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 (she/her) is a practicing visual artist and educator from the Simcoe region. She earned her BFA from Queen’s University in 2002, and MFA from Stony Brook University, New York, with a focus on fibre installation and intermedia in 2006. A Graduate Women’s Studies Scholar, her art practice extends to Intersectional Feminism and contemporary craft practices. She has exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe and has created public art for the City of Barrie and Alliston, ON. Amy has received an Ontario Arts Council Grant, has had a Residency at The Banff Centre and her work can be seen on the cover of Feminist Time Against Nation Time (Dietrich and Hesford, 2008) and Brava Kilo’s album cover Hang On, You Demons (2018). Her paper “Notes from the Portal: Feminist Teaching Strategies in/post-pandemic Art and Design Classrooms,” was published in Teaching in a Post-COVID Era (Springer, 2021). She currently teaches in the prestigious Interior Design department of Toronto Metropolitan University, (formally known as Ryerson) and is an instructor and Program Coordinator of the Museum and Gallery Studies Program at Georgian College. She lives in Alliston with her family. Amy joined the Board of Directors in 2019 and is currently serving as the Chair of the Programming Committee.
Matt Follwell - Chair
Matt Follwell (Chair), is a Radiation Oncologist and Chief of Oncology at the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. He is an art lover, collector, and supporter. Matt was a Board member of Gallery TPW in Toronto from 2005-2009, is currently a committee member of Art@RVH (2014 present), and has been a Board member of the RVH Foundation since 2016. Matt is passionate about the arts and the continued success of the MacLaren Art Centre and committed to supporting the Board, leadership, and staff to strive for curatorial excellence and community engagement.
Angela Francis - Vice President
Angela Francis (Vice President) studied Fine Arts at Georgian College; Graphic Design and Animation at The Art Institute of Toronto; and Visual Arts at The University of The West Indies in Trinidad. With over 30 years of experience, Angela shares painting in her studio in Barrie and has led art programs for the MacLaren. Angela is interested in growing opportunities for emerging artists and public art around the city. Over the years, Angela has served as a juror for the City of Barrie Arts & Culture Investment Grant Program. She is committed to reaching more communities through her BIPOC and LGBTQ alliances.
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 and in his professional life, Jim has championed a variety of projects within the city, including most recently chairing the City of Barrie Performing Arts Centre Task Force. He is currently the Director of Operations and Planning for New Path Youth and Family Services. 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.
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 joining Georgian College, Tim was a researcher and project manager with organizations such as the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Conference Board of Canada, and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. 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 Chair of the MacLaren’s Policy ReviewTask Force.
Jessie Larche is the Managing Director of Larche, a marketing agency that works with brands to turn marketing budgets into sales without mystery or drama. Larche’s clients include Suzuki Canada, Spergel, and the City of Barrie, among others. As Jessie has stated, “We understand our clients’ business challenges and apply proven strategies that produce results, sharing our thinking every step of the way”. In 2018, Larche acquired Tyger Shark’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 marketing communications.
Michael MacMillan – 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.
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 Partner with Rumley Holmes LLP 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 and is currently also the Treasurer of Victoria Village in Barrie. 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.