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, Carolyn Bell Farrell.
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.
Richard Forward recently retired from his position as the General Manager of Infrastructure, Development & Culture for the City of Barrie after 28 years of service. He began his career with an engineering/ consulting company in Toronto prior to joining the City of Barrie as a Project Engineer. Richard held a number of progressively more responsible positions during his tenure. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of London and a Master of Science from the University of Guelph. Richard enjoys volunteering in his community and has served as a board member for Tourism Barrie, YMCA, Barrie Pathways to End Homelessness, the Salvation Army Community Council and Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing. Additionally, he has used his knowledge of water resources to provide humanitarian aid during missions to Iraq, Pakistan, Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ukraine conflict zone and Haiti. Richard joined the MacLaren Board in 2019, and is a member of the Community Engagement Committee.
Hilary Goodman is an Associate Lawyer at Barriston LLP, practising solely in the area of family law. Hilary earned an LL.B. (Honours) from the Faculty of Law at the University of Kent (United Kingdom), an Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University (Toronto) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Carleton University (Ottawa) where she majored in Law. While pursuing her law degree, she was an active member of the Kent Law Clinic and spent a summer studying at The Hague Academy of International Law (Netherlands). She was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Ontario in 2013.
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
Jim Harris is a life-long Barrie resident with a history of giving back to the community. He has volunteered for many local service groups and served as a board member for the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children and Simcoe Community Services Client Rights Advisory, among others. Jim earned the 2018 Chief of Police Award from Barrie Police Services for his research that evaluated the impact of their Crisis Intervention Team Training Program on officers in the field. As a volunteer In his professional life, Jim has championed a variety of projects within the city, ranging from expanded access to health care, to improved telemedicine and health training programs, to new service partnerships, affordable housing and city events. He is currently the Director of Operations for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. Jim completed his undergraduate degree at Wilfred Laurier University has a MPA from the University of Liverpool. He is presently a Barrie City Councillor for Ward 8. Jim joined the MacLaren Board in 2019, and is Chair of the Community Engagement Committee.
Tim Krywulak is the Associate Dean for Design, Visual Arts and Computer Studies programs at Georgian College. Previously, he was a Professor in the Research Analyst and Big Data Analytics programs. Prior to his career at Georgian College, Tim was Team Lead for the Ontario Health Innovation Council Secretariat, a cross-Ministry initiative resulting in the creation of the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist and a new $20 million investment for health care innovation in Ontario. He has more than a decade of experience in developing, implementing and leading team-based research projects with organizations such as the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, the Conference Board of Canada and the Council of Canadian Academies. Other past roles include Senior Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Program Director with the Council of Canadian Academies and Senior Research Associate with the Conference Board of Canada. He holds a PhD in Canadian History from Carleton University and Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute. Tim has also taught courses with Carleton University, Seneca College and the Royal Military College of Canada. He joined the MacLaren Board in 2018, and is a member of the Marketing and Development Committee.
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
Mike MacMillan is a Senior Manager at the Sarjeant Company and Co-Founder of The Sarjeant Co. Design Project, a partnership with the MacLaren Art Centre that puts artwork by local high school students onto dozens of Sarjeant concrete trucks. Mike attended Barrie Central Collegiate and studied Drama and Philosophy at Queen’s University. After completing his studies, he lived in Nepal and later Scotland for several years before settling back in Ontario. Mike’s professional expertise lies within the field of Information Technology. As a whiteboard animator, he has created media campaigns for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, the British Humanist Association (narrated by Stephen Fry), and worked on several global campaigns for pro-science, pro-women and humanist causes. He has also produced commercial animations for Columbia Medical School’s Department of Neuroscience (New York), Bayer, Essilor and the Ontario Ministry of Education, among others. Mike made news in 2016 when a short video he shot of himself removing a Coke can from a skunk’s head went viral, garnering 40+ million views on Facebook and YouTube. Mike is the President of the MacLaren Board, which he joined in 2017, and a member of the Marketing and Development Committee.
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.
Gilbert Paquette is the General Manager of Georgian BMW and MINI Georgian. He moved to Barrie in 2010 to complete the construction of his dealership, which opened in June, 2011. Gilbert has been involved in the German Luxury Auto industry for over 30 years, working for Mercedes-Benz in addition to BMW.A part-time musician early in his career, Gilbert comes from a family with deep roots in the arts. His mother was a painter and his father studied to become opera singer before family responsibilities required him to set his studies aside. Moreover, his sister works as a professional artist and taught Art History for 25 years; and his brother, an Art History graduate, managed Cultural Affairs for the Government of Quebec. The family legacy continues with his daughter, who is currently working towards a Masters in Art History. He joined the MacLaren Board in 2018 and is Chair of the Marketing and Development 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.