Board of Directors - Burlington Performing Arts Centre
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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 – VICE 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.

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.

Kelly Gleeson

Kelly Gleeson

Kelly Gleeson is a Vice President and Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy in downtown Burlington where she and her team manages over $200 million of clients’ wealth. She has over 29 years of business and investment experience, and entered the investment industry in 1993 with one of CIBC’s predecessor firms. Kelly provides wealth management and planning expertise to a select group of clients and their families. She and her team believe in “giving back” and are actively involved in fundraising efforts for local and national charities.

Kelly moved to Burlington in 1992 with her husband and they have two children who are 23 and 20.

Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan practices taxation law, estate planning and business law as Counsel to SimpsonWigle LAW LLP in downtown Burlington, having previously practiced in Toronto for 30 years and been a partner in well-known Toronto law firm. His law practice is focused on providing tax planning advice and strategies, business succession planning and estate planning advice and strategies to owner-managed and privately-held businesses and to individuals, as well as implementing business transactions regarding the establishment, reorganization and purchase/sale of businesses.

Michael has been a frequent speaker on tax planning and estate planning topics to various organizations, including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Hamilton Law Association. He has also been an adjunct professor at Queen’s University Law School, teaching both the personal tax course and the corporations tax course.

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".

Ken Smithard

Ken Smithard, is the President of Cogeco Connexion in Burlington. He has over 25 years of Business experience of which 19 of them have been spent in the Telecom and Cable industries. Ken currently, leads a Senior Management team of professionals focused on planning and performance, process improvement, enterprise project office and information technology (Internal systems support, development, infrastructure, operations and project delivery).

A longtime resident of the Burlington/Hamilton region, Ken has also served on the Board of Directors Cable 14 Board since 2009. He’s also been involved in fundraising for the Paws for Cause charity which raises funds for a cure for canine cancer. Ken has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and Masters Business Administration from Concordia.

Mary Lou Tanner

Mary Lou Tanner is the Director of Planning and Building for Burlington and has worked in municipal management and leadership for over 25 years. Mary Lou was previously with the City of Hamilton, authoring downtown and waterfront plans including Putting People First and Setting Sail. While at the City, Mary Lou also worked in Public Works leading the City’s infrastructure planning program. Mary Lou has been described as a “planner’s planner”, passionate about cities, city building, active transportation, and design. In her current role, Mary Lou leads the transformation of Burlington from a city growing out to a city growing up. To quote Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, sprawl is done like dinner in Burlington. There’s an exciting urban future in Burlington which drew Mary Lou back to this area from Niagara.