Board of Directors
The Burlington Symphony Orchestra [formerly Symphony on the Bay] is operated by the Greater Hamilton Symphony Association, a registered Canadian charity. The volunteer Board of Directors meets nine times a year and is comprised of a good cross-section of professionals from the business, education, and social services sectors, as well as musicians from the orchestra and community.
Gerry Callaghan – Acting President
Gerry Callaghan has more than 25 years experience in the financial services industry and Contact Centre Management. She has an Honours BA in History and French Language with a minor in Spanish Language from McMaster University.
Blessed to come from a family that always found a few extra dollars to expose their children to theater and music, she had an early start to appreciating what groups like Symphony on the Bay offer our community. In pursuit of her education she was further exposed to the arts in Northern Quebec with two summers at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi where she learned about French Canadian folklore and and improvisation.
During a year of studying in France and half a year in Spain Gerry got the opportunity to stage manage school productions, participate in improvisation groups and seek out amazing local music experiences including a chamber group in a 17th century French church.
Kristra Russ – Secretary
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Heather Dopfer-Pedersen – Treasurer
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Paul A. Busch – Director
Paul Busch has owned and operated a public accounting practice in North Mississauga for over 30 years. His firm focuses on advising owner-managed businesses on a wide range of topics. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics degree, and received his designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1980, and as a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2012. Paul served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors at the Ontario Humane Society, was a member of the Executive Committee, and chaired six committees during his tenure, including the Finance Committee. He has also served on several Committees at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO). Paul moved to Burlington in 2013 and has quickly grown to love the small-town feel of the City. He loves music and was motivated to get involved with the Symphony on the Bay as a way to give back to the community.
Arthur Greenblatt – Director
Arthur Greenblatt is the retired Executive Director of the Dundas Valley School of Art where he served from 2000 to 2014.
Prior to that appointment, he has been the Dean of the College for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design in Detroit, the President of the Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts, and the President of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta.
He has degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Towson University, Towson, Maryland and a certificate from Harvard University.
He was a teacher in the Howard County Maryland School System, and a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Arthur is an artist listed in Who’s Who in American Art, and has shown at galleries in the US, Canada and Japan. He is included in the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Michael Griffith – Director
Michael Griffith is a 4th generation Burlington resident with a rich family history in the local area. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Economics and Marketing. Upon graduation he was recruited by Chrysler Canada where he held a variety of management rolls in sales and marketing, taking him across North America over a span of 10 years. Having a passion for real estate, he began to renovate houses as a hobby. After a number of successful projects, he decided to pursue his real estate dream by acquiring his license. Once fully licensed he was hired by Coldwell Banker Burnhill here in Burlington and over the past 17 years has managed to assemble a team of extremely skilled professionals that has reached tremendous success. Currently ranked in the top 10 teams in Canada and top 1% internationally for Coldwell Banker, he continuously strives to improve skills and processes while providing impeccable service for his clients. Most recently he obtained his broker license and is now the president & broker of the brokerage. Michael is also an avid golfer and board member at the Burlington Golf and Country Club, curler at the Burlington Curling Club and downhill ski racer. Michael was motivated to join the board of Symphony on the Bay by his multi-instumentalist son’s passion for music and by his wish to ensure that organizations like this continue to thrive in our community.
Linda Martinus-Naccarato – Director
Linda Martinus-Naccarato is the owner and Design Principal at Into Interiors Inc. in Burlington. Born in Hamilton and graduating from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (she is currently pursuing her BID), Linda moved to Vancouver with her husband where they lived for 14 years. She followed her passion of Interior Design obtaining her certificate in Design and started her own practice in 1998. It was during this time that she became involved with various charitable organizations in Vancouver, particularly with Vancouver Children’s Hospital. In 2005, Linda along with her husband and two children, relocated back to Ontario making Burlington their home and has been involved with the Hamilton Children’s Choir, the Canadian Diabetes Association, HSC Parents Guild, HSC Crescendo Concert Series, and currently sits on the Board of Arcady of Brantford, and Symphony on the Bay. In her spare time, she is a power lifter, curls, and takes long walks with beautiful music. Passionate about music and the arts from an early age (studying with Evelyn Bedford of Bedford Studios), singing in choirs, and attending concerts and performances with her mom, dad, and sister, Linda is a strong believer that music is the healer of the soul and brings people and communities together. She also believes that by giving “the gift of time” to her community, she can help inspire others to feel the benefits of the art of music.
Alex Naccarato – Director
Alex Naccarato graduated from the University of Toronto in Digital Enterprise Management, and Sheridan College in Digital Communications. He is currently a digital marketing professional working at a media agency in downtown Toronto. He is and was an entrepreneur of two successful companies in branding & marketing, as well as personal training and online coaching. Alex was a National Qualifying Powerlifter for 3 years and holds a Guinness World Record in Most Cabers Thrown at Once in 2015 (69 cabers). Alex received the Youth Volunteer Award of 2015 from Diabetes Canada (formally Canadian Diabetes Association) where he was able to raise and donate over $30,000 to the Association. Alex is passionate about the arts and enjoys playing music, he is comfortable playing seven instruments from percussion to guitar, and from piano to saxophone. He looks forward to bringing his musical and digital experience to the Symphony on the Bay board!
Jay Rodrigues – Director
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Milan Sanader – Director
Milan is a retired science teacher, university instructor and long-time member of the SOTB bass section. Milan brings to SOTB several years of experience working on the board of a major educational non-profit organization. In addition to playing in the orchestra, Milan is actively involved in his church choir and a Serbian folk music band. When he is not “gigging” Milan enjoys travel and golf.
Milan is honoured to be a member of such a dedicated board of directors and looks forward to using his creative energies to grow the presence of Symphony on the Bay in our community.
Marc Tremblay – Director
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Cynthia Vermeer – Director
Cynthia Vermeer resides in Welland, Ontario with her husband Gerry where they share ownership in Vermeer’s Garden Centre and Flower Shop, a generational, family-owned business. Cynthia is actively involved in the daily operations of their business while sharing her life with her children and grandchildren.
Cynthia is a flute and piccolo player who performs with several ensembles throughout the Niagara region while continuing her musical studies with Suzanne Shulman in Hamilton. Cynthia is excited to share her love of music with Symphony on the Bay and looks forward to working alongside its members and Board of Directors to grow the orchestra.