Founder, The Charles Taylor Foundation
Noreen Taylor is the founder of the RBC Taylor Prize and Chair of the Board of the Charles Taylor Foundation. She has a lifelong interest in the arts and arts education, first by teaching art and art history, then overseeing the Claude Watson School for the Arts (at Earl Haig Collegiate Institute) as its founding Artistic Director. In recent years her passion for the arts was manifested in her past positions as Chair of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Canadian Stage. She is a current member of the Board of the National Ballet of Canada as well as a member of the Canadian Curatorial Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Health care is the other driving force that occupies her attention. Following the lengthy care of her husband Charles, she became committed to patient care, first as a community representative for Cancer Care Ontario, then as a force behind the creation of a Palliative Care Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital, and now as Board Chair of SE Health, one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit home care organization. She is currently President of Windfields Farm Limited and Chancellor of UOIT.