School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & HumanitiesWestern Arts and Humanities

Advisory Council


ambroseShelley Ambrose, BA'83, is Publisher of The Walrus Magazine, and Executive Director of The Walrus Foundation. Ambrose worked as a reporter for the Globe and Mail and the Windsor Star before serving for more than a decade as a producer for CBC Radio’s Morningside and later for The Pamela Wallin Show. After three years in public affairs at the Canadian Consulate in New York, organizing media and events and building the Canadian brand, she returned to Canada in 2006. Shelley has produced hundreds of events, including forums, lectures, festivals, book tours, Arctic tours, royal visits, and Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday celebrations in Toronto and New York.


baileyCameron Bailey, BA'87, is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival®. Since 2008 he has been responsible for the overall vision and execution of the Festival's selection. Bailey began programming for Toronto in 1990 and worked both as a film programmer and film critic for 20 years before taking on his current role. Bailey wrote about cinema for Toronto's weekly NOW Magazine from 1988-2007, and was a long-time critic for CBC Radio and CTV's national morning television program, Canada AM. 

From 1998-2002 Bailey also co-hosted the international film program across Canada on the Showcase Review. As a programmer and curator he has organized film series for the National Gallery of Canada, Cinematheque Ontario and Australia's Sydney International Film Festival. He has served on many film festival juries around the world, including most recently at the Beijing International Film Festival and South Korea's Busan Film Festival, as well as the Pan-African Film Festival in Burkina Faso, and other festivals from Antalya to Zanzibar. 

Born in London, England, Bailey migrated first to Barbados then to Canada as a child. He studied English Literature at Western University and cinema at York University. He also holds an Honorary Degree from Humber College. In 2007, Bailey was a part of the delegation accompanying Canadian Governor-General Michaelle Jean on her State Visit to Brazil, where he led a discussion on transnational cinema. He has been a guest speaker at several Canadian universities, the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University and the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2011, he gave the annual William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture at the Heritage Toronto Awards. 

Bailey sits on the board of Tourism Toronto and is a former board member of the Ontario Film Development Corporation and the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. In 2010-2011, he was co-chair of the Arts & Culture Working Group of Toronto's CivicAction. He was also a member of the Creative Capital group that prepared a Mayor's Report on Toronto's cultural sector. 

Bailey resides in Toronto with his wife and son.


boydaBob Boyda, BA'79, is Head of Global Asset Allocation and Senior Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Solutions Group (PSG), at Manulife Asset Management. PSG is responsible for the development and growth of Manulife’s asset allocation solutions for individual and institutional investors in the US, Canada and Asia. Bob is co-leader for Manulife’s asset allocation portfolios and is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and portfolio management. Previously, Bob was Senior Vice President, Investment Management Services (IMS), for John Hancock Financial, the US division of Manulife Financial Corp. In 1994 he originated what are now John Hancock's Lifestyle funds and developed the framework for the IMS function that is responsible for selecting and monitoring third-party managers for John Hancock. Boyda holds a BA in English from Western University.


owenOwen Charters, BA'98, first began his career in the nonprofit sector working for his local YM-YWCA and at Easter Seal camps, working with children with disabilities. Since then, Owen has built a career in the non-profit sector, starting with a national, student-led charity he founded as an undergraduate student. 

Owen is currently the chief development officer at the MS Society of Canada and executive director of the MS Scientific Research Foundation, where he oversees national strategies for fundraising and marketing.  Previously, he was CEO of CanadaHelps, and has held senior roles with Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation. He is Vice Chair of the board of directors for Imagine Canada, where he chairs the Public Policy Committee. Most recently, he was Chair of the board for the Human Resources Council for the Nonprofit Sector.  

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Language and Literature from Western University, and an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management, both from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and is an adjunct member of faculty at Schulich, lecturing at the MBA-level on nonprofit management in Canada. 

While a university student, Owen led a search and rescue team with the Canadian Coast Guard, and today - when he’s not in the office - he can still be found in, on, or under the water.


gaffneyAs Executive Director, Anita Gaffney, BA'90, EMBA'02, works alongside the Artistic Director in setting the strategic and operational direction for the Stratford Festival. With a budget of $58 million, the Festival earns 95% of its revenue through ticket sales as well as ancillary and fundraising activities, making it one of the most self-sufficient cultural organizations on the continent.

Ms Gaffney joined the Festival in 1991 as a Publicity Assistant, and over the past 21 years has held a variety of positions, including Director of Marketing during the theatre’s years of peak attendance. She designed the Festival’s customer relationship marketing system, which remains in use today and has been emulated by arts organizations around the world. In addition to her marketing expertise, Ms Gaffney is highly regarded for her skills in government relations, finance, change management and strategic planning, honed during her years as the Festival’s Administrative Director.

In 2014, she and Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino announced the ground-breaking Stratford Festival HD project. Over the next decade, the entire canon of Shakespeare’s plays will be filmed, creating a unique cinematic library of Festival productions that will be broadcast worldwide and will serve as an invaluable educational tool for generations to come.

Her efforts to expand the reach of the Festival into the digital world also include supporting the production of previous films, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Tempest and Twelfth Night, overseeing the renewal of the Festival’s website, the launch of mobile applications and the expansion of the Festival’s overall digital presence.

An active member of the Stratford community, Ms Gaffney serves on the Board of the City of Stratford’s economic development agency and is a committee member of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership. She is the Past Chair of the Stratford Public Library, and in 2011 she served as the Campaign Chair of the United Way Perth-Huron, raising $1.2 million.

In 2008 Ms Gaffney was selected to participate in the Governor General’s Leadership Conference, and in 2006 she received a Business Excellence Award for Personal Achievement from the Stratford and District Chamber of Commerce.

She has a BA in English from Western University, and MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and has continued her executive education through Harvard Business School. She resides in Stratford with her husband, Kevin.


goodJames M. Good was born in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1941. His post-secondary education was at Western University and Columbia University (PhD ‘72, English and Comparative Literature). He taught in Western’s English Department from 1969 until his early retirement in 2000 and held the positions of Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities (1991-93) and Dean of Arts and Humanities (1993-99). His primary academic interests were in 19th-Century British Literature with an emphasis on the Romantic period. He also taught Canadian Literature, and courses on the theory and practice of autobiography. 

In the community he has served on the Boards of the Grand Theatre, the London Arts Council, Foundation Western, Museum London, and on the Finance Committee of the London Community Foundation.  He has been on the Board and also Chair of Conrad Grebel University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo. He is currently on the Board of Pacific Opera Victoria, where he and his wife spend part of the year. 

James Good has been involved with Good Foundation Inc. since its founding in 1974, acting as its Secretary and now President.  Until this past June he was the Vice-Chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada.


maryMary Hofstetter is former President and CEO of the Banff Centre. Hofstetter earned her Honours BA from Guelph University, her MA from Western University, and her ICDD from the Rotman School of Business, and has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, the University of Neuchatel, and the Banff Centre. She has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Albertans (2010) and was named ASTech Honouree for outstanding contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community (2011). She holds an Honorary Doctorate from Western University. 

Hofstetter has served as Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Stratford Festival; President and CEO of Sheridan College; VP-Academic at Mohawk College; and Associate Director (Applied Arts and Business), Chair of Applied Arts, and Directory of College and Community Relations at Conestoga  College. She is past Chair of the Council of Presidents of the Ontario Colleges, and has served on numerous boards: the Council for Business and the Arts in Canada; iCORE [Alberta Informatics Circle of Research Excellence], where she was also Chair of Governance Committee; the Shaw Festival; the Banff World Television Festival Foundation; the Honens International Piano Competition; the Canadian Bureau for International Education (Chair); and A T & T Canada Advisory Council. Most recently, Hofstetter continues as Consulting Director of Music Education for the National Arts Centre, and has recently been appointed to the board of directors of the Glenn Gould Foundation and The Arthritis Society as a National Director. 

Hofstetter has also served on numerous special task forces and committees, such as the Premier’s appointment to the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board, and the Alberta Government appointment to the Inspiring Education Steering Committee, which was charged with leading the development and articulation of a new, long term vision for education in Alberta. Working in the fields of the arts, culture, education and governance, she also serves as consultant to educational institutions, non-government organizations and government in areas relating to public/private partnerships, educational restructuring, governance and communications.


keithAs Director of Operations and Research for TakingItGlobal, Sean Keith, BA' has managed a portfolio of projects in the social media arena developing research insights through dialogue with a global network of more than 450,000 young people. Leveraging both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, the development and implementation of large-scale U&A and tracking research efforts have focused on quantifying impacts across a portfolio of initiatives, from political advocacy and education to social innovation projects. Internally, Sean has driven the development of custom project planning, tracking, and dashboarding tools to simplify and automate reporting practices. 

His research has been accepted and presented at the Digital Media Learning conference (2011) and published internally and in peer-reviewed academic literature. As a facilitator, Sean has worked with a range of executive-level clients, from Wall Street (Coburn Ventures) and marketing research (Hotspex) to non-profit sectors (TIG). Participating as a moderator (DML Conference) and invited panelist (UN-ILO, UNICEF-NCD Child), Sean has been involved in enabling inter-generational dialogue globally.

As Chair of the Toronto Chapter of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers community, he has been recognized internationally as a leader helping to empower young people to work collaboratively, share insights and mobilize resources to drive municipal-level civic engagement initiatives. Previously, Sean has worked in market research, studying relations between emotions, values and consumer behaviour building on his graduate research in Emotion Theory and Philosophy of Mathematics at Western University.


Sean lives in Toronto with his wife Julie, collects guitars, and intends to rock climb more often in 2013.


lennonMadeline Lennon is an art historian, educator, and curator. She earned her MA and PhD in Art History at the University of Toronto, with studies at the Sorbonne and Ecole du Louvre in Paris. Her first appointment at Western University was in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in 1984, where she founded and coordinated the Western Literature and Civilization program, now Comparative Literature and Culture. In 1991 she joined the Visual Arts Department, where she served as Chair and Graduate Chair. Retired in 2008, she is Professor Emerita. Professor Lennon is the recipient of two major teaching awards, was regularly cited by the University Students Council on its Teaching Honour Roll, and by the YMCA as a Distinguished Woman of the Year. 

Parallel to her teaching in art history and museum studies, Madeline has worked with contemporary artists, curating exhibitions at Museum London and the McIntosh Gallery, and has produced a number of catalogue essays. She collaborated with Greg Curnoe and Jake Moore for a special exhibition exploring the relationship between an artist and patron, and more recently has written on the work of Brian Saby, Wyn Geleynse and Thelma Rosner. Madeline has a special interest in women artists’ production, reflected in her writing on the work of Rosner, Shelley Niro and Jamelie Hassan. Her experiences with curating resulted in presentations at national conferences and international workshops concerned with contemporary developments in curation and the history of collecting and connoisseurship. She served as Chair of the McIntosh Gallery Committee (2008-2010) and as a member of the Gallery’s Acquisitions Committee. 

Lennon’s work in the community includes serving as the Chair of the Board of the London Heritage Council (2010-2013) and as a current member of the Granting Committee of the London Community Foundation. She continues to be active at Western as a Teaching Fellow in the Teaching Support Centre, coordinating the mentoring program for new faculty.


pattersonRobert Paterson brings more than 25 years of relevant financial services industry experience to his role as President and CEO of Alterna Savings and Alterna Bank. He has extensive leadership and consulting experience within the financial services industry and has led transformative business strategies at institutions such as CIBC, JP Morgan Chase, McKinsey & Co and Aon. Mr. Paterson has pioneered leading advances in financial services such as automated credit decision, home equity financing and retail alliances. Mr. Paterson obtained his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and is currently Director and Vice Chairman of Enactus, Director of Central 1 Credit Union, Director of Ficanex Canada and Director of Alterna Bank.


francyneFrancyn Stuckey is a Managing Director and Global head of Strategic Solution Delivery for Global Transaction Services (GTS) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Creating the team in Europe in late 2010 before expanding it to Asia, North and Latin America, she is responsible for developing end-to-end client solutions.  Stuckey is also responsible for knowledge development and communication internally utilizing engaging newsletter and email channels. 

Stuckey is a respected market commentator and helped lead GTS’ market response to the euro crisis, co-authoring the Eurozone storm: six lifesaving steps.  She continues to guide client and market messaging on Risk Management.  In 2010 she coined the term ‘Straight Through Reconciliation’ (STR), since adopted by the industry when referring to reconciliation efficiency in treasury. 

Stuckey has 15 years financial experience.  She is also a 20+ year veteran in marketing and strategy, starting her career at Bell Canada where her last role was to extend the telecom’s information marketing strategy regionally, in North America, and in Europe. 

In addition to this, she is a passionate supporter of corporate responsibility and the community through arts programs and school mentoring, as well as a number of local and national charities in the UK.  As a member of the Senior Women’s Council and Creating the Edge VP development programmes, Stuckey actively promotes diversity in the workplace. 

Stuckey has an Arts honours degree from Western Ontario and also holds certification in International marketing and project management. 

She lives in the United Kingdom in London.