2017 Board of Directors

President:
Bryce Kraeker, Managing Partner, Gowling WLG

Past President & Vice President Internal
Judith Stephens-Wells, Artist

Vice President Finance and Secretary/Treasurer:
Jeff Howald, Partner, KPMG Canada

Members:

Shehnaz Banduk, Community Volunteer

Brian Bourke, Councillor Ward 2, Waterloo

Lori Campbell, Director of Waterloo Aboriginal Centre

Nancy Campbell, AVP, Marketing and Communications, Group Benefits and Retirement Solutions, Manulife Financial

Murray Gamble, President of The C3 Group of Companies

Alexandra Hardy, Partner, BDO

Sarah Marsh, Councillor Ward 10, Kitchener

Fauzia Mazhar, Coordinator of the Family Centre in Kitchener

Aaron Schull,  Chief Operating Officer, CIGI

Kris Schumacher, Community Volunteer

Bojana Videkanic, Assistant Professor, Dept of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo

John Wolfe, Vice President and Investment Counsellor for RBC Phillips, Hager & North Investment Counsel


 

About the Board of Directors 
 

Bryce Kraeker is currently the President of KWAG's Board of Directors. He is the Managing Partner of the Waterloo Region office of Gowling WLG, an international law firm. His practice is focused primarily on transactional and securities regulatory matters, assisting Canadian and international clients in both capital raising and M&A transactions. Bryce has a keen interest in contemporary art, architecture, music and theatre. He joined KWAG's board to contribute his legal expertise towards the ongoing development of a thriving local arts culture. Bryce is continually amazed at the high caliber of exhibitions presented by the gallery and is delighted by artists’ stories, including those shared by David Harper, Kent Monkman, Edward Burtynsky, Sarah Cale, An Te Liu and curator Wanda Nanibush, among others. In his spare time Bryce is an avid cyclist.

 

Judith Stephens-Wells is the past President of KWAG's Board of Directors (2009-2013) and current Vice President, Internal of the Board. She previously represented KWAG on the Centre In The Square's Board of Directors. She has served on numerous boards and committees including the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, KW Opera/Opera Ontario, and the City of Waterloo's Cultural Development Committee, Cultural Grants Sub-Committee, and Economic Development Committee. Judith was a member of the Strategic Planning/Steering Committee that founded the Waterloo Community Arts Centre and one of its founding Board members. She graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Fine Arts (painting and printmaking). She pursued further studies in the MBA program at York University, the Banff Centre, and the Institute of Cultural Affairs. Judith worked as Manager at The Museum Shop (Toronto), was Studio Director of Open Studio (Toronto), founding Executive Director of Toronto Artscape Inc., and Interim Director of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery on two occasions. She has been a consultant to arts organizations and to municipal, regional and provincial governments. Read an interview with Judith 

 

Jeff Howald is a partner in the Tax Practice of KPMG LLP based in Waterloo. He has spent more than 12 years specializing in Canadian income tax matters related to private companies and their shareholders. Jeff is a Chartered Accountant and has tutored extensively with CPA Canada’s In-Depth Tax Course at various levels.  

Within the community, Jeff is a member of the Tax Practitoner’s Consultation Group which meets with senior members of CRA’s Kitchener-Waterloo Tax Services Office. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of Waterloo (School of Pharmacy – Business & Entrepreneurship Program) and has volunteered with KWAG on our Finance and Endowment committees since 2013.

 

Shehnaz Banduk was born and raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She moved to Kitchener in 1981. Shehnaz is a former ICU nurse at Cambridge Memorial Hospital who has been volunteering with the Grand River Cancer Centre since it opened and the Heart and Stroke Association for the past 20 years. She has also held the position of President of the East Indian Ladies Club.

 

Brian Bourke is the Councillor for Ward 2, Waterloo. Born in Vancouver, BC, Brian Bourke moved to London, ON with his family at the age of 10. He graduated from Fanshawe College in broadcast journalism, and has worked as a radio news anchor in London, Woodstock and Windsor before settling in the Lakeshore area of Waterloo in 1983. For the next 31 year he was the morning news voice at CFCA FM in Kitchener (now known as KOOL FM) as well as a weekly columnist for the Waterloo Chronicle newspaper. Over three decades, he has worked with hundreds of charitable groups and organizations, and devoted much of his time to fundraising for the Grand River Regional Cancer Center. In November 2012 he wa

 

Lori Campbell identifies as Āpihtākosisāniskwēw, a Métis woman: Nēhiyaw (Cree) and Scottish. Her relatives are from Treaty 6 territory in northern Saskatchewan but she has spent most of her life in the Treaty 4 territory of southern Saskatchewan. She is currently the Director of the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre (WAEC) and seconded as Director, Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Waterloo. Lori has a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Masters of Adult Education and is currently working on her PhD in Social Justice of Education at OISE. She comes from lecturing at the University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, where she was also Coordinator of the Indigenous Students’ Centre.

Lori is an intergenerational survivor of the Indian residential school system and a child from the Sixties Scoop generation. The thing she is most proud of is that over the last 25 years she has managed to locate and contact not only her birth mom and immediate family, but all six of her living siblings who were relocated between Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Lori states that this in itself was an educational as well as personal experience about the far-reaching effects of the residential school legacy. Her educational and life experiences have contributed not only to her understanding of Indigenous issues but also to her passion for education. Lori’s honesty about her incredible journey of self-discovery inspires her listeners while stimulating often uncomfortable, but essential, conversations that build compassion and lead to strengthening reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

 

Nancy Campbell, AVP, Marketing and Communications, Group Benefits and Retirement Solutions, Manulife Financial. Working in the group benefits and retirement industry for more than 20 years has provided Nancy Campbell with the insight and the knowledge to effectively develop marketing and communication strategies for Manulife Financial's customers. Nancy leads a team of over 45 talented Marketers, Communicators and Graphic Designers whose efforts ensure Manulife's customers are fully aware of the benefits their employer has made available to them. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, has completed the Canadian Securities Course and also holds the Certified in Management (C.I.M.) and Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) designations. Nancy has been featured as a speaker at conferences internationally where she has been asked to share her expertise on the design of effective plan member educational materials.

 

Murray Gamble is the President of the C3 Group of Companies, an innovative engineering and advanced construction technology organization based in the Waterloo Region. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Murray has been an active entrepreneur in the region for 25 years, founding a number of technology companies with his partner Cameron Wood. Murray is past President of the Innovators Alliance (the association of Ontario's fastest growing firms) and is the current Chair of the Advisory Council for the Centre for Business Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Waterloo. He also serves on the Engineering Dean's Advisory Council at the University of Waterloo and is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Colleges of Ontario Network for Innovation.Murray has been an active volunteer in the arts community. He was co-chair of the Vision Committee for the Prosperity Council's Creative Enterprise initiative and serves on the Centre in the Square and The Museum Boards. An art lover and avid collector, Murray is excited to be part of the Gallery Board and looks forward to helping the KWAG team continue to grow the institution's reputation for excellence both nationally and internationally.

 

Alexandra Hardy is a Chartered Accountant and Partner with BDO in Waterloo. With over 18 years of experience in the area of accounting and auditing, operational analysis and financial management, she is a professional advisor to many owner-managers in various industrial sectors including technology, professional services and distribution. Alex has been very active at the University of Waterloo in a variety of capacities: as an Adjunct Professor of Auditing for the 2008-2009 school year; a judge for an annual accounting competition at the School of Accounting and Finance; and an Honouree of the School of Accountancy Fellowship Program.  She is also a volunteer lecturer at the Conrad School and leads BDO's business relationship with the Laurier entrepreneurial program. She was recently awarded the CPA Ontario (previously named ICAO) Award of Distinction, which recognizes members who have made an early impact through leadership and achievement in their professional, community and/or personal lives.  She was also the recipient of the Christine E. Sinclair Community Leadership Award, which recognizes exceptional leadership in community volunteerism. 

 

Sarah Marsh is the Councillor for Ward 10, Kitchener and a social researcher with a Masters degree in community development. She has been conducting community based research since 2007 and has demonstrated her commitment to build a more inclusive, creative, active community through her civic involvement. In particular, she has worked on a local initiative to seek better financial services and products for people living on a low income in our community. In her eight years as an active member of the Compass Kitchener Citizen Advisory Committee, she was instrumental in implementing the Report Card to Citizens, which monitors progress toward the city's 20 year vision: A Plan for a Healthy Kitchener. Sarah's role on this committee provided her with significant insight into the city's services and programs. Sarah is passionate about our Kitchener community, including its' unique blend of urban elements combined with the character of a small town. She looks forward to working closely with her fellow councillors, staff, and community members as our city grows stronger together.

 

Fauzia Mazhar has worked in the local not-for-profit sector in various roles ranging from employment counsellor to program coordinator since she arrived in Canada 15 years ago. Fauzia has a BA in Education and Economics from Pakistan and a BA in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University.  Her professional portfolio  includes management, program/project planning and implantation, and community development and organizing.  She currently works as the Coordinator of the Family Centre in Kitchener.  Fauzia's passion is to bring people and groups together to build a welcoming, inclusive, safe and vibrant community.  Fauzia is a founding member and current chair of the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW.

 

Kris Schumacher (M.Sc.) As a food consultant Kris has worked in product development, written cookbooks and taught food science at the University of Guelph. Since moving back to the  Kitchener-Waterloo area in 1985, she has been an active community volunteer. Her contributions have included establishing Nutrition for Learning, a network of community based nutrition programs for school children in Waterloo Region, acting as Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo UNICEF Schools committee since 1997, and sitting as a member of the Waterloo Safe and Healthy Communities Advisory Committee. Kris and her family have a passion for the arts and she is excited to bring her enthusiasm about our vibrant, creative community to her role on the Board of  KWAG. "The truly wonderful thing about KWAG is that every few months when you walk through the doors, you are presented with a new experience, as the exhibits change. No matter what your age or interest, there is always something to delight you at the gallery."

 

Aaron Shull is CIGI’s chief operating officer and general counsel, effective March 2015. Prior to that he was CIGI’s counsel and corporate secretary and was also a research fellow beginning in 2013. He continues to act as corporate secretary.

As General Counsel, he responds to legal inquiries from Senior Management that relate to corporate, contractual, employment, occupational health and safety, intellectual property, dispute resolution, and compliance related matters. As Chief of Staff, he operates as an effective liaison and conduit across all departments, providing guidance and advice on all matters of strategic and operational importance.

Aaron graduated from the University of Waterloo, placing first in his class as a departmental scholar, with a B.A. (honours) in history and political science. His keen interest in international affairs and political history led him to pursue a Master of Arts in international affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, where he graduated with distinction. He concurrently pursued his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa, where he graduated cum laude with first class honours. Aaron attained his LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.

Aaron currently lives in the Waterloo Region, where he spends time with his family.

 

Bojana Videkanic is a performance artist and an art historian/theorist born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia) now residing in Canada. Her performance art practice mines personal experiences of displacement, movement, and identity as these intersect with larger political, social and cultural questions. Videkanic is an assistant professor in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo, and a board member of the 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival Toronto. Videkanic has exhibited at festivals such as Nuit Blanche Toronto, 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival Toronto, MS:T International Festival from Calgary, Hemispherica, Montreal, IPA (International Performance Art) Platform and Workshop, Bristol, IMAF Serbia, Toronto Free Gallery etc. Currently she is working on a project involving ideas of body in the age of neurocapitalism. Her academic research examines the history of modernist art in the socialist Yugoslavia. She is currently writing a book on socialist modernism entitled “Nonaligned Modernities: Yugoslav Art and Culture 1945-1990”. Videkanic is a recipient of SSHRC: Insight Development Grant for her curatorial research project “Scarborough Guild of the Arts” opening in June 2017, and SSHRC: Connection Grant for the symposium and exhibition “This Could be the Place” co-curated with Ivan Jurakic, as well as a Canada Council artist travel grant, and visual arts project grants.

 

John Wolfe is a Vice President and Investment Counsellor for RBC Phillips, Hager & North Investment Counsel. John provides comprehensive discretionary investment management for individuals, their families and their corporations, throughout Western Ontario. A Chartered Financial Analyst, he works with a team of individually selected investment managers in key markets around the world. An active member of the Kitchener-Waterloo community, he is a member of the Waterloo-Wellington Estate Planning Council, Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, and the CFA Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and an MBA from St. Mary's University. He is a Certified Financial Planner and has completed the Canadian Securities Course. John lives in Waterloo with his wife Michelle and their two children.