to build the Shaw Festival’s impact both locally and internationally. We have a dynamic and skilled executive team in place. I am very excited about what will happen at Shaw in the coming years.”

Peter Jewett, who has been a Board member since 2011 and Chair Designate since 2015, becomes Board Chair as the Shaw Festival enters a new era under the leadership of Executive Director Tim Jennings and Artistic Director Tim Carroll. Mr. Jewett will lead the Board through strategic planning sessions this spring that will set the course for the future of the Shaw Festival both financially and artistically.

Joining the Shaw Festival’s Board of Governors are Ian Joseph, Kevin Patterson and Julian Rance.

Ian Joseph, CFA is the President of Paradigm Capital Inc., an independent investment dealer headquartered in Toronto. Prior to joining Paradigm in 2005, Mr. Joseph spent 23 years as a Portfolio Manager for Guaranty Trust Company of Canada; Altamira Management; and CIBC Asset Management with responsibility for Growth Equity and Dividend Funds.

Kevin Patterson, CIBC’s Senior Executive Vice-President, Technology and Operations, is responsible for the technology and operations required to run CIBC’s businesses worldwide. Having been with CIBC since 1984, Mr. Patterson has held a number of increasingly senior roles in retail, technology and operations, audit and corporate security, control and governance prior to assuming leadership for technology and operations in 2010.

Recently elected President of the Shaw Guild, Julian Rance has been a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake since 2007 and a member of the Guild since 2009. He has an extensive background in contract, project and materials management for companies in a variety of industries including pulp and paper, airlines and radio broadcasting.

In addition to welcoming the new members, Mr. Pringle thanked outgoing board members Martha Burns, Arlene Carson, Sandy Delamere, Andrew Fleming, Peter E. Nesbitt, Marc St-Onge and John Warwick for their contributions to the Shaw Festival.

The Shaw Festival’s 2017 season is on stage April 5 through October 15. The playbill features Me and My Girl, Saint Joan, Dracula, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, Androcles and the Lion, Wilde Tales, The Madness of George III, Dancing at Lughnasa, An Octoroon, Middletown, 1979 and Secret Theatre. Tickets for the 2017 Festival season are available through the Box Office at 1-800-511-SHAW and online at www.shawfest.com.

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