Wendy Bannerman-Clark, Board Member
Wendy Bannerman-Clark is the founder of Paperwhite, a floral, event design and custom framing operation. She has worked as a senior operating executive and PMP with experience across diverse industries, including small businesses and Fortune 100 companies. Areas of expertise include creating and implementing strategies, building flexible operating models, and proactive change management. She has been the recipient of corporate Leadership Award, with proven team-building skills, including mentoring, training, development, and productivity.
Mila Filatova, Board Member
Mila Filatova arrived in Canada from the former USSR in 1991 with a Master’s Degree in music. In her native country, she toured in festivals as a featured artist, with concerts recorded for national broadcast. Mila’s name is very well known within the Toronto musical community, expecially among the vocal music fans. She is a diverse musician who serves as an accompanist, chorus master, coach, and conductor. Mila’s Canadian professional life took her to Malta’s Opera House for their performance of La Gioconda with Ghena Dimitrova in the title role in 2000. From 2000 to 2009 Mila served annually as an opera coach and music director for the California Opera Association in Fresno for their Summer Opera Institute. Mila is now the owner and operator of Collingwood Music Studio.
Jonathan Contini, Board Member
Jonathan Contini is a recent graduate of the Collingwood Collegiate High School Music Program, where he played percussion in the school’s concert band. In 2015 he formed a band called “50 Years Late”, which has performed all throughout the Southern Georgian Bay area including at the Stayner Arts Fundraiser, “Picking in the Park”; the Great Northern Exhibition in Collingwood; Craigleith Ski Club in Town of Blue Mountains; the Fundraiser Fashion Show at Collingwood Collegiate Institute; “Relay for Life” in Jean Vanier High School, Collingwood; the Georgian Triangle Music Festival at The Beacon, Wasaga Beach; the “Old Farts” biker festival in Stayner ; Theatre Collingwood’s fundraiser “Putting for the Arts” at Blue Mountain Village. Since September 2018, he is enrolled a student of the Fine Arts Music Program at York University.
Daniel Wnukowski, Founder and Artistic Director
Daniel Wnukowski (pronounced Vnoo-koff’-skee) is founder and artistic director of the Collingwood Summer Music Festival. He maintains an international concert career as pianist and has been extolled for his wide range of repertoire, from Baroque to Contemporary music. Growing up in Niagara Falls, ON and Windsor, ON, he left Canada for Europe in 1997 at the age of 15 to pursue further studies abroad. Since then, he has traveled throughout the world, performing for small, intimate gatherings to large-scale outdoor events with audiences over 10,000 people. Wnukowski’s passion is to bring high quality live music performances to those who cannot always access it. In 2017, he founded a pan-Canadian outreach project known as “Piano Six – New Generation”, which involves six pianists performing in rural, remote communities throughout Canada.
Brenda Lewis, Publicity and Communications
Since 1997, Brenda Lewis – through her company Lewis Media Relations – has been providing professional media relations, promotional writing and live entertainment planning/artistic direction services to clients from local and regional (Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo Region, Southern Ontario, Toronto) to locations across Canada, the USA, and the UK/Ireland. Longterm employers and clients include: The Guelph Chamber Choir – she is in her 10th year/season working with them as their Concert Promotions Coordinator, the Midland Cultural Centre on an as-needed basis for the past four years, and, The Arkell Schoolhouse Gallery Classical Concert Series (just outside Guelph) – for a decade she was the publicist for both of their concert series, classical, and, contemporary/folk music – and was the artistic director for the latter. For the past five years she has been internationally-acclaimed world music guitarist from France Pierre Bensusan’s touring publicist for USA, Canada, UK and Ireland. For the past two years she has been multiple Grammy nominee and International Bluesgrass Award-winner Claire Lynch’s publicist for Canadian touring. As well, she has handled media relations for Hamilton pianist/composer Robert Bruce for the past three years. Learn more about Lewis Media Relations at http://www.brendalewis.ca/publicist
Conrad Willemse, Legal Counsel
Conrad Willemse was a DUCA Director for nine years in the 1990s and 2000s, rejoining the Board in April 2017. For 42 years, he has been an independent business lawyer. Conrad was DUCA’s legal counsel on the development and construction of DUCA’s Head Office and has been legal counsel for the past eight years to the Niagara Region Wind Farm, a 230 megawatt wind farm with 77 turbines. (A $1.5 billion project which became operational in November, 2016.)
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