Board of Trustees
- Rob G. C. Sobey, Chair
Rob G. C. Sobey, Chair
A fourth-generation business family member, Rob worked at Sobeys Inc. for 30 years before retiring to focus his efforts on philanthropy, volunteering, and governance. He currently serves on the boards of Empire Co., SeaFort Capital, Queen’s Smith School of Business, the Federation of African Canadian Economics, and the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is the Chairman of the Sobey Family Council.
Rob’s philanthropy focuses on access to education and the Canadian visual arts. He has served on the boards of Queen’s University, Dalhousie, NSCAD (Vice Chairman), and NSCC (Chairman). He was the Chair of the NSCC Capital Campaign and chairs several ongoing scholarship and bursary programs (Queen’s, Dal, Kings, NSCC, VFC). He is Honourary Chair of Venture for Canada and is an Honourary Governor of NSCC.
Rob is Vice-President of the Sobey Foundation, Chairman of the DR Sobey Foundation, Past Chairman of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and is an Honourary lifetime Governor of the AGNS. A Distinguished Patron of the National Gallery of Canada, he is also a Director on the Emeritus Board for the Gallery’s Foundation.. Rob also served as a member of the WWF Atlantic Council.
Selected Top CEO for Atlantic Canada in 2009 by Atlantic Business Magazine, Rob was an honours undergrad from Queen’s University, an MBA from Babson College, and the ICD.D designation. In 2019 he was awarded an Honourary Diploma from NSCC and in 2012 received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work as Honourary Colonel in the Canadian Army (artillery).
Rob’s interests include music, boating, and racquet sports. He resides in rural Nova Scotia with his wife, Monique. They have two children, Jane and Matthew.
- Bernard Doucet, Executive Director
Bernard Doucet, Executive Director
Bernard is Executive Director and Trustee of the Sobey Art Foundation. He is an internationally recognized philanthropy and arts’ administrator who believes that the visual arts provide boundless opportunities for the foundation of human and community connections. Bernard has been a central figure in the evolution of the contemporary Canadian art ecosystem for the past decade. He occupies a singular professional position at the intersection of: partnership building with public institutions; cultural philanthropy and funding; the national and international promotion of practicing Canadian artists and the associated engagement of art and mainstream media across Canada and around the world. He is known for his collaborative approach to creating new avenues for Canadian artists and institutions to reach broader audiences with stable funding models.
Bernard holds a BA Hons in German Studies from McMaster University and an MBA, Finance from Dalhousie University.
- Jaimie Isaac
Jaimie Isaac is a curator and interdisciplinary artist, member of Sagkeeng First Nation in Treaty 1 Territory and is of mixed heritage. She is the Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria since September 2021.
Isaac is dedicated to making space for womxn, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ voices and decolonizing art and cultural institutions. She served as the Indigenous and Contemporary Arts curator at the Winnipeg Art Gallery for more than 6 years and has been in other leadership positions in arts and cultural organizations and continues independent projects. Isaac holds a degree in Art History from University of Winnipeg and a Master of Arts from the University of British Columbia, with the thesis focus on Decolonizing Curatorial Practice. Exhibitions curated at the Winnipeg Art Gallery were Nahdohbii: To Draw Water, 2021 (an international curatorial collaboration Triennial), Born In Power 2020, subsist, 2019, ᐃ(co-curated), Behind Closed Doors, 2018, organic, 2018, Insurgence Resurgence, 2017 (co-curated) and Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant, Boarder X (National tour 2016-2022), We Are On Treaty Land, 2016, and Quiyuktchigaewin; Making Good, 2015, and in her tenure has managed touring shows, initiated many dynamic and sustained partnerships and programming.
Artistically, Isaac co-founded The Ephemerals Collective, which was long-listed for the 2017 and 2019 Sobey Art Award. Collectively and independently, she has exhibited and presented work internationally. Jaimie collaborated with an artistic team on a public sculpture at the Forks called Nimama at South Point path: Niizhoziibean, 2018 and collaborated on a public art project, Cyclical Motion: Indigenous Art & Placemaking, 2018 and a solo public art work, 8th and Final Fire at the Forks, Winnipeg, 2021. With published work, Jaimie has contributed articles and features for Art + Wonder, C Magazine, Border Crossings, and essays for exhibition catalogues; Naadohbii: To Draw Water, Insurgence Resurgence, Boarder X, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, and unsacred. Isaac has contributed in collections of writing within The Land We Are Now: Writers and Artists Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation, West Coast Line 74 and Public 54: Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital Journal and many forthcoming publications. In community, Jaimie was co-faculty for the Wood Land School at Plug In Summer Institute in 2016. She is the Advisory Committee for the Manitoba Museum and is on the board of directors for Border Crossings Magazine and Trustee for the Sobey Art Foundation. Jaimie is an honouree for Leaders of Tomorrow from the Manitoba Museum 50th Tribute Awards 2020, CBC Future 40 Finalist, 2020 and the Canadian Museums Association recipient for an outstanding achievement award in exhibitions category with the Boarder X exhibition, 2021.
- Nancy McCain
Nancy McCain is Chair of the Toronto Foundation, one of Canada’s largest community foundations. She is Co-chair of the National Arts Center Next Act Campaign, member of the Campaign Council for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and member of the Board of Governors for Acadia University, where most recently she served as Chair of the Campaign for Acadia. Her past volunteer roles include President of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Chair of the Canadian Art Foundation, Chair of the Arts Access Fund, Director of Arts for Children of Toronto, and Director of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. She is also president of the Morneau McCain Foundation, a family foundation focused on supporting education and cultural causes. Professionally, she worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as at Sotheby’s in Toronto, London and New York. Nancy has an MA in Arts Administration from New York University.
- Kent Monkman
Dish With One Spoon Territory (Toronto, ON)
Kent Monkman is an interdisciplinary Cree visual artist. A member of Fisher river Cree Nation in Treaty 5 Territory (Manitoba), he lives and works in Dish With One Spoon Territory (Toronto, Canada).
Known for his provocative interventions into Western European and American art history, Monkman explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience-the complexities of historic and contemporary indigenous experiences-across painting, film/video, performance, and installation. Monkman’s gender-fluid alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testicle often appears in his work as a time-traveling, shape-shifting, supernatural being who reverses the colonial gaze to challenge received notions of history and Indigenous peoples.
Monkman’s painting and installation works have been exhibited at institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Musée d’art Contemporain de Rochechouart; Maison Rouge; Philbrook Museum of Art; and Palais de Tokyo. He has created site-specific performances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Royal Ontario Museum; Compton Verney, Warwickshire; and The Denver Art Museum. Monkman has had two nationally touring solo exhibitions, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience (2017-2020), and The Triumph of Mischief (2007-2010).
Monkman’s short film and video works, collaboratively made with Gisèle Gordon, have screened at festivals such as the Berlinale (2007, 2008) and the Toronto International Film Festival (2007, 2015). Monkman is the recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2017), an honorary doctorate degree from OCAD University (2017), the Indspire Award (2014), and the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award (2014).
- Sarah Moore Fillmore
Sarah Moore Fillmore
Sarah Moore Fillmore has served as Chief Curator and is the current Interim Director and CEO at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. As a Canadian leader in the curation of contemporary art, Moore Fillmore has focused her career on the advancement of emerging Canadian artists, championing those who push the boundaries of their artistic practice. With a keen interest in Atlantic Canadian art situated within a national context, Moore Fillmore has been successful in creating meaningful partnerships and elevating regional art practices to national and international levels.
Moore Fillmore has curated retrospective exhibitions for Mary Pratt, Jacques Hurtubise, Marion Wagschal, and Thaddeus Holownia as well as solo exhibitions for Emily Falencki, Althea Thauberger, Lisa Lipton, and Mitch Mitchell. She co-curated Hanson and Sonnenberg: The Way Things Are and Graeme Patterson’s Secret Citadel. She has curated group exhibitions including Skin: the Seduction of Surface; Forces of Nature; The Last Frontier; Canadian Pioneers; Realism’s Reach, Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey; Perfect Brightness; On the Edge of Modernism; Family Patterns and, from 2006 to 2015, the annual Sobey Art Award.
- Nadia Myre
Recognized for creating symbolic images of wounding and resilience that convey something deeply human while addressing urgent social concerns, Nadia Myre is an award-winning artist whose interdisciplinary practice speaks to identity and the politics of belonging. As exemplified by important works such as Indian Act (2002), The Scar Project (2005-2013), and Living with Contradiction (2018) Myre prioritizes collaboration, community building, and skill sharing as activities that further cultural understanding and indigenous futurity. Weaving together beadwork, photography, sculpture, video, and performance, her work is held in eminent collections including the Canadian Embassies of New York, London, Paris and Greece. Myre’s practice is distinguished with such honours as the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec (2019), Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery (2016), Sobey Art Award (2014), and the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship (2003). In tandem to art making, Myre has served on advisory and assessment committees for the Heritage Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseils des Arts et des lettres du Quebec, Manitoba Arts Council, and has been a member of the executive boards of the Regroupment des artistes en arts visuel (RAAV, 2006-09), the Canadian Artist Representation/Front des Artists Canadien (CARFAC, 2006-09), Canadian Artist Representation Copyright Collective (CARCC, 2006-07), Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICC, 2013-18), Biennale d'art contemporain autochtone/Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA, 2016-20), and Oboro (2016-21). In addition to being a co-founder of the first Indigenous artist run centre in Montreal, Centre d’art Daphne, Myre currently sits on the Indigenous advisory committees of the Conseils des Arts de Montreal, and the McCord Museum.
- Dell Pohlman
Dell Pohlman, P.Geol, is Exploration Manager with Baccalieu Energy Inc. of Calgary and is a founding member of the management team of the company.
A resident of Calgary since 1982, Dell has a passionate interest in contemporary Canadian art. This passion has led to volunteering and philanthropic support of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
In addition to involvement with artistic institutions, Dell enjoys mentoring young art collectors while also continuing to enhance his own contemporary Canadian art collection.
- Frank C. Sobey
Frank C. Sobey
New Glasgow, NS
Frank C. Sobey is a Director of Empire Company Limited and a member of the Trebek Council. Mr. Sobey was Vice President, Real Estate of Empire Company Limited until his retirement in 2014 after 36 years with the company. Mr. Sobey also served as a trustee and Chairman of Crombie REIT from 2006 to 2019, as Chairman of the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, as well as a board member of the Canadian-U.S. Fulbright Program.
Mr. Sobey graduated from Harvard University Business School’s Advanced Management Program and earned the ICD.D designation. He holds an honorary degree from Dalhousie University.
- Janis Sobey-Hames
New Glasgow, NS
A graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University, BSc Nursing, Janis was a Director of the Aberdeen Hospital Foundation 1989-1995 and National Director, Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust 2004-2017. She also served on Mount Saint Vincent University’s Board of Governors 2009-2015, was Co-Chair of the Leaders of The Way campaign, Pictou County United Way 2017. Janis is also a Member of the David Sobey Centre Endowment Committee and the Sobeys Scholarship Endowment Fund Committee at Saint Mary’s University as well as Chair of the David and Faye Sobey Foundation.
Janis enjoys skiing, golf and travel. Married to Christopher Hames, they have 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren
- Gaëtane Verna
Gaëtane Verna is an art historian and arts administrator. Since 2012, she has been the Director and Artistic Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, and was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art de Joliette from 2006 to 2012. Prior to her appointment at Joliette, Verna served as Curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University (1999–2006), Sherbrooke, while also teaching in the Art History department of both Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Since 1998, Verna has curated and organized exhibitions by emerging, mid-career, and established Canadian and international artists, including Terry Adkins, John Akomfrah, Omar Ba, Alicia Henry, Serge Emmanuel Jongué, Grada Kilomba, Kapwani Kiwanga, Dawit L. Petros, Thomas J Price, Jimmy Robert, Denyse Thomasos, Jan Wade amongst many others.
Verna has edited and contributed essays to numerous books and catalogues. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts, TV5 Québec Canada and the Sobey Art Foundation. Verna is one of the initiators of the Black Curators Forum, she is a member of the advisory committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Arts of Global African and the Diaspora as well as being a member of the Advisory Board of The Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery at NSCAD University. Verna is a member of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO), the International Association of Art Critics, AICA Canada, and the International Committee for Museums (CIMAM). In 2017, she was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government to spotlight and recognize her significant contribution to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.