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Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 5, 2016) — Three new appointments to the Shaw Festival’s Board of Governors were announced today by Chair Andrew M. Pringle during the Annual General Meeting.

Lyle Hall, Timothy R. Price and Jaime Watt are leaders in their respective industries and passionate supporters of arts and culture in Canada. As members of the Shaw Festival’s binational Board of Governors, they will apply their expertise and remarkable skill sets to the continued development of The Shaw’s strategic direction, further its mission through active ambassadorship and the establishment of policies and procedures that support its long-time sustainability.

“The Shaw Festival is responsible for $100 million of the Niagara cultural economy, or about a fifth of the overall impact. Savvy business leaders, who understand the Festival’s bi-national customer base, the competing forces surrounding it, as well as demonstrating deep, prolonged passion for the art produced here, are needed and wanted,” remarked Mr. Pringle. “As The Shaw enters a new leadership era, the Board’s help in gaining a deeper understanding of current and future audiences, both personally and as ambassadors to their wider business networks, will help the Festival establish a firm foothold in the 21st century.”

Mr. Lyle Hall is a Managing Director of HLT Advisory Inc. – an advisory services firm that supports the Canadian and international hospitality, leisure and tourism industries. Prior to forming HLT Advisory, Mr. Hall was the National Director of KPMG Canada’s Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism practice. His consulting experience includes a wide range of accommodation, gaming, public infrastructure and tourism projects for both the public and private sector. He has worked for clients and on projects across Canada and internationally. Often quoted on industry issues, Mr. Hall is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and the co-founder of the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference.

With over 35 years of management experience with the Brookfield Group of companies, Mr. Timothy R. Price is currently the Chairman of Brookfield Funds, Brookfield Asset Management. He has extensive experience raising capital, operating a merchant bank and executing financial statement analysis and evaluation. Additionally, Mr. Price has previously participated in a number of successful capital campaigns, including initiatives for Roy Thomson Hall, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, St. Michael’s Foundation and York University Foundation.

As Executive Chairman of Navigator Ltd., Mr. Jaime Watt specializes in complex public strategy issues and has served both domestic and international clients in the corporate, professional services, not-for-profit and government sectors. A trusted advisor to business and political leaders at all three levels of government across Canada, he has led ground-breaking election campaigns that have transformed politics because of their boldness and creativity. Mr. Watt currently chairs the Capital Campaign for Casey House.

Mr. Pringle also acknowledged and thanked out-going board members Greg Berti, Gary M. Comerford (former Chair), Michele S. Darling, Martha M. Hyde and Ronald H. Luczak for their counsel and contribution to various committees during their tenure.

The Shaw Festival’s 2016 season is on stage April 9 through October 16. The playbill features Alice in Wonderland, A Woman of No Importance, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Uncle Vanya, “Master Harold” …and the Boys, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, Our Town, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Engaged, and The Dance of Death. Tickets for the Shaw Festival’s 2016 Season are available through the Box Office at 1-800-511-7429 or online at


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