AMY BURSTYN FRITZ
Amy Burstyn Fritz is a connector and convener, an ideas person who also delivers practical advice and excellent service to clients. She has an exceptionally wide network that spans arts and culture, fashion and lifestyle, government and public affairs. With over a decade of experience in marketing, communications and working as online editor of Canada’s largest fashion publication, Amy provides a 360 approach to brand building, developing unique event plans and introducing clients to the power of fully developed public relations strategies.
A champion of Canada’s cultural industries, Amy has served as Co-Chair for the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Book Lovers’ Ball, the Canadian Opera Company’s Operanation gala and Opera Club Program. She has also volunteered on committees for the World Wildlife Foundation, Canadian Stage, Luminato Festival, The Canadian Art Foundation, The Textile Museum of Canada, and she was a Juror for the Canadian Screen Awards.
Helen brings more than 35 years of expert communications, public relations and government experience to Burstyn Inc. Helen's public service career included seven years as Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, serving as Senior Advisor on Stakeholder Relations in the Office of the Premier, Special Advisor on Social Enterprise for the Minister of Economic Development, and Co-Chair of The Partnership Forum for the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Earlier in her public sector career, she served as Deputy Secretary of the Premier's Council, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, and Director of Community Economic Development. After leaving public service, Helen was a senior partner in a global communications strategy firm with corporate and NGO clients in local, national and international markets.
Helen currently serves as Chair of Waterfront Toronto and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Communications & Design at Ryerson University. She is also an active volunteer, chairing the national boards of Evergreen and The Walrus Foundation. In addition, she is a director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Luminato, The Toronto Public Library Foundation, the Canadian Opera Company, The Learning Partnership and The Koffler Centre. She served for nine years as a Trustee of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), is a founder and past-president of Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, a founding member of Equal Voice, Past President of the Canadian Club of Toronto, and co-founder of the Pecaut Centre for Social Impact (LEAP).
Helen is the author of Eleven Out of Ten: The Life and Work of David Pecaut and a TV personality who co-hosted Toronto Files with Burstyn and Deeks, a weekly public affairs show on RogersTV.
Helen is a recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Leadership and the Ontario Citizenship Award for Volunteer Service.