Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO
Alexandra Badzak is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Art Gallery where she has been leading the charge on a major gallery expansion project in the downtown core. During her four years at the OAG she has taken the gallery through a major profile-building campaign that resulted in a 600% growth in outreach and a 900% increase in social media participation. Prior to joining the OAG as Director, Alexandra Badzak worked for ten years at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon in various positions including Collections Manager, Curator and Head of Public and Professional Programs. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a Masters of Adult and Continuing Education with a focus on informal leaning in a gallery context. She was Editorial Chair and a Board Member of Blackflash Magazine for many years and sat on the Board of the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance as well.
More recently, during her tenure as the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum's first Executive Director, the Diefenbunker significantly increased self-generated and grant revenue, launched a series of bilingual programs and also developed a following through social networking. She also played a pivotal role in raising almost $1.7 million in less than 2 years for a fire retrofit project of the Diefenbunker Museum. She recently sat as Chair of the Ottawa Museum Network Board of Directors and was a member of the National Historic Sites Alliance of Ontario Steering Committee. She is currently a member of CAMDO (the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization) and was one of the 13 member Arts and Heritage Steering Committee charged with renewing the City of Ottawa’s 20/20 cultural plan. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Rebecca Baker, D.V.M., D.V.Sc., A.C.V.P., is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, and is a Board Certified Veterinary Clinical Pathologist. She taught veterinary pathology at the University of Guelph and has consulted for several Canadian veterinary diagnostics firms. She is the co-author of the veterinary reference textbook Atlas of Cytology of the Dog and Cat. Dr. Baker is currently involved with several Canadian private equity funds specializing in new technologies, and serves on the board of three of these initiatives. She was a member of the Rockcliffe Park Community Association and was a board member and chair of the Advance Committee at Elmwood School. She is also on the board of the Agriculture Research Institute of Ontario.
Chantal Bernier joined the Privacy and Security practice of Dentons Canada LLP after nearly 6 years leading the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). Prior to leading the OPC, Chantal worked at senior levels of the Government of Canada, including as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Socio-Economic Development at Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada, as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Community Safety and Partnerships at Public Safety Canada, and as Director of Operations for the Machinery of Government Secretariat of the Privy Council Office. Chantal also negotiated international conventions for Canada as part of the International and Constitutional Law Section of the Department of Justice. As a volunteer, she is the President of the International Crime Prevention Centre, a member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, member of the Board of Directors of Crime Prevention Ottawa, as well as member of the Board of the International Commission of Jurists, Canada.
Dr. Claudia Chowaniec
Claudia Chowaniec, PhD, CMC, President of Precept Inc., has more than 25 years experience in Canada and the United States as an adviser, coach and consultant in the field of strategic, business and human resource planning, management development and organization restructuring. She has served as a director, advisor, facilitator, and fundraiser for many community-based organizations. She was Co-Chair of the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA Board and Chair of the Strategy Planning Committee. As Co-Chair of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s national fundraising campaign she helped raise $12 M. for the development of major new exhibits on climate change, water, and the sustainable environment. Claudia served as the 2002 Chair of the Greater Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. She was also a member of the Citizens’ Panel on Local Government Restructuring. Until recently she was a Director on the National Capital Commission and sat on its Audit and Evaluation Committee. Claudia was educated at Queen’s and York Universities and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in Great Britain.
Victor Duret, Treasurer
Victor Duret is a retired KPMG LLP Partner. He is recognized as a CA-designated specialist in investigative and forensic accounting. Mr. Duret is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where he received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce. Based in Ottawa, he directs KPMG’s federal government forensic investigation practice, as well as undertaking large scale investigations around the globe for the private sector. Active in his community, Mr. Duret has sat on numerous Boards and currently serves on the Vanier Institute of the Family. He is married to Hilary McCormack and has two adult daughters.
Lawson A. W. Hunter, Chair
Lawson Hunter is one of Canada’s pre-eminent regulatory and government relations counsel, drawing on a wide range of experience in business, government and private practice and was recently noted by Global Competition Review as "one of the pre-eminent names on the Canadian antitrust scene." Formerly Canada’s senior civil servant in charge of competition policy and enforcement, Mr. Hunter was primarily responsible for the drafting of the Federal Competition Act. From 1993 to 2003, he was a partner of Stikeman Elliott and head of the firm’s Competition/Antitrust Group. From 2003 to 2008, he served as executive vice-president and chief corporate officer of Bell Canada and BCE Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing regulatory, governmental relations and corporate affairs. In September 2008, he rejoined the Ottawa office of Stikeman Elliott as counsel and recently assumed the role of head of the Competition/Antitrust Group.
Hattie Klotz is a freelance journalist who has worked in London for The Evening Standard and Ottawa for The Ottawa Citizen. She writes regularly for Edible Ottawa, Ottawa Citizen Style and Ottawa Magazine where she is the books columnist. She has also contributed to publications across Canada, including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Walrus and iPolitics. A graduate of the University of Cambridge in French and Italian, she has a Masters degree from the London School of Economics in European Studies (Oh! Brexit). She has had a lifelong interest in the arts, serves on the board of the Ottawa international Writers Festival and will publish two books in 2016/17.
Dr. Lilly Koltun has recently retired as the Director General of the Portrait Gallery of Canada where her leadership was instrumental in ensuring an enduring place for the idea of a national portrait gallery in the public imagination of Canada. Prior to that, she held various executive positions in Library and Archives Canada, and its predecessor institutions. These included directorship of the national documentary art and photography collections, comprising at the time some 350,000 works of art and 15 million photographs. Later positions included management of the preservation of all library and archival holdings, and of headquarters construction projects, such as the Gatineau Preservation Centre, which won a Governor General’s medal for architecture in 1997. Lilly Koltun obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in art history from the University of Toronto, her M.A. in European Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and her doctorate from St Andrews University in Scotland. Her doctoral thesis dealt with Canadian photographic portraiture in the 20th century, a subject which she is now researching further, to expand into a book Dr. Koltun has also been involved with teaching, as a visiting professor in 1985-86 in the graduate program at the University of British Columbia, and as a sessional lecturer and now long-time Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University. She has lectured extensively nationally and internationally, and has consulted and published widely in the history of portraiture and photography, as well as in media and curatorial management. It is with pleasure also that she has this year become a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa, pursuing a cherished ambition to study as an artist.
Leslie McKay is a financial service executive, with over 25 years experience in the asset management industry. Leslie recently returned from Europe, where she was a Vice President and Head of Product at JPMorgan Asset Management. Prior to that Leslie held several senior roles at Fidelity International in London, England including Head of FundsNetwork, a fund supermarket business, and Head of Product. Leslie also worked briefly for the World Bank (IFC) in Washington, D.C. The latter led to a move to Poland, where she was Head of Sales and Marketing for a start up asset management company. Leslie started her career at Toronto Dominion in 1987, in a division which later became the bank’s asset management subsidiary.
Since returning to Ottawa in 2008 Leslie has served on the board of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund, chaired the fundraising committee at Operation Come Home and most recently, was chair of the OAG’s Art Auction Committee, 2012. She is also a member of Bridgehead’s Advisory Board.
Leslie studied economics and politics at Queens, has an M.A in international relations from the Fletcher School in Boston and an M.B.A from the London Business School in London, England.
Sarah Murray is an architect and partner with Nicholas Caragianis Architect Inc. in Ottawa, and holds a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph and a B. Arch from Carleton University. Her work encompasses projects from coast to coast, for project types ranging from small residential additions to large mixed-use developments. Sarah is a current member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Ottawa Montessori School Board, and is an Ambassador with The Royal Ottawa's Women for Mental Health.
Actively encouraging young Canadians to embrace their architecture, and enjoying mentoring aspiring architects; Sarah believes that art and architecture are crucial elements that we must all individually and collectively take responsibility for, and contribute to, for our personal and social well-being.
Louis Ranger earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Ottawa and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Montreal. He joined the Public Service of Canada in 1974 and spent most of his career in the areas of transportation and public infrastructure. Mr. Ranger was the federal Deputy Minister of Transport for seven years, from 2002 to 2009. Concurrently, he assumed the responsibilities of Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Communities from 2006 to 2009. His portfolio included 16 Crown corporations (e.g. Canada Post, National Capital Commission, VIA Rail) and over 40 shared-governance organizations (e.g. Toronto Airport Authority, Vancouver Port Authority). He was also on the board of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation from 2002 to 2007.In 2009, Mr. Ranger received the Public Service Award of Excellence for Exceptional Achievements in recognition of his major contribution to “the development of national transport policy frameworks” and his leadership in “designing and implementing the largest public infrastructure programs in Canada’s history”. Louis Ranger retired from the Public Service in June 2009. He currently works as a corporate director.
Richard Roth is the President of Rotan Capital Inc., a private investment and business consulting company located in Ottawa. Richard is also the Director, Corporate Development at Raymond EMC Enclosures Inc. He is formerly the Director of Special Projects at ArcelorMittal Montréal Inc., an affiliate of ArcelorMittal SA, the world’s leading steel and mining company. Richard was born in Toronto where he received his law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990. He practiced corporate finance and securities law at Goodman and Carr, LLP. In 1996, Richard moved to Ottawa to join the ownership and management team of Bakermet Inc., the largest metals recycling company in Eastern Ontario. Richard held the position of Chief Executive Officer and negotiated the sale of the company to ArcelorMittal in 2008.
Richard is a very active in the Ottawa Community. He most recently held the position of Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation, after serving as the Chair of its Investment Committee. He is a former member of the Executive Board of Directors of Hillel Academy of Ottawa, a private Ottawa day school. Richard and his wife Dr. Riva Levitan, a family physician, have two children.
Guillermo Trejo is a Mexican Artist based in Ottawa. He completed his BFA at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving in Mexico City with a specialization in printmaking, and moved to Canada in 2007. The experience of immigration and distance has shaped Trejo’s work. Since moving to Ottawa, he has earned an MFA from the University of Ottawa and has been an active member of the artistic community. He has exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Galerie Saw Gallery, and other artist-run centers across the country.
In 2014, he participated in the Québec City Biennial and was shortlist for the Ottawa RBC Emerging Artist Prize. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Creative Fusion (Cleveland), and the International Symposium on Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul. In 2014, Guillermo also received the Young Artist FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico) grant for Mexican Artists and a production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition, Trejo has worked as a research consultant for the National Gallery of Canada. He also teaches at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and directs OSA Eitions, a project that invites local artists to create limited editions prints at the OSA print studio.
Barbara Uteck, Secretary
Born in Toronto and a graduate in History (honours) from the University of Toronto, Barbara Uteck began her professional career as a public school teacher with the North York Board of Education. In 1970, she studied art history and Italian at the British Institute in Florence, Italy. Following her return to Canada, Ms. Uteck worked as a journalist and was published in Flare magazine and The Montreal Gazette and in 1971 became a CBC Radio Producer. From 1979-86 Ms. Uteck was Executive Producer of CBC Radio in Quebec City. In 1987 Ms. Uteck joined the Government of Canada as a senior public servant. She served in the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, the Department of Finance, the Privy Council Office and the Department of Foreign Affairs where she was Counselor Federal/Provincial Relations at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. .
In 2000 Ms. Uteck was named Secretary to the Governor General of Canada. She served two Governors General with distinction and was made a Commander of the Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.
Ms. Uteck is fluently bilingual (English and French). Since retiring from the Public Service in 2007 Ms. Uteck has worked on a volunteer basis as a docent at the National Gallery of Canada, served on the board of directors of Opera Lyra Ottawa, on the board of the North Hatley Club and on the fundraising committee of HIPPY, a national family based early childhood education program.
Andrew Wright's artistic practice is at the intersection of traditional and conceptual forms of art-making. Wright's use of photography is decidedly non-conventional as it challenges lyricism and traditional pictorial aims and favours an exploratory, evocative approach that is "pre-occupied with ontologies of optical technologies and representational systems." Wright has exhibited both nationally and internationally. 2016 marks his first solo exhibition in the U.K. at London Gallery West of the University of Westminster. His work was recently included in the sophomore issue of the Milan-based magazine, Mould, curated by Joan Fontcuberta.
Wright is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2010 he was awarded a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for high resolution digital capture. In 2011 Wright won the inaugural Gattuso Prize at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, and in 2007 he was named a semi-finalist for the Sobey Art Award. He is also the recipient of grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa, and the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund. He has received critical acclaim for his work in publications such as Canadian Art, Border Crossings, The Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, and Maclean's magazine.
Andrew Wright is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Montréal and Ottawa. He is an Associate Professor of Visual Art and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.
Janet Yale has over 20 years of leadership experience in private, public and not-for-profit organizations. She was recently appointed President and CEO of The Arthritis Society of Canada, effective June 4, 2012. Janet served as CEO of Scouts Canada from September 2010 to November 2011.
Prior to joining Scouts Canada, Janet served in senior leadership roles at TELUS. From January 2009 to June 2010, she served as national chair of TELUS’ Community Boards where she developed and refined TELUS’ innovative leadership with its unique corporate philanthropy model. Janet was executive vice-president of corporate affairs from October 2003 to January 2009 and led a national team responsible for legal, government and regulatory affairs as well as corporate communications and corporate philanthropy.
Janet also has extensive government and regulatory experience. She is the former president of the Canadian Cable Television Association and she has held senior leadership positions at AT&T Canada, the CRTC and the Consumer’s Association of Canada.
Janet is an active member of the Ottawa community. She serves on the boards of CARE Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ottawa Art Gallery. She is past chair of the National Arts Centre Gala and past chair of the Ottawa United Way/Centraide Board of Directors.