The YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford is a partnership of staff and volunteers. As a leading charity, the YMCA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of 11 individuals from across our communities.
Officers of the Board for 2018/2019
John Chisholm | Chair
John is a Partner & CEO with SB Partners. John helped to establish the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice in Hamilton. He currently serves on the Joseph Brant Memorial Foundation - Gift Planning Advisory Council and is a former member of the Board of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation. John has served as Chair of the Audit / Enterprise Risk Management / Endowment Fund Committee. John is serving his first year of a two year term as Board Chair.
Gary Beveridge | Past Chair
Gary recently retired as a Tax Partner from KPMG. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCPA) with the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from McMaster University. His involvement in the community includes: Chair for Good Shepherd Centres Inc., Former Chair of the Mohawk College Foundation, Former Chair of the Board of Governors for Mohawk College, Advisor for the Focus Consulting Group for the Degroote School of Business and Member of the McMaster Business Advisory Council. Gary is serving his first year of a one year term as Past Chair. Gary has served as Chair of the Board Development Committee, CEO Performance Appraisal Committee and the Audit, Enterprise Risk Management Committee.
Directors of the Board for 2017/18
Sue Dunlop is Superintendent of the Student Achievement for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. She works with 22 elementary and secondary schools and assists principals and vice principals to create the conditions for staff and student learning. She has served as President of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and with many other community organizations. Sue is fluently bilingual in English and French and an active Triathlete. In her professional life, Sue is committed to creating an environment of caring, learning and improvement for everyone. She is a strong advocate of lifelong learning and enjoys engaging in thoughtful, reflective conversation to "stretch my thinking". Her current learning focuses are the use of social media to reflect, learn and lead, leadership development and continuous school improvement through collaborative teacher inquiry. Sue is a member of the Board Development Committee.
Craig is a lawyer employed as Crown Counsel for the Ministry of the Attorney General in the Hamilton Office. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989. Craig has been an instructor and frequent lecturer in the area of criminal law and trial advocacy to various police services, universities, medical professionals, and lawyers. Craig's particular interest is in the area of mental illness and the criminal justice system. He is a standing member of several related committees including, the Human Services Justice Coordinating Committee and the Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee. Craig appears regularly before the Ontario Review Board as the Crown's representative. He is a past board member of the Children's Assessment and Treatment Centre. Craig is serving his first year of a three year term.
Paul is a partner with Grant Thornton in Hamilton. His experience and responsibly is with owner-managed businesses as well as not for profit organizations. He is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University. Paul is past Chair of the Hamilton Community Foundation and is currently an advisor to the Impact Investing Advisory Committee with HCF. He is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of Hamilton and previously a member of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Paul and his wife Sandra live in Flamborough and have 3 adult children. Paul is serving his first year of a three year term.
Alyssa works as a Digital Marketing Coordinator for Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. As a public relations professional, she utilizes various communication channels and techniques to highlight the important work of different community organizations in the city. She also chaired Hamilton HIVE, the city's leading young professional network. Alyssa co-founded two young professional groups and sits on the board of Young Professional Network of Ontario. She is a 2017 Civic Action Diverse City Fellow, one of the 25 rising leaders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area selected for this year-long leadership program. At 24 years old, Alyssa was awarded the YWCA Hamilton Woman of Distinction Award (Public Affairs, 2014) and McMaster Hamilton Community Impact Award (2015). Alyssa serves on the Board Development Committee.
Michelle is Director of Advisor Experience and Digital Strategy for Manulife and has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry. She has held various leadership roles in sales, training, project management and operations support. She actively supports local United Way campaigns through Manulife as well as other charities related to the physical health and wellbeing of children. Michelle holds a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto. Michelle and her husband live Waterdown with their 4 children. Michelle is serving her first year of a three year term.
Carrie Morris (Term 2017-2020)
Carrie is the Associate Vice President of IT Security and PCI Governance for Canadian Tire Corporation where she has been employed in a number of Leadership Roles over her 25 year career with Canadian Tire. While employed with Canadian Tire, Carrie has lead various charitable campaigns within the organization including United Way, Canadian Tire Jump Start Charities and Charitable Giving Committees. Carrie has sat on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara and is a resident of Waterdown. Carrie serves on the Audit / Enterprise Risk Management / Endowment Fund Committee.
Shelagh is the Vice President, Investment Communications with OMERS. In this role, Shelagh is responsible for the development and implementation of internal and external communications and media relations strategies related to the OMERS world-wide investment program. Shelagh is also a strategic Communications partner with the broader OMERS enterprise. Prior to joining OMERS, Shelagh worked for over 20 years in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry at both The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and Travelers Canada where she held roles in Operation Planning and Corporate Projects, Business Development and Business Performance, as well as Sales and Marketing. Shelagh holds a B.Sc, in Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Urban Planning, both from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Masters Certificate in Marketing Communications Leadership from the Schulich School of Business. Shelagh is married and has two sons. They reside in Burlington, Ontario. Shelagh is a member of the Board Development Committee.
Karmel is the Managing Lawyer for the law firm of Green Germann Sakran (GGS) established in Burlington over 40 years ago and serves the Hamilton and Halton region. Karmel attended High School in Burlington and graduated from University of Windsor Law School. Karmel established his law practice locally since his call to the bar in 1995 and resides with his family in Burlington. Karmel has many notable contributions to the community including; member of the Rotary Club of Burlington Central since 1997 and Paul Harris Fellow, Past Chair of the Halton Learning Foundation, past member of the Board of Directors for Joseph Brant Hospital, Past Chair of the Burlington United Way campaign in 2010-2011, and is a founding member of The Carpenter Hospice. Karmel is a member of the CEO Performance Appraisal Committee.
David is the President of Core Urban and MDL Investments. Core Urban redevelops buildings in the Hamilton core; maintaining their historic character and modernizing their infrastructure. David has also run the Tim Horton's in the area of Tim Horton’s Field since he was a player for 7 years, ending in 1988. He was also the first President of the Tiger-Cats after Bob Young became the caretaker. David graduated from Harvard University with a BA in economics, and an MBA from McMaster University. David is a member of the Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, Endowment Fund Committee.