Board of Directors Biographies

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kenna Danyliw
Kenna is one of the founding partners of Danyliw & Mann, a boutique firm that specializes in serving the business management, tax and accounting needs of the music industry. Danyliw & Mann is now one of the leading Canadian firms in the industry and represents several Juno and Grammy award winning or nominated artists. Kenna is a Chartered Accountant who started her career with Coopers & Lybrand and also worked with Laidlaw and Pricewaterhouse Coopers before founding Danyliw & Mann. Kenna and her family are Burlington residents who have lived in the community for nearly 12 years. Kenna also sits on the board of the Sarah McLachlan Foundation and was on the board of the Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Robert Redhead
Bob has been in the environmental business for over 30 years. He has considerable experience in working with stakeholders to identify and resolve issues in waste management and policy development. Since 2006, he has been Executive Director of Government Affairs for Newalta, responsible for policy liaison with all levels of government for the company. Prior to that, he was an independent government affairs consultant, advising governments and industrial operators on environmental legislation, regulation and policy development. He also managed government relations for Laidlaw Inc. and Tricil Ltd. Bob received a B.Sc. degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from York University Schulich School of Business. He is Chair of the Board of the Ontario Environment Industry Association, Chair of the Environment and Energy Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Past Chair of the Canadian Environment Industry Association and the Ontario Waste Management Association. Bob is a recipient of the Environment Canada Award of Merit, the Distinguished Service Award of the National Solid Waste Management Association, and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

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Paul Subject
Paul is seasoned, senior executive and an angel investor in a number of industrial technologies in Ontario as well as President of STANMECH Technologies Inc., an engineering equipment company located in Burlington Ontario. Paul also mentors the CEO’s of a number industrial technology companies throughout the Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton region and provides strategic advice and consulting services through Enhanced Performance Inc. Paul is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and a member of the Canadian Society for Senior Engineers. Paul has spent the last 35 years in senior management and senior technical roles in both large and small industrial enterprises including companies such as General Motors and Canadian Occidental Petroleum. Paul lives in Burlington and is a founding member and Secretary of the Angel One Network and sits on a number of Boards including a number of private companies and selected community organizations.  His volunteer activities have included service on the Board of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation, and support of the Burlington Community Foundation.

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