Board of Directors

Bill Smith
President

Bill worked at CIBC in various capacities for thirty-eight years with the majority of years in Commercial Banking. Bill graduated from Illinois State University (Marketing). Bill has been active in the Oakville community for over 30 years. Bill is currently the President of the Oakville Arts Council and Member of the Oakville Public Library.  In the past, Bill was also the Board Chair of the Oakville Community Foundation, Member of the United Way of Oakville Campaign Cabinet, Member of the Oakville Community Foundation Advisory Council, Board Chair of Oakville CommUnity Arts Space, Board Chair of the Oakville Waterfront Festival, Board Chair of Celebrate Oakville Festivals, Member of the Town of Oakville Environmental Strategic Plan Advisory Committee and Member of the Town of Oakville Cultural Hub Roundtable. He was also an Assistant Coach, Oakville Soccer Club (Oakville Blaze) 2005-2007; and a Leader in Scouts Canada (1990-2000).  Bill lives in Oakville, is married and has two children.

Julian N. Wise
Vice-President

Julian has been in the financial services industry since 1976.

He has been Chair of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts – and was also a member of the Oakville Cultural Advisory Committee. 

Julian has three children - two of them adults.

He, his wife Nandita, and their young daughter live in Oakville.  Julian has lived in Oakville since the 1980’s.

Stephen P. Testa
Treasurer

Stephen Testa is a CA, CPA with extensive corporate leadership experience having worked for companies such as Pillsbury, Smirnoff, KPMG, Robin Hood, Nike and Converse.  His Board experiences is no less impressive: he currently sits on the Norco/Live to Play Sports board and the Ryerson University – Ted Rogers School of Management board. He has also served on the board for Lakeport Brewing, One World Chorus, the Daily Bread Food Bank, Adventure Place - Centre for Autistic Children and the Association for Early Childhood Education.

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

Suzy is currently the Executive Director of the Brampton Downtown BIA. She is a life-long resident of Oakville and has worked with the Oakville Museum and Oakville Downtown BIA as well has having run Godefroy Marketing Concepts and Design. 

Paul Wu

Director

Dr. Paul Wu is an obstetrician and gynaecologist 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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