Board of Trustees – Biographies

Dr. James (Jim) Fleck, C.C., Chairman

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Fleck is an entrepreneur, academic and leading cultural philanthropist. In business, he founded Fleck Manufacturing Inc., and was Chairman of ATI Technologies and Alias Research. He is Professor Emeritus at The Rotman School, University of Toronto and taught at Harvard and York. In the non-profit sector, he was President of the Art Gallery of Ontario and is Chairman of Business for the Arts, a national association of business leaders supporting the arts. He is Chair of the University of Toronto Schools Board, the only high school affiliated with a University and located on its campus. In government, he served as Deputy Minister of Industry and Secretary of Cabinet for Premier Bill Davis. Dr. Fleck’s many honours include Companion of the Order of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Edmund C. Bovey Award for Leadership Support of the Arts, the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts and the International Society for the Performing Arts’ Angel Award.

Governance Committee Chair
Executive Committee Vice-Chair
Audit Committee Ex Officio
Finance Committee Ex Officio
Development Committee Ex Officio
Canadian War Museum Committee Ex Officio

Dean Brinton, M.S.M., M.A., Vice-Chairman

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Dean Brinton studied Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the universities of Calgary and Toronto, receiving a Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto in 1987. He has worked in the arts and culture sector for over thirty years and was appointed CEO of The Rooms Corporation (which counts among its divisions the Provincial Archives, Art Gallery and Museum of the Province of NL as well as three regional museums), in St. John’s, NL in January of 2005.

Mr. Brinton received the Peter Bentley Scholarship to UBC’s Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration in 1996. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canada Council in 1997 where he served for six years. For four of these he was the Board’s appointee to the Executive Committee and Chair of the Canada Council’s Governance Committee, which wrote the organization’s first Governance Policy. During his second term he served on the sectoral committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and as the Council’s representative on the Public Lending Rights Commission. Between 2001 – 2008, he was a member of the Board of Governors of the National Theatre School of Canada and the Board of Governors of the Nova Scotia College of Art Design University (NSCAD U.) where he chaired the Development Committee.

He is presently on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army and is serving as Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Centre of Hope to be built on Springdale St. in St. John’s. In the fall of 2017, Mr. Brinton was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum as Vice-Chair.

Mr. Brinton has received the Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M.) from the Governor General of Canada as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Andrea Bobkowicz, Trustee

Westmount, Quebec

Andrea T. Bobkowicz is an Investment Advisor with National Bank Financial, Private Wealth Management. Ms. Bobkowicz previously worked in Global Institutional Equity Sales at RBC Dominion Securities in New York and as a result has business experience with South Africa, Australia and Latin America. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Her volunteer work in the community includes leadership positions with the Foundation of Catholic Community Services and the St. Patrick’s Society of Montréal. In addition, Ms. Bobkowicz has served as a member of several major professional and policy-shaping organizations, including the Canadian Council for the Americas, the Canadian Society of New York, the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, Women in Capital Markets and the Financial Women’s Association of New York.

Finance Committee Chair
Development Committee member

Jean Giguère, C.M., Trustee

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jean Giguère has a long and distinguished record of leadership and achievement within the Canadian cultural community. A founding member of Culture Days, a project committed to making culture a daily habit for Canadians; she is past Vice-chair of the National Culture Days Board and presently chairs Culture Days Manitoba. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre In 2009, Ms. Giguère was elected a Director of Business for the Arts, a national organization dedicated to building partnerships between the arts and the business community. She was first elected to the Board of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1997, later serving as its Chair and, in 2011, was appointed Chair Emeritus. Ms. Giguère has extensive experience in board governance, fundraising and strategic planning in the cultural sector. After serving five years on the Canadian Arts Summit Steering Committee, she chaired the 2009 Summit in Montreal. At the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, she has served as Vice-President responsible for fundraising and Chair of Special Events. Ms. Giguère was the inaugural recipient of the Winnipeg Art Council’s Making a Difference Award and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her “outstanding contribution to artistic life in Canada.” In 2014, she was honoured with the Ramon Hnatyshyn Governor General award for Voluntarism in performing Arts.

Governance Committee member
Development Committee member

Christopher McCreery, M.V.O., Trustee

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. McCreery is the Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Executive Director of Government House, Halifax. Author of more than a dozen books, he holds a doctorate in Canadian Political History from Queen’s University and is a recognized authority on Canadian honours, symbols and the role of the Crown in Canadian government. He has served on the Department of Canadian Heritage War of 1812 Advisory Committee, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Committee and the Prime Minister’s advisory committee on the appointment of the Governor General in 2010. Dr. McCreery is a Member of the Royal Victorian Order, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Queen’s University Centre for the Study of Democracy.

Executive Committee member
Finance Committee member
Development Committee member
Governance Committee member
Canadian History Hall Working Group member

Claude Thibault, Trustee

Mont-Royal, Quebec

Claude Thibault is Chief Financial Officer of DCM Group, an engineering and industrial construction company with activities across Canada. Mr. Thibault is a seasoned finance executive with close to 20 years of experience as Chief Financial Officer of publicly-listed and private companies. He previously worked in Investment Banking and Corporate Finance, as Vice-President at Midland Walwyn Capital and KPMG. Mr. Thibault has served on a number of boards of directors, including the Old Port of Montréal Corporation. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (C.A.), a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV), and he earned a MBA from McGill University. Mr. Thibault recently completed the Directors’ Program of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations.

Audit Committee Chair
Finance Committee member

Robert C. Wilband, Trustee

Vancouver, British Columbia

Robert C. Wilband has over 40 years of experience in Canada and internationally as a business leader and board director, primarily in the technology sector. Until his retirement in 1999, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Prologic Corporation of Richmond, British Columbia, a global leader in providing banking software with 350 corporate customers in 31 countries. Mr. Wilband, who has a master’s degree in Business Administration, is also a Certified General Accountant. His honours include the Canada Export Award and the CIBC National Job Creation Award. He is a lifetime member of the President’s Club at Simon Fraser University, where he served as an Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor. Mr. Wilband continues to act as a mentor in the technology sector, drawing on his extensive expertise in corporate governance, finance, marketing and business strategy development.

Development Committee Chair
Audit Committee member
Finance Committee member