Our Board of Directors
James Hunter is a forensic accountant. He is currently a part-time Course Director in the faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Toronto office of KPMG LLP where he served as President of KPMG Forensic Inc. and Head of Risk and Compliance Services (Ontario and Atlantic). He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University.
Kevin Latimer is the Managing Partner of Cox & Palmer, Halifax office, and a recognized professional in Administrative and Public Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, and Labour and Employment Law. A graduate of Mount Allison University (BA), with a Master of Arts from Carleton University, and a Law Degree from Dalhousie. Kevin is passionate about the transformative power of music and the arts. He serves as a Governor of the Atlantic School of Theology (AST) and is a former Governor of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Serving as Chair of the Board of NYO Canada between 2012 and 2017, Todd Buchanan is currently a partner with KPMG, LLP in Toronto. Currently working as the as the National Leader, Accounting Advisory Services, Todd has spent 24 years auditing and consulting with both large multi-national public companies and private companies. Todd earned his B. Commerce (Accounting) at McMaster University and earned his C.A in 1993.
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 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.
Randall Smallbone is a registered Exempt Market Dealer for Portland Investment Counsel, selling investment products to Accredited Investors. 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 to his Board position with NYO Canada, he is a Board member of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation Inc. and Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of TSX listed Hanwei Energy Services Inc.
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. In addition to his work as a pediatric surgeon, 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.
Yves. Desjardins-Siciliano is the CEO of VIA Rail Canada, appointed to the position in May 2014 after serving as the Corporation’s Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. Prior to VIA Rail, Yves held several senior positions in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing communications and finance. He holds a law degree (LL.L.) from l’Université de Montréal and he completed Graduate Studies in Law (GSD) at McGill University.
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. Over the course of her career, Clare has previously held positions at TD Bank, CIBC, and KPMG. Clare has also served as a board member for the Pine River Foundation, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and Humber College.
Performer and educator Dr. Gregory Irvine has had a long association with NYO Canada 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 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.
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.
Laurel Malkin holds senior governance and volunteer leadership positions with a variety of top Canadian not-for-profit organizations. Professionally, she has made career contributions in the field of education, bringing special expertise in teaching and learning for gifted students to positions in both the United States and Canada – as a middle school teacher, community college instructor, and sessional faculty advisor at Brandon University. Based in Winnipeg, Laurel is now President of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, President of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, and a member of the Asper Jewish Community Centre Board of Directors, among many other appointments.
Sarah Miller Wright is Senior Vice President, Digital, Product and Service Delivery at Shaw Communications. A seasoned Telecommunications Executive, she brings to NYO a track record transforming and innovating in areas of customer care, digital branding, operations, financial services, product development and digital strategy and execution. A graduate from York University in Social Science and Psychology, as well as currently studying to achieve her EMBA Class of 2020 at Ivey Business School at Western University, she lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.
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.
Daniel Tones is an award-winning percussionist equally committed to fostering creative development in aspiring musicians. A former NYO member (2001 and 2002), he earned a doctorate in performance and ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia and studied with Salvador Ferreras, Russell Hartenberger, and John Rudolph. Daniel 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 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. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Finance for Ozz Solar International, a Canadian solar energy development company focused on rooftop solar development in Ontario. 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.