Touchstone Celebrates General Manager Louise Bentall’s Retirement

Three generations of Touchstone GM’s celebrate at Louise Bentall’s retirement party.  L-R Camilla Tibbs, Rohit Chokhani, Louise Bentall.

Three generations of Touchstone GM’s celebrate at Louise Bentall’s retirement party. L-R Camilla Tibbs, Rohit Chokhani, Louise Bentall.

Touchstone recently said goodbye to a valued leader and welcomed a rising star into their senior management position.  After four years as General Manager, Louise Bentall retired from Arts Administration at the end of September 2013.  Following a nation-wide search, the company selected Rohit Chokhani as Louise’s successor, and he will be leading the company through their 2013/14 Season.

Louise Bentall’s contribution to Touchstone has been long, varied, and impactful.  Artistic Director Katrina Dunn said, “Louise’s decades of experience in the Arts, her fierce financial acumen, and her dedication to our mandate have helped us establish a strong and healthy infrastructure, and maintain it through some difficult years of provincial funding fluctuations.  We owe her a great debt.” Touchstone’s incoming GM, Rohit Chokhani, grew up in Bombay (Mumbai), the center of the Indian subcontinent’s vibrant performing arts industry. He comes to the company directly from his tenure as General Manager/Producer at urban ink productions.  Prior to urban ink, his producing experience was varied and straddled both live and digital mediums.  Rohit also serves as an Associate Producer at Vancouver’s Diwali Celebration Society.

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