Board of Directors

Mr. Todd Buchanan

Vice Chair
Mr. James Hunter

Mr. Jonathan Boulakia

Mr. Randall Smallbone


Mr. Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

Mr. Gregory Irvine

Mr. Sharman King

Ms. Clare M Gaudet 

Ms. Marina Kun

Mr. Kevin Latimer

Mr. John McBride

Ms. Penny Marrett

Mr. James Sommerville

Mr. Paul Tichauer

Mr. Daniel Tones

Mr. Christian Wray

Dr. Darius J. Bägli

Todd Buchanan, Board Chair

Todd was elected Chair of the NYOC Board in 2012 having previously held the position of Treasurer on the Board. He is currently a partner with KPMG, LLP in Toronto.  He has spent 24 years auditing and consulting with both large multi-national public companies and private companies.  Most recently, he has been appointed the National Leader, Accounting Advisory Services. This group focuses on technical accounting support for companies, including accounting framework conversions, new standard implementation, IPO support, acquisition and disposition accounting, and other areas were complex accounting exists. Todd earned his B. Commerce (Accounting) at McMaster University and earned his C.A in 1993.  He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Toronto Board of Trade.


James Hunter, Director and Chair, Fundraising Committee

James Hunter qualified as a chartered accountant in London, England in 1976 and joined the Toronto office of KPMG in 1977. In 1987, James was elected as a partner in KPMG and retired from KPMG in 2010. At KPMG, James specialized in bank audits, corporate restructuring, and forensic assignments. He was Head of Forensic (President KPMG Forensic) in Canada from 2003 to 2010 and latterly Head of KPMG Risk and Compliance Services (Ontario and Atlantic).  He served as a member of KPMG’s International Forensic Steering Group. James Hunter is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and The Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy. 


Jonathan Boulakia, Secretary

Jonathan Boulakia is Chief Legal Officer of Chartwell Retirement Residences, a TSX-listed owner/operator of approximately 250 retirement and long term care properties in Canada and the U.S. In this capacity, he is responsible for all legal and governance matters relating to Chartwell. Jonathan advises Chartwell on acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and corporate finance transactions, as well as on legal issues arising out of Chartwell’s operations. Prior to joining Chartwell, Jonathan practiced corporate law at Torys, focusing on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He subsequently worked in legal and business roles at a technology company and a financial institution. Jonathan attended McGill University for undergraduate studies in Science, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Ottawa Common Law Program and has completed the Canadian Securities Course and various other courses on financial literacy, human services and leadership. Jonathan is fluent in English and French.  He is also a graduate of the Directors Education Program.


Randall Smallbone, Treasurer

Randall Smallbone is a registered Exempt Market Dealer for Portland Investment Counsel, selling investment products to Accredited Investors.  In addition to board membership on the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, he is a Board member of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation Inc., Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of TSX listed Hanwei Energy Services Inc.  Randy has been Chief Financial Officer of Migao Corporation, KCP Income Fund,  Decoma International Inc. (Magna International Inc.) and Chairman of the Board of Inceptum Research and Therapeutics.  He is a financial executive with more than 30 years of operations experience in global manufacturing of consumer goods, contract manufacturing, automotive and aerospace parts.  In addition he has significant experience in financial management, capital markets, M&A and board governance.  Randy has served as a Board Member on both the Burlington Arts Centre Board as well he serves as Vice-Chair of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation Board.


Mr. Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, Director 

Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano joined VIA Rail in 2010 and was appointed President and CEO in May 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was the Corporation's Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. A seasoned executive, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano leads with passion, respect and transparency. He is known for embracing innovation and encouraging creative ideas. A natural communicator, he is in high demand as a keynote speaker at conferences, business events and universities. He prides himself on being an accessible CEO, and values every opportunity to meet and converse with both travellers and employees.

Prior to VIA Rail, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano held several senior positions in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing communications and finance. In Montreal and Toronto, he worked for private and publicly held companies, in the information technology, telecommunications, marketing and entertainment industries. Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was also Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport.

Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano holds a law degree (LL.L.) from l’Université de Montréal and he completed Graduate Studies in Law (GSD) at McGill University. He also has a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) and is a member of the Barreau du Québec.


Gregory B. Irvine, Director

Performer and educator Dr. Gregory Irvine has had a long association with the National Youth Orchestra as orchestra member, summer staff member, and former and current Board member.  He values the many aspects of this association and continues to support the NYOC so that young Canadian orchestral musicians will continue to be provided with the highest level of orchestral training.  Dr. Irvine currently teaches in the Music Department of the University of Prince Edward Island.


Sharman King, Director and Chair, Music Advisory Committee

Sharman King has been actively involved in music throughout his life. He is the bass trombonist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and has recorded over 300 TV programs in international distribution. Sharman is a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia and is a member of many community and professional boards including the Vancouver Musicians’ Association, UBC Library Advisory Board, Performing Artists Lodge and the City of Vancouver’s Arts & Culture Policy Council.


Clare M Gaudet, Director 

Clare M. Gaudet is a strategic financial services executive and lawyer with experience in financial, consumer, and professional services focused on managing stakeholder relationships and ensuring that enterprise risk management is relevant, practical and enables value creation. Currently working at the National Bank of Canada as Vice President and Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer, she has previously held positions at TD Bank, CIBC, and KPMG. She has also served as a board member for the Pine River Foundation, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and Humber College. Clare will provide ingenuity and strong leadership while bringing vision and tenacity to the board and we are very excited to work with her within this capacity. 


Marina Kun, Director

Marina Kun is the President of Kun Shoulder Rest Inc., which manufactures shoulder rests for violins and violas.  In 1972 her late husband, Joseph Kun, invented the first shoulder rest which created a world market for shoulder rests and is the world leader in its field.  Marina has received several awards for excellence in business and for her contribution to music, the arts and philanthropy, including being named by Profit magazine as one of Canada’s  top 100 women entrepreneurs as well as receiving a gold medal from the Design Exchange and National Post for the Kun Voce Shoulder Rest.  She is also active in her community, supporting a number of organizations.


Kevin Latimer, Director

Kevin Latimer, Q.C. is the Managing Partner of the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer and a recognized professional in Administrative and Public Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, and Labour and Employment Law. A graduate of Mount Alison University, with a Masters from Carleton, and a Law Degree from Dalhousie, Kevin is a lover of the arts and has served as a Governor of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His expertise will serve him well not only as a Board Member, but also as a host of NYO Canada’s concert in Halifax in 2017 – a first in many years. 


John McBride, Director

John is a senior executive with a focus is on personal and corporate financial management. He has assisted clients in a number of management and governance roles. He has acted as President and CEO, in addition to Director and Audit Committee Chair positions. As a Director and Trustee, his clients include Canadian banks as well as numerous offshore companies in the Caribbean and Western Europe. John currently sits as a member of the Bank of Montreal’s Independent Review Committee, Director: Elgistan Management Limited, Elgistan Trust Company Jersey Limited and Chair, Volunteer Canada’s and the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa’s Audit Committees. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. ICD.D


Penny Marrett, Board Treasurer

Penny Marrett is the CEO of the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. She has had more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit and charitable sectors in Canada and has been an active volunteer throughout most of her life most recently as a member of the Membership Services Committee of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Marketing Committee of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. She is a Past Chair of the Trillium Chapter Board of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and a past member of the Toronto Board of Health’s East York-Toronto Advisory Committee, among others. Penny also sits as a Director for the LaSalle Police Services Board and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Board.


James Sommerville, Director

James Sommerville is Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1998. The winner of the highest prizes at the Munich, Toulon, and CBC competitions, Mr. Sommerville has pursued a solo career that has spanned 25 years, and has brought critically acclaimed appearances with major orchestras throughout North America and Europe. He is a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with whom he tours and records regularly.  As a conductor, Mr. Sommerville has appeared with many professional orchestras and ensembles throughout Canada and the USA. He has led the Hamilton Philharmonic to great critical acclaim in his three years there as Music Director.


Paul Tichauer, Director

Paul Tichauer is an experienced CEO and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He specializes in commercial arbitration and mediation for the metallurgical and minerals processing sectors. He has an extensive and widely diversified international commercial background having held senior leadership positions with industrial and technology companies in Canada, the USA and Europe. A skilled and respected business leader, engineer and scientist, Paul now mentors a number of CEOs in a broad array of industries and sectors. A metallurgical engineering graduate from McGill University and a PhD in metallurgy from MIT, Paul also earned an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and an MBA in Finance at Pace University. He has served on the boards of a number of companies and institutions and is a former Board Chairman of Soundstreams, one of Canada’s greatest promoters of contemporary music, recently celebrated for the production of “The Whisper Opera” by David Lang. And before all of this, Paul studied cello for 10 years with Walter Joachim, principal cellist of the MSO, as well as trombone at Westmount High School.


Daniel Tones, Director

Daniel Tones is an award-winning percussionist equally committed to fostering creative development in aspiring musicians. He earned a doctorate in performance and ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia and studied with Salvador Ferreras, Russell Hartenberger, and John Rudolph. He has performed with internationally recognized percussionists Bob Becker, Aiyun Huang, Morris Palter, and Steve Schick, has appeared at music festivals on three continents, and has been broadcast nationally on radio and television.


Christian Wray, Director  

Christian Wray is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of JCM Capital. In addition to providing the strategic vision for the company, Christian also focuses on the evaluation and approval of investment opportunities and the initiation of the company's strategic partnerships and alliances. Christian also plays a key role in all financing aspects of the business and maintains relationships with the company’s stakeholders.

Prior to his current position, Christian was the Director of Finance for Ozz Solar International, a Canadian solar energy development company focused on rooftop solar development in Ontario. Christian was also previously the Chief Operating Officer for Greta Energy, a Canadian-based wind energy development company with assets across the globe.

Christian is a graduate of University of Toronto (B.Comm.) and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, having worked in the Toronto and UK offices for PwC in their Banking and Capital Markets Group.

Darius J. Bägli, Director 

Dr. Darius J. Bägli, MDCM is a pediatric surgeon specializing in Urology & Reconstructive Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, a Scientist in Sickkids' Research Institute, and SickKids' Associate Surgeon-In-Chief. Born in the U.S. and raised in Montreal, he trained in physiology and medicine at McGill, and in urology at Harvard Medical School and the University of Washington. He is currently Professor of Surgery & Physiology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 

In addition to his international surgery and research reputation, Darius is also an accomplished pianist, having studied under the late Professor Dorothy Morton, also obtaining a degree in Music Piano-Performance from McGill University. Dr. Bägli has performed in the Amateur Van Cliburn competition, as well as in solo and collaborative performances with professional musician colleagues. Darius has a passionate interest in advancing classical music, performance, and collaboration across the solo, chamber, and orchestral spectrum (he also played French Horn in the 1970s under the MSO's Joseph Masella in the Conservatoire du Québec Orchestra in Montreal). In particular, he wishes to foster the long-term success of emerging and established young classical musicians and performing artists. Related to his professional background, Dr. Bägli is also interested in understanding at a biological level how music may benefit health, disease, and cognitive development, and in creating professional awareness around protecting the health and welfare of professional classical musicians.