Bill Poole

Director, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo ON

WILLIAM (BILL) POOLE has worked in the cultural sector for over 40 years. He served as Assistant General Manager of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake from 1973 to 1976 and spent the next five years as Director of Development for The National Ballet of Canada. He then spent eight years (1982 to 1989) as Administrative Director and Academic Principal of Canada’s National Ballet School, during which time he had lead management responsibility for building, funding and opening The Betty Oliphant Theatre which is located on Jarvis Street, in mid-town Toronto.

In January 1990, Bill was appointed Director of the Centre for Cultural Management at the University of Waterloo (UW), and remained in that position until May 2010. While at UW he was responsible for initiating and co-ordinating projects aimed at strengthening management and governance in the cultural sector. In June 2010 Bill assumed the position of Executive Director of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo. In this capacity he reports to the board and is responsible for all aspects of Gallery operations.

In addition to an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, Bill Poole holds an MBA (Arts Administration concentration) from York University and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science