Executive Director of the Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries has been elected a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto.
Massey College is a graduate students’ residential community affiliated with, but independent from, the University of Toronto. Senior Fellows are prominent members of society with academic and professional interests from around the world. They are selected by a committee of the Governing Board and their nomination must be approved by the Governing Board.
Laureate of 2020 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts for Outstanding Contribution, Verjee’s nomination and election comes as a result of her accomplishments and commitment to the pursuit of Public Good through art and how it fosters civil society. Her expertise and wide ranging experience in cultural policy and cultural diplomacy builds on a legacy of sophisticated dialogue on art. She has dedicated her life to developing Canada’s contemporary culture through legislation, policy and institutions.
“I am humbled to be included among a group of some of Canada’s finest academic leaders,” said Verjee. She further added that despite not being affiliated with the University of Toronto prior to her selection, she has been welcomed into a community that “includes some of the brightest minds, celebrated artists, and innovative thinkers in Canada.”
As a Senior fellow seeking to enrich the Massey College community, Verjee is encouraged to continue addressing critical issues in a rapidly changing world, to bring cross-cultural and cross-generational understanding and ethical leadership to the respective fields and discover solutions to the complex problems facing society today .
Her senior fellow term begins in September, and she will deliver a lecture titled Teleos, nomos, ethos and the Massey Report at the Senior Fellow luncheon on September 22.
Earlier this year, Verjee was made McLaughlin College Fellow at York University and was conferred with honorary doctorate by the OCAD University recognizing her exceptional contribution to arts.