Board of Directors






Bill Smith
President

Bill was employed by CIBC for thirty five years and was a Senior Manager, Commercial Banking just prior to retirement. Bill is a graduate of Illinois State University (Marketing). Bill has been active in the Oakville community for many years. He is currently the President of Oakville Arts Council, Board Chair of Celebrate Oakville Festivals, Board Chair of CommUnity Arts Space, and a member of the Oakville Community Foundation Advisory Council. Previously, Bill was Board Chair, Oakville Community Foundation (2000-2003); Board Chair, Oakville Waterfront Festival (2003-2007); member, Town of Oakville Environmental Strategic Plan Advisory Committee (2003-2011); member, Oakville Community Foundation Youth in Recreation Grants Committee (2007-2010); Assistant Coach, Oakville Soccer Club (Oakville Blaze) 2005-2007; and a Leader in Scouts Canada (1990-2000).








Ben McRae
Treasurer CPA, CA, Senior Accountant, A&A, BDO Canada LLP

Ben is the Director of Financial Reporting at Performance Auto Group. In the past he worked as an audit senior for BDO Canada, where he worked with entrepreneurs to provide audit and tax services in a diverse set of industries. Ben earned his Bachelor's degree in Accounting with honours from Dalhousie University and is a recently qualified CPA, CA. He is passionate about producing high quality work and likes to help others.



Catherine Bobesich
Director

Catherine Bobesich has been a resident of Oakville since 1987. With a background
in art, design, marketing and business, she has run Wellness By Design for the past twenty three years. In addition to her professional pursuits, Catherine contributes extensively to a wide variety of community organizations in various capacities, including the Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, Kerr Street Ministries, The Cancer Society, and Appleby College, where she was a committed volunteer in a wide range of capacities for seventeen years. Catherine has held several office, committee and board positions in the past 35 years.  She also currently serves on the board of the Zonta Club of Oakville, Zonta District and Oakville Galleries.




Suzy Godefroy
Director

Bio coming soon...








Ralph Robinson
Director

Elected to his 11th consecutive term in 2014, Councillor Ralph Robinson has played an active role in municipal politics since 1982. Councillor Robinson brings varied political, volunteer and business experience to his role as a Ward 1 Councillor. He is involved in many areas of community politics: from chairing the Bronte Creek Environmental Assessment Steering Committee and acting as a founding member of the former Community Advisory Committee to Petro-Canada and the Lake Ontario Shoreline Algae Action Committee to participating on a variety of town committees. Ralph chaired the Oakville Terry Fox Run for 25 years.

He is a founding director of the Oakville Sports Hall of Fame and a past director of the Halton Multicultural Council. In addition to his list of political credentials, Councillor Robinson has 30 years of banking and entrepreneurial experience. In 1991, Councillor Robinson was nominated and elected by his peers to be a Life Member of the Association of Kinsmen Clubs and in 2009 he became the 11th Canadian recipient of the prestigious Kin award known as "Hal Rogers Fellow" (HRF). He is also a Life Member and Past President of the Minor Oaks Hockey Association. In 2012 he was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubliee Medal. Born in Lindsay, Ontario, Councillor Robinson has lived throughout Ontario and the Atlantic provinces (from Thunder Bay through St. John's). He and his wife, Marie, have three children and ten grandchildren.










Kirk Sloane
Director

Kirk Sloane is the past Chair of the Oakville Waterfront Festival. He has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2002. Prior to that, Kirk sat on various festival committees and had been involved with the festival for 10 years. A lawyer by profession, Kirk has worked in both private practice and as in-house counsel, developing a wide ranging experience in various aspects of insurance law. Currently, he practices with David Share Associates in Toronto where he utilizes he extensive experience representing clients dealing with disability and file insurance claims. Kirk and his family have lived in Oakville for the past 20 years. When he is not busy with his law practice and festival responsibilities, he enjoys coaching minor hockey. In addition to his membership on the Board of the Festival, Kirk is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Wildlife Preservation Canada, a non-profit charitable organization devoted to saving highly endangered animal species facing imminent extinction in Canada and internationally.







Julian N. Wise
Director

Julian has been in the financial services industry since 1976. Prior to that, he had careers at the Financial Post, and as an independent producer of current affairs TV shows in the U.S.

He is a charter member of the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting, and belongs to Advocis. He is also a registered member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

He has been Chair of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts – and was also a member of the Oakville Cultural Advisory Committee. He currently sits on the Board for the Oakville Federal Liberal Association.

Julian was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for 32 years, and was President of the Canadian MDRT Foundation.

His firm, Wise Advisory Group Inc., has an Integrated Estate and Wealth Management™ team that helps clients meet the promises they’ve made to themselves, their families, and their businesses. As it says on his business card, “Promises Made. Promises Kept. Since 1976.™”

He is also a co-founder of WiseMouth™ Media Incorporated. If you ever have a story that you feel can help others, or you just need to learn things about life from others, go to www.wisemouthmedia.com. When the world shares, everyone grows.

Julian has two adult children, Bryonie and Matthew, and lives with his wife Nandita in Oakville, Ontario with their dogs Lucie and Potter.



Indira Roy Choudhury
Director

Born in Toronto, Indira holds a Honours B.A. degree in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and a B. Ed. from Queens University. She began her career as a successful practising artist winning first place awards in juried exhibitions in Toronto, Mississauga and Haliburton. She and business partner, Doris Gillick started Trias Gallery in 1998. The first location was on the 3rd floor of the ‘Art at 80’ gallery building located at the corner of King and Spadina in Toronto. During this time, the gallery was accepted into the prestigious Art Dealers Association of Canada. Though Doris retired in 2005, the gallery continued to grow, moving to a larger space on the 4th floor and representing 30 exceptional Canadian artists.  When the ‘Art at 80’ building was sold, the gallery moved in 2014 to it’s present location overlooking the waterfront in Bronte Harbour. Indira and her family have been proud residents of the Bronte community since 1999. She has been an active member of the Oakville community, serving as a Leader in Scouts Canada (2006 – 2009), the Bronte BIA (2014 – present), the Oakville Cultural Grants Review Committee (2015 – present) and was honoured to be presented the Arts Entrepreneur Award by the Oakville Arts Council in 2015



Ixchel Suarez
Director

Ixchel Suarez has been a textile and fibre artist for over 35 years. Dedicated weaver that explores different materials into tapestry techniques in non-conventional ways. Throughout her career, she has been recognized as Award winner in Visual Arts, “Best in Show” in several occasions, recognized as an outstanding University Professor in the School of Design at Anahuac University, Lecturer, and workshop Leader. Docent at the Textile Museum of Canada. She holds a Master Degree in Museum Studies, BA in Graphic Design, History of Art diploma, Post-Graduate course in Contemporary Textiles in Poland; has had extensive courses in Natural dyes, Fashion Design and Pattern transformations, Batik, and diverse reserve techniques as well as many other fibre and textile related courses.  Founder of the Textile School Textile Creativo in 1989 in Mexico City, founder and Director of the Oakville Arts Studio Inc since 2007 and today, Founder and Director of the not-for-profit Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre.

 She has collaborated and written in specialized publications for major textile and design magazines as well as online resources, and has been featured in Art related publications. Member of the Canadian Tapestry Network, American Tapestry Alliance, World Textile Art, Handweavers Guild of America, British Tapestry Group among others; she is the President of the Oakville Handweavers and Spinners Guild.

Ixchel has been recipient of Visual Arts Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council in several occasions. She has presented innumerable solo and group shows and her work is shown in private and public collections in Europe, Central and North America.

 Nominated for: 100 Mexicans Abroad on Visual Arts 2015, 2016 and 2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and recipient of the Halton Newcomer Recognition Awards 2016.

http://ixchelsuarez.com


Paul Wu
Director

Dr.  Paul Wu is an obstetrician and gynecologist who has been in practice in Burlington for more than 30 years. He is also a founding and still active director of the Halton Region Chinese Canadian Association. Over the years he has devoted a lot of time and energy in community affairs. Having involved as well in a number of fund-raising events.

He was born and raised in Hong Kong but attended universities in the U.S. and Canada, graduating in medicine school at University of Toronto.

His main interest is in performing arts, having performed on stage as a vocalist in chinese opera and other contemporary music functions.

He has been a resident in Oakville in the last two years.




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