Karen Chopra was elected to the Board in April 2016. Chopra has an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Business Administration specializing in Marketing and Strategy from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
As a pharmaceutical and healthcare industry professional with over 15 years of experience, Chopra has had diverse experience within the industry spanning from Clinical Research to Government Affairs. Currently Chopra works at Nestle Health Science where she is responsible for building the company’s Market Access strategy and is in charge of developing meaningful value propositions for patients, customers and stakeholders. Chopra continues to pursue her interest in the arts through courses at various arts institutions including Sheridan College, Living Arts Centre as well as Visual Arts Mississauga.
Carolyn Daniels returned to the VAM Board in April 2016. She previously served on the Board of Directors of VAM from 2009 until 2014, primarily in the role of Treasurer and as a member of the Executive. She will rejoin the board in order to contribute her knowledge of past VAM’s operations to the current board. Daniels is a long-time resident of Port Credit where she raised her family.
Daniels’ professional background is in health care management. She has strong leadership, financial and strategic planning skills. She holds an MSW from Aurora University (Chicago) and a PhD from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Daniels is a practicing artist who trained at the Academy of Realist Art (Toronto) and now takes classes at Visual Arts Mississauga.
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. Her list of clients includes, Brand Marketing and Communications Group, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and Parks and Recreation Ontario.
Messham is strategic, creative and resourceful. She has the ability to transform ideas into successful ventures and links brands to causes and services cherished by consumers. Messham is a strong relationship builder, a valued team player with an unwavering commitment to quality and integrity, resulting in a long list of loyal clients, business relationships and friends.
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 at Riverwood.
Dageria Morgan was elected to the Board in April 2015. She is an astute Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) who has honed strong analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills over the course of her career. She is a creative and practical problem solver with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
As Senior Financial Analyst – Treasury and Risk Management for Linamar Corporation in Guelph, Ont., Morgan implemented a Workers Compensation program resulting in savings of $300,000. She also issued a Request for Proposal resulting in 46% broker fee savings and significant reduction in global insurance.
Other work experience includes Accountant at Delford L. Blythe in Toronto, Treasury Accountant at Senvia Money Services Inc., Burlington and Client Service Representative at Royal Bank Financial Group (RBC), Oakville. Morgan’s volunteer experience includes the Jamaica Canadian Association.
LINDA STREGGER, BA, CPA, CMA – Treasurer
Linda Stregger was elected to the Board in April 2016. She has worked in the Canadian television industry for 25 years. Graduating from York University with a BA in Math for Commerce Stregger was first employed at CTV where she learned the television production business. In 1994 she completed her accounting designation as Valedictorian.
In 1995, Stregger became one of two principals in an independent production company, Up Front Entertainment Inc. She combined her training as a CPA CMA, a keen eye for story and an imaginative production style to lead teams to deliver the highest quality of programs. Stregger is a Canadian Screen Award nominee and is the winner of a Gemini.
Stregger is now part of PwC’s Specialty Tax Team in their Media & Communications division. She is also a guest instructor at Humber College’s TV Arts & Media program in Toronto. Stregger thrives in environments that offer challenges, working with teams and leading them all to success.
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.