Our Board of Directors are volunteers from the community, with diverse backgrounds in arts, business, and community development.
Representatives are appointed to the Board and all other Directors are voted in at our Annual General Meeting each year. All Art Gallery of Burlington Members are invited to attend the AGM to exercise their voting rights, including voting for Board of Directors candidates.
Thanks to AGB’s Board of Directors’ talents, experience and efforts, we have a focused vision and mission and we are actively developing approaches to meet our strategic goals for serving the community.
Michael Banks, Chair
Michael is a Partner at the BDO Burlington office and has served clients for 25 years. He has a broad experience working with private companies and entrepreneurs with strategic planning, tax minimization, assurance, financial modelling and M&A. Michael is a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA/FCA) and serves a wide range of clients but especially those in the Consumer Business, Food and Beverage and NPO sectors. He is well known in the GTA retail automotive and leasing communities and has extensive experience working with both originators and issuers in vehicle and equipment lease securitization. Michael is a member of the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association (CFLA) and has also served on its Accounting Advisory Committee. He is the past Chair of CPA Ontario and led the unification of the accounting profession in Ontario beginning in 2011. Throughout his seven year involvement with CPA Ontario, he was also the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Chair of the Public Accounting Licensing Board. Michael has been an active member of various boards, including Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton, Treasurer of the Burlington Community Foundation and currently serves as the Chair of the Art Gallery of Burlington.
Jane Depraitere, Vice Chair
Jane is an entrepreneurial business professional with over 25 years of diverse business experience in the fields of Finance, Investment Management, Law, and Wine Importation & Distribution including development & launch of three successful businesses. Jane received her LLB and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1984. She completed her CGA designation in 1998 followed by an MBA in 2005. Most recently, in 2015, she completed the Level 3 Sommelier designation from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Jane has held various directorship and membership positions on the boards of several not-for-profit and for-profit companies from 1995 to the present.
Gokcin Nalsok, Vice Chair
Gokcin is a Partner at SimpsonWigle LAW LLP and is engaged in a general corporate and commercial law practice that includes commercial and residential real estate law. Her services include incorporating and organizing companies both provincially and federally, preparing partnership and shareholder agreements; advising clients on business transactions relating to corporate share options plans, option agreements and optinee shareholder agreements and corporate re-structuring, including amalgamations, reorganization and acquisitions; preparing security documents relating to convertible debentures, general security agreements, share pledge agreements, guarantees, and promissory notes; preparation of share purchase agreements and asset purchase agreements with ancillary closing documents; preparing and reviewing general contracts and agreements for businesses including manufacturing agreements, franchise agreements, franchise disclosure documentation, license agreements, purchase order agreements, web, and design services agreements, commercial leases and consulting agreements and preparing and closing purchase, sale and refinancing closing documents for businesses and residential real estate.
Allan Ramsay, Secretary
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.
Tom Sawchuk, Treasurer
Tom Sawchuk is a Partner with DJB Chartered Professional Accountants. Tom is the Partner-in-Charge in the Burlington office and is a member of the Construction and Real Estate niche group at DJB. His core practice involves providing audit and assurance services to owner-managed businesses; he also has experience in providing business, financial, and tax consulting services to both individuals and corporations throughout the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions. Tom joined DJB upon graduation from Brock University in 2002 with an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree. Tom qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2005, was appointed to Manager in January 2007 and admitted to Partnership in January 2017. Tom has served as the Treasurer for the Niagara West Tourism Association and Twenty Valley Golf & Country Club. He has also served as Vice President and President of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Community Investment Panel for the United Way of St. Catharines & District. Tom is currently a director of the Hamilton Health Sciences Volunteer Association, Treasurer for the Art Gallery of Burlington and he also donates his time to several not for profit and charity organizations.
Paul MacDiarmid, Past Chair
Paul has been with RBC for over 28 years and is currently Senior Director, Global Functions Finance, where he leads financial performance management teams for the offices of the Chief Administration Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer, and Chief Human Resources Officer, as well as for Internal Audit, Corporate Strategy and other corporate expenditures, and global real estate. In addition to numerous roles in Finance, 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 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.
Angelo is a Burlington City Councillor for Ward 6. Angelo has been a self-employed executive and consultant in the hospitality industry with strengths in optimizing budgets, productivity, operations and ultimately the bottom lines of corporations. He has worked with many restaurants and retail businesses over the last 40 years. Educated in Montreal at Loyola University in the arts program, and later at McGill University in the Faculty of Education. Prior to becoming a Councillor, Angelo created a 100% cost-free event called “Beauty and the Bistro.” With the help of friends and local businesses, the event raised $450,000 to purchase a state-of-the-art digital mammography machine with a biopsy attachment for Joseph Brant Hospital. Angelo is also one of three founding members of the “Gift of Giving Back,” another 100% volunteer initiative in Burlington which has become Canada’s largest food drive.
Susan Busby is a retired Educator who worked as a teacher and Elementary School Principal for the Halton District School Board for 30 years. She has an undergraduate degree in History and a Masters of Education. In her retirement, she has volunteered extensively within the community. She was Chair of the Board at Nelson Youth Centres, Chair of the Board at the Halton Learning Foundation, Chair of the Board of Governors at Joseph Brant Hospital, and Chair of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation Board. She has worked on fundraising event committees for all of these organizations as well as Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Halton, the Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington Flood Relief and in support of Breast Cancer services and equipment. She was a member of the Our New Era Campaign Cabinet in support of the Redevelopment of Joseph Brant Hospital. She was honoured in 2014 to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Horseshoe Chapter. In 2017, Susan received sesquicentennial recognition for her community service from both the Provincial and Federal Governments. Susan has lived in Burlington since 1975 with her husband Bob. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. In her leisure time, Susan likes to travel, read, knit and remain physically active.
Leslie is a graduate of Ryerson University and has worked in the development industry for more than 30 years, both in private practice as a Landscape Architect as well as in the public domain. He worked with the City of Mississauga for 16 years as a Landscape Architect and Project Manager overseeing the development of waterfront parks and community centers. Leslie is currently working as a project management consultant with Colliers Project Leaders in Burlington and continues to work on the design and construction of a variety of municipal facilities with cities and towns throughout southern Ontario. He is a member of the OALA, CSLA and also holds PMP and LEED AP designations.
In addition to being a Real Estate Broker, Bettianne has a background in retail gallery ownership and non-profit management. Bettianne holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Waterloo with an emphasis in Business Administration. She has been an active community volunteer and has served on a variety of boards and committees including six years as a regional Chair with the Ontario Trillium Foundation. She is currently a Director with the Real Estate Council of Ontario, the provincially appointed industry regulator. She is an avid supporter of the visual arts and collects Canadian ceramics. She is a docent and a member of the AGB Collections Committee.
Dan is the founder and Chairman of Lawrie Insurance Group Inc., a multi-disciplined insurance and risk management firm, that ranks in the top 5% of insurance brokerages in Canada. He previously served on the Art Gallery of Burlington Foundation Board and is the recipient of many community awards, including recognition as Hamilton’s Citizen of the Year, Burlington Chamber of Commerce – Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year, Edward C. Bovey Business for the Arts nominee and recipient of The Incite Award for the Arts. He is the founder and creator of the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection at the Royal Botanical Gardens and has been involved with many public art projects with organizations like the Joseph Brant Museum and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. As an active community volunteer, Dan has served on many committees and boards, including the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau of South Central Ontario, The Burlington Economic Development Committee, Burlington Flood Relief, United Way, The Hamilton Club, Canadian Brokers Network Group, and Angel One Investors Network. Dan is a long time Burlington resident and continues to be involved in many businesses and not for profit organizations.
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.
Dennis Scott is currently Chair of the Halton Black History Awareness Society which focuses on inclusive cultural-historical and community celebration in the public and educational mindset and is a proprietor of Scott & Associates Consulting which specializes in Organizational Development, Executive and Leadership Coaching and Transition Management. Scott’s previous experience includes Board Chair of the Owen Sound Emancipation Celebration Festival; Board member of the Association of Professional Placement Agencies of Canada, International Personnel Services Association, Reverend John Holland Awards Association, and the Hamilton Media Advisory Council. Dennis position of Executive Directory – Grey/Bruce Habitat for Humanity and 20+ year’s business ownership incorporates diverse and inclusive business and personnel management and development successes within NPO and business entities. Dennis, post graduating from the University of Western Ontario in Kinesiology, developed programs and educated adults for the Peel Board of Education.
Paul is a 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.
Julia Yousie has been a member of the Art Gallery of Burlington since 2013. Julia is a Senior Partner at Crosswater Partners, a strategy consulting firm, where she works with Boards of Directors to deliver value to stakeholders through stakeholder research, customized strategy facilitation, and stress-testing processes. Julia has served as Chair of the Board of the United Way of Oakville, and Chair of the Board of Tele-Touch Seniors (Acclaim Health). She has worked with not-for-profit boards to enhance organizational capacity, particularly in the areas of strategic planning and board governance.