VAM’s vision is for an inspired and enriched community, engaged in a full spectrum of visual arts activities. Its mandate is to enrich our community by fostering an appreciation of the visual arts through education, exhibition and engagement; and by enhancing the vitality of the artistic community.
Fei Sun was elected to the Board in April 2017. During Sun’s diverse and progressive career, she has been a journalist, a consultant and later a Human Resources professional at Accenture and Goldman Sachs. Sun holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development from the Schulich School of Business.
Sun is now leading the Human Resources Transformation effort at ArcelorMittal Dofasco, where she supports a team of change leaders to create a digitalized and strategic HR Department.
Sun has lived and worked in China and England prior to moving to Canada. She is an advocate for inclusion and diversity, as well as effective cross-cultural communication.
Swaroop Dogra was elected to the Board in 2017. He works as a Senior Program Manager with NetCracker (A wholly owned telecom solutions subsidiary of NEC, a $40Bn Japanese corporation). He is alumni of ICD – Directors for NFP (not for profit) program, Rotman’s Executive leadership course in Managing Strategic Change, Rotman’s MBA essentials course and many more.
Dogra has more than 30 years of multinational professional and volunteer experience in Executive leadership, PMO/Program/Project Management, Software development, Service delivery at large companies like Telus, Bell, Verizon, Bharti Airtel, Amdocs, Osram, UTI and 3 leading Banks in India. He also volunteers as Director with Peel Senior Link. Past volunteer positions include Director at Indus Community Services (2 years as Vice President), Director at PMI Lakeshore Chapter, member curriculum/program advisory committees at Humber and George Brown College etc.
Swaroop migrated to Canada from India and has been living in Mississauga, since 2001. He augments his interest in arts through courses at AGO, Living Arts centre and Ryerson University.
PATRICK WONG – Treasurer
Joining the Board in 2018, Patrick Wong has worked in the accounting field since 1975. He has held several senior positions in different companies, namely Avery Dennison, CCL Label and Unilever as a Senior Financial Analyst, Cost Accounting Manager and Financial Reporting Manager. Semi-retired, he is currently working for GestureTek Systems Inc. as Controller on a consulting basis.
Patrick has lived in Mississauga since 1978. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting and Economics) degree from the University of Toronto (Erindale Campus). In 1992 he achieved his Certified Management Accountant professional designation.
Patrick is a life-long learner. He enjoys reading to further his education and watching TV for his meditation practice. One item on his bucket list was to volunteer to serve in Mississauga. He believes VAM will be a wonderful starting place.
Catharine brings more than fifteen years of corporate communications, marketing and branding experience to the Board. Throughout her career she has developed and executed programs and campaigns for local, national and international audiences in public and private sectors.
She enjoys her volunteer and pro bono work immensely, where she specializes in helping local arts organizations enrich and develop their branding, marketing and communications programs. Additional creative endeavours include sculpture and found art, as well as a strong interest in combining arts & letters (www.facebook.com/IGYMW).
Michael Giguere was elected to the Board in April 2015. He is the principal of Array Strategies, a management consulting company that specializes in management systems development and organizational improvement. Giguere has an established reputation in assisting organizations with crystallizing their vision, defining their mission and establishing suitable objectives and metrics to move them toward their goals.
Giguere has over 30 years’ experience in implementing, auditing and interpreting internationally recognized management standards associated with such organizational facets as risk, quality, health and safety and the environment.
Giguere served as the Director of Registration Services at KPMG Quality Registrar Inc. – a global network of professional firms providing audit, advisory and tax services. He was with KPMG for over 8 years. Giguere is also a trainer in management systems and process auditing. In addition to the foregoing for profit related work Giguere served for 2 years on the board of the Canadian Red Cross, Toronto Chapter as Audit Chair.
Nancy Messham was elected to the Board in April 2015. She is an accomplished business professional with extensive marketing, business development and sponsorship experience. Working with major Canadian Retailers and food companies, Messham’s entrepreneurial spirit and creativity were instrumental in the successful launches of numerous innovative in-store advertising vehicles and food information programs. Messham is a relationship builder with a strong sense of community and unwavering commitment to quality and integrity.
A life-long learner, Messham continues her art education with classes from various institutions including Sheridan College, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Living Arts Centre, and VAM.
Keith is Legal Counsel and Associate Professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has law degrees from the University of Windsor and Osgoode Hall Law School.
Keith has extensive experience serving on the boards of directors of several not-for-profit corporations. In addition, he has conducted seminars on governance in the charity and not-for-profit sectors.
While he has a variety of skills, artistic ability has consistently eluded him. However, this has only given him greater respect and appreciation for those who do possess it.
Nancy-Jane Price is pleased to have become a board member in April 2017. Her career as managing partner, and as president, of insurance brokerage firms in Bahamas, Australia and Canada specializing in industrial and institutional risk management has provided her the opportunity to negotiate contracts, manage employees, and orchestrate client recovery systems.
Nancy-Jane believes the depth of her business experience will help to strengthen the board’s management capacity.
It’s an unusual privilege to offer her management skill and business experience to an institution dedicated to serving the community in the protection and promotion of her first love the visual arts.
Jeremy’s 45-year career in newspaper advertising spanned positions with various community newspapers, including Director of Advertising at The Mississauga News, Publisher of the Etobicoke Guardian and National Advertising Manager of Torstar’s Metroland Newspaper chain.
Jeremy has also served on the board of the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) and currently enjoys racing a 1962 Lotus Super Seven at race circuits in Canada and the USA. He is editor of the VARAC digital newsletter, Pit Signals.
Taking up art once again in retirement, through VAM, has renewed Sale’s appreciation of the satisfaction gained by painting. He enjoys creating abstract acrylics and meeting people in the arts community.
Laura Thompson was elected to the Board in April 2015. She is the Owner and Founder of ArtBiz Alliance whose mission is to advance and enrich the art and business of Canadian artists through the power of personal branding, customized internet marketing strategy and art business community building.
Thompson has 12 years of advertising agency team work experience on out-of-the-box concepts, dynamic visuals and innovative strategies for print, television and online media. She is also an award-winning art director whose background includes acclaimed work on national campaigns for leading F500 brands.