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Knowledge Philanthropists

Alexandra Montgomery
Carl James Schwarz
Lenita Wong


Alexandra Montgomery is an operational and philanthropy leader in the not-for-profit sector with almost thirty years of experience in senior executive positions. Alexandra was the Executive Director of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto where she led the Museum’s transforming and award-winning expansion. Alexandra recently left her position of Director and CEO of the Bill Reid Gallery, after overseeing a transforming renovation, to move to Banff. She is an active volunteer and has served on the Board of the PuSh International Festival, the advisory council for the School of Creative Industries Program at Ryerson University and the Arts Administration Program at the Schulich School of business. In 2017 she was nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

Carl James Schwarz is a faculty member in Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University with expertise in counting wildlife (people and animals).

Lenita Wong is a life-long Vancouverite. She first volunteered for Powell Street festival in 2009 by accident. She meant to volunteer for a walking tour held during the Powell Street Festival but for another organization.  She has been involved with Powell Street Festival society since.  Lenita holds a degree in Business Administration and has over a decade of experience in business analysis and technological projects. She has worked in the First Nations Health society, public education and public transportation sectors.