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

Directors:

Nancy Campbell, AVP, Marketing and Communications, Group Benefits and Retirement Solutions, Manulife Financial
Danielle Deveau, Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo
Murray Gamble, President of The C3 Group of Companies
Alexandra Hardy, Partner, BDO
Irena Kramer, Corporate, Financing and Estates Associate at McCarter Grespan Beynon Weir PC
Lianne Leddy, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Robin Lindner, Brand Experience and Design - Freelance
Sarah Marsh, Ward 10 Councillor, City of Kitchener
Fauzia Mazhar, Coordinator of the Family Centre in Kitchener
Aaron Schull,  Chief Operating Officer, CIGI
Kris Schumacher, Community Volunteer
Jen Vasic, Ward 5 Councillor, City of Waterloo
Bojana Videkanic, Assistant Professor, Department 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 
 

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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.

 

Photo of Judith Stephens-Wells 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Danielle Jeanine Deveau is a Lecturer at the University of Waterloo in the Department of English Language and Literature. She holds a PhD in Communication from Simon Fraser University. Her research and teaching focus primarily on academic and technical communication, media theory, research methods, and user experience design. She has also published extensively in the areas of humour studies, creative industries, cultural mapping, and urban development. She served on the City of Kitchener's Art and and Culture Advisory Committee from 2013-17 (Chair from 2015-16) and is a research consultant in the areas of cultural grants, economic development, creative economies, and cultural scenes. 

 

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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.

 

Photo of Alexandra Hardy 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. 

 

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Irena Kramer is an associate with McCarter Grespan Lawyers. Irena works primarily on corporate, estates and financing matters with an array of clients, providing knowledge, insight and support for their business endeavours. Since joining the legal profession, Irena has given back to the community through various volunteer and board positions for medical service and health non-profit organizations. Prior to working as a lawyer, Irena worked in a number of arts positions including photography and magazine design. She is excited for the opportunity to bring her problem-solving skills together with her passion for the arts and sharing the experiences KWAG offers with her friends and family in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

 

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Lianne Leddy is an Assistant Professor in the Indigenous Studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. She is Anishinaabe kwe, a member of the Serpent River First Nation, and was raised in Elliot Lake, ON. Lianne holds a PhD in History from Laurier and her research focuses on Indigenous-settler relations, particularly as they are framed by gender and land, and she is also interested in Indigenous research methodologies. Along with two other Indigenous historians, Lianne recently co-founded a performance art troupe to decolonize Canadian historical narratives and centre Indigenous voices. In 2018, Lianne was awarded the OCUFA Status of Women and Equity Award of Distinction in recognition of her deep commitment to Indigenization and is excited to bring her service experience to KWAG. Lianne lives in Waterloo with her family.

 

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Robin Lindner is a creative thinker and freelance designer who loves a good challenge. Currently she is building a brand and digital marketing company called Robin + Elaine (with her super-rad partner, Elaine) that focuses on helping local companies grow their businesses and get more involved with the community. Her career started in the textile industry working as a product designer for companies like The Bay, Walmart and Costco. After that she spent a few years learning about the world of educational publishing and working in the tech sector at Communitech as a brand manager. Robin is a huge fan of art organizations like KWAG that encourage fearless creativity and experimentation. 

 

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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.

 

Photo of Fauzia Mazhar 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.

 

Photo of Kris Schumacher 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."

 

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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.

 

Photo of Jen Vasic Jen Vasic is the Ward 5 Councillor in Waterloo. She is a social worker who has worked as a youth worker, program coordinator, and researcher. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University studying the connection between poverty and education. Specifically, she has examined the use of art in combination with social justice approaches to education to address inequitable structures that disproportionately disadvantage youth who live in low-income neighbourhoods within and through the public education system. She has most recently been an active volunteer as the Chair of the Public Art Advisory Committee at the Region of Waterloo and member of the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation’s community grants committee. She is excited to work with KWAG because she believes the arts promote individual and community resilience, as well as challenge the status quo more broadly.  

 

Photo of Bojana Videkanic 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.

 

Photo of John Wolfe 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.