Our Board of Directors
Kevin Latimer is a Partner at 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 currently holds the position of Chief Operations Officer, Canada at Manulife. A seasoned cross-functional executive, she brings to NYO a track record of transforming and innovating in areas of customer experience design and implementation, operations, product development, and digital strategy and execution. A graduate of York University in Social Studies and Psychology, Sarah also completed an EMBA from the Richard Ivey Business School at Western University. She resides with her family in Waterloo, ON.
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.
Fred Gorbet has extensive experience in public policy advice and formulation, particularly with regard to financial institutions and energy policy. Following a 25-year career in the Canadian public service, where he served as Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and as Deputy Minister of Finance for Canada, Mr. Gorbet has held several senior executive positions in the life insurance industry and in academia. He also has an active career as a corporate director and independent consultant on public policy. Mr. Gorbet has also served as a corporate director of many firms in the private and public sectors. Mr. Gorbet has a B.A. from York University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2000 and promoted to Officer of the Order in 2014.
Dr. Darius J. Bägli, MDCM, is a pediatric surgeon specializing in urology and reconstructive surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, a scientist at the Sickkids’ Research Institute, and deputy chief surgeon of SickKids. A native of the United States 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 being a pediatric surgeon, Darius is also an accomplished pianist, having studied under Dorothy Morton and graduating in music (piano performance) from McGill University.
Joining the NYO Canada Board of Directors in 2021, Cynthia Garneau is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Garneau was President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. since 2016. Ms. Garneau holds two bachelor’s degrees, in Law and Specialized Education, both from Université de Sherbrooke. She has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1994 and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.