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.