STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gordon Hatt | Executive Director
Gordon Hatt (BA 1983, MA 1985, Art History, University of Toronto) arrived at CAFKA after working as Curator of Zone A for Nuit Blanche in Toronto, October 4, 2008. He was Director/Curator at Rodman Hall Arts Centre in St. Catharines from 2004 to 2007 and from 1988 to 2004 he worked in a variety of capacities at Cambridge Galleries, the last seven of those years as curator of temporary exhibitions. At Cambridge, he developed a programming philosophy of audience development through the presentation of advanced contemporary art and he brings this philosophy to CAFKA. Gordon has been active in the development and the promotion of Canadian artists for over 25 years. He has written numerous articles, essays and interviews. Gordon Hatt has acted as Executive Director of CAFKA since 2008.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2015
MICHELLE PURCHASE | President and Board Chair
Landscape Architect / Educator / Artist
Elected to the board in April 2015. Michelle Purchase is a licensed Landscape Architect and full-time professor at Niagara College in the School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies. Michelle teaches courses in Landscape Design, Computer Drafting, Plant Identification, and Ecological Restoration. She obtained her Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, and her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph. Before teaching she worked in environmental consulting for 8 years preparing landscape plans, vegetation inventories, and ecological management plans. Michelle is also an artist working out of Globe Studios with representation at several galleries in Ontario. Her interest in native plants and ecology strongly influences her work.
TOM NAGY | Secretary
Elected to the Board March 2016. Tom Nagy graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1998 with his BA SC degree in Electrical engineering. He had a successful career at RIM where he was employed for 10 years. As a independent consultant he specializes in the management of intellectual property. In 2011 Tom obtained a BMus, Jazz and Contemporary Music. He is a performing musician and composer; technical director at The Jazz Room in Waterloo; and member of the board of directors at the Grand River Jazz Society, and the Da Capo Chamber Choir. He is also the executive producer of albums recorded during The Live at the Jazz Room Series.
BRIAN HAWTHORNTHWAITE | Treasurer
Elected to the Board April 2012, Brian Hawthornthwaite is a chartered accountant and a senior manager who has had a successful career within a sales and service culture. He has a proven track record in the areas of financial management, strategic planning and implementation, objective setting and in improving financial performance. Brian has worked effectively with boards of directors, including audit, conduct review and corporate governance committees. He has been instrumental in a successful and complex turn-around situation and managed an information systems department. He has proven that he can lead effectively in different types of corporate and employee cultures, and has demonstrated strong technical and team building skills. Brian graduated with a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and obtained his CA designation during eight years of public accounting experience with Deloitte Haskins and Sells.
JEN LOVE | Vice Chair
Partner, Agents of Good
Elected to the board in April 2015. Jen Love is an Agent of Good. A storyteller and fundraiser, she started Agents of Good to help charities inspire their donors and raise more money. A strategic and creative firm, Agents of Good is proud to collaborate with passionate people working for social justice, a healthy environment and a brighter future.
STEPHEN LAVIGNE | Director
Artist / Educator
Elected to the Board April 2012, Stephen Lavigne is an artist and educator. He completed his MFA at the University of Western Ontario in 2007. He has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in Ontario, Alberta and in the United States. He has worked in art education at the University of Western Ontario, Museum London, the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery and as the workshop and tour co-ordinator for CAFKA during CAFKA.11 and CAFKA.14.
VICTORIA KENT | Director
Owner, Yeti Café
Elected to the Board April 2013, Victoria Kent is a musician, artist, writer and librarian and has lived in Halifax, Glasgow, Berlin and Toronto. Her art projects include the bands Rick of the Skins, Ye Olde Syrup Shoppe and Lennon/McCartney/Kent, the healing performance known as Staring Therapy, and video works Over There!, Cave Dweller and Come Along. She has been active in artist-run culture as a member of the programming committee of the Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax, NS and the Don Blanche Residency in Shelburne, ON.
CATHERINE BISCHOFF | Director
Associate Director, Outreach & International Programs at Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre
Elected to the board in April 2015. Catherine Bischoff is a multi-disciplinarian with a passion for the arts. She lived over 15 years in France and Germany, including 5 years in Berlin where she scouted and signed internationally acclaimed photographers for leading agencies. She now works for Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc. attracting investment and talent to the region, and co-owns GoGo Mart in downtown Kitchener. Catherine also sits on the "FLASH Waterloo Region-Contemporary Photography Here" committee and helped organize its first sold out event.
JESSIE LACAYO | Director
Elected to the Board March 2016, Jessie Lacayo is an arts administrator with a background in community services. She completed her MFA at the University of Victoria in 2001. Jessie has served as the Director/Curator of Gallery 101 in Ottawa and as the Marketing Manager of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo. She worked as an Administrative Co-ordinator at Carizon Family and Community Services and is currently completing a degree in Business Administration at Conestoga College.
GRAHAM WHITING | Director
Principal Architect, Whiting Design
Elected to the Board April 2012, Graham Whiting holds degrees in Architecture and in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. Graham is the owner of Whiting Design, an architectural design firm specializing in sustainable, modern design in Waterloo Region for the past 11 years. He teaches Sustainability for Small Business at the SEED school in the University of Waterloo. Graham volunteers not only as board chair but assists with drawings, permits, and construction for some of the more complex biennial installations. He chairs the Uptown Waterloo Streetscape committee, is an avid cyclist, husband of a Kundalini yoga teacher, and a father to three.