Board of Directors

Bill Smith


Bill has been employed by CIBC for thirty five years and is currently a Senior Manager, Commercial Banking.  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).

Roland Klassen
Vice President

Roland Klassen is CEO of Acrobat Research, a market research services firm he founded in 1994. Today, it has operations in Canada, the US, Costa Rica, and joint-venture partners in Germany and Hong Kong. Previously, he had eleven years experience in technology research and marketing, including the startup and development of the Canadian presence of International Data Corporation. Roland’s involvement in arts started at an early age. As a musician, he performed in Canada and internationally. His education includes a Diploma of Music from Humber College, BA (Fine Arts) from York University, Diploma of Education (U of T) and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Prior to moving to Oakville, Roland spent 6 years on the Board of the Community Folk Arts Council of Metropolitan Toronto, including two years as Chair. More recently, he was a member of the 2009 Mayor's Advisory Group, "Creative Oakville". He has also been President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation-TAO for the past five years.

Kerry Colborne


Kerry Colborne is a seasoned business executive with international experience gained through a long career in the finance, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.  Specific roles include Managing Director (CEO) of New Zealand and Global Marketing Director (in both Lyon, France and Duluth, Georgia) for Merial a leading company in the animal health sector.  More recently, she played a role in supporting small and medium sized businesses in the Oakville and Burlington area by providing financing as a Senior Manager of Loans with the Business Development Bank of Canada.  Finally, she has returned to her entrepreneurial roots by working full time for her own company, Force 10 Capital Management Inc., which she established in 2007. In her spare time, she is an avid sailor, soccer player and art collector.

Mary Chapin

Mary Chapin began her career serving Oakville at the Halton District School Board where she held her position for two terms (six years) prior to running for Town Council. Chapin has a long history of volunteer work in the community including the school council at Oakville Trafalgar High School, the Oakville Chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the United Way of Oakville, the Museum Advisory Board and the town’s Cultural Advisory Committee.

Mark Melymick


Mark Melymick is the Coordinator of The Performing Arts Preparation Program at Sheridan College.  He has extensive experience as a professional actor, writer and teacher.  He is a published playwright and has optioned a screenplay, The Wise High Guys. He has numerous television and movie acting credits including recurring roles on Due South and Flash Forward and guest lead on the Cagney and Lacey TV movie.  He received his MFA in New York under the guidance and direction of Academy award winning actor, F. Murray Abraham and Playwright/Director, Jack Gelber. In Toronto, he studied with Al Waxman.  Mark was a high school teacher for 17 years, mostly at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville.  In 1999 he was elected Vice President, External Affairs for ACTRA. In 2005, he was elected to serve as Co-Chair of Audio Visual, Live Performing Arts on the Board of Directors for the Cultural Human Resources Council [CHRC]. He is proud Canadian and a strong promoter of Canadian Culture, but is most proud of co-producing his two sons Luke and Lee.

Kirk Sloane

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.

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