Artscape Executive Team

Tim Jones


Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape, is a champion for the role that the arts play in transforming cities and communities. Under his direction since 1998, Artscape has grown from a provider of artist studios in Toronto to an internationally recognized leader in creative placemaking: leveraging the power of arts and culture to act as a catalyst of change, growth and transformation of place. Tim coined this term in 2006; today, city builders around the world employ creative placemaking strategies to make cities more vibrant, prosperous, sustainable and liveable. With Artscape, Tim has built an impressive portfolio of unique facilities that serve hundreds of thousands of people annually, and which play an important role in advancing the arts and culture, public policy agendas, private development interests, community and neighbourhood aspirations and philanthropic missions.

After acting as mentor and coach to organizations and governments in Canada and abroad for many years, Tim now plays an active development role in markets outside Toronto.

Tim has received many awards for his pioneering work. In 2014, he was recognized by the Geneva-based Schwab Foundation as Social Entrepreneur of the Year. 

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LoriAnn Girvan

Chief Operating Officer

LoriAnn Girvan is an entrepreneurial leader with over 25 years of experience in urban revitalization, affordable housing, community planning and non-profit management in Canada, the United States and Africa. She is a problem-solver and bridge-builder, able to test new practices, bring together diverse stakeholders and scale and sustain innovations.

Her work combines systems design and social purpose real estate practice to achieve inclusive community development in multicultural cities and communities in economic transition. Through direct development as well as joint venture partnerships, she has coordinated over $300 million of affordable housing and community facilities development. She is adept at securing a broad range of financing sources including competitive government loans and grants, tax credits, impact investments, bond financing, and energy incentives. Every project has achieved high standards of sustainable design and accessibility.

LoriAnn has a Masters in Urban Planning from McGill University and a Masters in African Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

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