About the Foundation

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The Masterwork Award is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors through the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation which was created in July 2005.

Ms. Susan  Letson, President Email Susan M. Letson

Susan was a leader in Executive Recruitment in the Atlantic region with two national firms, KPMG and then The Caldwell Partners International until 2007. Her practice focused on the recruitment of senior leaders in all sectors of the economy and Board members for both national and provincial government agencies. Currently, Susan is associated with RG Consultants/KWA Partners a local consulting firm.

Susan has been Chair of the Halifax YWCA and Symphony Nova Scotia, and Vice Chair of the United Way of Halifax Region. She is a Past Chair of Debut Atlantic, a current executive board member of the Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB), a provincial crown agency and a community member of the Greater Halifax Partnership. She is also in a group of community leaders bringing a nationally recognized program to the Spryfield area to help reduce the drop- out rate in high school students.

Ms. Judith Campbell, Vice President Email Judith Campbell

Judith Campbell, Halifax, is retired from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  For over 25 years, she managed numerous regional and national communications and marketing initiatives in support of CBC Radio, Television and New Media.  She also developed and coordinated sponsorships, community relations and outreach activities for the Corporation. Judy was project manager for CBC’s Gold Sponsorship of Tall Ships 2000 and CBC Television’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Atlantic Canada, in 2002. In 2003, she was the Regional Account Manager responsible for marketing and communications strategies, including advertising, media relations, issues management and special events, associated with the promotion of “Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion.  Formerly a member of the Board of the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia, Judy is now a consultant in public relations, communications and marketing and a director of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Awards Foundation.

Mr. Timothy Matthews, Secretary Email Timothy Matthews

Timothy Matthews, Q.C., from Halifax, is a partner in the law firm Stewart McKelvey, where he concentrates his practice on estate and tax planning, probate and trusts litigation, and charities.  He has volunteered as a Director in many arts and cultural organizations, including service as Past Chair, Nova Scotia Talent Trust; Past President, Symphony Nova Scotia Society; Secretary, Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation; President, Scotia Festival of Music; President, Walter Kemp Singers Society; and Secretary, Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation.  His particular personal interests are classical music, especially opera, and the visual arts.


Ms. Mireille Bourgeois

Originally from Dieppe, New Brunswick, Mireille Bourgeois has an MA from the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.  An active member of the media arts community, she has independently curated and contributed to programs throughout Canada, the US, and Germany, and has published critical writing for Visual Arts News, Creative Times Press, C-Magazine, the Canadian Film Institute, Incite Journal of Experimental Media, and the online art blog Artengine.  Mireille Bourgeois is currently Director at the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Mr. Jules Chiasson

A native of Chéticamp, Nova Scotia, Jules Chiasson received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and French at the University of Moncton and a Diploma in public administration at Henson College, affiliated with Dalhousie University.

In the late 70’s, Jules Chiasson worked in the field of community and cultural development as Cultural Coordinator with the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia. He was the first President of the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF).

He worked at Radio-Canada/CBC for twenty-nine years as radio producer in Moncton, executive producer in Halifax, Director of radio in Moncton, Toronto, Sudbury, Trois-Rivières and Rouyn Noranda. He worked at Radio-Canada in Montreal as Advisor to French radio in international relations, Assistant to the General Director of French radio, Manager of French radio programming and Manager of public relations with the Francophone communities outside Quebec and affiliated stations of Radio-Canada.

In 2008 he left Radio-Canada and returned to Moncton. He was hired as Executive Director with Égalité santé en Français in New Brunswick. In 2010 he moved to Halifax to work for the Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre as Executive Director.  The Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre represents and works for the Acadian and Francophone community in HRM.

Mr. Peter Guildford

Peter Guildford is a native of Halifax who has had a life-long involvement in the arts. While in high school he was very active in youth theatre before studying Theatre at Dalhousie University. Following two years of public school teaching, Peter returned to university, completing a Masters of Theatre History at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. While completing his master thesis, he worked for the Vancouver Children’s Festival. When he returned to Halifax in 1981 he worked in a volunteer capacity and then as Festival Director for the Children’s Festival of Nova Scotia. During that period he also taught Theatre History for two years at Dalhousie. From 1987 to 2011 he worked for the Culture Division of the Nova Scotia government where he was active in community cultural development and organizational development as well as managing grant funding programs. As well, for 14 years he served as Secretary for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Since his retirement from the provincial government he has undertaken occasional contract work in board governance with non-profit arts organizations in the province.

Mr. Adrian Hoffman Email Adrian Hoffman

Born in the U.S., Adrian Hoffman grew up just outside Boston, the son of two very musical parents and graduated with a Masters Degree in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He studied trombone, composition and opera direction. Following his studies he freelanced with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Ballet Co. and the Boston Philharmonia to name just a few. Adrian moved to Canada in 1969 as a member of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra was a founding member of a contemporary Music Society called Nova Music. He joined CBC in 1978 becoming executive producer of Radio Music & Arts. He went on to produce and host both All the Best and Musically Yours and guest hosted for numerous network radio programs.  He has served as an appointed member of the Canada Council Touring Office Advisory Board and has acted as President National Radio Producer’s Association. In 2002 he received a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.

Since retirement from the CBC in 2006 he has been very involved in the Nova Scotia music community as part time lecturer in the Music Department at Dalhousie University and as a volunteer board member of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, Debut Atlantic, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor Masterworks Award.

He also enjoys taking tourists on group musical tours of Europe whenever possible. Adrian lives in Sambro, Nova Scotia.

Ms. Ingrid Jenkner

Ingrid Jenkner (B.A. Toronto; M.A. London (Courtauld Institute) has been Director/Curator of Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, since 1994.   She was previously Curator at Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina and at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph.  In addition to her curatorial appointments, Jenkner has taught art history and theory at the universities of Guelph and Regina. She currently teaches Cultural Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, and frequently serves on peer assessment committees of the Canada Council for the Arts and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage. Prior to her appointment to the Masterworks Foundation Board, Ms. Jenkner has had the honour of nominating a Masterworks Arts Award winner, Breathing Under Water by Glynis Humphrey, and a Masterworks finalist, See Below by Susan Feindel.

Ms. Elizabeth MacDonald

Through her company, Acappella Communications Inc., Elizabeth provides strategic counsel and support in communications planning and implementation, writing and editing, and stakeholder engagement for corporate, university, government and not-for-profit clients. She is an accomplished communications professional, with more than 25 years of public, private, and voluntary sector experience.

Elizabeth started her career as communications assistant to the Saskatchewan Minister of Energy and Mines and later as legislative assistant to the federal Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. Upon moving to the private sector Elizabeth worked as Public Affairs manager (Ontario) with Texaco Canada and later with Imperial Oil Limited as Public Affairs manager (Atlantic). In 1996, she joined Royal Bank as Manager, Public Affairs (Atlantic). From 2003 – 2007, Elizabeth was based in Germany, where she worked with the Canadian Forces community in Europe in several capacities. Elizabeth also taught writing and management at Mount Saint Vincent University and Seneca College (for Canadian Forces Support Unit Europe) in Germany. For her work as writer and editor of the IABC Belgium website, she won two IABC Chapter Management Awards in two consecutive years (2005, 2006).

An active community volunteer for many years, Elizabeth is currently a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board for Halifax and serves on the boards of both the Charitable Irish Association and An Cumann: The Irish Association of Nova Scotia. Elizabeth also helps organize Re-Jigged, an annual festival of new Celtic music and dance.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University, a Diploma in Marketing and International Business from Saint Mary’s University, and a Certificate in Adult Education from Seneca College.

Mr. Kenneth Schwartz

Ken Schwartz is the founding artistic producer of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, a position he has held for 21 years.  A two-time graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ken is a published playwright, director and producer who is proud to live and work in his home province of Nova Scotia. Ken was an instructor at Dalhousie University Theatre Department in 2008-09, was a founding member of the Nova Scotia Arts Council, and in 2002 was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his contributions to his community.  In 2008 he was awarded the Established Artist Recognition Award by the Province of Nova Scotia. He was awarded the Merritt Award for best Director in 2009 and 2010 as well as the Merritt for Outstanding Production in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2010 his production of Allen Cole’s Rockbound was a finalist for the Masterworks Award.   He has conducted community development workshops using theatre for the last 15 years, working in a variety of sectors and situations. He has sat on the board of PACT, Theatre Nova Scotia, The Nova Scotia Arts Council, the Nova Scotia Cultural Network, the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, and currently sits on the board of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards. In 2011 he served as co-artistic director of the 2011 Canada Games National Artist Program.