Corporate Development - The Harbourfront Centre!

Harbourfront Centre

Senior Development Officer - Corporate Development

Posted date: Jul 13, 2011
Closing date: Jul 22, 2011

14 month Contract (Maternity Leave)


Job Ref. # 11FC15-AFP                   


Harbourfront Centre, a registered charity, is an innovative cultural organization responsible for 10 acres of Toronto’s central waterfront.  Working in partnership with various communities, Harbourfront Centre nurtures and supports educational and recreational activity as well as contemporary artistic creation through showcasing Canadian and international talent.  As one of Canada’s largest centres for contemporary culture, the centre presents some 4000 internationally acclaimed events ranging from music, literary and theatrical festivals to children’s activities and all aspects of the visual arts.  Harbourfront Centre is one of Toronto’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing more than 12 million visitors and contributing over $126 million to the local economy annually.


Currently an employment opportunity exists in our Development Department for a contract Senior Development Officer - Corporate to cover a maternity/parental leave. Reporting to the Director, this position manages the corporate section, leading the sales team in securing new marketing sponsorships, corporate partnerships and philanthropic support as well as managing the service team in maintaining and cultivating relationships with current corporate partners by ensuring contractual obligations are met. The incumbent will assist the Director in developing corporate revenue generation strategies and will implement fundraising strategy from prospecting through to stewardship.



  • Work with the Director to develop annual corporate fundraising goals and strategies for revenue generation from the corporate sector.  Lead the sales team in securing new sponsorships, partnerships and philanthropic support and prepare financial reports and updates
  • Oversee the prospect management process and facilitate prospect review; devise cultivation strategies and coordinate solicitation process. Set partnership parameters/policies, benefit and pricing benchmarks to assist the sales team in preparing proposals and negotiating contracts.
  • Develop creative and innovative tailored sponsorship marketing proposals, attend meetings and make presentations to potential funders/partners. Coordinate philanthropic asks and grant applications with the sales team
  • Liaise with and mentor community partners to uphold sponsorship policies, avoid category clashes and build capacity within community cultural organizations 
  • Lead the servicing team to maintain and cultivate relationships with current partners by fulfilling benefit agreements and ensuring contractual obligations are met on a timely basis, and communicating sponsor/partner deliverables to other departments across the organization. 
  • Oversee servicing and the thanking of corporate donations and site activation support during sponsor events and festivals
  • Oversee preparation of written evaluations, final reports and financial reconciliations of partnership agreements, set standards in ROI reporting based on IEG methods of sponsorship evaluation
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of the Harbourfront Centre brand, its programmes, events and audiences. Attend receptions, conferences, seminars and other events at Harbourfront Centre and within the community to keep groups informed about the objectives of Harbourfront Centre.

The ideal candidate will have a post-secondary education in Fundraising or a related field and 3 years experience in the not-for-profit environment, preferably the arts and culture sector. Proven experience in sponsorship sales focusing on corporate marketing sponsorships and client servicing within the corporate sector is required.  He/she must possess exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills to deal effectively with corporate representatives, community partners and internal stakeholders and have the ability to persuade and balance the needs of the private and non-profit sectors in negotiations.  Excellent writing and communication skills are required along with creativity to devise and present innovative proposals and funding strategies. He/she must have in-depth knowledge of current business and marketing trends and practices, as well as sponsorship marketing practices. He/she will have strong organizational and multi-tasking skills, able to prioritize and manage team workloads and a variety of goals. The incumbent will be computer literate with extensive experience with Excel, Powerpoint and relational databases;  experience with Tessitura would be an asset.


Qualified applicants must apply by JULY 22, 2011  

Please send your resume quoting Job Ref. No. 11FC15-AFP  to:


Human Resources, 235 Queens Quay West

Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Fax (416) 973-1003

E-mail: jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com


Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Dating on a Budget: The University Student’s Guide to Dating in Toronto

DJ Skate Night at the Harbourfront Centre

Quick Info

When: Every Saturday until February 20 between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Where: Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queen Quay West

Cost: Skate Rentals $8 each (if needed) and around $6 at the Lakeside Local Bar & Grill for a warm drink.

Dating Level: For the first daters to the established couples.

Type of Couple: The ones who don’t mind the cold, like to be active and love music.

The Date Details

Once again Harbourfront Centre is hosting DJ Skate Night on the Natrel Rink where couples, and families, can skate to the sounds of local and international DJ’s playing a wide variety of music.

I will admit this date is for the couple who can brave the cold and will require you to bundle up and do some physical exercise. However, it is worth it because you will most likely hold hands as you circle around one of the most scenic rinks in Toronto. The reason, in my opinion, it is the most scenic rink is because you get a great view of the partially frozen Lake Ontario and Centre Island as well as a view of the city skyline all lit up with the CN Tower towering over you.

This is a great dating experience that will cost you hardly anything. The only things that will cost you are Skate Rentals, if you don’t a pair of skates, and maybe a warm drink after, which is possible for under $20.  

Now I did this date and felt as though I should point out the mistakes I made.

Tip 1: If you have skates bring them. The skate rental building gets busy and my date had to get a size that was to big because they ran out of his size, which led to ample complaining. If you do need to rent skates it is only $8 per person, but get there when the event starts to ensure you get your size.

Tip 2: Bring a backpack or duffle bag if you do own skates. Since a lot of people rent skates, that means they need lockers to store their shoes. By all means you can leave your bags at the benches around the rink, but if you’re paranoid, bring a backpack or duffle bag to put around you while you skate.

Otherwise, you’ll have a perfect date.  

DJ Skate Night Schedule

  • January 23, 2016
  • January 30, 2016
  • February 6, 2016
  • February 13, 2016
  • February 20, 2016

I’m going to be exhibiting at Bit Bazaar at the Harbourfront Centre on Sunday July 12! 

It’s part of Ontario’s Celebration Zone showcasing all sorts of free events and activities during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. So exciting! I’ll have copies of Mechanism of Magic and many other books, including a few copies of Demon King! Urameshi too, plus prints and original paintings and drawings. Above are photos of my table from Anime North, and a few closeups of Mechanism of Magic! 

lovelovehill (dirchansky) will be there as well, with their awesome new delinquents+animals anthology Cry to the Moon!

More info:



World Stage Mirror Ball | House of Nuance | Harbourfront Centre | Toronto Ballroom Event Photography
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Jan. 30, 2016 (Toronto, ON) - World Stage 2016 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre kicked off in spectacular fashion with Mirror Ball, a mix of vogue, runway, pageant and talent show all rolled into one.

Mirror Ball was presented by House of Nuance, a local ballroom group that promotes uniqueness and inclusivity.

Among the fiercely contested categories of the evening:

Best Dressed
American Runway
European Runway
Sex Siren

Below is a small set of photos from the evening.  Use the contact page if you would like to see more photos!


Typically I’m not a traditional theatre fanatic, but I really enjoyed the theatre/dance production TAJ this past Friday, my first event associated with Luminato. TAJ artfully depicted the love story and the tribulations behind the creation of the Taj Mahal. It was great to see Lisa Ray, a well known actress (Water, Bollywood Hollywood), in a live theatre production. Playing her father, the dreamer behind the Taj Mahal was the studly Kabir Bedi. Those unfamiliar with Bollywood may recognize him from The Bold and the Beautiful - Meow-ow! (jjk, he’s older than my Dad).

Beyond Imaginings

Beyond Imaginings: Eight artists encounter Ontario’s Greenbelt

In the summer of 2010, Harbourfront Centre unveiled a new large-scale photographic exhibition along Toronto’s waterfront. The subject: the world’s largest Greenbelt.

Eight emerging contemporary photographers created 128 large scale images that documented their exploration of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Seventy-two of those images are on exhibit until June of 2012. Each photographer had been chosen to explore three specific areas of importance to the Greenbelt: Working the Land,Natural Beauty and People of the Greenbelt.


Some of my most recent landscape work from 2012-13, titled Neighbour State, is currently up in the Fleck Dance Theatre at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. (Sadly, the only way to see the exhibition is by purchasing tickets to one of the shows at the theatre).

Click here to see some of the newest images from 2013 recently updated to my website.

Photo Cred: Tom Bilenkey



I can’t even express how much I love my city.  One of the many reasons that I love T.O. so much is because of our amazing cultural diversity.  This city is like a big mosaic tapestry that really pulls out all the stops to encourage and promote multiculturalism. This weekend I got experience this celebration of culture at Harbourfront Centre and also at the Royal Ontario Museum.  Harbourfront held their annual Kuumba Festival in recognition of Black History month.  The theme for this year’s festival was ‘Then and Now’.  It celebrated the origins of African roots from a 21st century perspective. Unfortunately, I missed out on the performances and indie movies at the festival but I still managed to make my way around the vendor booths and snap a few pics of the drum and art exhibits.  


On Saturday I continued my 'oh so cultured’ weekend by going to a documentary at the ROM on Rastafarianism.  The documentary entitled 'In Search of Rastafarianism’ a Soul’s Journey’ is the creation of Donisha Prendergast, who might also be known as the late and great Bob Marley’s granddaughter.  The film explored the origin and true meaning of Rastafarianism through interviews and travels to countries that help shape the identity of Rastafarianism. Being that I didn’t know what to expect in regards to the film, I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it, I learned a lot and I’m glad that I went.  All in all I had a great weekend in the amazingness that is my city.


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