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Daniel Banko
Daniel Banko is the President of Banko Media, a graphic design and photography studio in downtown Hamilton, and the Curating Partner of Nathaniel Hughson Art Gallery. With an art degree from McMaster University, a background in commercial photography and art direction, his primary area of expertise is visual communication. Daniel has served as the Chair of the AGH CLiC committee and as the Vice-Chair of the Hamilton Arts Council. He looks forward to continuing to promote the arts and downtown renewal through his role on the Board of the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Paul Berton
Paul Berton is editor-in-chief of The Hamilton Spectator. He was editor-in-chief of The Free Press in London, Ontario, where he served on several boards and committees. He has a degree in journalism from Carleton University and a degree in English and history from the University of Western Ontario. He is the inventor of a board game called Eye Know.

Photography by Mike Lalich.
Luigi V. Celli, BAcc, CA
Lou is a Chartered Accountant and Partner with Grant Thornton. His areas of expertise include assurance, corporate & personal tax planning and corporate financing. He has served as Board Chair for Hamilton’s Ronald McDonald House and looks to add his financial and strategic skills to various committees and the Board of the AGH.

Dr. Brenda Copps
Brenda is a family physician and Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University. She is Past Chair of the Hamilton Family Health Team, which is the largest in Ontario serving approximately 235,000 people. She has served on the AGH Gala Committee since 2011. Brenda received her medical degree from McMaster University and is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians.

Photography by Mike Lalich.
Charles P. Criminisi
Charles is a partner at the law firm of Agro Zaffiro LLP where he practices commercial law and litigation. He is a founding member and past Chair of both the Burlington Community Foundation and Villa Italia Retirement Residence. Charles is a founding member of The Law Group, which supports the Gallery’s endowment by raising funds for the Building a Legacy 2 campaign.

Laurie Davidson
Laurie Davidson is the Regional Vice President for RBC Royal Bank responsible for the delivery of all Personal, Financial Planning and Small Business products and services to clients in the Greater Hamilton market. Over her 35-year career with RBC she has held a variety of positions across Canada and internationally in Hong Kong. Active in the Greater Hamilton community, Laurie also sits on the Mohawk College Welcoming Communities work force. Laurie’s commitment to volunteerism includes serving on boards and committees of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to supporting families in the communities where she has lived and worked.


Adrian Duyzer

Adrian Duyzer
Adrian Duyzer is a partner and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at factor[e] design initiative, located on Locke Street South. As the leader of factor[e]'s team of dedicated technical professionals, his roles range from hands-on development and engineering work to project management, strategy development and consulting. He has over fifteen years of professional development and project management experience, ranging from large and complex database-driven systems to fun experiments and mobile applications. In addition to his professional roles, Adrian enjoys writing about issues affecting Hamilton such as urban renewal, local politics, technology and transportation. His articles have been published by The Hamilton Spectator, CBC Hamilton, and Raise the Hammer. He lives in downtown Hamilton with his family.

Shelley Falconer

AGH President and CEO
Before joining the AGH, Shelley Falconer was founder and CEO of Cultural Asset Management and Director, Exhibitions/Programs, McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Her 25-year career includes national and international experience as a senior administrator, curator, consultant, fundraiser and educator with a variety of important cultural organizations including Sotheby’s England, Waddington Galleries, England, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the government of Canada, the Ontario government, the University of Toronto , the Art Gallery of Ontario and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art History, Museology and Arts Administration from York University, Sotheby’s England, Sorbonne, Université de Paris and U of T.

David Kissick
David Kissick is the District Vice President for TD Commercial Banking responsible for the region encompassing Hamilton, Brantford and the Niagara Peninsula. David’s 27 year career with TD has involved roles in Retail Banking, Head Office and Commercial Banking. Career stops include Halton and Toronto as well as the Hamilton market for the past 8 years. A graduate of the University of Toronto, David looks forward to contributing to the various committees and the AGH board in general.

Craig Laviolette
Craig is a Chartered Accountant and the Vice President of Finance, Energy at Siemens Canada Limited, a global company specializing in the manufacture and servicing of energy equipment. He has lived and worked abroad and has had responsibility for staff located around the world. His public service includes 9 years on the Board of Hamilton Health Sciences where he held positions of Chair of the Audit Committee, Board Treasurer and finally Chair of the Board. He has also served on the Board of the Kidney Foundation and was the chair of the Company Campaign for the United Way. He was actively involved with the Project Business Program with Junior Achievement.


Lisa Marcuzzi
Lisa is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, the ArcelorMittal Country Counsel, Canada, the ArcelorMittal Legal Entity Governance Regional Coordinator for the Americas, and an ex-officio committee member of ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s Corporate Community Investment Fund. Prior to this, Lisa was a partner at an international and national law firm where she was engaged in a broad corporate/commercial and securities law practice with an emphasis in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, infrastructure financing, governance and regulatory compliance.  She was previously a contributing editor to the Business Law Reports and to O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms. Lisa has served as a director/officer of a number of companies and charities including the Adoption Council of Ontario and Baddest Beatz Inc.  Lisa holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters of Business and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998.



John Noestheden
John was born in Amsterdam in 1945 and moved to Canada in 1952. He received a BFA in 1973 from the University of Windsor and an MFA in 1975 from Tulane University, New Orleans. In 1990 he accepted a position at the University of Regina teaching Visual Arts. He retired in 2010 and moved to Hamilton, Ontario where he maintains a rigorous art practice working in a renovated church studio. His work is regularly exhibited at international Art Fairs and is found in permanent collections in Canadian and American art museums as well as public, corporate, and private international collections. He is represented by JHB Gallery in New York City.


Maria Pearson
Elected for three terms to Stoney Creek Council (Ward 3) beginning in 1991, Maria currently serves the constituents of Ward 10 on Hamilton’s City Council. She actively participates on over 20 council boards and committees, including the Airport Implementation Task Force, the Economic Development and Planning Standing Committee, and the Hamilton Public Library Board. She was previously employed as a legal secretary and automobile sales and leasing representative.


Arlene Vanderbeek
Arlene VanderBeek is the Hamilton City Councillor representing Ward 13 (the community of Dundas). She grew up in her family’s downtown Dundas service and retail business. Prior to her election Arlene worked with the cities of Burlington, Kitchener and Hamilton and for many years was an entrepreneur and communications consultant. She is currently a member of the Boards of Theatre Aquarius, Dundas Centre for the Arts, the Dundas Museum and Archives, the Dundas Farmers’ Market, the Downtown Dundas BIA and Dundas Community Service. In addition, Arlene actively participates on numerous community committees and organizing groups.

Anna Ventresca
Anna was General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer with Nortel. Called to the Bar in 1994, she has practiced almost exclusively as in house counsel with multi-national public companies. Anna has extensive experience in Canadian and U.S. securities laws, corporate governance, corporate communication, investor relations, finance and treasury as well as insolvency and crisis management. She is Vice Chair and member of the Board of Governors for Hillfield Strathallan College, and sits on the Executive, Finance and Audit Committees.

Dr. Leonard Waverman
Leonard Waverman joined McMaster as Dean of the DeGroote School of Business in January 2013. His recent research concentrates on the growth and productivity impacts of the roll-out of the internet, as well as the services and applications it enables. Professor Waverman is on the Academic Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Centre for Tele-Information, the Academic Advisory Board of Georgetown University’s McDonough Business School’s Business and Public Policy Center, and is a Fellow of the University of California at Berkeley’s Fisher IT Center. He is a non-executive board member of BNP-Paribas Canada and a board member of the CD Howe Institute. He was a board member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 2009 through 2012. He is a citizen of Canada and France, and has been awarded the honour of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the Government of France for his distinguished contributions to education. His undergraduate alma mater University College, University of Toronto, honoured him as one of its “Top 100 Alumni of Distinction” in 2012.

Elizabeth Wensley
Chair, Volunteer Committee Executive
A Docent at the AGH since 2012, Elizabeth is chair of the Volunteer Committee Executive. She retired as Director of Quality, Safety and Patient Relations at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in 2010 following a 30-year career in Ontario's community hospital system. A lifelong learner, Elizabeth holds master’s degrees in theology and health administration and is a certified ESL teacher. She is working on a second undergraduate degree in art history at McMaster. Elizabeth has served on the board of St. Matthew's House in Hamilton, and is a board member at Carpenter Hospice in Burlington where she also sits on the Governance Committee.