Shawn St. Michael

Executive Director, Development

Art Gallery of Ontario


Shawn St. Michael is the Executive Director, Development at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada, where she has been a lead fundraiser for 15 years. Under her leadership, in 2008 the Transformation AGO campaign achieved $306 million – a new benchmark in Canadian cultural fundraising.  In 2009, Shawn was named the Association of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) Toronto Chapter’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional.  As the 2011 President of Art Museum Development Association (AMDA), she was the first Canadian President in its 40 year history.

Following studies at York University in Toronto, she completed the Christies’ Fine Arts Course and has worked at the P & D Colnaghi Gallery in London, England.  She has worked in communications at Orchestra London and was the Director of Development at the Stratford Festival in Canada, based in the Toronto office.

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