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JBNBlog bows to Margaret McNee #ldnont Power Pant prez

- September 19th, 2012

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Margaret McNee, courtesy of mcmillan.ca 

The McNee family was on the far side of Huron St. & in the Waterloo direction when JBNBlog was growing up in Broughdale.

The McNees were tremendously accomplished & great Liberals . . . a contrast with my parents, who were NDP. Trudeau is supposed to have spoken from a chair at the McNee house in 1968, a piece of furniture treasured by the family or so the lore goes.

Anyway. Margaret McNee was one of the younger kids in the family & I didn’t know her as well as her older brothers. But.Now that my Toronto radar is working properly, it is apparent she has had a distinguished career as a lawyer & done great work in supporting the arts, also a McNee family tradition.

Not that she needs, but here is a JBNBlog in her direction.

Margaret is the new president of the Power Plant board and showed true skill in handling a Globe & Mail cross-examination about the contemporary art gallery’s relationship with its big cool neighbour Harbourfront:

Here’ is a slice of the Globe coverage:

Should the Power Plant think of going it alone? Could it? “Those conversations have been going on all the time I’ve been [on the board],” McNee said in an interview. “I would say they’re very valuable because they help you focus your thinking about how you finance operations. But in the current environment, I’m not so sure it’s a serious conversation; it’s an interesting conversation over wine . . . but if you kind of get down to the brass-tacks, we’re given a lot to work with in that relationship [with Harbourfront].”

Here is something related offa the mcmillan.ca site from 2011:
Margaret McNee, a partner in the Toronto office of McMillan, was featured in an article titled  Law firms use modern art to project hip vibe in the November 4, 2011 edition of The Lawyers Weekly. In the article she discusses the art that is used throughout the firm.

“We have looked at art as art and wanted to have something that was stimulating and conversation-provoking,” said McNee, co-chair of the board of the Canadian Art Foundation and the treasurer of the board of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. “In fact, we have had a lot of very positive responses to some of the artworks in our collection. “This waterfall … we have had several different people ask us, ‘Who is that artist? Do you think I could get one of those works?’

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