Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors act as ambassadors of the Hamilton Arts Council and the wider arts community it serves. 

The Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from different sectors in the arts as well as professionals in the business community. All incoming Directors are elected through a public call for nominations in advance of our Annual General Meeting in June.

The role of the Board of Directors is to advise on policy, planning and strategic direction, and assist with the leadership and promotion of the Hamilton Arts Council’s Mission, Vision and Values.

Lita Barrie

Lita Barrie is the Director of Collections & Youth Services at the Hamilton Public Library. In addition to her...

Sheri Crawford

Upon graduating from Sheridan College’s Interior Design Diploma Program (’96), Sheri began working within the design...

Sam Merulla
City Council Liaison

Sam Merulla was first elected in November of 2000 as Councillor for Ward 4 in the newly amalgamated City of Hamilton...

Shauna Reid

Shauna Reid is an advocate for arts and culture. She graduated with distinction from the University of Western...

Bud Roach

Tenor Bud Roach has been featured often with Hamilton`s classical music organizations, including the Hamilton...

Nick Tomkin

With over fifteen years of experience in the technology industry, Nick has successfully managed, designed and...

Lennox Toppin

Artist : Innovator : Visionary. A long-time advocate and supporter of the arts, Lennox has worked for the Canadian...

Stuart Wheldon

Stuart recently returned to Canada and his new home of Hamilton after spending 12 years in London, UK. Over the last...


Stephen Near
Operations Officer

Stephen is a playwright, performer and educator living in Hamilton, Ontario. Stephen studied theatre at York...

Annette Paiement
Executive Director (Interim)
Olivia Dudnik
Arts Outreach Assistant