Alex Bystrin - Board Member, since May 2008
Alex Bystrin is an energy industry executive with extensive experience in managing companies undergoing significant changes. He has led organizations through major transitions, acquisitions and joint ventures; and has successfully developed and implemented a number of new energy services and products.
Alex is a graduate of the faculty of Applied Science and Engineering of the University of Toronto (B.A.Sc.), and Richard Ivey School of Business of the University of Western Ontario (M.B.A.).
Bill Smith - Board Chair, since May 2008
Bill has been employed by CIBC for thirty three years and is currently a Senior Manager in Commercial Banking. Bill lived in the U.S. between 1960 and 1978 and is a graduate of Illinois State University. (Marketing)
Bill has been active in the Oakville community for many years.
- Scouts Canada leader (1990-2000)
- Board Chair, Oakville Community Foundation (2000-2003)
- Board Chair, Oakville Waterfront Festival (2000-2007)
- Member, Town of Oakville Environmental Strategic Plan Advisory Committee (2003-present)
- Member, Oakville Community Foundation Advisory Board (2003-present)
- Member, Oakville Community Foundation Youth in Recreation Grants Committee (2007-present)
- Committee Chair, Town of Oakville Canada Day Event (2011)
- Assistant Coach, Oakville Soccer Club (Oakville Blaze) 2005-2007)
Fred Riche - Board Memeber, since December 2009
Fred was born in pre-confederation Newfoundland; educated at Bishop Field College and graduated from Memorial University in St. John's With a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Physical Education. He joined the University Naval Training Plan while at Memorial University and was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Navy.
In 1966, Fred began his career with the National Film Board of Canada when he was appointed Film Officer for the Ontario Region based in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1974 he was appointed to NFB headquarters in Montreal, this time as International Distribution Officer and Chairman of the NFB's production programme committee. In the executive position, he reported directly to the Government Film Commissioner.
In 1980 he was appointed National Television Officer responsible for television sales and media development working out of Toronto.
In 1970 co-founded the environmental group Clear Hamilton of Pollution which continues today as the Conserver Society of Hamilton.
Since his retirement from the National Film Board of Canada, Fred has dedicated a great deal of his time and energy to volunteering in Oakville's arts community in three years as Vice-President of the Oakville Arts Society and Vice-President and and founding member of the Oakville Sculptors and Woodcarvers.
In 2007, he began volunteering with the Oakville Strokes working with stroke victims.
Fred and his wife have resided in Oakville since 1988.
Ixchel Suarez - Director, since January 2010
For 30 years, Ixchel Suarez has been an artist who has explored diverse media such as fibre art, painting and photography. Her profound interests in textiles led her to studies in Mexico and Europe. BA in Graphic Design, MBA in Museum Studies, Diploma in History of Art and Post Graduate Course in Contemporary textiles in Poland, Pattern Design, sculpture and Natural Dyes are just some of the courses she has accomplished in her dedicated career. Lecturer, workshop leader and teacher. Docent at the textile Museum of Canada and Founder of Oakville Tapestry and Painting Studios. Is a member several fibre related organizations. Award Winner for the Visual Arts Category Stars Among Us 2010.
Jean Gandubert - Board Member, since June 2009, Consultant on P3 Projects
Jean has started his own consulting firm for Public Private Partnerships (P3) since 2009. Prior to that, he led the Oakville Soccer Club for almost six years, establishing this not-for-profit as the largest in Canada with 10,000 players and 3,000 volunteers. He has developed and implemented OSC's first strategic plan and built effective partnerships with the Town of Oakville for the construction and operation for facilities (River Oaks $1 Million and Pine Glen $11 million). Jean also served on the Board of the Oakville Economic Development Alliance and is a strong believer of sport and arts as defining elements of our culture. A former Senior Policy Advisor at Canadian Heritage, the Laval University Alumni is also a former journalist and avid photographer.
Kevin September - Board Vice-Chair, since May 2004
Kevin is a strategic cross-platform thinker and content producer, who knows where to find specific audiences and how to engage them. His unique approach to reaching today's media savvy consumers has produced strategic entertainment and social media solutions for Ripley Entertainment, Virgin Mobile/Virgin Unite, Wiser's Whisky and Neilson's Ultimate Chocolate Milk.
Previously, while working as a Product Placement agent, Kevin was directly involved in integrating myriad brands and products into feature films and television shows, including the Windex brand into the record-breaking film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". In 2008, Kevin was invited to join an esteemed panel, chosen to select a new theme for CBC's Hockey Night In Canada.
From his early start in radio, at 13, through his A&R work with Canadian rockers Nickelback, and his current charitable efforts, Kevin has nurtured deep international connections with key decision makers, industry insiders and celebrities.
Kevin was born in Oakville and his hometown's creative spirit continues to inspire and impact his work with CUAS.
Kirk Sloane - Director, since January 2010
Kirk Sloane is the 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 has 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.
Robyn Pangman - C.A.; Treasurer and Secretary of the Board, since October 2008
Robyn Pangman was born and raised in Oakville and has returned to the community after five years to work with Henderson Partners LLP as Manager, Audit and Advisory. Her travels abroad took her to Australia, New Zealand, parts of Europe and Scotland with most of this time spend in Edinburgh where she obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2007 with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Her education includes graduation from St.Mildred's-lightbourn School in Oakville, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University.
Danielle Simpson - Director at Large, since April 2011
Danielle grew up in Oakville and retains a solid connection to the community. Following an international career in information technology and online strategy she has successfully diversified into communications, interning in public relations with the AGO and now holds a communications-IT role at the University of Toronto's Medical School. Danielle brings youth, IT expertise, and a love of the arts to the board. She is also the second VP of the Oakville Arts Council and heads their Technology Working Group.
Stacy Sinclair - Director at Large since, April 2001
Stacy is an experienced arts administrator and visual artist, having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a MBA in Arts & Media Administration. Prior to moving to Oakville in 2007, she worked for five years at the Toronto Arts Council/Foundation (TAC/F) as the Director of Marketing & Development. Having worked with many arts organization, Stacey well understands the issues affecting the arts sector and is happy to lend her many skills - marketing, fundraising (including sponsorship, donor cultivation, grand proposals) and special events management to her work on the Board. Stacey is Vice President of the Oakville Arts Council (OAC), Board of Directors, Chair of the OAC Development Committee and a past representative on the Cultural Advisory Committee for the Town of Oakville. She also volunteers with Oakville Galleries and is a volunteer coordinator of an Art's Enrichment Program at a local elementary school.
Britta Martini-Miles, M.A. Political Science - Executive Director, since March 2007
Britta has lived and studied in Europe, South Africa and North America, she has now established deep roots in the Oakville Community by immersing herself in many volunteer activities. Britta has experience in project management, team building and event planning. Past president of the Oakville Suzuki Association, she currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Oakville Chamber Orchestra and is a past member of the Mayor's Advisory board on culture.