MacLaren Board of Directors
2022 Board of Director & Committee Recruitment
We are inviting members of the community to help shape the future direction of the MacLaren Art Centre.
This is an exciting time to be part of the MacLaren Art Centre. In 2021 we celebrated twenty years of operations in the building on Mulcaster street in Barrie. As we begin to emerge from the impacts of a global pandemic, we are imagining a new future for the gallery and preparing to embark on a community-driven strategic planning process in 2023. These are exciting and meaningful times as we search for new ways to actively work together through new collaborations and partnerships, and as we make space for diverse narratives in a way that values and empowers different worldviews and forms of knowledge.
MacLaren Art Centre Board of Directors
Without the leadership of a committed volunteer Board, the MacLaren Art Centre would not be what it is today. Members of the Board meet seven times a year to review budgets, policies and programmes and to receive operation updates from the Executive Director, Lisa Daniels.
Amy Bagshaw – Vice-President
Amy Bagshaw earned her BFA from Queen’s University and MFA from Stony Brook University (New York) with a focus on installation and intermedia. She has exhibited her artwork throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, most notably at Vancouver’s Drawing Festival, the international World of Threads Festival (Oakville), The University of Belgrade’s Exchange (Serbia) and at Strut Gallery (New York) for a solo exhibition. Her latest show, Reminders, at Georgian College’s Campus Gallery explored the ephemeral nature of time and memory with decades of collected list and large-scale abstract landscape drawings. A Graduate Scholar in Women’s Studies, Amy’s practice extends to Gender Studies and Visual Theory. She has received an Ontario Arts Council grant, completed a Residency at The Banff Centre (Alberta) and featured her work on the cover of Feminist Time Against Nation Time (Dietrich and Hesford, 2008) as well as Brava Kilo’s album Hang On, You Demons (2018). With a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto, Amy has taught at Georgian College, Centennial College (Toronto), Stony Brook University and Thompson Rivers University (British Columbia). She is a currently a Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Interior Design at Yorkville University. Amy joined the MacLaren Board in 2019. She is currently serving as Vice-President and is the Chair of the MacLaren Programme Committee.
Hilary is a season ticket holder to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where she enjoys tickets that her grandfather enjoyed for over 50 years. Her favourite work of art is David Teniers’ The Archduke Leopold William in Brussels found in the Museo del Prado. In her spare time, Hilary enjoys playing ball hockey and softball for the Barriston Badgers, skiing, cycling and travelling. Hilary has been on the MacLaren’s Black Tie Committee for four years, serving as Chair for the last three. She joined the MacLaren Board in 2017, and is a member of the Marketing and Development Committee.
Jim Harris – City Councilor
Jessie Larche is the Managing Director of Larche Digital Media, a creative agency with a state-of-the-art visual studio in south Barrie. Larche’s clients include CMAH, the Town of Innisfil, Suzuki Canada, Salter Pilon Architects and Napoleon Home Comfort, among others. As Jessie has stated, “Our goal is to provide local businesses with the direction, confidence and ability to reach their brand’s full potential and value in this ever-changing digital world”. In 2018, they purchased TygerShark’s SME division. In 2020, NetGain SEO, a digital marketing agency from Barrie, acquired Larche Hosting Services, benefiting both companies. Larche created an emotional case video in 2019 on the MacLaren that showed Gallery patrons the many ways their contributions bring art to life. Jessie subsequently joined the MacLaren’s Marketing and Development Committee, sharing with us her expertise in digital communications.
Michael MacMillan – Chair/President
Claudia Mandler McKnight
Claudia Mandler McKnight is a regional artist, educator and art therapist. She studied Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art, and has exhibited in public and private galleries since 1984. She holds an undergraduate degree in Art History and Literature from Queen’s University in Kingston and a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Toronto and she is a graduate of the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is a registered member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapists. For over twenty years, she has facilitated the art therapy and expressive art programme Candlelighters Simcoe, a support group for families of children with cancer.
Claudia has been a Visual Arts teacher and Curriculum Consultant for grades 1 to OAC, and taught courses at numerous post-secondary institutions. The Ontario Arts Council has awarded her several grants from her work as an educator. She now facilitates the Art Therapy, Spirituality, Grief and Loss course for the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, conducts clinical supervision for postgraduate students of art therapy and is completing her MFA at OCADU. Claudia paints from her home studio in Barrie and on location at several cottages in the Georgian Bay area. She joined the MacLaren Board in 2019, and is a member of the Programme Committee.
Gary Pearson is the Principal of Pearson Engineering Ltd, a civil consulting and engineering firm providing municipal consulting services and land development services to private sector clients. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa. Gary is a member of numerous industry associations including Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association and Building Industry and Land Development Association. Supporting the community has always been a top priority for Gary. He is pleased to sponsor local hockey and baseball teams as well as events such as the Barrie Film Festival and the Lakeside Party organized by the Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka. Outside of his professional life, Gary enjoys playing golf and spending time at his family cottage on Georgian Bay. He joined the MacLaren Board in 2018, and is a member of the Marketing and Development Committee.
Thomas Turnbull – Treasurer/Secretary
Thomas Turnbull is a Senior Manager with Grant Thornton in Barrie. He has a CPA, CA from the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Ontario and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Nipissing University (North Bay) with a focus in Accounting. Over his 13 years of experience, he has supervised and managed clients through a variety of financial statement and compliance audits, financial statement reviews and business policy reviews. His current major sectors of focus include non-profit organizations, charities, municipalities, First Nation communities, hydro organizations and privately held businesses. Thomas is a passionate believer in giving back to the community in which he lives and works. He has served on several local boards, as audit committee member of Habitat for Humanity Huronia, past-President for the Rotaract Club of Orillia and former Treasurer for Epilepsy Simcoe County. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys playing softball, a round of golf and travelling. He joined the MacLaren Board in 2017. He is Board Treasurer/Secretary and Chair of the Finance Committee.