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Director of Development & Donor Relations

The Opportunity

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is at a very exciting time in its development.  With an accomplished and energetic new CEO, a revitalized Board of Trustees, and creation of a strategic plan, we will soon celebrate 50 years of achievement. Our rejuvenation builds on the tremendous affinity, passion and goodwill of our supporters and moves us towards our vision of being recognized as an extraordinary place to visit and explore Canadian culture and identity, and the connections between art and nature.

We are seeking a new Director of Development & Donor Relations to continue and build upon the development and implementation of McMichael’s annual and long term strategic fundraising and donor stewardship programs and operations.  Reporting to the Executive Director & CEO of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, who also acts as President of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation, the Director of Development & Donor Relations will serve as a member of the McMichael Senior Management Team and will lead and mentor a small staff team. 

About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Founded by Robert and Signe McMichael and donated along with ten acres of land to the Province of Ontario in 1965, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is located in York Region in the village of Kleinburg.  The gallery and sculpture gardens exist in a uniquely Canadian setting amid 100 acres of conservation land on the Humber River Valley.

The collection itself includes 6,000 distinctively Canadian artworks of oil paintings, watercolours, field sketches, sculpture and archival photographs.  The McMichael is renowned for showcasing 20th-century Canadian art, featuring exhibitions by the Group of Seven, First Nations, Inuit, Metis and contemporary artists. The gallery presents major temporary and touring exhibitions that broaden perspectives on Canadian art and identity. Currently receiving critical and audience acclaim is the exhibition “Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven”. McMichael is the only Canadian stop on this “sensationally successful” international tour.

Our mandate is to exhibit artists who have made a contribution to the development of Canadian art and to see their work in a global perspective.  Excellent programming such as lectures, guided tours, music concerts, performances, and studio classes are offered for all ages to enhance exhibitions. McMichael attracts an annual attendance of 100,000 including more than 25,000 school children.

The McMichael Canadian Art Foundation

The focus of the Foundation and its Directors is to provide short-term and long-term funding for a number of priorities including: art acquisition; educational programs, accessibility; upkeep of the building and grounds; endowments for curatorial Chairs and Fellows; and collection research and development. Moving forward, the Foundation’s Directors will continue to contribute and participate in actively fundraising for the McMichael.

For More Information

To view the full position profile for this opportunity, please visit the KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) website at  Expressions of interest will be held in strict confidence. Please note that all candidates will be asked to submit a resume and a letter of interest by January 8, 2013.   




The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the government of Ontario under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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