The Victoria Symphony performs on the traditional lands of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. We extend our respect as well as our appreciation for this opportunity.
Executive Committee Biographies
Mr. Siemens had a 36 year career with RBC Royal Bank from 1982 (joining in Winnipeg, Manitoba) until May 2018 (retiring in Victoria, BC). His career encompassed roles across a broad range of disciplines and customer bases, in a wide variety of locales, including Winnipeg, Calgary, Toronto, Saskatoon and Victoria.
During his tenure in Victoria Mr. Siemens served on the Campaign Cabinets of the Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation, the Advisory Committee for Ballet Victoria, and the City of Victoria City Manager’s Advisory Committee. He was involved with both the United Way and Junior Achievement throughout his career and was Chair of the United Way of Greater Victoria’s 2006 Campaign. He served as Past-Chair on the 2007 United Way Campaign, and as a Member-at-large for the 2008 and 2009 Campaigns. Mr. Siemens was a member of the Camosun College Board of Governors, serving as Chair of the Finance & Audit Committees, and was a member of the Board of Advisors, Faculty of Business, University of Victoria. Most recently he was on the Board of Directors of Pacific Opera Victoria, serving as Treasurer. He currently is on the Board of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, the Greater Victoria Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, the Board of the Victoria Symphony and the Investment Advisory Committee for the Catholic Diocese of Vancouver Island.
Mr. Siemens holds an MBA from the University of Manitoba, together with designations from the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB) and the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI). Mr. Siemens resides in Victoria with his wife. They have three adult children.
Joanne Gaul, MD
Joanne Gaul, MD, has been practicing family medicine and her flute for decades now, in North Dakota for 30+ years and now in Victoria for the past 3 years. She was previously president of the Grand Forks (ND) Symphony Board. She sat on the board of the CVIC (Community Violence Intervention Center) for 9 years, one of the most effective domestic violence prevention and treatment organizations in the US. She also loves hiking, biking and travel.
Carol Bellringer, FCA, FCPA is retired from a career in auditing - most recently as the President & CEO of the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing public sector performance audit, oversight, and accountability in Canada and internationally. She was the proud recipient of the 2021 lifetime achievement award from CPA Manitoba.
Ms. Bellringer possesses an extensive background in public sector audits from her previous experience as the Auditor General for the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba. She has served on several boards in the public and private sectors, including the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), Manitoba Hydro, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council. Carol currently sits on the boards of the Victoria Symphony Society, the University of Victoria Foundation, the Manitoba Public Utilities Board; the audit committee for the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and is an external advisory liaison member of the City of Vancouver Auditor General Committee.
John joined the Board of Directors in September 2018. John has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, practicing in London, England, Vancouver and Victoria. John holds a B.A. in Economics from University of British Columbia, a law degree from University of Alberta and a master of laws from University of Cambridge. John is a Director Reed Pope Law Corporation, Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Development Corporation (a First Nations fisheries enterprise) and Our Place Society and a former director of Family Business Association – Vancouver Island. John is a nine-time rider with Team Finn, Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Richard W. Greenwood
Richard W. Greenwood is a retired Naval Engineering Officer of the Royal Canadian Navy, having served 37 years in uniform. His engineering education and training included a BEng (Mech) from the Royal Military College of Canada, a MSc (Naval Architecture) from University College London, and fleet training as a marine systems engineer. His naval engineering career postings included service at increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in both Naval Dockyards, at Naval Headquarters, in acquisition projects, in foreign exchange positions (including 3 years at the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center in the US), in training (3 years as Commandant of the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School), and finally 5 years as Chief Engineer of the RCN. His last posting was as the Canadian Defence Attaché in Washington DC. He retired from the RCN in 2012 at the rank of Rear-Admiral. His military decorations include the Order of Military Merit (OMM) and the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM).
Since retiring from the RCN, Richard has worked as an engineering consultant to the shipbuilding industry. He is currently a PhD Candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at The University of British Columbia, with a special interest in ship motions & seakeeping theory, and has lectured in that topic to students in the UBC Masters program in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia and a Chartered Engineer in the UK, and is a Fellow of both The Royal Institution of Naval Architects and The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
Richard has been married to his wife Monika since 1981 and they have five adult children (Franz, Ian, Paul, Andrew & Maria). Richard’s hobbies include wooden boat building, reading, sailing, music (listening to jazz and classical, and playing horn), running, and hiking. He completed the 800 km Camino de Santiago in May/June 2013.
A third generation Victorian, Tony has been a licensed REALTOR® in the area since 1991 and is Broker-Owner of RE/MAX Island Properties with offices in Victoria, Mill Bay and Duncan. Elected for 3 terms as a Director of the Victoria Real Estate Board, he was President and spokesperson of the organization in 2008 and since 2010 has been an instructor and subject matter expert for the British Columbia Real Estate Association and Real Estate Council of BC (now BCFSA).
Tony served as co-chair of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness 2009-2011 with other Board service including Victoria Dragonboat Festival Society, Victoria Hospice and Anawim House along with participation in committees for the Cool Aid Society, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Victoria Chinese Commerce Association. He currently sits on the Victoria TELUS Community Board and is an active volunteer for the Chinese Canadian Museum (Fan Tan Alley) and Canadian Blood services.
Tony is active in local car enthusiast groups such as the Lotus Car Club of BC and the Aston Martin Owners Club and has helped organize events such as the Oak Bay Classic Car Festival. He can be seen regularly on KCTS9 Public Television (Seattle) and is host of “The Whole Home Show” weekends on CFAX1070.
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Jaimie Boyd is a partner at Deloitte Canada and serves as the firm’s National Digital Government Leader. She accelerates digital change in the public sector, working with governments to better serve citizens using modern technologies. She previously held diverse positions in government, including as the Chief Digital Officer for the Government of British Columbia and various leadership roles in the Government of Canada.
Jaimie is a frequent speaker on digital government and service modernization in the public sector. She serves on several advisory boards, including for the McMaster University Master of Public Policy in Digital Society and the GovLab’s Open Data Policy Lab Executive Education Program.
Jaimie is an alumnus of the Government of Canada’s Accelerated Economist Training Program, Action Canada, the Institute for Technology and Society’s Global Policy Fellowship and the Organization of American States’ Fellowship on Open Government in the Americas. She is also a strong supporter of the arts, having played the violin from a young age.
Tim served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of British Columbia, the regulatory body for lawyers in the province, for 12 years until his retirement in 2017. Prior to that, Tim served in senior executive roles with Bell Canada in Toronto including President of Bell TV and Chief Legal Officer of Bell Canada. Tim started his career as a corporate commercial lawyer with the Torys law firm in Toronto.
Tim has served as President of the International Institute of Law Association Executives and was appointed a King’s Counsel by the Provincial Government in 2013 for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the public interest including as Chair of the provincial Justice Summits.
More recently Tim served as a member of the Board of Governors of St. Michaels University School in Victoria from 2015 – 2021 including as Chair of the Board for his final 2 years. Tim is also a member of the Governance review Committee of CAIS the national standards body for independent schools in Canada. He is member of the Board of the Down Syndrome Society of Greater Victoria and is an active member of the St. Andrews’s Cathedral laity including as a member of the Liturgical Committee.
Tim was born and raised in Victoria BC where he attended Glenlyon School and Bishop’s College School in Quebec. He later served as member of the BCS Foundation Board. Tim earned an honours degree from Harvard University in 1979 and a JD from the University of Ottawa Law School. Tim rowed competitively for Harvard at the national and international level.
Tim is married to Mary Mullens and they have 2 adult children Charlotte and Fraser.
Darrell Louise Gregersen is a seasoned fundraising professional who has earned an outstanding reputation in Canada leading major organizations to transformational fundraising results over the last 30+ years. She retired from her role as a Hospital Foundation CEO in 2018, and acts as a strategic advisor to a variety of Canadian charitable organizations in health, the arts, and global issues. She is currently a Board Director at Cuso International, Shorefast Foundation and the Victoria Symphony.
Darrell was most recently President and CEO of CAMH Foundation, during which time she led two highly successful back to back campaigns of $100M and $200M for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a major mental health hospital based in Toronto. In her nearly nine years at CAMH, Darrell and her team raised over $400M to support profoundly meaningful care, research and education for people living with mental illness in Canada and around the world. A major gift fundraiser at heart, Darrell had the honour of capping her hospital career with the announcement of Canada’s first $100,000,000 gift for mental health research at CAMH.
Prior to her role at CAMH Foundation, Darrell established and was the CEO of the National Arts
Centre (NAC) Foundation in Ottawa. Before joining the National Arts Centre, Darrell was head of Major Gifts at The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation in Toronto.
Darrell is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and a recent recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Toronto Chapter Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award.
By training, Darrell is a classical musician and was the recipient of two prestigious Canada Council Grants during her music career. Now living in Victoria, she is particularly proud of her architect husband of 41 years, their two accomplished children now living in Tokyo and California.
Patti Sullivan is currently an Executive Strategy consultant in Victoria and a Director on the Board of CLBC, a Crown Corporation serving adults with developmental diverse abilities. Patti brings 25+ years experience leading non-profit and public sector organizations in senior Executive and board directorship roles. She has worked in complex environments in health and human services, business development, financial services and cultural amenities development. She has had the pleasure of supporting the development of the community health sector, youth services and meeting up close, a few polar bears and Mel the monkey as COO of Assiniboine Park Enterprise in Winnipeg!
Patti is Past Chair and Funding Chair of the CRD Arts Advisory Council. She is Past President of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She has an active visual arts practice and actively supports the visual and performance arts in Victoria. She served on the Board of the Law Society of Manitoba, chaired its Complaints Investigations Committee and served as its Complaints Commissioner.
Patti is a recipient of a YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction (Business & Professional) award. She is the Founding Chair of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Patti has a special interest in change management, DEI, strategic planning, performance metrics and governance best practices.
Originally from London, Ontario, Chris Graham has worked in Toronto, Northern Saskatchewan, Regina, and, most recently, in Victoria, BC. Chris’s work experience includes being the Manager of Marketing and Revenue Services for the City of Regina and advising First Nations business groups in northern Saskatchewan. His teaching career started at the Ivey Business School and includes establishing the Business Management program at the First Nations University, and chairing the Accounting and Finance area at Camosun College. At the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Chris has been a Program Director for the BCom and MBA programs, in addition to serving as Assistant Dean, Finance, and Director of Accreditations. Chris has also taught extensively in First Nation communities throughout British Columbia.
Chris’ volunteer experience includes organizing an annual Christmas food drive for the Mustard Seed Food Bank, serving on the University’s United Way Committee, sitting on the Finance and Administration committee for the Faculty Association, and serving soup and sandwiches at Our Place.
Chris has a BA in Economics, an MBA focused on International Finance, and holds a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation in BC.
Joseph is the Director of Planning and Engineering at Victoria Airport Authority, leading critical, high-value engineering projects spanning the planning, design, procurement, execution and closeout phases for the airport, across Terminal, Landside, and Airside. The program at VAA under Joseph’s portfolio ranges in approximately $20 to $30 Million annual budgets, between 15 to 25 projects.
Prior to joining VAA, Joseph had near 2 decades of experience as an engineering consultant, and was deeply involved with the design of high profile projects across North America, including the Canada F35 Future Fighter Squadron Facility Program, JFK International Airport Redevelopment Program, the California High Speed Railway and the Calgary International Airport Expansion. His project teams received multiple awards such as the 2022 Schreyer Award for the East De-Icing Apron at the Calgary International Airport.
Joseph has great appreciation for music, from Classical, Japanese Pop, to Video Game music. He practiced classical piano between the age of 4 and 16, before he went to University of Toronto to pursue his Engineering degree. Joseph now plays classical music and video games music arrangements in his spare time, with his all-time favorite being Bach’s Italian Concerto, BWV 971.
Jack Boomer moved to Victoria in 1988 to pursue a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria after having completed a Bachelor of Education Degree with a focus on Music Education at the University of Alberta. In his early career, he worked in various provincial BC government Ministries and then in 2000, he resigned to establish a consulting practice, focusing on communication, program planning and project management. In 2017 he and his business partner sold their communication company, Context Research, and since then, Jack has worked on small consulting projects.
In 1998, Jack established the Arbutus Singers which over the last 25 years has raised over $500 K for charities across the Capital Region. He continues to direct the seventy member mixed choir. In the early 2000s, he, along with members of the Arbutus Singers, founded a musical program for elementary children who had limited choral music opportunities. After creating the model, the charitable program ChoirKids was transferred to the Victoria Conservatory of Music in 2016, and it continues to operate the program to this day.
In 2018, Jack received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Award of the Year award for his charitable work within the community. In January, 2023 he completed his technical piano requirements for the Associate Diploma of the Royal Conservatory of Music exam and continues to work on the theory and history component of the diploma. Jack and his husband, Stephen Hammond, live in Victoria with their two dogs, Baxter and Rufus.