FMO Committees

FMO’s Executive Director (Alka Sharma) sits on every committee in an ex-officio capacity and chairs the working groups. FMO’s Board President (Kathy Partridge) is also a member of every committee in an ex-officio capacity. Chairs and co-chairs are listed in bold.

FMO Members who are interested in volunteering on a committee are encouraged to email jellis@folkmusicontario.ca indicating what committee they are interested in and why they want to get involved.

Committee 2016/2017 Members
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE*
Exercises all the powers of the Board between Board meetings in the management and direction of the affairs and business of FMO, and shall exercise these in such a manner as the Executive Committee shall deem best for the interest of FMO in all cases in which specific directions have not been given by the Board.
Katharine Partridge – President
Preetam Sengupta – Vice President
Jan Cody – Treasurer
Amie Therrien – Secretary
Dave Cool – Member-at-Large
Rachel Barreca – Past President
ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
Defines advocacy outcomes related to the music industry and government of all levels that the Board may wish to achieve on behalf of FMO members and develops the strategies and specific plans to achieve these outcomes.
Max Merrifield
Preetam Sengupta
AWARDS COMMITTEE
Oversees the administration of awards (including the Estelle Klein and Songs From the Heart awards) and may make recommendations to the Board of Directors for new awards.
Mike Ford
Jani Lauzon

Liz Scott
Amie Therrien
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
Provides an overall communications strategy including both internal (between staff and Board) and external (members, media, funders, sponsors, etc) stakeholders to be undertaken by staff.
Jennifer Ellis
Amie Therrien
FINANCE COMMITTEE*
Ensures FMO is able to meet its financial obligations and responsibilities by ensuring the Board has the information needed to make sound financial decisions.
Jan Cody
Dave Cool
Alex Sinclair
NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Leads the search for nominees to stand for election to the Board of Directors, including presentation of recommended nominees for Board approval and oversight of the annual election process.
James Keelaghan
Liz Scott
Preetam Sengupta
PERSONNEL, POLICY, AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE*
Supports and advises the Board in all matters of personnel, policy development and implementation, and governance.
Darin Addison
Jan Cody
Jani Lauzon
Max Merrifield
Alex Sinclair
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
Leads the creation, implementation, and periodic review of FMO’s Strategic Plan. A 5-year Plan was approved by the Board in 2015.
Jan Cody
Katharine Partridge
Preetam Sengupta
Alex Sinclair
REVENUE GENERATION (FINANCE SUB-COMMITTEE)
Sources new revenue in partnership with FMO’s Executive Director through research and development of opportunities, including but not limited to sponsorships, fundraising activities, and short and long term donations. The committee will ensure its efforts align with FMO’s ethos and strategic priorities, and operational capacity.
Jan Cody
Dave Cool
Christa Couture
Preetam Sengupta
Alex Sinclair
CONFERENCE WORKING GROUP
Supports the staff organizing the conference by providing ideas for speakers, panelists, and panels.
Darin Addison
Rachel Barreca
James Keelaghan
FESTIVALS WORKING GROUP
Aids in the organization and planning of the annual Festivals Retreat.
Darin Addison
Max Merrifield

*These committees are only open to board members.