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...

Elizabeth Abraham

Elizabeth S. Abraham is a lawyer who practices in the areas of Family, Criminal and Civil Litigation law at...

Kerry Jarvi

Kerry Jarvi has been involved in administration, marketing and management of many industries including health care,...

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 the Senior Donor Relations Officer at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation. She has a strong background...

Nick Tomkin

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

Bud Roach

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

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...


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...

Anne Maureen McKeating
Project Manager, Building Cultural Legacies

Anne Maureen McKeating is a freelance content producer and curator in the for- and not-for-profit sectors. ...

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...