Tapscott-Lopes Business and Society Lecture

The Tapscott-Lopes Business and Society Lecture brings prominent speakers to Trent University and the community to address issues of values and ethics as they pertain to business and society. 

Creating An Urban Cultural Hub

Cameron Bailey

CEO, Toronto International Film Festival



  • calendar iconThursday, November 23, 2023
  • time icon
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • location iconStohn Hall, Student Centre, Trent University, 1680 West Bank Dr, Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8

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Durham GTA

  • calendar iconThursday, November 23, 2023
  • time icon
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • location iconTrent Durham GTA Advanced Learning Centre, 11 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON L1G 4R7

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Please note that these talks are not recorded.

Lecture Abstract 

Few people understand the importance of the arts and cultural sector better than Cameron Bailey. The CEO of one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals, Bailey brings a comprehensive wealth of experience to his position, and under his lead the festival continues to grow in size and significance every year. In his engrossing and highly customized talks, Bailey traces what it takes to grow a cultural organization, from engaging staff at all levels, to harnessing the energy of local citizens and politicians to, finally, capturing the attention of the world.

About Cameron Bailey

A headshot of Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey is the CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and is responsible for setting its strategic direction and leading its teams towards fulfilling TIFF's mission to transform the way people see the world through film. Under his leadership, the festival has continued to grow in size and significance every year.

Bailey joined TIFF in 1990 as a seasonal programmer. He spent more than a decade as a festival programmer before being named artistic director and co-head. In 2021, Bailey assumed the role of CEO. Bailey has programmed and hosted TIFF's highly successful subscription series, Reel Talk; headed its Perspective Canada series; and founded its Planet Africa section. Prior to TIFF, Bailey curated films for Cinematheque Ontario, The National Gallery of Canada, The National Film Board of Canada, and Australia's Sydney International Film Festival.

For 20 years, Bailey has worked as both a programmer and critic, contributing to NOW Magazine, CBC Radio One and CTV’s Canada AM. He has also been published in The Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, and Screen, along with several books. In 2015, Bailey participated in CBC's Canada Reads competition, successfully championing Kim Thuy's novel, Ru.

Bailey has taught film curation at the University of Toronto and holds an honorary doctorate from Western University. He is a Chevalier in France's Order of Arts and Letters, and for 10 consecutive years, Toronto Life named him one of "Toronto's 50 Most Influential People."

For more information, contact Babin Joy, babinjoy@trentu.ca.