Board of Directors Biographies

Ted Bossence
Ted is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. He currently provides consulting services related to the life insurance industry, with a focus on solvency and prudential regulation. Previously Ted was a partner in the insurance practice group of KPMG LLP. Ted has served a number of community organizations such as Hamilton Theatre Inc. as Treasurer and Vice Chair, Theatre Aquarius Board of Directors and as a member and chair of the Board of Trustees for his church.

Brenda Bowlby
Brenda retired at the end of March, 2015 as partner in the law firm of Hicks Morley LLP after a career of more than 33 years practicing employment, human rights and education law. Brenda was a member of the Advocate’s Society and continues to be a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations; she was the inaugural chair of the Education Section of the OBA. Brenda has written books on Human Rights and Special Education Law, along with numerous articles in these areas of the law. During her career, she also provided pro bono services to various not for profit organizations. She spent 9 years as a member of the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Board of Governors during which time she served a chair of both JBMH’s Quality Assurance Committee and Ethics Committee and represented JBMH as a member of the Board of Directors of the Brant Centre (nursing home). Brenda is currently also a member of the Board of Directors of the Carpenter Hospice.

Tim Caddigan
Tim is Senior Director of Programming and Community Relations at Cogeco Cable.In his role, he oversees 22 local television channels across Ontario and is involved in community initiatives in each of the municipalities that the company serves. A multi-faceted communications company, Cogeco Cable is the second‐largest cable operation in Ontario and Québec providing residential and commercial cable television, high speed internet and telephony services. Cogeco is Burlington’s largest local employer and has enjoyed a long relationship with the AGB.
Tim is a graduate of the Queen’s University School of Business. He is a strong supporter of local communities and has volunteered his time with various groups and organizations. Tim recently moved to the Burlington area from his hometown of Peterborough where he was heavily involved in arts and civic organizations. These include past Chair of Showplace Peterborough, Founding Board member for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Founding Chair of the Canada Day Parade. Tim was honoured twice with Civic Awards for Community Betterment and Cultural Achievement.

Robynne Cole
Robynne is a retired Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University. Having worked as a senior financial executive in the construction industry for most of her career, she is now focused on making art in the textile medium. She is Show Manager of the biannual Fibre Content Show, Co-Representative of the Central Canada Division of the Studio Arts Quilts Association and an active member of the AGB Fibre Arts Group. Robynne brings well rounded business acumen, previous library and condominium board experiences and artistic affiliations to her role with the AGB Board. Having lived in the Grimsby area all her life, she also provides a wider community perspective to the AGB in its role as a regional gallery and home to the guilds.

Jim Commerford
Jim is President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford which represents more than 120 sites across the region serving over 201,000 people in programs designed to nurture the potential of children, youth and adults. Jim is recognized for his commitment to partnership, community building and governance best practice. This vision for innovative partnership models in the not-for-profit sector has been realized through the Les Chater Family YMCA which was constructed and operates in partnership with the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Public Library and the YMCA. Jim has served as Chair of the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, Chair of the Canadian Urban Group of YMCAs, Past President of the Hamilton Rotary Club, Past Chair of North American Metro YMCAs, and member of the World Urban Network of YMCAs.

Selina Jane Eckersall
Selina Jane Eckersall is the Executive Director and Founder of No Vacancy Art; a contemporary arts non-profit organization in Burlington committed to raising the profile of contemporary art in the community by hosting pop-up art events at various locations around the city. Selina has a fifteen year career in marketing, with ten specifically in digital marketing. She has worked for companies like HMV in their national marketing department and brands such as BMO, Ford of Canada and McDonalds to conceive and execute data-driven marketing programs. Selina is a creative entrepreneur with six companies under her belt, many in services such as consulting, digital marketing or application development. Active in the community, Selina previously sat on the Board of Directors for The Halton Women’s Centre and is currently on the Board of Directors at The Art Gallery of Burlington. Selina has been an advisor to several tech startups both in Canada and the United States and currently works as the Digital Marketing Lead for one of Toronto’s most successful startups Wattpad; the World’s largest online community of readers and writers.

Selina has a post-secondary education in marketing and holds a direct marketing accreditation (with distinction) from the Canadian Marketing Association.

Sandra Edrupt
Sandra has had a long career with ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and is currently Manager of Strategy & Business Planning. She has had a range of management assignments in Sales, Corporate Planning, Marketing, Quality Systems and Corporate Affairs. She has significant experience in leading cross functional processes and projects, particularly those involving large- scale organizational change. Sandra’s community work is extensive. In addition to serving as Chair of the Art Gallery of Burlington, she currently serves on the Board of Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital where she is Chair of the Quality Committee. In the past she was a member of McMaster University’s Foundation, the United Way’s Citizen Investment Review Panel for Burlington and is Past President of the Greater Hamilton Wellness Foundation Board (formerly VON Hamilton Foundation). She is a recipient of the United Way’s Volunteer of Excellence Award for her work on the Citizen Investment Review Panel for many years. She has served in leadership roles on numerous McMaster University committees including President of both the Alumni Association and the Association of Part Time Students. She has received awards for distinguished service from both the Alumni Association and the Part Time Students Association.

Tom Evans
Tom recently retired as Chief Agent & Business Leader of the Canadian Branch operations of GE Employers Reassurance Corporation, a US based reinsurer and a subsidiary of General Electric Company. As chief executive officer in Canada he is accountable to the parent company and regulatory authorities for the prudent management of the business, the security of its assets, and the adequacy of its capital to fulfill policyholder obligations. Before joining GE he served over 3 years in the public service as General Manager – Finance & Administration for the County of Simcoe. As the County’s CFO he oversaw the finance, technology, human resources, procurement and property administration functions, and was responsible for developing and executing the County’s budget and long term strategic plan.
His earlier 30 year career in the private sector represents a broad and diverse background. As a financial executive he spent 15 years in the life insurance and reinsurance industry, 5 years with New York Life and then over 10 years as CFO of Revios Reinsurance. Earlier in his career he was the CFO of a private hotel management company, Chief Accountant of the Mercantile Bank of Canada, and a corporate tax specialist for over 12 years with major companies in the transportation, manufacturing, mining and financial services industries. Tom graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, is a Certified Management Accountant, and a certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Tom has served on corporate and not-for-profit boards, including Chair of FEI Canada (2005-06), and is currently a director of the Southern Golden Horseshoe Chapter of Financial Executives International Canada and a trustee of the Canadian Financial Executives Research Foundation.

Blair Lancaster
Blair is a dedicated and passionate community leader who was elected to City and Regional Council in 2010. For over forty years, Blair owned the Blair Lancaster Spa and Fashion Agency in Burlington and was the Executive Director of Breast Cancer Support Services for twenty years. She brings with her extensive experience in business, the Not for Profit sector including fundraising, governance, donor development, capital campaign development and planned giving. Over the years, Blair has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Burlington Art Gallery and has organized numerous fashion events in support of the Gallery.

Paul MacDiarmid
Paul currently heads the expense advisory and performance management team for Canadian retail banking at RBC. In addition to numerous roles in finance, in his over 25 years with RBC Paul has held roles in operations, sales and service leadership, training and branch management. Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and a Specialized Studies Certificate in Human Resources Management through the Institute of Canadian Bankers (McMaster). Paul is an active member of the Art Gallery of Burlington and the Latow Photographer’s Guild, participating in exhibitions and competitions and serving for several years on Latow’s Board as a Director and Treasurer. Paul was an active Scout Leader in Burlington for 10 years and spent several years with the United Way as a funding review volunteer and as a member of the United Way Agency Relations Committee.

Bob Pring
In addition to a successful career in the insurance industry, Bob has been an active volunteer and leader with the BAC and in the community for many years. He is President of the Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild at the BAC, Chair of the Christmas Sale & Soup Bowl event, and Secretary of the Arts Burlington Council. His past volunteer leadership roles include: Head Coach at the Burlington Lawn Bowling Club; Publicity Director for the Burlington International Games; volunteer at the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Sound of Music Festival; and President of the Burlington Lawn Bowling and Leaside Lawn Bowling Clubs; President of the Society of Fellows, Toronto Chapter of the Insurance Institute of Canada; and a hockey referee for 46 years.

Allan Ramsay
Allan is the Principal and founder of Allan Ramsay Planning Associates Inc. Well known and highly respected in the Greater Toronto planning community, Allan brings nearly 30 years of experience in land use planning, policy development, development planning and public consultation. Prior to founding his own private practice, Allan held senior positions with the Town of Oakville and City of Burlington planning departments. His experience also includes undertaking community consultation and public meeting facilitation and providing mediation and negotiation services. Allan is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and an active member of the Burlington Rotary Club.