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Board of Directors

Board of Directors’ Statement of Purpose

  • To lead a progressive performing arts centre that is a gathering place, offering a balance of community and professional programming guided by artistic vision and excellence
  • To build, foster and celebrate cultural vitality and diversity in the City of Burlington so that the Performing Arts are seen as an important component of everyday life 

Meet our Board of Directors

Ilene Elkaim – BOARD CHAIR

Ilene Elkaim, recognized for a distinguished career in Logistics and Information Systems for Retail Administration and Operations, founded Six Dynamix in 2005. Six Dynamix services the mid-sized retail or wholesale organization by working collaboratively to manage change through specialized software selection, implementation as well as general process improvement.

Rick Burgess – PAST CHAIR

Rick Burgess practises business and estates law at the Burgess Law Office in downtown Burlington, opened in 2004, having previously practised in Toronto for 10 years. He provides business law solutions to owners and operators of small and medium size businesses, and helps with wills and estate administration. Rick is actively involved in community service, having served as Chair of the Boards of The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, the Burlington Community Foundation, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, the Art Gallery of Burlington, Vice-Chair of the Halton Regional Police Services Board, as well as several boards and committees serving the interests of the City of Burlington.

Robert Ban – TREASURER

Robert is an Assurance and Business Advisory Partner with Taylor Leibow LLP Accountants and Advisors. He has extensive knowledge with owner managed and privately held businesses. Robert graduated from Brock University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Co-op Accounting, attained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1997 and his Certified Management Consultant designation in 2002. Robert currently resides in Hamilton with his wife and two teenage children.

Don Baxter

Don Baxter is retired, having had a career developing corporations and projects that act as bridge between the public and private sectors, providing value/added and profitable solutions. Experienced in working with Boards of Directors, meeting shareholder expectations, and involving stakeholders.

Kathy Ceroni

Kathy Ceroni is a senior entertainment lawyer with broad experience in all areas of television and film development, production, financing, distribution and broadcasting, as well as intellectual property, publishing, live performance, music and merchandise licensing. Kathy is a member of the OBA - Intellectual Property and Entertainment, Media and Communications Sections. She served on the board of directors for Women in Film and Television – Toronto and was a key member of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association Animation Subcommittee. Kathy is also a guest lecturer at The Factory Media Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.

Gary Crowell

Gary Crowell retired as the Chief of the Halton Regional Police Service. He currently sits on the Board of Governors of Mohawk College. He has previously served on other community Boards including Joseph Brant Hospital, William Osler Health Center and Inclusive Cities Canada - Burlington. He and his wife Gail are life long residents of Burlington.

Eva Klein

Eva Klein is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University. She teaches in The DeGroote School of Business as well as in the Medical School. Her areas of specialty are leadership and conducting difficult conversations. She was on the Board of Alberta Ballet before coming to Burlington.

Jo-Anne Pusateri

Jo-Anne Pusateri is Senior Manager, Corporate Gift Cards, Partner Programs & Loyalty with Hudson’s Bay Company. She has 25 years experience in the loyalty marketing and incentive industry, helping organizations drive sales and improve performance. Jo-Anne is a graduate of McMaster University, and also serves on the Board for Halton Women’s Place.

James Ridge

James Ridge is the City Manager for the City of Burlington. His most recent position before joining Burlington in March 2015 was as the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of the University of British Columbia’s Vantage College. He had also served as an Associate Vice-President with UBC. James also has extensive experience in the municipal sector. He served as the CAO for the District of North Vancouver, Deputy City Manager for the City of Vancouver, Acting Commissioner of Urban Planning and Development Services and as CIO/Executive Director of Information and Technology for the City of Toronto.

James is known as an inspiring leader who successfully transforms public service, building engaged and enthusiastic teams and creating and sustaining partnerships with key stakeholders.

Arthur Salzer

Arthur C. Salzer is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Northland Wealth Management one of Canada’s leading family office and wealth advisory firms. As the firm’s chief visionary, Arthur is responsible for developing and implementing the firm's strategic plan as well as overseeing all of the operations and investments of the company. Arthur also advises many of the firm's largest and most complex clients.

Arthur is an active member of the CFA Society, the Family Firm Institute (FFI) and the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE). Arthur currently serves as a Director on the board of The Burlington Performing Arts Centre and is a Python on the TV show Python’s Pit.

Councillor Paul Sharman

Prior to being elected Ward 5 Councillor, Paul had a successful career in accountancy. He is a Chartered Management Accountant, registered in England. He set up a consulting business in 1988 and continued serving clients throughout North America and around the world until 2004, when he assumed the role of President and CEO of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), one the world's largest accounting associations, based in New Jersey. He was named as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People" in the US accounting world in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by "Accounting Today".

Mike Southon

After completing an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree at Carleton University, Mike began a career in Human Resources at Ford of Canada. He had assignments in many HR functions at all of Ford's Canadian manufacturing locations and the Corporate head office in Oakville. Mike retired with over 32 years of service as the Director of Labour Affairs where he had responsibility for the negotiation and administration of all the Company's collective agreements. After retirement, Mike worked at Hamilton Health Sciences as the Head of Labour Relations.

Mike and his wife Katie - the parents of 3 adult children - have lived in Burlington since 1993. Mike has been a Board member since 2013.

Suzanne Haines

Suzanne Haines is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University Honors Bachelor of Business Administration program with a major in theatre. She comes to Burlington from Richmond, BC where she was the General Manager for the Richmond Gateway Theatre Society for 12 years, a producing theatre and cultural venue. There she launched community engagement initiatives that built a cultural landscape for the community and supported local artists in their craft. Prior to moving to BC, Suzanne was the Production Manager for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, General Manager for NUMUS, and General Manager for Long Reach Fine Arts.