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...

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...

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...

Erica Hemsworth

Erica Hemsworth is a designated accountant and proud Hamiltonian. She has spent most of her career working for...

Ellen Davidson

When Ellen Davidson was a small Torontonian, her mother asked her what she wanted to be: the answer was a race car...


Stephen Near
Operations Officer

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

Annette Paiement
Executive Director

Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director of the Hamilton Arts Council,  Annette held the title of Managing...

Olivia Dudnik
Interim Programming & Administrative Coordinator
Ned Currie
Admin + Event Coordinator

Ned Currie is the Admin + Event Coordinator for the Hamilton Arts Council and brings a wealth of experience in the...

Project Manager, Building Cultural Legacies
Cove Young
Arts Administrator (Co-Op)